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SUITE 33.01, LEVEL 33, THE GARDENS NORTH TOWER, MID VALLEY CITY, LINGKARAN SYED PUTRA, 59200 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
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Work +60 3 2299 3888
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Fax +60 3 2287 1278
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www.rahmatlim.com

Malaysia

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 1

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Especially active in cartel investigations and other abuse of market dominance work, Rahmat Lim & Partners' practice has longstanding antitrust experience in a wide range of sectors. Group head Raymond Yong acted for MyEG Services in its appeal against MyCC's decision to impose a RM2m fine on the company for applying different trading conditions to equivalent transactions. The department also acts for foreign multinationals on a wide range of matters. Senior associate Penny Wong is highly active in competition work.

Leading individuals

Raymond Yong - Rahmat Lim & Partners

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Frequently acting on high-value matters, the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners has niche strengths in fintech, structured finance and derivatives, and is very experienced in handling matters involving different currencies. Kelvin Loh acted for VTTI as borrower on a $650m loan from a group of international financiers, and advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Malaysia and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on their RM1.1bn loan to MFBBCC Retail Mall. 'Thorough' managing partner Azman bin Othman Luk is 'quick to understand business angles', and 'clearly explains issues and addresses concerns'. Group head Wan Kai Chee and maritime and aviation expert Soh Yin Chuin are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Azman bin Othman Luk - Rahmat Lim & Partners

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rahmat Lim & Partners¬†handles securitisation and debt capital markets work, especially for issuers in the energy industry, as well as IPOs, where it has been active in the retail, technology and financial institutions sectors.¬†Zandra Tan¬†acted for Edra Energy on its issuance of RM5.28bn-worth of sukuk under the Wakalah Bi Al-Istithmar principle;¬†Kelvin Loh¬†advised VTTI on its issuance of $260m- and ‚ā¨202m-worth of notes via private placement to foreign investors.¬†Wan Kai Chee¬†heads the group.

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

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Active across a wide range of sectors, Rahmat Lim & Partners' department has deep experience in handling cross-border corporate transactions for high-profile clients. Group head Moy Pui Yee acted for Perennial Real Estate Holdings on a joint venture between Perennial Real Estate Penang and The Light Waterfront, and its ensuing RM403m acquisition of a freehold waterfront site. Jacobs Douwe Egberts and Adventa Capital are also representative clients. Chen Lee Won and Ho Wei Lih are frequently active in the space.

Leading individuals

Chen Lee Won - Rahmat Lim & Partners

Moy Pui Yee - Rahmat Lim & Partners

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Especially strong in litigating for financial institutions and multinational companies, the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners is led by Jack Yow and international arbitrator and construction expert Chong Yee Leong. They are supported by energy and engineering specialists Allen Choong and Kamilah Kasim; Chong Boon Leong, who is almost exclusively dedicated to international arbitration; and corporate and commercial disputes partners Daphne Khoo and Yap Yeow Han. Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Kontron Asia Pacific Design and Network Corporate Finance count among the team's clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rahmat Lim & Partners' practice has been especially busy with anti-counterfeiting work and raids in the last year; its sizeable trade mark registration practice has also developed, and it has handled plenty of transactional IP work. Harley-Davidson U.S.A., MCM Holding and Chanel are anti-counterfeiting clients; group head Pauline Khor advised Fred Perry (Holdings) on a raid on a pop-up store. Sime Darby Plantation is a client on the patent management side.

Leading individuals

Pauline Khor - Rahmat Lim & Partners

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rahmat Lim & Partners' practice is led by Jack Yow, who acted for Kontron Design Manufacturing Services (M) in an unfair dismissal claim filed by its former CFO. He also advised CloudFx Malaysia on an application for judicial review for reduction of back-pay awarded by the Industrial Court. Ranbaxy Malaysia is another client on the contentious side; Grab instructed Yow on a transactional matter.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rahmat Lim & Partners merged its projects practice with its international arbitration team in 2018; it now has five partners doing largely energy- and projects-related work. 'Commercial, strategic' litigator Kamilah Kasim 'understands construction industry norms and gets straight to the point'; she heads the practice jointly with international arbitrator Chong Yee Leong. Kasim also handles non-contentious matters, advising Malaysia Rail Link on its 640km railway line between the Greater Klang Valley and the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia (a project that has since been suspended). Pipelines are another area of deep expertise for the practice. Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Kamilah Kasim - Rahmat Lim & Partners

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Lee Yee Ling heads the practice at Rahmat Lim & Partners, which is very strong in corporate real estate as well as construction. Lee advised Bridge Data Centre Malaysia on its purchase of one million square feet of data centres from Permodalan Nasional. On the corporate side, Ho Wei Lih acted for Tokyu Land on its collaboration with Titijaya Land to subscribe to RM47m-worth of shares in Epoch Property. Amelia Koo and Kamilah Kasim are also singled out.

Leading individuals

Kamilah Kasim - Rahmat Lim & Partners

Lee Yee Ling - Rahmat Lim & Partners

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rahmat Lim & Partners' department acts mostly for banks and other financial institutions on ship finance and other transactional matters. Soh Yin Chuin acted for a syndicate of foreign banks on the registration of mortgage over a vessel, and group head Azman bin Othman Luk advised several Malaysian financial institutions on a debt restructuring that involved various shipbuilding and vessel chartering companies.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Rahmat Lim & Partners

The corporate, commercial and IP work handled by the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners covers a wide range of technology-related matters for very high-profile clients. IP expert Pauline Khor leads the group; she advised a large social media company on its regulatory obligations in light of recent legal changes, and assisted a public transport operator with procuring payment systems.

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