Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Malaysia

Analysis

Overview

Renowned full service law firm, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, has distinguished practices in banking and finance, construction, dispute resolution, employment and tax. It counts many international corporations among its clients, and offers in-depth expertise across various sectors including real estate and technology. The firm had significant departures of senior partners including DP Naban, Rosli Dahlan, Saravana Kumar, Ooi Bee Hong and Ong Eu Jin who set up a new firm called Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership.

Client feedback

“The firm has a great team with research skills, good communication skills and people skills. It provides timely services and embraces technology. It has the ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or assumptions from limited information. It displays a great deal of creativity in its problem-solving and values transparency and accountability to its clients.” – Capital markets

“Provides comprehensive advice by providing the pros and cons of each decision and proposal for the client to decide. Responses to any query is quite fast and efficient. Familiar with the construction industry requirement.” – Construction

“Professional and able to conduct itself well in court.” – Construction

“LHAG is a comprehensive one-stop-shop, so to speak, offering a broad range of services and seamless service between departments. Clients are prioritised and no one task is too big or too small.” – Dispute resolution

“Apart from giving comprehensive legal advice, lawyers of the firm provide practical business solutions, are reachable at all times and most importantly are approachable to explore potential solutions.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent, extremely cooperative, fast responses. Has strong business acumen and industry knowledge. Advice is balanced against commercial considerations, and it displays a great deal of creativity in problem solving. Value for money, great professionalism and a pleasant client experience.” – Dispute resolution

“Spot on advice on legal issues. Fast in response times. Sensitive to our needs.” – Insurance

“Responses are quick to enquiries and it provides very precise advice on actions to take.” – Intellectual property

Eunice Wei Lynn Chan

“We communicate well. Eunice is very helpful with advice and suggestions.”

G Vijay Kumar

“Excellent and has strong business acumen and industry knowledge. Advice is balanced against commercial considerations, displaying a great deal of creativity in problem solving. Value for money, great professionalism and a good client experience. Extremely cooperative, fast responses, and goes the extra mile with intent to always update us on the status of the case as well.”

“Competency and skills. Response times are excellent and there is a sense of urgency.”

SM Shanmugam

“Shan strikes a great balance between his tireless positivity and his sharp pragmatic approach. He is able to cut through complex arguments in order to distil salient points and he, both in and out of court, always gives 100 percent. Further, Shan has demonstrated his ability to work flexibly. Being involved in litigation is often an unhappy matter; however, having a formidable litigator as Shan on your counsel bench is a great source of reassurance.”

“Shan has an excellent team with excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and also people skills. The team provides timely services and embraces technology, and provides value, transparency and accountability to clients. Shan and the team have the ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or assumptions from the limited information provided and received. The team displays a great deal of creativity in problem-solving, by anticipating the possible events or happenings, analysing the positive and negative areas of the case to prepare the same in such a manner that is beneficial, in favour, and taken into consideration for the Supreme Court’s interest.  Shan treats his clients, opponents, courts and witnesses with professionalism and courtesy at all times. He understands the function of the Supreme Court as regulators very well and he acts and performs in accordance with its best interests. It is not easy to be in the regulator’s shoes as it is always subject to criticism and he always maintains a good relationship with the opposite counsel without affecting or disregarding the interest of the Supreme Court.”

Darshendev Singh

“Personalised service and accessible.”

Steven Tee

“Proactive and fast to act upon the client’s instruction.”

Tax
Work highlights

Represented OSIM in its tax appeal against transfer pricing adjustments issued by the Inland Revenue’s director-general. The assessments were made against OSIM on the basis that the various transactions it had entered had not been at arm’s length.

Key clients

Aeon Credit Service, Malayan Banking, Mycron Steel, NS Bluescope Malaysia, PGEO Edible Oils

Labour and employment
Work highlights

Representing the United States of America in a dismissal appeal filed by a former employee of its embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Successfully represented Nova Beta Energy in an unjust dismissal claim at the industrial court brought by its former executive director.

Key clients

CIMB Bank, Novartis Corporation (Malaysia), Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional, Zurich Insurance Malaysia

Intellectual property
Work highlights

Advising Repsol in the breach of a multi-million dollar agreement involving the use of patented non-invasive soundwave diagnostics technology owned by a Russian entity.

Key clients

Apex Healthcare, Apple, Emerico, McDonald’s, Philip Morris, Telekom Malaysia

Corporate and M&A
Work highlights

Acted for ORIX Corporation in respect of the disposal of its subsidiaries, Kuala Synergi and ORIX Hotels International, to Astana Kehijauan and its related parties.

Represented Singapore-based Chip Eng Seng Corporation in its acquisition of Excelsior International School in Malaysia.

Capital markets
Work highlights

Acted for Sabah Credit Corporation on the amendment of the principal terms and conditions to its Islamic commercial papers and medium-term notes programmes.

Key clients

Government of Malaysia, Kenanga Investment Bank

Banking and finance

Work highlights

Advised Hong Kong-based Hang Seng Bank in respect of a $150 million facility agreement to Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group.

Key clients

Maybank Islamic, RHB Bank, Sabah Credit Corporation, Standard Chartered Saadiq

Construction
Work highlights

Representing Sime Darby Ara Damansara Development in a dispute arising out of the proposed construction and completion of 400 apartment units. In the case, 72 individual purchasers allege various breaches, inconveniences and losses incurred as a result of the client’s actions.

Key clients

DKLS Construction, Malakoff Corporation, MCC Overseas, Siemens Malaysia