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NEWS ALERTS & DEALS

CORPORATE DIVISION


PNB to Acquire SILK Highway Concession

Skrine recently acted for PNB in a proposed acquisition in which PNB entered into a conditional agreement to acquire a company that holds the concession for the SILK Highway from Silk Holdings Berhad for RM380 million.

The team from Skrine was led by Partner, Cheng Kee Check along with Fariz Abdul Aziz, Partner, Addy, Senior Associate.

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Acquisition by Reach Energy

Skrine acted for Reach Energy Berhad, a special purpose acquisition company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia (SPAC) in its acquisition of 60% shareholding in a Dutch company, Palaeontol BV, which owns the entire interest in Emir-Oil Fields in Kazakhstan for US$154.9 million.

The team from Skrine was led by Partner, Datin Faizah Jamaludin along with Fariz Abdul Aziz, Partner

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Miitsui Invests US101 million in Columbia Asia

Skrine assisted Mitsui & Co Ltd as Malaysian Counsel through Herbert Smith Freehills it its investment of US$101 million in Columbia Asia.

Columbia Asia is a heathcare provider which operates 27 hospitals and one clinic in India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The team from Skrine was led by Partner, Quay Chew Soon along with Addy Herg, Senior Associate.

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION DIVISION


HIGH COURT OF PENANG CIVIL SUIT NO.: 23NCVC-15-12/2013 LIM GUAN ENG & PROFESSOR DR. RAMASAMY A/L PALANISAMY v. THE NEW STRAITS TIMES PRESS (M) BHD & PREDEEP NAMBIAR

The High Court on 16 November 2015 dismissed a defamation suit filed by Lim Guan Eng and Professor Dr. Ramasay a/l Palanisamy against The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and Predeep Nambiar.

The High Court held that the online article was not defamatory, was of public interest, responsibly written and had no malice. The High Court also held that the plaintiffs failed to adduce evidence to show that the article had been accessed or downloaded by third parties.

This decision would appear to be the first Malaysian case which considered the issue of when an online article is considered to be published to a 3rd party. The court’s decision on this issue is in accord with the decisions of the English, Singapore and Australian courts.

Further details of this case can be found in the following links:

http://www.nst.com.my/news....

http://www.thestar.com.my/news..

Counsel from SKRINE representing The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and Predeep Nambiar were Leong Wai Hong, Claudia Cheah Pek Yee and Angela Yap.

 

COURT OF APPEAL
CIVIL APPEAL NO. W-04(IM)(NCC)-379-12/2014
BEST RE (L) LIMITED ("Best Re") v. ACE JERNEH INSURANCE BERHAD ("ACE")

Court of Appeal holds that the General Incorporation of Arbitration Clauses In Reinsurance Contract is Effective.

On 29 June 2015, in deciding a novel question of law, the Court of Appeal held that an arbitration clause was effectively incorporated by a general reference to a separate, attached contract.

This decision steps away from the strict approach applied by the English Court requiring specific reference to the clause for effective incorporation. This further brings Malaysia into consonance with other UNCITRAL Model Law compliant nations including the Hong Kong and Singaporean courts which have previously held that incorporation is effective with a general reference.

Counsel from SKRINE representing the appellant were Partners Lim Chee Wee and Loo Peh Fern, assisted in the background by Khoo Wen Shan, Associate.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DIVISION


Nuctech secures victory in patent infringement case against manufacturer and supplier of drive-thru cargo scanners to Royal Malaysian Customs Department

Nuctech Company Limited (“Nuctech”), a manufacturer of cargo scanners based in Beijing, emerged victorious in a patent infringement suit against the Chinese manufacturer, Powerscan Company Limited (“Powerscan”), and local supplier, Pan Asiatic Technology Sdn Bhd (“PAT”), for 2 units of drive-thru cargo scanners installed at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (“CIQ Complex”) at Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru. The cargo scanners are used to inspect cargo trucks carrying goods coming into Malaysia from Singapore at the Causeway.

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Local agent or licensee cannot claim ownership rights over registered trade mark

We acted for Wieland Electric GmbH in an action commenced at the High Court for the cancellation of Trade Mark No. 05016795 in the name of Industrial Automation (M) Sdn Bhd in Class 9. The main ground for cancellation was that Industrial Automation (M) Sdn Bhd was an agent or licensee of Wieland Electric GmbH, and cannot claim to be entitled to the trade mark registration in Malaysia. On 27th November 2013, the High Court decided in favour of Wieland Electric GmbH.

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Nothing escapes the eye of the relevant consumer

We acted for F & N Dairies (M) Sdn Bhd (“F & N Dairies”) in resisting a claim of industrial design infringement for the design of a bottle that the claimants, Tropicana Products Inc. (Tropicana Products) claimed was novel. Tropicana Products sought to apply for leave to the Federal Court to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal reversing a finding of infringement against F&N Dairies. The Federal Court dismissed Tropicana’s application.

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EVENTS ACCOLADES & AWARDS

Skrine 50th Anniversary Regatta 2013

28 September 2013. Over 300 supporters. Close to 180 dragon boaters. 6 corporate teams. All paddling for charity at the Skrine Regatta 2013.

In conjunction with the firm’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Skrine hosted its second Skrine Regatta: Paddling for Charity dragon boat race.

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Chambers Asia Pacific

Band 1 Firm for:

  • Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Projects, Infrastructure & Energy 

13 of our lawyers are also ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

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Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Rankings

Tier 1 Firm for the areas of:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labour and Employment
  • Projects and Energy
  • Real estate and Construction
  • Shipping
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

13 of our lawyers are also ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

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ALB M&A Ranking 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Asian Legal Business (ALB) has ranked SKRINE as a Tier 1 Firm for Mergers & Acquisitions. SKRINE is ranked in Tier 1 alongside Kadir Andri & Partners, Shearn Delamore & Co., Wong & Partners and Zaid Ibrahim & Co

ALB IP Ranking 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Asian Legal Business (ALB) has ranked SKRINE as a Tier 1 Firm for Intellectual Property. SKRINE is ranked in Tier 1 for both Patents and Trademarks/Copyright categories.

Who’s Who Legal

We are pleased to announce that SKRINE has been named Malaysian Law Firm of the Year 2016 by the Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. The firm previously won the award in 2008 - 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Promotion to Partner

We are pleased to announce that 4 Senior Associates have been admitted as Partners with effect from 1 January 2017. They are Sim Miow Yean (Corporate), Jocelyn Lim Yean Tse (Dispute Resolution), Janice Tay (Dispute Resolution) and Kwan Will Sen (Dispute Resolution).

Legal Insights 4/2016, December 2016 is now available. To access the newsletter, please click here.

30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2017

Our Senior Partner, Theresa Chong, has been named by Asia Law Portal as one of the 30 lawyers to watch in Asia in 2017.

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Legal Insights 3/2016, September 2016 is now available. To access the newsletter, please click here.

Legal Insights 2/2016, June 2016 is now available. To access the newsletter, please click here.

" I have been pondering on why Providence has been so kind to Skrine & Co. up to date, and how this firm founded by a polo-playing Anglican Englishman, a bridge-playing Presbyterian Scotsman, a piano-playing Roman Catholic Irishman, a north country beer connoisseur Englishman (religion unknown) and an Ipoh Chinese Methodist managed to cohere as well as it did and to attract a string of Asian partners, and to keep and then expand its clientele."
- John Skrine (1922-1993)