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Skrine advises Ekuiti Nasional Berhad on the acquisition of a 70% stake in FLEXI VERSA GROUP, 16 April 2018

Skrine advised Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas) in connection with its successful acquisition of a 70% stake in the share capital of Flexi Versa Group Sdn Bhd ("FVG”) for an enterprise value of RM330 million. With a 24-year history, FVG is a contract manufacturer that caters to global consumer electronics brands, specifically as a turnkey and components manufacturer focusing on the audio and consumer appliances segment. FVG operates seven factories in Malaysia and two in Vietnam and Indonesia, and is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 contract manufacturer to global consumer electronic brands such as Sony, Panasonic, Onkyo, Dyson and JVC Kenwood.

Partner Fariz Abdul Aziz led the team, supported by partners Tan Shi Wen, Foo Siew Li (on employment aspects) and Natalie Lim (on IP and personal data matters) together with associates Aaron Yong, Karyn Khor, Gordon Loo and Lee Mei Hooi.

Skrine acted as lead counsel in this transaction with Tilleke & Gibbins acting as Vietnam local counsel, Guido Hidayanto and Partners acting as Indonesian local counsel and Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC acting as Singapore local counsel.




McKinsey Acquires KL-Based VLT Labs

Skrine acted as Malaysian counsel for McKinsey & Co. in its acquisition of VLT Labs - a Malaysian digital business builder and product development studio as part of McKinsey's effort in boosting its digital capabilites in Asia.

Skrine's team was led Fariz Abdul Aziz, Partner and assisted by Trishelea Ann Sandosam, Senior Associate.





Claim For Maintenance Charges on a Square Footage Basis Held to be Illegal by The Court of Appeal

A parcel proprietor in a complex known as Plaza 393, successfully appealed against the High Court’s decision to allow a claim by the management corporation of Plaza 393 (“MC”) for maintenance charges in excess of RM10 million.

The issue at the heart of the appeal was the computation of maintenance charges by the MC – which the MC levied on an area or square footage basis.

Our Dato’ Lim Chee Wee, Manshan Singh and Lee Mei Hooi acted on behalf of the parcel proprietor.



High Court Sets Aside Rates Imposed Retrospectively by Local Authorities

The High Court had on 27 February 2018 declared that the Sabak Bernam District Council did not have the power to impose rates (better known as cukai taksiran) retrospectively upon a ratepayer. As a result, the High Court set aside more than RM 4,800,000.00 in rates that the District Council retrospectively charged the ratepayer and ordered the District Council to refund the said amount.

Our Vijay Raj and Tan Hui Wen acted for the ratepayer in both cases.



Honda Giken Kabushiki Kaisha v Malaysian Formula Bikes Sdn Bhd & MForce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd

We acted for Malaysian Formula Bikes Sdn Bhd & MForce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd, the Defendants in this action. The Plainitff, Honda Giken Kabushiki Kaisha brought a claim for copyright infringement of the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional representations of its EX5 motorcycle against the Defendants. The Defendants challenged the subsistence of copyright in the 2-D and 3-D representations of the EX5 and the trial on the issue of subsistence of copyright was tried together with another suit involving a different company also accused of copyright infringement. On 24 November 2016, the High Court dismissed the suit brought by Honda against MForce Bike. The suit was filed by Honda against MForce Bike claiming infringement of copyright in the Honda EX5 motorcycle design. In coming to its decision, the High Court found that:

  • although the motorcycles produced by MForce Bike had similarities with the Honda EX5 motorcycle design, MForce Bike had established that it did not copy the Honda EX5 design as MForce Bike had followed a design used by its principal in Vietnam to produce its motorcycle.
  • As there was no infringement by MForce’s principal of the Honda EX5 design in Vietnam, MForce Bike, in producing its motorcycles based on its Vietnam principal’s design, cannot be considered to have infringed the Honda EX5 copyright in Malaysia.

Both the Plaintiff and Defendants have filed appeals to the Court of Appeal, albeit on different issues. It is expected that the substantive appeal would be heard in the later part of 2017.


MAY 2018

IBA Annual Litigation Forum: Advocacy in the 21st Century, 16 - 18 May

Our partner, Ms. Preetha Pillai, has been invited to speak on “Trial advocacy – witnesses, facts and persuading triers of fact” at the upcoming IBA Annual Litigation Forum: Advocacy in the 21st Century, held in Chicago, USA.



Asia ADR Week 2018 organised by AIAC, 5 - 7 May 2018

Our partners, Ms. Hemalatha Ramulu, Ms. Sharon Chong, Mr. Shannon Rajan and Mr. Ivan Loo, have been invited to speak at the upcoming Asia ADR Week 2018 conference from 5 – 7 May 2018 organised by Asian International Arbitration Centre.


IBA Annual Employment and Discrimination Conference: Ethical Issues in Employment Law, 2 - 4 May

Our partner, Ms. Selvamalar Alagaratnam, will be a moderator at a session titled “New immigration restrictions in developed nations and their impact on cross-border employment” at the upcoming IBA Annual Employment and Discrimination Conference: Ethical Issues in Employment Law, held in Montreal, Canada from 2 – 4 May 2018.



APRIL 2018

Miss Wong Chee Lin has been elevated to the bench of the High of Court Malaya as a Judicial Commissioner, 1 April 2018

We congratulate Chee Lin and wish her all the best in her future undertakings.



2nd Edition: Construction Adjudication in Malaysia (Book Launch), 9 February 2018

We are pleased to extend an invitation to the book launch of the 2nd Edition of the Construction Adjudication in Malaysia on 9th February 2018.

The book is written by our Partner and co-head of the firm’s Construction Unit, Ivan Loo together with Lam Wai Loon, Partner of Harold & Lam Partnership.



Who’s Who Legal Awards 2018


We are pleased to announce that Skrine has once again been named Malaysia Law Firm of the Year. The award was conferred at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2018 on 8th May 2018 in London, United Kingdom.


Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2018


Skrine has been ranked as Arbitration Law Firm of the Year and Maritime Law Firm of the Year.


The Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 Rankings

Skrine has been ranked as Leading Firm for Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Projects, Infrastructure & Energy.


The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Rankings

Skrine is pleased to announce that the Firm has achieved seven Tier 1 practice area rankings in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.

Our Tier 1 rankings are in the following areas: 
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Labour and Employment

Skrine was also listed as one of the leading firms in the areas of Projects & Energy, and Shipping. 

Four Skrine partners were ranked as leading lawyers in their respective areas. 



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" I have been pondering on why Providence has been so kind to Skrine & Co. up to date, and how this firm founded by a polo-playing Anglican Englishman, a bridge-playing Presbyterian Scotsman, a piano-playing Roman Catholic Irishman, a north country beer connoisseur Englishman (religion unknown) and an Ipoh Chinese Methodist managed to cohere as well as it did and to attract a string of Asian partners, and to keep and then expand its clientele."
- John Skrine (1922-1993)