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Norhisham Abd Bahrin

Norhisham has over 12 years of experience in the legal field and is engaged in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions with focus on cross border investments, acquisitions, government concessions and tenders, aviation as well as forensic fraud advisory.

Hisham is an Advocate and Solicitor at the High Court of Malaya and graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia with LLB (Hons.). He holds an MBA from the Royal Docks Business School from the University of East London specializing in International Business.

Hisham has successfully advised notable transactions for large local clients ranging from various fields, including BERNAS, Celcom Axiata, PETRONAS, Permodalan Nasional Berhad and Penang Port. Internationally, his clients include Lear Corporation Inc., Arena Group of Companies, as well as acting as local counsel to renowned global law firms including Norton Rose, Herbert Smith Freehills and Bryan Cave.

Hisham speaks regularly at legal conferences, the most recent being the Mergers & Acquisitions Conference 2013 and the 17th Malaysia Capital Market Summit in 2012.

Highlights of Hisham’s experience include:

  1. Represented a local aviation company in its equity divestment to a global private equity fund worth RM642 million.
  2. Represented a local group of companies in its investment in the construction, development, operation and maintenance of a 225 MW Gas-Based Combined Cycle Power Plant in Andhra Pradesh, India worth USD200 million.
  3. Advised a local concession company in relation to the highway concession for the Southern West Coast Highway and the Pan Borneo Highway worth MYR8.4 billion and MYR8.6 billion respectively.
  4. Represented a UK-based global event infrastructure company for its acquisition of the largest event infrastructure company in South-East Asia based in Malaysia. This acquisition was featured in Lawyer Monthly, August 2013 pg 97: http://headley.co.uk/headturner/lm0813
  5. Advised a Fortune 500 company in its attempted 100% equity acquisition of an automotive seat manufacturing company based in Malaysia.
  6. Advised a Bangladeshi bank in its acquisition of a money remittance firm in Malaysia.
  7. Represented a subsidiary of the national pilgrimage fund it its joint venture with a global Islamic development bank for the provision of religious services in Muslim countries worldwide.
  8. Attended to the acquisition of 100% equity in a listed sugar processing company in Malaysia for MYR1.22 billion.
  9. Attended to the acquisition of 16% stake in a Malaysian branch of a major global insurance company for MYR89.7 Million.
  10. Attended to the acquisition of the business and assets of a vegetable oil refinery in Dongguan, China worth USD50.5 million.
  11. Attended to the negotiation for the acquisition of the biggest marine and naval operator in South East Asia worth MYR1.3 billion and merger with a Malaysian listed marine company.
  12. Attended to the acquisition of Oiltools International Inc, a global service and technology provider to the oil and gas industry based in Houston, USA with (then) 34 branches globally, managing the due diligence exercise and review of transaction documents;
  13. Attended to the negotiation and take-over of the Mtrans Group of Companies by a listed Malaysian company comprising the monorail and road transport logistics divisions including managing the due diligence exercise and reviewed the Sale and Purchase Agreements as well as other related documents.
  14. Attended to the negotiation with Bombardier Inc. for the upgrading service of the Light Rail Transport (LRT) service line in Kuala Lumpur from a two-car to a four-car system including drafting and reviewing the Service Agreement and Technology Licensing Agreement.

Apart from contributing to local and international publications on legal issues, Norhisham assisted in the editing of the following legal books:

  • Law, Practice and Procedure of Arbitration in Malaysia by Sundra Rajoo (Lexis Nexis Malaysia);
  • Judicial Decisions Affecting Bankers (2nd Ed) by Dato’ Syed Ahmad Idid & Wang Kuo Shing (Lexis Nexis Malaysia); and
  • Construction Contracts Management by Harbans Singh, Ir (Lexis Nexis Malaysia) Vol 1: Law and Principles; Vol 2: Pre Contract Award Practice; Vol 3: Commencement and Administrations; and Vol 4: Post Commencement Contracts.