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 Shook Lin & Bok



Leading Publications Description
IFLR1000 (2018) Ranked Tier 1 for Banking & Finance

Ranked in 3 other practice areas:
– Capital Markets (Tier 2)
– M&A (Tier 2)
– Infrastructure (Tier 3)

3 Lawyers rated as Highly Regarded:
Jalalullail Othman (Banking)
Ivan Ho Yue Chan (M&A)
Hoh Kiat Ching (Banking)


Leading Publications Description
WTR1000 [2017 Edition] Ranked Silver Band (Malaysia)

"Contentious champion Shook Lin & Bok has deep roots in the Malaysian IP arena. With strong ties to the Singaporean market through its regional network, the Kuala Lumpur office is a firm favourite among international brand owners seeking ironclad coverage across Southeast Asia."

Legal 500 (2017 Edition) Top-Tier Firm in 2 practice areas:
– Dispute Resolution
– Intellectual Property

“The ‘excellent’ Shook Lin & Bok ‘goes the extra mile’ for clients from a broad range of industries, notably banking, insurance and engineering.”

Ranked in 6 practice areas:
– Banking & Finance (Tier 2)
– Corporate and M&A (Tier 2)
– Islamic Finance (Tier 2)
– Labour & Employment (Tier 2)
– Tax (Tier 2)
– Real Estate & Construction (Tier 3)

Recommended for:
– Projects & Energy

3 lawyers are listed in the elite Leading Lawyers list:
Lai Wing Yong (retired)
- Banking & Finance
Patricia David Saini (retired)
- Corporate and M&A
Michael Soo
- Intellectual Property
Chambers & Partners (2017 Edition) 2 lawyers listed in Band 1:
Michael Soo
- Intellectual Property
Jalalullail Othman
- Islamic Finance

Ranked in Chambers under 6 categories:
- Banking & Finance (Band 2)

- Banking & Finance: Debt Capital Markets (Band 2)
“Respected practice adroitly handling a wide variety of conventional and Islamic financing and debt matters.”

- Dispute Resolution (Band 2)
“Recognised for its strong banking practice, in addition to its work in the fields of insurance, shipping and general commercial litigation. Its depth of experience makes it an attractive choice for several financial institutions and service providers.”

- Employment & Industrial Relations (Band 2)
“Respected department known for its dedicated bench and for handling both advisory and contentious employment and labour matters”

- Intellectual Property (Band 2)
“Well-established firm, respected in the field for its handling of litigious matters, including significant patent and trade mark disputes, to High Court and Court of Appeal levels.”

- Corporate/M&A (Band 4)
“Long-standing market player with a good reputation for its work advising on foreign investment into the Malaysian market.”
Asialaw Profiles
(2017 Edition)
Outstanding in Construction & Real Estate

Highly Recommended under 4 categories:
- Banking & Finance
- Dispute Resolution & Litigation
- Restructuring & Insolvency
- Labour & Employment

Recommended for Corporate/M&A, Energy & Natural Resources, Insurance, IT, Telco & Media, Project & Infrastructure, Taxation and Financial Services Regulatory.

- Jalalullail Othman named as Leading Lawyer for the areas of Corporate/M&A
- Sudharsanan Thillainathan named as Market-leading Lawyer for the areas of Competition & Antitrust
- Steven Thiruneelakandan named as Market-leading Lawyer for the areas of Labour & Employment
- Yoong Sin Min named as Leading Lawyer for the areas of Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution & Litigation

“Shook Lin & Bok provides clear and concise advice and a high quality of work with minimal work backs,” says one client. The firm is regularly involved in major deals and projects in Malaysia and is well versed in all aspects of construction and engineering work.”

“The team is responsive, meets deadlines and provides invaluable advice,” says one client. “We obtain a good level of service from the firm. They handle our case proactively and their response time is very satisfactory,” adds another client.”
IFLR1000 (2017 Edition) TIER 1 for Banking & Finance

Ranked in IFLR1000 under 3 more areas of practice:
- Capital Markets
- Infrastructure
- M&A

“Shook Lin & Bok has one of Malaysia’s leading finance practices and therefore it is no surprise to find it once again in Tier 1 in this ranking. The firm also has strong practices in the capital markets and M&A areas.”

5 lawyers listed in the elite Leading Lawyers list:
Patricia David Saini (retired)
- Capital Markets, M&A
Jalalullail Othman
- Banking
Ivan Ho
- M&A
Hoh Kiat Ching
- Banking
Lam Ko Luen
- Energy and Infrastructure, Disputes
IFN (2017 Edition) Named winner under IFN Deals of the Year 2016: Perpetual & Regulatory category

Shook Lin & Bok acted as counsels for Mumtaz Rakyat Sukuk Berhad as the issuers in the launch of its maiden Basel III-compliant Tier 2 Subordinate Sukuk Murabahah Programme of up to RM5 billion with a tenure of 20 years.

Lead counsel - Jalalullail Othman (assisted by Ng Lay San)



Leading Publications Description
Asialaw (2016) Malaysia
Ranked Outstanding in Dispute Resolution
Recommended in the following practice areas:
– Energy & Natural Resources
– Financial Services Regulatory
– Investment Funds
– IT, Telco & Media
– Labour & Employment
– Project Finance
– Restructuring & Insolvency
– Tax
Listed in Leading Lawyers list:

Jalalullail Othman
– Banking & Finance, Corporate/ M&A

Yoong Sin Min
– Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution

Steven Thiruneelakandan
– Labour & Employment

Sudharsanan Thillainathan
– Competition & Antitrust, Tax

“Shook Lin & Bok is a highly-respected firm in Malaysia. Recognised for having a strong Dispute Resolution Practice, the firm also features highly on Banking & Finance and Corporate transactions in Malaysia. Its Insurance Practice acts for some of the biggest clients operating in the sector.”

Legal 500 (2016) Malaysia

TOP-TIER FIRM in 3 practice areas:
– Dispute Resolution
– Intellectual Property
– Islamic Finance

Recommended in the following 4 practice areas:
– Banking & Finance
– Corporate and M&A
– Labour and Employment
– Real Estate and Construction

Listed in elite “Leading Lawyers” list:

Michael Soo
– Intellectual Property

IFLR1000 (2016 Edition) Malaysia

Ranked TIER 1 for Banking & Finance
Ranked in the following 3 other areas of practice: MALAYSIA
– Capital Markets
– Infrastructure
– M&A

Leading Lawyer recommendations for:
– Jalalullail Othman (Banking)
– Ivan Ho (M&A)
– Hoh Kiat Ching (Banking)
– Lam Ko Luen (Energy and Infrastructure, Disputes)

“Shook Lin & Bok has one of Malaysia’s leading finance practices and therefore it is no surprise to find it once again in Tier 1 in this ranking. The firm also has strong practices in the capital markets and M&A areas.”

“Shook Lin & Bok’s building construction and engineering practice group represents a range of clients include local and international contractors and developers, as well as government related bodies. The firm is active in both conventional and renewable energy.”

Expert Guides
(2016 Edition)
Jalalullail Othman named “Best of the Best” in Islamic Finance

Sudharsanan Thillainathan named as one of the “Rising Stars” in 2016

Nominated as experts in 6 practice areas: Corporate Governance, M&A, Patent, Construction, Islamic Finance, Trade Marks and Banking.



Shook Lin & Bok has been named:

  1. One of the two “World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigation Lawyers” in Malaysia
  2. One of the four “World’s leading trademark lawyers/ practitioners” in Malaysia
  3. in the “Expert Guides on Patents – The World’s Leading Lawyers”
Leading Publications Description
Legal 500 (2015) TOP-TIER FIRM in 3 practice areas:

– Dispute resolution
– Intellectual property
– Islamic finance

Recommended in the following 6 practice areas: MALAYSIA

– Banking and Finance
– Capital Markets
– Corporate and M&A
– Dispute Resolution
– Industrial Relations
– Real Estate and Construction

3 lawyers are listed in elite “Leading lawyers” list.

Banking and Finance
– Lai Wing Yong

Corporate and M&A
– Patricia David Saini

Intellectual Property
– Michael Soo

11 lawyers are recommended in The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015 editorial (listed below)

Banking and Finance
– Khong Mei Lin
– Lai Wing Yong

Capital Markets
– Ng King Hoe

Corporate and M&A
– Ivan Ho Yue Chan
– Patricia David Saini

Dispute Resolution
– Yoong Sin Min

Intellectual Property
– Michael Soo
– Ng Kim Poh

Islamic Finance
– Jalalullail Othman

Real Estate and Construction
– Khong Mei Lin
– Lai Wing Yong

IFLR 1000 (2015 Edition) Leading Lawyer recommendations for:

– Patricia David Saini (Capital Markets, M&A)
– Jalalullail Othman (Banking)
– Ivan Ho Yue Chan (M&A)
– Hoh Kiat Ching (Banking)



Leading Publications Description
Acquisition International Shook Lin & Bok was named “IP Law Firm of the Year – Malaysia” – Acquisition International (2014)
Asia IP Patent Survey Shook Lin & Bok has been ranked Tier 1 for Contentious Work in Malaysia – 2014 Asia IP Patent Survey



  1. “Shook Lin & Bok mainly acts for domestic banks, with its work often involving a cross-border element. It recently advised a major Malaysian bank on a RM75m loan facility for a local company to buy shares in a Hong Kong corporation” – Legal 500 Asia Pacific [2013]
  2. “Shook Lin & Bok’s five-partner team is active in high-profile domestic M&A transactions. Ivan Ho Yue Chan advised both EON Capital and Hong Leong on a first-of-its-kind merger of their Islamic banking units. Patricia David Saini recently advised AMMB Holdings on a RM623m stake acquisition in MBF Cards, and also acted for an oil and gas company on acquiring a 30% share in a company.” – Legal 500 Asia Pacific [2013]
  3. “Shook Lin & Bok’s team of nine partners primarily acts for banking and financial groups. It successfully defended an investment bank against a claim for alleged negligence and breach of contract in relation to a lending arrangement. Yoong Sin Min is currently assisting Maybank in an appeal regarding the stipulated validity of clauses in bank guarantees” – Legal 500 Asia Pacific [2013]
  4. “One of the oldest and largest firms in Malaysia, Shook Lin & Bok holds much sway on the IP scene, having long practised at the forefront of both the non-contentious and contentious arenas. It is particularly espoused for its superb civil infringement litigation skills, with senior member of the Bar Michael Soo leading the charge.” Always a top name to go to for complex litigation,” Soo is known for his ability to secure favourable decisions for his clients in challenging cases…” – World Trademark Review 1000, 2013 Edition



  1. … was ranked a tier one firm in Banking & Project Finance in IFLR 1000 2012.
  2. Dedication, responsibility and meticulousness in their work set this firm apart. – Chambers Asia 2012
  3. Offers a good service to clients and one of the only firms that compete at the top level of litigation. – Chambers Asia 2012
  4. Litigation is regarded as a real practice strength and the group regularly represents clients in Malaysia’s highest courts. – Chambers Asia 2012
  5. Shook Lin & Bok boasts a long history and an outstanding corporate reputation. The firm leverages off its strong banking practice, in which it regularly acts for lenders and is frequently seen on M&A transactions involving financial institutions. – IFLR 1000 2012
  6. This firm is capable of handling a broad range of transactions including trade marks, licensing and anti-counterfeiting. It is, however, best known for its excellent litigious IP expertise. The team handled a high-profile trade mark matter last year which went through the higher courts and ended up in front of the Court of Appeal – Chambers Asia 2012
  7. Malaysian Firm of the Year 2012 by Managing Intellectual Property
  8. Client Focused Law Firm of the Year – Malaysia by Finance Monthly Global Awards 2012



  1. … named the Malaysian M&A Law Firm of the Year 2011 pursuant to the Acquisition International Legal Awards.
  2. … acted in the historic first Islamic Bank merger in Malaysia which became effective on November 1st, 2011.
  3. … was a finalist for “Malaysian Deal Firm of the Year” and “Islamic Finance Deal of the Year” respectively in the ALB South East Asia 2011 Law Awards.
  4. Asia IP ranked our firm Tier 1 for Trademark Prosecution and Contentious Matters, and Patent Prosecution and Contentious Matters respectively in 2 separate surveys in 2011.
  5. Our firm was nominated as 1 of 3 leading practitioners in Life Sciences (patent) by World Leading Life Sciences Practitioners in 2011.
  6. We also named a leading IP firm by World Trade Mark Review in 2011.



  1. … was ranked a Band 1 firm in Dispute Resolution by Chambers 2010;
  2. … was ranked a tier one firm for Dispute Resolution, Islamic Finance, Industrial Relations, Real Estate & Construction and Shipping by Legal 500 2009/2010.
  3. … was awarded Malaysia Deal of the Year 2010 pursuant to the Islamic Finance News Awards Deals of the Year 2010 for its innovative and “first-of-its kind” Sukuk al-Amanah Li al-Istithmar (Sukuk ALIm) transaction. The Sukuk ALIm is structured based on Shariah principles that meet the requirements of the Middle East markets and will encourage greater cross-border issuance and investment activity between Malaysia and the Middle East.
  4. … acted in one of the biggest Malaysia merger & acquisition deals in 2010, the 30% stake acquisition in Hong Leong Assurance Berhad. The deal makes Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI) the second largest general insurer in the country. ALB Legal News.
  5. … was shortlisted for the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2010.
  6. We were also nominated one of 4 leading IP firms by Corporate IP in 2010.



  1. … was ranked a tier one firm for Banking & Project Finance by Asialaw 2008.
  2. … was nominated Asian Legal Business Employer of Choice 2008.



  1. We were nominated as Leading Asian IP Lawyer by Asian IP Lawyers for several years including 2006 and 2007. This survey ceased in 2008.



  1. We were named a Tier 1 firm for trade mark contentious work by Managing IP, a Euromoney publication, in 2005 and 2006.
  2. Our firm was nominated as one of the 4 finalist IP firms by IP Asia and Law in Leading IP Firms in Asia Pacific survey for 3 consecutive years in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
  3. … acted and advised on the first three exchange-traded funds launched in Malaysia
  4. We were nominated as a leading trade mark and patent practitioner by Word Leading Trade Mark Practitioners and World Leading Patent Practitioners respectively, publications of Euromoney, for several years up to this year.