Khem has more than 30 years’ experience in end-to-end transactional projects and infrastructure legal work. He has advised, structured, negotiated all primary and ancillary legal documentation for a wide range of infrastructure and integrated commercial projects comprising inter-alia power, oil and gas, rail systems, water treatment, cement plants, mining, dredging, telecommunications, information technology, integrated commercial developments and manufacturing.

Formerly a consultant to Khaitan & Co., India and Ashurst (Singapore), Khem subsequently practiced in Australia with Cridlands, Morris Fletcher & Cross (now Minter Ellison), Doyles and in Malaysia as a partner in Messrs Zaid Ibrahim & Co before establishing his own boutique firm, Messrs Khem Thadani & Co in 1996.

In the course of his practice, Khem has advised on some of the largest and most sophisticated projects in Malaysia, including those undertaken by the Malaysian government or transacted in the field of public-private partnerships, which include the following significant transactions:

  • the 141km Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project; 
  • the 2,400MW Bakun Hydroelectric Dam; 
  • the 2,100 MW TNB Janamanjung Coal-Fired Power Plant;  
  • the 772km North-South Highway;  
  • the 48,000 Refrigeration Ton District Cooling System for the Tun Razak Exchange; and
  • the 15,000 Refrigeration Ton District Cooling Plant for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

He has also advised on and negotiated projects located in Australia, Africa, Indo-China, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and Middle-East.


Bar Admissions and Professional Qualifications
Malaysian Bar (1986)
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, High Courts of Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland and Federal Court of Australia

Legal Education
University of Canterbury (LL.B Hons)
University of Melbourne (LL.M)