The Malaysian Lawyer Wins at ALB Malaysia Awards – Malaysia’s Legal Oscars

ALB MLA 2016 hi-res

On 7 April 2016, The Malaysian Lawyers, Marcus van Geyzel and Lee Shih, attended the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2017 held at Intercontinental Hotel. In its third year, these awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the Malaysian legal sector, giving recognition to the work done by the lawyers from private practice and as in-house lawyers.

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Leena of Thomson Reuters, Eddie Law of eLawyer, Lee Shih, Raymond Mah of Mah Weng Kwai & Associates, Amer of AmerBON, Esther Wee of Ismail Sabri Wee & Wong, and Marcus

Marcus clinched the Rising Law Firm of the Year on behalf  of Peter Ling van Geyzel, a prize awarded to a firm established between 2012 to 2014. Lee Shih’s firm, Skrine, also walked away with 5 awards including the Arbitration Law Firm of the Year and Aviation Law Firm of the Year.

Marcus receiving the Rising Law Firm of the Year
Marcus receiving the award for Rising Law Firm of the Year

The awards night saw more than 150 people in attendance and with around 30 awards being handed out. The winners were determined by a group of judges, including in-house individuals, academics, industry specialists and practitioners.

The attendees that night
The attendees that night
The Malaysian Lawyers
The Malaysian Lawyers
Before the dinner started
Before the dinner started
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Richard Wee of Richard Wee & Yip (finalist for Boutique Law Firm and Litigation Law Firm of the Year), Shyanne Chen of ALB, and Marcus.

The ALB awards brought together a good mix of representatives from the entire legal industry. Representatives from the larger to smaller law firms, litigators, corporate lawyers, dealmakers, the banks, in-house teams, foreign lawyers and regulators. The diverse range of awards recognise the unique contribution by all of the stakeholders in the legal sectors. Hence, in addition to awards for practice areas and for specific deals, recognition was also given to categories such as Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year, Boutique Law Firm of the Year (15 lawyers or less), and Malaysia In-House Team of the Year.

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Jo Yan (winner of the Young Lawyer of the Year) of Mah Weng Kwai & Associates (winner of Boutique Law Firm of the Year), Marcus, Sin Yew of AmerBON (winner of Litigation Law Firm of the Year), and Lee Shih

 

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Marcus and Amer celebrating their wins for Rising Law Firm and Litigation Law Firm of the Year

 

Sin Yew and Amer celebrating AmerBON's win as Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Sin Yew and Amer celebrating AmerBON’s win as Litigation Law Firm of the Year

 

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Renny Tan of Seow & Associates (finalist for Boutique Law Firm of the Year) and Marcus

 

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Balan Nair and Lavinia Kumaraendran of Thomas Philip (winner of the Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year)

 

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The Malaysian Lawyers with Esther Wee, managing partner of Ismail Sabri Wee & Wong (finalist for Boutique Law Firm of the Year)

 

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Amer Hamzah with the guest of honour, YA Justice Tan Sri Datuk Zainun binti Ali (Federal Court Judge), and Tan Sri James Foong (retired Federal Court Judge) (picture courtesy of Amer)

Here are some of the winners for the various awards and with the full list on the ALB website. The firm of Adnan Sundra & Low scooped many of the awards for the corporate deals and were crowned Malaysia Law Firm of the Year.

  1. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year: Adnan Sundra & Low.
  2. Energy, Projects and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year: Albar & Partners.
  3. Islamic Finance Law Firm of the Year: Adnan Sundra & Low.
  4. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year: Shearn Delamore.
  5. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year: Skrine.
  6. Boutique Law Firm of the Year: Mah Weng Kwai & Associates.
  7. Arbitration Law Firm of the Year: Skrine.
  8. Litigation Law Firm of the Year: AmerBON.
  9. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year: Wong & Partners.
  10. Matrimoninal and Family Law Firm of the Year: Shang & Co.
  11. Aviation Law Firm of the Year: Skrine.
  12. Rising Law Firm of the Year: Peter Ling van Geyzel.
  13. Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year: Adnan Sundra & Low.
  14. International Deal Firm of the Year: Watson Farley & Williams Asia Practice.
  15. Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year: Thomas Philip.
  16. Young Lawyer of the Year: Lim Jo Yan of Mah Weng Kwai & Associates.
  17. Dealmaker of the Year: Datuk Syed Zaid Albar of Albar & Partners.
  18. Malaysia Law Firm of the Year: Adnan Sundra & Low.
The lawyers from Skrine
The lawyers from Skrine
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The Malaysian Lawyers signing off until next year’s awards.
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