Geraldine’s practice focuses on banking and finance.

She frequently acts for investment and commercial banks, financial institutions, private equity firms and major corporations in domestic and cross-border financing transactions, which includes leveraged and acquisition financing, project financing, debt restructuring, and Shariah financing.

She regularly advises government-backed entities and government-linked corporations on sovereign funding, including large-scale sovereign-backed financing and funding of government-led projects and initiatives.

She frequently advises on restrictions and limitations on dealings with non-residents and restricted persons under Malaysian foreign exchange control regulations. In addition, she also advises on Labuan legislation and guidelines, and transactions conducted through the Labuan International Business and Financial Centre.   

She also has experience in advising lenders, ship-owners and lessees on non-contentious shipping matters relating to the registration of, and lending, leasing and restructuring matters involving vessels.

Work Highlights

  • Advised a consortium of international and local banks including Maybank Investment Bank Berhad as mandated lead arranger and book runner, facility agent and security agent, in the financing of the acquisition of a 68.35% stake in Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad, by CVC Capital Partners Asia V Limited.
  • Advised OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, Maybank Islamic Berhad, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Labuan Branch, MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, and Maybank Islamic Berhad in connection with the first-of-its-kind syndicated multi-currency, Shariah-compliant, sustainability-linked facilities of up to US$800 million obtained by Axiata Group Berhad. This deal won the “Green Project Deal of the Year” award at the Islamic Finance News Deals of the Year 2020 and the “Islamic Finance Deal of the Year” award at the FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2020.
  • Advised Infracap Resources Sdn. Bhd. (a special purpose funding vehicle of the State Government of Sarawak, Malaysia) in relation to the issuance of Sukuk Murabahah of up to RM15 billion in nominal value based on the Shariah principle of Murabahah (via Tawarruq arrangement) to finance all fees, costs, and expenses associated with projects and strategic investments throughout Sarawak to be undertaken by the State Government of Sarawak, Malaysia. This deal won the “Malaysia Deal of the Year” and “Project & Infrastructure Finance Deal of the Year” awards at the Islamic Finance News Deals of the Year 2021.