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Christopher & Lee Ong’s competition team has earned a good reputation for its advice on cutting-edge instructions. It acts for a large number of corporations and multinationals on regional antitrust and trade legislation, which spans China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and other jurisdictions. Yon See Ting has more than 20 years of experience in the field, while corporate and M&A expert Kuok Yew Chen also specialises in competition and trade matters. Prudential Assurance, Nestlé Products, Mitsubishi Chemical Singapore and CIMB Bank are clients.

The ‘prestigious and very active’ competition group at Shearn Delamore & Co acts for multinationals and government-linked corporations active across a variety of industries. It is advising a large listed Malaysian corporation on compliance issues, which includes reviewing contracts, preparing compliance manuals and providing continuous compliance training. The practice is also assisting a global corporation with matters connected to a major potential transaction involving loyalty programmes, payment system providers and credit card networks. Anand Raj is highly recommended.

A leading firm’ in competition matters, Tay & Partners has deservedly achieved a good name for its expertise and advice on competition and antitrust matters. In an outstanding case the firm successfully represented Air Asia in its appeal before the Malaysian Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to challenge the Malaysia Competition Commission’s (MyCC) decision to impose a RM10m fine to the client and Malaysian Airlines following an agreement to share their markets in the air transport service. Managing partner Tay Beng Chai and Leonard Yeoh are recommended.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is reputed for its work in competition matters, acting for foreign investors, government-linked corporations and public companies. Adlin Abdul Majid, who advises clients on compliance with the Competition Act, and Ooi Bee Hong, who is regularly involved in matters connected to foreign direct investment (FDI), both lead the practice. The group advised a major banking corporation on competition issues connected with a proposed bank-assurance agreement; it has also provided constant competition law training to employees of a corporation that recently merged.

Rahmat Lim & Partners houses one of the ‘most experienced’ competition groups in the country, and acts for clients in antitrust investigations, exemption applications, economic analysis, market studies, and competition compliance. It is representing My E.G Services in an appeal before the CAT against a fine imposed by the MyCC (on its first decision of this nature) on grounds of abuse of a dominant position, Raymond Yong leads the advice.

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s competition practice has recently increased its number of specialists to four-dedicated lawyers (including two partners) as a response to a higher demand for its highly-regarded advice. The team approaches cases ‘holistically’, drawing heavily from its commercial and corporate expertise in several industry sectors. It is advising Malaysian car automotive manufacturer Proton on due diligence matters (aimed at compliance with competition law) connected to the client’s proposed strategic investment invitation to potential investors. Audemars Piguet, Heineken Malaysia, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers and Clariant Malaysia are other clients. Chew Phye Keat and Mark Yu Keen La Brooy are the key names.

Managing partner Andre Gan leads the antitrust and competition group at Wong & Partners; he advises on matters such as advertising policies, operational policies, distribution agreements and price discrimination. Brian Chia is also a key member of the practice, he advises on, among other issues, merger control filings on regional M&A transactions. Notable clients include Toyota Tsusho Corporation, AstraZeneca Singapore, Emery Oleochemicals and Tesco Stores.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) acts for a local and international clientele. Sharon Tan advises on an array of both contentious and non-contentious related issues, and receives praise for her knowledge and expertise. She assisted the Government with the drafting of the Competition Act 2010 and the Competition Commission Act 2010.

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