Kooi Thong specialises in banking & finance transactions and debt capital markets transactions. His experience includes advising governments and government agencies, commercial and development financial institutions, bond/Sukuk holders, trustees and issuers/borrowers across a variety of industries in financing and lending matters such as bilateral and syndicated facilities, bond/Sukuk issues, trade facilities and derivatives. He is experienced in Islamic finance and has worked on transactions based on various forms of Shariah structures.

He has an extensive portfolio in government-guaranteed financing for infrastructure projects and public sector entities, including highway development, gas and multi-product pipeline construction and funding to the national higher education fund, the national technology financier and the public transport operators in Malaysia.

His recent noteworthy engagements include: (i) advising a petroleum refining company in relation to English law governed credit facilities following an acquisition; (ii) advising a syndicate of financiers to an oil and gas company in connection with a major refinancing scheme; and (iii) advising the banks on the financing of a power plant comprising a Sukuk issuance, a hedging facility and a subordinated facility. He previously advised on the establishment of a Sukuk programme by a telecommunication company which won the Most Innovative Deal of the Year awarded by an international publication.

Kooi Thong co-authored the Malaysian chapter of the Project Finance Report 2014 published by the International Financial Law Review. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, he was practicing as a Senior Associate in a regional firm in Malaysia.


Bar Admissions and Professional Qualifications
Bar of England and Wales, Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
Malaysian Bar (2009)

Legal Education
Postgraduate Certificate (Finance and Financial Law), University of London
LLB (Hons), University of Reading