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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 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.


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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

Malaysia has a new law on fake news

and a new Prime Minister who has ended the decade-long rule of former leader Najib Razak.


Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 93, challenged the controversial law in a bid to have it repealed but Malaysia’s opposition-led Senate rejected the repeal in September 2018.


The Anti-Fake News Act 2018 includes a jail term of up to six years for publishing or circulating misleading information and up to MYR500,000 (approximately EUR100,000) for breaches.


Raja Eileen Soraya, Partner at Raja, Darryl & Loh, said: “With the change of government in Malaysia in May 2018, there seems to be some political will towards a move in favour of media freedom by the current government.”


She added: “This led to the tabling of the repeal of the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, which was passed by the lower house on 16 August 2018 but was unfortunately rejected by the upper house on 12 September 2018.”

Lawyers say the rejection seems politically motivated as the majority of the upper house essentially comprises opposition senators, and those who are allied with them.   


Ms Soraya commented: “It has been reported that the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 will be amended to tighten some broad provisions that were seen to be used in an oppressive manner in the past.”  


Other significant developments over the past year include the surge in consumption and revenue from OTT and VOD.


Marketing In Asia reports forecasts of an increase of 107 million new SVOD subscribers by 2021, with a 220 per cent rise in revenue to USD18.4 billion from USD5.74 billion.