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Specialist firm Cecil Abraham And Partners is headed by Cecil Abraham, one of the ‘most respected’ practitioners in the area. The team acts in traditional litigation as well as arbitration matters, dealing with related complex, high-end disputes spanning, among others, antitrust, securities, banking, construction and infrastructure, and commercial law. It is acting for MUIP in a dispute seeking to ascertain whether a court of law is competent to interfere with an award by an arbitration tribunal. Sunil Abraham is also recommended.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s disputes team is one of the largest in the country and receives praise for its ‘creative and pragmatic approach to instructions’. It acted for Maybank, as the issuer of a letter of credit, in an over €29m dispute arising from an underlying contract involving several parties. Other clients include Telekom Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines and Sunway Holdings. Lambert Rasa-Ratnam, Rosli Dahlan, Nitin Nadkarni and Kumar Kanagasingam lead the practice. Darshendev Singh was made partner.

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Logan Sabapathy & Co

Logan Sabapathy & Co’s dispute resolution department centres on Logan’s practice as counsel, assisted by his juniors. Logan’s work covers all areas of commercial law, with a particular focus on complex commercial and corporate disputes. Over the years, he has acted for clients in a broad range of cases with multi-millions in dispute. Some of these cases include shareholders’ disputes, directors’ duties, competition law proceedings, breach of trust and long-term contractual disputes. Logan currently practises largely in the High Court and the appellate courts, and in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly advises clients on securities laws, joint ventures, corporate recovery and investment disputes.

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The ‘fantastic and experienced team’ at Raja, Darryl & Loh is headed by Darryl Goon, who is well known for his vast litigation expertise. Goon and Raja Eileen Soraya are leading the advice to a medical practitioner and Sunway Medical Centre in a dispute related to the vicarious responsibility of medical institutions in negligence cases. Arbitration experts Chang Wei Mun and Choon Hon Leng are also active members of the practice. Notable clients include Hong Leong Group, the Medical Protection Society and the Edge Media Group.

Work headlines for the sizeable disputes practice at Shearn Delamore & Co have included acting for the State and Federal Government and other public and private bodies in proceedings before the High Court of Johor Bahru initiated by indigenous West Malaysian plaintiffs (Orang Asli) claiming against the unlawful appropriation of their land. Jeyanthini Kannaperan leads the group, ably aided by Rajasingam Gothandapani, Robert Lazar and Yee Mein Ken.

Shook Lin & Bok gains recognition for its ‘pragmatic advice paired with deep-knowledge of the sector’. The ‘vastly experienced team’ acts for clients in complex related civil disputes, banking and finance claims, and international arbitration. Yoong Sin Min led in the representation of Maybank and others, as the noteholders, in a dispute concerning the interpretation of terms contained in a trust deed, with a total value of close to RM327m. It is acting for Public Bank (the defendant) in a case concerning banks’ duty of secrecy and confidentiality, with a value claim of RM350m. Nagarajah Muttiah, Romesh Abraham, Lam Ko Luen, Sudharsanan Thillainathan and Chan Kok Keong are all notable practitioners.

Skrine’s Leong Wai Hong is acting for the Straits Times Press in a defamation claim initiated by the Chief Minister of the State of Penang and his Deputy Chief Minister. Lim Chee Wee, who has a good reputation as an effective litigator, represented Thai-Lao Lignite and Hongsa Lignite in a £57m arbitration case before the Federal Court. Lim and Lee Shih are leading the advice to the Securities Commission in relation to court proceedings initiated by an audit corporation. Key clients also include Petronas and Bursa Malaysia.

Cheang & Ariff’s lawyers are well-versed in advising corporate clients on a variety of related dispute instructions and receive commendation for their ability to ‘cut to the very heart of a dispute’. Under the leadership of Cindy Goh, the team represented a client in a contract class action against a property developer, and acted for the petitioner in a minority oppression claim. Loh Siew Cheang earns recognition for his corporate litigation advice.

Chooi & Company is regularly instructed by major corporations, banking and finance institutions and high-net-worth individuals on complex dispute matters. The team is headed by Ira Biswas, who acts for an outstanding list of local and domestic clients. Christopher Leong and Janet Chai are also recommended.

At Tommy Thomas, Tommy Thomas and Alan Gomez work for a variety of clients on a broad range of matters including commercial litigation, IP disputes and constitutional disputes. Sitpah Selvaratnam is recommended for his expertise in maritime law.

A visible firm in the Malaysian legal market, Wong & Partners attracts praise for ‘its timely responses, industry knowledge and awareness of clients’ objectives’. Head of practice Kherk Ying Chew, together with Eddie Chuah, is representing a global airline in claims against former employees on grounds of fraud related to the manipulation of its ticketing system, while Mohd Arief Emran Bin Arifin is acting for a mining corporation in matters connected to a contractual dispute against an American-based gold producer, with a claim value nearing MR1.7m. Elaine Yap is also recommended.

Christopher & Lee Ong’s well-reputed litigation practice acts for clients such as Cavium, Malayan Banking, Kuwait Finance House and Drill Stem Middle East. It is acting for Malayan Banking in court proceedings against Bank of Nova Scotia related to legal charges disputes. Ong Chee Kwan and John Matthew are recommended.

Gan Partnership continues to cement its presence in the litigation arena since its foundation in 2011. The ‘very experienced’ Gan Khong Aik and Foo Joon Liang are noted for their knowledge and expertise.

Lee & Koh fields ‘a strong litigation group’ headed by Koh Yew Chong. The practice advises AmBank, Bukit Rimau Development and MSU Holdings in litigation matters. Irwan Ismail and Justin Leong Chee C’Jun6 are also noted.

Litigation is a core practice at MahWengKwai & Associates. Managing partner Raymond Mah has significant expertise in litigation matters and is highly regarded in the Malaysian legal field. Richard Wee, an expert in sports law, brings his recognised expertise to the practice. Clients include Sime Darby Property, Notre Dame Nursery and Esstar Vision.

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar is regularly involved in some of the most complex high-value corporate and commercial litigation cases. The practice is led by ‘respected practitioner’ Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who represents clients in litigation and arbitration cases.

Rahmat Lim & Partners acted for Syn Tai Hung Trading in a lawsuit against its former CEO for damages on grounds of breach of duties when conducting the company’s affairs. Head of litigation Jack Yow advised ARRIS Technology and ARRIS Solutions Malaysia (the creditors) on winding up proceedings related to Asian Broadcasting Network including its filed application for scheme of arrangements. Arbitration practice head Chong Yee Leong, Kamilah Kasim and Chong Boon Leong are all recommended.

Sreenevasan Young is a litigation boutique known for its expertise in shareholders’ disputes, securities violations, as well as breach of trust and probate cases. Gopal Sreenevasan, Conrad Young and Ravindran Shanmuganathan are the key names.

Tay & PartnersLeonard Yeoh and Wong Weng Yew represented Megasteel in a judicial review before the High Court challenging the Minister of International Trade and Industry’s negative decision to impose safeguarding duties on the imports of hot rolled coils into Malaysia.

Zain & Co’s key areas of expertise include commercial litigation, construction and engineering disputes, arbitration, and employment cases. Heads of practice Anita Sockalingam and Vatsala Ratnasabapathy together with Kok Su Ann, the head of the compulsory land acquisition and land reference proceedings division, are all noted.

Zul Rafique & Partners’ Kuhendran Thanapalasingam successfully led the advice to Petronas Dagangan before the High Court in a dispute initiated by Golden Clay relating to liquefied petroleum gas supply.

Albar & Partners advises on a variety of matters including banking and commercial litigation, constructions disputes, breach of contracts, factoring disputes. Practice heads Narayanan Chandran and Vijakumar Varatharajoo are noted for their work and expertise.

Recently established firm Ariff Rozhan & Co acted for a BVI-registered corporation before the High Court of England and Wales, and also counts Maybank among its clients. Ariff Rozhan, Christopher Arun and William Lim are the key contacts.

The litigation team at Azim, Tunku Farik & Wong handles insurance and commercial disputes. Tunku Farik and Wong Hok Mun are recommended.

At Izral Partnership, Mohd Izral Khairy has represented a Malaysian subsidiary of an English corporation in a civil fraud case, and has also acted for the heirs of a well-known individual in disputes relating to trusts created by the testator.

Under the leadership of Edmund Bon, AmerBON represents major corporations in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

Azman, Davidson & Co handles a variety of civil and commercial claims for clients at all levels of courts and tribunals. Paul Kwong is the key name.

Azmi & Associates handles, among others, disputes relating to contracts as well as to the sale of goods and commodities. Azlan Sulaiman is the key contact.

Josephine, L K Chow & Co advises on disputes before all court levels. Cyndi Chow and Yip Huen Weng are noted.

Logan Sabapathy leads the dispute resolution practice at Logan Sabapathy & Co.

All five partners at Mohanadass Partnership are highly experienced in dispute resolution and, as a whole, the team has expertise in commercial, construction, oil and gas, and telecoms cases, particularly arbitrations. In a Kuala Lumpur arbitration, the group acted for a leading financial institution in a dispute relating to the sale and purchase of loan security assets, while in a London arbitration (under UNCITRAL rules), it handled a case arising from the design and construction of an oil and gas platform. Name partner Mohanadass Kanagasabai is highly regarded.

Ranjit Singh & Yeoh houses a small but effective litigation group specialised in commercial disputes. Ranjit Singh and Yeoh Cho Kheong are the main contacts.

Shaikh David & Co represents medium to large corporation in litigation proceedings. Shaik Abdul Saleem, James David and Felix Raj lead the practice.

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