The Financial Times has ranked Mayer Brown as one of the "Most Innovative Law Firms" in Asia Pacific in 2020. This is the seventh consecutive year the firm was recognized for its innovation by the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards. The firm also won a "Standout" award and ranked second in the "Innovative Practice of Law" category for its work on a landmark gaming litigation matter in Malaysia.
Despite Malaysia not recognizing the enforceability of gaming contracts, the team, which was led by Hong Kong-based Mayer Brown Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Vincent Law and included lawyers from Malaysian law firm Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, leveraged its in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry to win the matter.
The judge ruled in favour of Mayer Brown’s client, a major US-based Macao casino operator, and ordered the defendant to repay the outstanding gaming credit and interest owed to the casino operator. This is believed to be the first decision where a casino operator has been allowed to recover foreign gaming credit in Malaysia. The defendant’s appeal has recently been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
"We are delighted to be recognized for our work in the gaming litigation case in Malaysia,” said Mr. Law. “Securing a win in this matter is a good sign for the gaming industry as a whole as it could serve as a precedent for future similar lawsuits in Malaysia. The impact of the verdict may extend to other jurisdictions in the region where gaming companies have little to no recourse in recovering outstanding credits owed to them by patrons.”
The FT Innovative Lawyers program was established in Asia Pacific in 2014. The publication honors lawyers at law firms, in-house legal teams and general counsel for innovation in legal expertise, business of law and social responsibility.