With COVID-19 making in-person events difficult, the 7th annual ALB Malaysia Law Awards was a virtual one, making it ALB’s first-ever online awards ceremony. However despite the obstacles, it turned out to be a roaring success.
Held online on August 14, the awards paid tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in Malaysia and around the region.
Adnan Sundra & Low was the top recipient, picking up seven awards, including the prestigious Malaysia Law Firm of the year award, along with the Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year, Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year and West Malaysia Law Firm of the Year awards.
Wong & Partners and Christopher & Lee Ong clinched three awards apiece. While Wong & Partners won the Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year, Dealmaker of the Year for Munir Abdul Aziz and Managing Partner of the Year for Andre Gan, Christopher & Lee Ong’s wins included Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year.
Rahmat Lim & Partners won the Arbitration Law Firm of the Year while Cecil Abraham & Partners was awarded the Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year title. Ooi & Ooi claimed the title of the Rising Law Firm of the Year, while David Allan Sagah & Teng Advocates won the East Malaysia Law Firm of the Year. Herbert Smith Freehills was named the International Law Firm of the Year
In the individual categories, Cecil Abraham & Partners’ Tan Sri Dato' Cecil W.M. Abraham was named the Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year. Vivian Kuan Hui Xian of Nik Hussain & Partners was the winner of the Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm), while Skrine’s Sharon Chong Tze Ying won the Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) title.
In the in-house categories, Nestlé (Malaysia) was the winner of the Malaysia In-House Team of the Year, while Lazada Group was awarded the Innovative In-House Team of the Year. Meanwhile, L’Oreal Malaysia’s Melissa Chia Mei Li was named the Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House) and Samuel Loh Khian Seah of 3M Malaysia claimed the title of the Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House).
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