Trowers leads the way into Malaysia as new local laws open the country to foreign firms

With a growing number of legal services providers, such as King & Wood Mallesons and barristers’ chambers Fountain Court, expanding their presence in Singapore to better reach clients, it seems it is the place to be for foreign legal practices.

But Trowers & Hamlins is set to pave a new path, expanding its Asian presence with an application to practise as a Qualified Foreign Law Firm in Malaysia.

The firm already has a representative offering in Kuala Lumpur, but being able to offer legal services is a natural progression from Trowers’ Middle Eastern and Islamic finance offerings.

If the application goes through in March, Trowers will be the first foreign firm to be able to provide legal services on the ground in Malaysia – although others are expected to submit applications following a change in local laws last June, which opened the country to foreign practices.

With the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project due for completion in 2020, could Malaysia be the next top choice for firms looking to capitalise on the Asian market?

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