Legal Education: LLB (Hons), LLM (Hons), King's College London; Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln's Inn.
Bars Admissions and Professional Organizations: Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in July 1993. Admitted to the Malaysian Bar on 24th June 1994.
Deepak Sadasivan, Managing Partner of Adnan Sundra & Low, is recommended as a Market Leader in IFLR 1000's, IFLR1000's Financial and Corporate Rankings 2018 and is a highly ranked lawyer in a number of legal publications, including Asialaw Profiles Leading Lawyers 2018 (Market Leading Lawyer) and Chambers Asia-Pacific Global and Asia-Pacific Guides 2018 respectively in the areas of Banking & Finance and Islamic Finance in Malaysia (Band 1). He was also honoured with the Managing Partner of the Year Award at the ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2016 in recognition of his stewardship of the firm.
Deepak's experience includes banking work such as capital market financing, security documentation, straight financing, corporate work such as acquisitions, listings, joint ventures, restructuring and corporate and commercial litigation work. His early finance experience included acting for arrangers, lenders, underwriters and agents in relation to loan facilities taken by both the Government of Malaysia and corporations and advising on the recapitalisation of various Malaysian financial institutions during the 1997–1998 Asian financial crisis.
He is particularly experienced in structuring and documenting Islamic financing transactions which include advising on the world's first Green SRI Sukuk, the world's first exchangeable Sukuk (and also the largest ever exchangeable issuance in Malaysia); advising on Malaysia's first Islamic stapled securities transaction; advising Malaysia's first municipal bonds issuance (also the first bonds to employ a parallel Mudharabah Islamic structure) and advising on the template documentation for an Islamic Derivatives Master Agreement. Deepak is also extensively involved in project finance work and has advised on the financing of several significant infrastructure and energy projects in Malaysia, including the privatisation of water supply in Malaysia, solar and coal fired power plants and the development of expressways in Malaysia.
In addition to the above, he advised on a number of significant and award-winning transactions in 2017, including the world's first Green SRI Sukuk and the inaugural Islamic capital markets issuance of Malaysia's first and only financial guarantee insurer.
The firm has been privileged to receive recognition for its strong track record in advising on finance and corporate matters during the tenure of Deepak's leadership and some of our most recent accolades include:
- National Law Firm Of The Year (Malaysia) – IFLR Asia Awards 2014
- Malaysian Law Firm Of The Year – Asia Legal Business (ALB) Malaysia Law Awards 2016;
- Islamic Finance Law Firm Of The Year – ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2016, 2017 & 2018;
- Best Law Firm in ESG, Green & SRI category – IFN Law Awards 2018;
- West Malaysia Law Firm Of The Year – ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2017, 2018 & 2019;
- Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year – ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019;
- Client Service Award (Malaysia) – Asialaw Regional Awards 2019; and
- Project Finance Law Firm Of The Year (Malaysia) – The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards 2019