Malaysia’s Skrine builds Islamic finance capabilities with partner duo

BY Aparna Sai |

Malaysian law firm Skrine has hired Islamic finance lawyers Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff and Hafidah Aman Hashim as partners in Kuala Lumpur from Mohamed Ridza & Co.

State of the Market: Malaysia

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

The COVID-19 pandemic overshadowed some of the year’s biggest events and set well-laid plans into a tailspin. Now, on the brink of a new year, as economies look to open up, the focus is firmly on the future.

State of the Market: Hong Kong and Singapore

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As a pandemic year winds to a close, businesses in Asia are hopeful that 2021 will be a year of recovery and possibility. With a vaccine on the horizon and talk of borders reopening, the picture is remarkably brighter than it was just a few months ago.

Malaysia's Wong & Partners adds real estate partner from Zul Rafique

BY Aparna Sai |

Wong & Partners, a member of the Baker McKenzie network, has hired Ai Leen Tang as a partner in Kuala Lumpur from local competitor Zul Rafique & Partners, where she headed the corporate real estate practice group.

ALB Conversations: Hooi Bien Chuah, head of legal, Lazada Malaysia

BY Aparna Sai |

Hooi Bien Chuah talks to ALB about how the legal team supported Lazada Malaysia’s launch of new initiatives in the e-commerce market, and why working for causes greater than oneself can make work “super meaningful and motivating.”

ZICO, CC, ASL involved in Axiata’s landmark $1.5 bln issuance

BY Aparna Sai |

Zaid Ibrahim & Co has advised Axiata Group, the largest Asian telecommunications group, on its dual offering of $500 million 10-year trust certificates and $1 billion 30-year senior notes, with Clifford Chance and Adnan, Sundra & Low representing the arrangers and the bookrunners.

7th Malaysia Law Awards: ALB’s first virtual awards a real success

BY Aparna Sai |

With COVID-19 making in-person events difficult, the 7th annual ALB Malaysia Law Awards was a virtual one, making it ALB’s first-ever online awards ceremony. However despite the obstacles, it turned out to be a roaring success.

Malaysia Rising Stars 2020

BY Aparna Sai, Asian Legal Business |

Young lawyers are making great strides in Malaysia’s legal industry as they work on various complex matters. ALB profiles six such lawyers from the Malaysian legal market who have made an impact in the industry.

One-fifth of M’sia lawyers mull ceasing practice due to COVID: survey

BY Aparna Sai |

Some 21 percent of Malaysia’s lawyers are contemplating ceasing practice or closing their law offices due to the impact of the national lockdown instituted as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FINALISTS REVEALED: ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2020

BY Asian Legal Business |

The renowned ALB Malaysia Law Awards is returning for its 7th edition this year, on August 14, with a brand-new format of celebration – virtual awards ceremony. The annual event will continue to give recognition to the outstanding legal practitioners and most significant deals from within and around Malaysia.

KL: Baker McKenzie adds partners from Skrine, Navis Capital

BY Aparna Sai |

Baker McKenzie’s Malaysian member firm Wong & Partners has added two new partners - Lydia Kong and Addy Herg – from investment firm Navis Capital and Skrine, respectively.

CC acts on $457 mln Kyoto hotel sale

BY Aparna Sai |

Clifford Chance has advised Malaysia’s Berjaya Corporation and its subsidiary, Kyoto Higashiyama Hospitality Assets Tokutei Mokuteki Kaisha, on the sale of Four Seasons Hotel & Hotel Residences Kyoto in Japan to Godo Kaisha Tigre for 49 billion yen ($457 million).