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Regulatory advice on foreign exchange administration, financial institutions,  securities laws (including on collective investment schemes, securities borrowing and lending, licensing of regulated activities) and regulation of derivatives;

Loans from conventional banks for project financing and working capital purposes, treasury products, debt capital market offerings, Islamic financing, both domestic and cross border;

Derivative transactions and structured finance products

Investment products

Commenced her career in 1986 in a litigation practice, and then worked in a public listed company as in-house legal counsel. Since joining Shearn Delamore & Co. in 1992, she has experience in financial services, having worked on domestic and international, conventional and Islamic financings and capital market issues. More recently, Christina’s focus has been on providing regulatory advice practice in areas of law pertinent to financing and capital markets, including securities law, derivatives regulation and regulation of financial institutions.

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Qualifications

LL.B, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

Admission to the Bar

Malaya (1986)

Professional Memberships

• Member of the Malaysian Bar
• Firm Representative at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc.(ISDA)
• Member of the International Bar Association

Awards and Recognition

• Asialaw Profiles 2011 - "Debt restructuring is another forté of the firm, with the practice led by Christina SC Kow. The bespoke advice Kow provided to Spare Holdings, CVC Asia Pacific’s special purpose vehicle, in relation to its discharge of leveraged buyout (LBO) financing to original syndicate lenders speaks volumes for the team’s ability in this area."

• Asialaw Profiles 2013, 2014 and 2015 - a "Recommended Lawyer".

• Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 and 2016 - a "Leading Lawyer" in Banking and Finance, Energy and Natural Resources and Financial Services Regulatory practice.

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2010 - "Also noted is Christina Kow, one of a handful of practitioners in the country who handles financial services regulatory work. Regarded as a "safe pair of hands with an impressive manner," she provides regulatory advice on mergers between financial institutions, and to foreign financial institutions involved in establishing local intermediaries."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 - "Has a loyal client base and is counsel of choice for derivatives and financial services regulatory maters."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2012- "Heads the department and is the key partner at the firm for financial regulatory issues."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2013- "Christina Kow is head of the firm's financial services department and focuses predominantly on financial regulatory work including exchange control regulations and securities law."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2014- "Christina Kow heads the firm's banking and finance practice and led the team advising Goldman Sachs on SSG Resources' notes issuance. She also has extensive banking and capital market experience."

• Chambers Global 2013 and 2014 - one of the "Leaders in their Field" - Banking and Finance.

• Expert Guides 2015 - Women in Business Law in Banking and Finance.

• IFLR 1000 2011 - "The financial services practice group, a one-stop shop for "She's very helpful and professional, even when she's under a lot a lot of pressure," says a client of Kow. "She often gives us free advice when there are certain things we didn't know what to do."

• IFLR1000 2013 - a "Leading Lawyer" in Banking.

• IFLR1000 2014 - "Christina Kow heads the firm's financial services group, which encompasses its banking and finance and capital markets practices. Showcasing its prestigious client base, in October 2012 the firm acted for Goldman Sachs (Singapore) as lead manager on a $800 million notes issue by Sarawak-government controlled SSG Capital Holdings, and for Goldman Sachs International on a $1.75 billion issue of notes by 1MDB Energy (Langat)."

• IFLR1000 2015, 2016 and 2017 - a "Leading Lawyer" in Banking.

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2014 - 2017) - a "Leading Lawyer" in Banking and Finance. 

Languages

English, Bahasa Malaysia

Contact

Telephone: +603 2027 2786
Fax: +603 2070 4445
Email: christina@shearndelamore.com

 
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