Trowers & Hamlins first to receive license in Malaysia
Trowers & Hamlins has had its application for a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) license in Malaysia granted. The firm becomes the first to receive the license, after changes last June in Malaysia to the way foreign firms can practice law.
Trowers is now able to advise on international legal issues from its Kuala Lumpur office without a local associate firm. The firm will bring a second partner to Kuala Lumpur to work with Nick White, who was formerly managing partner of the firm's Dubai office before launching the Kuala Lumpur office in 2012.
The license is effective from 4 April 2015 and runs for three years, after which time the firm will have an option to renew. The Malaysian government only considers applicants that include an Islamic finance practice. The license does not allow the firm to practice Malaysian law, which is still the domain of local firms.