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MahWengKwai & Associates

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

MahWengKwai & Associates‘ real estate practice group stands out for its experience in property litigation, regularly representing clients in land acquisition, ownership and possession, property fraud and breach of contract disputes. Raymond Mah is the key name here. Christine Toh  concentrates on construction adjudication, arbitration and litigation. On the transactional side, Sarah Kambali focuses on real estate deals, with a strong suit in Shariah compliance and in conveyancing.

Key clients

Esstar Vision Sdn Bhd

Industrial Concrete Products Sdn Bhd

Bersatu Freight Agency Sdn Bhd

Triune Sdn Bhd

Ong Sooi Li & Ong Chu Yew

Mikail bin Muhammad Azman Busst

MD Yaakob bin MD Shariff

Lim Eng Bian & Chong Lee Lee

Azmil Mohd Said

Azimah binti Awang Teh

Binasat Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bersatu Freight Agency Sdn Bhd on a Perfection of Transfer for its unit of double-storey shop-office, which has a value of RM2,708,000.00.
  • Represented Esstar Vision in a dispute relating to the damages suffered arising from the contractor’s unlawful termination.

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 3

MahWengKwai & Associates‘ dispute resolution group is best known for handling real estate and construction disputes, encompassing adjudications, arbitration proceedings and litigation. Other areas of work include debt recovery claims, banking litigation and commercial disputes. Raymond Mah , Gan Chong Chieh and Hannah Patrick  jointly head up the practice.


‘They have been very contactable during this period. Even though the legal case has dragged on for more than four years, the team has still been following on closely. It is also interesting to note that they allow payment in cryptocurrencies.’

‘They are very attentive and use personal means such as WhatsApp to communicate and call. They are highly responsive as well, so any changes and updates are prompt.’

Key clients

Muhamad Nazri Bin Muhamad

R. Yogeswari a/p R. Raman

Zurich General Insurance Malaysia Berhad

Tang Seng Cheong & Tang Sau Yin

Metropolitan Square Joint Management Body

Sime Darby Property Berhad

Wong Jie Min, Adrian, Wong Kum Chee, Heng Ah Meng, Yu Ching Leong, Heng Ah Choon, Heng Ah Aa

Manjaria Sdn Bhd

WEA Engineers & Associates Sdn Bhd

Leong Wai Cheong & Leong Kuen Wai

Industrial Concrete Products Sdn Bhd

SKA Technology Sdn Bhd

Dato Chong Chim Tiong

Linde Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented Muhamad Nazri Bin Muhamad against JMB Menara Rajawali for a declaration that the JMB is required to determine and fix only a single rate of maintenance charges applicable for all types of parcels.
  • Advised and represented Zurich General Insurance Malaysia Berhad in various claims brought by the insured.
  • Advised and represented Industrial Concrete Products Sdn Bhd in complex and high value claims.

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 4

MahWengKwai & Associates is best known for acquisition financing and for lending involving property agreements, advising both financial institutions and potential project purchasers. Practice head Sarah Kambali focuses on real estate financing and transactions, including Syriah-compliant real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Maybank Islamic Berhad

Hong Leong Bank Berhad

CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad

Public Bank Berhad

Bersatu Freight Agency Sdn Bhd

Lim Eng Bian & Chong Lee Lee

Wong Fui Khet & Chong Kok Khean

Lim Shieng Yee

Michelle Phang Hui Min

Work highlights

  • Advised Maybank Islamic Berhad on the perfection of charge regarding a multipurpose building.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 4

Raymond Mah heads the employment law and industrial relations department at MahWengKwai & Associates and is regularly instructed on employment disputes. The team launched its employment law consultation retainer which offers advice and consultation to businesses and employers, particularly in the employment and human resource aspects. The team represents both employers and employees. senior associate Diana Cheak is also a name to note.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CAPS Australia (M) Sdn Bhd

New Zealand Unlimited Restaurants Sdn Bhd

Karcher Cleaning Systems Sdn Bhd

ASSA Abloy Opening Solutions Sdn Bhd

Paktor Pte Ltd, Singapore

Paktor MY Sdn Bhd

Ebona Trading Sdn Bhd

Arnaud Henri Claude Lobry v Crisplant (M) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Representing CAPS Australia (M) Sdn Bhd in the Industrial Court to oppose an unfair dismissal claim commenced by a former employee.
  • Acting for New Zealand Unlimited Restaurants Sdn Bhd in the Industrial Court to oppose an unfair dismissal claim brought by a former employee.
  • Representing a French national, in a constructive dismissal claim against a French company in Malaysia.

Who we are: MahWengKwai & Associates is a leading law firm of advocates and solicitors. We are committed to delivering efficient and effective legal solutions to our clients.

We are an energetic team of lawyers and support staff who are passionate about our work, building lasting relationships with our clients and exceeding their expectations.

We focus on getting to the heart of our clients’ needs to deliver legal services at the highest standards.

At MahWengKwai & Associates, we take pride in offering our clients legal services at the highest standards, including dispute resolution, corporate, commercial and conveyancing. Our purpose driven and personalised approach to legal practice ensures that clients benefit from a close working relationship with our lawyers. We recognize that understanding our clients’ needs and priorities allow us to better assist our clients achieve their goals.

History: MahWengKwai & Associates was established in Kuala Lumpur by Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai in 1985 after 12 years in the Judicial and Legal Services. Dato’ Mah built a strong reputation for civil and corporate litigation, arbitration and criminal matters. Years of dedication to the profession saw Dato’ Mah become President of the Malaysian Bar (2001-2003) and subsequently President of LAWASIA (2006-2008).

Raymond Mah joined the firm as an associate in 2005 made partner in 2008. Dato’ Mah resigned from the firm in 2010, allowing the growth and development of the firm to continue under the leadership of Raymond Mah, the firm’s present managing partner. Raymond also heads the Dispute Resolution and Corporate departments.

Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai was appointed to the High Court as a Judicial Commissioner in 2010. He was confirmed as a High Court Judge in 2011 and elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2012. Dato’ Mah returned to the firm as a consultant after his retirement from the judiciary in February 2015.

The MWKA team has grown and continues to grow from strength to strength over the years, with its present team of 50 persons, including 23 lawyers.

Values and character: Our lawyers and staff work in an atmosphere of respect, for each other and for our clients. We deal with a sense of fairness, always remembering to treat our colleagues and our clients the way we want to be treated.

We believe in our people and are confident of their commitment for our firm, our work and our clients. And we make our words count by doing what we say we are going to do.

We are guided in the decisions we make by our 5 core values:

  • Integrity and justice
  • Effective and efficient solutions
  • Love and respect for one another
  • Continuous improvement
  • Profitable and sustainable growth
Dispute resolution Dato' Mah Weng 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Raymond 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families, Real Esate Sarah 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Gan Chong 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Individuals & Families Christine 2702
Corporate advisory Cassandra Nicole 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate Hannah 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Diana 2702
Dispute resolution, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families John 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate Denise 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Individuals & Families Prisilla 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Individuals & Families Vivien 2702
Dispute resolution, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Jasmine 2702
Dispute resolution, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Eric 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Janessa 2702
Corporate, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR) Marcus 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Anis binti Mohd 2702
Dispute resolution, Corporate Wong Sue 2702
Corporate advisory Tommy 2702
Technology & eSports, Media, Entertainment & Sports Lesley 2702
Corporate advisory Felicia 2702
Dispute resolution, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Wong Chee 2702
Dispute resolution, Employment / Industrial Relations (IR), Individuals & Families Karmen 2702
Number of lawyers : 23
Management & Support : 18
Bahasa Melayu
League of Lawyers
LAWASIA (The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific)

CLIENT: Mr Ngian Siew Siong
TESTIMONIAL: “I am very pleased and impressed with MWKA’s services, professionalism and expertise. MWKA’s success in the defence of my case is excellent news to me. What a relief! My deepest appreciation to John Chan assisted by Wong Chee En and under the supervision and advice of Raymond Mah for their excellent handling of my case. I highly recommend MWKA to anyone in need of legal services and assistance. Thank you again and forever.”

CLIENT: Hijjas Sow bin Suhaimi Sow
COMPANY/FIRM: Sansico Industries Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: “I always have a great experience with my engagement of MahWengKwai & Associates for their legal services. I have sought their legal advice on various occasions and they have always come back with very sound and prompt advice which I value. When needed, their lawyers, particularly Cassandra Thomazios and Tommy Wong in my matter, are able to assist with great urgency, which is a great attribute to rely on when you are looking to close a prospective business deal. I appreciate the fact that I am able to count on MahWengKwai & Associates to get the job done.”

CLIENT: Same Skies 
TESTIMONIAL: “We are a non-profit organisation, and MahWengKwai & Associates offered their support on a pro-bono basis for which we are profoundly grateful. Ms Janessa Kok was in charge of assisting and advising us in all of our legal matters involving the refugees’ right to work and our organisation’s volunteer program. We find the services provided by MahWengKwai & Associates very professional and helpful. Thank you.”

CLIENT: Wong Hoi Chen
COMPANY/FIRM: Omitech Road Systems (M) Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: I would like to extend my gratitude towards MahWengKwai & Associates for their insightful Online Talk sessions. In relation to the provision of their legal services, I would like to highlight the efficiency, professionalism and continuous effort of Ms Cassandra Nicole Thomazios and Mr Tommy Wong in advising us and attending to our requests. Thumbs up to the lawyers and MWKA definitely has my recommendation.

CLIENT: Ann Quah
COMPANY/FIRM: Mulia Property Development Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: “Mr Raymond Mah and his team of lawyers, Ms Cassandra Thomazios and Mr Tommy Wong, have demonstrated their commitment to providing exceptional client-focused legal services. His team of lawyers are accessible and very responsive to our needs and have provided us with solid legal advice. They work to ensure that the scope of their legal services stay consistent with our expectations and budget. We value our relationship with MahWengKwai & Associates and would be happy to recommend them.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Estate of Tan Bok Yin
TESTIMONIAL: “Having MahWengKwai & Associates for any public law litigation is a must, especially in a David and Goliath fight when the State armed itself with  the full might of the government apparatuses. Raymond Mah, Denise and Vivien together with their assistants went into the lion’s den, armored only with Rule of Law, powerful pleadings and determination were able to wrestle numerous victories at the appellate courts. Bravo and thank you.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Pristine Power Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: In my ongoing acrimonious and convoluted land acquisition exercise with a highway concessionaire, MWKA provided expert, comprehensive, professional, holistic and proactive legal advice. Along the way, I was updated in a timely manner and Ms Denise Phang & the team are patient, thorough and efficient in responding to my queries. I am very satisfied and happy with MWKA services, reasonable fee structure and would highly recommend MWKA to all my friends.

TESTIMONIAL: We would like to extend our utmost appreciation towards the team of MWKA, especially Christine Toh and Vivien Fan, for the professional legal services offered. Christine is well-versed with the law and thorough in her research. We are impressed with her ability to map complex issues, layout alternatives and explaining each alternative to us patiently for our consideration. With her auditing background, she is practical and aims to resolve conflicts to our best interest. We highly recommend Christine and her team if you are looking for lawyers with good commercial sense.

COMPANY/FIRM: Esstar Vision Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: “We are pleased with the legal services rendered by the lawyers in MahWengKwai & Associates. Their lawyers, particularly Christine Toh and Vivien Fan in my matter, are extremely committed and dedicated. Not only is she knowledgeable, but we are also impressed with how well Christine could articulate and convince the judge on complex accounting and construction issues. I would recommend anyone for their professional legal services.”

CLIENT: Ms Loo Suet Ying
COMPANY/FIRM: Steel-Point Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: “We are incredibly pleased with the professionalism and expertise of the lawyers in MahWengKwai & Associates. They have successfully recovered our long-outstanding fees from one of our former business partners. We appreciate every effort that the team puts in for our case. In particular, Ms Prisilla Chong and Ms Fung Kar Men who patiently answered all our queries and walked us through the legal process involved. We would recommend MahWengKwai & Associates to anyone for their professional services.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Lexie Knowles 
TESTIMONIAL: “We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to MahWengKwai & Associates who we have engaged for the adoption of our little girl. Despite the obstacles and hurdles faced, Jasmine Wong was very efficient and professional in advising and assisting us. We highly recommend Jasmine and MWKA for their professional legal services.”

TESTIMONIAL: “Anis was incredibly supportive and empathetic to my situation and helped me significantly in managing my way through the MCO legal process. She put up with my stupid questions and was always patient and understanding in answering them whilst helping me understand the legal and police processes behind decisions. I am very grateful for her support, especially as I don’t speak bahasa melayu and her advice to my wife obviously paid off. Terima kasih!”

COMPANY/FIRM: Perunding ACE Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: “We had the pleasure of engaging the services of MWKA to better understand the legal aspects of running our professional consultancy business, and we were given good and helpful advice. We want to extend our appreciation to John Chan and Janessa Kok whom we found most helpful and they go out of the way to make our engagement a pleasant one indeed. Thanks and keep up the good work.”

CLIENT: Ms Carol Lim
COMPANY/FIRM: Checkereit Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: “I was very fortunate to have retained the excellent services of MWKA and through them, Sarah Kambali, when dealing with our purchase of a property and what should have been a routine SPA. Although a reputable firm was representing the seller, Sarah’s counterpart was inexperienced and unfamiliar with the simple process. Without Sarah’s assistance, I expect that we would have had to spend a lot more time to finalise the SPA. Further, the seller had tried to renegotiate on terms agreed in the Letter of Offer, but Sarah had very firmly quashed this nonsense. I felt that I was in good hands during the whole time with Raymond and Sarah. ”

COMPANY/FIRM: Wiko Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: “Our company is Wiko Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd. We are carrying on the trading business by offering mobile devices and accessories with innovative design, artwork and technology from France. Our company would like to thank the team of MWKA, specifically Jasmine Wong, Diana Cheak and John Chan for helping our company in our employment matter. They are very professional and efficient in handling our legal case, and have shown great professionalism throughout. They are also easily accessible and very accommodative to their client’s needs. We will recommend MWKA to other clients that need the relevant services in the near future.”