Firm Profile > Skrine > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Level 8, Wisma UOA Damansara

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Skrine is frequently instructed on cross-border transactions by both international clients and Malaysian corporates and is particularly known for its expertise in insurance sector M&A and energy industry transactions. Practice head Theresa Chong has expertise spanning a range of corporate advisory, M&A, real estate and banking and finance transactions, while Fariz Abdul Aziz focuses on transactions in the oil and gas sector, Chew Soon Quay has particular insurance sector expertise, and Sheba Gumis is noted for work in the hospitality, healthcare and education sectors. Another name to note is Janet Looi, who handles a range of M&A, corporate governance, and regulatory matters.


The team is very competent and knowledgeable. Being able to understand the business in addition to the law and regulation itself made the team stand out as compared to other firms.’

The team is very committed and diligent. The services provided has always been timely and are of high quality.’

The team has in-depth knowledge of the process of a take-over, and what is expected from a legal counsel. This helps the team to think along with the client on a practical approach of various difficulties within the process.

The team is very responsive and very knowledgeable in their sector space (we dealt with them on insurance M&A). I have found them superior to other firms in both respects.

Chew Soon Quay and Addy Herg are both excellent – they give good advice, are both knowledgable and practical and respond very quickly to matters.

Key clients

Murphy Oil Corporation

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

Key Safety Systems Inc

Carlyle International Energy Partners

Golden Springs Group


Jingtian Gongcheng (China)

Zurich General Insurance Berhad

The Longreach Group Inc (through Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Japan)

Navis Asia VII Management Company Limited

Ekuiti Nasional Berhad

Hogan Lovells London (Instructed by Luxaviation Group)

New Forests Asset Management (through its subsidiary Hijauan Bengkoka Plantations Sdn. Bhd.)

Zurich General Takaful Malaysia Berhad

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Keluarga Berhad

Norton Rose Fulbright (for HSBC)

Nichirei Logistics Group Inc. (Japan)

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (as instructed by NautaDutilh N.V.)

Reckitt Benckiser Group


Dispute resolution Tier 1

With 'one of the largest dedicated teams for complex disputes in the Malaysian market', Skrine's dispute resolution practice offer 'consistently high quality work' delivered by 'professional and responsive quick thinkers'. 'Outstanding lawyer' Wai Hong Leong handles a range of commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings and heads up the team which includes 'excellent advocate' Chee Wee Lim, who has experience across the oil and gas offshore sector, regulatory disputes and fraud litigation; Preetha Pillai, who focues on fraud litigation, and administrative and public law litigator Vijay Raj. Other names to note include international arbitration and insolvency specialist Lee Shih and Sharon Chong Tze Ying who has expertise across aviation, competition disputes and regulatory enforcement proceedings.  


They act for some of the largest companies in high-value disputes and have strong depth of expertise and institutional knowledge.

Lim Chee Wee is strategic and tactical. Undoubtedly the grandmaster in this area of practice.

Sharon Chong is very willing to roll up her sleeves and get the work done. Meticulous, with a strong work ethic and very easy to get along with.

Leong Wai Hong was knowledgeable in the area of the law in my case and it was very assuring that I had a lawyer of such high calibre acting for me .

Lim Chee Wee’s quiet cross examination style put witnesses at ease and resulted in them making admissions which they were not aware were damaging to their company’s case.

Lee Shih is a rising star and a confident advocate, who gives sound commercial advice.

They are ably supported by associate Geraldine Goon, who works hard on the detail of the matter in the background and is one to watch for the future.

Ashok Kumar is a very competent litigator able to think quick on his feet.

Jocelyn Lim is a very capable litigator more than able to hold her own. She is very easy to work with.

Associate Joanna Tan is very helpful and efficient. Was able to provide advice and assistance independently.

Key clients


Securities Commission Malaysia

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad


Nam Cheong Ltd

Malaysia Competition Commission

Top Glove Berhad


Bintang Subsea Ventures (M) Sdn Bhd

Pelangi Prestasi Sdn Bhd

Prestariang SKIN Sdn Bhd

Intellectual property Tier 1

Skrine's practice advises clients on protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights and assists with a range of trade mark infringement and passing-off claims, as well as patent, design and copyright litigation. Guan Huat Khoo and 'outstanding partnerCharmayne Ong jointly lead the practice and focus on contentious and non-contentious matters respectively. Other names to note include Pei Yee Kuek, who handles a range of IP litigation and recently represented Adidas AG and Adidas (Malaysia) in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim against LOF Fashion, and the 'knowledgeable' Hong Koon Teh, who has particular experience advising on creation, acquisition, prosecution, exploitation, and management of trade marks.


The team offers helpful and practical legal advice, reasonable service costs responsiveness and punctual working in a cooperative manner.

With insightful experiences in regard to IP practices, they  assist us with helpful legal advice to achieve successful IP Prosecution in Malaysia.

Key clients

Adidas AG

Adidas (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Huasin Food Industries Sdn Bhd

Syarikat Faiza Sdn Bhd

Y&L Teknokraft Sdn Bhd

Nuctech Company Limited

Dart Industries Inc and Tupperware Brands Malaysia Sdn Bhd

La Kaffa International Co Ltd

Labour and employment Tier 1

The employment team at Skrine is frequently instructed by employers in a full-range of employment and labour matters, with particular experience in handling litigation. Selvamalar Alagaratnam, who handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters including allegations of employee fraud and medical negligence, jointly heads the practice alongside Siva Kumar Kanagasabai who has particular experience in employment disputes.


A dedicated team that specializes in labour and employment practice.

The individuals we have worked with are friendly and easy to deal with, particularly associate Foo Siew Li.

Knowledgeable in employment law and is able to forthwith provide sound and practical legal advice.

Associate Foo Siew Li is friendly and easy to deal with.

Key clients

Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia B.V.

Ayamas Food Corporation Sdn Bhd

Design Worldwide Partnership | dwp Group

Hershey Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Lhoist Group

Huhtamaki Foodservices Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Pathology Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Rockwool Malaysia Sdn Bhd


Kumpulan Hartanah Selangor Berhad

Sapura Aero Sdn Bhd

Top Glove Corporation Berhad                                               

TMT Tier 1

Skrine offers a 'good practical market insight' across the IT, telecoms and media sectors. The team has the ability to handle a range of regulatory compliance issues, including relating to telecoms projects and over-the-top services, data centres for cloud computing services and leasing of sub-sea and terrestrial fibers, as well as commercial, contractual and transactional matters throughout IT and technology. The 'very responsive' practice head Charmayne Ong's expertise spans intellectual property and TMT, while Jillian Chia Yan Ping and Natalie Lim Yen Kuan are key names for privacy and data protection. The group also benefits from the ability to leverage its disputes team, within which Khoo Guan Huat has particular IP and TMT sector experience. Neo Hwee Yong left the practice to Bird & Bird in Hong Kong.


Skrine offers practical insight into the legal and regulatory framework of the media sector in Malaysia.

Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Since the introduction of the Competition Act 2010, Skrine's competition law practice has been active in assisting the Malaysian Competition Commission with block exemptions and leniency applications and in judicial reviews. The group also has experience advising companies and trade associations with compliance. Practice head Janet Looi has particular expertise assisting clients across the banking, pharmaceutical and shipping sectors.

Key clients

Malaysia Competition Commission

ANA Holdings Inc.

Shipping Association of Malaysia

Pelangi Prestasi Sdn Bhd

Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by Theresa Chong and Dato Philip Chan Hon Keong, the practice at Skrine advises domestic and international banks on transactions as well as representing financial institutions in disputes with customers. Representing banks in recovery suits is a particular strength for the firm, with clients including Maybank Islamic, HSBC Amanah, and Malayan Banking. Claudia Cheah Pek Yee represents Malayan in a RM800m recovery of loans made to a ship building company, including opening an action against the Malaysian government.

Key clients

Malayan Banking Berhad

Maybank Islamic Berhad

Hong Leong Bank Berhad


HSBC Amanah Berhad

HSBC Bank Berhad

Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad

Modalku Ventures Sdn Bhd

CIMB Bank Berhad

Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad

Projects and energy Tier 2

Skrine has experience across a range of infrastructure and energy sector instructions, and, with a 'real insight' into the oil and gas sector, it has particular expertise in upstream oil and gas transactions, as well as high-value construction disputes. Ivan Loo and Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai jointly head the construction and engineering team, while the 'terrificFariz Abdul Aziz leads the oil and gas group, and Richard Khoo Boo Hin heads the energy and infrastructure practice.


Their familiarity in navigating vague regulatory approval processes and external stakeholder management is of great comfort.

Prompt response times, country knowledge and sector knowledge makes Skrine a great firm to work with as Malaysian counsel.

Fariz Abdul Aziz consistently provides valuable and significant contributions and also also provides excellent service in coordinating any other specialist advice which we need from Skrine during the course of a transaction.

‘Associate Karyn Khor is technically very strong, detail-oriented and has a strong engine in getting transactions done.

Karyn kohr is a great senior associate, she is very clever and prepares excellent clear advices.

Fariz Aziz is brilliant. He has such wide experience and his advices are extremely clear.

Fariz Aziz is very user friendly, promptly responding to questions, delivering strong country and energy sector knowledge.

Key clients

Murphy Oil Corporation

OMV Aktiengesellschaft


HESS Exploration and Production Malaysia


Petronas Gas Berhad

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad

Aker Solutions

Reach Energy

PTT Exploration and Production plc

MCC Overseas (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

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.

Key clients

Employees Provident Fund Board

Social Security Organisation (SOCSO)

Petronas Gas Berhad

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad


General Electric

PTT Exploration and Production plc

MCC Overseas (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Hunza Properties (Gurney) Sdn Bhd

Shipping Tier 2

Skrine has a strong shipping and maritime sector practice, with experience across a range of transactional, contractual and contentious matters. The group benefits from being able to leverage its full-service offering in shipping matters; corporate partner Fariz Abdul Aziz has experience in ship registrations and sales, while Tan Shi Wen advises on ship financing. Siva Kumar Kanagasabai heads up the team and focuses on contentious maritime matters.

Key clients

HESS Exploration and Production Malaysia

Watson Farley & Williams (London)

Tax Tier 3

The tax and revenue practice at Skrine has the expertise to advise on a range of planning, litigation and regulatory matters spanning a variety of taxes. The group has been particularly active in assisting clients with challenges to rates and assessments. Commercial litigation and arbitration partner Preetha Pillai heads up the practice.


They are knowledgeable about business tax issues and able to provide quick answers to queries.

Key clients

Antara Optima Sdn Bhd

Skrine is one of the oldest, largest and most awarded legal firms in the country, with a sterling global reputation, and a wide range of highly-regarded practice groups. The firm is currently led by 50 partners with over 110 lawyers.

Skrine is the exclusive Malaysian member of Lex Mundi, a network of leading independent law firms in over 160 jurisdictions around the world and the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, a network of 30 top tier independent member law firms.

The Firm has been named as the Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 2017 by Asian Legal Business; Malaysia Law Firm of the Year in 2015 by Chambers Asia Pacific; Malaysian Firm of the Year 2013 – 2018 by Who’s Who Legal; ranked as a Leading Firm by Chambers Asia Pacific and Global from 2011 – 2018; ranked as a Top Tier Firm by Legal 500 Asia Pacific from 2014 – 2018; recognised as leading international arbitration firm since 2012 by Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 100 and has been named as Malaysian Firm of the Year for 2014 – 2016 by Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP).

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Litigation and Arbitration Leong Wai Hong
Head of Corporate Theresa Chong
Head of Intellectual Property and TMT Charmayne Ong Poh Yin
Co-head of Construction and Engineering Ivan Loo
Co-head of Construction and Engineering Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai
Co-head of Employment Siva Kumar Kanagasabai
Co-head of Employment Selvamalar Alagaratnam
Contact partner for Tax and Revenue Preetha Pillai
Contact partner for Restructuring and Insolvency Lee Shih
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Fariz Abdul Aziz  photo Mr Fariz Abdul Aziz
Ms Lee Ai Hsian  photo Ms Lee Ai Hsian
Ms Selvamalar Alagaratnam  photo Ms Selvamalar Alagaratnam
Ms Claudia Cheah Pek Yee  photo Ms Claudia Cheah Pek Yee
Ms Kah Leng Chen  photo Ms Kah Leng Chen
Mr Kee Check Cheng  photo Mr Kee Check Cheng
Ms Jillian Chia Yan Ping  photo Ms Jillian Chia Yan Ping
Mr Yoong Chong Chin  photo Mr Yoong Chong Chin
Ms Theresa Chong  photo Ms Theresa Chong
Ms Sharon Chong Tze Ying  photo Ms Sharon Chong Tze Ying
Ms Leela Devi Baskaran  photo Ms Leela Devi Baskaran
Ms Ratha Govindasamy  photo Ms Ratha Govindasamy
Ms Sheba Gumis  photo Ms Sheba Gumis
Mr Addy Herg  photo Mr Addy Herg
Mr Trevor Jason Mark Padasian  photo Mr Trevor Jason Mark Padasian
Mr Siva Kumar Kanagasabai  photo Mr Siva Kumar Kanagasabai
Mr Guan Huat Khoo  photo Mr Guan Huat Khoo
Mr Richard Khoo Boo Hin  photo Mr Richard Khoo Boo Hin
Mr Chee Kheong Kok  photo Mr Chee Kheong Kok
Mr Oommen Koshy  photo Mr Oommen Koshy
Ms Pei Yee Kuek  photo Ms Pei Yee Kuek
Mr Tatt Boon Lee  photo Mr Tatt Boon Lee
Mr Shih Lee  photo Mr Shih Lee
Mr Wai Hong Leong  photo Mr Wai Hong Leong
Mr Chee Wee Lim  photo Mr Chee Wee Lim
Ms Koon Huan Lim  photo Ms Koon Huan Lim
Ms Natalie Lim Yen Kuan  photo Ms Natalie Lim Yen Kuan
Mr Ivan Loo  photo Mr Ivan Loo
Ms Peh Fern Loo  photo Ms Peh Fern Loo
Ms Janet Looi Lai Heng  photo Ms Janet Looi Lai Heng
Mr Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai  photo Mr Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai
Mr Mubashir Mansor  photo Mr Mubashir Mansor
Ms Charmayne Ong Poh Yin  photo Ms Charmayne Ong Poh Yin
Ms Hooi Lin Oon  photo Ms Hooi Lin Oon
Ms Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu  photo Ms Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu
Mr Pao Yii Phua  photo Mr Pao Yii Phua
Ms Preetha Pillai  photo Ms Preetha Pillai
Mr Chew Soon Quay  photo Mr Chew Soon Quay
Mr Vijay Raj  photo Mr Vijay Raj
Mr Vinayaga Raj Rajaratnam  photo Mr Vinayaga Raj Rajaratnam
Mr Shannon Rajan  photo Mr Shannon Rajan
Ms Loshini Ramarmuty  photo Ms Loshini Ramarmuty
Ms Shaleni Sangaran  photo Ms Shaleni Sangaran
Ms Tan Shi Wen  photo Ms Tan Shi Wen
Ms Foo Siew Li  photo Ms Foo Siew Li
Mr Khong Siong Sie  photo Mr Khong Siong Sie
Ms Hong Koon Teh  photo Ms Hong Koon Teh
The Honorable Tan Sri Dato’ V.C. George  photo The Honorable Tan Sri Dato’ V.C. George
Ms Syafinaz Vani  photo Ms Syafinaz Vani
Mr Kwan Will Sen  photo Mr Kwan Will Sen
Ms Joceyn Lim Yean Tse  photo Ms Joceyn Lim Yean Tse
Number of lawyers : 122
Chinese (various dialects)
Lex Mundi
Pacific Rim Advisory Council