Raja Darryl & Loh

Malaysia

Analysis

Overview

Raja Darryl & Loh is frequently sought out by technology start-ups and other established companies for its extensive expertise in financial technology and digital banking. It is also experienced in various transactions including aviation finance, M&A, joint ventures and equity capital markets. With its robust disputes practice, the firm is active in various contentious matters, including antitrust, construction, employment and tax cases. Phye Keat ChewChoon Hon LengRaja Eileen SorayaRavindra Kumar RengasamyVijey Mohana Krishnan and Tong Lai Ling are recommended for competition, construction, dispute resolution, employment, tax and technology, respectively.

Client feedback 

The lawyers are very professional in advising the embedded risk of our project contract conditions. – Infrastructure 

Partners are accessible, sound knowledge and good for straightforward construction disputes. – Dispute resolution  

Deep knowledge in the area. – Intellectual property 

Provides commercial and practical solutions. Strong partner oversight and direct engagement by partners in all mattersGood communication and easy access to partners and lawyers. – Intellectual property 

The firm was very responsive as well as very good value for money. The personnel I interacted with were professional and clear in their understanding (or not) of the subject matter. I fully appreciated the amount of prep work they put in before each call, which meant that I felt like my time was well spent. They were also not afraid to ask for clarifications to ensure a full understanding of their client and client's needs. – Technology and telecommunications 

Hon Leng Choon 

Very positive and we are satisfied with his service. 

Shirley Hor 

Accessible, sound knowledge. 

Yvonne Ong 

Provides commercial and pragmatic solutions. Good communications. 

Lai Ling Tong 

Very personable. Able to articulate a client's concerns well and provide practical options to solve problems. 

 
Tax

Work highlights 

Acted successfully for a client in proceedings for judicial review of the decision of the Minister of Finance to direct the Director-General of Customs to issue a bill of demand to collect goods and services tax on service that was in fact zero-rated.

 
Labour and employment

Work highlights 

Successfully defended a company against an unfair dismissal claim filed by its employeeThis case reaffirmed that acts of dishonesty by an employee are adequate grounds for dismissal. 

 
Intellectual property

Work highlights 

Successfully defended a client in opposition proceedings against the client’s trademark application and secured registration of the trademark. 

 
Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Successfully represented two medical practitioners who were sued for medical negligence by the husband of a pregnant patient who passed away. 

Defended a bank in the high court and Court of Appeal against a claim for unjust enrichment.

 
Restructuring and insolvency

Work highlights 

Represented aircraft lessors in the restructuring proceedings of Air Asia X under section 366 of the Companies Act 2016 

Acted on the restructuring of the Malaysia Aviation Group and its subsidiaries Malaysia Airlines and MAB Leasing.

 
Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised on the disposal by NYSE-listed leading party goods company its international business to a private equity firm for a total transaction value of approximately $59 million 

Advised Hotel Royal on the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities belonging to the Royale Chulan Bukit Bintang Hotel. 

 
Competition/antitrust

Work highlights 

Advised four insurers involved in motor insurance products in an appeal against the final decision issued by the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) against Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysiathe national trade association of all licensed direct and reinsurance companies for general insurance in Malaysia, and 22 general insurersThe ultimate decision will have an impact on the business of all insurance companies.

 
Banking and finance

Work highlights 

Advised a bank that granted an unsecured revolving credit facility of $300 million to a public-listed Malaysian government-linked company. 

 
Construction

Work highlights 

Defending a contractor in an arbitration arising out of an explosion during construction. 

Acting for the respondent in an arbitration arising from a concession agreement relating to the privatisation of the development of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport-2 Integrated Complex.

 
Technology and telecommunications

Work highlights 

Advised a technology company in its master services agreement with the Government of Malaysia. The agreement is part of the government’s MyDigital project which is significant in the scale of the project as a majority of government agencies in Malaysia will be required to procure managed services from its client based on the agreement.