Fiona has over 25 years of practice in banking & finance. Her primary area of practice includes domestic and offshore bilateral/ syndicated credit facilities for financial institutions and corporate borrowers, both conventional and Islamic financing, issuance of conventional debt capital market instruments and Islamic financing instruments, corporate debt restructuring, sale and purchase of distressed debt, securitization and derivatives.
Fiona has been listed as a leading lawyer for Capital Markets, Banking and Project Finance in the IFLR rankings, and has been recommended for Islamic Finance by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. She has also been identified as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance for Malaysia, in the Asialaw Profiles since 2016.
Fiona’s experience includes:
- Acted as Malaysian legal counsel to a lead arranger in respect of USD and MYR term and revolving facilities to a media company.
- Acted as Malaysian legal counsel to a lead arranger in respect of a guaranteed, Islamic Commodity Murabahah facility.
- Acted as legal counsel to a Malaysian bank in its capacity as principal advisor to a commercial bank in Bahrain in the securitization of its housing loans.
- Acted as legal counsel to a lead arranger and facility agent, in the issuance of Islamic sukuk in accordance with the Syariah principles of Al-Ijarah to fund construction of the headquarters of a Government linked company.
- Acted as legal counsel for the principal advisor to a public listed company, in respect of an issuance of Islamic securities with warrants issued under the Shariah principle of Mudharabah, and an issuance of Islamic securities by way of a programme under the Shariah principle of Mudharabah.
- Acted as legal counsel to a lender in respect of bilateral Commodity Murabahah term financing and Bai Al-Inah revolving facility granted to a Malaysian corporate.
- Acted as legal counsel to a trustee/custodian in respect of an investment linked structured product secured by Government securities.
- Acted as legal counsel to a Hongkong fund in its acquisition of distressed debt from a Malaysian commercial bank.
- Acted as legal counsel to a Malaysian commercial bank in its disposal of distressed debt to a US based fund.
- Acted as legal counsel to the Labuan branch of two Japanese banks, in relation to their respective USD bilateral loans to an Australian borrower.
- Acted as legal counsel to a commercial bank in its capacity as agent, and mandated lead arranger in a USD syndicated term loan facility to a Malaysian public listed company.
- Acted as legal counsel to a capital fund in relation to a secured Ringgit term loan granted by a commercial bank, for the purpose of the fund’s acquisition of an educational institution.
- Acted as legal counsel to several commercial banks in their capacity as lead arrangers and principal advisers in connection with the issuance by an independent power producer of up to RM835 million in nominal value Islamic securities and by its parent company of up to RM540 million in nominal value Islamic securities, under the Shariah principle of Murabahah (based on the concept of Tawarruq) for the purpose of refinancing facilities obtained for the construction of a gas-fired combined cycle electricity generating power plant.
Memberships / Directorships
- Member, Gray’s Inn (UK)
- Member, Malaysian Bar
- Co-author, “A Practical Guide to Loans & Bonds – A Malaysian Legal Perspective” with Paul Wee Ei-Don, published by CCH Asia Pte Limited in 2004
- Contributor, “Lending and taking security in Malaysia: Overview”, Thomson Reuters Practical Law Finance Global Guide, 10th Anniversary Edition (2016)