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With superb strength in depth and an excellent client base, the team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill handles the full range of tax work. The 'pre-eminent' Saravana Kumar has 'profound legal knowledge and strong commercial acumen', delivers 'well-considered, pragmatic advice' and is 'a real pleasure to work with'; he and D.P. Naban represented Magnum and Magnum Holdings in their application for judicial review regarding deduction for expenses incurred on its capital repayment exercise and privatisation in 2008; the amount in dispute is close to RM500m. Other clients include Atlan Holdings, Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia, Cititower and the Commonwealth of Australia.

Shearn Delamore & Co's 'excellent' practice provides 'very practical advice', and is especially well known for its contentious work. Anand Raj acted for Wincor Nixdorf (M) in judicial review proceedings in the High Court after the Minister of Finance and the Director-General of Customs refused to grant it a remission of import duties and sales tax. Practice head Goh Ka Im acted for CIMB Bank in a tax appeal case regarding capital allowance claims. On the non-contentious side, Saudi Aramco instructed Irene Yong on a very high-value transactional tax case.

Fielding four full-time tax partners, Wong & Partners' 'fabulous, incredibly knowledgeable' department handles the full range of tax matters, including transfer pricing and wealth management; it is commended for its 'fast, reasonable and practical advice'. 'Tax veteran' Adeline Wong heads the practice; she acted for Muhibbah Engineering (M) in an appeal case regarding the status of negative pledges relating to stamp duty. Other clients of the team include McDonald's, GEOWSSB and, on the transactional side, SCG Packaging. The 'very creative, hardworking' Krystal Ng, who has excellent transfer pricing experience, 'exceeds expectations in structuring transactions, and deeply understands clients' goals'. Litigator Jason Liang, indirect tax expert Yvonne Beh and senior associate Yi Lyn Tan are other names to note.

Vijey Krishnan heads the group at Raja, Darryl & Loh; he acted for SKF Bearing Industries (Malaysia) in judicial review proceedings regarding the taxability of compensation for the sale of intangible assets. He also represented YPJ Golf Resorts and YPJ Plantations in a case before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, and Country Heights Holdings in appeal proceedings regarding taxable assets. William Wong is a highly active senior associate.

Skrine's practice is praised for its 'very reasonable response times and successful outcomes'. Khoo Guan Huat and Vijay Raj represented Petronas Gas in several disputes against local authorities regarding rates imposed on its assets. Bamberg Management instructed Preetha Pillai and Khong Siong Sie on a stamp duty exemption matter.

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