Founded in 1905, Shearn Delamore & Co is one of the oldest law firms in Malaysia and is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. It is part of regional alliance, Drew Network Asia, with Drew & Napier from Singapore and Makarim & Taira S from Indonesia.
Focusses / specialisms
While the firm is a strong performer in banking and finance, capital markets, and project development, its core strength lies in its market-leading corporate and M&A practice.
The banking and capital markets team advises on matters related to Islamic finance, acquisition finance, project finance, refinancing and derivatives.
The corporate team takes on work form local clients and has a special focus on inbound work.
Sectors of focus include pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, real estate, technology, energy, and banking and financial services.
The firm counts big names such as Korea National Oil Corporation, China Railway Engineering Corporation, Tricor Group, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Saudi Aramco, Ernst & Young, and HNA Group among its clients.
Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)
During the review period, the banking team typically acted on the side of the lenders across a range of financing mandates.
In the corporate and M&A space, the firm was active for buyers, sellers and joint venture partners and also advised on corporate restructurings.
In capital markets, the firm advised an issuer on a bonus issue and assisted the arranger in the establishment of an Islamic debt programme.
Recent projects highlights include advising on the development of a confidential project in the logistics sector and on the development of a waste to energy plant.
Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021)
Cainiao KLIA Aeropolis RM210 project financing
Gas Malaysia Distribution sukuk murabahah programme
Huawei Investment & Holding and Hubble Technology Investment / JF Technology joint venture
LSS3 Pekan RM440 million financing
Moody’s Corporation acquisition of a minority stake in Malaysian Rating Corporation
Sony Interactive Entertainment market entry
United Technologies Corporation restructuring
Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)
Bank lending : Lender side
"Responsiveness, diligence, consistent."
Capital markets : Debt
"Efficient and quick to respond. Sound legal advice and practical solutions."
"Able to advise on legal issue for both financier and borrower."
"They provide prompt and clear advice and are very easy to work with."
Restructuring and insolvency
"Shearn Delamore & Co has always been a dependable team of experienced solicitors for us. We appreciate the strong partner involvement and dedication and support the team gave to us in meeting deadlines."
"Knowledgeable, dedication, responsive, accessible, timely, clear and concise advice. Has excellent knowledge of the infrastructure projects and related issues. They represented our company in the arbitration and court cases very efficiently. Especially Mr Rodney Gomez and his team have been excellent in representing our company."
Michelle Wong Min Er
"Prompt and clear advice."
"Michelle was able to understand our requirements and went above and beyond in advising us on possible risk areas and recommended management steps. We also appreciate her great support in staying accessible and meeting deadlines. Shearn Delamore & Co has always been a dependable team of experienced solicitors for us. We appreciate the strong partner involvement and dedication and support the team gave to us in meeting deadlines."
"Excellent lawyer with good knowledge. Have built a good relationship and trust. "
"He has a very good understanding of the issues of a mega-infrastructure project. Has always been responsive, accessible, timely, and gives clear and concise advice. Understands client's problems and is excellent in understanding complex problems related to an infrastructure project, which is an essential component in the arbitration and court cases."
"Able to provide valid legal opinion for financing structure."
"Very committed to assignment and innovative in providing solutions."