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www.skrine.com

Malaysia

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Skrine

Particularly active in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, shipping and aviation sectors, the group at Skrine welcomed Tan Shi Wen to the partnership. Practice head Janet Looi advised the Shipping Association of Malaysia on its application to MyCC for the renewal of a 2014 block exemption order pertaining to categories of shipping agreements. Khoo Guan Huat represented four insurance companies in MyCC's insurance cartel investigation. The team frequently handles matters relating to abuse of market dominance.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Skrine

Skrine's department is active in acquisition, asset, project and real estate finance, as well as in financial restructuring; it also provides regulatory advice in the retail banking sector. Clients include the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Agro Bank, Alliance Bank, AmBank and CIMB Group. Theresa Chong and Philip Chan head the practice.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Skrine

Praised for its 'high-quality work' and for 'always meeting deadlines', Skrine's practice has been expanding significantly at partner level: Lee Ai Hsian, Tan Shi Wen and Sheba Gumis all made partner in 2018. Phua Pao Yii acted for TVS Asianics (Singapore) on its purchase of Pan Asia Logistics' freight-forwarding and contract logistics business. 'Well-organised, efficient' energy expert Fariz Abdul Aziz 'knows the Malaysian upstream sector very well'; Janet Looi, Cheng Kee Check, Theresa Chong and Quay Chew Soon are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Fariz Abdul Aziz - Skrine

Janet Looi - Skrine

Theresa Chong - Skrine

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Skrine

The team at Skrine comprises 'a good mix of lawyers with excellent skills, knowledge and acumen'; partners are 'always accessible', provide 'fast turnarounds' and 'come up with several options to align with clients' needs'. Lim Chee Wee is 'extremely user-friendly, and can always be relied on to achieve the desired results in and out of court'; 'quick, very thorough' junior partner Shannon Rajan is 'very knowledgeable' about construction disputes. 'Deeply knowledgeable' international arbitration and insolvency specialist Lee Shih 'never fails to deliver high-quality advice in his trade mark disarming fashion'. Sharon Chong and Khoo Guan Huat are also singled out. The department's clients include Petronas, CTI Group and the Securities Commission. Janice Tay left to join Wong & Partners in 2018.

Leading individuals

Lim Chee Wee - Skrine

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Skrine

Skrine's 'very helpful, knowledgeable' and 'distinguished' ten-lawyer practice is increasingly active in franchising work, and is acting for a growing number of clients in the food, beverages and lifestyle sectors. Anti-counterfeiting and enforcement expert Kuek Pei Yee and senior associate Grace Teoh 'quickly familiarise themselves with the facts and underlying interests, and provide practical, realistic solutions'; Kuek represented Target Precast Industries and Target Foundries in two patent suits for a manhole-cover hinge. 'Patient, well-prepared' senior associate Melissa Long is 'a business-savvy strategist'. Charmayne Ong heads the group; Khoo Guan Huat and Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Charmayne Ong - Skrine

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Skrine

Skrine's 'talented', 'pragmatic' department is deeply experienced in contentious matters, advisory work (particularly regarding retrenchments and employee misconduct), and large-scale restructurings. Selvamalar Alagaratnam, who heads the practice jointly with Siva Kumar Kanagasabai, defended Schlumberger WTA (M) against an unfair dismissal claim. Yap Yeong Hui left to lead Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff's practice, but Foo Siew Li made partner.

Leading individuals

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Skrine

Especially active in energy projects, the practice at Skrine does 'excellent-quality work' and 'always meets deadlines'. The 'efficient, well-organised' and 'very proactive' Fariz Abdul Aziz 'knows the Malaysian upstream sector very well'; he advised PTT Exploration & Production on its purchase of a 10% stake in Petronas LNG 9, an LNG liquefaction plant. Richard Khoo acted for Mudajaya on its development of a 49MW solar power plant in Perak. Janice Tay left to join Wong & Partners; Adzim bin Amir Hamzah departed for CCW Partnership in Brunei.

Leading individuals

Fariz Abdul Aziz - Skrine

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Skrine

Skrine's practice specialises in construction arbitration and litigation. Ivan Loo, who heads the department jointly with Ashok Kumar, represented MCC Overseas (M) in a case against Jetson Construction regarding the construction of high-rise apartments and a hotel along Jalan Conlay in Kuala Lumpur. On the non-contentious side, Richard Khoo acted for HSBC Bank Malaysia on the construction of its new $106m headquarters at the Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur. Construction arbitrator Janice Tay left to join Wong & Partners in 2018, but dispute resolution expert Loshini Ramarmuty made partner.

Leading individuals

Ivan Loo - Skrine

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Skrine

Skrine's 'commendable' practice is noted for its 'business acumen', and has been especially busy acting for banks on ship mortgage matters; the team also advises shipowners and cargo claimants alike on cargo demurrage and detention claims. The 'commercial' Siva Kumar Kanagasabai, who heads the department and is praised by clients for his market knowledge, acted for Portigon on its arrest of the MV Newlead Victoria. Oil spills and ship-related transactions are also areas of expertise. Other clients of the practice include Northport Malaysia, Johor Port and Icon Offshore.

Leading individuals

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Skrine

Skrine's 'responsive, effective' practice is led by Charmayne Ong, who frequently acts for high-profile multinationals on a range of IT and telecoms matters. The firm's corporate department is often active in fintech matters, especially involving e-commerce platforms and payment systems. 'Concise, obliging' IP expert Jillian Chia has experience in media as well as in matters pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT); Natalie Lim Yen Kuan, who spends much time on telecoms matters, made partner in 2018. Neo Hwee Yong is a recommended associate. The practice also handles contentious TMT work, usually regarding breaches of contract.

Leading individuals

Charmayne Ong - Skrine

Next generation lawyers

Neo Hwee Yong - Skrine

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Skrine

Skrine's practice is praised for its 'very reasonable response times and successful outcomes'. Khoo Guan Huat and Vijay Raj represented Petronas Gas in several disputes against local authorities regarding rates imposed on its assets. Bamberg Management instructed Preetha Pillai and Khong Siong Sie on a stamp duty exemption matter.

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