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Herbert Smith Freehills

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Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading law firms. It advises many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. With around 3,000 lawyers in 27 offices based in 20 jurisdictions spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US, Herbert Smith Freehills is the 8th largest law firm in the world and has the largest fully integrated legal practice in Asia Pacific.

Herbert Smith Freehills combines its extensive global sectoral expertise with local market understanding, offering a service tailored to the needs of its clients. It offers cross-border service in all major regions, operating as one global team.

Its sector expertise includes asset management, banks and financial institutions, government and public sector, infrastructure, insurance, gas, power and renewables, real estate, technology, media and telecommunications, transport and water and waste. Its Islamic Financing practice is supported by experienced lawyers based in Malaysia, Dubai, Riyadh, Singapore, the UK and Australia, who have extensive experience in product structuring, domestic and cross border financing and Islamic debt capital markets.

Area of Services

  • Dispute resolution
    • International arbitration, litigation, mediation, other forms of alternative dispute resolutions and investigations
  • Transactions
    • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions, major project developments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, competition and regulatory matters and real estate investments
  • Finance
    • Conventional and Islamic financial matters, bonds, syndicated loans, acquisition and leveraged finance, debt restructurings and project finance



  • Best Law Firm for Asset Management & Funds - IFN Awards 2017
  • Best Law Firm in Banking - IFN Awards 2016


  • Tier 1 Foreign Firm in Malaysia - Asia Pacific Legal 500
  • Band 1 in Malaysia Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Advising an international developer on the project financing of a 220 MW gas-fired power plant in Bangladesh, utilising Sharia'ah compliant financing (Istisna’) from The Islamic Development Bank and other lenders
  • Advising a United States-based client on a high profile, multi-phase construction project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which together, with its joint venture partners (based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) 
  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on a USD250 million syndicated commodity murabaha facility for a Middle Eastern government Establishment of Arqaam Islamic Funds (OEIC) Limited, a Shari'ah- compliant open-ended investment fund incorporated in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to invest in securities and  instruments with the aim to provide investors with Shari'ah-compliant returns 
  • Advising Al-Salam Bank (Bahrain) in connection with the financing of the acquisition of a prime real estate in London, as part of a joint-venture through conventional and Shari'ah-compliant financing 
  • Advising Reem Finance PJSC on a series of Shari'ah-compliant financing arrangements for the development of real estate in the UAE
  • Advising a UAE client, Rasmala, on the setting up of a Shari’ah-compliant sale and lease-back warehousing real estate fund in respect of properties in Dubai Investments Park

Contact details

Herbert Smith Freehills
Q Sentral, 23A-05,
Level 23A, 2A, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2,
KL Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Peter Godwin
 +603 2777 5104

Glynn Cooper
 +603 2777 5102

Azlin Ahmad
 +603 2777 5100