Chin Sook Kwan

Zaid Ibrahim & Co.(a member of ZICO Law)
d.+603 2087 9878f.+603 2094 4888


Sook Kwan’s work encompasses a wide variety of debt transactions including bilateral and syndicated corporate loans, conventional and Islamic debt securities and project finance transactions.

Sook Kwan also advises clients on asset securitisation and other structured financing transactions. She was legal counsel for a number of securitisation transactions in Malaysia including the first of such transactions approved under the Securities Commission guidelines.

Sook Kwan has been named as a leading lawyer in banking and finance and debt capital markets in many notable publications including Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and the International Financial Law Review (IFLR). She was one of only 4 lawyers from Malaysia included in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide 2018. She has also won multiple awards for her role in capital market transactions from, among others, Islamic Finance News, Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards and nominated for leading deals at the Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards.


Sook Kwan began her legal career at Russell McVeagh Mckenzie Bartleet & Co, one of the largest commercial law firms in New Zealand. In 1996, Sook Kwan returned to Malaysia and joined Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICOlaw) as an Associate. Sook Kwan was made a Partner of the firm in 2000.


  • Advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (1996)
  • Barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1993)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Victoria University, New Zealand


  • Band 1| Banking & Finance | Malaysia
    Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, 2016
  • Leading Lawyer| Banking  | Malaysia
    IFLR 1000, 2016
  • Global Expert| Capital Markets | Malaysia
    Euromoney’s Expert Guides, 2016
  • Global Expert| Women in Business Law| Malaysia
    Euromoney’s Expert Guides, 2016