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Commercial, Contract and Corporate matters including banking; liquidation and insolvency; land law litigation; tort and negligence; insurance.

His career commenced in the Litigation Department of Shearn Delamore & Co. initially concentrating in personal injury work, and very shortly after that moved on to certain specialist areas of litigation including medico-legal, land law litigation and insurance and commercial work.

He was made a partner of the firm of Shearn Delamore & Co., on 1 January 1984, at the age of 27, and has a varied practice as a litigator both at first instance and in the appellate courts. He appears frequently in the Superior Courts, and several cases where he has appeared as counsel have been reported.

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Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement
Anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, breach of trust, insider trading, financial regulations and securities legislation, enquiries & prosecution by the Central Bank, Securities Commission & Bursa Malaysia and whistle blower.

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Qualifications

• LL.B, London School of Economics, University of London
• Barrister-at-Law, Middle Temple (London)
• Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

Admission to the Bar

• Middle Temple (London) (1979)
• Malaya (1980)

Professional Memberships

• Member of the Malaysian Bar
• Member of the Asean Law Association of Malaysia
• Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
• Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
• Member of the London Court of International Arbitration

Awards and Recognition

• Asialaw Profiles 2011 - "Famed litigator Robert Lazar is one of the leading figures in this area, and heads one of the most historically successful practices in Malaysia."

• Asialaw Profiles 2013 and 2014 - a "Recommended Lawyer".

• Asialaw Profiles 2015 - "Robert Lazar act for the Sime Darby Group in a high-profile litigation involving an action against the company’s former managing director and several other key management personnel for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty."

• Asialaw Profiles 2016 - "Lazar is advising Maybank Investment Bank and Maybank Trustees in a bondholders’ claim against several parties involved in a RM293 million bond issue." 

• Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2014 - 2016) - a "Leading Lawyer" in Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice.

• Benchmark Asia Pacific 2013 and 2014 - Benchmark Disputes Star

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2010 - "Robert Lazar has "stepped his practice up a notch - he is very visible right now." His highlights from the past year include representing a major international bank in a claim against a sovereign ruler of one of Malaysia's states."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 - "Has a wealth of experience relating to insurance, insolvency and banking-related disputes, and has worked on many of the firm’s major cases in the past year."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 - "Is considered to be "very sharp and one of the best advocates around."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 - "Robert Lazar is a big name for litigation in Malaysia and heads the dispute resolution department. He is highly sought after for his extensive experience in handling corporate and commercial cases involving insurance, tort and negligence, banking, liquidation and insolvency, and land law."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 - "Robert Lazar is one of the most prominent names in the litigation sphere and is involved in significant appellate and counsel work in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court. He leads the firm's dispute resolution practice."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 - "Robert Lazar manages the firm and is widely recognised for his extensive litigation expertise. He leads the team on some of its most high-profile cases and heads the enforcement and regulatory compliance practice."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 - "Robert Lazar heads the firm's dispute resolution team and is viewed as a pre-eminent litigator, operating "at the top of his game." He lately took part in several high-profile corporate cases, acting, for example, for the Sime Darby Group in an action it brought against certain parties for alleged negligence and breach of fiduciary duties."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 - "Robert Lazar commands great market respect as "one of the most senior practitioners at the Bar" with vast litigation experience. His broad offering includes banking and insolvency, insurance and corporate disputes."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2011 - "With renowned figures, the firm has more senior talent than most of its rivals."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2012 - a "Leading Individual".

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013 - "Department head Robert Lazar is part of a three–partner team representing Sime Darby in a high–profile judicial review brought against the Securities Commission."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 - a "Leading Lawyer". "Team head Robert Lazar is a highly respected figure, ... Lazar is leading a team that is acting for Sime Darby in a high-profile litigation against a former managing director."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 -"Robert Lazar...is noted for his ‘legally sound and strategic advice’."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 -"the ‘strategic’ Robert Lazar, who is acting for the Sime Darby group of companies in an action against its former managing director."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 -"Robert Lazar’s highlights included defending developer Mayland Valiant against a claim brought by a local authority."

Languages

English, Bahasa Malaysia

Contact

Telephone: +603 2027 2850
Fax: +603 2034 2763
Email: rlazar@shearndelamore.com

 
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