Senior Partner: Abdul Kadir Kassim
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and other Chinese dialects
Kadir Andri & Partners (KAAP) was established under the name Kadir Kassim & Co. in 1976. Since its inception, KAAP has established itself as a premier legal firm of stellar reputation in Malaysia and abroad. KAAP has acted on some of the most prominent and complex transactions in Malaysia and is recognised for its ability to deliver innovative legal solutions. The firm consistently ranks in the top brackets of various industry surveys. Each practice group is led by accomplished partners who have distinguished themselves in their particular fields of expertise and have the specialist legal skills, industry experience and regional know-how to deliver commercially astute and practical solutions. KAAP’s clients, which include government entities, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, investment funds, multinationals and companies of all sizes across a diverse range of industries in and outside Malaysia, value the firm’s ethics, enterprise and energy as a trusted advisor.
Main Areas Of Practice:
Sources in Chambers Asia Pacific say “They are the best M&A lawyers in Malaysia” and “clients praise the team’s expert handling of the whole merger process from deal structuring to implementation; as one interviewee bore witness: The legal documentation was impeccable.” KAAP has advised on many transactions encompassing a wide range of structures and techniques, including acquisition of companies and businesses, takeover offers, demergers, schemes of arrangement and selective capital reduction exercises. The firm has considerable experience in the privatisation of public companies by way of innovative legal structures as well as investments and divestments by private equity funds.
Banking & Finance:
The firm offers a full range of legal services in banking and finance, and has considerable experience in the structuring and documentation of a variety of financing transactions, both conventional and Shariah compliant. They are regularly engaged on transactions relating to structured finance, securitisation, leveraged buy-outs, syndicated financing and acquisition financing. They have also advised on complex and innovative deals especially those involving Shariah compliant structures. In addition, they are actively involved in project financing, having advised on the financing of large infrastructure and utility projects, such as highways and power projects.
Sources in Chambers Asia Pacific say “In demand for its capital market skills, leading some of the most complex and high-profile IPOs. Highly rated for its long-standing experience in the market.” KAAP has been engaged in many notable and award-winning transactions, including public and private securities offerings, initial public offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, Sukuk issuances and other private debt securities.
Energy & Infrastructure:
Chambers Asia quoted a client in saying “we have worked closely with the lawyers there on a number of occasions, and they never fail to deliver.” The firm has considerable experience in the area of concessions, public-private initiatives, projects and construction work. They have advised on rail projects, highway concessions and large integrated projects as well as public and private large scale infrastructure work (hospitals, themed attractions, power and utilities). The firm is also very well versed with the oil and gas sector having advised on various matters related to production sharing agreements, offshore drilling contracts, mining and prospecting contracts. In the energy sector, KAAP has extensive experience in many subsectors including water, energy and waste water.
Corporate & Debt Restructuring:
KAAP has in-depth experience in the area of corporate and debt restructuring. The firm has advised clients on capital reductions and schemes of arrangements for purposes ranging from mergers and amalgamations, to reverse take-overs and corporate rescues. The firm is also proficient in devising strategies that cater to clients’ financial reporting and tax needs.
KAAP handles dispute resolution work at both trial and appellate level and also advises clients in alternative dispute resolution processes. The dispute resolution practice has considerable experience in areas such as employment, construction, defamation, receivership, corporate disputes and commercial and international arbitration.