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

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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by 'experienced and capable partners', Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's dispute resolution team handles a full range of contentious matters including commercial disputes, banking and insolvency litigation, and construction and real estate disputes with clients benefiting from it being 'part of a seamless, multi disciplinary firm'. With a breadth of experience across civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, Lambert Rasa-Ratnam heads up the practice which includes:  Nitin Nadkarni, who heads the international arbitration team, and Kumar Kanagasingam who is highlighted for banking and insolvency disputes. Other names to note include 'persuasive and quick thinking' capital market and securities litigator SM Shanmugam — who is 'a formidable figure both in and out of the courtroom' — and Darshendev Singh who handles a range of litigation and alternative dispute resolution with a particular focus on those relating to construction, engineering, oil & gas, and infrastructure projects. corporate litigation expert Rosli Dahlan has left the firm to form Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership.

Testimonials

SM Shanmugam has a positive energy and a can-do attitude, even in the face of adversity; no legal or technical challenge is insurmountable.’

High level of professionalism and the urge of meeting client’s needs.

They are a dependable team of lawyers, very result-oriented, extremely thorough and always well-prepared for meetings/negotiations, and produce quality results despite deadline pressure.

With them, I always feel that my company’s matters were in adept and trustworthy hands.

Darshendev Singh is very focused and constantly thinking outside the lines to come up with creative ways to solve a complex problem.

Nitin Nadkarni is an excellent litigator and strategist.

Key clients

Cypark Resources Berhad

Winix America Inc

Securities Commission Malaysia

DRB Hicom Berhad (Puspakom)

Two subsidiaries of S P Setia Berhad: Perumahan Kinrara Berhad and Bandar Eco-Setia Sdn Bhd

Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM)

Versatile Creative Bhd

Malayan Banking Berhad

BDO Binder

Intellectual property Tier 1

The intellectual property team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill benefits from 'subject matter experts' who provide 'fast responses, customized service and flexible arrangements'. The group handles a full range of IP matters and counts telecoms, tobacco and automotive among its sector specialisms. The 'outstanding' practice head Bahari Yeow's expertise spans non-contentious matters and IP disputes, while Zhi Jian Lim focuses on litigation, and Eunice Wei Lynn Chan combines IP protection and portfolio management experience with commercial, competition, and regulatory expertise – particularly in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food sectors – in advising on non-contentious matters.

Testimonials

The intellectual property team headed by Bahari Yeow is just great! They are able to provide clients with sound advice/opinions which are not only based on the law but are relevant and adaptable to the business I am in.

‘Bahari and Jian are friendly, approachable, experienced and knowledgeable in the field of practice.’

Bahari Yeow and Jian are attentive to details and will take the time to go through and ensure that the clients understand the issues, risks and mitigation solutions available. They have a very practical outlook in their views which is relatable to in-house legal solutions.

We have nothing but amazing reviews for Bahari Yeow.

Bahari and Jian are friendly, approachable, experienced and knowledgeable in the field of practice.

Subject matter experts offer fast responses, customised service and flexible arrangements.

Bahari is a thorough, detailed and dedicated lawyer. His characteristics speak volumes too, he is always keen to engage with clients, well mannered, friendly and approachable.

Their teamwork is excellent. They have a stable and quality structured management system with a pool of experienced personnel. They have always been responsive and revert promptly with direct and no-nonsense, commercially conscious advice.

Key clients

Samsung

McDonald’s

Philip Morris

Apple

Hewlett Packard

Panasonic

Orange

Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Hermes

Koch Industries, Inc.

The Dover Corporation

Great Eastern Life Assurance

Repsol

Exxon Mobil

Genting

Vivo (Telecommunications)

ZTE (Telecommunications)

Government of Malaysia

Maxis

Perodua

Islamic finance Tier 1

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's Islamic finance team is a popular choice for domestic and international financial institutions and counts United Overseas Bank, RHB Islamic Bank and Mapletree Investments among its clients. Weng Hwee Tay – who has been particularly active in advising foreign funds and banks on mezzanine financings – heads up the practice which includes Megat Hizaini Hassan, who has a breadth of experience in advising lenders on project finance transactions, restructuring projects and debt issuance, as well as capital markets expert Eu Jin Ong.

Key clients

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

United Overseas Bank (M) Berhad

CIMB Bank Berhad

AmInvestment Bank Berhad

Barry Callebaut

RHB Bank Berhad

RHB Islamic Bank Berhad

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA)

Allen & Overy LLP

Labour and employment Tier 1

The 'very professional and efficient' employment and industrial relations team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill provides 'sound technical legal advice' on a range of compliance, contractual, contentious matters. Its impressive client roster includes major Malaysian companies and multinationals, such as CIMB Bank and Samsung Electronics. Practice head and 'good strategist' Heng Seng Lim is highlighted particularly for corporate advisory work while Thavalingam Thavarajah focuses on employment disputes. Other names to note include Shariffullah Abdul Majeed who has particular industrial relations experience and senior associate Amardeep Singh attracts praise for being 'a good communicator'.

Testimonials

Working with them is almost like working with an in-house legal team that is there exclusively for you.

They are very responsive and able to provide sound advice and various scenarios.

The team is knowledgeable and responsive to client needs and demands, with an in-depth understanding of the legal process and its idiosyncrasies.

Lim Heng Seng has sound technical legal knowledge and recommends practical solutions with minimized legal risk are the qualities that distinguishes him from the rest.

Amardeep Singh ensures clients are kept up to date and presents in a clear lay man’s way without overt legal jargon.

Lim Heng Seng’s knowledge of the inner workings of the courts on this area is valuable.

Amardeep Singh is a good communicator, ensures clients are kept up to date. Able to present in a clear lay man’s way without overt legal jargon.

Lim Heng Seng is a veteran in the area of labour law for Malaysia. His knowledge of the inner workings of the courts on this area is valuable and his experience over the many years of his career is important.

Key clients

Nestle Products Sdn Bhd & Nestle Manufacturing

Ciba Vision Johor Sdn Bhd & Novartis Corporation

BASF (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

AIG Malaysia Insurance Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

CIMB Bank Berhad

Samsung Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd

Otis Elevator Company

Unilever (Malaysia) Holdings

DHL Asia Pacific Shared Services

DHL Global Forwarding

DHL Supply Chain (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Malaysia Airlines Berhad

AirAsia Berhad

Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The real estate and construction team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill offers a full-service to its real estate sector clients and combines real estate development and transactions expertise with corporate and disputes capabilities. The team is jointly led by corporate and commercial partner Weng Hwee Tay and Nitin Nadkarni who specialises in international arbitration. Other names to note include Bella Chai Yee Chu and Darshendev Singh for transactional and contentious matters respectively.

Testimonials

The team is always reliable to provide prompt advise which not only covers the legal aspect of the matter referred but also the commercial implication relating to the matter which is equally important to the client.

Apart from knowledge on the matter, they understand the concerns raised by the Company – which is usually beyond legal matters such as financial, reputational and risk management.’

Due to his vast experience and understanding of the industry, Dato Nitin is able to provide complete advise as well as strategy that should be adopted by client in facing the issues referred to him.

Associates Crystal Wong  and Abang Mohd Iwawan could provide definitive answers with conviction on their toes and attend meetings independently – to me, this speaks highly of their partner, Dato’ Nitin.

Key clients

UEM Sunrise Berhad

Alfranko Development Sdn Bhd

Koh Brothers Group Limited

Putra Nilai Group

(JB) Sdn Bhd

MB World Group

S P Setia Group

Mapletree Group

Malaysia Pacific Corporation Group

Bukit Kiara Properties Group

DKLS Sunshine Sdn Bhd

Perumahan Kinrara Berhad

Tax Tier 1

The tax team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is known for handling high-value tax disputes relating to transfer pricing, sales and services tax, capital allowance, withholding tax, tax incentives and customs valuation, and is particularly active in bringing tax appeals before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax. The group is also instructed in non-contentious and advisory matters. Two noted names in the practice include Aznam Mansor, who focuses on advising private clients,  and anti-money laundering and criminal tax investigation expert and civil tax recovery-focused partner Bahari Yeow. Rosli Dahlan, D.P. Naban and Saravana Kumar left the firm in February 2020 to form the Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership.

Leading individuals

Saravana Kumar - Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership

 

D.P. Naban - Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership

 

Testimonials

Response time of the team is very quick. They are able to provide accurate and business-orientated solutions. The team also has very good knowledge of the law.

Key clients

Shell Business Service Centre Sdn Bhd

Genting Malaysia Berhad

Foxconn Technology Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Orange Rederiet Aps and Wira Swire Sdn Bhd

Subway

Magnum Holdings Sdn Bhd

Pantai Holdings Sdn Bhd

Aeon Credit Service (M) Berhad

Mass Rapid Transit

Bahru Stainless Sdn Bhd

TMT Tier 1

The TMT group at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill expertise spans the IT and telecoms sector, with capabilities to handle regulatory, compliance and licensing advice, transactional matters as well as project finance and dispute resolution. Practice head Adlin Abdul Majid is a key name for transactional and regulatory matters, while G. Vijay Kumar handles a range of telecoms and IT disputes; Bahari Yeow also focuses on IT disputes. The team's fintech expertise has been further strengthened by the arrival of Raphael Tay Choon Tien from Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff.

Testimonials

They are very efficient and provide comprehensive advice which will often cover the commercial and litigation perspective and very practical recommendation given.

They are calm, collected and available 24/7. You know that your case is in good hands.

The team provides very practical advice for foreign companies.

Antitrust and competition Tier 2

The competition practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill focuses on advising international clients investing in Malaysia on compliance matters and attracts praise for being 'willing to go the extra mile'. Adlin Abdul Majid assists clients with a range of compliance issues, while Ooi Bee Hong frequently advises on competition elements of corporate transactions and Eunice Chan Wei Lynn's broad expertise extends to advising clients on competition considerations relating to licensing of intellectual property.

Testimonials

Adlin Abdul Majid was proactive and willing to go the extra mile to complete the assignment.

Banking and finance Tier 2

The 'very experiencedWeng Hwee Tay leads the team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, which acts across the range of banking and finance matters, including syndicated loans, project and asset finance, bankruptcy and restructuring and bank branch establishment. The practice has a particular strength in transactions, primarily acting for lenders, which include international institutions such as HSBC and Standard Charted alongside domestic banks such as Maybank, CIMB and AmBank. Eu Jin Ong advised the government of Malaysia on a ¥200bn Series A samurai bond issue to qualified institutional investors.

Testimonials

‘LHAG are our go-to legal firm in Malaysia for our deals. We work with them mainly because of their lead partner, Weng Tay but they have proven to also have a deep bench.’

Weng Tay is our go-to lawyer for our Malaysian deals.

Key clients

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

United Overseas Bank (M) Berhad

CIMB Bank Berhad

AmInvestment Bank Berhad

Barry Callebaut

RHB Bank Berhad

RHB Islamic Bank Berhad Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA)

Allen & Overy LLP

Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has experience of assisting clients with the full range equity and debt issuances; the group has been advising on an increasing volume of IPOs in Malaysia and continues to be particularly active in Sukuk issuances. Head of the corporate team, Tay Hwee, is a name to note in the equity space, while Eu Jin Ong handles a range of conventional and Islamic equity and debt transactions, and Megat Hassan focuses on Islamic finance.

Key clients

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

Sapura Energy Berhad

United Overseas Bank (M) Berhad

Maybank Investment Bank Berhad

CIMB Investment Bank Berhad

RHB Investment Bank Berhad

CIMB Bank Berhad

AmInvestment Bank Berhad

Barry Callebaut

RHB Bank Berhad

RHB Islamic Bank Berhad

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA)

Allen & Overy LLP

WCE Holdings Berhad

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's 'solution-oriented' corporate and M&A team counts large Malaysian corporates, including Sapura Energy and UEM Sunrise, as well as international companies with activities, or establishing interests, in Malaysia. It has experience across a breadth of sectors and has recently seen an uptick of work in the infrastructure and insurance sectors. Practice head Tay Hwee handles a full range of corporate and commercial transactions, while Ooi Bee Hong focuses on foreign direct investment into Malaysia. Raphael Tay, who joined the team from Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff, brings a breadth of corporate experience and has recently been particularly active in the fintech sector.

Testimonials

They’re good and practical in their approach towards giving advice and representing the client.’

Key clients

AICA Asia Pacific Holding Pte. Ltd

KT Corporation

UEM Sunrise Berhad

Sapura Energy Berhad

Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad

Koh Brothers Group Limited

WCE Holdings Berhad

Intelek Ceria Sdn Bhd

Ashcroft Inc.

Owens & Minor

HSS Engineers Berhad

Projects and energy Tier 3

The 'excellent and approachable' projects and construction practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is frequently instructed to advise on the development and financing of energy, infrastructure, utility and construction projects and attracts praise for its 'knowledge of the market and strong problem-solving skills'. Steven Shin Yau Tee and Nitin Nadkarni jointly head the practice and are names to note for non-contentious matters and international arbitration respectively.

Testimonials

Great energy, positive thinking, good recommendations to clients.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill  has a very good team in dispute resolution and litigation. Time and again the team in LHAG has given us good sound legal advice, alternatives and strategies to address issues.

There’s no doubt on their performance in terms of profession. LHAG gave me an impression that they take good care of my (our company’s issue and try to make best out of it. The team have a great harmony.

Key clients

Alfranko Development Sdn Bhd

Cypark Sdn Bhd

Serba Dinamik Group Berhad

Time dotCom Berhad

S P Setia Berhad

Johor Land Berhad

Biocon Sdn Bhd

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 ProfilesIFLR100 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, SST, GST and customs; 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, SST, GST and customs practice has appeared in benchmark litigations with a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Lambert Rasa-Ratnam
Banking and insolvency Kumar Kanagasingam
Construction Dato' Nitin Nadkarni
Corporate and commercial disputes Rosli Dahlan
Employment and industrial relations Lim Heng Seng
Financial services Ong Eu Jin
Foreign investment Ooi Bee Hong
Insurance G Vijay Kumar
IP and TMT Bahari Yeow Tien Hong
Islamic finance Megat Hizaini Hassan
Mediation Chia Loong Thye
Mergers and acquisitions Tay Weng Hwee
Real estate Ooi Bee Hong
Regulatory and compliance Adlin Abdul Majid
Shipping Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi
Tax, GST and customs Datuk D P Naban
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Shariffullah Abdul Majeed  photo Mr Shariffullah Abdul Majeed
Ms Adlin Abdul Majid  photo Ms Adlin Abdul Majid
Dato Thavalingam C. Thavarajah  photo Dato Thavalingam C. Thavarajah
Ms Eunice Wei Lynn Chan  photo Ms Eunice Wei Lynn Chan
Mr Loong Thye Chia  photo Mr Loong Thye Chia
Mr Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew  photo Mr Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew
Ms Bella Chai Yee Chu  photo Ms Bella Chai Yee Chu
Mr Megat Hizaini Hassan  photo Mr Megat Hizaini Hassan
Ms Ai Ting Ho  photo Ms Ai Ting Ho
Mr Jack S’ng Hoi  photo Mr Jack S’ng Hoi
Mr Tan Jia Xin, Jason  photo Mr Tan Jia Xin, Jason
Mr Kumar Kanagasingam  photo Mr Kumar Kanagasingam
Mr Vijay Kumar G  photo Mr Vijay Kumar G
Mr Zhi Jian Lim  photo Mr Zhi Jian Lim
Mr Heng Seng Lim  photo Mr Heng Seng Lim
Dato Thomas ML Lee  photo Dato Thomas ML Lee
Dato Aznam Mansor  photo Dato Aznam Mansor
Mr Chung Seng Mong  photo Mr Chung Seng Mong
Dato Nitin Nadkarni  photo Dato Nitin Nadkarni
Mr Chia Oh Sheng  photo Mr Chia Oh Sheng
Ms Aniza Osman  photo Ms Aniza Osman
Mr Lambert Rasa-Ratnam  photo Mr Lambert Rasa-Ratnam
Mr Shanmugam SM  photo Mr Shanmugam SM
Mr Aaron Gerard Sankar  photo Mr Aaron Gerard Sankar
Mr Darshendev Singh  photo Mr Darshendev Singh
Ms Gek Im Tan  photo Ms Gek Im Tan
Mr Weng Hwee Tay  photo Mr Weng Hwee Tay
Mr Raphael Tay  photo Mr Raphael Tay
Mr Steven Shin Yau Tee  photo Mr Steven Shin Yau Tee
Ms Wong Wai Chin, Crystal  photo Ms Wong Wai Chin, Crystal
Mr Sean Yeow Huang-Meng  photo Mr Sean Yeow Huang-Meng
Mr Bahari Yeow Tien Hong  photo Mr Bahari Yeow Tien Hong
Number of partners : 36
Number of consultants : 2
Number of lawyers : 80+ (36 partners)
Other employees : 174
English
Bahasa Malaysia
Multilaw
INTERLAW
Contacts : Saravana Kumar Segaran (sks@lh-ag.com)
Contacts : Datuk Aznam Mansor (am@lh-ag.com)
Contacts : Kumar Kanagasingam (kk@lh-ag.com)

CLIENT: Ms Teo Kea Syn (Director)

COMPANY/FIRM: MST Marketing

TESTIMONIAL: (Written for Partner SM Shanmugam)

“To date, I have had the pleasure of working with Shan for 7 years. Shan is counsel to our company on a corporate litigation matter involving former directors. Being party to litigation is often a stressful, tiresome and unhappy business; fortunately, having Shan on our side has been a huge mitigating factor.  In the courtroom, Shan impresses with his ability to maintain cool-headed clarity and logic, even whilst presenting the most impassioned, persuasive arguments. When confronted by the unexpected, Shan’s quick thinking and sound legal/technical knowledge can always be relied upon to overcome any situation. Outside of the courtroom, with his energetic, positive and professional demeanor, Shan is a delight to work with. Shan not only works hard, he also works flexibly and tirelessly. No amount of effort is too great for his clients. In dispensing legal advice, Shan is outstanding in his ability to cut through any unnecessary complexities, and to present his clients with salient facts and relevant, dynamic solutions.  Overall, Shan is a smart, talented and formidable litigator you would want to have.”