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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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(Part 1 of 4) By Gopal Sundaram Jan 2013
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.
PRESUMPTION OF GUILT – REMEDY OR JEOPARDY? Netizens in Malaysia now share a common fear and feeling of uneasiness following the swift passing of the Evidence (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012 in May 2012, which amends the Evidence Act 1950.
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.
The announcement of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS)-AirAsia collaboration on 9 August 2011 was questioned by many quarters.
Money Services Business Act 2011 (the “Act”) is an act to provide for the licensing, regulation and supervision of money services business. The Act defines money services business as money-changing business, remittance business and whole sale currency business.
Since 2010, Malaysia has been involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) talks along with Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam. The proposed partnership represents the latest multilateral free trade agreement that aims to further liberalise the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.
Ekaterina Ilina, an associate of DS Law.Attorneys, was ranked in Top-4 of the leading associates in St. Petersburg according to the rating of the newspaper “Delovou Peterburg” in the nomination 'Associate of Winter Season 2014/15'.- DS Law
Ogier is leading offshore adviser to European IPOs
Growth in BVI Approved Manager licences in 2014
Ogier shortlisted as Law Firm of the Year, EMEA, in Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2015
The CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Africa team advised the Amethis Finance investment fund and Moroccan group Label’Vie on the acquisition of a stake in Compagnie de Distribution de Côte d’Ivoire (CDCI), the number two in food distribution in Côte d’Ivoire, with 127 shops around the country.- CMS
On March 16, 2015 the Regional Court in Warsaw in a case brought by Konrad Kornatowski (the former Police Commander in Chief) against Jan Rokita (a well-known Polish politician, the former member of the Polish Parliament) for payment of PLN 100,000 as compensation, dismissed the action in full and awarded against the Plaintiff to the benefit of the Defendant the amount of PLN 3,617 as reimbursement of costs of the proceedings.
The international Chambers Global 2015 rankings have again hailed the Tax Practice of Pepeliaev Group and its Managing Partner Sergey Pepeliaev the best in Russia in tax litigation (band 1 and Star Individuals).
A delegation from Pepeliaev Group recently made a business visit to London. During the trip, the firm's lawyers took part in seminars organised jointly with leading British law firms.