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 structured finance, asset securitisation, listed convertible preference share issuances, and the provision of financial regulatory advice. 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 a Recognised Practitioner in Chambers Asia-Pacific. Kelvin has been endorsed by peers and clients in IFLR1000 as being “proactive, knowledgeable and experienced in banking matters”, and is praised by sources to have “in-depth knowledge and experience in advising on financing/loan transactions”. According to The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, he has been endorsed by peers and clients alike as “competent and knowledgeable”.

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.

Work Highlights

  • Advised the issuer in the establishment of Country Garden Real Estate’s Islamic medium term notes programme of RM1.5 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 a syndicate of lenders on the provision of a US$40.2 million term loan facility to OCK Yangon to part-finance the construction cost of telecommunication towers in Myanmar (The first onshore syndication facility by licensed foreign financial institutions in Myanmar).
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders in connection with project financing of approximately RM1.43 billion for the proposed design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, ownership, operation and maintenance of an independent deepwater petroleum terminal at Pengerang, South-eastern Johor.