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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
Shearn Delamore & Co
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Naqiz & Partners
Shook Lin & Bok
Tay & Partners
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff
Christopher & Lee Ong
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Zul Rafique & Partners
Abdul Raman Saad & Associates
Ram Caroline Sha & Syah
Wong & Partners
Wong Jin Nee & Teo
RANKING AND EDITORIALS
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 Karen Abraham, the team also advises on data privacy and protection, entertainment law, satellite television operations and e-commerce.
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.
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 , 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 and Charmayne Ong Poh Yin work with celebrities on the management of intellectual property rights and contract negotiation.
Fake news has been among the country’s core focus areas as a controversial law passed over a year ago was repealed by parliament after concerns it intended to silence criticism of the authourities.
The Anti-Fake News Act was abolished in October last year after parliament debated a motion to repeal the law for two days.
Malaysia was among the first countries to introduce a law on fake news and was later followed by neighbouring Singapore and Thailand.
Other developments over the past year include media acquisitions. Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) sold its 11.09/% share in Media Prima Bhd Malaysia’s largest media group, to business tycoon Syed Mokhtar Albukhary.
The deal makes Mr Albukhary the third-largest shareholder in Media Prima.
The politically-connected billionaire owns equity interest in Malay-language newspaper Utusan Melayu Bhd and The Malaysian Reserve, a business news and information outlet.
Media Prima’s business interests include control of six terrestrial television channels, four radio stations and three newspapers. The business also owns digital assets acquired following its acquisition of Rev Asia.