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

Shook Lin & Bok

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by Jalalullail Othman and Mei Lin Khong, the banking and finance team at Shook Lin & Bok negotiates and structures crucial sector documentation. Specific areas covered include: Sukuk, loan notes, securitisation, capital market instruments, derivatives and asset financing. Known for working on both  domestic and international syndications, it is adept at assists clients utilising the Malaysian tax haven of Labuan. Attracting substantive cases from the maritime sector (Icon Offshore features in the portfolio), it also pursues matters in the aerospace industry. Recommended lawyers: Mei Lin Khong (for loans and debt restructuring) and Kiat Ching Hoh (the offering's retail banking expert).

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

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.

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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

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 2

Working on both the establishment and enforcement of intellectual property rights, the team at Shook Lin & Bok is headed by the 'unmatched' Michael Soo. Serving both domestic and international clients, it handles the filing and prosecution of trade and service marks, patents, utility innovations and industrial designs. Wendy Lee Wan Chien is experienced in opposition proceedings and conducts both due diligence and contract reviews.

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The team helmed by Michael Soo is very well respected‘.

Michaal Soo stands out for his in-depth knowledge of IP and his experience in the sector is unmatched‘.


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

Elite Gold Ltd

Authentic Brands Group, Inc

Stanley Black & Decker

ZTE Corporation

Malaysia > Islamic finance Tier 2

Areas of Islamic finance covered by Shook Lin & Bok include: sukuks, product development, equity instruments and profit and loss schemes. The team is led by Jalalullail Othman and Mei Lin Khong and is particularly well known for its work in infrastructure, telecommunications and high technology projects. Advising on both domestic and international syndications, it also handles ship and aircraft financing including purchase, mortgages and leveraged leasing.

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Urusharta Jamaah Sdn Bhd

Icon Offshore Berhad and its affected subsidiaries

DanaInfra Nasional Berhad

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 3

The Labour and Industrial Disputes team at Shook Lin & Bok is directed by Romesh Abraham, a specialist in employment and administrative law as well as general tort and insurance claims. He is supported by Mehala Marimuthoo, an experienced litigation partner advising on issues such as recruitment policy, retrenchment, outsourcing and performance management. In addition, the offering covers internal disciplinary matters such as dismissal proceedings and social security entitlement.

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Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The corporate and M&A offering at Shook Lin & Bok is led by Ivan Yue Chan Ho, a partner with notable experience in sector disposals. In broad terms, the team handles issues such as: incorporation of new companies, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures, IPOs, share option schemes, reconstructions and restructurings. Jalalullail Othman provides experience with both onshore and cross border clients and is particularly known for facilitating commercial collaborations.

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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.

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 Romesh Abraham is a senior partner of the firm. He has been…
Ms Mei Lin Khong  photo Ms Mei Lin Khong Mei Lin is a senior partner of the firm and heads the…
Mr Michael Soo  photo Mr Michael Soo Michael Soo is the current Managing Partner of the firm and heads…
Ms Sin Min Yoong  photo Ms Sin Min Yoong Sin Min is a senior partner of the firm. She heads the…
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.