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

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Lambert Rasa-Ratnam leads the dispute resolution practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Split into three sections: general commercial, banking and insolvency, and construction/real estate, it counts BMW and PricewaterhouseCoopers within its client portfolio. Specific areas covered include:  breach of contract, debt recovery, fraud, insolvency and foreign-seated arbitration. Notably, the firm pursues these matters for major companies in sectors such as construction, energy, real estate (it recently defended Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust in a 'tort of conversion' case) and telecoms. Key lawyers: Nitin Nadkarni (international arbitration), Kumar Kanagasingam (banking), Shanmugam SM ('an amazing lawyer') and Darshendev  Singh (infrastructure). Rosli Dahlan has departed to form Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership.

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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill(LHAG) is a ‘Rare Gem’, a prestigious law firm that exceeds its reputation in the legal sphere as we know it. We are very pleased with the unparalleled representation we received from LHAG. Due to the dynamic nature of our business, LHAG has always delivered their impeccable service within given timelines. We are satisfied with their level of dedication in handling our matters. We also take comfort in knowing that they’ve always kept their client’s best interests foremost in their approach‘.

Legal counsels are highly competent, able to understand the full spectrum of issues arising (legal, technical, operational and commercials). Able to suggest strategic and practical solutions to the clients. The partners are taking full responsibilities by checking the works of the associates to ensure quality of deliverable‘.

The team gives attention to detail and prepares meticulously taking the client’s interest into consideration. The team has a good track record and tremendous depth in what they do. They strategize and collaborate with the client. In comparison to their other firms, their client centred approach makes them the best in the field and in the country‘.

The team offers specialist assistance on regulatory enforcement and securities laws disputes. The team comprises highly experienced professionals who are intelligent, independent and effective‘.

SM Shanmugam is an amazing lawyer and an energetic person who is both committed and extremely professional in his approach with me and my team. I have been consulting with SM Shanmugam for all my business-related issues and found his business acumen and responsiveness to be impressive. SM Shanmugam is also incredibly well-versed and immersed in the Tech industry and its best practices. His level of professionalism and his grit to go above and beyond for his clients will put any business owner at ease. Overall, he is a valued business partner who is a forward thinker and trusted advisor‘.

SM Shanmugam is intelligent with superb knowledge in the area of law which he practices. Able to provide good and practical advice as he also has strong business acumen. He is very responsible and ensures that he and his team are always there to provide necessary support‘.

Mr Darshendev Singh is always pleasant to talk to. He is genuine and while he constantly tries to find the best solutions for us, he will not hesitate to call a spade a spade (but without being rude of course!) thus giving us a sense of comfort/conviction on whatever strategies we decide on‘.

Dealing with Mr Kumar Kanagasingam, who have compassion, excellent ability to listen, effective communication skills, assertiveness, creativity and perseverance. They will ensure the Bank’s interests are protected at all times. They see what we didn’t see and didn’t realise! I have no further comments to made!

Islamic finance Tier 1

Representing clients such as Standard Chartered Saadiq and HSBC Bank Malaysia, the Islamic finance team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill handles issues such as commercial papers and medium term notes. Directed by Weng Hwee Tay, known for his expertise in Musharakah, it also features Megat Hizaini Hassan, a partner adept at facilitating substantive complex multi-billion ringgit issuances. A recent highlight concerns the firm's role in advising RHB Islamic Bank on the review and revision of its standard legal documentation. Notably, this is utilised for the bank’s home financing products (Commodity Murabahah Term Financing-i and Equity Financing-i) and ensures compliance with the regulations issued by Bank Negara Malaysia.

Labour and employment Tier 1

The labour and employment team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is led by Heng Seng Lim and Dato Thavalingam C. Thavarajah. Providing clients with compliance advice on legislation and common law rights, it also reviews policies and documentation, covers managerial prerogatives, and counsels on trade disputes and collective agreements. The client portfolio features a substantive number of Fortune 500 companies as well as family-owned enterprises and non-commercial entities. Shariffullah Abdul Majeed advises on the dismissal of senior employees and internal investigations while senior associate Amardeep Singh is recommended for immigration law and the  management of foreign workers.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill offers a full service real estate and construction practice, acting on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm's client base consists of developers, contractors, financiers and institutional investors. Weng Hwee Tay is leading the team and working on real estate transactions, joint ventures and development projects, with over twenty years of experience in the field. Nitin Nadkarni is a key figure in the practice, with a focus on international arbitration, and handling construction, engineering and infrastructures disputes across Asia and Europe.

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KL South Development

Ernst & Young Malaysia

Malaysia Pacific Corporation Berhad

Mapletree Invesments Pte Ltd





UEM Sunrise Berhad

Timor Oil Palm Plantation

TMT Tier 1

Known for her role in establishing the National Digital Identity framework, IT expert Adlin Abdul Majid heads the TMT offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Notable for its regulatory advice in telecoms, the team also handles related litigation and arbitration on behalf of major industry leaders. In addition, it handles outsourcing matters affecting the IT sector and increasingly covers fintech and cloud computing issues. Moreover, the firm addresses legal issues pertaining to both GDPR and the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act. These include data processing agreements as well as cross-border transfers of personal information. G. Vijay Kumar is experienced in disputes and recently represented Webe Digital in a multi-part defamation suit.

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The firm has a very broad practice in various fields. The partners in each of the fields are well-versed in their area of practice‘.


Antitrust and competition Tier 2

TMT and government expert Adlin Abdul Majid orchestrates the antitrust and competition offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Providing clients with specialist advice on both the Competition Act 2010 and self-regulated industries, it regularly acts for key players in the automobile, financial and telecoms sectors. Eunice Chan Wei Lynn complements the team with dedicated experience in franchising and distribution alongside a strong track record in related IP matters. Recent work highlights handled the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as product distribution.  

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We work with Adlin and Syahida at Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill on Antitrust and Competition matters. I am very impressed with the quality of their work – thorough assessment, expansive research, and well-written opinions‘.

Good communication and constant updates for the client on the latest legal developments in Malaysia‘.

They go above and beyond the usual research on local jurisprudence and regulatory issuances. They research and cite foreign jurisprudence and guidance that are persuasive in Malaysia. I highly appreciate this as the competition law principles in Malaysia are not yet as mature as in other markets‘.

Fast response on inquiries, in-depth knowledge in the subject matter, easy to communicate, good attitude‘.

Banking and finance Tier 2

With a specialist focus on real estate and construction, Weng Hwee Tay directs the banking and finance offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. The team handles work for major lenders and covers areas such as: syndicated loans, club deals, project finance, bankruptcy and restructuring. Led by the 'knowledgeable and efficient' Weng Hwee Tay, it also includes cross-border expert Bella Chai Yee Chu, a partner with substantive experience in the real estate industry. A recent  case concerns its work for Hang Seng Bank in respect of a USD150 million facility agreement made available to Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited. Notably, Eu Jin Ong departed for Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership in February 2020.

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The LHAG team that we worked with is very experienced and able to provide alternatives‘.

Mr Tay Weng Hwee and Ms Bella are the two partners that we always work with whenever we appoint LHAG. The partners are knowledgeable and efficient‘.

Capital markets Tier 2

Led by the 'knowledgeable and efficient' Tay Hwee the capital markets team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill handles a broad spectrum of sector issues. Specifically, this includes: major debt offerings, (both conventional and Islamic), bond offerings, medium term note programs and sukuk issuances. A recent standout case is its work for Sabah Credit Corporation on amendments to its Islamic Commercial Papers and Medium-Term Notes Programmes. The offering is complemented by the skills of Megat Hizaini Hassan, a renowned expert in Islamic finance as well as the 'knowledgeable and efficient' partners Tay Weng Hwee  and Bella Chai Yee Chu.

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The LHAG team that we worked with is very experienced and able to provide alternatives‘.

The partners in charge are very hands-on and attentive to any clarifications‘.

Mr Tay Weng Hwee and Ms Bella are the two partners that we always work with whenever we appoint LHAG. The partners are knowledgeable and efficient‘.


Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Counting the Malaysian Airline System and AEON Credit Service as key clients, the corporate and M&A offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is headed by capital markets expert Weng Hwee Tay. The team handles issues such as joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, private equity investments and foreign direct investment in addition to its general advisory work. Raphael Tay is said to have 'vast knowledge of the automotive industry' and has a significant track record in restructuring matters. Ooi Bee Hong recently departed for Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership.

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Industry knowledge and accuracy of the legal advice provided. One of our go to counsels for corporate matters especially on e-commerce projects, fintech and online sale platforms‘.

I work with Raphael Tay from the firm. He has vast knowledge of the automotive industry and the changes in which the industry is heading.’

Key clients

ORIX Corporation (ORIX)

Chip Eng Seng Corporation Ltd (Singapore)

Malaysian Airline System

(Administrator Appointed)

AEON Credit Service (M)

Intellectual property Tier 2

Both Malaysian and international clients are served by the intellectual property team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Its expertise spans media law, franchising, and licensing as well as patent, and copyright disputes. It undertakes matters such as pursing ex-parte injunctions and other court proceedings through to cases before the Trade Marks Office. It counts Samsung, McDonald’s and Apple among its client base. In particular, it recently focused its efforts on concluding a case for Philip Morris where it successfully prevented infringing goods from leaving Malaysian waters. Eunice Chan Wei Lynn and Chew Yi Hsien are the key names to note. Bahari Yeow Tien Hong and Zhi Jian Lim have departed for Gan Partnership.


LHAG’s IP team are proactive, clear and to the point in their advice‘.

The team is resourceful and always trying to comply with our needs and queries. Easy to work with, very professional and clear communicators. They are knowledgeable and also give practical and applicable solutions‘.

Eunice Chan is readily available: always willing to help, listen, digest and think from the perspective of her clients‘.

Partners are easily contactable even beyond normal working hours in urgent business needs, particularly Eunice Chan Wei Lyn. The Associates are very helpful and provide a fast response, in particular Chew Yi Hsien‘.

The whole IP team are always available whenever we need them especially the partner, Ms Eunice Chan Wei Lynn and Ms Chew Yi Hsien. The stand out quality in this firm is their quick response and the ability to reach them. They are accessible anywhere and everywhere. Its not just the junior associate but the partners are also around to guide us whenever needed‘.

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Philip Morris


Hewlett Packard



Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton


Koch Industries, Inc.

Jardine Matheson

Apex Healthcare Berhad

Asian Football Confederation

Khazanah Nasional Berhad

InvestKL (government agency)

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (PERODUA)

Nirvana Asia Group

Maxis group of companies

Telekom Malaysia

Tax Tier 2

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's practice has a 'great working knowledge of tax affairs in Malaysia.' The group advises on tax audits, transfer pricing cases and disputes. Co-team lead Nitin Nadkarni is notable for his dual tax advisory and tax disputes experience, having worked in the area for over two decades. He is active in multiple industries and several jurisdictions including Korea, Vietnam and Singapore. Jason Tan Jia Xin has appeared before all the courts of Malaysia on anti-dumping cases and tax appeals.


‘Team has a great working knowledge of tax affairs in Malaysia.’

‘Advice provided is succinct and commercially pitched with recommendations.’

‘Deep, practical knowledge of tax laws and able to provide practical recommendations. Advice and guidance provided in a very timely manner, highly approachable.’

Key clients

OSIM (M) Sdn Bhd

Mycron Steel Berhad

PGEO Group Sdn Bhd and Wilmar Edible Oils Sdn Bhd (subsidiaries of Wilmar International Limited)

Tower REIT

Malayan Banking Berhad

Sarawak Energy Berhad

NS Bluescope Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Projects and energy Tier 3

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill possesses a broad projects and energy practice, acting on transport infrastructure, mining, energy and chemicals matters. This includes the development and financing of projects. Steven SY Tee leads the department and brings his experience of cross-border financing to projects outside of Malaysia. Having worked at international firms in Singapore and Middle East, he has a comprehensive knowledge of foreign legal markets.

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‘Great understanding of commercial intricacies of the situation and looking for commercial solution. We could rely on the advise in respect to local culture of dealing with matters as well as sound legal advice.’

‘Darshendev Singh has great contacts and knowledge of current legal and project landscape which could be helpful in this area. His experience and commercial outlook were very helpful.’

‘Steven Tee provides very sound legal advice on contractual structure and can recommend for that, especially if novation, assignments, complex contractual structure where various accompanying documents and commitments have to be taken into consideration and aligned with matter at hand. Their teams react very quickly and reliably. In general, I would recommend, if a company wants to get engaged in the local market. Very reliable advice.’

Key clients

Serba Dinamik International Ltd

Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd

MAM Minerals Sdn Bhd

Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Siemens Malaysia)

Malakoff Corporation Berhad

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 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 +603 6208 5859
Banking and insolvency Kumar Kanagasingam +603 6208 5803
Construction Dato' Nitin Nadkarni +603 6208 5866
Corporate, Commercial and Securities Litigation | Commercial Arbitration | Trust, Probate and Administration SM Shanmugam +603 6208 5865
Employment and industrial relations Lim Heng Seng +603 6208 5861
Financial services Cindy Sim Xin Yee +603 6208 5905
Foreign investment Raphael Tay Choon Tien +603 6208 5831
Insurance G Vijay Kumar +603 6208 5870
Intellectual Property Eunice Chan Wei Lynn +603 6208 5872
Islamic finance Megat Hizaini Hassan +603 6208 5863
Mergers and acquisitions Tay Weng Hwee +603 6208 5900
Projects & Construction Steven SY Tee +603 6208 5853
Real estate Bella Chu Chai Yi +603 6208 5887
Regulatory and compliance Adlin Abdul Majid +603 6208 5816
Shipping Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi +603 6208 5852
Tax, SST and customs Jason Tan Jia Xin +603 6208 5873
TMT Adlin Abdul Majid +603 6208 5816
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Shariffullah Abdul Majeed  photo Mr Shariffullah Abdul Majeed Partner
Ms Adlin Abdul Majid  photo Ms Adlin Abdul Majid Partner (Competition, Personal Data Protection, Regulatory and Compliance, ICT).
Ms Keshanivaarini Baskaran  photo Ms Keshanivaarini Baskaran Partner
Ms Eunice Wei Lynn Chan  photo Ms Eunice Wei Lynn Chan Partner (Intellectual Property)
 Oh Sheng Chia  photo Oh Sheng Chia Partner
Mr Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew  photo Mr Andrew Ean Vooi Chiew Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Receivership & Insolvency Practice, Corporate & Commercial, Disputes, Oil…
Ms Bella Chai Yee Chu  photo Ms Bella Chai Yee Chu Partner (Financial Services, M&A, Real Estate)
Mr Megat Hizaini Hassan  photo Mr Megat Hizaini Hassan Partner (Islamic Finance, Financial Services).
Ms Ai Ting Ho  photo Ms Ai Ting Ho Partner
Mr Jack S'ng Hoi photo Mr Jack S'ng Hoi Partner (Banking & Insolvency)
Mr Kumar Kanagasingam  photo Mr Kumar Kanagasingam Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Civil and Commercial, Insolvency).
 G. Vijay Kumar  photo G. Vijay Kumar Partner (Corporate & Commercial Disputes, Insurance).
Dato Thomas ML Lee photo Dato Thomas ML Lee Senior Partner.
Mr Heng Seng Lim  photo Mr Heng Seng Lim Partner (Civil and Commercial Litigation, Employment and Industrial Relations).
Mr CK Lung  photo Mr CK Lung Partner
Dato Aznam Mansor  photo Dato Aznam Mansor Partner (Private Clients)
Mr Chung Seng Mong  photo Mr Chung Seng Mong Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Shipping).
Dato Nitin Nadkarni  photo Dato Nitin Nadkarni Partner (Arbitration, Building and Construction, Defamation, Energy, Oil & Gas and Natural Resources).
Ms Aniza Osman  photo Ms Aniza Osman Resident Partner (Corporate & Commercial, Banking & Finance).
Ms Shaleni R. Anpualagan  photo Ms Shaleni R. Anpualagan Partner
Mr Lambert Rasa-Ratnam  photo Mr Lambert Rasa-Ratnam Partner (Administrative law, Arbitration, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Securities Litigation,…
Mr Shanmugam SM  photo Mr Shanmugam SM Partner (Corporate, Commercial and Securities Litigation | Commercial Arbitration | Trust, Probate…
 Cindy Xin Yee Sim  photo Cindy Xin Yee Sim Partner
 Amardeep Singh photo Amardeep Singh Partner
Mr Darshendev Singh  photo Mr Darshendev Singh Partner (Construction)
Mr Weng Hwee Tay  photo Mr Weng Hwee Tay Partner (Financial Services, Banking & Finance, Corporate Finance, Energy, Oil & Gas,…
Mr Raphael Tay  photo Mr Raphael Tay Partner
 Steven Sy Tee photo Steven Sy Tee Partner (Projects & Construction)
Ms Wai Sum Teo  photo Ms Wai Sum Teo Partner
 Crystal Wai Chin Wong  photo Crystal Wai Chin Wong Partner
 Jason Tan Jia Xin photo Jason Tan Jia Xin Partner
 Sean Huang-Meng Yeow  photo Sean Huang-Meng Yeow Partner (Banking & Insolvency, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Insolvency).
Number of partners : 32
Number of consultant : 1
Number of lawyers : 92
Other employees : 126
Bahasa Malaysia
Contacts : Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi (
Contacts : Datuk Aznam Mansor (
Contacts : Kumar Kanagasingam (

CLIENT: Ms Teo Kea Syn (Director)


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.”