Firm Profile > Skrine > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Skrine
Level 8, Wisma UOA Damansara
50 JALAN DUNGUN, DAMANSARA HEIGHTS
50490 KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

To’ Puan Janet Looi leads Skrine‘s corporate division, which frequently handles high-value domestic and cross-border transactions including joint ventures, acquisitions, takeovers and inbound direct investment. Fariz Abdul Aziz  brings expertise in corporate restructurings, as well as sector experience in the oil and gas, renewables, manufacturing and financial services industries. Consultant Theresa Chong  specialises in advising multinational clients looking to invest into Malaysia and cross-border loans against Malaysian assets. Other key areas of work for the firm include compliance advice, corporate liability provisions, corporate governance and regulatory work.

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Testimonials

‘The Skrine team understands the client’s needs very well and always provides tailor made advice. Despite the significant time difference they are always available and provide quick responses.’

‘Fariz Abdul Aziz has a very deep knowledge of Malaysian (corporate) law and significant M&A and industry experience. He always provides pragmatic solutions to Malaysian law questions.’

Key clients

BP Plc

Repsol

Accenture plc

Ingredion Inc

PCC SE

Ekuiti Nasional Berhad

Panasonic Corporation

Tyson International Holding Company

International Business Machine

SapuraOMV

Malaysian Technology Development Corporation

Founders (Richardson family)

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

With a team of more than 15 senior counsel, the disputes practice at Skrine stands out for its experience across a wide variety of litigation. Key areas of expertise include commercial, civil, construction, banking, finance and tax disputes, as well as insolvency, shipping, aviation, anti-dumping and commercial fraud cases. Arbitration proceedings are also a core strength for the practice, with members of the group appearing in arbitrations conducted by the ICC, SIAC, AIAC and HKIAC. Leong Wai Hong, who has practiced in Singapore as well as Malaysia, heads up the practice, which fields up-and-coming partner Sharon Chong, who stands out for her aviation-related experience, representing lessors, financiers, reinsurers, airlines and regulatory bodies.

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Testimonials

‘We chose Skrine after trying out many other practices. But once we started with Skrine, everything seemed to click into place for us. Not only were the several teams that we had to deal with extremely professional and attentive, their attentive and very proactive approach has been most appealing. The firm’s charges we also find reasonable when compared to the tremendous amount of time the teams have spent on our matters.’

‘The team is outstanding in the market. I would not hesitate to recommend the team if I have any matter related to the region.’

‘Sharon Chong Tze Ying – I have worked with her since 2015 and her skillset, integrity, intelligence and dedication to the case and client surprises me all the time.’

‘They go the extra mile in delivering the best solutions for the client.’

‘They are brilliant people who take their job seriously. Able to provide advice within tight timelines.’

Key clients

The Customs and Tax Administration of The Kingdom of Denmark

Airbus SE

FIAMM Energy Technology

Hitachi Global

Gerber Products Company

Mulpha International Berhad

International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Dell Inc

Amazon.com, Inc

Sysco Corporation

Marina Bay Sands

Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Lafarge S.A.

Ecolab Inc

PT Pertamina

ING Bank NV

Genting Group

PT Braun Pharmaceuticals Indonesia

Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad

ICBC Aviation Leasing

PETRONAS Group

Johor Corporation

Sime Darby Group

Malaysia Airports Group

Glomac Berhad

Hunza Properties Berhad

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

Bursa Malaysia

CIMB Group

HSBC Group

Maybank Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Ernst & Young

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Echelon Insurance

Pentadbir Tanah Daerah Johor Bahru (Land Administrator of Johor Bahru)

State of Kelantan, Director of Land and Mines and Director of the Forestry Department of Kelantan

Keller (M) Sdn Bhd

Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd

MCC Overseas (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Dhaya Maju LTAT Sdn Bhd

Treasury Wine Estates

1Malaysia Development Berhad

PT Sandipala Arthaputra

Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 1

Charmayne Ong heads both the intellectual property practice and the technology, media and telecommunications practice at Skrine, while Khoo Guan Huat  heads the IP dispute resolution practice. Partner Kuek Pei Yee has a growing reputation in contentious matters but also advises clients on protection strategies. This substantial team provides comprehensive services to clients in sectors such as life sciences, healthcare, financial services, air travel, consumer and industrial goods. In addition to contentious matters, it also advises on areas including franchising, licensing and other commercialisation projects.

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Testimonials

‘Skrine are extremely accessible and a pleasure to instruct. Hong Koon especially is a talented but also a cheerful IP lawyer.’

‘The team is lead by experienced practitioners such as Khoo Guan Huat and Charmayne Ong. The strength of the team lies in their expertise in the different types of IP work that they are engaged with.’

‘Khoo Guan Huat and Kuek Pei Yee are good litigators. Joshua Beni Chris Teoh is an up and coming lawyer.’

‘Ms. Teh Hong Koon is our trusted and longtime correspondent in Malaysia. We have developed a good rapport with her over the years and would not hesitate to refer to her work that requires a keen eye for detail.’

‘The team of Skrine is full of highly capable and skilled individuals, their team is quite strong and systematic in the way the work is conducted. The fees of this firm is a bit higher than its peers, though.’

‘The firm efficiently handled our client’s trademark portfolio and was transparent with respect to their process and costs.’

‘Teh Hong Koon on trademark prosecution and Kuek Pei Yee on litigation are both very skilled and go-to individuals in their respective fields.’

Key clients

Duopharma Biotech Group

Maxsilin Products Sdn Bhd

Kino Brands Pte. Ltd.

Joey Yap Group of Companies

Pirelli & C. S.p.A

Dart Industries Inc

Tupperware Brands Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Radical Galaxy Sdn Bhd

MForce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd

Passion Trading Sdn Bhd

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 1

Skrine has a wealth of experience in the employment and industrial relations sphere, handling investigations, disciplinary action, retrenchment, compliance, and employment disputes. The highly experienced duo Siva Kumar Kanagasabai and Selvamalar Alagaratnam jointly lead the team; according to their clients, Kanagasabai provides ‘top draw commercial practical advice‘ and Alagaratnam is singled out for her ‘holistic thinking, calmness and legal acumen which make complicated issues resolved with the best outcome‘. Kanagasabai handles trade disputes, fraud-related issues and investigations, structuring senior executive packages, and advises on separation schemes and crisis management, while Alagaratnam provides support on compliance, managing the exit of employees, protection of confidential and proprietary information, disputes and business immigration.

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Testimonials

An excellent practice with strong performing lawyers. They are highly responsive and offers commercial advice‘.

Siva Kumar Kanagasabai is highly responsive and provides top draw commercial practical advice‘.

Selvamalar Alagaratnam’s holistic thinking, calmness and legal acumen make complicated issues resolved with the best outcome‘.

Key clients

Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia B.V.

Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja

Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services Asia Sdn. Bhd.

DNV GL International Sdn. Bhd.

DNV GL Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Department of Justice, United States of America (DOJ)

Petroleum Geo-Services Exploration (M) Sdn Bhd (PGS)

MISC Bhd

Nexperia BV

Big Bad Wolf Sdn. Bhd.

3M Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Naval Group Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

UST Global (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Malaysia > TMT (including Fintech) Tier 1

Led by Charmayne Ong, the telecoms practice at Skrine is highly recommended for regulatory advice on issues including 5G, OTT service offerings, data centres for cloud computing services and the leasing of sub-sea and terrestrial fibres. Clients encompass established technology and telecoms providers, up-and-coming market disruptors, as well as government agencies and social media platforms. Other key areas of work in the technology field include negotiating agreements such as software license, software and hardware maintenance and service levels as well as website terms of use, privacy policies and end-user licence agreements.

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Testimonials

Skrine provides very responsive and provides good advice. They are always meeting our clients’ demanding needs and will try to give practical advice‘.

Charmaine Ong is excellent and her team of IP and life sciences and technology associates are very impressive‘.

Jillian Chia is very responsive and we really appreciate the quick feedback and effort to address our client’s needs‘.

Malaysia > Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Skrine’s competition team combines advisory and disputes expertise. It represents various companies and industry groups before the MyCC in block exemptions applications, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, complaints and leniency applications. It also advises on pricing issues, compliance and assists with competition audits and dawn raids. Tan Shi Wen’s practice focuses on regulated industries including pharmaceuticals, insurance, aviation and shipping;  Wen jointly leads the competition team with To’ Puan Janet Looi, who also heads the firm’s corporate division.

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‘Diversified team with many specialisms.’

‘They give practical solutions and advice which are operational friendly.’

Key clients

AIA Bhd.

AIG Malaysia Insurance Berhad

AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad

Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad

Ben Line Agencies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Cosco Shipping Lines (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Harbour-Link Lines Sdn Bhd

Hyundai Merchant Marine (M) Sdn Bhd; Interasia Lines (M) Sdn Bhd

KMTC Line (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Maersk Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Mediterranean Shipping Company (M) Sdn Bhd

MTT Shipping Sdn Bhd;

Ocean Network Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Orient Overseas Container Line (M) Sdn Bhd

S5 Asia Sdn Bhd (Roc. 629450-A)

Wan Hai Lines (M) Sdn Bhd

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by Theresa Chong, Skrine‘s practice predominantly advises lending clients and the team has broad knowledge and experience of conventional and Islamic finance, fintech,  syndicated loan, term loan facilities and foreign exchange control regulations. Disputes specialist Claudia Cheah has over 20 years of experience acting in banking and finance litigation, often involving substantial monetary claims, as well as in restructuring and insolvency cases. The department regularly represents banks, financial institutions, corporations and corporate borrowers based in Malaysia in litigation.

Testimonials

‘Skrine is very resourceful and draws on a wide network of experts. It provides practical advice and solutions for the client and not “law textbook” solutions. ’

The team is always available and reliable to deliver quality output or recommendation despite demanding datelines. We value Skrine’s proactivity and absolute dedication to act in the client’s best interest. Recommendations put forward by Skrine is always well thought through and balanced (practical, with supporting evidence or cases), such facilitate a fast and effective decision by the Bank. It is a committed team that we can count on for their effectiveness and efficiency‘.

‘Claudia Cheah – very responsive, fast-thinking, insightful and connects very well with her clients making all of them feel very comfortable. Very approachable, reliable and experienced in offering practical solutions.’

Oon Hooi Lin – very experienced, very responsive and committed to providing quality deliverables with short turnaround times.’

‘Claudia Cheah Pek Yee will study a case from all angles and strategise the best approach (especially for combative defendants). She is very hands-on in preparation for trial and will go through all the possible scenarios with the client.’

‘Skrine’s Banking & Finance practice is well-structured and is quick to adapt to technology. Banking & Finance work are often voluminous so a timely update in a manner which is scalable and easy to consume is important for finance companies. The team is eager to collaborate with our in-house legal team in utilising a real-time online update system we have introduced to them to update all the legal suits within their care. They also bill reasonably and for the service they have provided us, it is good value for money.’

‘Claudia Cheah Pek Yee is very responsive to client needs and is generous and detailed in her advice. She is meticulous in her work and has an in-depth knowledge of banking and finance matters. Claudia has successfully argued cases on behalf of the company where the fintech law is unsettled.’

Key clients

CIMB Bank Berhad

Hong Leong Bank Group

The Bank of Nova Scotia Berhad

Maybank Group

HSBC Group

Danajamin

Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (EXIM Bank)

Union des Banques Arabes et Francaises, Singapore branch

Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad

Public Bank Berhad

Felda

Sysco Corporation

Agrobank

Malaysia > Projects and energy Tier 2

Skrine advises on matters across the energy spectrum, including renewable energy as well as upstream and downstream oil and gas, petrochemicals, energy management, electricity and gas transmission. Fariz Abdul Aziz heads the oil and gas practice and focuses on transactional and corporate matters. Richard Khoo Boo Hin has extensive experience in large scale projects, particularly in the power and infrastructure sectors, across the entire project life cycle.

Key clients

BP Plc

Panasonic Corporation

PCC SE

Halliburton

International Petroleum Company

PTT Exploration and Production plc

Repsol

ERS Energy Sdn Bhd

Weir Group Plc

Associated Group Oilfield Services Pte. Ltd.

SapuraOMV

IPC Malaysia BV

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Skrine‘s real estate practice stands out for its work on property developments, drawing on the expertise of the closely linked construction and engineering practice. Theresa Chong  is a key name for commercial real estate transactions, regularly advising multinational clients; she also has a niche in assisting educational institutions setting up in Malaysia and for hotel operators and owners of hotels. Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai and Ivan Loo are experienced construction litigators, who are both highly active as arbitrators. Richard Khoo‘s practice focuses on non-contentious construction and engineering. He has considerable experience advising government-linked companies and developers on infrastructure, commercial and residential developments, and on drafting and negotiating project documents.

Testimonials

‘The team that I work with have a very deep understanding of the dynamics of the different courts. I think the diversity of their background makes their advice well rounded and thoughtful. Especially since navigating government decisions and policies are not easy in this country. ’

‘The team is very responsive to new requests and is able to turn regulatory advice around very quickly and diligently. The team shares updates on progress which is very helpful for client planning purposes.’

‘Very good partner level expertise in key subject matter areas, particularly real estate, construction and corporate. Very responsive and the commercial partners with sector authority are very easy to deal with.’

‘They have a team that support each other and know what the other team members want to say. Truly excellent. ’

‘The Skrine lawyers are able to understand and appreciate the processes and commercial arrangements that regulate the oil and gas industries vis a vis legal requirements. Hence, the solicitor-client relationship is both easy and trusted.’

‘The team has good in-depth knowledge of the industry and gives good options and recommendations on the issues at hand. They are very accessible and respond directly to the client.’

Key clients

Dhaya Maju LTAT Sdn Bhd

River Retreat Sdn Bhd, an indirect subsidiary of Iskandar Investment Berhad

Mudajaya Corporation Berhad

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad

Petronas Gas Berhad

MCC Overseas (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Hunza Properties (Gurney) Sdn Bhd, Hunza Properties (Penang) Sdn Bhd, Beachfront Services Sdn Bhd

Deloitte Malaysia

PT B. Braun Pharmaceuticals Indonesia

Healthy Hostel Sdn Bhd

Malaysia > Shipping Tier 2

Skrine’s shipping practice is jointly led by Siva Kumar Kanagasabai who handles contentious matters and enforcement of ship mortgages under conventional and Islamic facilities; and Fariz Abdul Aziz who advises on the full range of non-contentious matters from ship registration to structuring. The team has seen an increase in cases involving the use of securities against cargo and vessels, and matters arising from the insolvency of shipping and oil trading businesses.

Testimonials

‘All Staff in Skrine, especially Mr Siva Kumar Kanagasabai, always aim to maximise their performance levels and strive consistently to improve their clients’ satisfaction. They go above and beyond the call of the duty to produce stellar quality in their work.’

Key clients

Icon Ship Management Sdn Bhd

Incisive Law LLC (Singapore)

Watson Farley & Williams (London)

Penguin International Limited

Malaysia > Tax Tier 2

Skrine represents clients in court and before the relevant tribunals on tax matters and assists with tax planning, audits and investigations. Litigator Preetha Pillai heads the tax and revenue practice and specialises in representing clients in disputes with the tax authorities. The team regularly supports the corporate, employment and intellectual property teams on the tax aspects of transactions, and works closely with Koon Huan Lim’s customs and trade remedies team and Vijay Raj’s rates and assessment team. Senior associate Manshan Singh is also recommended for contentious matters.

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Testimonials

‘Preetha and Desmond have been helpful and make themselves available at short notice to discuss tax legal issues with us.’

Key clients

Maruichi Sun Steel Joint Stock Company Vina One Steel Manufacturing and Trading Co. Ltd Tay Nam Steel Manufacturing and Trading Co. Ltd.

Natsteel Holdings Pte Ltd Easteel Services (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd

PT IMR ARC

Unistar Industries Sdn Bhd

Guan Chong Berhad

JB Cocoa Sdn Bhd

Malaysia > Islamic finance Tier 3

Skrine‘s Islamic finance practice handles a broad range of retail and corporate Islamic finance, project bonds, restructuring and regulatory issues, often acting for Islamic banks.  Practice head Sharifah Shafika binti Syed Abbas Alsagoff joined from Mohamed Ridza & Co in December 2020, as did partner Hafidah Aman Hashim. Claudia Cheah is highly experienced in Islamic banking and finance litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Hafidah Aman Hashim

Key clients

Felda (the Malaysian Federal Land Development Authority)

Maybank Islamic Berhad

Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (EXIM Bank)

Agrobank

HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad

Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad

Skrine is one of the largest 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 48 partners with over 110 lawyers across the corporate, dispute resolution and intellectual property divisions.

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, an international network of 30 top tier independent member law firms.

Skrine has won multiple awards and accolades over the years, including Law Firm of the Year 2021 – Malaysia by Legal 500, Malaysia Law Firm of the Year in 2021 by asialaw, Malaysia Law Firm of the Year in 2020 by Chambers Asia Pacific Awards, Malaysia Firm of the Year 2013 – 2020 by Who’s Who Legal, ranked as leading firm by Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 – 2021, ranked as top tier firm by Legal 500 Asia Pacific from 2014 – 2021, recognised as leading international arbitration firm since 2012 by Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 100, and 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 lwh@skrine.com +603 2081 3820
Head of Corporate To' Puan Janet Looi llh@skrine.com +603 2081 3812
Head of Intellectual Property and TMT Charmayne Ong Poh Yin co@skrine.com +603 2081 3736
Co-head of Construction and Engineering Ivan Loo il@skrine.com +603 2081 3823
Co-head of Construction and Engineering Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai amr@skrine.com +603 2081 3744
Head of Shipping, Co-head of Employment Siva Kumar Kanagasabai skk@skrine.com +603 2081 3734
Co-head of Employment Selvamalar Alagaratnam sa@skrine.com +603 2081 3747
Head of Tax and Revenue Preetha Pillai psp@skrine.com +603 2081 3748
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Fariz Abdul Aziz  photo Mr Fariz Abdul Aziz Partner
Ms Lee Ai Hsian  photo Ms Lee Ai Hsian Partner
Ms Selvamalar Alagaratnam  photo Ms Selvamalar Alagaratnam Partner.
Ms Claudia Cheah Pek Yee  photo Ms Claudia Cheah Pek Yee Partner
Ms Kah Leng Chen  photo Ms Kah Leng Chen Consultant
Mr Kee Check Cheng  photo Mr Kee Check Cheng Partner
Ms Jillian Chia Yan Ping  photo Ms Jillian Chia Yan Ping Partner
Mr Yoong Chong Chin  photo Mr Yoong Chong Chin Partner.
Ms Theresa Chong  photo Ms Theresa Chong Consultant
Ms Sharon Chong Tze Ying  photo Ms Sharon Chong Tze Ying Partner
Mr Nimalan Devaraja  photo Mr Nimalan Devaraja Partner
Ms Leela Devi Baskaran  photo Ms Leela Devi Baskaran Partner.
Ms Ratha Govindasamy  photo Ms Ratha Govindasamy Partner
Ms Sheba Gumis  photo Ms Sheba Gumis Partner
Ms Hafidah Aman Hashim  photo Ms Hafidah Aman Hashim Parnmter
Mr Trevor Jason Mark Padasian  photo Mr Trevor Jason Mark Padasian Partner.
Mr Siva Kumar Kanagasabai  photo Mr Siva Kumar Kanagasabai Partner.
Mr Guan Huat Khoo  photo Mr Guan Huat Khoo Partner
Mr Richard Khoo Boo Hin  photo Mr Richard Khoo Boo Hin Partner
Mr Chee Kheong Kok  photo Mr Chee Kheong Kok Partner.
Ms Pei Yee Kuek  photo Ms Pei Yee Kuek Partner.
 Sara Lau  photo Sara Lau Partner
Mr Tatt Boon Lee  photo Mr Tatt Boon Lee Consultant
Mr Wai Hong Leong  photo Mr Wai Hong Leong Partner
Ms Koon Huan Lim  photo Ms Koon Huan Lim Partner.
Ms Natalie Lim Yen Kuan  photo Ms Natalie Lim Yen Kuan Partner
 Melissa Long photo Melissa Long Partner
Ms Peh Fern Loo  photo Ms Peh Fern Loo Partner.
Mr Ivan Loo  photo Mr Ivan Loo Partner
Ms Janet Looi Lai Heng  photo Ms Janet Looi Lai Heng Senior Partner
Mr Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai  photo Mr Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai Partner.
Mr Mubashir Mansor  photo Mr Mubashir Mansor Partner
Ms Charmayne Ong Poh Yin  photo Ms Charmayne Ong Poh Yin Partner.
Ms Jesy Ooi  photo Ms Jesy Ooi Partner
Ms Hooi Lin Oon  photo Ms Hooi Lin Oon Partner
Ms Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu  photo Ms Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu Partner
Mr Pao Yii Phua  photo Mr Pao Yii Phua Partner
Ms Preetha Pillai  photo Ms Preetha Pillai Partner.
Mr Vijay Raj  photo Mr Vijay Raj Partner.
Mr Shannon Rajan  photo Mr Shannon Rajan Partner
Ms Loshini Ramarmuty  photo Ms Loshini Ramarmuty Partner
Ms Trishelea Ann Sandosam  photo Ms Trishelea Ann Sandosam Partner
Ms Shaleni Sangaran  photo Ms Shaleni Sangaran Partner
Ms Tan Shi Wen  photo Ms Tan Shi Wen Partner
Ms Foo Siew Li  photo Ms Foo Siew Li Partner
Ms Hong Koon Teh  photo Ms Hong Koon Teh Partner.
Ms Grace, Wei Shan Teoh  photo Ms Grace, Wei Shan Teoh Partner
 Joshua Teoh Beni Chris  photo Joshua Teoh Beni Chris Partner
The Honorable Tan Sri Dato' V.C. George photo The Honorable Tan Sri Dato' V.C. George Consultant, Arbitrator
 Chee Lin Wong  photo Chee Lin Wong Partner
Ms Joceyn Lim Yean Tse  photo Ms Joceyn Lim Yean Tse Partner
Ms Sharifah Shafika binti Syed Abbas Alsagoff  photo Ms Sharifah Shafika binti Syed Abbas Alsagoff Partner
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