Top 5 Leading Law Firms in Malaysia in 2020

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Law is an extremely exciting and dynamic field, due to the nature of cases – from criminal to business acquisitions and mergers – that develop in response to ever changing business and political landscapes. In countries like Malaysia, the 1MDB scandal has shaken the public and high profile court proceedings are at the center of the nation’s attention. At the forefront of legal battles like these in Malaysia of course, are law firms.

With many to choose from the legal landscape, we’ve handpicked the top 5 law firms in Malaysia you should consider if you’re thinking of pursuing a career in law – or are looking to switch firms as a practising lawyer. All of the following firms are ranked as top law firms in Malaysia in The Legal 500 rankings and their services received distinctions by Chambers for 2019:

1. ZICO

Number of Lawyers: 170+

Renowned Practices: Banking & Finance; Corporate/M&A; Debt & Equity Capital Markets; Intellectual Property; Islamic Finance

Brief Background: Zaid Ibrahim & Co. was established in 1987. The original office consisted of 1 lawyer and 2 staff members working from an office above a bicycle repair shop in Kampung Pandan. The firm’s first project? Malaysia’s landmark North-South Expressway. Today, it has a regional network with a total of over 300 lawyers staffing offices in 18 cities in all 10 ASEAN member states.

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2. Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Number of Lawyers: 128

Renowned Practices: Dispute Resolution; Employment & Industrial Relations; Tax, SST & Customs

Brief Background: Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is a full service law firm housing various practice groups including dispute resolution, arbitration, financial services, Islamic finance, and corporate & commercial disputes, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru. The firm is a result of a merger between Malaysian-born firm Lee Hishammuddin (est. 1993) and the Malaysian office of Singaporean firm Allen & Gledhill (est. in 1902).

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3. Skrine

Number of Lawyers: 116

Renowned Practices: Corporate/M&A; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property

Brief Background: In 1963, John Skrine along with 4 of his partners established Skrine & Co. guided by the principle that integrity is the cornerstone of law. In 2000, the firm simply became known as Skrine, one of the oldest, largest and recognised legal firms in Malaysia with a renowned global reputation. Skrine remains resolutely committed to its founding principles: Wisdom, Fortitude, and Ingenuity.

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4. Wong & Partners

Number of Lawyers: 80

Renowned Practices: Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property; Islamic Finance

Brief Background: Wong & Partners has been providing solutions-oriented legal services for more than 20 years. While it’s one of the younger law firms in the country, it is one of the most respected as its ability to assist and advise domestic and multinational corporations in Malaysia and Asia is highly respected. Wong & Partners is also a member firm of Baker McKenzie International.

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5. Rahmat Lim & Partners

Number of Lawyers: 90+

Renowned Practices: Corporate/M&A; Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

Brief Background: Established in 2010 with only ten lawyers, Rahmat Lim & Partners has grown to a firm of over 90, handling a wide range of domestic and cross-border matters ranging from debt restructuring to syndicated lending and loan facilities. The firm’s rapid growth is testament to the strong faith and trust it has established among its clients.

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