Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Firm Profile

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
LEVEL 6, MENARA 1 DUTAMAS, SOLARIS DUTAMAS
NO. 1, JALAN DUTAMAS 1
50480 KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill enjoys a prestigious history in the dispute resolution arena. Regularly engaged by an impressive clientele comprised of multinational companies, major institutions and local banks, the firm covers the full spectrum of disputes including international trade, commercial, contract, and insurance. The practice is co-led by Lambert Rasa-Ratnam, an industry veteran who has demonstrable experience in handling banking and administrative law cases, and Kumar Kanagasingam, who regularly acts in high-value insolvency and fraud matters. Other notable practitioners include Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew, who is recognised for his work in the defamation sphere.

Practice head(s):

Lambert Rasa-Ratnam; Kumar Kanagasingam

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew; Sean Yeow Huang-Meng; Chia Oh Sheng; Nitin Nadkarni

Testimonials

‘The team always tries to understand the clients’ needs and achieve the clients’ goals. There are no barriers in terms of communication.’

‘The team has capabilities to assess the suitability for handling their legal matters effectively.’

‘Good teamwork, easy to reach, strategic thinking, and secures the interest of clients.’

‘Sean Yeow Huang-Meng is an outstanding legal counsel. Highly competent, reliable, and a good strategist. He also exhibits strong business acumen when advising clients. He is friendly and approachable, making it easy to discuss and strategise on matters.’

‘Attentive to the details and always puts clients first. Willing to hear clients out and always able to provide immediate, constructive, and practical solutions.’

Key clients

Securities Commission Malaysia

Looh Chee Peng, Looh Chee Wee, Looh Pik Loo, Looh Loo Yeok, Looh Kit Siang & Georgetown Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd

Malayan Banking Berhad

Maybank Allied Bank Berhad

Dato’ Azizan bin Abdul Rahman; Tony Lee Cheow Fui; & Madam Chithra a/p Ganesalingam

KPMG PLT

Sunway Winstar Marketing Sdn Bhd

QBE (Malaysia) Insurance Berhad

Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Berhad

OSK Property Holdings Berhad

S P Setia Berhad

Newfields Group of Companies

RHB Bank Berhad

Gas Malaysia Berhad

Q&M Dental Group (Singapore) Limited

BMW Group Malaysia

Work highlights

  • Defending KPMG in a suit alleging negligence, breach of contract, and breach of statutory duty.
  • Acted as counsel for Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional in a successful action for breach of contract against an event management company.
  • Defending The Malaysian Bar and Karen Cheah in a suit for defamation, conspiracy to injure and breach of statutory duty brought by lawyers Zaid Ibrahim, Liew Teck Huat and Rueben Mathiavaranam.

Malaysia > Islamic finance Tier 1

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s Islamic finance team has a stellar reputation and is led by Tay Weng Hwee, who advises on various legal documentation and issues regarding Islamic banking facilities. Counting major lenders, borrowers, and financial institutions amongst its key roster of clients, the department advises on Shariah-compliant financing, Malaysian and foreign currency-denominated transactions, and has recently extended its expertise to include working on Shariah fintech financing products. Megat Hizaini Hassan’s presence bolsters the strength of the team, thanks to his expertise on Sukuk mandates, Murabahah and Ijarah transactions, and Islamic investment work.

Practice head(s):

Tay Weng Hwee

Other key lawyers:

Megat Hizaini Hassan; Bella Chu Chai Yee

Testimonials

‘Megat Hizaini Hassan is proactive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

AFFIN Islamic Bank Berhad

Direct Lending Sdn Bhd

OSK Holdings Berhad

Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Direct Lending Sdn Bhd in relation to its online Shariah auto service financing offering.
  • Advised OSK Holdings Berhad in respect of the legal documentation for its Islamic term financing and Islamic revolving credit facility.
  • Acting for Sabah Credit Corporation in relation to the proposed variation of the negative covenants of its existing Sukuk Musharakah Programmes.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 1

The practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is led by Lim Seng Heng, who is highly regarded for his ‘deep knowledge’ in labour, employment and industrial relations mandates in Malaysia. The team handles a broad range of matters, including advisory issues concerning misconduct alleged by employees, constructive dismissal, poor performance and restructuring exercises, in addition regulatory mandates involving aspects of contract law, from drafting to ensuring compliance. Industrial relations expert Shariffullah Majeed is regularly supported by senior associate Nurul Aisyah Hassan, while Amardeep Singh Toor frequently appears in the Industrial Court to defend employers in unjust dismissal claims. Tan Hooi Ping, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Lim Heng Seng

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shariffullah Majeed gives perspectives from all angles in a timely fashion.’

‘Lim Heng Seng has deep knowledge. Tan Hooi Ping is practical and provides actionable advice. Summer Chong Yue Han is responsive and able to understand the clients’ needs.’

‘Amardeep Singh Toor is very friendly and provides clarification on our doubts whenever we approach him.’

‘The team is highly competent, knowledgeable and friendly too. Their quality of work is exceptional.’

‘What I treasure the most is that they are very helpful and ever-willing to assist you.’

‘Easy to work with and approachable, they think strategically to safeguard the best interests of the client.’

‘Shariffullah Majeed is strategic-thinking, and easy to communicate and work with. Arissa Ahrom is communicative and efficient, as is Nurul Aisyah Hassan.’

‘Tan Hooi Ping and Summer Chong Yue Han are very professional, with a lot of experience. They are always able to put themselves in the shoes of the customer.’

Key clients

United States of America

TH Plantations Berhad

BASF (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Maxis Berhad

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

DHL Asia Pacific Shared Services Sdn Bhd

FGV Holdings Berhad

Hai Di Lao Malaysia Sdn Bhd

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

Work highlights

  • Represented the USA in an appeal to the apex Federal Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal which had set aside the determination of the High Court declaring that the dismissal of a security guard engaged by the Embassy of the USA in Kuala Lumpur is immune from the jurisdiction of the Industrial Court.
  • Defended the subsidiary of FGV Holdings Berhad, Felda Engineering Services Sdn Bhd successfully against six unfair dismissal claims made by its former employees.
  • Represented Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd successfully in the High Court in three judicial review applications to quash the Industrial Court awards which allowed claims of constructive dismissal by three former employees.

Malaysia > Projects and energy Tier 1

Experienced in advising on the full-cycle of financed projects, Steven SY Tee heads up the projects and energy practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, which is highly regarded for its provision of ‘strategic and specific advice’ in complex matters. Its projects advisory work covers the inception, development and construction of large-scale and high-value projects for clients across various sectors, including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and renewables. The team also has experience acting as counsel in project dispute management and the negotiation of settlement agreements therein. The ‘capable, dedicated and reliable’ Crystal Wong Wai Chin is a noteworthy member of the team who is noted as ‘highly skilled in construction disputes and arbitration’. Names to note include Dato’ Nitin Nadkarni, who became a consultant in the team in January 2023, and senior associate Joyce Ong Kar Yee.

Practice head(s):

Steven SY Tee

Other key lawyers:

Dato’ Nitin Nadkarni; Crystal Wong Wai Chin; Joyce Ong Kar Yee; Teh Wai Fung; Soh Zhen Ning; Charissa Wong Joo June

Testimonials

‘Great support in litigious matters in Malaysia, particularly in major solar projects.’

‘Soh Zhen Ning is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented.’

‘Clients appreciate that they provide strategic and specific advice instead of generic textbook answers.’

‘Crystal Wong Wai Chin is highly-skilled in construction disputes and arbitration matters. She articulates her thoughts and advice very succinctly. Charissa Wong and Teh Wai Fung are responsive and meticulous in their work.’

‘Very experienced and capable in complex disputes and abundantly equipped to assist the client in finding effective solutions to problems, drawing on their ingenuity, experience and profound mastery of the law.’

‘Soh Zhen Ning is very attentive and has in-depth knowledge in relevant jurisdictions. He is efficient and always meets clients’ expectations.’

‘Crystal Wong Wai Chin is a very capable, dedicated and reliable lawyer.’

‘Well-organised, client-centric and good at time management.’

Key clients

DHL Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

MTD ACPI Engineering Berhad

Work highlights

  • Acting for DHL Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in relation to its construction of a cargo warehouse building and ultimately serves to relocate its facility from Subang terminal to a build-to-suit airside facility at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Cargo Village.
  • Representing MTD ACPI Engineering Berhad in long-running court proceedings against Gerbang Perdana Sdn Bhd where MTD is seeking its share of an ex gratia payment of RM154m GPSB received from the Government of Malaysia.

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

The robust real estate offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is co-led by Tay Weng Hwee, an expert in advising on property finance and joint ventures, and Nitin Nadkarni, a specialist in the field of multi-jurisdictional construction disputes. Recognised as a ‘strong team with business acumen’, the practice handles the full spectrum of real estate matters across the hospitality, retail, industrial, and housing sectors. Acting for a range of leading Malaysian and international developers, investors, contractors, and financiers, the team’s work includes both transactional and contentious elements. Darshendev Singh is a well-versed construction litigator who is praised for his ‘deep expertise and specialisation’, while Bella Chu Chai Yee advises on all aspects of commercial and residential development, in addition to real estate financing considerations.

Practice head(s):

Tay Weng Hwee; Nitin Nadkarni

Other key lawyers:

Darshendev Singh; Bella Chu Chai Yee; Crystal Wong; Lim Chee Yong; Ho Ai Ting; Teh Wai Fung

Testimonials

‘Nitin Nadkarni offers strategic legal solutions with sound commercial reasoning.’ 

‘Very strong team with business acumen, availability and reactivity.’

‘Darshendev Singh is diligent, thorough, and pays attention to all details.’

‘The team delivers all-round and practical solutions that allow businesses to achieve their ultimate business goals.’

‘Fast, efficient, and accurate.’

‘Bella Chu Chai Yee and her team are a class above the rest for real estate work. They are efficient, communicate well, and diligent.’

‘The team has expertise in the area of construction, ranging from railway projects, high-rise buildings, infrastructure project etc. The team is also committed to collaborate with clients and other law firms in approaching cases.’

‘Darshendev Singh possesses deep expertise and specialisation in the practice area of construction, which instils confidence in client on his abilities to handle complex legal matters.’

Key clients

Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited

UEM Sunrise Berhad

Mapletree Logistics Trust Management Ltd

Lagenda Properties Berhad

KIP Real Estate Investment Trust

The Holstein Milk Company (M) Sdn Bhd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Farm Fresh Berhad, a public company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad)

Accurate Industrial Steel Sdn Bhd

DHL Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (DHL)

Cypark Sdn Bhd

Global Wall (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Italy’s Permasteelisa Group

Sime Darby Property (Ara Damansara) Sdn Bhd

MTD ACPI Engineering Sdn Bhd

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

Setia Eco Templer Sdn Bhd (“SET”), a subsidiary of S P Setia Berhad

Work highlights

  • Represent Global Wall (Malaysia) in its dispute with Samsung C&T Corporation UEM Construction, relating to the construction of the Menara Merdeka 118.
  • Acting for Mapletree Logistics Trust Management in its acquisition of industrial lands located in Selangor.  
  • Took action against Telekom Malaysia (TM) for seeking additional land compensation arising from partial compulsory acquisition of TM’s land for MRT2, the second line of the multibillion-dollar Klang Valley MRT project.

Malaysia > Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s antitrust and competition practice prides itself on offering a full-package service to its clients. Much of the firm’s work consists of conducting due diligence and compliance audits and arranging for mock dawn raid exercises. In particular, the department has strengths in coordinating matters relating to pricing concerns within Malaysia’s complex regulatory regime and advising on the competition elements of M&A transactions. Jack S’ng Hoi leads the practice with a track record in advising on various competition-related disputes. The team frequently offers advice within the telecoms, healthcare, and oil and gas industries in Malaysia.

Practice head(s):

Jack S’ng Hoi

Malaysia > Banking and Finance (including Islamic Finance) Tier 2

The practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill includes advising on regulatory work, Islamic finance, the restructuring of debt facilities, and liability management. The firm has impressive relationships with an array of local and international banks, such as AFFIN Islamic Bank Berhad, and delivers advice to Malaysian lending companies regarding Shariah-compliant auto-service financing. Tay Weng Hwee heads the team and is experienced in transactional work, where he recently acted for Sabah Credit Corporation in relation to the proposed variation of negative covenants in its Sukuk Musharakah programme. Megat Hizaini Hassan is heavily involved in the firm’s Murabahah transactions and remains at the forefront of the Islamic finance segment, while Bella Chu Chai Yee continues to advise on real estate, corporate, and financial restructuring deals.

Practice head(s):

Tay Weng Hwee

Other key lawyers:

Megan Hizaini Hassan; Bella Chu Chai Lee

Key clients

AFFIN Islamic Bank Berhad

Direct Lending Sdn Bhd

OSK Holdings Berhad

Sabah Credit Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised OSK Holdings in respect of the legal documentation for its Islamic term financing and Islamic revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Direct Lending in relation to its online Shariah auto service financing facility.
  • Advised Sabah Credit Corporation on the legal requirements for its proposed variation, drafted the notice of an extraordinary general meeting of the Sukuk holders, the relevant Sukuk holders’ resolution, and the supplemental programme agreement and trust deed.

Malaysia > Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is spearheaded by Tay Weng Hwee, who draws strength from his experience in regularly handling cross-border transactions. The firm’s activity covers a wide range of transactional work for both local and international clients, showcasing expertise in equity and debt capital markets, structured finance, and regulatory matters. Megat Hizaini Hassan specialises in Islamic finance and leads much of the department’s Sukuk mandates, while Bella Chu Chai Yee is frequently involved in IPO formations and equity-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Tay Weng Hwee

Testimonials

‘The associates and partners of LHAG are exceptionally accommodating, and the projects are timely delivered.’

Key clients

Super Hi International Holding Ltd

Sancy Berhad

Lim Seong Hai Capital Berhad

W T K Holdings Berhad

WCE Holdings Berhad

Sabah Credit Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted as the local solicitors for Listco (the overseas unit of Haidilao International Holding Limited) in the internal restructuring of its Malaysian subsidiaries and its proposed listing by way of introduction on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, via distribution in specie to the qualifying shareholders of Haidilao International Holding Limited.
  • Acting as the solicitors in relation to the proposed listing of Sancy Berhad on the LEAP Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (Proposed Listing).
  • Acting as legal adviser for Lim Seong Hai Capital Berhad, a corporation listed on the LEAP Market of Bursa Securities on the proposed acquisition of entities, the purchase price of which shall be by way of issuance of shares in Lim Seong Hai Capital Berhad, as well as its proposed diversification of activities.

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Counting multinational corporations, government-linked companies, financial institutions, and private and public-listed companies among its key roster of clients, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill advises on M&A in Malaysia, share acquisition and disposal transactions and corporate restructurings. Tay Weng Hwee leads the team and 'is knowledgeable in handling M&A transactions', as well as joint ventures and capital markets mandates, while Steven SY Tee specialises in joint ventures and shareholders' agreements. Bella Chu Chai Yee and associate Thivya Manokaran are praised as 'personable professionals who go above and beyond to ensure that clients obtain the results that they want', and Teo Wai Sum is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Tay Weng Hwee

Testimonials

‘The team is experienced and knowledgeable in commercial and corporate matters. They are able to step up and deliver everything in a timely manner.’

‘The team address our issues or queries, offer advice and propose very practical solutions to our queries or issues that arise throughout the whole process.’

‘Bella Chu and Thivya Manokaran have both been able to tend to all issues and queries that we posed to them, promptly. They are both personable professionals who go above and beyond to ensure that clients obtain the results that they want.’

”The team are very experienced in M&A transactions at all levels. They are able to provide relevant legal advice to solve the issues encountered, promptly.’

‘The partner in-charge, Tay Weng Hwee, is knowledgeable in handling M&A transactions, and he provided commercially viable legal advice to us.’

Key clients

Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited

UEM Sunrise Berhad

Mapletree Logistics Trust Management Ltd

Lagenda Properties Berhad

KIP Real Estate Investment Trust

Chin Teck Plantations Berhad

WCE Holdings Berhad (WCE)

Super Hi International Holding Ltd

Sancy Berhad

W T K Holdings Berhad (WTK)

Work highlights

  • Advised Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited, leading pharmaceutical company in India in their acquisition of the entire equity interest in Firstline Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd and Genomicks Sdn Bhd.
  • Advised WTK Holdings Berhad on their acquisition of the entire equity interest in plantation company, B.H.B Sdn Bhd, for a total cash consideration of RM250m.

Malaysia > Tax Tier 2

Recognised for its 'technical knowledge and expertise', the tax department at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is jointly led by expert Nitin Nadkarni and Jason Tan Jia Xin, who is praised for going 'above and beyond' on all tax matters. Well-versed in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the practice, the team is engaged by notable international clients to advise on high-value tax transactions, unfair trade practices, audits, and transfer pricing cases, in addition to indirect tax disputes. Ivy Yieng Ping Ling is noted for her 'impressive breadth of tax knowledge' and frequently appears before the Customs Appeal Tribunal and High Court, while senior associate Chris Toh Pei Roo focuses on direct tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nitin Nadkarni; Jason Tan Jia Xin

Other key lawyers:

Chris Toh Pei Roo; Ivy Ling Yieng Ping

Testimonials

‘Nitin Nadkarni was clear in his advice. He is concise and summarises his points in ordinary terms for the layman to understand. Jason Tan Jia Xin was very supportive and kept his clients in the know on what was happening in the courts.’

‘Their technical knowledge and expertise in various legal domains have been invaluable in guiding us through complex legal procedure and ensuring the best position was managed.’

‘Nitin Nadkarni and Ivy Ling Yieng Ping have consistently demonstrated a client-centric approach. The promptness of their responses, clear and concise communication, and willingness to answer our questions have been commendable.’

‘Nitin Nadkarni and Chris Toh Pei Roo showcased their deep understanding on the complexity of our issues and gave remarkable efforts in researching relevant case laws and tailor arguments acceptable to the judge. They also demonstrated a high level of flexibility and competency by advising us tailor strategies to deal with Inland Revenue Board.’

‘Ivy Ling Yieng Ping has an impressive breadth of tax knowledge. She was able to grasp to complex issues and offer practical solutions and advice.’

‘We have been working with Jason Tan Jia Xin and Chris Toh Pei Too for the past few years. They are committed and competitive lawyers.’

‘Very eager to help and flexible with their time.’

‘LHAG’s tax team is highly committed to providing timely legal advice and assistance relevant to their clients’ concerns and matters at hand. A very dynamic and vibrant team of legal professionals always going above and beyond to assist and support their clients.’

Key clients

Deloitte Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd (as professional liquidators) and City Centre Sdn Bhd (in liquidation)

HICOM Automotive Manufacturers Sdn Bhd (part of the DRB-HICOM Group)

Cash Band (M) Berhad

Dyson Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

Sandakan Edible Oils Sdn Bhd

Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Meta Health Limited | Gainhealth |Digital Sdn Bhd | MCE Technologies Sdn Bhd

ShopBack FS Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Mycron Steel Berhad

Sime Darby Property Berhad

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Sandakan Edible Oils (part of the Wilmar Group) in a landmark transfer pricing dispute at the High Court.
  • Successfully represented Cash Band (M) Berhad, an entity under the Selangor State Government in a landmark tax dispute at the Special Commissioners of Income Tax and the High Court.
  • Representing ShopBack Malaysia in a landmark dispute concerning the tax treatment of companies providing ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ services to consumers.

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 3

The IP offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is broad-ranging and includes advising on patents and utility innovations, franchising, licensing, and breach of confidence matters. Acting for both local and international clients, the firm regularly covers technology-related IP disputes, due diligence exercises, and IP asset management, as well as advisory work which involves branding and marketing strategies. Chng Keng Lung, an IP litigation specialist, leads the practice and works on both contentious and non-contentious matters, while associate Teo Kah Min is a key member of the group and is frequently engaged in IP advisory and compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Chng Keng Lung

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Accountable, professional, transparent, and clear communicators.’ 

‘Chng Keng Lung is trustworthy, professional, and always there for his clients.’

Key clients

RedRecords Sdn Bhd

Sunway Winstar Marketing Sdn Bhd

Montana Cycle Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Representing RedRecords Sdn Bhd in a cross-border copyright infringement claim relating to the music industry.
  • Representing Sunway Winstar Sdn Bhd in respect of a breach of confidence matter involving a former high-ranking employee, who divulged confidential information about the client’s products upon joining the ranks of a competitor.
  • Representing Montana Cycle Sdn Bhd in defending a claim commenced by a foreign manufacturer and its licensee in Malaysia, for trademark infringement and passing off.

Malaysia > TMT Tier 3

Telecoms work is at the heart of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s TMT practice, with the firm handling issues such as compliance with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the drafting of agreements between telecoms operators and infrastructure providers. The team also frequently assists clients with data protection, IT outsourcing and e-money mandates. Practice head G. Vijay Kumar is equipped to litigate a wide array of technology and telecoms-based disputes spanning network service provision and IT system integration. Personal data protection, including the cross-border transfer of personal data, is a recognised practice strength of Teo Wai Sum. Chan Mun Yew adds to the contentious expertise with disputes concerning the provision of telecommunication and network services a notable strength. Eleena Abd Wahab and Eunice Wei Lynn Chan  departed in September 2022 and October 2022, respectively.

Practice head(s):

G. Vijay Kumar

Other key lawyers:

Teo Wai Sum; Chan Mun Yew; Harvey Ng Yih Xian

Testimonials

‘The Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill TMT Team, spearheaded by Mr. G. Vijay Kumar, sets itself apart through its profound expertise in the telecommunications sector and agile client service.’

‘G. Vijay Kumar stands out due to his blend of deep sector knowledge, elite legal prowess, and exceptional client communication skills.’

‘Great availability and cooperation.’

‘LHAG has the capability and strategy to overcome issues in relation to fintech and also breaching of data privacy.’

‘G. Vijay Kumar is a very resourceful lawyer with wide knowledge on the TMT.’

Key clients

Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented Digi in a claim filed by Stealth for breach of a principal agreement pertaining to telecoms structures; and tortious interference with the contractual relationship between Digi and the Perak State Government.

The firm: Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (LHAG) is one of the leading law firms in Malaysia. The firm has represented clients in many prominent and complex litigations and transactions in Malaysia. It is also consistently ranked as one of the leading law firms in the country by Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles, Benchmark Litigation, IFLR100 and Asian Legal Business.

The practice groups are led by accomplished partners, each of whom has made a name in their particular field of expertise. The firm has the requisite legal skills, industry experience and regional know-how to deliver the best results. Its clients consist of a diverse range, both domestic and international, including Fortune 500 multinational corporations, leading Malaysian listed companies, financial services entities, regulatory and statutory bodies, and government-linked companies.

Areas of practice: LHAG is focused on the following areas of practice: arbitration; banking and insolvency; construction; corporate and commercial disputes; employment and industrial relations; energy, oil and gas; financial services; foreign investment; insurance; Islamic finance; mediation; mergers and acquisitions; planning and environment; real estate; regulatory and compliance; securities litigation; shipping; tax, customs and trade; and trust, probate and administration.

The corporate practice has advised on numerous transactions that include acquisitions of companies, takeover offers, demergers, schemes of arrangement, and selective capital reduction exercises.

The capital markets team is noted for its work on public and private securities offerings, IPOs, Sukuk issuances, and other private debt securities.

With regard to banking and insolvency, the firm has advised on complex and innovative deals – both conventional and Shariah-compliant. In addition, it has advised on the financing of major infrastructure and utility projects.

LHAG is also very well-versed with the employment sector, having advised on various matters related to termination, unfair dismissal and trade union disputes.

LHAG’s dispute resolution practice has considerable experience in international arbitration, and a deep understanding of Shariah law and even government affairs. Its successes in challenging abuses by public authorities have been widely reported by the press.

The tax, customs and trade practice has appeared in benchmark litigations with a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Lim Chee Yong lhy@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5843
Asset Recovery Nicola Tang Zhan Ying tzy@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5842
Banking and Insolvency Kumar Kanagasingam kk@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5803
Banking and Insolvency Mong Chung Seng mcs@lh-ag.com +603 9058 6630
Banking and Insolvency Sean Yeow Huang-Meng yhm@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5867
Banking and Insolvency Andrea Chew Mei Yng acm@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5874
Capital Markets Tay Weng Hwee twh@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5900
Construction Darshendev Singh ds@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5845
Corporate & Commercial Disputes Lambert Rasa-Ratnam lr@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5859
Corporate & Commercial Disputes Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi ac@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5852
Employment and Industrial Relations Shariffullah Majeed sha@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5881
Employment and Industrial Relations Amardeep Singh Toor ast@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5878
Employment and Industrial Relations Tan Hooi Ping hpt@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5947
Employment and Industrial Relations Nurul Aisyah Binti Hassan nah@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5885
Financial Services Tay Weng Hwee twh@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5900
Fintech Chan Mun Yew myc@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5942
Foreign Investment Bella Chu Chai Yee cy@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5887
Franchise Joyce Ong Kar Yee oky@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5926
Insurance G Vijay Kumar vkg@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5870
Intellectual Property Chng Keng Lung ckl@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5948
Islamic Finance Megat Hizaini Hassan mh@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5863
Mergers and Acquisitions Tay Weng Hwee twh@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5900
Oil & Gas Crystal Wong Wai Chin wwc@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5938
Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) Teo Wai Sum tws@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5805
Planning & Environment Hoi Jack S'ng hjs@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5908
Projects & Construction Steven SY Tee syt@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5853
Real estate Ho Ai Ting hat@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5907
Regulatory & Compliance Chng Keng Lung ckl@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5948
Securities Litigation Chia Oh Sheng cos@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5904
Shipping Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi ac@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5852
Tax, Customs & Trade Jason Tan Jia Xin tjx@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5873
Tax, Customs & Trade Ivy Ling Yieng Ping il@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5808
Tax, Customs & Trade Chris Toh Pei Roo tpr@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5945
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) G. Vijay Kumar vkg@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5870
White Collar Crime Tiara Katrina Fuad tkf@lh-ag.com +603 6208 5804
Photo Name Position Profile
Shariffullah Abdul Majeed photo Mr Shariffullah Abdul Majeed Partner
Keshanivaarini Baskaran photo Ms Keshanivaarini Baskaran Partner
Mun Yew Chan photo Mr Mun Yew Chan Partner
Andrea Mei Yng Chew  photo Ms Andrea Mei Yng Chew Partner
Oh Sheng Chia photo Mr Oh Sheng Chia Partner
Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew photo Mr Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Receivership & Insolvency Practice, Corporate & Commercial, Disputes, Oil…
Keng Lung Chng photo Mr Keng Lung Chng Partner
Bella Chu Chai Yee photo Ms Bella Chu Chai Yee Partner (Financial Services, M&A, Real Estate)
Tiara Katrina Fuad photo Ms Tiara Katrina Fuad Partner
Nurul Aisyah Hassan photo Miss Nurul Aisyah Hassan Partner
Megat Hizaini Hassan photo Mr Megat Hizaini Hassan Partner (Islamic Finance, Financial Services).
Ai Ting Ho photo Ms Ai Ting Ho Partner
Jack S'ng Hoi photo Mr Jack S'ng Hoi Partner (Banking & Insolvency)
Kumar Kanagasingam photo Mr Kumar Kanagasingam Senior Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Civil and Commercial, Insolvency).
G. Vijay Kumar photo Mr G. Vijay Kumar Partner (Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Corporate & Commercial Disputes, Insurance).
Thomas ML Lee photo Dato Thomas ML Lee Senior Partner.
Chee Yong Lim photo Mr Chee Yong Lim Partner
Heng Seng Lim photo Mr Heng Seng Lim Senior Partner (Employment)
Ivy Yieng Ping Ling photo Ms Ivy Yieng Ping Ling Partner
Aznam Mansor photo Dato Aznam Mansor Senior Partner (Private Clients)
Chung Seng Mong photo Mr Chung Seng Mong Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Shipping).
Nitin Nadkarni photo Dato Nitin Nadkarni Senior Partner (Energy, Projects, Infrastructure & International Arbitration and Tax, Customs &…
Joyce Ong Kar Yee photo Miss Joyce Ong Kar Yee Partner (Projects & Construction)
Aniza Osman photo Ms Aniza Osman Partner (Corporate & Commercial, Banking & Finance).
Zaharah  Othman photo Ms Zaharah Othman Partner (Corporate)
Shaleni R. Anpualagan photo Ms Shaleni R. Anpualagan Partner
Lambert Rasa-Ratnam photo Mr Lambert Rasa-Ratnam Senior Partner (Administrative law, Arbitration, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Securities…
Darshendev Singh photo Mr Darshendev Singh Partner (Construction, Engineering, Projects, Infrastructure & International Arbitration)
Amardeep Singh photo Mr Amardeep Singh Partner
Hooi Ping Tan photo Ms Hooi Ping Tan Partner
Jason Tan Jia Xin photo Mr Jason Tan Jia Xin Partner
Weng Hwee Tay photo Mr Weng Hwee Tay Partner (Financial Services, Banking & Finance, Corporate Finance, Energy, Oil & Gas,…
Steven SY Tee photo Mr Steven SY Tee Partner (Projects & Construction)
Wai Sum Teo photo Ms Wai Sum Teo Partner
Chris Toh Pei Roo photo Mr Chris Toh Pei Roo Partner
Crystal Wai Chin Wong photo Ms Crystal Wai Chin Wong Partner
Sean Huang-Meng Yeow photo Mr Sean Huang-Meng Yeow Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Insolvency).
Nicola Tang Zhan Ying photo Mrs Nicola Tang Zhan Ying Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Receivership & Insolvency Practice, Corporate & Commercial, Disputes, Oil…
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Number of consultant : 3
Number of lawyers : 95
Other employees : 134
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MALAYSIA > DISPUTE RESOLUTION TIER 1

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill enjoys a prestigious history in the dispute resolution arena. Regularly engaged by an impressive clientele comprised of multinational companies, major institutions and local banks, the firm covers the full spectrum of disputes including international trade, commercial, contract, and insurance. The practice is co-led by Lambert Rasa-Ratnam, an industry veteran who has demonstrable experience in handling banking and administrative law cases, and Kumar Kanagasingam, who regularly acts in high-value insolvency and fraud matters. Other notable practitioners include SM Shanmugam, who frequently acts as lead counsel in various corporate litigation cases, and Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew, who is recognised for his work in the defamation sphere.

‘The team always tries to understand the clients’ needs and achieve the clients’ goals. There are no barriers in terms of communication.’

‘SM Shanmugam’s knowledge of the law and his experience can only be described as pure savant. His ability to recall cases with dates is something of an awe. He has always brought us favourable results, prompt service, and detailed attention to our cases.’

‘The team has capabilities to assess the suitability for handling their legal matters effectively.’

‘The practice led by SM Shanmugam and his team boasts several unique qualities that set them apart from other firms in the legal industry. One of their key strengths is their exceptional ability to handle complex litigation matters seamlessly.’ 

‘One standout capability of SM Shanmugam is his exceptional intelligence and adaptability in synthesising various branches of law to provide comprehensive and strategic advice.’

‘Good teamwork, easy to reach, strategic thinking, and secures the interest of clients.’

‘Sean Yeow Huang-Meng is an outstanding legal counsel. Highly competent, reliable, and a good strategist. He also exhibits strong business acumen when advising clients. He is friendly and approachable, making it easy to discuss and strategise on matters.’

‘Attentive to the details and always puts clients first. Willing to hear clients out and always able to provide immediate, constructive, and practical solutions.’

MALAYSIA > ISLAMIC FINANCE TIER 1

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s Islamic finance team has a stellar reputation and is led by Tay Weng Hwee, who advises on various legal documentation and issues regarding Islamic banking facilities. Counting major lenders, borrowers, and financial institutions amongst its key roster of clients, the department advises on Shariah-compliant financing, Malaysian and foreign currency-denominated transactions, and has recently extended its expertise to include working on Shariah fintech financing products. Megat Hizaini Hassan’s presence bolsters the strength of the team, thanks to his expertise on Sukuk mandates, Murabahah and Ijarah transactions, and Islamic investment work.

‘Megat Hizaini Hassan is proactive and knowledgeable.’

MALAYSIA > LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT TIER 1

The practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is led by Lim Seng Heng, who is highly regarded for his ‘deep knowledge’ in labour, employment and industrial relations mandates in Malaysia. The team handles a broad range of matters, including advisory issues concerning misconduct alleged by employees, constructive dismissal, poor performance and restructuring exercises, in addition regulatory mandates involving aspects of contract law, from drafting to ensuring compliance. Industrial relations expert Shariffullah Majeed is regularly supported by senior associate Nurul Aisyah Hassan, while Amardeep Singh Toor frequently appears in the Industrial Court to defend employers in unjust dismissal claims. Tan Hooi Ping, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, is another key contact in the group.

‘Shariffullah Majeed gives perspectives from all angles in a timely fashion.’

‘Lim Heng Seng has deep knowledge. Tan Hooi Ping is practical and provides actionable advice. Summer Chong Yue Han is responsive and able to understand the clients’ needs.’

‘Amardeep Singh Toor is very friendly and provides clarification on our doubts whenever we approach him.’

‘The team is highly competent, knowledgeable and friendly too. Their quality of work is exceptional.’

‘What I treasure the most is that they are very helpful and ever-willing to assist you.’

‘Easy to work with and approachable, they think strategically to safeguard the best interests of the client.’

‘Shariffullah Majeed is strategic-thinking, and easy to communicate and work with. Arissa Ahrom is communicative and efficient, as is Nurul Aisyah Hassan.’

‘Tan Hooi Ping and Summer Chong Yue Han are very professional, with a lot of experience. They are always able to put themselves in the shoes of the customer.’

MALAYSIA > PROJECTS AND ENERGY TIER 1

Experienced in advising on the full-cycle of financed projects, Steven SY Tee heads up the projects and energy practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, which is highly regarded for its provision of ‘strategic and specific advice’ in complex matters. Its projects advisory work covers the inception, development and construction of large-scale and high-value projects for clients across various sectors, including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and renewables. The team also has experience acting as counsel in project dispute management and the negotiation of settlement agreements therein. The ‘capable, dedicated and reliable’ Crystal Wong Wai Chin is a noteworthy member of the team who is noted as ‘highly skilled in construction disputes and arbitration’. Names to note include Dato’ Nitin Nadkarni, who became a consultant in the team in January 2023, and senior associate Joyce Ong Kar Yee.

‘Great support in litigious matters in Malaysia, particularly in major solar projects.’

‘Soh Zhen Ning is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented.’

‘Clients appreciate that they provide strategic and specific advice instead of generic textbook answers.’

‘Crystal Wong Wai Chin is highly-skilled in construction disputes and arbitration matters. She articulates her thoughts and advice very succinctly. Charissa Wong and Teh Wai Fung are responsive and meticulous in their work.’

‘Very experienced and capable in complex disputes and abundantly equipped to assist the client in finding effective solutions to problems, drawing on their ingenuity, experience and profound mastery of the law.’

‘Soh Zhen Ning is very attentive and has in-depth knowledge in relevant jurisdictions. He is efficient and always meets clients’ expectations.’

‘Crystal Wong Wai Chin is a very capable, dedicated and reliable lawyer.’

‘Well-organised, client-centric and good at time management.’

MALAYSIA > REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION TIER 1

The robust real estate offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is co-led by Tay Weng Hwee, an expert in advising on property finance and joint ventures, and Nitin Nadkarni, a specialist in the field of multi-jurisdictional construction disputes. Recognised as a ‘strong team with business acumen’, the practice handles the full spectrum of real estate matters across the hospitality, retail, industrial, and housing sectors. Acting for a range of leading Malaysian and international developers, investors, contractors, and financiers, the team’s work includes both transactional and contentious elements. Darshendev Singh is a well-versed construction litigator who is praised for his ‘deep expertise and specialisation’, while Bella Chu Chai Yee advises on all aspects of commercial and residential development, in addition to real estate financing considerations.

‘Nitin Nadkarni offers strategic legal solutions with sound commercial reasoning.’ 

‘Very strong team with business acumen, availability and reactivity.’

‘Darshendev Singh is diligent, thorough, and pays attention to all details.’

‘The team delivers all-round and practical solutions that allow businesses to achieve their ultimate business goals.’

‘Fast, efficient, and accurate.’

‘Bella Chu Chai Yee and her team are a class above the rest for real estate work. They are efficient, communicate well, and diligent.’

‘The team has expertise in the area of construction, ranging from railway projects, high-rise buildings, infrastructure project etc. The team is also committed to collaborate with clients and other law firms in approaching cases.’

‘Darshendev Singh possesses deep expertise and specialisation in the practice area of construction, which instils confidence in client on his abilities to handle complex legal matters.’

MALAYSIA > ANTITRUST AND COMPETITION TIER 2

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s antitrust and competition practice prides itself on offering a full-package service to its clients. Much of the firm’s work consists of conducting due diligence and compliance audits and arranging for mock dawn raid exercises. In particular, the department has strengths in coordinating matters relating to pricing concerns within Malaysia’s complex regulatory regime and advising on the competition elements of M&A transactions. Jack S’ng Hoi leads the practice with a track record in advising on various competition-related disputes. The team frequently offers advice within the telecoms, healthcare, and oil and gas industries in Malaysia.

MALAYSIA > BANKING AND FINANCE TIER 2

The practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill includes advising on regulatory work, Islamic finance, the restructuring of debt facilities, and liability management. The firm has impressive relationships with an array of local and international banks, such as AFFIN Islamic Bank Berhad, and delivers advice to Malaysian lending companies regarding Shariah-compliant auto-service financing. Tay Weng Hwee heads the team and is experienced in transactional work, where he recently acted for Sabah Credit Corporation in relation to the proposed variation of negative covenants in its Sukuk Musharakah programme. Megat Hizaini Hassan is heavily involved in the firm’s Murabahah transactions and remains at the forefront of the Islamic finance segment, while Bella Chu Chai Yee continues to advise on real estate, corporate, and financial restructuring deals.

MALAYSIA > CAPITAL MARKETS TIER 2

The capital markets offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is spearheaded by Tay Weng Hwee, who draws strength from his experience in regularly handling cross-border transactions. The firm’s activity covers a wide range of transactional work for both local and international clients, showcasing expertise in equity and debt capital markets, structured finance, and regulatory matters. Megat Hizaini Hassan specialises in Islamic finance and leads much of the department’s Sukuk mandates, while Bella Chu Chai Yee is frequently involved in IPO formations and equity-related deals.

‘The associates and partners of LHAG are exceptionally accommodating, and the projects are timely delivered.’

MALAYSIA > CORPORATE AND M&A TIER 2

Counting multinational corporations, government-linked companies, financial institutions, and private and public-listed companies among its key roster of clients, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill advises on M&A in Malaysia, share acquisition and disposal transactions and corporate restructurings. Tay Weng Hwee leads the team and ‘is knowledgeable in handling M&A transactions’, as well as joint ventures and capital markets mandates, while Steven SY Tee specialises in joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements. Bella Chu Chai Yee and associate Thivya Manokaran are praised as ‘personable professionals who go above and beyond to ensure that clients obtain the results that they want’, and Teo Wai Sum is another key contact in the group.

‘The team is experienced and knowledgeable in commercial and corporate matters. They are able to step up and deliver everything in a timely manner.’

‘The team address our issues or queries, offer advice and propose very practical solutions to our queries or issues that arise throughout the whole process.’

‘Bella Chu and Thivya Manokaran have both been able to tend to all issues and queries that we posed to them, promptly. They are both personable professionals who go above and beyond to ensure that clients obtain the results that they want.’

”The team are very experienced in M&A transactions at all levels. They are able to provide relevant legal advice to solve the issues encountered, promptly.’

‘The partner in-charge, Tay Weng Hwee, is knowledgeable in handling M&A transactions, and he provided commercially viable legal advice to us.’

MALAYSIA > TAX TIER 2

Recognised for its ‘technical knowledge and expertise’, the tax department at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is jointly led by expert Nitin Nadkarni and Jason Tan Jia Xin, who is praised for going ‘above and beyond’ on all tax matters. Well-versed in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the practice, the team is engaged by notable international clients to advise on high-value tax transactions, unfair trade practices, audits, and transfer pricing cases, in addition to indirect tax disputes. Ivy Yieng Ping Ling is noted for her ‘impressive breadth of tax knowledge’ and frequently appears before the Customs Appeal Tribunal and High Court, while senior associate Chris Toh Pei Roo focuses on direct tax disputes.

‘Nitin Nadkarni was clear in his advice. He is concise and summarises his points in ordinary terms for the layman to understand. Jason Tan Jia Xin was very supportive and kept his clients in the know on what was happening in the courts.’

‘Their technical knowledge and expertise in various legal domains have been invaluable in guiding us through complex legal procedure and ensuring the best position was managed.’

‘Nitin Nadkarni and Ivy Ling Yieng Ping have consistently demonstrated a client-centric approach. The promptness of their responses, clear and concise communication, and willingness to answer our questions have been commendable.’

‘Nitin Nadkarni and Chris Toh Pei Roo showcased their deep understanding on the complexity of our issues and gave remarkable efforts in researching relevant case laws and tailor arguments acceptable to the judge. They also demonstrated a high level of flexibility and competency by advising us tailor strategies to deal with Inland Revenue Board.’

‘Ivy Ling Yieng Ping has an impressive breadth of tax knowledge. She was able to grasp to complex issues and offer practical solutions and advice.’

‘We have been working with Jason Tan Jia Xin and Chris Toh Pei Too for the past few years. They are committed and competitive lawyers.’

‘Very eager to help and flexible with their time.’

‘LHAG’s tax team is highly committed to providing timely legal advice and assistance relevant to their clients’ concerns and matters at hand. A very dynamic and vibrant team of legal professionals always going above and beyond to assist and support their clients.’

MALAYSIA > INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TIER 3

The IP offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is broad-ranging and includes advising on patents and utility innovations, franchising, licensing, and breach of confidence matters. Acting for both local and international clients, the firm regularly covers technology-related IP disputes, due diligence exercises, and IP asset management, as well as advisory work which involves branding and marketing strategies. Chng Keng Lung, an IP litigation specialist, leads the practice and works on both contentious and non-contentious matters, while associate Teo Kah Min is a key member of the group and is frequently engaged in IP advisory and compliance work.

Accountable, professional, transparent, and clear communicators.’ 

‘Chng Keng Lung is trustworthy, professional, and always there for his clients.’

MALAYSIA > TMT (INCLUDING FINTECH) TIER 3

Telecoms work is at the heart of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s TMT practice, with the firm handling issues such as compliance with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the drafting of agreements between telecoms operators and infrastructure providers. The team also frequently assists clients with data protection, IT outsourcing and e-money mandates. Practice head G. Vijay Kumar is equipped to litigate a wide array of technology and telecoms-based disputes spanning network service provision and IT system integration. Personal data protection, including the cross-border transfer of personal data, is a recognised practice strength of Teo Wai Sum. Chan Mun Yew adds to the contentious expertise with disputes concerning the provision of telecommunication and network services a notable strength. Eleena Abd Wahab and Eunice Wei Lynn Chan departed in September 2022 and October 2022, respectively.

‘The Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill TMT Team, spearheaded by Mr. G. Vijay Kumar, sets itself apart through its profound expertise in the telecommunications sector and agile client service.’

‘G. Vijay Kumar stands out due to his blend of deep sector knowledge, elite legal prowess, and exceptional client communication skills.’

‘Great availability and cooperation.’

‘LHAG has the capability and strategy to overcome issues in relation to fintech and also breaching of data privacy.’

‘G. Vijay Kumar is a very resourceful lawyer with wide knowledge on the TMT.’


In line with our commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive workforce and workplace, our firm has established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee aims to address gaps, encourage internal development, and create a collaborative community.

Our firm also hosted an Orang Asli Peoples Awareness Day event to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the Orang Asli people, with a focus on the dynamics of SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) principles.

Additionally, we contribute our time, expertise, and other resources to improve community welfare, assist the disadvantaged, and alleviate poverty through initiatives and appropriate means. One such initiative is our partnership with Bodhi Home Care, allowing us to give back, but it also reminds us of the importance of making a difference in the lives of those around us. We believe that every act of kindness, no matter how small, can have a ripple effect and inspire others to do the same. By involving oneself directly in these initiatives, we aim to tap into one’s diverse perspectives, skills, and creativity to drive meaningful change in our communities.


Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (LHAG) has been providing legal services since 1902 and is currently one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. LHAG has a renowned longstanding reputation in the legal industry due to our accumulated experience and expertise in facilitating major corporate and commercial transactions associated with or materially impacting social, economic, and financial developments in Malaysia.

Since an early stage, LHAG has recognised the importance and appreciated the significance of opportunities arising from Malaysia’s bilateral ties with China. To serve our Chinese clientele with our expertise, we have established and developed our firm’s China Desk to provide quality legal services tailored to Chinese needs. With lawyers who are familiar with Chinese culture, fluent in the Chinese language, and committed to providing solution-oriented approaches, LHAG is able to efficiently meet the legal needs of Chinese businesses seeking to establish commercial ties with Malaysia.

As the only Malaysian member law firm of both Multilaw and Interlaw, global networks of law firms, LHAG has close ties with outstanding law firms in more than 150 cities around the world. Our international connections and experience enable us to provide high-quality and tailor-made legal solutions to clients. LHAG upholds the principles of “quality first” and “customer first”, adopting innovative commercial thinking to provide novel, efficient solutions that are out of the box and practical for businesses.

Our firm’s experience encompasses contentious and non-contentious legal matters within Malaysia as well as internationally. As a result of our expertise, LHAG has been recognised and praised by major industry guides, such as “Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific” and “The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific”. Our firm has also attracted a wide range of clients including government authorities and companies, conglomerates, financial institutions and multinational corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, and private individuals.

LHAG is dedicated to providing one-stop legal services that will place Chinese clientele in good hands. Our firm has expertise in a wide range of sectors, including Construction, Energy, Oil & Gas, Finance, Government, Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Automotive, and many more. The services we specialise in include the following:

  • Dispute resolution: Litigation, Arbitration, Adjudication, Mediation
  • Banking Litigation & Insolvency
  • Commercial Disputes, Corporate Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Energy, Projects & Infrastructure, Natural Resources & Utilities
  • Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Employment and Industrial Relations
  • Intellectual Property
  • Tax, Customs and Trade

Banking & Finance

1. Summary (including client name)
We are advising Maybank Islamic Berhad (“Bank”) CONFIDENTIAL on the relevant legal documentation for the proposed agility financing of the Bank. The proposed agility financing is a variation to the Bank’s existing Murabahah Vehicle Term Financing-i (“MVTF-i Facility”) i.e., a term financing under the Shariah contract of Murabahah Purchase Order for purchase of vehicle/car. The MVTF-i Facility is an alternative product to the Bank’s Islamic Hire Purchase.

2. Summary (including client name)
We advised OSK Holdings Berhad (“Company”), a public listed company, in respect of the legal documentation for the Company’s Islamic term financing and Islamic revolving credit facility. Our work focused on reviewing, revising, and providing comments on the Company’s existing legal documentation (inclusive but not limited to the letter of offer and facility agreement) to incorporate the relevant revision as instructed by the Company and to ensure that such revision comply with the relevant Shariah regulations.

3. Summary (including client name)
We advised Urusharta Jamaah Sdn Bhd (“UJSB”) on the legal documentation in respect of the Islamic Securities Selling and Buying – Negotiated Transaction (“ISSBNT”) entered into between UJSB and three (3) agents i.e., Maybank Investment Bank Berhad, Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, and CGS-CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd.

Capital Markets

1. Summary (including client name)
Advising QSR Stores Sdn Bhd (“Issuer”) and QSR Brands (M) Holdings Berhad (“Guarantor”) on the issuance of Islamic medium-term notes programme of up to Ringgit Malaysia One Billion (RM1,000,000,000.00).

2. Summary (including client name)
Acting as the legal solicitors of LSH Capital in the proposed transfer of listing and quotation of the entire issued share capital of LSH Capital from the LEAP Market of Bursa Securities to the ACE Market of Bursa Securities.

3. Summary (including client name)
Acting as local legal adviser and due diligence solicitors in respect of the listing of Super Hi International Holding Limited on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Labour & Employment

1. Summary (including client name)
We represented 7-Eleven (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“7-Eleven”) in defending a claim instituted by an aggrieved former employee (“Plaintiff”) claiming to have been constructively dismissed. We successfully represented 7-Eleven in its application to strike out the Plaintiff’s Write of Summons and Statement of Case in arguing that the Plaintiff’s decision to bring his claim before the High Court is an abuse of process, as (i) he has failed to exhaust the statutory remedy provided for under the Industrial Relations Act 1967, and (ii) he has made an exorbitant claim of approximately RM4.7 million under the cause of action of wrongful/constructive dismissal, which is unsustainable in law.

The High Court’s decision to strike out the Plaintiff’s Writ of Summons and Statement of Case is significant as it is of importance to the correct recourse which aggrieved employees should avail themselves of in the event that they claim to be unjustly dismissed – underscoring the importance of exhausting the recourse available to aggrieved employees under the Industrial Relations Act 1967. The decision also highlights the Courts’ stance against abusing the forum of the civil courts to seek exorbitant damages which are unsustainable in law, and crystallises trite case law regarding the meagre damages which an aggrieved employee may recover, i.e. limited to their notice period, should they resort to recourse at the civil courts.

Projects and Energy

1. Summary (including client name)
Crystal and her team represented Sarawak Energy Berhad’s subsidiary SESCO in the first-ever contested emergency arbitration under the AIAC Arbitration Rules 2021 (concluded in May 2023). https://theedgemalaysia.com/node/666482

Tax

1. Summary (including client name)
Successfully represented HICOM Automotive Manufacturers Sdn Bhd (part of the DRB-HICOM Group) in judicial review proceedings to challenge the Director General of Customs’ decision to raise a bill of demand for over RM35 million in allegedly underpaid excise duties.

2. Summary (including client name)
Successfully represented Dyson Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian subsidiary of Dyson Limited, at the Court of Appeal to appeal against the High Court’s decision to impose goods and services tax, amounting to RM26,912,808.13, on research and development services that are exported and zero-rated by the Malaysian Government.

3. Summary (including client name)
Representing Lush Development Sdn Bhd and Tanda Bestari Sdn Bhd, both companies within the IOI Group, one of Malaysia’s leading listed property development groups, in judicial review proceedings against the Director General of Inland Revenue (“DGIR”) to challenge the DGIR’s refusal to refund taxes paid by the companies, amounting to over RM6.7 million, pursuant to Section 4C of the Income Tax Act 1967.