Joseph Ooi graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and was called to the English Bar in July 1996. He is a member of the Lincoln's Inn. He obtained his masters in laws (ll.M) from the university of wolverhampton and was called to the Malaysian Bar on 26 September 1997.

Joseph has extensive experience in financing transaction works, covering acquisition financings, syndicated loans, club deals, debt restructurings and rescheduling. He acts for major local as well as foreign banks and lending syndicates. He has also acted for major investment and property development groups, with operations in Malaysia. He also advises financial institutions on banking and financial laws and regulations.

Joseph is also focused on corporate real estate works. His experience includes representing and advising various major real estate developers, corporations, institutions, REITs and registered societies in the acquisitions and/or sale of agricultural, residential, industrial, commercial land and buildings by tender, private treaty and the development and sale of the completed properties. His other areas of practice include representing and advising major commercial landlords such as shopping mall owners and office building owners in commercial leasing.

In terms of merger and acquisitions works, Joseph is involved extensively in corporate mergers and acquisitions and restructuring work, particularly private limited companies work, including local and offshore acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and shareholder agreements.

His recent significant transactions include:-

  • Acting for various lenders in relation to the grant of various credit facilities to major real estate development groups for,amongst others, development and/or construction of residential projects, commercial projects and industrial buildings.

  • Acting for various lenders in relation to financing facilities for the acquisition of the majority stake of publicly listed companies and its subsidiaries and the privatisation of publicly listed companies.

  • Acting for lenders in relation to ship financing including the construction, acquisition and registration of ships.

  • Acting for various major real estate developers in the acquisition of vacant development lands and the subsequent advice in relation to the development and eventual sale of commercial, industrial and residential units including advising
    on the legal feasibility of the intended future use/development of the subject land and/or building under acquisition.

  • Advising various major commercial, industrial and residential landlords and developers in commercial, industrial and residential leasing including structuring master lease templates and unit templates.