Lim Koon Huan Partner

Contact
T +603 2081 3999 ext 741
E lkh@skrine.com
 

Overview


Koon Huan is an experienced commercial litigator focussing on conventional and Islamic banking and finance disputes, insolvency, shareholders, corporate and civil disputes, acting for clients in various industries across multiple jurisdictions.
 
She also specialises in anti-corruption compliance work and fraud and asset recovery disputes. 
 
Another key focus area of her practice is international trade disputes and trade remedies work. She has been involved in numerous trade petitions filed in both Malaysian and overseas, on the imposition of tariffs, anti-dumping and safeguards duties.

 

Key Practice Areas

  • Anti-Dumping and Trade Remedies
  • Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering
  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Fraud and Asset Recovery
 

Safeguards
  • Acted for Japanese, Singaporean and Brazilian foreign exporters in Malaysia’s fifth Safeguards hearing on steel wire rods (2016). Firm’s client was successfully exempt from Safeguard duties imposed.
  • Acted for Singaporean foreign exporter in Malaysia’s fourth Safeguards hearing on reinforcing bar imports (2016). Firm’s client was successfully exempt from Safeguard duties imposed.
  • Acted for the Japanese foreign exporters and trade association in Malaysia’s third Safeguards hearing on hot rolled coil imports (2015). Firm’s client was successful as investigation was terminated at the preliminary determination stage.
  • Acted for the Japanese foreign exporters and trade association in Malaysia’s second Safeguards hearing on hot rolled plate imports (2014). Firm’s client was successful where large categories of imports were exempted from safeguards duties.
  • Acted for the Japanese foreign exporters and trade association in Malaysia’s first Safeguards hearing on hot rolled coil imports (2011). Firm’s client was successful as investigation was terminated at the preliminary determination stage.
Anti-Dumping
  • Acted for Malaysian importer in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on Cold-rolled stainless steel (2017).
  • Acted for Chinese, European and Japanese exporters in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on cold rolled stainless steel (2015). Firm’s client was successful as investigation was terminated at preliminary determination stage.
  • Acted for Chinese exporters in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on hot rolled coils (2014). Firm’s client was successful in obtaining favourable final anti-dumping duties.
  • Acted for Korean steel exporter in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on hot rolled coils (2014). Firm’s client was successful with client not being subject to final anti-dumping duties.
  • Acted for Chinese exporters in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on reinforcing bar (2014). Firm’s client was successful as investigation was terminated at the preliminary determination stage.
  • Acted for Chinese exporters in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (2014).
  • Acted for Chinese exporters in the Administrative Review of the final determination of the Malaysian Anti- Dumping Investigation on steel wire rods (2014). Firm’s client was successful with no anti-dumping duties maintained from previous final determination below.
  • Acted for Chinese exporters and China Iron & Steel Association in the Malaysian Anti- Dumping Investigation on steel wire rods (2012). Firm’s client was successful with client not being subject to final anti-dumping duties.
  • Acted for a Canadian / US exporter in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on newsprint.
  • Acted for one of biggest Chinese Taipei exporter in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on hot rolled coils. Firm’s client successful with the investigation being terminated.
  • Acted for foreign importer/distributor of building materials subject to EU anti-dumping duties.
  • Acted as advisor and coordinator for a US door-skin manufacturer with production facility in Malaysia in the Indian Anti-Dumping Investigation on bonded wood/fibre board.
  • Acted for a Vietnamese / Chinese Taipei exporter in the Malaysian Anti-Dumping Investigation on biaxially oriented polypropylene films.
  • Acted for a Malaysian exporter in the Turkish Anti-Dumping Investigation on synthetic and artificial staple yarns.
High Court case
  • Acted for Japanese foreign exporters and trade association in Malaysia’s first Judicial review in the High Court over the investigating authority’s preliminary determination to terminate the Safeguard investigation on hot rolled coils imports (2016). Firm’s client was successful in opposing the judicial review.

  • Advising various multinational/overseas company on anti-corruption compliance practices/investigations in Malaysia; due diligence review/compliance review on FCPA/foreign anti-bribery legislations.

  • Counsel in an appeal in the Court of Appeal and in the Federal Court leave hearing concerning a committal order granted by High Court for the breach of a High Court order for the purchase of our client’s shares in a Section 181 oppression petition.
  • Malaysian legal adviser in a foreign accountancy professional body for its disciplinary proceedings and inquiry process on the Malaysian division.
  • Counsel for developer in case involving right of highway concessionaire company’s right to barricade or restrict approved road access onto highway, including dealing with issues of compensation for traffic leakages, residents’ rights of access and highway authorities’ jurisdiction.
  • Counsel for landowner in defending claims made by occupants of land alleging right to stay on the land purportedly under the Land (Group Settlement) Act 1960 on urban resettlement schemes.
  • Counsel for foreign public university presently in dispute with its former local corroborative partner regarding scope and effect of corroborative agreement, provisions of courses locally and enrolment & recruitment of students.
  • Counsel in the Court of Appeal on various land acquisition claims for increased compensation, claims for injurious affection and severance.

Qualifications:
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1995)
  • LL.B (Hons), Melbourne (1993)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Melbourne (1991)
Professional Affiliations:
  • Co-Vice Chair, Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Committee Member, ICC Malaysia Corporate Responsibility & Anti-Corruption Committee
  • Member, Focus Group on “Enforcing Contract” working with PEMUDAH on the proposed establishment of the New Commercial Courts of Kuala Lumpur
  • Member, Focus Group on “Enforcement of Judgement” working with PEMUDAH to streamline efficiency of enforcement proceedings in the Malaysian court system

Presented the following talks:
  • Speaker, “The Challenges in Conducting Corruption Investigations in the Asia Pacific Region”, IPBA Annual Conference, Manila, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Anti-Corruption Programs in Today’s Law Firm”, IPBA Annual Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 2016.
  • Co-speaker (with Lord Robert Walker, UK Supreme Court Justice), “Lifting the Corporate Veil – Maxim, Mystery or Myth?”, International Malaysian Law Conference, 2014.
  • Conducted briefing and overall Malaysian Trade Remedy law application to Cambodian Government Trade Delegation in Trade Remedy Laws Implementation, June 2012.
  • Skrine Conference 2007 – Talk: Dispute Resolution.
  • Malaysian Land Law Conference 2007 – Talk on provision and nature of Land Acquisition Act. 
  • Speaker, “Managing Variation and Modification in the Contract”, LexisNexis, 2006.
  • Co-speaker (with Herbert Smith), “Minority Shareholders’ Interest”, Sime Darby Group, Malaysia, August 2004
  • Skrine 50th Anniversary Conference – Talk on Trade Remedies (2003).
  • Contract” for New Diplomatic & Foreign Affairs Officers, National Institute of Public Administration (“Intan”), 2003.

Authored the following articles and chapters:
  • Author, “Steeling the Limelight – Malaysia’s First Safeguards case”, Skrine’s Legal Insights 3/2011.
  • Author, S.340 Indefeasibility: Au Meng Nam’s case, Skrine’s Legal Insights 3/2007.
  • Author, World Bank, Doing Business – Survey on Malaysia law/ position on:
    • Enforcing Contracts
    • Protecting Investors
    • Transparency
  • Author, Malaysian Chapter, Getting the Deal Through, Trade & Customs.
  • Author, Malaysian Chapter, Getting the Deal Through, Private Antitrust Litigation.
  • Author, Malaysian Chapter, Herbert Smith Guides/Herbert Smith Freehills –on:
    • Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution 
    • Guide to Anti-Corruption Regulation in Asia 
    • Guide to Privilege in Asia 
    • Gifts and entertainment – a guide to anti-bribery regulation in Asia 
    • Guide to Private Wealth in Asia 
  • Author, Chapter on Malaysia, World Bank Corporate Governance Study.
  • Author, Chapter on Malaysia in The International Trade Law Review, Law Business Research.
  • Author, Chapter on Malaysia in Competition Law in Asia Pacific, Kluwer Law International.
  • Author, Chapter on Malaysian Issues, Lex Mundi “Corporate Governance” Project.
  • Author, Chapter on Malaysia, Lex Mundi Antitrust, Competition and Trade Practice Group Paper on Securities Transactions.
  • Author, Articles on Malaysian Issues, PLC/ Lex Mundi Doing Business series.

  • Listed as one of the world’s “leading practitioners” in The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers for her strength in trade remedy profile – Who’s Who Legal.