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Cecil Abraham And Partners was founded in July 2015 by Cecil Abraham, who together with Aniz Ahmad Amirudin, Sunil Abraham and Rishwant Singh, departed Zul Rafique & Partners. The highly regarded team handles complex, high–profile disputes across a broad range of industry sectors. Highlights included representing Petronas in a Federal Court dispute with the State of Kelantan government.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s ‘very efficient and accommodating team’ is led by Lambert Rasa–Ratnam. He, and the ‘creative, pragmatic and professionalSM Shanmugam, represented the Securities Commission in a civil action against seven defendants regarding market manipulation of shares. Rosli Dahlan is the head of corporate disputes, and, in representing scholar Kassim Ahmad, mounted a successful judicial review application against the Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI) and others regarding constitutional breaches. Nitin Nadkarni leads in real estate and construction litigation, while Kumar Kanagasingam is the head of banking disputes. Andrew Chiew is ‘smart, alert and knowledgeable’.

Lawyers at the ‘fantasticRaja, Darryl & Loh are ‘very approachable and have good communication skills’. Highlights for practice head Darryl Goon and Raja Eileen Soraya included successfully applying for a judicial review against the suspension of articles imposed against The Edge Communications pertaining to the 1MDB scandal. Maidzuara Mohammed successfully represented a doctor in a medical negligence case in the Court of Appeal. Ng Sai Yeang and Rajasekaran Murugaiah are also highly recommended, and Chang Wei Mun and Choon Hon Leng are known for their arbitration expertise.

Shearn Delamore & Co’s 16–partner practice includes ‘a lot of fine litigators’. It is led by Jeyanthini Kannaperan, who acts for leading banks. Robert Lazar’s highlights included defending developer Mayland Valiant against a claim brought by a local authority, while Rajasingam Gothandapani is representing the registered owners of a tract of land against claims brought by 185 Orang Asli, who claim it as customary land. Other clients include the State Secretariat Incorporated of Johor, Maybank, and a number of publishers, which Yee Mein Ken represents in libel cases and other matters.

Shook Lin & Bok’s team ‘inspires confidence by giving practical, well–researched advice’. Yoong Sin Min heads the banking and finance litigation department, and acts for Ernst & Young, Public Bank and Maybank, as well as representing Affin Bank in an appeal before the Federal Court. Nagaraiah Muttiah is responsible for general and civil litigation, insurance and shipping, and arbitration, and acted for a leading Malaysian insurer in a dispute with an international reinsurer. Steven Thiruneelakandan and Lam Ko Luen are highly recommended.

Skrine’s team is ‘highly responsive and always practical’. Practice head Leong Wai Hong is defending The New Straits Times Press in a defamation case brought by the Chief Minister of the State of Penang and his Deputy Chief Minister, as well as acting for the claimant in a medical negligence case in the Federal Court. ‘Highly effective litigatorLim Chee Wee is acting for Thai–Lao Lignite and Hongsa Lignite in a bid to uphold a £57m arbitral award that is before the Federal Court. Lim, together with the ‘talented and client–friendlyLee Shih, is defending the Securities Commission against a suit filed by an audit firm. Other clients include Petronas and Bursa Malaysia.

Lawyers at Cheang & Ariffexceed expectations and have the ability to cut to the very heart of a dispute’. Cindy Goh, who ‘has a strong sense of integrity and is very impressive in court’, successfully represented the claimant in a breach of contract class action against a property developer and acted for the petitioner in a minority oppression case. Managing partner Loh Siew Cheang is an experienced litigator.

Chooi & Company is commended for its ‘prompt responses, good industry knowledge and strong teamwork’. Ira Biswas heads the practice, which represents major international and domestic clients in a broad range of matters. Christopher Leong, who is ‘approachable and meticulous’, the ‘impressiveJanet Chai and Lim Tuck Sun are other names to note.

Tommy Thomas has an excellent reputation for litigation. Tommy Thomas and Alan Gomez handle a broad range of matters, including commercial litigation, IP disputes and constitutional cases. Consultant Sitpah Selvaratnam has notable expertise in maritime law.

Wong & Partners is praised for its ‘good industry knowledge, excellent response times and advice that is commercially and strategically sound’. Practice head Kherk Ying Chew represented Juris Technologies in a dispute with former employees. The ‘meticulous and extremely hardworking’ Elaine Yap is acting for Meinhardt Singapore in enforcing a judgment granted in the UAE. Highlights for Mohd Arief Emran bin Arifin included representing Planète Enfants in a shareholders’ dispute and acting for Atlas Housing in an application for a review of a Federal Court decision.

Lawyers at the ‘exceptionalMalik Imtiaz Sarwarhave a good understanding of clients’ needs and offer practical advice’. The broad practice handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation at all levels, as well as arbitration. Highlights for the ‘extremely articulate and persuasive’ Malik Imtiaz Sarwar included obtaining leave to commence committal proceedings against the chief minister of state for Johor on behalf of Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia Negeri Johor.

At Rahmat Lim & Partners, litigation practice head Jack Yow, who ‘gives sound advice’, represented Cristal Technology in arbitration proceedings and acted for Inter–Continental Oils and Fats in two arbitrations against Springfield Commodities. His litigation clients include Royal Bank of Canada. Chong Yee Leong heads the arbitration practice, and Kamilah Kasim and Chong Boon Leong are recommended for infrastructure disputes and international arbitration respectively.

Litigation boutique Sreenevasan Young handles shareholders’ disputes and securities law violations, breach of trust claims and probate matters. Key partners include ‘extremely persuasive advocateGopal Sreenevasan, the ‘very meticulousConrad Young, and Ravindran Shanmuganathan.

At Tay & Partners, the ‘resourceful and hands–onLeonard Yeoh is representing AirAsia in a RM409m claim against Malaysia Airports Holdings and is acting for the same client in a defamation suit against a former MP. The firm handles a large volume of commercial litigation and arbitration. Key figures also include Wong Weng Yew.

Albar & Partners’ practice is led by Narayanan Chandran and Vijakumar Varatharajoo, who represented Paul Poh Yang Hong in a dispute with the Registrar of Land Titles and the government of Malaysia.

Ariff Rozhan & Co was established in April 2015 after principal partners Ariff Rozhan, Christopher Arun and William Lim left Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law). The team successfully represented a BVI–registered company in the High Court of England and Wales, and also acted for Maybank.

Lawyers at Azim, Tunku Farik & Wong, including Tunku Farik and Wong Hok Mun, are best known for their insurance litigation expertise, but also handle commercial and general litigation.

Christopher & Lee Ong’s practice is led by the ‘very experienced’ Ong Chee Kwan, who handles arbitration and litigation in relation to commercial disputes, construction contracts and shipping.

At Gan Partnership, Gan Khong Aik and Foo Joon Liang are ‘very competent and commercial in their approach’. The duo regularly handle high–profile cases before the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

Highlights for Izral Partnership’s Mohd Izral Khairy included defending the Malaysian subsidiary of an English company in a civil fraud case and appealing for the removal of a liquidator of the Sin Hai Estate.

Lee & Koh’s Koh Yew Chong acts for AmBank in litigation, and also represented Valencia Development and a number of individuals. Infrastructure disputes are a key part of the firm’s workload.

MahWengKwai & Associates is praised for its ‘good advice and tip–top service’. The firm is involved in judicial review applications and corporate disputes. Practice head Raymond Mah is ‘very hardworking’.

Zain & Co handles a broad range of commercial and construction litigation, as well as arbitration. Key lawyers include Vatsala Ratnasabapathy and Anita Sockalingam, who secured a victory for a Japanese manufacturer in the Court of Appeal.

Zul Rafique & Partners’ practice is led by P Jayasingam, with other key figures including Norliza Rasool Khan and consultant Shahul Hameed Amiruddin. The team handles high–profile cases across a broad range of industry sectors, often in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

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