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Kelvin’s primary areas of practice are debt capital markets, Islamic finance, and banking and finance. He has led numerous bond and Sukuk transactions (both in Ringgit and in foreign currency), including convertible and exchangeable bonds, guaranteed bonds, listed convertible loan stocks and Basel III-compliant bonds. Kelvin’s debt capital markets practice includes sustainability-linked finance, structured finance, asset securitization and listed convertible preference share issuances. Kelvin also regularly advises on syndicated loans, project finance (including cross-border project finance for the real estate, telecommunications, and oil and gas sectors), and debt restructurings.

Kelvin has been recognised as a Highly Regarded lawyer in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Islamic Finance in IFLR1000 and a Recommended lawyer in Banking and Finance and Capital Markets in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also ranked in Banking & Finance in Chambers Asia-Pacific. According to The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Kelvin has been endorsed by peers and clients as “competent and knowledgeable”. He has also been endorsed in IFLR1000 as being “proactive, knowledgeable and experienced in banking matters”, and is praised by sources as “a very technically sound lawyer who inspires confidence in his clients” and having “in-depth knowledge and understanding of financing/loan transactions, and his advice is always comprehensive”.

Graduating with a double degree in Commerce (majoring in Accounting and Finance) and an LL.B. (Hons), Kelvin joined the Firm in 2012 after more than 12 years of legal practice in corporate, financial services and real estate law with another Malaysian firm.

Kelvin is concurrently a partner in Allen & Gledhill LLP, the Firm’s associate firm in Singapore.

Work Highlights

  • Advised the issuer in the establishment of Country Garden Real Estate’s Islamic medium term notes programme of MYR1.5 billion in nominal value, which was the first of its kind issued in Malaysia by a Malaysian subsidiary of a Hong Kong-listed property developer (Best Deal in China at The Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Awards).
  • Advised CIMB Bank Berhad, Malayan Banking Berhad, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad and United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd. as lenders in relation to syndicated banking facilities of up to an aggregate principal amount of MYR1,117,500,000 granted to Regal Path Sdn. Bhd., for the purposes of financing the purchase consideration of a five-level retail mall and two levels of basement car park known as “Pavilion Bukit Jalil” located in Kuala Lumpur (“Property”) and the costs of the construction of structures such as underpasses, linkways and flyovers in the direct vicinity of, or on the Property.
  • Advised OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad as principal adviser, lead arranger and lead manager in relation to the issuance of ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk of MYR260 million in nominal value based on the Shariah principle of Murabahah (via Tawarruq arrangement) by Solar Management (Seremban) Sdn. Bhd. (“Issuer”) to, inter alia, re-finance a credit facility obtained by the Issuer in respect of the development, operation and maintenance of a solar photovoltaic plant with a capacity of 50MWac in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

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