Zain & Co




Founded in 1970 by Zain Azahari Zainal Abidin, full-service firm Zain & Co is actively involved in many transactions and projects in the country. It has a diverse corporate and banking and finance practice, assisting clients on a range of M&A, private equity and financing mandates. The firm is also well versed in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Salwah Abdul Shukor is a key corporate partner at the firm. Since 2018, the firm is a member of Dentons and has access to its support network across 170 locations in over 70 countries.

Client feedback

“Zain & Co is reactive, flexible, and efficient which makes it the perfect firm for international clients.” – Banking and finance

“The senior partner and team are always reachable, the advice given is clear and easily understood. It can be seen that the firm really cares about protecting its client's interests.” – Construction

“They were astute, highly strategic and very approachable.” – Dispute resolution

“Zain & Co provides comprehensive legal advice. They are extremely prompt and provide practical legal advice. They take the time to understand the client's business model and practical concerns and needs before giving the legal advice. They are subject matter experts and have always been our go-to legal advisor in the country. Very reasonable and competitive legal fees.” – Labour and employment

“Good knowledge in PE/VC related laws.” – Private equity

Sharmini Durai

“She provides very practical legal advice and is extremely responsive. She has strong knowledge of the law, industry and the client's business.”

Sze Ngiam (Pauline) Poi

“Responsive, knowledgeable and speedy.”

Vatsala Ratnasabapathy

“Very fluent in the field of law, able to strategise and advise in the best interest of the client.”

“Vatsala Ratnasabapathy is one astute strategist with strong ability to bridge the technical/commercial elements and the legal aspects behind every issue in achieving the best possible outcomes. She would actively engage with our relevant business units and each issue would be presented in a big picture with myriad of options and the expected (legal and commercial) consequences of each, which then helped to facilitate our decision-making process. The experience she has and the way she managed our issues exuded confidence that we were in good hands, and in most (if not all) instances, resulted in favourable outcomes to us. She made sure that every other aspect of the dispute is well taken care of -from being responsive and attentive to queries and providing regular and timely updates that helped us to apprise our management and obtain relevant decisions expeditiously. Without hesitation, she is perhaps the best construction and dispute resolution lawyer in town that provides the combination of excellent legal solutions as well as great customer experience.”

“Vatsala Ratnasabapathy quickly understood the complex issues at hand and provided exemplary advice in the various disputes. She has a deep wealth of knowledge and an ability to resolve urgent matters effectively. Her ability to see many steps ahead was incredibly impressive, problems that would have otherwise arisen were nipped straightaway in the bud. In summary, I found her to be indisputably the best litigation lawyer in Malaysia.”

“Senior counsel Vatsala Ratnasabapathy's positive attributes are that she was extremely quick to grasp complex concepts that arose and was able to give the best possible advice in the various disputes. Her knowledge base is vast, which resulted in a quick and efficient resolution of urgent matters. She is able to pre-empt problems by seeing the various potential outcomes and taking action before any problems actually arose. She is the best litigation lawyer I have had the good fortune to deal with.”

“She is hardworking and an experienced lawyer. She articulates the legal position and facts well in the submission with her experiences and knowledge on the subject matter.”

Anita Sockalingam

“Anita Sockalingam is a very competent and reactive professional. She was always responsive and available. She took the time to explain the specificities of Malaysian law. She goes the extra mile for her clients, and this had a positive impact on the outcome of our case.”

Intellectual property

Work highlights

Acting on behalf of Straits Interactive in relation to providing advice in respect of securing local registration of their trademark portfolio.

Dispute resolution

Work highlights

Acting for the Malaysian subsidiary of a large Chinese state-owned company in defending a suit brought by the employer of a land reclamation project in the State of Melaka, wherein the employer sought to expunge documents lodged by the client.

Acted for 11 former directors and shareholders of a private company in defending a RM4 million suit filed by the purchaser of their shares.

Key clients

Projek Lintasan Kota, Singapore Airlines, Turnpike Synergy

Banking and finance

Work highlights

Advised THSC Investments and its group of companies in respect of financing facilities from a Malaysian law perspective including the review of Malaysian law security documents.

Advised a Singaporean group of companies involved in crane rentals and specifically the group’s Malaysian obligors in respect of Malaysian law governed security documentation as well as Malaysian law compliance matters in connection with the refinancing of the group’s existing facilities.

Real estate

Work highlights

Advising Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera on its disposal of two thousand parcels of individual apartment units housed in four building towers.