Skrine

Malaysia

Analysis

Overview

With long-standing practices and an established reputation in the market, Skrine maintains robust track record across most practice areas and sectors. The firm’s client base includes state-owned enterpriseand major companies from the TMT, financial services, energy, infrastructure and real estate industriesThe firm is particularly savvy and active in handling cross-border transactions and disputes across the region. Ivan LooJanet Lai Heng LooiWai Hong LeongGuan Huat KhooCharmayne Poh Yin Ong and Selvamalar Alagaratnam are recommended for construction, corporate and M&A, disputes, intellectual property and technologyand employment law, respectively. Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff and Hafidah Aman Hashim, both specialised in banking and finance, joined firm as partners from Mohamed Ridza & Co in December 2020.

Client feedback 

Skrine is well-resourced and professional. It has expertise in many practice areas and thus, is able to provide all-rounded solution for matters you engage them for. The firm is also familiar with the industry.” – Banking and finance 

High level of professionalism and pragmatic. The banking and finance team is very skilled and knowledgeable in this area of practice. The partners and lawyers are always very accessible and respond very quickly to matters. The services provided are of high quality. Charges are reasonable commensurate with quality of work delivered. – Banking and finance 

Efficient, professional and training provided is well-prepared.” – Competition/antitrust 

Skrine handled our cases in a professional and timely manner. The legal advice provided is accurate and thoroughly researched. – Construction 

It has a diverse team in nearly every area of law. The team is very energetic, young and responsive.” – Construction 

Good knowledge of the CIPAA 2012 and was able to advise on the critical essentials so as to file a proper and valid claim.” – Construction 

Always available, very responsive. Understands the client's needs and provides straight-to-the-point advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Pro-active and responds in a timely manner. Cost-effective whilst providing sound and effective advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Responsive, professional and reputable.” – Dispute resolution 

Solid technical expertise and experience coupled with effective tactical plan.”  Dispute resolution 

Professional and knowledgeable in the energy sector. Response timely.” – Energy  

Technically very sound and responsive.  Professional, accessible, reliable and commercial. It is resourceful and is able to cover wide spectrum of work. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Fariz Abdul Aziz 

Deep industry and country knowledge. Provides straight-to-the-point advice. Prepared to offer pragmatic solutions. Always available. Very responsive despite time difference. 

Claudia Cheah 

Cheah always puts her client's needs first. She attends to feedbacks immediately. We can trust her with our legal matters as she will ensure to address all obstacles.” 

She thinks out of the box and gives commercially sound and practical advice. She is very quick in her response time and highly dependable. She has great communication skills and very approachable. 

Jillian Chia 

Chia is very responsive and understands how demanding our clients are. She is able to work well in meeting the deadlines, which are sometimes quite unreasonable of clients. 

Richard Khoo 

Responsive and knowledgeable.” 

Ashok Kumar Mahadev Ranai 

He is not only a very reliable, efficient and trustworthy solicitor, but he also works with highest integrity for as long as I have worked with him. He also takes good care of his wellbeing as to be able to provide fast and spot on legal advice for our company whenever he is called upon to do so. 

Jocelyn Lim 

She is a competent and dedicated lawyer. Knows her stuff but at the same time not afraid to admit the need to undertake further research before providing her opinion on certain matters.” 

Quick in response and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.” 

Solid technical advice and strategy.” 

Vijay Raj 

He is very proactive and knowledgeable. Provides creative solutions to client's problem. 

Shi Wen Tan 

Proactive and knowledgeable. Willing to go the extra mile to get things done. 

Friendly and efficientAble to provide information for difficult inquires. 

Chee Lin Wong 

Technically very sound and clear on legal issues. Responsive and charge reasonably.”

 
Labour and employment

Work highlights 

Successfully acted for Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia in a lawsuit brought by its former employee over a breach of contract. 

Acted for DNV GL International, a global quality assurance and risk management company, in a claim of constructive dismissal brought by its former country manager at the Industrial Court 

Key clients 

MISCNexperiaPetroleum Geo-Services Exploration 

 
Intellectual property

Work highlights 

Represented Maxsilin Products in trademark enforcement actions in response to counterfeit rubber glove products. 

Key clients 

Kino BrandsPassion TradingPirelli & CRadical Galaxy

 
Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Representing the Customs and Tax Administration of the Kingdom of Denmark in a civil suit against multiple Malaysian entities and its officers to recover approximately RM1 billion. This matter has been described as the largest tax fraud in Denmark. 

Acted for Habib Jewels in a criminal forfeiture action filed by the Public Prosecutor for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for monies allegedly linked to the Malaysia Development scandal. 

Successfully represented Keller in resisting an appeal at the Federal Court in relation to the law on lifting and piercing of corporate veil. This case is important because it is the first decision made by the apex court to examine Lord Sumption’s concealment and evasion principles in Prest and its application in Malaysia.   

Key clients 

KPMG, Maybank IslamicPengurusan Air SelangorPTD 

 
Restructuring and insolvency

Work highlights 

Represented Malayan Banking in its RM1 billion recovery actions against a group of companies in the shipping industry. 

Key clients 

CIMB BankDeloitte MalaysiaKPMG Deal Advisory

 
Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised BP on its sale of its Malaysian subsidiaries, BP Asia Pacific (Malaysia) and BP Petronas Acetyls, to INEOS. 

Advised Hope Education Group on its acquisition of 100% shares in the Inti Group of Universities and Colleges. The acquisition will help Hope Education Group expand its school network territory and diversify its education services. 

Key clients 

AccentureEkuiti NasionalIngredion, Panasonic Corporation, PCC

 
Competition/antitrust

Work highlights 

Represented AIAAIG Malaysia InsuranceAXA Affin General Insurance and Zurich Insurance Malaysia in the investigation brought by the MyCC on an agreement to fix the parts trade discount at 25% for six vehicle makes. This matter is the largest fine proposed by the MyCC to date. 

 
Banking and finance

Work highlights 

Acted for CIMB Bank on a RM100 million sustainability-linked loan (SLL) in the form of a revolving credit facility to Sarawak Energy, for its youth education sustainability programmes. 

 
Construction

Work highlights 

Represented Mudajaya Corporation in a series of litigation disputes against Crest Worldwide Resources and its subsidiary companies in relation to civil engineering and building construction. 

Acted for MCC Overseas in a civil lawsuit against Jetson Construction in relation to the construction of high-rise service apartments and a hotel along Jalan Conlay in Kuala Lumpur. 

Acting for B Braun Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of one the world’s leading providers of healthcare products, in an arbitration commenced by Stilmas. 

Key clients 

Petronas Gas