Awards & Recognition

MKP has amongst others been recognised by the following international legal publications for our expertise in various core practice areas:

     
 

LEGAL 500 - Asia Pacific 2016

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Edition 2016 listed MKP as a ‘Leading Firm’ in both areas of Corporate and M&A and Capital Markets and commented as follows:

“The ‘excellent’ Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh advised IOI Properties Group on a RM1.025bn rights issuance, Ahmad Zaki Resources on a RM104m rights issuance, and Luxchem Corporation on a bonus issuance. The ’practical, responsive and knowledgeable’ Adrian Koh heads the practice.”

“The key contact at the ‘excellent’ Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh is the ‘technically sound’ Adrian Koh, who ‘is able to work under immense time pressure’. He advised WZ Satu on its RM27m acquisition of Misi Setia Oil & Gas and acted for Sunsuria in connection with a RM350m property asset acquisition.” (Click here for details)
     
 

LEGAL 500 - Asia Pacific 2015

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Edition 2015 listed MKP as a ‘Leading Firm’ in both areas of Corporate and M&A and Capital Markets and commented as follows:

“Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh’s Adrian Koh leads the team, which focuses particularly on equity-related transactions. It has been advising on a number of high-value rights issuances, including Malaysian Building Society’s RM1.5bn renounceable rights issuance. It also acted for Tropicana Corporation on RM240m private placement”

“Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh has an active mid-market practice, and acted for IOI Group on its RM1bn acquisition of the remaining shares in Unico-Desa Plantations, and on the demerger of its real estate business. The practice also advised MCT Consortium on the RM1.2bn reverse takeover of GW Plastics, and acted for Sunway Technology on its joint venture with Hitachi Systems, Corporate lawyer Adrian Koh and senior partner Philip Koh are the key contacts.” (Click here for details)
     
     
 

LEGAL 500 - Asia Pacific 2014

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Edition 2014 lists MKP as a 'Leading Firm' in both areas of Corporate and M&A and Capital Markets and has commented on our firm as follows:

"Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh has been acting on an enviable variety of small to mid-market equity deals, particularly for clients such as Formis Resources and Petra Energy – and recently represented the latter on its RM107m renounceable rights issue."

“Mah–Kamariyah & Philip Koh has an impressive recent body of work, which includes having advised Eng Teknologi on its RM244m sale to TYK Capital. The firm also advised Sunway Technology on its IT services joint venture with Hitachi."  (Click here for details)

     
 

LEGAL 500 - Asia Pacific 2013

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Edition 2013 lists MKP as a ‘Leading Firm’ in the area of Corporate and M&A and has commented on our firm as follows:

“Mah–Kamariyah & Philip Koh is ‘one of the best firms in town’, with a ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘client–centric’ team…

 The team includes senior partner Philip Koh and the highly praised Adrian Koh.”  

     
 

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC - 2016

The 2016 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific listed MKP as a leading firm in the Corporate/Commercial, Equity Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A. Chambers Asia Pacific noted in its 2016 edition the following:

"MKP team is known for its work in the equity capital markets arena, advising significant clients on IPOs and rights issuances. Also instructed on corporate matters such as disposals and acquisitions.”

Work highlights : Instructed by Nirvana Asia, as issuer, on its IPO and listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, as well as a Regulation S offering of its shares in the USA, in a deal worth HKD2 billion.” (Click here for details)
     
 

The 2016 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific also noted the following :

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Koh is head of the firm’s capital markets department and has vast experience handling equity-based transactions, including rights issuances, disposal of shares and public listings. Interviewees praise him as a “well-versed” practitioner who “picks things up quickly.”(Click here for details)

     
 

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC - 2015

The 2015 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific listed MKP as a leading firm in the Corporate/Commercial, Equity Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A. Chambers Asia Pacific noted in its 2015 edition the following:

"MKP is best known for its ECM expertise, with experience of having advised on one of the largest listings in the country. Maintains a significant profile in the property, real estate and financial services sectors. Also handles a range of M&A deals and corporate reorganisations.

Work highlights Advised Xidelang Holdings on its MYR85 million rights issue. 

Represented Hitachi System in its joint venture with Sunway Technology, to set up an IT services partnership in South-East Asia, with a particular focus on Malaysia."

     
 

The 2015 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific also noted the following :

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Koh handles an array of corporate and commercial transactions, ranging from M&A and joint ventures to capital markets work. He heads the capital markets group and led the Tropicana Corporation MYR240 million private placement of new ordinary shares.

     
 

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC - 2014

The 2014 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific listed MKP as a ranked/recommended firm in the Corporate/M&A practice area. Chambers Asia Pacific noted in its 2014 edition the following:

“A well-regarded corporate practice with a highly experienced bench of lawyers. It is instructed by domestic and international clients on M&A, corporate finance and capital markets deals.” (Click here for details)
     
 

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC - 2013

The 2013 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific listed MKP as a ranked/recommended firm in the Corporate/M&A practice area.

Chambers Asia Pacific has noted in its 2013 edition the following :

This firm is a long-standing player in the field and continues to attract a considerable market share. The team consists of very experienced lawyers with expertise in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, M&A transactions and capital markets. It is backed by a dedicated corporate litigation team and advises clients ranging from local businesses to international conglomerates.”

     
 

IFLR1000 - 2016

The 2016 edition of IFLR1000 listed MKP as a ‘Leading Financial Law Firm’ in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets and a “Notable Firm” in the area of Banking and Finance in Malaysia.

IFLR1000 noted in its 2016 edition the following:

"Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh has been active in the capital markets in the past 12 months and in one example at the end of 2014 advised on the IPO of Nirvana Asia in Hong Kong. This was the first Malaysian company to have a singular listing and the only foreign company to list in 2014. Adrian Koh, managing partner, was lead partner on the deal.

Koh also advised on right issues by IOI Properties Group and WCT Holdings. Koh is described by one client as “knowledgeable, responsive, a good team leader and able to meet tight deadlines”.

On the M&A front, notable deals include work on the privatization by IJM Corporation of IJM Land. (Click here for details)
     
 

IFLR1000 - 2015

The 2015 edition of IFLR1000 listed MKP as a ‘Leading Financial Law Firm’ in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets and a “Notable Firm” in the area of Banking and Finance in Malaysia.

IFLR1000 noted in its 2015 edition the following:

“The firm started 2014 by completing a demerger for IOI Corporation of its property development, investment, and related businesses as well as its subsidiaries. Adrian Koh was lead partner on the deal. Koh also represented Hitachi Systems in entering into a joint venture with Sunway Technology for the purpose of establishing an IT service business together. In recent months, Koh and his team has advised Sunway South Quay in relation to the sale of equity interest in its subsidiary Prosper Revenue to SEA Investment Four.”

     
 

IFLR1000 - 2014

The 2014 edition of IFLR1000 lists MKP as a “Leading Financial Law Firm” in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets and a “Notable Firm” in the area of Banking and Finance in Malaysia.

IFLR1000 has noted in its 2014 edition the following:

“Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh has been gaining recognition from peers for its strong M&A work. Clients appreciate the responsiveness and acumen of its key partners.

Senior partner Philip Koh, a veteran lawyer who has also held academic and industry positions, provides “very good service,” with “very timely responses,” says a client. Managing partner Adrian Koh has been a partner at the firm since 2002. Experienced in a range of corporate and commercial matters, he has had a key role in building the firm’s property and banking law practices.


Clients praise Adrian Koh for his innovation and “quick turnaround”. One appreciative client singles him out for taking the initiative to suggest “alternative legal clauses or legal solutions to issues which did not cross our minds”. Notably, the firm acted for Packaging Film on its acquisition of Great Wall Plastic Industries and GW Packaging for RM282 million ($87 million), and for property company Dijaya Corporation on its RM950 million acquisition of various companies, partly satisfied in cash and partly via the issuance of redeemable convertible unsecured loan stock in Dijaya. 


Koh has also been acting on a range of capital markets matters. In one recent deal, he represented CIMB Trustee in respect of a ringgit-denominated Islamic medium term note programme of up to RM3.5 billion by Gulf Sukuk I Company. Partner Surialinda Ahmad, whose practice focuses on banking and finance and real estate transactions, joined the firm in 2012. Her recent clients include Maybank, for which she acted on a RM205 million facility granted to property developer Encorp Iskandar Development, and CIMB Bank, which she advised on a RM60 million loan to investment
company Wide Synergy.” 

     
 

IFLR1000 - 2013

The 2013 edition of IFLR1000 lists MKP as a ‘Notable Firm’ in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions and provides editorial acknowledgement in the area of Banking and Finance.

IFLR1000 has noted in its 2013 edition the following:

“Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh is a full service firm known both for its litigation and corporate capabilities. The firm has a strong market reputation and it is no surprise that it frequently acts for financiers in both conventional and Islamic transactions; the firm has experience in both the grant of conventional term loan facilities as well as complex Islamic transactions involving popular instruments such as ijarah (capital leasing)...

…also has significant expertise in the equity capital markets and the firm is seen acting in private placements, renounceable rights issues, bonus issues, warrants issues and other types of transactions as well as IPOs on Bursa Malaysia…”

     
 

ASIALAW PROFILES - 2016

The 2016 edition of Asialaw Profiles listed MKP as a ‘Highly Recommended Firm’ in the areas of Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Construction & Real Estate, Corporate / M&A and Dispute Resolution.

Asialaw Profiles noted in its 2016 edition the following:

“Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh is known for its equity capital markets and M&A practices. The firm also covers dispute resolution, banking and finance, and real estate.

Senior partner Philip Koh has more than 30 years of experience where he practises on corporate law, investments, M&A, financial services, public law, and commercial and civil litigation. “I would recommend them because they do their work professionally and consistently. Philip Koh in particular is passionate, knowledgeable, and always goes above and beyond his duties,” says a client.

Managing partner Adrian Koh handles a variety of corporate and commercial transactions, from M&A and joint ventures to capital markets work. He is working on the listing of Sunway Construction Group, where he is advising on the internal restructuring of the company and drafting the necessary paperwork in accordance with listing rules and regulations.

The firm is also acting for IJM Land and its subsidiaries in connection with its privatisation by way of a members’ scheme of arrangement under Section 176 of the Companies Act, 1965.

“Both Philip and Adrian are very knowledgeable and professional. They are helpful and approachable, and able to handle delicate matters effectively, notes a client." (Click here for details)

     
 

ASIALAW PROFILES - 2015

The 2015 edition of Asialaw Profiles listed MKP as a ‘Highly Recommended Firm’ in the areas of Capital Markets, Corporate / M&A and Dispute Resolution.

Asialaw Profiles noted in its 2015 edition the following:

“Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh is known for its sophisticated corporate M&A and capital markets practices. The firm also has active dispute resolution, banking and finance and real estate practices, with clients praising the firm for its “utmost professionalism, timely deliverables and for always being contactable”.

Commercial litigation lawyer Datuk Ben Chan Chong Choon and Philip Koh, who is the firm’s senior partner with over 30 years of experience, co-head the disputes resolution practice. Yap Boon Hau, an experienced litigator successfully represented a former director of Petra Perdana in a case that went all the way to the High Court of Malaysia on allegations of breach of director’s duties.

The firm’s real estate practice specialises in financing property purchases and the securities related to this financing.

Partner Surialinda Ahmad focuses on banking and finance and real estate transactions. Managing partner Adrian Koh handled Malaysia AICA’s RM56 million purchase of land in Selangor, settled partly via cash and partly via the issuance of shares in the company. While in project finance, he advised Dialog D & P on a US$1.2 billion 24-year term upstream oil and gas venture to provide contractor services required to enhance recoverable offshore reserves.

The capital markets team offers a very hands-on attentive service and works closely with leading investment banks, particularly on equity capital market transactions. One notable transaction saw Adrian Koh handle Malaysian Building Society’s RM1.5 billion renounceable rights issue. In restructuring and insolvency, the firm’s share capital restructuring capabilities is fairly unique within Malaysia.

The firm has one of the region’s leading corporate and M&A practices, with the talented Adrian Koh handling the demerger of the property development, property investment and other property related businesses of IOI Corporation and its subsidiaries. The demerger and subsequent listing created one of Malaysia’s largest property companies with a net assets of RM14.67 billion, and is the largest listing to date on Bursa Malaysia for 2014. “Very professional in dealing with clients and knowledgeable in the subject matter,” notes one client. (Click here for details)
     
 

ASIALAW PROFILES - 2014

The 2014 edition of Asialaw Profiles lists MKP as a ‘Highly Recommended Firm’ in the areas of Capital Markets, Corporate / M&A and Dispute Resolution.

Asialaw Profiles has noted in its 2014 edition the following:

Philip Koh is praised by a client for his “sound knowledge of the law” and responsiveness, while Adrian Koh is described as being “fast and very responsive” and “pro-active”, providing services with “added value".

Notably, Adrian Koh recently acted for Scientex Packaging Film on its around RM282 million acquisition of Great Wall Plastic Industries and GW Packaging and for Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust on its acquisition of Sunway Medical Centre for RM310 million.

In the capital markets space, Adrian Koh acted as Malaysian legal counsel and issuer counsel for IOI Corporation in respect to the issuance of a medium term note programme with an initial size of up to US$1.5 billion-equivalent by its subsidiary, IOI Investment (L). He also recently advised Formis Resources on a reduction of capital and renounceable rights issue, and Petra Energy on a renounceable rights issue."

     
 

ASIALAW LEADING LAWYER

The 2014 edition of Asialaw’s “Leading Lawyers” publication listed senior partner Philip Koh and partners Adrian Koh, Datuk Ben Chan and Yap Boon Hau as leading lawyers in Malaysia in their respective practice areas. (Click here for details)

     
 

ASIALAW PROFILES - 2013

The 2013 edition of Asialaw Profiles listed MKP as a ‘Highly Recommended Firm’ in the areas of Capital Markets and Dispute Resolution.

Asialaw Profiles noted in its 2013 edition the following:

“…Philip Koh Tong Ngee has a diverse practice, and advises clients on corporate transactions as well as litigation.  A client says, “Philip is very knowledgeable about finance and very commercial. We’ve worked with him several times and have found him very good.”

The firm was involved in the landmark RM4.5 billion merger between Sunway City and Sunway Holdings and the subsequent listing of the merged companies on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities. Partners also were involved in the RM700 million merger of Jotech Holdings, AIC Corporation and AutoV Corporation, and the subsequent listing of merged company Globaltec Formation. Other IPOs the firm took part in include those of XiDeLang Holdings and Sentoria Group.

On the debt capital markets front, the firm frequently acts as either the trustees’ counsel or issuer’s counsel on complex shariah-compliant transactions. The firm acted as issuer’s counsel regarding the establishment of a US$1.5 billion medium term note programme by IOI Investment.

Partners are also active in corporate and commercial dispute resolution. The firm regularly acts for banking and financial institutions regarding general litigation matters, such as debt recovery and foreclosure proceedings. Aside from Koh, names to note include partners Datuk Ben Chan Chong Choon and Yap Boon Hau.”(Click here for details)
   
 

MERGERMARKET

December 2013

Listed in their Q1 – Q4 M&A transactions, as the leading Malaysian M&A firm by deal number (ie. number of M&A transactions – with 9 recorded transactions) for South East Asia. (Click here for details)

October 2013

Listed in Mergermarket (an international transaction league table publication) in their Q1 – Q3 M&A Trend Report, as the leading Malaysian M&A firm by deal number (ie. number of M&A transactions – with 7 recorded transactions) for South East Asia. (Click here for details)

   
 

ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL

The 2014 edition of Asian-Mena Counsel Magazine and their website (www.inhousecommunity.com) listed MKP as ‘Firm of the Year 2014’.