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The Malaysian government took steps to liberalise its legal market to allow foreign firms to open offices and form joint ventures with local firms. These measures, which came into effect in June 2014, signal a definitive step towards developing a more competitive market; as certain restrictions remain in place, it remains unclear what the likely impact will be.
Local firms continue to enter into foreign alliances with other players in the region, particularly in Singapore, while mid-sized firms are exploring the merger route. No clear leader has broken out among the biggest firms, although those with close ties to the government tend to act on the most sizeable deals. Notable lateral moves include disputes lawyer Nahendran Navaratnam leaving Kadir Andri & Partners to set up Navaratnam Chambers in September 2013. Tay & Partners lost a team of IP lawyers, including Linda Wang, to Zaid Ibrahim & Co in April 2014.
Thirty Nine Essex Street is set to open an office at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) in October 2014, making it the first UK chambers to have a presence in the jurisdiction. This is partly a response to the recent boom in arbitration cases in Malaysia, which has been driven by steady economic growth, increased court efficiency and a government keen to promote the KLRCA as a regional hub and as a cost-effective alternative to Singapore.
Firms are gearing up for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2015, while the Personal Data Protection Act, which came into force in 2013, is keeping lawyers busy on compliance matters. The Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPA) came into operation in April 2014, introducing a new method of resolving construction disputes.
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The Employment (Amendment) Act 2012 received royal assent and became law on 30th January 2012. It has now come into operation since 1st April 2012.
Malaysian companies continue to make waves internationally by acquiring large companies abroad. Leveraging on the European debt crisis and the weak dollar, these companies have boldly made their mark on a global scale with impressive deals. Cross-border acquisitions are increasing trend in the Asian economic hot spots, with companies in China and India spearheading it. The consistently strong uptrend in foreign acquisitions and the increasing success of the same by China and India for the past few years has spurred growing interests of Southeast Asian companies to extend their reach to other continents.
The Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act of Malaysia received royal assent and became law on 18th June 2012.
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Malaysia’s Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (“FGVH”) is a global agricultural and agri-commodities company, with operations in ten countries across the globe. According to Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, FGVH is the third largest oil palm plantation operator in the world based on planted hectarage in 2011. FGVH currently operates 343,521 hectares of oil palm plantation estates in Malaysia that produced 5.2 million metric tonne of fresh oil palm fruit bunches in 2011.
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The IMF (International Monetary Fund) approved last Friday the disbursement of around 280 Million Euros to Cyprus. The IMF praised Cyprus for the economic recovery of the island and for implementing agreed reforms. The Deputy Managing Director of the IMF David Lipton said that Cyprus continues to produce positive results and that economic and fiscal outcomes have been better than expected. Public finances exceeded targets and growth turned positive in the first quarter of 2015.
Managing partner of VEGAS LEX Alexander Sitnikov has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the TNS Energo power utility.
Stephen Baker, senior partner at Baker & Partners, was invited as a panelist to the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Annual Anti-Corruption conference, Paris, exploring how assets can be located, preserved and recovered in corruption cases.
HaoLiWen recently has helped clients to resolve several customs classification (HS code) cases, and the clients benefits a lot in terms of import duties saves or avoidance of administrative or even criminal penalties.
The participants of a workshop on fraud risks among senior management have discussed reasons of corporate fraud, potentially fraud-conducive environments and ways to fight it.
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The first translation of the report Airport Competition in Europe commissioned by Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE) has been officially published in Russia. The translation was initiated by the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) and was carried out by VEGAS LEX law firm and the First Infrastructure Company InfraONE.
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In the elegant atmosphere of Jugoslovenska Kinoteka in Belgrade, Karanović & Nikolić hosted a celebratoin marking two decades of business operations.
All the evidence indicates that the authorities no longer view mortgage brokers as the middle man, free from all blame. As a result, brokers are increasingly finding themselves in the dock along with people who made the fraudulent mortgage applications that aroused the interest of investigators.