Firm Profile > Shook Lin & Bok > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shook Lin & Bok

Banking and finance Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok is strong for contentious and non-contentious conventional and Islamic finance matters and has a breadth of experience in the negotiating, preparing and structuring of banking and finance transactions, products and documentation. Corporate finance partner Jalalullail Othman heads up the group and has experience advising domestic and international financial institutions, corporate borrowers and public sector bodies such as Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Malaysia. The group also has a dedicated loan and debt restructuring practice, which is led by Mei Lin Khong and benefits from conventional and Islamic finance expert Kiat Ching Hoh's expertise which spans from advising on corporate and retail banking documentation to corporate debt restructuring.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok's dispute resolution practice has experience across a full range of litigation and arbitration. The group is jointly led by Sin Min Yoong — who is strong for banking and finance, land law and commercial litigation — and labour and industrial disputes expert Romesh Abraham. Ko Luen Lam focuses on arbitration, construction disputes, civil and corporate litigation. Former managing partner Nagarajah Muttiah left the practice to establish Nagarajah Advocates and Solicitors.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok's intellectual property team is known predominantly for its expertise in contentious matters and also has the capabilities to advise on filing and prosecution and enforcement of rights, as well as on licensing and franchising. Managing partner Michael Soo heads the team and focuses on  enforcement and civil litigation, while Wendy Lee Wan Chien handles advisory and prosecution of trade marks, patents and industrial designs and trade mark opposition proceedings.

Islamic finance Tier 2

The Islamic banking and finance group at Shook Lin & Bok has experience advising across retail financing, mezzanine financing and debt capital markets. The team is led by Jalalullail Othman, who focuses on corporate finance, and includes Mei Lin Khong, whose clients benefits from her broad banking and finance experience.

Labour and employment Tier 3

The labour and industrial team at Shook Lin & Bok, which handles both advisory work and litigation, is led by Romesh Abraham and includes Mehala Marimuthoo, who are both particularly experienced in employment disputes. David Ng Yew Kiat joined Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership.

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Shook Lin & Bok has expertise across corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. Practice head Ivan Yue Chan Ho has broad experience advising on a range of corporate transactions, and frequently assists IT companies with commercial matters. Jalalullail Othman is another name to note, and is instructed by a range of domestic, international and public sector clients on corporate and commercial issues.



From its humble origins as a sole-proprietorship established in 1918, Shook Lin & Bok has grown into one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. It is also the oldest law firm of local origin in the country.

The practice began in a limited number of practice areas. As Malaysia evolved from being a British colony into the modern country it is today, the firm grew in tandem to meet the challenges of globalization, building on its strong, trusted relationships with all its clients. The firm’s practice has evolved into a leading full service firm offering a comprehensive range of legal services, spanning the globe. Such services range from civil and commercial practice, banking and finance, international arbitration, complex litigation disputes and intellectual property.

The firm has distinguished itself in its commitment to high standards of professionalism and integrity for over 100 years. It has built on that heritage and continues to invest in the development of its human resources, team of legal practitioners and infrastructural resources, including the latest technological systems, for the benefit of its clients. Always solution-focused, the firm prides itself not just in highlighting pitfalls in transactions but also in providing alternatives.

The latest in online legal research facilities enhances and complements one of the most comprehensive traditional library facilities in the country, enabling the firm to deliver on its mission of service with effectiveness and efficiency.

The firm has seventeen departments representing major, though not exclusive practice areas, which combine in a complementary and multidisciplinary practice to serve the needs of clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Jalalullail Othman
Building, Construction and Engineering Lam Ko Luen
Company Secretarial Ivan Ho Yue Chan
Competition & Anti-Trust Law Michael C.M Soo
Corporate Ivan Ho Yue Chan
Dispute Resolution Romesh Abraham
Dispute Resolution Yoong Sin Min
Family, Probate & Trusts Romesh Abraham
Insurance Lam Ko Luen
Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Licensing Michael C.M Soo
International & Domestic Arbitration Lam Ko Luen
Islamic Finance Jalalullail Othman
Labour & Industrial Disputes Romesh Abraham
Loan and Debt restructuring Khong Mei Lin
Real Estate, Commercial & Conveyancing Khong Mei Lin
Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement Jalalullail Othman
Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement Yoong Sin Min
Shipping & Maritime Chan Kok Keong
Technology, Multimedia & Telecommunications ("TMT") Ivan Ho Yue Chan
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Romesh Abraham  photo Mr Romesh Abraham
Ms Mei Lin Khong  photo Ms Mei Lin Khong
Mr Ko Luen Lam  photo Mr Ko Luen Lam
Mr Michael Soo  photo Mr Michael Soo
Ms Sin Min Yoong  photo Ms Sin Min Yoong
Number of lawyers : 60+