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Thayananthan Baskaran

‘Arbitration Future Leader’ – ‘Thayananthan Baskaran comes highly recommended for his impressive arbitration practice and has been involved as Counsel in a variety of complex construction disputes’ Who’s Who Legal 2020

‘Litigation Star’ Benchmark Litigation 2020

‘…describes Baskaran as a “leading practitioner” in Malaysia, who is particularly sought after for construction disputes … “Thaya is the best example of the new wave of Asian practitioners who offer great talent and fresh ideas. He is incredibly smart, agile and resourceful.”’ Global Arbitration Review 2018

Thaya’s primary area of practice is construction law. He drafts various building and engineering contracts, advises on disputes arising from such contracts and appears as Counsel to resolve these disputes.

Thaya has advised on several projects from their inception to completion. Major projects he is, or has been, involved in, include Merdeka 118, which is a 118 storey, 666 metre, mega tall skyscraper currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur; the Refinery and Integrated Petrochemical Development Project in Pengerang; the Mass Rapid Transit Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line; the Light Rail Transit Ampang and Kelana Jaya Lines; the Malayan Railways East Coast Railway Line; various phases of the Electrified Double Track Project; and the two Penang Bridges, all in Malaysia; and the National Highway Development Project in India. Thaya has advised on projects throughout Asia and Europe. He has a particular interest in railway projects and has advised on every major Malaysian railway project during his years in practice.

Thaya is a co-author of The Belt and Road Initiative: Legal Risks and Opportunities Facing Chinese Engineering Contractors Operating Overseas published by Kluwer Law International in 2019. Thaya is an editor of Construction Law International, the magazine of the International Bar Association’s International Construction Projects Committee. Thaya was the President of the Society of Construction Law Malaysia (2016-2017).

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Thaya also sits as an adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator. Thaya has been appointed as arbitrator in a variety of commercial disputes, including disputes arising from building and engineering contracts, development agreements, hotel management agreements and joint venture agreements. Thaya was appointed as an adjudicator in the fifteenth adjudication registered under the Malaysian Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 and now regularly sits as an adjudicator. Thaya also sits as a mediator in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Thaya is the author of Arbitration in Malaysia: A Commentary on the Malaysian Arbitration Act published by Kluwer Law International in 2019. Thaya was the Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Malaysia Branch (2017-2019).

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Roveena Tara

Roveena’s primary areas of practice are commercial, construction and energy law. Roveena drafts commercial and oil & gas contracts, advises on disputes arising from such contracts and appears as Counsel to resolve commercial, construction and energy disputes.

Roveena has drafted various commercial and oil & gas contracts. She has advised on contracts involving land geophysical survey services in Malaysia, rig positioning and navigation services in Myanmar, and the sale and purchase of seismic equipment on board a vessel in Thailand.

Roveena appears in the High Court of Malaya and the appellate courts in relation to commercial, construction and energy disputes. The judgements in some of the cases she has appeared in have been published in the law reports. Recently, Roveena also appears as Counsel in adjudication proceedings. Roveena has appeared as Counsel in court annexed mediations.


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