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Specialist Guide to the

Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

Ranking and editorials

TIER 1

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Shearn Delamore & Co


TIER 2

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Naqiz & Partners

Shook Lin & Bok

Tay & Partners


TIER 3

Christopher & Lee Ong

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Seow & Associates

Skrine

Zul Rafique & Partners


TIER 4

Abdul Raman Saad & Associates

Cheang & Ariff

RamRais & Partners

Wong & Partners

Wong Jin Nee & Teo

RANKING AND EDITORIALS

TIER 1

Raja, Darryl & Loh leads the market with its media law specialisation. With particular expertise in defamation, lawyers routinely act for prominent individuals and publications in cases of libel, slander, malicious falsehood and contempt of court. The team has extensive experience representing print media and online media on freedom of speech, privacy protection and reputation management.  


The media team at Shearn Delamore & Co works collaboratively with the firm’s IP, IT, and telecoms lawyers, providing multidisciplinary advice. The firm assists gaming clients, local and overseas, with the review of structure, content and compliance of computer games. Managed by Wong Sai Fong and Karen Abraham the team also advises on data privacy and protection, entertainment law, satellite television operations and e-commerce.


TIER 2

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s IP and ICT group has a subdivision dedication to media, advertising and entertainment. Lawyers work with clients on celebrity endorsement and exclusivity agreements, advertising content for regulatory compliance issues and restrictions on advertising. Other focus areas include e-commerce, marketing and dispute resolution.


Multidisciplinary lawyers at Naqiz & Partners work across segments and practice areas including corporate, commercial and transactional. The firm’s media division works closely with the TMT and IP practices and includes a focus on emerging technology, e-commerce and data privacy. Managing partner Khairul Ismail leads the practice.


The TMT group at Shook Lin & Bok brings together transactional, dispute resolution and regulatory expertise. Lawyers have notable experience advising on communications and content distribution. The team assists client with outsourcing arrangements and contract negotiation, management and exits. Copyright and e-commerce also form part of the firm’s focus areas.


TIER 3

Rahmat Lim and Partners emphasis is on intellectual property and technology aspects of law that interact with media. The firm’s primary focus is on copyright management and protection. Led by Pauline Khor Hong Ping, the team advises local and multinational companies on non-contentious matters including compliance, licensing and regulation.


Established in 1963, Skrine has long-standing experience acting for domestic and international clients across segments of the entertainment industry including television, radio, publishing, music and advertising. Lawyers advise on competition, acquisitions and joint ventures. Key practitioners include Lee Tatt Boon and Charmayne Ong Poh Yin work with celebrities on the management of intellectual property rights and contract negotiation.

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MALAYSIA

Digital media growth spurs consolidation as Media Prima, a Malaysia-listed organisation with print, radio and television assets, enters into a deal to acquire new media start-up Rev Asia.


The USD 24.2 agreement was announced in May this year and will see Rev Asia integrated into Media Prima’s platform, to create the country’s largest digital media entity that will rival Facebook and Google.


Media Prima CFO, Encik Mohamad Ariff Ibrahim, said: “The acquisition is expected to result in the growth of revenue contributions from Media Prime’s digital platform exponentially.”  


The deal will make Media Prima the third largest platform based on traffic, behind only Facebook and Google.

Other significant industry topics include free speech, defamation and legislative reviews.

Raja Eileen, a partner at Raja, Darryl & Loh, said: “There may be a review of legislation. The principle is being put to the test now, that people in high office in government should not be allowed to sue for defamation and this has gone to the court

of appeal.”


Ms Eileen continued: “We are also looking at further clamping down on freedom of expression, particularly regarding online publication and

social media.


She added: “A positive spin on this is it does mean that courts may not be completely agreeable to what’s happening. A lot of cases still remain

to be tested.”