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Christopher & Lee Ong's practice provides a 'top-notch service', 'very good response times' and 'rational advice', and is commended for its industry knowledge; it handles all manner of projects around Malaysia, but has been especially busy recently in solar projects and infrastructure. Christopher Lee and Jack Chor acted for Scatec Solar on its investment in three solar projects in peninsular Malaysia totalling 197MW. Eileen Yeoh advised Coca-Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) on the RM500m expansion of its built-for-purpose Malaysian warehouse. Shemane Chan is also recommended.

Rahmat Lim & Partners merged its projects practice with its international arbitration team in 2018; it now has five partners doing largely energy- and projects-related work. 'Commercial, strategic' litigator Kamilah Kasim 'understands construction industry norms and gets straight to the point'; she heads the practice jointly with international arbitrator Chong Yee Leong. Kasim also handles non-contentious matters, advising Malaysia Rail Link on its 640km railway line between the Greater Klang Valley and the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia (a project that has since been suspended). Pipelines are another area of deep expertise for the practice. Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani is also recommended.

Zain & Co's team of projects and energy lawyers will only be strengthened by the firm's merger with Dentons. It is commended for its 'super-prompt service, workable commercial solutions and thorough understanding of the context of each transaction'; led by the 'very experienced, knowledgeable' Rajiv Vijayanathan, who is 'a calming presence', the practice handles a wide range of projects, and counts Petronas as a client. Rebecca Jeyanthi Selvaraj is frequently active on projects work.

Especially experienced in oil, gas, power and infrastructure projects, the team at Shearn Delamore & Co is often involved in high-profile matters. Putri Noor Shariza Noordin and Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan acted for Saudi Aramco on its investment and joint venture with Petronas to develop the RAPID project, part of the Pengerang Integrated Complex. Prasarana Malaysia instructed Rabindra Nathan on a supplementary contract pertaining to the Kuala Lumpur Monorail Fleet Expansion project. The department is headed jointly by Grace Yeoh and litigator Rodney Gomez.

Especially active in energy projects, the practice at Skrine does 'excellent-quality work' and 'always meets deadlines'. The 'efficient, well-organised' and 'very proactive' Fariz Abdul Aziz 'knows the Malaysian upstream sector very well'; he advised PTT Exploration & Production on its purchase of a 10% stake in Petronas LNG 9, an LNG liquefaction plant. Richard Khoo acted for Mudajaya on its development of a 49MW solar power plant in Perak. Janice Tay left to join Wong & Partners; Adzim bin Amir Hamzah departed for CCW Partnership in Brunei.

Wong & Partners' practice has expanded in the last year, welcoming construction disputes expert Janice Tay from Skrine. Project finance expert Mark Lim and projects specialist Siaw Wan Lim jointly head the practice; both acted for Asian Development Bank as chief adviser to Melaka Green Technology regarding its public-private partnership (PPP) to install energy-efficient street lights in Melaka. Other clients include Titan Energy, IJM, Gunkul Engineering, Shell and Prasarana Malaysia.

Wong Kee Hooi heads the team at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law); she advised Quantum Solar Park (M) on its development of three 50MW solar projects in peninsular Malaysia, and acted for BGMC as project manager on its development of a 30MW solar power plant each in Kedah and Kelantan. Energy expert Amin Abdul Majid assisted Sarawak Coal Resources with the coal supply contracts for its power station in Sarawak, and advised Genting Utilities & Services on its negotiations with Tenaga Nasional to expand Genting Highlands' power distribution system.

Adnan Sundra & Low's practice was boosted by the firm's merger with Putri Norlisa Chair in October 2018; the key partners are now projects specialist Putri Norlisa Najib, corporate partner Adrian Chee and energy expert Adrian Chair. Chee advised Petronas on its $7bn sale of a 50% stake in PRPC Refinery and Cracker, and on its $900m sale of a 50% stake in PRPC Polymers. Najib counts Pengerang Terminals (Two) as a client. Counsel Ng Jo-Leen is also recommended.

Formed by the 2018 merger of Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff, CCA Law Firm fields an excellent team of projects experts. It advised Tenaga Nasional on its power-purchase agreements for the Energy Commission's second round of large-scale solar projects. In 2018, David Ong left to join Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia, but Rosey Lim, who has a focus on construction and infrastructure work, arrived from a role in-house at broadcasting company Astro.

Kadir Andri & Partners' department has corporate expertise in the energy sector, and regularly handles infrastructure project financings. Tan Kong Yam assisted UMW Holdings with the RM3.23bn reduction of its share capital in UMW Oil & Gas, and advised the latter on its RM1.8bn rights issuance. Andri Aidham Badri advised the Ministry of Finance on its RM1.78bn part-financing of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway project.

With experience in both the development and the financing of projects, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's team counts Sarawak Energy, Edra Power Holdings and Hyundai Engineering among its clients. Aaron Gerard Sankar advised Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera on its joint venture with Scomi Group and Synergy Generated to bid for engineering, procurement and construction contracts for renewable energy projects. The department is led by Steven Tee, who joined from Rahmat Lim & Partners in August 2017.

Especially strong in oil and gas, Mohamed Ridza & Co's department is led by Mohamad Nazran Basirun; he advised NGC Energy on its RM275m acquisition of Shell Malaysia Trading's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) business. Other clients include BIV Global (M), Gas Malaysia and, on the financing side, CIMB Islamic Bank. Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff also handles projects and energy work.

Fariz Azman Zainul Azman is the key partner at Naqiz & Partners; he is strongly supported by senior associate Iman Ishak. The team has been particularly active in hydropower project development and financing, and has also been handling defence procurement matters.

The 'efficient' practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh is commended for its 'sound knowledge'. 'Very experienced' department head Chan Wei Mun advised CRCC CREC CCC Consortium on its RM9.43bn Gemas-Johor Bahru Double-track Electrified Rail Line project. Tai Chu Wei acted for Mass Rapid Transit on its railway agreement with certain landowners for the construction of part of the Mass Rapid Transit project in the Klang Valley.

Corporate and commercial boutique Sedgley & Co is often active on projects, especially infrastructure. Managing partner Iain Sedgley acted for Hasrat Sedaya on various project-related matters; he also assists clients with project financing. Biotechnology projects are a niche area of experience for the firm.

Specialising in project finance, especially in the real estate sector, the team at Albar & Partners also has experience in the energy sector. Lily Chea Li Tan acted for YTL Power International on its issuance of RM2.5bn to finance an equity contribution in a 1,320MW power plant in Indonesia and to part-finance the construction of a 470MW power plant in Jordan. The practice counts several banks, such as Maybank Investment Bank and Bank of China (Malaysia), among its clients.

The 'highly recommended' Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari is the key partner at Azmi & Associates; his highlights included advising Malaysia Airport Holdings on the proposed KLIA Aeropolis and Digital Free Trade Zone developments. Sime Darby Group is another client.

The team at Shook Lin & Bok is led by litigator Lam Ko Luen, with support from corporate partner Hoh Kiat Ching. Lam advised Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia on the construction agreements for a factory in Selangor.

Noted for its expertise in large-scale project finance matters, Zul Rafique & Partners' department has particular experience in infrastructure. Ashela Ramaya advised a large syndicate of arrangers including Affin Hwang Investment Bank and AmInvestment Bank, on the RM4.7bn financing of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway

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