Zain & Co




Established in 1970 by Zain Azahari Zainal Abidin, full-service firm Zain & Co has played an active role in numerous corporate transactions and projects within Malaysia. The firm advises on a diverse range of legal matters covering both corporate and banking and finance work, with clients engaging it for mergers and acquisitions, private equity and financing mandates. The firm has gained considerable expertise in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Managing partner Zainal Azlan Abdul Kadir leads the firm. Since 2018, Zain & Co has also benefited from its membership of Dentons, gaining access to the extensive global network and support provided by one of the world’s largest law firms with a presence in more than 170 locations spanning more than 70 jurisdictions. 

Client feedback 

“Zain & Co is a reputable law firm known for its unwavering commitment to integrity and high ethical principles. All their lawyers embody these core values in their dealings with clients and other legal professionals.” – Dispute resolution 

“Reliable in providing information.” – Intellectual property 

“Proactive, with thorough legal advice.” – Real estate 

“Responsive and sincere.” – Real estate 

Lee Chea Shinh 

“Responsive and patient.” 

Mariza Azen Mat Rasip 

“Proactive, prompt and knowledgeable.” 

Anita Sockalingam 

“Anita is a highly competent and reliable lawyer who conducts thorough research, provides honest assessments on your chances of success, values integrity, and is responsive to clients’ needs.” 

Suet Ying Chen 

“Attentive to requests, and good speed of work.” 

Real estate

Work highlights 

Represented a group of landowners before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court in land reference proceedings. This appeal’s decision affects how much compensation is awarded for severance regarding estate lands. The outcome is important because it determines whether appeals just disputing the High Court’s findings on matters such as how to value the land for compensation or how to calculate severance compensation raise legal questions worthy of appeal, in view of the proviso to section 49(1) of the Land Acquisition Act 1960. 

Advised an affiliate of internet technology firm Sea and e-commerce company Shopee, as anchor licensee/co-locator of a three-storey data centre to be developed by YTL Power International Group with construction value of about RM1.5 billion ($323 million). The legal documents had challenges related to IT issues. YTL Group will build a data centre that the client will occupy as anchor tenant. The data centre will be part of Malaysia’s first large data centre campus, called the YTL Green Data Center Park in Kulai, Johor. It will be powered by on-site solar energy and use sustainable design to achieve high efficiency. 

Key clients 

Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera, PNB Merdeka Retail Mall, Seriemas Development