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Specialist Guide to the

Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

TIER 1

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Shearn Delamore & Co


TIER 2

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Naqiz & Partners

Seow & Associates

Shook Lin & Bok

Tay & Partners


TIER 3

Christopher & Lee Ong

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Skrine

Wilson Lim

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

The phenomenon of fake news has

been the instigator of media law

reforms around the world as legislators look at ways to combat the spread of misinformation, particularly during elections.


As Malaysia’s political parties prepare for a general election in August 2018, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak highlighted false news as a threat to political stability and public order.  


Speaking of wider trends over the past year, Raja Eileen Soraya, Raja, Darryl & Loh, said:

“The year that was 2017 saw a litany of media- related cases, including the conclusion of the determination of the legality of the suspension of two publications that were instrumental in exposing the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia.”   


In August 2017, the Federal Court of Malaysia ruled that suspension was unlawful, upholding the decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal.


The court ruling also identifies constitutional compensation as a valid claim for such cases.


The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state investment fund, became a subject of political corruption after it came under investigation in July 2015 for alleged impropriety.


The fund was established by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009 and was later investigated after reports emerged that almost USD 700 million was wired to the prime minister’s personal bank account.  


In other developments Malaysia’s regulatory body, the MCMC, was reported as having restricted more than 1,860 websites in 2017 in connection with misinformation.

 

Commenting on the regulator’s approach, Ms Soraya said: “It was regularly reported as clamping down on websites, portals and blogs believed to contain fake or false content that could create and affect the social harmony of the country.”