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Three local firms – Christopher Lee & Co, Lee Ong & Kandiah and Kamilah & Chong – merged to form Christopher & Lee Ong in July 2013. The new firm, which has an association with major Singaporean player Rajah & Tann LLP, has strong energy, corporate and shipping capabilities.
Headline transactions in the market included the $3bn merger of Malaysian oil-and-gas players SapuraCrest and Kencana, a deal on which Albar & Partners and Zul Rafique & Partners acted; and the $5.4bn listing of Felda on Bursa Malaysia, wherein Albar & Partners represented the issuer. The insurance market has also been a busy source of M&A.
Malaysian firms have come to accept that foreign firms will be granted rights to practise in the near future. The opening of Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s representative office in Kuala Lumpur in 2012 appears to have made inroads in some areas – particularly in gaining local clients for international Islamic finance deals – and other major international law firms, particularly those which already act on inbound deals into the country, may soon follow.
On the legislative front, developments in 2013 were dominated by the Financial Services Act and Islamic Financial Services Act, the latter of which is partly an attempt by the government of Malaysia to make its shari’ah-compliant financial services market more attractive to investors. Some firms have elected to make the two acts a specialist focus in order to attract enquiries from foreign companies.
Attempts by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration to make the country a major venue for international disputes have met with varied success. While the country’s reputation for ADR has no doubt improved, few see it as a desirable alternative to the leading Asian arbitration centres of Hong Kong and Singapore.
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(Part 1 of 4) By Gopal Sundaram
(Part 1 of 4) By Gopal Sundaram Jan 2013
Shook Lin & Bok Malaysia Legal Update Issue 1 2012
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.
Kyiv, 11 August 2014 - Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the following three export financing credits:
Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the acquisition of an electrified railway of over two kilometers long and a power line.
Avellum Partners acted as the legal counsel to the owners of a leading Ukrainian FMCG producer in connection with its sale to a private investor.
KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced an investment in arago AG ("arago"). arago is a German-based high-tech company specialised in IT automation. KKR will acquire a minority stake in arago and support the global roll-out of arago's product portfolio with growth equity.
Funds Legal and Regulatory Update- Ogier
In early August 2014 „Popov & Partners" Law office was selected by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria to perform public procurement named „Research and analysis of existing systems for enforcement in the EU Member States, research and exchange of the European good practices related to the construction of electronic system/portal for enforcement". The research is in the framework of „Effective and transparent enforcement, integrated with national and European electronic legal systems" implemented with the grant of the Operational Programme „Administrative Capacity", co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
In the middle of July 2014 "Popov and Partners" law office was awarded a public procurement, announced by the Ministry of Finance, with subject matter "Analysis of the structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC) and development of an offer for structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Good Governance" (OPGG) in relation to the 2014-2020 programming period". The public procurement is part of a project for analysis of the structure of the Ministry of Finance and Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate, realized with the financial support of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC), co-funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund. The most fundamental aim of all project activities is to guarantee the effective execution of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate at the Ministry of Finance, in its capacity of Managing authority of the new Operational Programme "Good Governance" 2014 - 2020, which will replace Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" and Operational Programme "Technical Assistance", implemented during the past programming period.
The international media company Bertelsmann is increasing its ownership of Gruner + Jahr to 100 percent by acquiring Jahr Holding's 25.1 percent shareholding. The transaction was agreed among Gruner + Jahr's shareholders. Bertelsmann's acquisition of the remaining shares in Gruner + Jahr will become effective on November 1, 2014. The purchase price is being paid in cash, and the parties have agreed not to disclose the amount.
Hengeler Mueller advises LEG Immobilien AG on acquisition of portfolio of around 9,600 residential uA subsidiary of LEG Immobilien AG ("LEG"), acting as the buyer, and Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE ("Deutsche Annington"), acting as the seller, yesterday signed an agreement for a portfolio transaction for around 9,600 residential units and related employees in North Rhine-Westphalia by way of share deal. The total transaction volume amounts to €484m. Following antitrust approval, the closing of the transaction is expected by the end of October 2014.