Managing Partner

Azman is the Managing Partner of Rahmat Lim & Partners, and Co-Head of the Firm’s Financial Services Department. He concentrates primarily on banking and finance transactions including syndicated and structured financing, securities regulation and debt capital markets, LBO transactions, strategic investments and restructurings. He also advises on financial and capital markets regulation.

Azman is consistently recognised as a Leading Individual in Banking & Finance by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific, and is a Highly Regarded lawyer in Banking & Finance and Capital Markets in IFLR 1000. Azman has in various editions of Chambers Asia-Pacific been endorsed by peers and clients as being "very focused and client-friendly", and is praised by sources as "one of the leading finance practitioners in Malaysia", as well as being noted for the fluent structuring of Shariah-compliant transactions.

Azman holds an LL.M. in corporate and commercial law from the University of London. After being called to the Bar of England & Wales, he undertook a nine-month stint as a pupil in the chambers of R Neville Thomas QC. He joined Rahmat Lim & Partners in 2011.

Work Highlights

  • Advised CIMB Bank as mandated lead arranger and original lender, and CIMB Investment Bank as facility agent and security agent, in the HKD3.41 billion financing of the privatisation of Nirvana Asia, a Caymans company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE), by a group of investors including CVC Asia Pacific.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks in relation to a RM1.9 billion financing based on the Syariah principle of Murabahah (via a Tawarruq arrangement) granted to Weststar Aviation Services, a Malaysian company involved in the aviation industry and one of the largest offshore helicopter transportation services providers in South East Asia.
  • Advised CIMB Bank and CIMB Investment Bank in connection with a RM2.85 billion financing of the acquisition of the entire assets and liabilities of KFC Holdings and QSR Brands by a special purpose vehicle owned by Johor Corp, the Employees Provident Fund and funds advised by CVC Asia Pacific.