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Welcome to the ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2021!


Date: Thursday, 3 June 2021        

Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the 8th annual ALB Malaysia Law Awards - the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia! These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in Malaysia and around the region. 

As health and safety of our participants are our priority, after careful consideration, the awards will be hosted virtually.

Continuous connection is especially important in these uncertain times, and we are determined to keep ALB’s commitment in delivering the finest event experience to the legal community.

Let us celebrate ALB’s virtual awards ceremony together at the comfort of our homes with our favorite food and drinks! 

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED! Thank you to all the participants for joining the awards submission. 

Contact Lokesh Bogati at +91-22-68414325 or lokesh.bogati@tr.com to know how you can make your submission to the awards.

Contact Amantha Chia at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258 for sponsorship opportunities.


Submissions are closed.

Categories for ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2021 are as follows.


1. Dealmaker of the Year
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
3. In-House Lawyer of the Year
4. Managing Partner of the Year
5. Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House/Law Firm)
6. Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House/Law Firm)


1. Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
2. Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year 
3. Innovative In-House Team of the Year
4. Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year
5. Manufacturing and Trade In-House Team of the Year
6. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year 
7. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year 
8. Malaysia In-House Team of the Year 


1. Debt Market Deal of the Year
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year
3. Finance Deal of the Year
4. M&A Deal of the Year
5. Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year


1. Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
2. Aviation Law Firm of the Year
3. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
4. Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
5. Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
6. East Malaysia Law Firm of the Year
7. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year 
8. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
9. International Law Firm of the Year
10. Islamic Finance Law Firm of the Year
11. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
12. Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
13. Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year 
14. Maritime Law Firm of the Year 
15. Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
16. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
17. Rising Law Firm of the Year 
18. Sports Law Firm of the Year 
19. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
20. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 
21. Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year
22. West Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 
23. Malaysia Law Firm of the Year

           SUBMISSION FORMS          

Submissions are closed

           IMPORTANT DATES          

Opening of submissions | February 10
Deadline for submissions | March 19
Announcement of finalists | To be confirmed
Awards ceremony | June 3

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

Lokesh Bogati
Events Researcher
Phone: +91-22-68414325
Email: lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com


David Chiam

David Chiam
Legal Director - South East Asia, Dairy Farm 

David has over 20 years of experience in the legal and governance sectors. Having begun his legal career in 2 reputable law firms in Malaysia specializing in intellectual property and brand protection law, he then undertook a 5 year government stint in 2004, handling a wide range of legal, administrative and policy matters for the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports and subsequently, the Ministry of Tourism. Having left government service, David returned to the corporate sector by joining British American Tobacco Malaysia in 2010 as its Senior Legal Counsel and was subsequently promoted as Head of Legal and Secretarial Services in 2015. 

In June 2017, David started as Legal Director and Company Secretary at Dairy Farm Malaysia. In late 2018, David assumed the role as Legal Director for the Dairy Farm Singapore businesses. In October 2020, David assumed his current role as Legal Director - South East Asia, covering and leading the Dairy Farm Group legal teams across Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia. 

David was listed amongst the top 100 General Counsels in the 2018 GC PowerList South East Asia by Legal 500 and has been on the ALB judging panel for a number of years.
David holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also a licensed Company Secretary with the Companies Commission of Malaysia.    

Jeffrey Tan

Jeffrey Tan
Executive Director of Group Legal, Tropicana Corporation Berhad

Jeffrey Tan is presently an Executive Director of Group Legal of Tropicana Corporation Berhad. He brings with him substantial experience in the areas of corporate, commercial, conveyancing and litigation. He has structured, negotiated and completed numerous land acquisitions/disposals and was the key member in the Group’s asset injection corporate exercises involving acquisition of prime land parcels in the Klang Valley, Johor Baru, Penang and Sabah, and in the perpetual sukuk programme for the issuance of unrated/rated and senior ranking perpetual sukuk.

Jeffrey has been with the Group since 2010 and is a seasoned general counsel with over 20 years of experience. He has also authored many articles and has presented papers at legal seminars and regional conferences. He was in the judging panel for Malaysian law firms and lawyers at the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards in 2018 and 2019.

Jeffrey holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Monash University, Australia (B.Com/LLB) and Master of Science (Information Technology in Business) from University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (MSc. IT). Before joining the Group, he was formerly a partner at an international law firm in Malaysia, a registered Trade Mark and Industrial Designs Agent and a licensed registered foreign lawyer in Singapore.

Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin
Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

A specialist in crisis management/investigations, litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution, Peter Godwin is the Managing Partner of the Kuala Lumpur office and former head of the Asia Disputes practice. He has practiced in Asia for 23 years of which 17 years was based in Japan. Consistently recognised by legal directories as a leading lawyer, Peter is praised by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019 as "commercially astute and a safe pair of hands". He is admitted to practice in England and Wales, Hong Kong, and is licensed to advise on foreign law in Malaysia.

He advises Asian and international companies on complex disputes in a numbers of sectors, including construction and infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, media & technology, pharmaceuticals, international trade and banking. His practice in these sectors includes all manner of contractual and other disputes including insolvency, fraud and employment issues. 
Peter is a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Asian Institute for ADR. He has experience of arbitrations conducted under a wide variety of institutional and procedural rules. He has handled numerous LCIA and ICC disputes, as well as matters under the rules of the AIAC, AAA, SIAC, HKIAC, Thai Arbitration Institute, JCAA  and before both pure and ad hoc and UNCITRAL tribunals. 

Peter has represented clients in arbitral centres in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Mumbai, New York, Oslo, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo, and in disputes under English and other common and civil law systems.

In addition, Peter sits as an arbitrator and is a panel member of AIAC, SIAC, HKIAC and JCAA.  He also has recent experience as an arbitrator under ICC and LCIA rules as well as the first ever emergency arbitrator appointed by KCAB. 


Nicole Fiona Wee Sue-Ren
Partner, Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff

Nicole leads the firm’s family and probate practice, and advises on family and matrimonial disputes including all aspects of contested divorces, jurisdictional and cross-border financial issues and resolution by mediation as well as collaborative law. She also advises on wealth management, asset structuring and succession planning including wills and trusts, and handles contentious probate and trust matters, and disputes regarding the administration of estates as well as estate and trust assets situated locally and abroad.

Nicole is identified in the 2013 to 2015 editions of The Asia Pacific Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer in the field of Dispute Resolution and is also a winner of the Lawyer of the Year 2014 Award by Corporate LiveWire in the category of Banking Litigation. Additionally, she is ranked amongst the Top 100 Women in Litigation in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020 and is named as a Dispute Resolution Star in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific, as a Benchmark Disputes Star in its 2014 edition and as a Local Dispute Star in its 2013 edition. She is also a winner of the Global Business Magazine (GBM) International Family Law Awards 2019 as well as the Global Awards 2015 by Corporate LiveWire in the category of Family Law in Malaysia. Further, Nicole is ranked as a Leading International Lawyer in Malaysia for Contentious Trusts. Family and Matrimonial and Estate Planning by the London based Citywealth Leaders List in its 2011 to 2020 editions, and is also listed as a PowerWoman in the 2014 to 2020 editions and ranked in its IFC Power Women Top 200 in 2017 and 2018.

Nicole serves as a mediator on the panel of the Malaysian Mediation Centre and is certified by the UK Advocacy Training Council as a Trainer for the Advocacy Training Course programme run by the Malaysian Bar.

She is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee Panel of the Advocates & Solicitors’ Disciplinary Board since 2008 and was previously a member of the Investigating Tribunal of the Advocates & Solicitors’ Disciplinary Board. Nicole also served on the Editorial Board of Relevan, the newsletter of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee between 2000 and 2007.


Valerie Kong
Partner, Clifford Chance

Valerie is a partner in the Clifford Chance Corporate team. She started her career with Clifford Chance as an intern in 1999 and has worked in the firm's London and Singapore offices.  She is currently a member of the firm’s Singapore Leadership Group and also the firm's global Partner Selection Group. 

Valerie has extensive experience advising multi-national corporates, financial investors, sovereign wealth funds and W&I insurance underwriters on complex cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures across Asia Pacific and other emerging markets. Malaysia has been a key jurisdiction of focus for Valerie since 2004.  

She graduated with a first-class law degree from Cambridge University and is qualified to practise law in England & Wales, and Singapore. For over 10 years, she has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in various legal directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

and many more..


Announcement date of the finalists to be confirmed. 


List of winners will be posted on 3 June 2021.

Details of the bookings TBC.




How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 


When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the awards ceremony on 3 June 2021.


How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Malaysia Asia Law Awards? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?

All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

Where will my name/firm name/team name be published if we are a finalist or winner?

As a finalist and/or winner, your firm/team/individual name will be published in ALB awards materials and print magazine. For more information, please contact us.

Is my submission confidential?

Any information you submit will only be reviewed by the ALB team and independent judging panel, whose names will be published. The material submitted will only be disclosed to the above; if there is any information that is strictly confidential, please mark clearly on the nomination form. Though we do our best to maintain the security of the information you provide, any information you transmit to us is done at your own risk and Thomson Reuters is not responsible for any unauthorized transmission of information.  


I would like to sponsor the ALB Law Awards.

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258 for further details regarding sponsorship. 

I am interested in being an official partner of the ALB Law Awards, as a media/legal association.

Please contact mary.aquino@tr.com or call +632 9825 938. 

My practice area or specialty is not listed, but I would like to participate in the Awards.

Please get in touch with our ALB Law Awards research team at mary.aquino@tr.com or call +632 9825 938.

Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market.

Who should attend the Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Awards Ceremony; please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

I would like to order a winner’s trophy and/or certificate (for finalists and winners).

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

How can I receive communications related to the ALB SE Asia Law Awards?

Please email mary.aquino@tr.com to subscribe to the ALB mailing list. 


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