Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution

Logan Sabapathy & Co

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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 …

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Chambers of R. Sivagnanam & Associates

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION The Chambers of R Sivagnanam & Associates or “RSA Chambers” as we have come to be known, was established in July 1999. At the beginning we stood at the threshold of “Y2k” and the aftermath of the 1997 Economic crisis.

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Dispute resolution in Malaysia

Cecil Abraham And Partners

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil W. M. Abraham leads the dispute resolution team at boutique firm Cecil Abraham And Partners. Handling contractual claims, fraud litigation, defamation, public and administrative law as well as constitutional matters, it counts Herbert Smith Freehills as a key client. It attracts work from Fortune 500 companies, media conglomerates, and PLCs while maintaining a specialist focus on construction cases (Aniz Amirudin is the name to note here). In addition Sunil Abraham and Rishwant Singh  are respective experts in environment law disputes and civil/commercial cases.

Key clients

Satha & Co

Kining Exeton Sdn Bhd

Wong Kian Kheong

Hektar Asset Management Sdn Bhd

MTrustee Berhad

Thomas, Shankar Ram & Co

Reddi & Co

Dream Property Sdn Bhd

Evolution Wellness Holdings Pte Ltd.

KAF Investment Bank Berhad

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad

Lynas Corporation Ltd

Pilecon Engineering Sdn Bhd

MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd

Kuok Group (Singapore)

Ireka Corporation Berhad

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

Lee Geok Thye (Holdings) Sdn Bhd

ISM Sendirian Berhad

Herbert Smith Freehills

Tropicana Corporation Berhad

TSR Bina Sdn Bhd

Gold Mart Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • In a landmark ruling, the Federal Court, in accepting arguments put forward by our client Ireka Engineering & Constructions Sdn Bhd, held that that CIPAA was ‘prospective’ in nature.
  • Acting for Triumph City Development Sdn Bhd, all appeals filed by the Selangor State Government against this client  were dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for Petrochemical Commercial Company International Ltd, secured a worldwide freezing injunction (granted by the Malaysian Court) in order to trace this client’s missing funds.

Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff

The dispute resolution team at Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff is led by Loh Siew Cheang. Whilst known for its prowess in commercial litigation (such as boardroom take overs, and shareholder disputes), it also handles land and property, tort, commercial fraud, matrimonial, construction, insolvency and banking cases. Catering for multi-nationals as well as prominent individuals, it recently represented AMSB in a suit regarding joint venture shares. The team includes the 'always prepared' insolvency specialist Ira Biswas, cross-border expert Christopher Leong, ITA member Cindy Goh Joo Seong and competition law practitioner Lim Tuck Sun.

Practice head(s):

Loh Siew Cheang

Testimonials

Whenever I consult Ira, she is always prepared. If she doesn’t have the answer, she obtains the answer very promptly. When a question is posed or Ira appointed, you know the matter will be handled. You know your back is taken care of and you can focus resources elsewhere. She spots the issues and comprehends the problem very quickly‘.

Ira is head and shoulders above the other lawyers I have dealt with‘.

 

Key clients

Chew Bros (M) Sdn Bhd

Chew Meu Jong

Parkson Group

Hovid Berhad

Dydo Drinco Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Narajaya Sdn Bhd

Panareno Sdn Bhd

Teo Soon Kee

Arkema Thiochemicals Sdn Bhd

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Lambert Rasa-Ratnam leads the dispute resolution practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Split into three sections: general commercial, banking and insolvency, and construction/real estate, it counts BMW and PricewaterhouseCoopers within its client portfolio. Specific areas covered include:  breach of contract, debt recovery, fraud, insolvency and foreign-seated arbitration. Notably, the firm pursues these matters for major companies in sectors such as construction, energy, real estate (it recently defended Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust in a 'tort of conversion' case) and telecoms. Key lawyers: Nitin Nadkarni (international arbitration), Kumar Kanagasingam (banking), Shanmugam SM ('an amazing lawyer') and Darshendev  Singh (infrastructure). Rosli Dahlan has departed to form Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership.

Practice head(s):

Lambert Rasa-Ratnam

Testimonials

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill(LHAG) is a ‘Rare Gem’, a prestigious law firm that exceeds its reputation in the legal sphere as we know it. We are very pleased with the unparalleled representation we received from LHAG. Due to the dynamic nature of our business, LHAG has always delivered their impeccable service within given timelines. We are satisfied with their level of dedication in handling our matters. We also take comfort in knowing that they’ve always kept their client’s best interests foremost in their approach‘.

Legal counsels are highly competent, able to understand the full spectrum of issues arising (legal, technical, operational and commercials). Able to suggest strategic and practical solutions to the clients. The partners are taking full responsibilities by checking the works of the associates to ensure quality of deliverable‘.

The team gives attention to detail and prepares meticulously taking the client’s interest into consideration. The team has a good track record and tremendous depth in what they do. They strategize and collaborate with the client. In comparison to their other firms, their client centred approach makes them the best in the field and in the country‘.

The team offers specialist assistance on regulatory enforcement and securities laws disputes. The team comprises highly experienced professionals who are intelligent, independent and effective‘.

SM Shanmugam is an amazing lawyer and an energetic person who is both committed and extremely professional in his approach with me and my team. I have been consulting with SM Shanmugam for all my business-related issues and found his business acumen and responsiveness to be impressive. SM Shanmugam is also incredibly well-versed and immersed in the Tech industry and its best practices. His level of professionalism and his grit to go above and beyond for his clients will put any business owner at ease. Overall, he is a valued business partner who is a forward thinker and trusted advisor‘.

SM Shanmugam is intelligent with superb knowledge in the area of law which he practices. Able to provide good and practical advice as he also has strong business acumen. He is very responsible and ensures that he and his team are always there to provide necessary support‘.

Mr Darshendev Singh is always pleasant to talk to. He is genuine and while he constantly tries to find the best solutions for us, he will not hesitate to call a spade a spade (but without being rude of course!) thus giving us a sense of comfort/conviction on whatever strategies we decide on‘.

Dealing with Mr Kumar Kanagasingam, who have compassion, excellent ability to listen, effective communication skills, assertiveness, creativity and perseverance. They will ensure the Bank’s interests are protected at all times. They see what we didn’t see and didn’t realise! I have no further comments to made!

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Raja, Darryl & Loh's disputes team undertakes cases in areas including labour and employment, IP, tax, technology and competition. Led by Sai Yeang Ng, it has a strong track record serving clients from sectors such as automotive, construction, healthcare and infrastructure. Key team members include commercial and construction litigator Choon Hon Leng, tort specialist Raja Eileen Soraya and cross-border arbitration expert Huey Miin Ooi. A standout highlight is its work for Heineken Marketing Malaysia regarding a scheme to defraud the company’s creditors. The firm is increasingly handling matters concerning the construction of high-rise buildings and offshore oil and gas production.

Practice head(s):

Ng Sai Yeang

Key clients

The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia

The Edge Media Group

The Medical Protection Society, United Kingdom

Heineken Malaysia

Malayan Banking Berhad

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Petron Malaysia Group

Hong Leong Bank Berhad

The Dental Protection Society, United Kingdom

Work highlights

  • Secured a decision at the High Court (affirmed by the Court of Appeal) to successfully ‘lift the corporate veil’ of a company to make its director personally liable for the judgment sum of over USD8 million owed to our client.
  • Acting for The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd, succeeded in procuring an award of substantial damages (including exemplary damages) for the tort of misfeasance of a public officer.
  • Acted for Heineken Marketing Malaysia Sdn Bhd in one of the few, if any, local cases on directors’ liability under section 540 of the Companies Act 2016, successfully obtained judgment in the High Court against the directors of a company who were held to be knowingly a party to a scheme to defraud creditors.

Shearn Delamore & Co

Disputes handled by the team at Shearn Delamore & Co cover areas such as white collar crime, Islamic finance, customary (native) rights, environmental law and aviation. Notably, it has an established reputation representing broadcast clients in online publication claims as well as defamation related disputes. A key highlight is its work for The Nielsen Company in a case concerning the measurement science utilised in a research survey. The offering is directed by Jeyanthini Kannaperan and includes the 'outstanding' Yee Mei Ken and 'astute' data protection expert K Shanti Mogan.

Practice head(s):

Datin Jeyanthini Kannaperan

Testimonials

They provide very practical legal advice and cut through all the noise‘.

The team’s knowledge, availability and turn around time for our libel matters are un-matchable‘.

Yee Mei Ken’s knowledge of the industry is vast as is his ability to provide sound strategic advice. He is always available as and when required. Outstanding‘.

Shanti Mogan is an astute disputes lawyer who takes into account the sensitivities of client concerns when advising on how to handle problems‘.

Key clients

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

Medical Protection Society

Skrine

Led by Leong Wai Hong, the 'accomplished' disputes resolution team at Skrine  handles contentious work in areas such as intellectual property, construction, banking and insolvency. The firm is also adept at dealing with cross-border matters and recently acted for The Customs and Tax Administration of The Kingdom of Denmark on a MYR 1 billion recoveries matter. In addition, clients benefit from its developing specialities in commercial fraud, aviation, (the 'extremely responsive' aviation lawyer Sharon Chong Tze Ying is the name to note here), oil, gas and anti-dumping. To complement the team, it also includes international arbitration expert Vijay Raj and asset recovery practitioner Preetha Pillai.

Practice head(s):

Leong Wai Hong

Testimonials

When we first encountered our first Alternate Dispute Resolution on a construction matter and Skrine was recommended to us, we naturally felt comforted that we were in good hands as it was a large firm, with a team with solid credentials. We found the accomplished team at Skrine to be very sharp, precise, and sprightly‘.

Strong presence and capability in Malaysia, especially for local dispute issues‘.

Very responsive, they give practical advice about how to deal with a very difficult legal system‘.

Our relationship with Skrine goes back to 2008-09 when they provided us with legal support on two major litigation cases. My personal experience was for a case that ended up at the ICC Arbitration in London. Skrine’s team was outstanding in building up our case and identifying adequate partners in England, a key to our ultimate success in that case‘.

Sharon Chong Tze Ying has always impressed me with both her round-the-clock availability and her ability to get up to speed with sometimes complex matters. Her advice has helped me building a favourable background in several commercial matters, to not only build a stronger position in the relevant matters, but also to know that we were leaving a trail of strong and favourable documents in case we would end up in litigation‘.

Sharon Chong of their aviation litigation team is responsive and gives practical and clear advice‘.

Sharon Chong is extremely responsive and savvy‘.

Key clients

The Customs and Tax Administration of The Kingdom of Denmark

(1) Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS); (2) Land Administrator for the District of Kota Tinggi

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd (“Malaysia Airports”)

Pentadbir Tanah Daerah Johor Bahru (Land Administrator of Johor Bahru)

KPMG, liquidator for MBf Northern Securities Sdn Bhd

(1) State of Kelantan; (2) the Director of Land and Mines, Kelantan; and (3) the Director of the Forestry Department, Kelantan

Islamic Renaissance Front Berhad

Prestariang Group

Golden Plus Holdings Berhad

Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd & IBM Capital Malaysia Sdn Bhd

The Bank of Nova Scotia Berhad & Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

Pernod Ricard Malaysia Sdn Bhd

DA Land Sdn Bhd (in liquidation), Chew Ruenn Hing, Chew Ruenn How

Work highlights

  • Represented the Customs and Tax Administration of the Kingdom of Denmark, the plaintiff in a civil suit against multiple Malaysian entities and its officers to recover approximately MYR 1 billion.
  • Acted for PETRONAS who is developing a world scale, RM60 billion, Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) and other associated facilities in Pengerang, Johor.
  • Aacted for Malaysia Airports in a defamation suit filed against AirAsia Berhad (“AAB”), AirAsia X Berhad (“AAX”), Riad Asmat (CEO of AAB) and Benyamin bin Ismail (CEO of AAX) (“the Defendants”) in respect of the publication of three (3) defamatory articles on AirAsia Newsroom on the issue of increase in Passenger Service Charges (“PSC”) for non-ASEAN international flights.

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rahmat Lim & Partners' dispute resolution offering is jointly led by 'fearless' corporate banking specialist Jack Yow and infrastructure expert Chong Yee Leong. It handles cases in areas such as minority oppression, shareholder disputes, employment and professional negligence, and it counts liquidators, blue chip companies and accounting firms within its client portfolio. The team includes experienced engineering lawyer Allen Choong, the energy-focused Kamilah Kasim, international arbitration practitioner Chong Boon Leong, admiralty lawyer Daphne Koo and Yap Yeow Han (known for representing financial institutions, property developers and contractors). A key highlight for the firm is its representation of Standard Chartered Bank in a claim against Perfect Channel for trade loan default.

Practice head(s):

Jack Yow; Chong Yee Leong

Testimonials

Extreme pragmatism, very solid analytical expertise, strong confidence to foreign parties not familiar with the Malaysian court system, and clear focus on the key topics. All always gave us a very clear feeling that we will be treated in the most professional manner and created trust in the unfamiliar legal system‘.

The team’s strength lies in its responsibility to its client’s interest which urge it to conduct extensive research to advance the points in favour of its client and to assist in rebutting the opponent’s points. The team should be applauded on its willingness to make the effort and to spend the time beyond the call of duty to listen to/read its client’s view and to consider the points raised by its client so as to put together a case which is the most advantageous to the client. The team interacts well with one another, with the junior supporting the senior and acts with courtesy and consideration to the opponent‘.

Rahmat Lim & Partners has a team of committed lawyers that is able to combine rigorous analysis with astute advice to manage its clients’ legal issues. The team is efficient and able to offer alternative resolutions, if necessary‘.

The team put their hearts into my case, they studied the situation with empathy and compassion and found all the right legal grounds to defend my case. They prioritise helping me to defend and resolve the matter and always look for mediation route that is less taxing to me mentally and financially. They have given me a sense of security with proper legal standing‘.

The partner, Jack Yow, heads the litigation team. Despite being very busy with his work, he takes the trouble to go through the cases handled by him and to understand and appreciate the facts and the law applicable thereto so as to be able to advance the best possible case for his client. He is fearless in advocating the points that need to be advocated and values the law and doing what is right above money and self-interest‘.

Jack Yow is very humble and helpful. His vast experience and enormous legal knowledge enable him to give pragmatic advice. The way he looks into the case is very different from the rest, he is able to immerse himself into the problems I faced and tackled it skilfully‘.

Jack Yow and Daphne Koo listen well, grasp issues and communicate opinions without imposing their views. As a client, I appreciated the discussions on issues and the law, and feel ownership in the decisions taken. We saw this team take down a high powered legal team of a competitor efficiently and effectively‘.

Mr Jack Yow and Ms Daphne Koo stand out for their competent work in the drafting and presentation of the legal arguments in a clear and persuasive manner‘.

Work highlights

  • Represented Syn Tai Hung Trading Sdn. Bhd in an action that originated at the High Court against its former CEO and director, Soh Chee Gee for breach of his fiduciary and directors’ duties in relation to the transactions involving STHT’s customer, Cosmo Painters Sdn Bhd; and the Plaintiff’s supplier Lotus Paints Sdn Bhd in respect of the sale of Lota Paints.
  • Acted for Karun Klasik Sdn. Bhd. (“KKSB”) in a counterclaim filed against Tenaga Nasional Berhad (“TNB”), the national utility company for breach of contract for unlawful disconnection of electricity to KKSB’s factory.
  • Acted for HLBB in a dispute with Mohd Affandi, who had charged his land to HLBB as a security for a loan. HLBB sold the land to LEFORM Sdn. Bhd. in a public auction after Affandi defaulted in his repayment.

Shook Lin & Bok

Ernst & Young and Alliance Bank are two key clients of Shook Lin & Bok's dispute resolution practice. The firm is renowned for its work in the finance sector as well as in restructuring, insolvencies and contentious land-based matters. Led by the 'exceptionalYoong Sin Min, Chan Kok Keong, Romesh Abraham and Ko Luen Lam, it recently represented Kuwait Finance House in a challenge to sections 56 and 57 of the Central Bank Act 2009. The 'very sharp' Ng Hooi Huang is the name to note for issues concerning the recovery and enforcement of security.

Other key lawyers:

Ng Hooi Huang

Testimonials

This is the team to go to for complicated legal matters and larger exposures needing extra care. They are involved in the decisions that set precedents for the financial industry and can be depended on to protect the best interest of their clients. Their integrity and dedication is second to none‘.

All the partners in the Dispute Resolution team have hands on experience and are able to provide advice and guidance when required. Detailed and comprehensive legal advice rendered‘.

The team is on top of the latest court decisions/changes in law and are hence able to render advice that takes into account the latest developments. Associates are closely supervised by partners, hence there is comfort that correspondences/emails even from associates are correct and can be relied on‘.

They are good in all aspects i.e technically very strong, always provide high quality recommendation/opinion which takes into consideration all aspects, very responsive, good follow up on the cases‘.

Ms Yoong Sin Min is the lawyer most Bankers would engage for banking litigation, especially complicated and challenging matters. She is able to deliver commercial advice and can be depended on even in last minute and urgent engagements‘.

Yoong Sin Min: she is exceptional. We will only use her service whenever we have major disputes. A very good and experienced litigator, an expert in the field. Renders practical and honest advice, which makes it so much easier for clients to make a decision on next steps forward. Always well prepared for our matters and that is absolutely important and reassuring to clients‘.

Ng Hooi Huang is always available and very approachable. Her advice has been very practical but always based on sound legal principles‘.

Ng Hooi Huang is intelligent and very knowledgeable. A very sharp individual with excellent problem solving skills – a rising star in her area of practice‘.

Key clients

OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Public Bank Berhad

Ernst & Young

Affin Bank Bhd

AmBank (M) Berhad

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

Maybank Investment Bank Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

United Overseas Bank Limited (Singapore)

RHB Bank Malaysia Berhad

Prokhas Berhad

Prasarana Malaysia Berhad

AffinHwang Investment Bank

Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad in a case representing a challenge to sections 56 and 57 of the Central Bank Act 2009, which permit the SAC to determine shariah issues and for such determination to bind the Courts. Such a challenge was mounted on the primary allegation that these provisions are against the Federal Constitution and such provisions essentially ousted the jurisdiction of the Courts to determine whether an Islamic financing is Shariah compliant or not.
  • Represented plaintiffs (National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd & 4 Ors) against a Bank. This was premised on the allegation that the Bank had published to third parties information of the Plaintiffs’ accounts maintained with the Bank.  Claim was based on the causes of action of breach of statutory duty under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA), breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.   The Plaintiffs claimed for some RM500 million of damages from the Bank. This case was widely reported in the press.
  • Acted for Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (PMB)in a case in which the High Court will be asked to determine whether the exclusion of the ‘”paymaster” for infrastructure projects, namely PMB, from participating in the land acquisition proceedings before the Land Administrator is ground for a review of his compensation award and/or if it falls foul of the principles of natural justice and/or is unreasonable.

Wong & Partners

The 'dynamic' dispute resolution team at Wong & Partners is headed by Kherk Ying Chew, a partner described as having a 'wealth of experience that is incomparable'. Representing major local conglomerates and publicly-listed companies, it has a substantial presence in both the construction and engineering sectors.  Specific issues covered include opposition from local authorities, judicial reviews, licensing and authority decisions regarding the enforcement of foreign awards. Civil litigation practitioner Mohd Arief Emran Arifin is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kherk Ying Chew

Other key lawyers:

Mohd Arief Emran Arifin

Testimonials

The disputes team for Baker Mckenzie Malaysia is a dynamic and updated team of experts who are able to quickly grasp the commercial aspects of the company that they are supporting and able to deliver arguments which put the company’s position in a more favourable position. The quality of their work is excellent that it requires little revision and they are proactive to ask leading questions to bring out a different perspective or angle of argument for the case. Their firm grasp on the law, non-use of archaic language or unnecessarily verbose submissions, and strategies deployed in a case is ahead of other firms in Malaysia‘.

Well experienced, and well known in the court and as well as Malaysia Law‘.

Kherk Ying as the principal in the disputes team brings a wealth of experience that is incomparable. Her ability to focus on the key issues of a case that really matters is the standout that can bring a win for the case. In cross-examination, she is able to bring out answers and evidence which are clear for the court in determining the case‘.

Key clients

Vale Malaysia Minerals Sdn Bhd

Panasonic Homes MKH Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Panasonic Homes Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Metrod (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

CPM Construction Sdn Bhd

Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Concrete Parade

Centek Limited

T.D. Williamson Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted successfully for Vale Malaysia Minerals Sdn Bhd, a multi-national company headquartered in Brazil, and one of the largest mining companies in the World listed on the NYSE (the “Client”) in numerous administrative law proceedings commenced against the State of Perak, in Malaysia.
  • Acted for Panasonic Homes MKH Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“PHMKHMY”) which is a joint venture partnership between the housing subsidiary of global electronics giant, Panasonic Corp and property developer, MKH Bhd (formerly Metro Kajang Holdings Bhd); and for Panasonic Homes Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“PHMY”), which is the local subsidiary of the JVco.
  • Appointed as counsel for Metrod (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (“Metrod”) to oppose a winding-up petition filed by SQA Builders Sdn. Bhd. (“SQA”).

Ariff Rozhan & Co

Led by 'shrewd litigator' Ariff Rozhan, the dispute resolution group at Ariff Rozhan & Co handles work for some of Malaysia's largest financial institutions (it counts the Offshore Financial Services Authority as a key client). In addition it is noted for its work for energy interests such as Royal Dutch Shell PLC and PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation. Key personnel: Christopher Arun Francis, the 'incredibly bright' Ezane Chong Ing Tze and 'tough negotiator' William Lim Wee Chong.

Practice head(s):

Ariff Rozhan

Testimonials

The team at ARC are incredibly strong. They are very commercial in their approach to dispute resolution and they have a wealth of experience spanning many jurisdictions and different areas. The team are incredibly well liked by clients and highly respected for their advice‘.

A partner led boutique that delivers a highly specialised service‘.

‘ARC has the ability to swiftly offer its expert opinion on the applicability and mechanics of family law in Malaysia‘.

Ariff Rozhan – An excellent lawyer that practised at the Bar in the UK – A great commercial lawyer‘.

The firm is headed by Ariff Rozhan a very experienced and shrewd litigator who practised for many years in the UK. He keeps a very close watch over his team and takes a personal interest in training them up. He knows the market very well and is well connected in Malaysia. He is also a fighter when need be. He has managed to attract some very large international clients and is a good fit for a foreign corporation with a dispute in Malaysia. He is used to working with external law firms as part of a team. Not only does he service international clients in Malaysia but he acts for Malaysian clients in the UK‘.

Arif Rozhan – the leading lawyer in Malaysia. He delivers first class advice to his clients, focusing on the issues and coming up with legal and commercial solutions to resolve disputes. He is very good at managing client and he is highly regarded by the industry. Ezane Chong -She is incredibly bright. She knows how to best utilise the strengths of her team to get the best out of them and deliver for the client. William Chong – He has a grasp of the facts like nobody else in the case. You want him in a room for any settlement discussions‘.

Ezane Chong provided expert advice on the applicability of the adoption law in Malaysia to assist my High Court proceedings in the High Court of England & Wales. Ezane was swift to provide responses to any queries and the quality of her expert evidence was crucial to the case‘.

 

Key clients

Malayan United Industries Berhad

PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP Murphy)

Repsol

Senai International Airport

Penang Port Sdn Bhd

Malayan Banking Berhad

Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)

Federal Land Development Authority (Felda)

Dar Al-Handasah Consultants

Genting Plantations Berhad

Rahim & Co.

PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation Sdn Bhd (Petronas)

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (Shell)

Aquaterra Energy Limited

IOI Corporation Berhad (IOI Group)

Labuan FSA

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)

Asia Insurance Company Limited

Premier Insurance Limited

Tokio Marine Insurans (Malaysia) Berhad

Cheah Teh & Su

Following the departure of Su Tiang Joo, the dispute resolution offering at Cheah Teh & Su is led by litigation specialist Teh Meng Teck and experienced arbitration practitioner S Sivaneindiren. The team is particularly well known for handling breach of fiduciary duties and has a substantive presence in the construction and real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Teh Meng Teck; S Sivaneindiren

Key clients

Nautical Supreme Sdn Bhd

One Amerin Residence Sdn Bhd

Gagnar Corporation Sdn Bhd

Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor

MTU Services (M) Sdn Bhd

Tan Boon Huat

Chen Khai Voon

Mesiniaga Berhad

Protasco Bhd

Wolfgang Leonhard Schulz, Wilh Schulz GMBH,

Schulz Export GMBH

Christopher & Lee Ong

Christopher & Lee Ong's dispute resolution practice counts Siemens Malaysia and Alliance Investment Bank within its distinguished client portfolio. The offering is led by general civil and banking litigator John Mathew and includes Han Li Meng (an expert in infrastructure and construction) and Niak Hiong Keong, a specialist in the oil and gas sectors. Tort (including defamation, trespass and conspiracy ), real estate matters, maritime issues and debt recovery actions are all areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

John Mathew

Other key lawyers:

Han Li Meng; Niak Hiong Keong

Testimonials

Good customer commitment and efficient. The lawyers are knowledgeable and could communicate/explain in Mandarin language with my management from China‘.

The team that led by Ms Han Li Meng is attentive to our case, diligent in information gathering and analysis, and all members have good knowledge in covering all aspects of the case‘.

Ms. Han Li Meng from the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department is professional, knowledgeable and proficient‘.

Mr. Niak Hiong Keong, a Partner in the dispute resolution department of the firm, is a standout. His service is attentive and response time good. Well versed in the areas of law we have engaged him in. His advice is practical with commercial sensibilities, as opposed to just academic advice‘.

Key clients

Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Siemens AG

Itochu Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Malayan Banking Berhad

TH Plantations Berhad

Marubeni-Itochu Steel (M) Sdn Bhd and Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc.

YFG Berhad

Everest Point Sdn Bhd and Amanahraya Development Sdn Bhd

TMF Trustees Malaysia Berhad (“Trustees”)

Alliance Investment Bank Berhad

China Commercial Foreign Trade (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Gan Partnership

The 'dedicated, reliable and reassuring' dispute resolution team at Gan Partnership is led by Gan Khong Aik who is lauded for being a 'vastly experienced litigation lawyer who is meticulous, thorough and possesses troubleshooting skills'. Co-head Foo Joon Liang  'precisely prescribes the legal action framework to safeguard his clients' interests'. Notably, it recently strengthened this offering following the recruitment of former Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill partners Bahari Yeow Tien Hong and Lim Zhi Jian. In effect the firm has expanded its client offering in both ADR and contentious intellectual property matters. Chubb Insurance and ExxonMobil Exploration and Production are key names within its portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Gan Khong Aik; Foo Joon Liang

Other key lawyers:

Bahari Yeow Tien Hong; Lim Zhi Jian

Testimonials

Clear updates and clear information given, perfect paperwork and hardly can find error in the documents prepared, very cooperative and perfect teamwork, well prepared before attending court, a firm with a strong belief and positive culture from top to bottom!

The Litigation team  has all the criteria we need – dedicated and reliable and assuring‘.

The firm has a number of highly-experienced and knowledgeable partners with a proven track record in dispute resolution. Besides being responsive to clients, the firm’s senior lawyers are extremely professional, reliable, approachable, display sound judgment and are value for money‘.

They relentlessly seek solutions to issue raised by clients and try to make the client feel at ease and secure whenever faced with whatever challenges‘.

Mr Gan Khong Aik – a person who upholds integrity, truth and helps clients to defend their interests in justice. He is a very professional and experienced person with clear direction who enables clients to understand the entire litigation process. Willing to spend a lot of time to understand client needs and give professional advice.’

‘The firm has a number of experienced and competent commercially-conscious and client-oriented partners, notably Mr Gan Khong Aik is a vastly experienced litigation lawyer who is meticulous, thorough and possesses troubleshooting skills‘.

As one of the main Principals of the firm, Mr Foo Joon Liang is not only knowledgeable, he understands the client’s requirements and precisely prescribes the legal action framework to safeguard his clients’ interest’.

Bahari, Jian and the team are hands-on and approachable. Both Bahari and Jian are commercially and legally sound. They know what they are doing, and know the subject area including the industries very well. Both Bahari and Jian are exemplary IP litigators‘.

 

Key clients

AmInvestment Bank Berhad

AmBank (M) Bhd & Group of Companies

AmGeneral Holdings Bhd

AmInvestment Group Bhd

Apex Equity Holdings Bhd

Axiata Global Service Pte Ltd

Comintel Corporation Bhd

RHB Trustees Berhad

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd

Celcom Axiata Berhad

DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd

Lonpac Insurance Bhd

The Pacific Insurance Bhd

Chubb Insurance Berhad

MSIG Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc.

ExxonMobil Business Support Centre Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Sunway Group of Companies

Tan & Tan Developments Bhd

Titijaya Land Berhad

UHY

Hong Leong Industries Bhd

Master Mulia Sdn Bhd

LJack (M) Sdn Bhd

Schlumberger

UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd

Tan Sri Dato’ Sir Tiong Hiew King

Dato Ng Geok Hwa

Work highlights

  • Acted for a company in a dispute on the setting aside of an arbitration award worth of of USD4.5million arising from a Time Charter Party Agreement before the apex court
  • Acted for Insurers in an occupier liability claim in respect of a high-profile escalator incident happened in a renowned shopping mall in Malaysia.
  • Acted for a director and shareholder in a complex and shareholder dispute involving multiple suits

Lim Chee Wee Partnership

Lim Chee Wee Partnership  was founded in July 2020, a 'lean and mean' team spearheaded by former Skrine partners Lim Chee Wee, Lee Shih and Kwan Will Sen. It handles matters such as joint ventures, franchising, boardroom takeovers, regulatory enforcement and corporate restructurings together with a number of 'bet-the-company' cases. This dispute resolution team counts major PPE firm Top Glove as a client. Despite its recent formation, the partners' demonstrable track record is said to provide  'strategic and creative' advice alongside 'excellent depth of knowledge and experience'.

Practice head(s):

Lim Chee Wee; Lee Shih; Kwan Will Sen

Testimonials

LCWP is a specialised firm handling dispute resolution. The firm provides personalised services and understands the client’s business. It focuses on the best interest of its clients and handles conflict of interest professionally. The firm also has the expertise and experience lawyers to assist clients handle a multitude of disciplines of laws‘.

Unlike other teams which have the tendency to staff its cases with unnecessarily large teams, LCWP’s teams are lean and mean. This provides for efficiency and consistency in the delivery of their work product. I have also found LCWP’s advice on disputes to be strategic and creative, with achieving the client’s commercial objectives always at the forefront of their analysis. This is in addition to their impressive advocacy in court. In one particular high profile case, the team managed to persuade the Malaysian Court of Appeal to overturn a ruling by the High Court, against the odds‘.

The lawyers at Lim Chee Wee Partnership have excellent depth of knowledge and experience. They also have a good understanding of the commercial aspects. In this regard, the opinions, views and solutions are grounded in legal principles and practical‘.

Tactically astute. Unlike many other firms, this team is strong in its mid level lawyers, not just at the top end‘.

Lee Shih provides clear and succinct legal advice. He knows how to make his clients understand despite the complexity of the matter. He also provides a personalised service to clients. He’ll always available when you need him and in terms of cost he’ll ensure clients receive the best value for service. He also understands the client’s business very well and always find the best solution. His legal analysis and risk identification usually help clients make the right decision. Lim Chee Wee is an experienced litigator. His vast experience in handling local and international dispute resolution cases sometimes help us assess our present case more objectively. Kwan Will Sen supplements the firm’s dispute resolution practices in the area of less litigated/ practised e.g. HSE laws and strict liability laws. He is always available and ready to assist his clients‘.

Lim Chee Wee – Huge amounts of experience in cases with an international dimension. Kwan Wil Sen – Not afraid to roll up his sleeves to engage with the detail‘.

Kwan Will Sen in particular is one partner that I have worked with and find him to be outstanding. Accessible and always feels that he really is excited to provide his views on the issue at hand. I believe due to the passion, the deliverable are always excellent‘.

 

 

MahWengKwai & Associates

Recognised for providing clients with a 'personal analytical approach', the dispute resolution team at MahWengKwai & Associates is directed by Raymond Mah, Chong Chieh Gan and Hannah Patrick. Based in Selangor, it is particularly noted for its work in real estate and construction adjudications. A standout highlight is its successful representation of KCSB Konsortium regarding the failure of a Land Administrator to apportion compensation amongst interested persons.

Testimonials

MWK & Associates’ personal analytical approach (and their willingness to devote time to analyse the dispute) invariably generates superior results. MWK also has a systematic team in whose operations one can feel confident‘.

Legal cases are professionally analysed, before court submissions are prepared. They are willing to devote time to suggestions and points put forward by the client‘.

Key clients

Paktor Pte Ltd

Paktor MY Sdn Bhd

Muhamad Nazri Bin Muhamad

PJ Centrestage Joint Management Body

Ngian Siew Siong

ICD Security Solutions Pte Ltd, Singapore

Prima Avenue & DPCC Phase 1 (Blocks G, H, I) Management Corporation

Ronset Sdn Bhd

Coway Basic Sdn Bhd

Sime Darby Property Berhad

Wong Jie Min, Adrian, Wong Kum Chee, Heng Ah Meng, Heng Ah Aa & Heng Ah Choon

Metropolitan Square Joint Management Body

Tang Seng Cheong & Tang Sau Yin

Assunta Hospital

Hon Marine (M) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented Muhamad Nazri Bin Muhamad against JMN Menara Rajawali and succeeded in this landmark decision by the Court of Appeal (and subsequently affirmed by the Federal Court) that a joint management body shall determine only one maintenance charges rate per share unit for all types of parcels in a strata development.
  • Represented KCSB Konsortium Sdn Bhd and succeeded in the High Court on the novel issue regarding the failure of a Land Administrator to apportion the compensation among interested persons in land acquisition matters.
  • Represented PJ Centrestage Joint Management Body and succeeded in opposing all striking out applications commenced by the defendants whereby the High Court held that although the management corporation is established upon the opening of the strata register, the Client continues to have locus standi to pursue these proceedings until the first annual general meeting of the management corporation.

Sreenevasan Young

Headed by the 'highly recommended' Conrad Young, the exclusive dispute resolution offering at Sreenevasan Young specialises in contract, tort, land, insurance, securities and insolvency law. The team includes Ravindran Shanmuganathan and Phaik Leng Leong as well as Mark Lau (a specialist in professional negligence, banking and insurance matters). In addition, Gopal Sreenevasan is the name to note for corporate, administrative law and probate cases while the 'exceptional' Shang Neng Tan  has substantial experience in the energy sector.  

Practice head(s):

Conrad Young

Testimonials

What makes this practice stand-out is the highly individualised duty of care which made my concerns and queries as a client feel carefully considered. With other firms, I was always left with the impression that the legal team was either time-poor or unavailable to communicate to me in a way that left me assured of my legal position moving forward‘.

Sreenevasan Young is a leading litigation firm that specialises in corporate and commercial disputes. The partners are highly dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of the law that they specialise at. They also have a very good team of staff to support each partner‘.

They are both “hands-on” and dedicate a lot of time to the client’s legal needs. The in-house peers should know:(a) That they give immediate attention to the client;(b) Their knowledge of the area of dispute is of a high level. If the subject matter is not within their expertise area, they would say so upfront; (c) Prompt in their delivery, both on the advice OR in the filing of the necessary documents in Court and including working on long/tight deadlines; and(d) Pleasant and cordial relationship with the Client. The size of the firm allows for close inter-reaction with the client‘.

Sreenevasan Young have the strengths of the experience, cost-effective, quickness of response, sense of balance. These are essential points for the foreign client to be satisfied with their work‘.

Conrad Young is highly recommended. Not only is he knowledgeable, he is also very, very approachable and efficient. I’d say that he always leaves no stones unturned‘.

Conrad Young was a stand-out partner whose contribution to the case was significant. His legal expertise and strategic thinking shone through in every aspect of the case. Conrad handled the complexity of the case well as he consistently presented strong solutions every step of the way. His calm and thoughtful demeanour coupled with his excellent command of the law gave me the peace of mind needed when dealing with a stressful case. I appreciated how supportive, highly communicative and readily available Conrad was in answering any of my concerns‘.

Ms. Leong Phaik Leng and Mr. Tan Shang Neng worked for us. We could not see any weakness in any of them. They worked hard, effectively and efficiently, and produced the results we desired to achieve. They were a very through and competent professionals who always had their client’s best interest in mind‘.

Our main contract lawyer is Mr. Tan Shang Neng. He is an exceptional litigation lawyer who has an ability to provide in-time practical advice which is cost-effective‘.

Tay & Partners

Tay & Partners' Leonard Yeoh directs the firm's dispute resolution team. Counting AirAsia and Saint-Gobain within its portfolio, the firm engages in pre-litigation strategic analysis alongside its work in cross-border litigation,  preservation orders, injunctions and antitrust matters. In addition, it is notable for its handling of white collar crime as well as its representation of firms opposing MyCC rulings (it recently acted for AirAsia is this regard). Soo Chuan Cheah is the partner to note for multinational cases.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Yeoh

Other key lawyers:

Soo Chuan Cheah

Key clients

Country Garden Danga Bay, a subsidiary of Country Garden Holdings Company Ltd listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

AirAsia

Openet Telecom Malaysia

Grohe

Showa Denko Carbon Malaysia, a subsidiary of Showa Denko KK listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tasman Oil Tools, a member of Northbridge group of companies, UK

Sin Heng Heavy Machinery Limited, listed in the Singapore Exchange

Saint-Gobain

Malayan Banking Bhd

Amdocs

PUMA Sports Goods

Ralph Lauren

Watson

Work highlights

Zain & Co

Acting for major players in the domestic market, the dispute resolution offering at Zain & Co is led by banking law expert Anita Sockalingam. In addition to this financial focus, it also serves clients in sectors such as professional services, education, real estate, technology and transportation. The team includes the 'extremely clear' construction specialist Vatsala Ratnasabapathy, land acquisition expert Su Ann Kok and labour and employment practitioner Sharmini Durai.

Practice head(s):

Anita Sockalingam

Testimonials

I have been working with Zain in relation to a very delicate issue regarding a client I referred to the firm and their litigation team offered an outstanding service. Not only they are extremely professional and skilled, but they also managed to find sophisticated solutions and to obtain results way above the best expectations‘.

As the Commercial Director on our project, I had the opportunity to deal closely with Zain & Co and found them to be very responsive, approachable and they provided accurate, pragmatic advice and legal strategies in language that is easy to understand and implement. They have a deep understanding of Malaysian Construction law and practice, which really helped in resolving the legal issues arising on this complex project‘.

Vatsala Ratnasabapathy has the capability to deal with complex and high stakes construction litigation matters. The firm is prompt, efficient and highly knowledgeable in handling multi-million dollar disputes on behalf of large conglomerates. In this team the partner will be hands on and available to be contacted and interacted with on a personal level rather than just being the ‘figurehead’ and passing all the work to the junior lawyers like so many other law firms.

Mrs Vatsala Ratnasabaphaty possesses a perfect command of the English language and it is easy to communicate with respect to international businesses. Furthermore, she is extremely clear in addressing her advice on the most difficult and sophisticated matters, on the basis of a deep knowledge of the local laws and the business international practices‘.

Vatsala Ratnasabapathy is an exceptional and dynamic solicitor. She is able to handle very complex construction litigation with aplomb and displays tenacity and strategy on par with some of the most senior lawyers in the profession. She has time and time again proven that she is more than capable in handling any complications and is a cunning strategist with an in depth understanding of the law. She couples the above with a keen sense of commercial realities and the requirements of a corporate‘.

Vatsala Ratnasabapathy in particular is an outstanding lawyer and quickly gained the trust of the senior management team, with her calm, competent and knowledgeable manner‘.

Key clients

Radioshack Corporation

General Wireless Operations Inc.

Sime Plantation Berhad

Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Sdn. Bhd. (wholly owned subsidiary of Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd)

Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd.

Turnpike Synergy Sdn. Bhd.

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad

Universiti Putra Malaysia

Sime Darby Property (Klang) Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Sime Darby Property Berhad)

Projek Lintasan Kota Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a (Fortune) Global 500 multinational power and engineering construction company in disputes with the project owner of a RM40-billion development project in a pending international arbitration in Singapore.
  • Acted in both litigation and arbitration disputes in relation to major elevated expressway project(s) in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Acted in a cross-border dispute against a major local conglomerate arising from franchise agreements covering the establishment of RadioShack consumer electronics stores in ten countries in Southeast Asia.

Zul Rafique & Partners

Made up of two specialisms - construction and general litigation, the dispute resolution team at Zul Rafique & Partners represents clients such as AirAsia, PETRONAS and Sapura Industrial. The group is headed by Jayasingam P and T Kuhendran and handles civil claims, derivative actions, product liability, administrative law, defamation, insolvency and restructuring. Arbitration in relation to engineering is also pursued, an area in which it has represented a substantive number of HNW individuals. 'Strong team leader' Farah Shuhadah Razali is the name to note for winding-up matters.

Practice head(s):

P Jayasingam; T. Kuhendran

Other key lawyers:

Farah Shuhadah Razali

Testimonials

The team is made up of personnel with diverse characters and dynamics which makes every meeting pertaining to any case or matter at hand a smooth and efficient one even to discuss the most complex and critical issues‘.

Those who who we have worked with have given a very personalised approach to our requirements and their ability to perform detailed level of background checks prior to each meeting definitely impressed us. They are able to come up with a summary of the situation at hand and the proposed resolutions for our consideration. Farah Shuhadah Razali is definitely a strong team leader of her own team‘ .

Key clients

AirAsia Berhad

LGM Properties Corp

Nationwide Express Holding

PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corp

Hwang Capital (Malaysia) Bhd

East Coast Economic Region Development Council

PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad

Labuan Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd

Sapura Industrial Berhad

Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad

PC Manufacturing Solutions Holdings Sdn Bhd

Iskandar Investment Bhd

NAZA TTDI

CMC Engineering Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advisory services to PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation Sdn Bhd (“PRPC”) for claim management and litigation risk management for the corporation.
  • Advised  AirAsia Berhadon on a continued basis in respects of matters which includes but not limited to, compliance with the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 and advised in the restructuring exercise and compliance with inter-alia the Bursa Listing requirement and other statutes.
  • Advised East Coast Economic Region Development Council on public interest project valued at over RM800 million.

AmerBON

Amer Hamzah Arshad and Edmund Bon coordinate the dispute resolution team at AmerBON. Recent work for the firm has included corporate fraud, white-collar crime and prosecutions for money laundering. Associate New Sin Yew is described as 'outstanding' and complements the offering with experience in capital markets, constitutional and commercial law. A recent highlight concerns its representation of Tan Sri Musa Aman in a case concerning AMLA legislation. Notably, the firm maintains a dedicated ‘business and human rights’ unit which promotes UN Guiding Principles.  

Practice head(s):

Amer Hamzah Arshad; Edmund Bon

Testimonials

Be it a pro-bono or paid case; poor or rich clients, the lawyers in AmerBon put in the time, commitment and effort to assist their clients. These are some qualities that differentiate them from other firms and lawyers. They also have been advisers to human rights cases and have significantly helped civil society in public litigation campaigns. Their experience and personality situate them as among the top human rights lawyers‘.

Very responsive and always provide relevant advice beyond routine parameters‘.

The team led by Mr Edmund Bon Tai Soon has demonstrated professional practice beyond normal expectations. They have rich experience in handling  politically sensitive issues in a legal context, especially those related to social compliance, human rights and forced labour‘.

Mr Edmund Bon is a friend I can rely on any issues relating to the law. He is one of the most efficient and all-around knowledgeable practitioners. He is easy to work with. His strength is his willingness to take up new challenges and think out of the box. Mr New Sin Yew is also someone that easy to work with, and he is outstanding in articulating legal issues in the simplest way that everyone can understand. He can capture the audience attention, whether it is a matter of constitutional, criminal or civil issues‘.

Key clients

Low Thiam Hock

Saw Lee Nen

Koh Chee Chong

Poh Gaik Lye

Siow Chung Peng

P Tech Resources Sdn Bhd and one of its directors, Sim Wei Der

Faekah Binti Haji Husin & 6 Ors

Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara (National Visual Arts Gallery)

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman (former Chief Minister of Sabah)

Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) (National Water Services Commission Malaysia)

Pahang Cement Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted and represented Tan Sri Musa Aman pertaining to allegations of bribery under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA).
  • Represented Poh Gaik Lye with a securities offence under section 87A(a) of the Securities Industry Act 1983 (SIA) for using a scheme to defraud Liqua Health Corporation Berhad (LHCB) of RM12 million.
  • Acted for P Tech in their civil and criminal suit against P Tech and its directors including the Government of Malaysia and the State Government of Johor on environmental pollution issues where it was alleged to have been caused by illegal chemical waste dumping at the Kim Kim River in Pasir Gudang of Johor Malaysia.

Cyrus Das Advocates & Solicitors

Cyrus Das Advocates & Solicitors, a dedicated disputes resolution firm, is known for handling matters in both corporate and commercial realms. Specifically, it has a strong reputation for administrative and constitutional cases and is led by the widely-recognised Cyrus Das, an expert in appellate work before the Federal Court.

Practice head(s):

Cyrus Das

Harold & Lam Partnership

Jointly led by the 'extremely diligentHarold Tan Kok Leng and 'very competentRohan Arasoo A/Ljeyabalah, the 'very efficient' dispute resolution team at Harold & Lam Partnership is experienced in commercial, civil and business-related disputes (with a particular emphasis on construction). The department also works on matters involving medical negligence, banking and finance, as well as a broad spectrum of defamation and insolvency matters. Recent client wins include L&S Cosmetics & Toiletries and Pronto Generasi Sdn Bhd.

Testimonials

I have worked with Rohan Arasoo Jeyabalah and his team from this practice on numerous cases. I feel that they provide a very efficient and user friendly service, something which one doesn’t always find in other firms. I would also mention that the quality of work produced is always very good‘.

The team have a varied skill-set and relevant experience in managing litigation matters of different complexities. There is sufficient in-house resources to meet our requirements insofar as legal opinions, strategy setting and the actual legal work‘.

HLP distinguish themselves as primarily a construction boutique practice and they are very active in the field, having several notable items in case law under their belt‘.

The practice is unique, first, it is a boutique set-up; it has a flat reporting and action structure; and is very quick to respond. Strengths and capabilities include: technically competent; extremely knowledgeable; very experienced; explains the law clearly and the available options or courses of action; diligence in execution, implementation and follow-ups; and the proven quality of work and the results‘.

Mr Harold Tan is well versed in litigation matters including arbitration. He has the knowledge and experience to provide strategic advice. He is able to simply complex legal jargon in manner its easily understood by us non-lawyers. He is succinct and to the point with his suggestions and therefore facilitates our decision-making‘.

Harold Tan – I deal almost exclusively with Harold although he has a team of competent assistants helping him. Harold is extremely knowledgeable, capable and experienced. Harold is extremely competent in court performance, especially in cross-examination. Harold can perform and think on his feet. Harold is extremely diligent and he is a straight-shooter, uncompromising in his ethics and an adherent to the law and regulations. He can be a stickler for rules. After explaining the law and the options available (as well as his recommended course of action), Harold can be independent and reliable, and only at strategic junctures will he seek a meeting for further directions. Last but not least, Harold is compassionate, kind and understanding, and it is all not work and billing‘.

‘The individual I work with regularly is Rohan Arasoo Jeyabalah. I would echo what I have said above so far as it concerns Rohan as an individual. In particular, Rohan is very strong in construction based cases, and brings sound knowledge of the law and practice in relation thereto to the table. I find it very easy to work with Rohan‘.

Rohan Arasoo a/l Jeyabalah – Mr. Arasoo is a very competent counsel and adjudicator. He has represented numerous parties and have handled matters up to the Federal Court of Malaysia‘.

 

Izral Partnership

Dedicated dispute resolution firm Izral Partnership handles civil, commercial and corporate litigation. Specific issues covered include defamation and media matters, land acquisition disputes and construction arbitration. The team is jointly led by Mohd Izral Khairy, Tharminder Singh and Guo Bin Wong.

Joel & Co

Based in Petaling Jaya, the dispute resolution offering at Joel & Co is led by the 'very detailed and committedJoel Kon Tai Hoong. Supported by the 'meticulous' Chloe Tan, it covers a multitude of litigious matters across various sectors. Specifically, it is known for work in: breach of contract, trespass, debt recovery and employee misconduct. In addition, the team is adept at handling financial matters where it represents clients in third party loan disagreements and those arising between debtors/guarantors and institutions.

Practice head(s):

Joel Kon Tai Hoong

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Tan

Testimonials

The team is exceptionally hardworking. I have never had another occasion where I would tell our counsel and his team to go home because it was late and the work can wait‘.

Joel and Co have a very professional team of lawyers and i find them very dedicated to their task. They are very hardworking and when our case is near for hearing, they even call me after office hours to discuss the case and accommodate me as during the noon I am quite occupied with other work. You feel assured as you know you have a dedicated team of lawyers who are very committed handling your case‘.

The panel lawyers are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Able to provide solution promptly as compared to some lawyers who need to be pushed‘.

Diligent, careful and hardworking‘.

I am particularly impressed with Mr Joel Kon. He is well versed in law and gave me sound advice on the eventuality of the case and the results turned out as per his advice . Mr Joel is very ‘hands-on’ and he is very detailed and committed. His assistant Chloe is also very committed and experienced as well. They are a good team‘.

Chloe was exceptionally passionate about her work for us. The intensity and meticulousness of her work was evident in the quality of the output‘.

 

 

Josephine, L K Chow & Co

Four leads direct the dispute resolution offering at Josephine, L K Chow & Co: Cyndi Chow Li Kian, Yip Huen WengKhaik Kew Peh and Edward Saw Keat Leong. Described as a 'dynamic team of lawyers', it covers areas such as contract, commercial, construction, family and employment law disputes. Notably, it maintains a close relationship with the firm's IP division and pursues a significant volume of litigious work in this area. In addition, construction arbitration is an area of increasing focus for the partners.

Testimonials

I am a lawyer admitted in Japan and I have been working with JLKC for more than three years. Their team has a plenty of experience of litigation practice in Malaysia and has been giving us appropriate advice from time to time based on their experience and legal analyses. In addition, their team has some attorneys who can speak Japanese and it would be helpful for Japanese clients‘.

The firm’s strength lies in their expertise and professionalism. They have managed to achieve success in most of our litigation cases and they have proven themselves to be a formidable team. They are creative in the way they manage our cases and we definitely think it’s value for money‘.

They are very efficient and respond quickly. They always give us good advice to make appropriate case decisions. One of the best law firms in Malaysia‘.

Their opinions are always helpful and give us the right ideas to go forward‘.

Cyndi Chow Li Kian is the litigation partner managing our cases. She is experienced and has the ability to deliver to our satisfaction in what she does. This is why we have been with the firm all these years. She leads a dynamic team of lawyers‘.

 

Key clients

Jallcon (M) Sdn Bhd

Dayou Textiles Corp. Sdn Bhd – Attn. Mr Bernard Tan Kuen Wee

Norishige Uemura

Dr. Premalatha a/p Rama Govinda

TNL Plastic Manufacturer Sdn Bhd, HSL Auto Engineering Sdn Bhd

Sunarize Solutions Sdn Bhd

Lee & Koh

Three leads direct the dispute resolution team at Lee & Koh: Koh Yew ChongJustin Leong Chee C’jun and Irwan Ismail. The offering covers corporate, commercial and banking litigation as well as mediation and alternative settlement where appropriate. Islamic finance issues are a key component of the firm's expertise alongside its strong track record in insolvency.

Liza Khan & Sankey

Liza Khan & Sankey's dispute resolution team is directed by Norliza Rasool Khan, a partner who demonstrates: 'deep knowledge and authority in all matters' and mediation specialist Sunita Shalini Sankey. Experienced in civil, corporate and commercial litigation, the offering also covers tribunal disputes in its broad coverage across various sectors. These include; securities law, renewable energy, bitcoin, insolvency, and defamation. Vanessa Vishalin Victor Veloo is another name to note.  

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Vishalin Victor Veloo

Testimonials

We believe the communication has been excellent and as a whole the firm is very approachable. The firm comes across as very professional with well formulated opinions and structured agreements. All work has been rendered to our satisfaction in a timely manner‘.

Liza and team provide legal services over and above what is required. They take the time and trouble to understand our concerns and then help us achieve what we want to achieve in the best possible manner. Liza’s extensive experience is instrumental in guiding us as our business is growing and expanding rapidly‘.

We have been dealing with Ms. Norliza Khan. She has been very helpful, shown insight into our profession, and demonstrated deep knowledge and authority in all matters. At all times we feel valued and appreciated as a client. She always manage to look into each matter from different angles and provides clear and concise feedback that leaves a very honest and principled impression‘.

Liza is viewed by our company as a valued business partner more than just an outside counsel. We rely on her to guide us and advice us as the business is expanding and diversifying. She can be depended on even in urgent matters and complex matters and she provides services and support way above her billing. Her value added services render her someone we can easily approach and consult with and even the members of the team are comfortable engaging with her which they are generally not when it comes to lawyers. Vanessa is efficient and very responsive‘.

Logan Sabapathy & Co

Logan Sabapathy & Co handles a broad spectrum of commercial and corporate disagreements. Having consolidated a strong reputation for complex matters, it regularly appears in both the high and appellate courts (as well as arbitration proceedings). Specifically, it deals with cases of shareholder disputes, directors’ duties and competition. Managing partner Logan Sabapathy is particularly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Logan Sabapathy 

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

Dispute resolution boutique Malik Imtiaz Sarwar has a distinguished reputation for corporate, civil and constitutional litigation. Named partner Malik Imtiaz Sarwar has 25 years of experience and is frequently sought out as counsel in high-value and complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

Mohanadass Partnership

Both domestic and international disputes are handled by the litigation and arbitration specialists at Mohanadass Partnership. In particular, managing partner Mohanadass Kanagasabai is recognised for his proficiency in contract, construction, engineering, telecomms, energy and company law.

Practice head(s):

Mohanadass Kanagasabai

Navaratnam Chambers

Respected boutique practice Navaratnam Chambers has notable experience in corporate, commercial and administrative litigation. Led by Nahendran Navaratnam, a specialist in trial/appellate work for private and public listed companies, it also features Wong Wye Wah, a partner best known for her work in energy, infrastructure, telecoms and IT.

Practice head(s):

Nahendran Navaratnam

Other key lawyers:

Wong Wye Wah

TKP Law

Based in Petaling Jaya, the disputes offering at TKP Law is known for representing domestic firms in contentious corporate, commercial and criminal cases. The key partners are: Calvin Khoo, James Joshua Paulraj and Palaraman Taneswaran.

Tommy Thomas

Distinguished boutique practice Tommy Thomas has a breadth of experience across the entire spectrum of commercial disputes. Recommended personnel: Alan Gomez (for corporate insolvency, IT, construction and energy matters), securities litigation expert Ganesan Nethi and Sitpah Selvaratnam, a consultant known for her proficiency in martitime law.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)'s dispute resolution team is engaged by a range of domestic and international clients. Firoz Hussain Ahmad Jamaluddin leads the team and is assisted by recognised ADR practitioner Alvin Julian.

Other key lawyers:

Alvin Julian