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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.
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