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|Eliathamby Sreesanthan is a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000|
Sree graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with First Class Honours from the University of Malaya in 1987 and was called to the Malaysian Bar in March 1988. He then obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), a postgraduate degree in law, from the University of Oxford in 1991 on a Kuok Foundation Scholarship.
Sree started his career as a legal assistant in Zain & Co., where he was made a partner in 1993. He joined Kadir Andri & Partners as a partner in 2002.
Sree handles a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial advisory work with special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, privatisation and corporatisation exercises, infrastructure projects, corporate and project finance, securities regulation and corporate governance.
In the mergers & acquisitions arena, Sree advised Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings Berhad on its take-over of Southern Bank Berhad, Binariang GSM Sdn Bhd on its privatisation of Maxis Communications Bhd, the Usaha Tegas Group on the privatisation of MEASAT Global Bhd and Tanjong plc and the landmark merger of Sime Darby, Guthrie and Golden Hope Group of Companies under Synergy Drive Bhd. He also assisted the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (as it was then known) in drafting the first wave of changes to the Listing Requirements and later the demutualisation of the Stock Exchange. Sree also headed several notable and pioneering listings on the Malaysian Stock Exchange including that of the Exchange’s demutualised exchange holding company, Bursa Malaysia Berhad as well as Titan Chemicals Corp. Berhad (Malaysia’s largest integrated olefins and polyolefins producer) and ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS plc, Malaysia’s first international IPO of a UK incorporated company. In 2009, Sree was involved in the USD3.3 billion IPO of Maxis Berhad, the largest telecommunications IPO globally since 2004 and the largest equity offering in Malaysia to date.
In addition, Sree has advised corporates on numerous debt offerings including bonds, subordinated debts and hybrid tier 1 issues. He also has extensive experience in infrastructure projects, with particular specialisation in the power sector, which sees him advising prominent utility companies on various industry specific matters and has been involved in cross-border power projects in India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Myanmar.
Sree was on the Task Force on Internal Control which produced guidance for directors of public listed companies in making disclosures in their company’s annual report on the state of internal control in accordance with the Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia and on the advisory council of the Malaysian Central Depository. He is currently on the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia and an accredited mediator with the Malaysian Mediation Centre. He has written several papers including “A Critique of the Securities Industry in Malaysia” Kuala Lumpur, (1987), “Conflicts of Interests in the context of Financial Conglomerates” Oxford, (1990) and “The Regulation of Commerce by the Securities Commission and the KLSE: Are we Over Regulated?” Kuala Lumpur, (2003).
Sree also sits on the Boards of Malayan Banking Berhad, Sime Darby Berhad, Guinness Anchor Berhad and Scomi Group Bhd and is a member of the Investment Committee of the Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020 fund managed by PNB.
In 2009, Sree was singled out as one of Asia’s top 25 M&A lawyers in the Asian Legal Business M&A regional survey rankings for 2009, the only Malaysian lawyer to have been ranked in this survey.
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