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Shook Lin & Bok

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 2

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok counts banks, government-owned entities, and regulatory authorities among its roster of clients. The disputes practice, which specialises in international and domestic arbitration proceedings, is regularly involved in financial litigation and corporate disputes. Elsewhere, the team is also experienced in handling contractual and tort claims, joint venture disputes and real estate issues concerning rights to land and ownership. Chan Kok Keong, who is principally focused on banking, finance, and insolvency litigation, co-leads the group with Romesh Abraham, who frequently appears in Court of Appeal cases. Yoong Sin Min is a notable member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Chan Kok Keong; Romesh Abraham

Other key lawyers:

Yoong Sin Min; Ng Hooi Huang


‘The team is professional and provides accurate and practical legal solutions.’

‘The practice is led by very knowledgeable and competent partners.’

‘Ng Hooi Huang is certainly very efficient in providing and responding to our request for advice.’

‘Ng Hooi Huang is professional, efficient, sharp, and very knowledgeable. She can handle tricky situations well and always delivers good results, even in handling urgent matters on short notice.’

‘Willing to put in extra effort and time to address issues, regardless of the size of the transaction.’

‘The team has demonstrated deep knowledge with a proven track record. High ethical standards and a collaborative culture has made this team reliable and outstanding.’

‘Chan Kok Keong is a very experienced and client-centric lawyer who is always able to provide speedy legal advice and insightful ideas in addressing complex legal matters.’

Key clients

CIMB Bank Berhad

CIMB Islamic Berhad

OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

United Overseas Bank Limited

UOB 2006 Nominees (Tempatan) Sdn Bhd

AmBank (M) Berhad

OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

RHB Bank Berhad

Standard Chartered Bank Berhad

Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad

TMF Trustees Malaysia Berhad

Maybank Investment Bank Berhad

GLM Emerald Hills (Cheras) Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Guocoland (Malaysia) Bhd)

Hong Leong Bank Berhad

MBSB Bank Bhd

Maybank Islamic Bhd

Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad

Affin Bank Berhad

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 2

Michael Soo, an expert in the enforcement and civil litigation elements of IP, leads the practice at Shook Lin & Bok. Acting for a range of notable international and local corporations, the firm is recognised for its work in handling IP protection and enforcement in addition to the filing and prosecution of various IP rights such as patents, trademarks, utility innovations, voluntary notifications of copyright, and industrial designs. Wendy Lee Wan Chieh is a notable member of the team and has extensive experience in working on trademark opposition proceedings, whilst senior associate Joseph Yu Shi Yang specialises in the interplay between the IP and IT sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Soo

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

  • Representing Sims Capital in an action for the expungement of its registered trademark which was instituted by Inner Mongolia Mengniu Dairy Company.
  • Representing Public Bank in defending an application by TransferWise Ltd for the partial expungement and variation of the specification of services of its service mark.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok acts for employers in disputes brought by employees alleging unfair dismissal and pursuing claims against employees wherein gross misconduct or fraud is being claimed, in addition handling disputes surrounding the alleged wrongful registration of trade unions. Key sectors of expertise include oil and gas, broadcasting and manufacturing. Mehala Marimuthoo, who is praised as ‘committed in safeguarding clients’ interests’, jointly leads the team alongside Romesh Abraham.

Practice head(s):

Romesh Abraham; Mehala Marimuthoo

Other key lawyers:

Gavinesh Siva Dharma


‘The team provides comprehensive advice on each legal issue. They are consistent with best industry practices.’

‘Mehala Marimuthoo, from the very start, was attentive to all our queries and advised us on arising legal issues and addressed our concerns. She was approachable and gave us the necessary comfort in managing and mitigating legal risk and exposure in our employment-related matters.’

‘Mehala Marimuthoo is committed in safeguarding clients’ interests, which is reflected in her attention-to-detail.’

‘Quick, reliable, friendly and professional as a team.’

‘Mehala Marimuthoo serves as our primary labour lawyer. She not only comprehends the legal cases at hand but has also invested time into understanding our business intricacies, operations and staff.’

‘Mehala Marimuthoo’s responsiveness and concentrated approach stands out, as she clearly dedicates ample time to preparing well in advance for cases. Her professionalism is remarkable, and she upholds strong ethical standards in her role.’

Key clients

HICOM Automotive Manufacturers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas)

Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd

Guocera Tile Industries Meru Sdn Bhd

RHB Bank Berhad

Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd

AmBank (M) Berhad

Edra Power Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Hong Leong Manufacturing Group Sdn. Bhd.

Work highlights

  • Represented HICOM Automotive Manufacturers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in defending its dismissal of eight executives who signed a petition to remove the Company’s CEO from his position.
  • Represented Ambank (M) Bhd, defending its dismissal of an employee who was subjected to a Performance Improvement Plan of 19 months, considering whether the PIP that was carried out constitutes sufficient guidance and assistance for the claimant to improve his performance.
  • Represented RHB Bank Berhad in defending its dismissal of an employee who had performed numerous fictitious cash deposit transactions into the bank’s customer’s account before the actual receipt of cash from the customer to facilitate the clearance of cheques issued by the customer.

Malaysia > Islamic finance Tier 3

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 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
Photo Name Position Profile
Romesh Abraham photo Mr Romesh Abraham Romesh Abraham has been a litigation partner in the firm since 1991…
Ivan Ho photo Mr Ivan Ho  Ivan is a senior partners of the firm and he practices in…
Mei Lin Khong photo Ms Mei Lin Khong Mei Lin is a senior partner of the firm and heads the…
Ko Luen Lam photo Mr Ko Luen Lam Ko Luen is a Partner of the firm and he heads the…
Jalalullail Othman photo Mr Jalalullail Othman JAL OTHMAN is a partner in the corporate and commercial law practice…
Michael Soo photo Mr Michael Soo Michael 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.