An Eventful End to a Fruitful Year

Our firm received continued recommendation from the best global and regional legal guides. We were also delighted to be recognised by Asian Business Legal (ALB) for the first time this year. We want to personally say a big “THANK YOU” to all our clients whose feedback and testimonials contributed to MahWengKwai & Associates winning the following awards and accolades.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

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For 2016, MWKA has been recommended in three practice categories, an increase from two areas in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 rankings. The categories are:

  • Corporate and M&A – Tier 4 (Up from “Other Recommended Firms” in the 2015 edition)

“MahWengKwai & Associates’ ‘excellent’ practice is led by the ‘friendly, responsive and calm’ Lim Jo Yan, who acted for a Chinese financial leasing company in its $330m acquisition of a Labuan-registered shipping company. Other significant clients include Eco World Development and OSK.”

  • Dispute Resolution – Other Recommended Firms (Consistent recognition as in the 2015 edition)
  • Real Estate and Construction – Tier 3 (New recognition in this category)

“The ‘knowledgeable, proactive, confident and co-operative’ team at MahWengKwai & Associates, led by the ‘excellent’ Raymond Mah, handles a large number of real estate and construction disputes. It acted for the plaintiff, a joint management body, in a RM17m dispute with four defendants regarding ownership of shopping mall space.”

Our Raymond Mah and Lim Jo Yan are also recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 editorial for the following areas:

  • Corporate and M&A – Lim Jo Yan
  • Real Estate and Construction – Raymond Mah



The IFLR1000 is the guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers covering the business of law in over 120 jurisdictions worldwide.

In the 26th edition of IFLR1000 for 2016, MWKA has been recommended in the following practice areas:

  • Banking and finance – Other Notable (New recognition in this category)
  • Mergers & Acquisition – Tier 5 (Up from “Other Notable” in the 2015 edition)

We also received a favourable review from the editorial team:

One client of MahWengKwai & Associates says: “The firm has been able to deliver work in a timely manner without compromising its quality of work during tight deadlines.”

The firm focuses largely on the manufacturing, real estate and e-commerce industries. Outside of this notable deals include advising a confidential client on the acquisition of the entire equity stake in a shipping company worth $330 million led by Lim Jo Yan. One client who worked with the partner says: “Jo Yan has serviced my company and personal needs for the past three years. His quality of work is excellent and he is always prepared to provide advice and to suggest ways to solve my legal problems.” “

Asialaw Profiles

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We are delighted to be recognised in a number of new practice areas by Asialaw Profiles in their 20th edition for 2016. These categories are:

  • Construction & Real Estate – Recommended (New recognition in this category)
  • Corporate / M&A – Highly Recommended (Consistent recognition as in the 2015 edition)
  • Dispute Resolution – Highly Recommended (Consistent recognition as in the 2015 edition)
  • Intellectual Property – Recommended (New recognition in this category)
  • Labour & Employment – Recommended (New recognition in this category)
  • Private Equity – Recommended (New recognition in this category)
  • Project Finance – Recommended (New recognition in this category)
  • Restructuring & Insolvency – Recommended (New recognition in this category)

Notable quotes by the editorial team:

“Managing partner Raymond Mah heads the dispute resolution practice group. He handles civil and corporate litigation, and arbitration. Described by a client as a “highly professional lawyer, with sincerity and integrity,” his experience includes handling construction and land disputes. He represented the estate of Tan Bok Yin, as appellant against the government, in a litigation over Lots 841 and 843, owned by the client, as well as Sime Darby Property as respondent in a construction arbitration.

Jo Yan Lim is described as “a knowledgeable, reliable, responsible lawyer, who meets all the deadlines.” He heads the corporate department, where he has advised a consortium of private equity investors on the acquisition of the entire stake in a manufacturing company for RM110 million.

Lim also represented an American oil and gas company in the acquisition of a substantial stake in an Australian entity from a listed entity in Malaysia. “Lim is very responsive and obliging to client request for changes. He delivers great results in a timely and reliable manner,” says one of his clients.”

Asialaw Profiles has further recognised our partners and senior associate as leading lawyers in the following categories:
  • Raymond Mah – Construction & Real Estate, Dispute Resolution
  • Lim Jo Yan – Corporate/M&A, Construction & Real Estate
  • Gan Chong Chieh – Construction & Real Estate, Dispute Resolution

Asian Legal Business

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MWKA is honoured to be recognised as a Leading Firm (Tier 3) by Asian Legal Business (ALB) in their annual M&A rankings for 2015. ALB’s rankings were based on the following metrics:
  • The volume, complexity and size of work undertaken
  • Presence across Asia and in individual jurisdictions
  • Key personnel hires and growth of the practice group
  • Key clients and new client wins
  • Firm’s visibility and profile in the region

We are most grateful for the support of our clients and look forward to better serving your legal needs in the future.