alt Nimalan Devaraja
Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Division
SKRINE


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Overview

Nimalan Devaraja graduated from King’s College London with a LLB (Hons) degree in 2010 and was called to the English Bar (Inner Temple) in 2011. Upon returning to Malaysia, he commenced his pupillage at Skrine. He was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor in the High Court of Malaya in October 2012 and thereafter commenced his legal practice with Skrine.

His is now a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Division.

Further Details

Areas of Practice

Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Constitutional, Public & Administrative Law, Corporate & Commercial Disputes, Directors & Officers Liability, Securities Laws and Defamation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Kuala Lumpur Bar Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member of Bar Council’s National Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member of Bar Council’s Constitutional Law Committee

Qualifications

  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  • Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, London
  • LLB (Hons) King’s College London

Experience

Arbitration

  • Acted as part of the legal team on behalf of a major Thai company and its related company ('"the Thai companies") in an appeal against the Government of Laos in respect of the setting aside of an arbitral award in the sum of approximately USD 56 million. The Thai companies were involved in a power plant project in Hongsa, Laos. The project was a plan, with associated rights, to dig mines, construct and operate lignite-fired electricity generation plants with total capacity of 608 megawatts (later increased to 1,400 megawatts) sited adjacent to the mines, construct roads and transmission lines to provide access to the remote site and build other infrastructure. The Government of Laos terminated the agreement in relation to the project. The parties proceeded to arbitration, where the Thai companies succeeded in claiming for total investment loss of USD 56 million. See the Court of Appeal's grounds of judgment in Thai-Lao Lignite Ltd & Anor v Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic [2014] 1 LNS 525. The matter is now pending leave to appeal to the Federal Court.
  • Acted for the director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration where the director's immunity from legal suits and other process were in question.
  • [AV Asia Sdn Bhd v Director of KLRCA & Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd, Originating Summons No. 24NCC(ARB)-1-01/2013]
  • Advising and acting for a foreign client in an SIAC arbitration with the governing law of the contract being English law involving a crude oil quality dispute against one of the largest integrated energy and commodity trading companies in the world.

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a Fortune-500 company against a Malaysian public listed company for specific performance of a put option agreement involving the sale of shares in a subsidiary of said public listed company for the option exercise price of RM 60 million together with the interest of 1.5% per month compounded monthly.
  • Appearing as co-counsel for the majority shareholder of a licensed financial institution in an ongoing board of directors and shareholders disputes involving a detailed examination of the law of conduct of meeting and interplay between articles of association and shareholders' agreement.
  • Part of the legal team for an investment holding company (a subsidiary of an Australian company listed on the stock exchanges of Australia and New Zealand with leading outdoor advertising businesses in Australia and New Zealand, and with growing businesses in Hong Kong and Indonesia) in successfully resisting a claim that there was a concluded contract for the transfer of 30% shares in a local outdoor advertising company in Malaysia between the plaintiff and the shareholders of the said company. [Capital Billboards Sdn Bhd v Asia Posters Sdn Bhd & Ors [2012] 1 LNS 724]

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

  • Regularly acts for Bursa, the Malaysian Stock Exchange in its enforcement actions against listed issuers and/or their directors as well as in any judicial review actions initiated against Bursa.

 
ACCOLADES & AWARDS

Skrine Retains Who’s Who Legal Accolade for Malaysia

On 15th May 2017, the Who’s Who Global Awards was held in London, United Kingdom and Skrine was conferred the Award:

Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 2017

Skrine previously received this Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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SKRINE Clinches Top Honours at ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2017

On 6th April 2017, the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards was held and SKRINE was named

Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 2017

SKRINE also bagged 5 other awards

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Asialaw Profiles 2017

The Asialaw Profiles has ranked Skrine as Outstanding Firm and particularly highlighting the following practice areas:

Outstanding Firm

  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT, Telco & Media
  • Project & Infrastructure

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