Schillings paid $1.3m for Jho Low PR campaign

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LON­DON-BASED law firm Schillings has received $1.3m (£1m) for its work on a pub­lic re­la­tions campaign for fugi­tive Malaysian fi­nancier Low Taek Jho, known as Jho Low.

The com­pany, which spe­cialises in man­ag­ing the rep­u­ta­tions of wealthy clients and rep­re­sents the Duchess of Sus­sex, was paid the sum be­tween Jan­uary 2019 and March 2020, ac­cord­ing to US lob­by­ing dis­clo­sures.

The Guardian first re­ported that some of its ac­tiv­i­ties were aimed at “in­form­ing pub­lic opin­ion” in the US and that its work in­cluded help­ing to pre­pare press re­leases and main­tain a web­site for Mr Low.

“Dis­clo­sures sub­mit­ted to the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice un­der the For­eign Agents Reg­is­tra­tion Act (Fara) show Schillings has sup­ported this ef­fort, pro­vid­ing ‘le­gal and con­sult­ing ad­vice and re­search in sup­port of the work’ of PR ad­vis­ers,” the re­port said.

Mr Low has been ac­cused by US and Malaysian pros­e­cu­tors of mas­ter­mind­ing a money-laun­der­ing scheme that em­bez­zled bil­lions of dol­lars from the 1MDB state in­vest­ment fund. He is fac- ing two US crim­i­nal in­dict­ments and is re­port­edly the sub­ject of in­ter­na­tional ar­rest no­tices. He de­nies wrong­do­ing.

It is one of the world’s big­gest cor­rup­tion scan­dals and was a key fac­tor be­hind an elec­toral earth­quake in May 2018 that top­pled for­mer prime min­is­ter Na­jib Razak, paving the way for Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s re­turn to power.

Last sum­mer Malaysia also brought charges against a num­ber of Goldman’s Lon­don-based bankers. The bank said that those charges were “mis­di­rected and will be vig­or­ously de­fended”.

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