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Based on research conducted by Asia Business Law Journal, the following are Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers (including foreign legal counsel/advisors/consultants practising in Malaysia).

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Salwah-Abdul-ShukorSalwah Abdul Shukor
Zain & Co

Key practice areas: Corporate

Mohamed-Ridza-AbdullahMohamed Ridza Abdullah
Mohamed Ridza & Co


Key practice areas: Corporate, financing and commercial matters; M&A; listings of public companies; joint venture and consortium agreements

Sunil-AbrahamSunil Abraham
Cecil Abraham & Partners

Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial litigation; banking & securities litigation; public & administrative law; media law disputes; commercial arbitration

Cecil-AbrahamCecil Abraham
Cecil Abraham & Partners

Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial litigation; banking & securities litigation; public & administrative law; investment treaty arbitration; commercial arbitration

Karen-AbrahamKaren Abraham
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: IP work; IP litigation

Romesh-AbrahamRomesh Abraham
Shook Lin & Bok
Tel: +603 2031 1788
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Insurance; shipping & aviation; general & civil litigation; employment & labour
Romesh Abraham was called to the Malaysian Bar in May 1984 and joined the firm as an associate in the same year. He has been a litigation partner in the firm since 1991 and is currently Head of the Labour and Industrial Disputes Department of the firm. His areas of practice include employment and administrative law and general tort and insurance claims.

He has appeared in arbitrations conducted under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) pertaining to cross border joint venture and telecommunications disputes.

Romesh has represented clients on a variety of employment disputes in the Industrial Court, High Court and at appellate level. He has also advised and acted as counsel in administrative and planning law issues and disputes involving local authorities.

He has presented papers at several conferences including the Commonwealth Law Conference, the Asia Pacific In-House Counsel Summit and the Malaysian Law Conference.

Wilfred-AbrahamWilfred Abraham
Zul Rafique & Partners

Key practice areas: Adjudication; arbitration; commercial law litigation; construction litigation; insurance law

Andri Aidham-BadriAndri Aidham Badri
Kadir Andri & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & securities; privatization

Zain-AzlanZain Azlan
Zain & Co

Key practice areas: Real estate; banking

Dhinesh-BhaskaranDhinesh Bhaskaran
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: Civil, commercial & corporate litigation; commercial arbitration; medical malpractice law; insurance law; environmental law

Azman-bin-Othman-LukAzman bin Othman Luk
Rahmat Lim & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; Islamic finance; Regulatory compliance; maritime & aviation

Ira-BiswasIra Biswas
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; commercial and civil litigation

Adrian-ChairAdrian Chair
Adnan Sundra & Low

Key practice areas: Landmark projects and development; energy, infrastructure & utilities; M&A; telecommunications and technology; joint ventures

Vincent-ChanVincent Chan
Abdullah Chan

Key practice areas: Corporate finance; capital markets; M&A; takeovers; privatization

Philip-ChanPhilip Chan
Skrine
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; real estate; corporate/M&A; project finance; project development

Chang-Wei-MunChang Wei Mun
Raja Darryl & Loh

Key practice areas: Construction; energy; infrastructure projects

Chang-Hong-YunChang Hong Yun
Tay & Partners

Key practice areas: M&A; FDI; banking and financial services; real estate; data protection and privacy

Adrian-CheeAdrian Chee
Adnan, Sundra & Low

Key practice areas: Capital markets; structured finance; debt and equity; Islamic finance

Chen-Lee-WonChen Lee Won
Rahmat Lim & Partners

Key practice areas: Foreign investment; M&A; corporate restructurings; joint ventures; securities law

Chew-Phye-KeatChew Phye Keat
Raja Darryl & Loh

Key practice areas: Corporate; commercial; ICT; IP

Brian-ChiaBrian Chia
Wong & Partners

Key practice areas: Public and private M&A; private equity; corporate restructuring and reorganisations; labour & employment; antitrust/competition

Chia-Chee-HoongChia Chee Hoong
Rahmat Lim & Partner

Key practice areas: Corporate; commercial; M&A; private equity; securities regulation

Esther-ChikEsther Chik
Wong & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; Islamic finance; debt transactions; loans & credit facilities; acquisition financing

Chooi-Mun-SouChooi Mun Sou
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff

Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate; real estate

Chung-Swee-LoongChung Swee Loong
Albar & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; Islamic finance; project finance; securitisation

Cyrus-V-DasCyrus V Das
Cyrus Das Advocates & Solicitors

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; administrative and constitutional law

WSW-DavidsonWSW Davidson
Azman Davidson & Co

Key practice areas: Arbitration; energy; taxation

Felix-DorairajFelix Dorairaj
Dorairaj Low & Teh

Key practice areas: Construction and real estate; shipping, maritime; aviation

Foong-Chee-MengFoong Chee Meng
Foong & Partners

Key practice areas: Corporate; foreign investments and acquisitions

Caroline-FrancisCaroline Francis
RamRais & Partners

Key practice areas: IP law; company secretarial practice; licensing; franchising

Andre-GanAndre Gan
Wong & Partners

Key practice areas: M&A; private equity; antitrust and competition; real estate; regulatory and compliance

Gilbert-GanGilbert Gan
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Key practice areas: Equity capital markets; M&A; securities regulations; FDI; exchange traded funds & derivatives

Rajasingam-GothandapaniRajasingam Gothandapani
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: Shipping & maritime; dispute resolution; regulatory compliance & enforcement; land acquisition & town and country planning; energy, natural resources & green technology

Ivan-HoIvan Ho
Shook Lin & Bok
Tel: +603 2031 1788
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate; banking & finance; TMT
Ivan joined the firm in 1987 as an associate. He became a partner in 1994. He practises in the areas of Corporate, Banking & Finance and TMT.

He has advised on and acted in respect of Malaysian and international transactions including acquisitions as well as disposals of corporations and of the business undertakings of corporations including commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, stockbroking companies, takeovers of companies (both friendly and hostile, for offerors and offerees), restructuring and amalgamation of companies, Companies Act section 176 schemes of arrangement, the issuance and offering of shares, debt and other securities, and legal due diligence exercises. He has also advised on incorporation of companies, formation of joint ventures, directors’ responsibilities, shareholders’ rights, and compliance with Malaysian corporate and securities laws generally.

As part of his TMT practice, he has acted for TMT companies in relation to licensing agreements, supply contracts and system integration agreements as well as other companies in relation to TMT matters.

Samuel-HongSamuel Hong
Kadir Andri & Partners

Key practice areas: Corporate commercial; M&A; equity capital markets

Siva-Kumar-KanagasabaiSiva Kumar Kanagasabai
Skrine

Key practice areas: Maritime and shipping; employment; commercial litigation and arbitration; fraud and asset recovery

Jeyanthini-KannaperanJeyanthini Kannaperan
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: Land dispute; commercial and corporate disputes; banking (including Islamic or Syariah banking and finance); insolvency; restructuring

Khoo-Guan-HuatKhoo Guan Huat
Kadir Andri & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & securities; equity capital markets

Khoo-Guan-HuatKhoo Guan Huat
Skrine

Key practice areas: IP litigation and enforcement; TMT disputes; international arbitration

Adrian Yeow-York-KohAdrian Yeow York Koh
Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh

Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate finance; corporate and commercial advisory; corporate and securities regulation; M&A

Philip-Tong-Ngee-KohPhilip Tong Ngee Koh
Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh

Key practice areas: Contract & investment laws; M&A; financial services & securities industries; corporate law & governance

Arun-KrishnalingamArun Krishnalingam
Sativale Mathew Arun

Key practice areas: Shipping law; admiralty

Vijey-Mohana-KrishnanVijey Mohana Krishnan
Raja Darryl & Loh

Key practice areas: Taxation law

Suan-Im-KungSuan Im Kung
Zul Rafique & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; Islamic finance; project finance; financial restructuring

Christopher-LeeChristopher Lee
Christopher & Lee Ong

Key practice areas: Capital markets; M&A; major projects; banking & finance

Hock-Chye-LeeHock Chye Lee
Christopher & Lee Ong

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; general corporate commercial; real estate

Lin-Li-LeeLin Li Lee
Tay & Partners

Key practice areas: IP; franchising and licensing; data protection & privacy; telecommunication, multimedia & technology; life science & healthcare

Christopher-LeongChristopher Leong
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution

Jeff-LeongJeff Leong
Jeff Leong Poon & Wong

Key practice areas: M&A; shipping; business transactions; logistics

Wai-Hong-LeongWai Hong Leong
Skrine

Key practice areas: International and domestic arbitration; corporate and commercial litigation; civil litigation; professional liability; defamation

Lilian-LiewLilian Liew
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; debt capital market;Islamic finance & banking

Chee-Wee-LimChee Wee Lim
Skrine

Key practice areas: International arbitration; fraud and asset recovery; commercial litigation and arbitration; regulatory enforcement

Chin-Hian-(Mark)-LimChin Hian (Mark) Lim
Wong & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; Islamic finance; debt capital markets; projects financing; projects

Loh-Siew-CheangLoh Siew Cheang
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution involving companies; securities laws

Loh-Mei-MeiLoh Mei Mei
Zul Rafique & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; debt capital market; Islamic finance; securitisation; project finance

Janet-LH-LooiJanet LH Looi
Skrine

Key practice areas: M&A; corporate governance; foreign direct investment and joint ventures; environmental law; competition law

Loy-Tuan-BeeLoy Tuan Bee
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff

Key practice areas: Real estate; banking & finance

Aznam-MansorAznam Mansor
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Key practice areas: Commercial litigation; banking & insolvency; tax, SST and customs

Azmi-Mohd-AliAzmi Mohd Ali
Azmi & Associates
Tel: + 603 2118 5001
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: M&A; projects; foreign investments; corporate & commercial; energy, oil & gas
Azmi Mohd Ali is a senior corporate & commercial lawyer and corporate leader in Malaysia with more than 30 years’ experience in leading major corporate legal transactional works of substantial value. He started his career in Petronas in 1984.

His current positions include:

  • Founder & Senior Partner of Azmi & Associates, a premier corporate and commercial law firm in Malaysia.
  • Arbitrator and adjudicator
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre.
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
  • Arbitrator for International Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (ICC).
  • Director of listed companies, non-listed companies and non-profit organization; S P Setia Berhad, Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad, Seacera Group Berhad, PNB Commercial Sdn Bhd, Malaysia International Franchise Sdn Bhd, UiTM Holdings Sdn Bhd, TerraLex International Law Network, Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia, Putra Business School (Business School)
  • Member: Appeals Committee of Bursa Malaysia; Financial Reporting Foundation Advisory Board of Law Faculty; University Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Advisory Committee; Law School of Taylor University
  • Academia: Adjunct Professor, Law Faculty of University Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Faisal-MoideenFaisal Moideen
Moideen & Max
+603 6205 9288/6205 9388
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: General litigation; sports law; industrial relations & employment; environmental & aviation Law; construction law
Faisal Moideen, founding and managing partner of Moideen & Max, is an experienced lawyer dedicated to the litigation practice.

As a seasoned litigation counsel, Faisal is frequently engaged in trial and appellate advocacy at all levels of court from the industrial court to the federal court.

A focused problem-solver, Faisal is analytical and aggressive in developing strategies and practical solutions for clients. He is regularly sought after for his counsel and advice on a wide range of legal related issues and subjects ranging from construction law, sports law, environmental law and criminal law.

His articulate and persuasive advocacy in court has also earned him praise and respect among his peers including senior members of the Bar. Faisal represents various multi-national companies including the national petroleum corporation and various national sports association / bodies. Faisal is also a trainer for the Advocacy Training Course run by the Bar Council.

Moy-Pui-YeeMoy Pui Yee
Rahmat Lim & Partners

Key practice areas: Takeovers; M&A; joint ventures; foreign investments; corporate and commercial transactions

Datuk-NabanDatuk Naban
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Key practice areas: Tax, SST and customs; dispute resolution; employment and industrial relations; IP; banking and finance

Nitin-NadkarniNitin Nadkarni
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Key practice areas: International arbitration

Rabindra-S-NathanRabindra S Nathan
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: Litigation cases relating to banking and insolvency, corporate matters, swaps and derivatives; international commercial arbitration

Rajendra-NavaratnamRajendra Navaratnam
Azman Davidson & Co

Key practice areas: Arbitration; construction; insurance; IP

Ng-Swee-KeeNg Swee Kee
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; energy-solar, oil & gas; logistics/e-commerce; infrastructure; technology media & communications

Nik-Norzrul-ThaniNik Norzrul Thani
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Key practice areas: Securities & regulatory compliance; corporate finance & securities; Islamic finance & banking; M&A; corporate banking

Ong-Chee-KwanOng Chee Kwan
Christopher & Lee Ong

Key practice areas: Commercial litigation; shipping

Charmayne-OngCharmayne Ong
Skrine

Key practice areas: IP; TMT; data; product law

Jerry-OngJerry Ong
Zul Rafique & Partners

Key practice areas: Acquisitions, mergers & takeovers; corporate restructuring; foreign investments; private equity & venture capital; equity capital markets

Jalalullail-OthmanJalalullail Othman
Shook Lin & Bok
Tel: +603 2031 1788
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Corporate; banking & finance; real estate; commercial & conveyancing; Islamic finance; loan & debt restructuring
Jal Othman is a partner in the corporate and commercial law practice group in Shook Lin & Bok, one of the oldest and largest law firm in Malaysia.

Jal works with a team of approximately 20 lawyers advising on corporate and commercial deals, both for onshore and cross border clients. His portfolio of work includes advising on a wide range of corporate mergers and acquisitions, business disposal plans, internal company restructuring and joint ventures and other commercial collaborations.

Jal’s involvement in the banking and finance practice group of the Firm provides a firm footing in corporate finance and this effectively complements his work in the corporate department.

Jal is also very much involved in public sector advisory work and has dealings with several governmental ministries, departments and agencies. These include the following:

  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Higher Education
  • Economic Planning Unit
  • The Prime Minister’s Office
  • The Public Private Partnership Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department (UKAS).
  • Securities Commission
  • Central Bank of Malaysia

Public sector works include concession agreements, facilitation fund agreements, collaboration agreements and business off take agreements.

Phang-Sweet-PingPhang Sweet Ping
Albar & Partners

Key practice areas: Risk management; knowledge management; litigation

Deepak-PillaiDeepak Pillai
Christopher & Lee Ong

Key practice areas: TMT; data privacy

Kenny-PoonKenny Poon
Jeff Leong Poon & Wong

Key practice areas: Corporate commercial; corporate finance; M&A; takeovers; cross border transactions

Chew-Soon-QuayChew Soon Quay
Skrine

Key practice areas: M&A; corporate restructuring

Zulkifly-RafiqueZulkifly Rafique
Zul Rafique & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; corporate, M&A; projects & corporate advisory; corporate real estate

Ariff-RozhanAriff Rozhan
Ariff Rozhan & Co

Key practice areas: General litigation and general dispute resolution; corporate, contractual and commercial disputes; arbitration; banking & financial disputes; insurance and reinsurance

Deepak-SadasivanDeepak Sadasivan
Adnan, Sundra & Low
Tel: + 603 2070 0466
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Securitization; Islamic finance; debt capital markets; derivatives; project finance
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 Asia Legal Business (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 1997-98 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 2018, 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 including: ALB Malaysia Law Awards, 2017 and 2018; Islamic Finance News Deals of the Year Awards 2018.

Iain-SedgleyIain Sedgley
Sedgley & Co

Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; M&A; projects & construction; private clients

Syed-Naqiz-ShahabuddinSyed Naqiz Shahabuddin
Naqiz & Partners

Key practice areas: Finance; energy & power; construction; automotive; defence; IT

Michael-SooMichael Soo
Shook Lin & Bok
Tel: +603 2031 1788
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: IP; IT & licensing
Michael Soo is the current Managing Partner of the firm. He joined the firm in 1993 as a partner and is the head of the IP and IT Department. Michael was the past president of the Malaysia Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) and is currently the president of Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Malaysia Country Group, and a councillor of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). He was a member of the Copyright Law Review Ad-hoc Committee, under the Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia, and is a member of the IP Committee of the Bar Council of Malaysia.

He has practised exclusively in all areas of IP law, with emphasis on enforcement and civil litigation, for over 30 years. He has appeared as lead counsel or co-counsel in a number of infringement and/or passing-off actions before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court (formerly known as Supreme Court).

Ambiga-SreenevasanAmbiga Sreenevasan
Sreenevasan

Key practice areas: Civil, commercial and corporate litigation; IP; industrial law

Tiang-Joo-SuTiang Joo Su
Cheah Teh & Su

Key practice areas: Litigation; dispute resolution; arbitration; mediation

Su-Siew-LingSu Siew Ling
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Key practice areas: IP

Chea-Li-(Lily)-TanChea Li (Lily) Tan
Albar & Partners

Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; capital markets; Islamic finance; project finance

Tan-Ming-LiTan Ming-Li
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff

Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate; M&A; wealth management

Tan-Kong-YamTan Kong Yam
Kadir Andri & Partners

Key practice areas: M&A; equity capital markets; private equity

Nicholas-TanNicholas Tan
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: Take-overs; M&A; joint ventures; corporate and commercial transactions

Sharon-TanSharon Tan
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Key practice areas: Communications, media & technology; competition; corporate commercial

Tay-Weng-HweeTay Weng Hwee
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Key practice areas: Corporate and M&A; banking & finance; real estate & construction; equity markets

Tay-Beng-ChaiTay Beng Chai
Tay & Partners

Key practice areas: Corporate work; M&A; equity capital markets; private equity; competition law

Marcus-van-GeyzelMarcus van Geyzel
Peter Ling & Van Geyzel

Key practice areas: Corporate; M&A; labour and employment

Linda-WangLinda Wang
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Key practice areas: IP law and litigation

Wong-Chin-ChinWong Chin Chin
Adnan, Sundra & Low

Key practice areas: M&A; corporate advisory; IPOs; privatisation of companies; real estate

Wong-Tat-ChungWong Tat Chung
Wong Beh & Toh

Key practice areas: Equity corporate finance; M&A; competition law

Wong-Jin-NeeWong Jin Nee
Wong Jin Nee & Teo

Key practice areas: IP

Yean-Sim-MiowYean Sim Miow
Skrine

Key practice areas: Real estate; wealth management, trust and charities; banking & finance; corporate and commercial; projects, mining and infrastructure

Grace-YeohGrace Yeoh
Shearn Delamore & Co

Key practice areas: M&A and takeovers; regulatory advice; structuring and restructuring; private wealth; energy, natural resources and green technology

Leonard-Soon-Beng-YeohLeonard Soon Beng Yeoh
Tay & Partners

Key practice areas: Dispute resolution & arbitration; labour, employment & industrial relations; building and construction; trade, safeguards and competition disputes; insolvency and corporate recovery

Yoong-Sin-MinYoong Sin Min
Shook Lin & Bok
Tel: +603 2031 1788
Email: [email protected]
Key practice areas: Banking & finance litigation; civil litigation
Sin Min joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. She has been admitted to the Bars of both Malaya and Singapore, and is a litigator in civil disputes, with her specialty being the area of Banking & Finance Litigation.

Her experience encompasses all legal problems related to and faced by financial institutions and she acts for such institutions in claims by and against them. She regularly acts and renders advice in matters relating to private debt securities (conventional and Islamic), receiverships and insolvencies, restructuring of debts and schemes of arrangements, handles disputes relating to performance bonds, syndicated loans, Islamic financing, trade finance and forward foreign exchange transactions, financial derivatives, investment banking, bills of exchange, ship financing and maritime vessel ownership matters, as well as various financial products of financial institutions. She has been involved in numerous legal disputes relating to land law and company law and has defended various institutions against a variety of claims including for negligence, defamation, conspiracy and fraud.

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