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Malaysia

Top-tier recommendations

Recommendations


Malaysia

Within Banking and finance, Shearn Delamore & Co is a first tier firm,

Representing a strong mix of international and GLC clients, Shearn Delamore & Co’s ‘excellent’ team recently advised Goldman Sachs as lead manager on two Singaporean issuances totalling $2.5bn. Other clients include Malakoff Corporation and Tanjung Bin Power. The team, headed by Christina Kow, includes Tee Joe Lei and Pamela Kung.

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Within Capital markets, Shearn Delamore & Co is a third tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co’s team head Christina Kow advised Goldman Sachs on the issue of $1.75bn of guaranteed notes by Malaysian player 1MDB Energy. Among other matters, Pamela Kung advised Tanjung Bin Power on its RM4.5bn shari’ah-compliant MTN issuance. Kung also advised Capital Malls Malaysia Trust on its RM3bn issuance pursuant to a MTN programme.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Shearn Delamore & Co is a first tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co is described by some clients as ‘first choice’, and team head Grace Yeoh attracts praise for her ‘overall transactional expertise’. Yeoh led the team’s advice to Sanyo during the $130m cross-border divestment of several of its Japanese and Southeast Asian operations to Haier Singapore Investment. Other key contacts in the six-partner team include the highly experienced Johari Razak, Lorraine Cheah and Putri Noor Shariza Noordin. Ng Swee Kee is ‘always available and has an excellent team available’.

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Within Dispute resolution, Shearn Delamore & Co is a first tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co is ‘a heavyweight in domestic litigation’ and also attracts praise for its international arbitration capabilities. Team head Robert Lazar is a highly respected figure, and Rabindra Nathan and K Shanti Morgan are also recommended. Lazar is leading a team that is acting for Sime Darby in a high-profile litigation against a former managing director. Other clients include Maybank and Equiticorp.

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Within Intellectual property, Shearn Delamore & Co is a first tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co is a prominent practice that handles IP litigation for high-profile clients, and its impressive record includes winning a patent infringement suit at the High Court for client Braun. It also succesfully defended E.I. Du Pont De Nemours against a patent invalidation challenge in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Wong Sai Fong and Karen Abraham jointly head the nine-partner team. Timothy Siaw and Ameet Kaur Purba are ‘very skilled and provide a personalised service’. Other key contacts include Indran Shanmuganathan, Zaraihan Shaari and Michelle Loi.

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Within Islamic finance, Shearn Delamore & Co is a first tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co advised Malakoff Corporation on the restructuring of its business, which included a RM3.5bn shari’ah-compliant MTN programme, and represented several issuers during various high-value transactions. Tee Joe Lei and Pamela Kung are the key contacts.

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Within Projects and energy, Shearn Delamore & Co is a second tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co’s recent highlights include advising solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Chemical Corporation on the Malaysian aspects of its acquisition of Q-Cells. Grace Yeoh heads the energy group and Rodney Gomez leads the infrastructure and projects team.

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Within Real estate and construction, Shearn Delamore & Co is a first tier firm,

In a notable recent transaction, Shearn Delamore & Co’s team head Sar Sau Yee advised S P Septia on its joint venture with Sime Darby and the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia to acquire Battersea Power station.

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Within Shipping, Shearn Delamore & Co is a second tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co’s Rajasingam Gothandapani is recommended for shipping law matters, and attracts praise for his ‘industry knowledge’. Recent cases include acting for French and Malaysian shipping lines against respective claims by cargo owners.

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Within Tax, Shearn Delamore & Co is a first tier firm,

Shearn Delamore & Co’s three-partner team augments its strength in tax appeals against the Inland Revenue with advisory work on tax aspects of large M&A deals. As part of a large cross-practice team, group head Goh Ka Im and Irene Yong advised Elkem on the tax aspects of the expansion of its Malaysian business operations. Anand Raj, who has been highly active in tax appeals, recently represented an international apparel company in its successful transfer pricing appeal, which voided penalties incurred.

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