Real estate and construction in Malaysia

The real estate and construction team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill offers a full-service to its real estate sector clients and combines real estate development and transactions expertise with corporate and disputes capabilities. The team is jointly led by corporate and commercial partner Weng Hwee Tay and Nitin Nadkarni who specialises in international arbitration. Other names to note include Bella Chai Yee Chu and Darshendev Singh for transactional and contentious matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Tay Weng Hwee; Nitin Nadkarni

Other key lawyers:

Darshendev Singh; Bella Chu Chai Yee

Testimonials

The team is always reliable to provide prompt advise which not only covers the legal aspect of the matter referred but also the commercial implication relating to the matter which is equally important to the client.

Apart from knowledge on the matter, they understand the concerns raised by the Company – which is usually beyond legal matters such as financial, reputational and risk management.’

Due to his vast experience and understanding of the industry, Dato Nitin is able to provide complete advise as well as strategy that should be adopted by client in facing the issues referred to him.

Associates Crystal Wong  and Abang Mohd Iwawan could provide definitive answers with conviction on their toes and attend meetings independently – to me, this speaks highly of their partner, Dato’ Nitin.

Key clients

UEM Sunrise Berhad

Alfranko Development Sdn Bhd

Koh Brothers Group Limited

Putra Nilai Group

(JB) Sdn Bhd

MB World Group

S P Setia Group

Mapletree Group

Malaysia Pacific Corporation Group

Bukit Kiara Properties Group

DKLS Sunshine Sdn Bhd

Perumahan Kinrara Berhad

Work highlights

  • Advising UEM Sunrise Berhad on their joint venture with Mega Legacy Equity Sdn Bhd for the mixed development of 10 parcels of lands in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Advised Alfranko, as subsidiary of the Sezar Group, on an agreement with Shengster Global Sdn Bhd on a joint collaboration on a housing development project, known as the Novo Ampang project.
  • Acted as the Malaysian counsel for KT Corporation, a South Korean telecom giant, on their joint venture with Iskandar Innovations Sdn Bhd in respect of the development of a virtual reality game park in Iskandar, Johor.

Rahmat Lim & Partners' real estate team has a client roster that includes domestic and international property investors, financial institutions, property developers, corporates and government-linked companies. It has experience handling all stages of real estate development projects and 'is very well versed in project contracts and quick in responding to queries with concrete advice'. Lee Yee Ling leads the corporate real estate practice, while Kamilah Kasim heads the energy, infrastructure and projects team, and Allen Choong specialises in dispute resolution and projects. Other names to note include Amelia Koo, who handles transactional real estate matters, and Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani, who has 'in-depth knowledge of the industry' and 'is very experienced in handling project contracts'.

Practice head(s):

Lee Yee Ling; Kamilah Kasim

Testimonials

The team has the ability to provide practical commercial advice (and solutions) along with technical legal advice.  Very reasonable rates considering the high level of service and expertise provided.

This practice and its staff emit very sincere, responsible and thoughtful vibes when they are servicing our account and that trail is also apparent in their work.

It is rare to find a practice that does their work with a commercial mindset, maintaining a delicate balance between our legal and commercial needs.’

They are innovative and good at troubleshooting. They have the ability to think out of the box to come up with a solution/compromise to achieve a win-win situation for all parties.

Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani and associate Tee Zhi Lun are both extremely responsive, knowledgeable and able to provide both practical commercial advice along with technical legal knowledge.

Amelia Koo is a seasoned veteran whose experience in this field is invaluable.

Work highlights

  • Advised IKEA Supply (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, an entity of IKEA Supply AG, on the development and construction of an IKEA Distribution Centre in Pulau Indah, Selangor, supplying for IKEA’s Southeast Asian and Indian markets, with an indicative project investment of RM900m.
  • Assisted Camel Power with the development and construction of a Zepp branded concert hall at Bukit Bintang City Centre.
  • Advised Bridge Data Centres Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. on the acquisition of two data centres comprising approximately one million square feet of data centre facilities and 20 megawatts of critical IT load located in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, from Permodalan Nasional Berhad, a Malaysian Government Pension Fund.

Shearn Delamore & Co assists domestic and international clients with a full range of corporate real estate transactions, it also leverages the firm's engineering and construction practice to advise on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to development projects. Transactional real estate expert Sau Yee Sar jointly heads the practice alongside Rodney Gomez, who frequently construction disputes. Aileen P L Chew is another name to note for non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Sar Sau Yee; Rodney Gomez

Other key lawyers:

Aileen Chew

Testimonials

Shearn Delamore & Co has diverse areas of practice and are able to provide excellent legal services and advice to us.

‘Their advice and solutions have been brilliant and enabled us in making decisions for complex situations.

Key clients

Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd

Eco World Development Group Berhad

S P Setia Berhad

BBCC Development Sdn Bhd

1MK Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Malaysia Airports (Sepang) on the sublease granted to Cainiao KLIA Aeropolis, a private company set up as a joint venture between MA Elogistics Sdn Bhd and Cainiao Smart Logistics Network.
  • Represented 1MK Holdings Sdn Bhd in its disposal of the total issued shares in 1MK Office Sdn Bhd, the owner of the office building known as ‘Wisma Mont Kiara’ in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Advised BBCC Development Sdn Bhd on a sale and purchase agreement between BBCC as developer, UDA Holdings Berhad as proprietor of the land and Hass Holdings Sdn Bhd as purchaser.

Wong & Partners' real estate team is well-versed in corporate transactions and real estate development projects, with particular hospitality sector expertise. Practice head Hsian Siong Yong advises on a range of property and land acquisitions and leases, as well as corporate and regulatory matters. Other names to note include senior associate May Chua who advises on a range of investments and transactions relating to real estate assets.

Practice head(s):

Hsian Siong Yong

Other key lawyers:

May Chua

Key clients

S P Setia Berhad

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Mulia Group

Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd

The Intermark Sdn. Bhd.

Media Prima Berhad

SuperPark

HomePro

Nestle

Seagate Technology

Maybank Berhad

Work highlights

  • Advised Seagate Technology on its disposal of two manufacturing facilities in Malaysia for approximately RM130m.
  • Advised Media Prima Berhad on its RM280m sale and leaseback of land to PNB Development.
  • Advised a Hong Kong-listed Chinese papermaker’s in connection with acquisition of two plots of industrial lands in Malaysia.

Highlighted particularly for its experience advising on construction projects, MahWengKwai & Associates' real estate and construction practice group advises on a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Raymond Mah handles construction and property-related disputes, with experience in construction and property-related litigation and arbitration and adjudication proceedings. Recently promoted partner Sarah Kambali is a name to note for non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Mah

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Kambali

Key clients

Sime Darby Property Berhad

WEA Engineers & Associates Sdn Bhd

Jurukur Bahan Antara

Seagate Global Trading Sdn Bhd

Perunding Kotrek Sdn Bhd

Tee Resources Sdn Bhd

More To Life Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented Perunding Kotrek Sdn Bhd in court proceedings to recover the outstanding sum due and owing to Perunding Kotrek Sdn Bhd for construction consultancy services rendered.
  • Advising Tee Resources in drafting tenancy agreements between our client and tenants.
  • Advised More To Life on the preparation of documents to Home Reversion Programme; which includes but not limited to drafting the Lifetime Lease Agreement, Tenant Liaison Agreement and Landlord Liaison Agreement.

The conveyancing team at Mohamed Ridza & Co advising on a range of real estate matters including those relating to property transactions and commercial and residential developments.  Corporate and commercial partner Hafidah Aman Hashim has advised developers on land transfer and development and heads up the team alongside Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff and Mohamad Nazran Basirun.

Practice head(s):

Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff; Hafidah Aman Hashim; Mohamad Nazran Basirun

Testimonials

The firm provides personalised service. The biggest strength of the firm is the accessibility and easy to approach of its Managing Partner, Mohamed Ridza. You can except him to dedicate his time to understand client’s requirements and provide valuable insights.

Mohamed Ridza’s depth of experience would provide you with robust legal inputs that makes good commercial and business sense.

Work highlights

  • Advising I&P Alam Impian Sdn Bhd on the sale and purchase agreements, regulatory matters, transfer of titles and all other related documents relating to a residential housing project in Alam Impian, Shah Alam.

The real estate team at Naqiz & Partners has experience advising on a range of non-contentious real estate matters and has recently been engaged to advise on affordable housing projects and mixed commercial and residential developments. Practice head Shamshul Iskandar Zulkifli combines real estate and construction expertise with banking and finance experience.

Practice head(s):

Shamshul Iskandar Zulkifli

Work highlights

  • Advised SPNB Aspirasi Sdn Bhd on the development agreement in relation to an affordable housing accommodation project being the development of 469 units of terrace houses in Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang.
  • Advised Pos Malaysia Berhad on an RM8.3m acquisition of a single storey detached warehouse with two storey office situated in Klang.
  • Advised Pos Malaysia Berhad on acquisition of two units of cluster factory at Setia Business Park 2, Johor Bahru.

Raja, Darryl & Loh combines its corporate, commercial and construction expertise to advise clients on the sale and purchase of real estate as well as on construction projects, with particular experience in the hospitality and affordable housing sectors. The group has continued to add to its client roster with recent instructions from Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia, Damansara Realty and China Construction Engineering (SEA) Malaysia. Key names to note include construction practice head Wei Mun Chang and Hon Leng Choon who has experience advising on all stages of projects, from pre-contract negotiations to dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Wei Mun Chang

Other key lawyers:

Hon Leng Choon

Key clients

Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Bhd

Marriott International Group

PR1MA (Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia)

Damansara Realty (Johor) Sdn Bhd

SP Setia Group

YTL Group

UEM Sunrise Berhad

FGV Plantations (M) Sdn Bhd

China Construction Engineering (SEA) Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia on the review of its entire existing business and contractual models for development of the housing development programme known as the ‘1Malaysia Housing Programme’ under the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
  • Assisted Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing with the preparation and finalisation of the sale and purchase agreement for its acquisition of land together with facilities, plant and machinery for its oil refinery on the coast of West Malaysia.
  • Advised Luxury Hotels International Management Company on management agreements signed for the management of several hotels in Malaysia, this includes conducting legal due diligence on the hotel owner and land, and  advising on land issues and joint venture arrangements.

Skrine combines experience assisting with real estate development projects and transactions with contentious and non-contentious construction sector expertise. Corporate partner Theresa Chong heads up the the real estate practice while dispute resolution experts Ivan Loo and Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai  jointly lead the construction and engineering team. Richard Khoo Boo Hin is another name to note, particularly for advise on commercial elements of construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Theresa Chong; Ivan Loo; Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai

Other key lawyers:

Richard Khoo Boo Hin

Key clients

Employees Provident Fund Board

Social Security Organisation (SOCSO)

Petronas Gas Berhad

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad

Schlumberger

General Electric

PTT Exploration and Production plc

MCC Overseas (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Hunza Properties (Gurney) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Employees Provident Fund Board on a joint venture with Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd’s (MRCB) subsidiary Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd for the development of three parcels of leasehold land in Bukit Jalil into an integrated development.
  • Acted for Social Security Organisation on its RM323m acquisition of a piece of freehold prime land in Jalan Kia Peng from Legasi Azam Sdn Bhd.
  • Representing MCC Overseas (M) in a civil suit against Jetson Construction relating to the construction of high rise service apartments and a hotel along Jalan Conlay in Kuala Lumpur.

'Well-versed in the Malaysian property industry' Zain & Co attracts praise for its 'exceptional legal service' across a contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction work. The group has particular experience advising property acquisitions and development projects, sale and leaseback of buildings and structuring of large scale mixed use developments in Kuala Lumpur. Zainal Azlan Abdul Kadir and Vatsala Ratnasabapathy jointly head the practice and specialise in commercial property transactions and disputes respectively. Mariza Azen Mat Rasip combines transactional real estate and banking and finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Zainal Azlan bin Abdul Kadir; Vatsala Ratnasabapathy

Other key lawyers:

Mariza Azen Mat Rasip

Testimonials

We rate Zain & Co very highly in terms of their quality of service. They make the effort to better understand the commercial and business nuances and then provide practical and thughtful advice.’

Mariza Azen and Zain Azrin Both have our praise for their professionalism and incisive thoughts on the legal problems.

Key clients

PT Rajawali Corpora / Rajawali Group of Companies (“Rajawali”)

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

AmanahRaya Trustees Berhad (As Trustee on Behalf of Amanah Harta Tanah PNB) (“ART”)

Pelaburan Hartanah Nasional Berhad

Express Rail Link Sdn Bh

Sime Darby Property Berhad

Seriemas Development Sdn Bhd

Pelaburan Hartanah Berhad

Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad

PNB Value Homes Sdn. Bhd. (a subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Berhad)

Langkawi Island Resort Sdn. Bhd.

Ekuiti Nasional Berhad

IJN

Keystone Land Development Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Rajawali Group of Companies joint venture partner in the proposed developments of a new six star luxury hotel and resort under the brand name of “St Regis” and the Langkawi International Convention Centre in Langkawi.
  • Advised Permodalan Nasional Berhad on the disposal of two data centres in Cyberjaya together with all plant, equipment, machinery, fixtures and fittings therein and the lease of the lands on which the said data centres are located.
  • Assisted Seriemas Resort Sdn Bhd with the purchase of 20 plots of vacant lands in Pekan Morib, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Zul Rafique & Partners' corporate real estate practice group handles a full range of real estate matters including property acquisitions and divestments, property developments and joint ventures, commercial leasing, property management and property-related financing. The team is jointly led by Tang Ai Leen, Leong May Ling and Ainal Marlinda Md Said who all have experience across a range of real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tang Ai Leen; Leong May Ling; Ainal Marlinda Md Said

Key clients

Trx City Sdn. Bhd.

Tropicana Corporation Berhad

Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad

Capitaland Malaysia Mall Trust

Royal Group, Royal & Sons Organisation Pte. Ltd., Singapore

Klcc Property Holdings Berhad

Uem Sunrise Berhad

Microsoft Payments (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Putrajaya Holdings Berhad

Sime Darby Property Berhad

I & P Group Sdn. Bhd.

Pnb Development Sdn. Berhad

Work highlights

  • Acted for HCK Capital Group Berhad and its indirect wholly owned subsidiary companies on the acquisition of the initial developer, True Renaissance, and a subsequent a joint venture in relation to Developments of Empire Remix 1 and Empire Remix 2 in USJ, Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
  • Assisted Royal Group Capital Pte. Ltd and its associate, Expert Rewards with its RM166.5m acquisition of Wisma KFC, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Acted for Microsoft Payments on securing a leasehold land in Sedenak, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia to set up the first date centre in Malaysia.

The real estate practice at Azmi & Associates has experience advising corporates and real estate sector clients on transactions. Practice head Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari has particular experience in advising international clients on projects and real estate transactions in Malaysia.

Practice head(s):

Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari

Work highlights

  • Advised Monster Energy on tenancy arrangements in Malaysia.
  • Advised Amanah REIT on the RM105m disposal of factory based in Malaysia.

The real estate practice group at Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff has been active in advising its client roster which includes developer and corporations on real estate transactions. Corporate partner Mun Sou Chooi heads up the team which includes Wei Lung Chong.

Practice head(s):

Mun Sou Chooi

Other key lawyers:

Wei Lung Chong

Key clients

Premier Place Property Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of JAKS Resources Group

Pulai Springs Resort Berhad, a subsidiary of Pulai Springs Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Premier Place Property on the sale of four parcels of Land valued at RM167m to Sunway Supply Chain Enterprise.
  • Assisted Pulai Springs Resort with the sale of nine parcels of land to Bintang-Bintang Development.
  • Advised Micron Memory on its long-term lease arrangement with Penang State Government.

Christopher & Lee Ong's real estate team handles a range of real estate transactions, including financing, acquisitions and disposals and leases. It is instructed by a number of property developers to advise on contractual elements of construction of commercial and residential projects. Practice head Hock Chye Lee combines corporate and real estate sector expertise while Lim Hui Ming focuses on real estate and banking and finance matters.  Kelvin Kho is another name to note, particularly for managagement of real estate development projects.

Practice head(s):

Lee Hock Chye

Other key lawyers:

Eileen Yeoh; Kelvin Kho

Testimonials

The team is capable of giving sound and practical solutions on various issues and subject matters. They would not hesitate to go all out to assist us in any way that they can.

Kelvin Kho is ery capable. He always has time to answer any of our queries even though it might not be related to the one that he was appointed for. He has vast knowledge and everything is at his fingertips.

Kelvin Kho provides practical legal advice and solutions. He had good industry knowledge and is very responsive.

While known predominantly for its corporate and finance expertise, Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong has experience advising on real estate matters including sales and purchases of land and land development contracts. Named partner James Wong, who also focuses on financing transactions, heads up the practice alongside real estate expert Jesy Ooi.

Practice head(s):

James Wong; Jesy Ooi

Key clients

Jelutong Development Sdn Bhd

FGV Group

Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad (“KFH”)

BNP Paribas

Public Bank

Public Islamic Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Jelutong Development on its sale of a piece of land at The Light Waterfront development in Penang to Space Arts & Culture (M).

The real estate practice at Lee & Koh counts advising on construction and development projects among its strengths. Practice head Melynda Lee Mee Yoong is instructed by housing developers which she frequently assists with mixed development projects and related financing.

Practice head(s):

Melynda Lee Mee Yoong

Testimonials

Key clients

EUPE Corporation Berhad

GamudaLand

JADE Hills Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the developer, GamudaLand Berhad, in the construction and development of the project known as Gamuda Kemuning.
  • Advised Eupe Corporation Berhad on the construction and development of the project known as Parc 3, including advising on the end financing for the project.

Tay & Partners is experienced in advising on real estate transactional matters and assists its client roster of foreign and local investors and developers on the acquisitions of land and commercial real estate projects. It was recently instructed by IKEA Supply to advise on the acquisition of industrials lands at Pulau Indah Industrial Park, Selangor for the set-up of a regional distribution and supply chain centre. Practice head Hong Yun Chang Yun combines real estate and financing expertise.

Practice head(s):

Hong Yun Chang

Testimonials

‘Our experience with them is that the partners (in this case, Chang Hong Yun) pays great attention to the details of issues, and doesn’t just rely on associates to have the details. Additionally, he was very proactive when issues arose, i.e. he would not only raise an issue, but solutions at the same time, and the plans for pushing through those solutions.’

‘We’ve found him to be very organised, responsive to queries (and generous with his time), and able to distill legal issues into language that clients can easily understand. Additionally, he is able to distinguish between real and perceived issues, and bring some level of commercial practicality to his advice to clients.’

Key clients

IKEA Supply AG

KUB Gas Terminal Sdn Bhd

PPB Hartabina Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised IKEA Supply AG in the acquisition of industrials lands at Pulau Indah Industrial Park, Selangor to set up the world’s third-largest IKEA regional distribution and supply chain centre.
  • Advised KUB Gas Terminal Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the listed KUB Malaysia Bhd, on its acquisition of a piece of industrial land at Klang, Selangor.
  • Assisted PPB Group Berhad with the sale of its Megah Rise project through its subsidiary, PPB Hartabina Sdn Bhd.

The real estate practice at HL Lee & Co has experience advising on real estate and development transactions and recently advised Em Hub on the development of an e-commerce hub in Selangor. Practice head Ng King Hoe and Ng Lay San both handle a real estate matters as well as banking and finance instructions.

Practice head(s):

Ng King Hoe

Other key lawyers:

Ng Lay San

Key clients

Em Hub Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Em Hub Sdn Bhd with the development of a first-of-its kind industrial hub in Selangor, Malaysia.