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Shook Lin & Bok

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok has considerable experience across a wide variety of banking and finance transactions including project and asset financing, cross-border and domestic syndicated financing, offshore loan transactions in foreign currencies and credit documentation and trade financing. Debt restructuring is an area of particular strength, with the department housing a dedicated team of lawyers. Jalalullail Othman specialises in corporate finance; he jointly heads the team with Ivan Ho Yue Chan and Khong Mei Lin, whose practices focuses on debt restructuring and the sale of non-performing loans.

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Key clients

Prokhas Sdn Bhd

Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Hong Leong Bank Berhad

RHB Bank Berhad

CIMB Bank Berhad

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok is well known for handling banking and finance litigation, frequently acting for regulatory authorities and government-owned entities. Key areas of work include acting in asset recovery claims, receiverships and insolvencies, as well as corporate disputes. The team also stands out for its track record in handling land and real estate disputes. The group can draw on a deep and experienced bench, which is jointly led by Yoong Sin Min, Chan Kok Keong, Romesh Abraham  and Lam Ko Luen.

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Alysha Onn


‘They are committed to give their best and will go “all-out” to fight the matter for their client.’

‘The group has a good sense of teamwork and a great collaborative effort to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.’

‘SLB is well-organised and systematic. The legal fees charged are also reasonable given its stature and standing.’

‘The lawyers that I have worked with are very responsive, and they know their stuff well. They are very willing to listen to proposals and suggestions from clients, which is very important. Communication is really a two-way process in SLB. The senior partner with who I have worked within the dispute resolution department in SLB is Mr Romesh Abraham, a lawyer of nearly 40 years’ experience. He knows his job very well. He is very well supported by his juniors.’

‘We work closely with Alysha Onn and she is quick to understand our situation and the circumstances, asking appropriate questions to understand the situation and processes better. She is detailed and her command of the written language is good.’

‘Strong and established within the legal industry. Competent, professional and always ready to help. Definitely a firm to put on your speed dial.’

‘Ms Yoong Sin Min, with her vast experience and knowledge, is definitely an exceptional legal counsel.’

Mr Chan Kok Keong is always ready to assist and is steadfast and reliable. His calm demeanour is definitely a plus point when assisting clients handling a litigation crisis.’

Key clients

AmBank (M) Berhad

United Overseas Bank Ltd

Hong Leong Bank Berhad

Public Bank Berhad

GLM Emerald Hills (Cheras) Sdn Bhd (subsidiary of Guocoland (M) Bhd)

CIMB Bank Berhad

CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad

Work highlights

  • Represented AmBank (M) Bhd and its holding company in striking out a high-profile civil suit filed by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  • Succeeded in the Court of Appeal to have a jurisdiction clause in a contract interpreted in a foreign client’s favour (United Overseas Bank Limited) in a dispute concerning approximately RM500 million.
  • Defended Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (owner and operator of the nation’s urban rail and stage bus services) against trespass, negligence and nuisance claim by Klang developer totalling more than RM643 million.

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 2

The intellectual property, information technology and licensing group at Shook Lin & Bok is led by Michael Soo, and advises on the gamut of IP and industrial property rights. Wendy Lee Wan Chieh's expertise covers advisory and prosecution matters and on the contentious side, she has handled cases that have reached the Court of Appeal and Federal Court. Notable associates are Joseph Yu Shi Yang and Nikko Aik Mun Shin who assist in advising both local and international clients on the protection of IP assets. The team has a strong track record advising clients in the technology, consumer and industrial goods sectors.

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‘They are experienced and responsive. They get the job done.’

‘Michael Soo is the lawyer I worked with. He has many years of experience. His vast experience allows him to give very practical advice. ’

‘They are very strong in trademark and copyright matters. ’

Key clients

Bayerische Motoren Werke and the BMW Group of Companies

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Hershey Group of Companies

YTL Group of Companies

Fraser and Neave, Limited

United Detergent Industries

Thompson Reuters

Public Bank Berhad

J Choo Limited

UNZA International Limited

Lee Kum Kee Company Limited

Summit (M) Sdn Bhd

Hotel Equatorial Sdn Bhd

Authentic Brands Group, Inc

Stanley Black & Decker

ZTE Corporation

Church & Dwight Co Inc

Nissan Motors Corporation

Marks & Spencer Plc

Telekom Group of Companies

Yee Lee Trading Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented DJ Auto in an action for trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Represented Powerscan Company Ltd. as counsel for an appeal against a finding of patent infringement and invalidation.
  • Represented UAC Berhad in an action for the expungement of its registered trademark.
  • Represented Mylan Ireland Limited in an action for the invalidation of a Malaysian Patent.
  • Represented Sims Capital Sdn Bhd in an action for the expungement of its registered mark.

Malaysia > Islamic finance Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok‘s Islamic finance group is experienced in the negotiation and structuring of a broad range of financial products, including Sukuk and related bonds, project and asset financing, syndicated financing, and offshore loan transactions in foreign-denominated currencies. The team is also active in the emerging areas of Islamic finance including Islamic funds, quasi-equity instruments, and profit and loss schemes. Syed Adam Alhabshi frequently advises Islamic financial institutions on regulatory and compliance matters. Jalalullail Othman, Khong Mei Lin and Hoh Kiat Ching jointly lead the team.

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‘The Islamic finance team department of Shok Lin & Bok comprises of dual disciplines of Islamic Finance and Conventional Finance that enhances their breadth and depth of advice. They adopt a holistic approach to their advisory role which actively engages with the various deal stakeholders including the Shariah scholars and the Shariah Advisory Councils.’

‘Dr Syed Adam Al-Habshi is a convincing lawyer who has deep knowledge of Islamic Finance. He demonstrated his articulateness in describing and advising the features of Islamic finance products.’

‘The firm is unique in the quality and rigorousness of the opinions it provides and in relevant legal documents. Clear views are presented to the client in terms of the Shariah and common law positions, always emphasising the potential risks of being challenged in court (as well as the risks of non-enforceability).’

‘In our onerous journey of having to put in place a Shariah rectification plan to correct a non-compliant event, practice partner Dr Syed Adam Al-Habshi stood out as a highly capable and competent counsel. Dr Syed held his professional posture by giving his legal opinions and meticulously explaining their basis as well as those of Shariah units and scholars.’

‘Shook Lin & Bok SLB is an established brand with a tradition of housing some of the finest lawyers in Malaysia. Their Islamic Finance practice is well known and my understanding when speaking to industry players is that SLB’s Islamic Finance department is effective.’

‘I feel Dr Syed is intellectual, witty and practices with the highest integrity. He used to serve the government as a Court Registrar and was even the direct assistant to a former Chief Justice. He knows his stuff. I am pleased to be of acquaintance with him. ’

Key clients

Public Islamic Bank Berhad

Malaysian Debt Ventures Berhad

Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad

Bursa Malaysia

Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad

Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad

Coop Bank

Agro Bank Berhad

Education Malaysia Global Services

IAP Intergrated Sdn Bhd

Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (EXIM Bank)

Al-Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia) Bhd

Work highlights

  • Assisted various Malaysian financial institutions to structure moratorium plans that meet the Shariah, regulatory as well as Common Law requirements to ensure that the moratorium plans could be rolled out effectively.
  • Assisted a Malaysian financial institution with Shariah compliance aspects of its housing finance portfolio.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 3

The labour and industrial disputes department at Shook Lin & Bok is led by Romesh Abraham, closely supported by 'detail focused' Mehala Marimuthoo. Abraham’s areas of specialism include employment disputes as is employment litigation specialist Marimuthoo who 'maintains very good engagement with clients, and provides explanations that are easy to understand'. The team also excels in advising on data protection, collective agreements, workplace health and safety compliance and other regulatory matters relating to employment and industrial relations.

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‘Mehala Marimuthoo, took the effort to understand our company processes and policies well and she has given our company advice and guidance to manage our employment issues effectively.’

‘Ms Mehala is a person with vast experience in this area. Maintaining a very good engagement with clients, provide an explanation that is easy to understand. She is hardworking and focuses on each cases.’

‘They’re not only advising us on the employment law in Malaysia but also took time and effort to understand our company’s structure and processes.’ 

Key clients

DRB-Hicom Berhad

Hong Leong Manufacturing Group

RHB Bank Berhad

Petroliam Nasional Berhad

Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd

Jebsen & Jessen Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Hannover Rueck SSE, Malaysian

Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad

Work highlights

  • Represented Horsedale Development Bhd (Glenmarie Golf & Country Club) in an unfair dismissal claim at the Industrial Court.
  • Acted for Guocera Sdn. Bhd. in an unfair dismissal dispute.
  • Represented Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd. in a series of unfair dismissal claims following its retrenchment excise.

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Ivan Yue Chan Ho  heads the corporate and M&A practice at Shook Lin & Bok. Key areas of transactional expertise include incorporation of new companies and Malaysian subsidiaries of international companies, joint ventures and acquisitions.

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Malaysia > Antitrust and competition

Following the recruitment of Dhaniah Ahmad in 2019 from the MyCC, Shook Lin & Bok has expanded its competition offering, enhancing its notable contentious competition expertise.

The firm: 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.

Banking and Finance Khong Mei Lin
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 Chan Kok Keong
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 Hoh Kiat Ching
Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement Jalalullail Othman
Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement Chan Kok Keong
Shipping & Maritime Chan Kok Keong
Technology, Multimedia & Telecommunications ("TMT") Ivan Ho Yue Chan
International and Domestic Arbitration Lam Ko Luen
Romesh Abraham photoMr Romesh AbrahamRomesh Abraham has been a litigation partner in the firm since 1991…
Mei Lin Khong photoMs Mei Lin KhongMei Lin is a senior partner of the firm and heads the…
Michael Soo photoMr Michael SooMichael Soo is the current Managing Partner of the firm and heads…
Number of lawyers : 60+

CLIENT: Amelia Emran (Deputy General Manager, Legal and Procurement Department)
COMPANY/FIRM: MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: The team assigned to our case was impressive. Highly proficient in the law and diligent. Professional yet very personable and always available for a consult.

CLIENT: Nor Khairiah Abd Halim (Senior General Manager, Technical Services Division)
TESTIMONIAL: Shook Lin & Bok has been acting as our counsel in various legal matter from litigation, dispute resolution and drafting of agreements. We are very satisfied with the services provided as they are very professional and have good experienced and knowledgeable lawyers in various fields.

Ms. Victoria Loi has represented us as counsel in several construction disputes. She has shown high professionalism and is knowledgeable in the subject matter. She is detailed in her work and able to provide the Client with good advice and strategy to minimise the Client’s exposure. She has in-depth knowledge and ability in construction disputes and is able to provide us with successful outcomes. We are happy to have Shook Lin & Bok as our counsel and highly recommend this firm.

CLIENT: Ho Sook Chin (Consultant – Contract Advisory)
COMPANY/FIRM: Arcadis Malaysia
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Messrs Shook Lin & Bok for some years now, primarily in construction related legal works where they are our legal representatives.  Victoria Loi (Partner) is hands on.  Her team is knowledgeable, professional and responsive, and consistently delivered positive results.  We can rely on Victoria and her team to keep us updated, and presented with clear concise options at the various stages of the cases involved.

CLIENT: Yap Mong Jay (Head, Group Litigation Policy, Strategy & Reporting, Group Legal – CFS & Corporate Functions)
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Yoong Sin Min on several matters, many involving complex and difficult matters. Apart from being a great litigator backed by her extensive experience, what we also consistently find invaluable to us is the combination of her astuteness, intelligence and her ability to approach issues with a profound appreciation and comprehension of organizational/ business strategies and objectives. Her services, when engaged, have helped us make many key decisions with confidence and little hesitation, especially in live commercial situations where such decisions are often required to be made decisively, and with little room for mistakes or inadvertence.

CLIENT: Dato’ Robert Teo (Chairman)
TESTIMONIAL: The firm of Shook Lin & Bok has been my solicitors for the past 35 years. Mr. Romesh Abraham was my solicitor and he won my first legal suit handled by Shook Lin & Bok. Subsequently together with Mr. Lam Ko Luen and Ms. Victoria Loi, I had a string of legal victories!

Throughout that period, I have not been able to remember any instance when they fell short of their professional obligations as my solicitors. They have been attentive in their service and the partners are easily accessible at most times.

CLIENT: Esther Chow (Head of Legal)
COMPANY/FIRM: KONE Elevator (M) Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: It’s a comfort to work with Victoria Loi – highly competent, meticulous and supporting client with a touch of customer-centricity. I am thankful for her hard work and diligence in supporting our business thus far.

CLIENT: Chen Mun Peng (Head of Legal)
COMPANY/FIRM: Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad
TESTIMONIAL: Shook Lin & Bok is the law firm we go to when we have complex contentious matters. Serviced by a team of highly experienced lawyers who are able to consistently render sound legal advice. Very responsive team and easy access to partners. With Shook Lin & Bok, we know that our matters are in capable hands and receiving their utmost attention.