Shearn Delamore & Co

Malaysia

Analysis

Overview

Shearn Delamore & Co is respected for its strength in advising clients from the financial services, energy, real estate and technology sectors. The firm comprises of renowned practice groups with exceptional capabilities across a whole range of practice areas including banking, corporate and M&A, construction, employment, intellectual property, competition and tax. Key individuals include Anand Raj for competition and tax, Grace Yeoh for corporate and M&A, Rabindra Nathan for dispute resolution, Karen Abraham for IP, Sivabalah Nadarajah for employment and Ka Im Goh for tax.

Client feedback

“Competence as well as the breadth and depth of ability in the firm. The lawyers that we deal with are good at keeping us briefed/updated and responsive.” – Competition/antitrust

“Ability to identify crucial issues and providing workable solutions to address such issues to the mutual benefit of both parties leading to the successful completion of the acquisition.” – Corporate and M&A

“Experienced senior partners. Thorough and very detailed. Sound and sensible legal advice after digesting the documents and exhibits presented as evidence. Very few errors in the production documents with well written arguments in the contents.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick response and accurate in advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Delivers consistently good service, which brings depth of local knowledge. Friendly, responsive, enthusiastic, and overall, just great to work with.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide efficient, cost-effective business advice. They are prompt, provide clear and concise legal counsel.  And their rates are extremely reasonable.” – Intellectual property

“Clear legal thinking; good teamwork; proactive; and client friendly.” – Intellectual property

“Shearn Delamore is able to provide a professional legal service.” – Intellectual property

“Accessibility, prompt response and professional advice.” – Intellectual property

“They gave practical advice and sought to think outside of the box.” – Intellectual property

“Respond very quickly to inquiries, advice, review of drafts, clear and easy to understand opinions, provides honest advice on repercussions/weakness and clear strategic advice also. Lawyers are friendly easy to discuss matters and value company's views and opinions also. Accepts all cases regardless of the rank of claimant and a senior lawyer provides the advice, does not delegate to a junior lawyer to do so.” – Labour and employment

“Shearn Delamore & Co provides pragmatic solutions to complex legal issues. Especially on employment matters.” – Labour and employment

“Always on top of the matter and able to provide solutions.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Clear, concise and practical advice, responsive and attentive to needs.” – Tax

“Commercially sensitive solutions and good turnaround time. Good connectivity with other law firms in the region. competitive pricing and quality legal opinion.” – Technology and telecommunications

Karen Abraham

“Karen Abraham is a trail blazer. Vast knowledge, practical and great social skills!”

“Karen is an excellent TM and IP attorney. She is extremely knowledgeable in Malaysian IP law. She is an acknowledged dean of the Malaysian IP Bar. A terrific attorney....”

“Karen is able to provide good insights on enforcement work.”

“She managed the matter well and I felt she was ‘on top of things’. Energetic.”

Rodney Gomez

“Delivers consistently good service, with depth of local knowledge. Friendly, responsive, enthusiastic and overall, just great to work with. Often goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

Datin Jeyanthini

“Patient and a good listener.”

Jimmy Liew

“Attentive, very experienced and has deep knowledge of the law.”

TC (Raymond) Low

“Very experienced, very sound legal knowledge, always quick to revert with advice or comments, always available and very approachable. Pleasant and emphatic.”

Jyeshta Mahendran

“She is accessible, extremely prompt in her responses, professional and very knowledgeable.”

Ned Segaram

“He is proactive and has good knowledge of the facts.”

Indran Shanmuganathan

“Superb advocational skills.”

N Sivabalah

“He explains the position of the law and weighs in the pros and cons before giving his advice on any issues.”

Nicholas Tan

“Quick turnaround time and ability to analyse the issues and providing workable solutions.”

Yoong San (Janet) Toh

“Professional and delivers rapid responses.”

“Experienced IP lawyer with strong commercial acumen.”

Irene Yong

“Clear, concise and practical advice. Responsive and attentive to needs.”

Tax

Work highlights

Acted for Bridgestone Chemical Products in judicial review proceedings instituted before the High Court against the Minister of Finance (MOF) and the Director General of Customs to challenge the MOF’s refusal to grant a remission on sales tax, import duties and goods and services tax, purportedly payable by the company. This case is a landmark case as it established that tax authorities, including Customs, can be compelled to rectify their own errors and to grant the correct exemption even where such errors are vehemently denied.

Key clients

Pulai Springs Resort

Intellectual property

Work highlights

Acted for Hermes International and filed a domain name dispute complaint with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (ADNDRC) sitting at Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).

Acted for Munchy Food Industries on trademark infringement and passing-off. This case restates the principles of law applicable in an action for trademark infringement and passing-off and consequently, reverses a trend of jurisprudence which had been introduced in a few prior cases in the Court of Appeal.

Key clients

Monash University Malaysia, Nippon Paint, Reckitt Benckiser, Sinowaja (Malaysia)

Dispute resolution

Work highlights

Successfully acted for the Malaysian Highway Authority in judicial review proceedings in the Court of Appeal involving a challenge to the construction of a major urban highway and the related regulatory framework.

Representing Muehlbauer Technologies in defending proceedings for the enforcement of a RM140 million Indonesian judgment debt.

Acting for a public listed company in resisting an oppression suit filed by a dissenting shareholder who objected to a proposed merger to be undertaken by the public listed company.

Key clients

TMF Trustees Malaysia

Restructuring and insolvency

Work highlights

Acting as the Malaysian legal advisors for Malaysia Aviation Group in its group-wide restructuring exercise, which involves an English scheme of arrangement proceeding, and bilateral restructurings of key liabilities governed under the UK, Malaysian and other foreign laws.

Corporate and M&A

Work highlights

Acted as local counsel for Virtuozzo, a global leader in high efficiency virtualisation and hyperconverged software solutions, on its acquisition of OnApp, including advising on local corporate and employment issues related to the Malaysian subsidiary of OnApp.

Acted as the Malaysian counsel of Storskogen Schweiz in connection with its proposed acquisition of LNS Holding, a global market leader within automation peripherals and services based in Orvin, Switzerland.

Key clients

Jentayu Sustainables, Linatex Rubber Products, Scientex

Competition/antitrust

Work highlights

Assisted an international airline company in filing a notice and application for an anticipated merger in what is considered to be the first merger control notification case under the new Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015.

Key clients

Pacific & Orient Insurance, Shopee Mobile Services

Banking and finance

Work highlights

Acted as Malaysian counsel for the lenders in respect of a green term loan facility granted to South Beach Consortium, a joint venture between City Developments (CDL) and IOI Properties Group, one of Malaysia’s leading property developers and listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia, whereby the proceeds from the green loan will be used for the refinancing of the South Beach development in alignment with CDL's sustainable finance framework.

Key clients

Malaysia Aviation Group

Shipping

Work highlights

Retained by the International Transport Workers’ Federation which is assisting the 202 members of the crew of the Panama flagged vessel, Oriental Dragon. The firm advised and provided representation of the crew in recovering their wages, which are in excess of $1.2million.

Technology and telecommunications

Work highlights

Acting for Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia) in the negotiation and drafting of various agreements with all its selected vendors, relating to the development of a cloud-based digital bank, which also involved the outsourcing by the bank of various functions concerning the digital bank’s operations.