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Key figures in Christopher & Lee Ong’s corporate practice, led by Lee Hock Chye, include Yon See Ting, Kuok Yew Chen, Yau Yee Ming and Kelvin Kho. The team acts for several private equity funds and handles a large number of transactions in the SME space. It advised Donaco International on its $360m acquisition of the Star Vegas Casino in Cambodia and handled Zhiyuan’s takeover of steel company Perwaja Holdings.

Highlights for Rahmat Lim & Partners’ team included assisting 1MDB with the $2.84bn disposal of its energy assets to China General Nuclear Power Corporation, advising Affin Holdings on the proposed sale of a minority stake in Affin Hwang Investment Bank to Daiwa Securities Group, and handling TMC Life Sciences’ RM400m acquisition of all the shares in a medical hub project in Johor Bahru. Practice head Moy Pui Yee, Ho Wei Lih, Chen Lee Won and the ‘very practicalChia Chee Hoong are the key names.

At Shearn Delamore & Co, practice head Grace Yeoh advised United Malacca on its $66m investment in Indonesian company Lifere Agro Kapuas. Ng Swee Kee assisted NV Bekaert with the merger of its advanced ropes and cords business with that of Bridon, and handled SunEdison’s $63m disposal of the assets and land of its subsidiary SunEdison Kuching to Xi’an Longi Silicon Materials Corporation.

Skrine’s corporate department is led by Theresa Chong. Janet Looi advised Endurium Holding on the sale of Taylor–Wharton Malaysia to Air Water. Faizah Jamaludin’s highlights included assisting China General Nuclear Power Corporation with acquiring energy assets from 1MDB. Cheng Kee Check advised Fairfax Financial Holdings on its acquisition by its subsidiary. Other clients include Murphy Oil Corporation and Kulim.

Wong & Partners is praised for its ‘wide global reach and strong team’. Practice head Brian Chia handled Multi–Color Corporation’s RM158m takeover of Super Enterprise Holdings. Munir Abdul Aziz assisted Shell Overseas Holdings with its $66m sale of Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaya) to Malaysia Hengyuan International. Andre Gan, who ‘can always be relied upon when structuring complex deals’, advised Metrod Holdings on its RM467m purchase of a hotel in India, The Leela Goa.

Key figures at Abdullah Chan & Co include practice head Vincent Chan, Yap Hui Lu and Muthanna Abdullah. The team advised Selamat Sempurna on acquiring an equity stake in automotive parts company Bradke Synergies and assisted Beiersdorf with its disposal of Medical–Latex.

Kadir Andri & Partners’ corporate practice head Tan Kong Yam advised Tenaga Nasional on its RM761m voluntary takeover offer of the shares in Integrax and handled two major reverse takeovers. The ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ Samuel Hong served as Malaysian counsel to NTT DATA during its $13m acquisition of iPay88.

Highlights for Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s practice head Tay Weng Hwee included acting for Apollo Management VIII on acquiring the entire equity interest of OM Group. Aaron Gerard Sankar advised Penang Development Corporation on forming a joint venture with Esta Investments. Other names to note include Ong Eu Jin, who handled the first Malaysian unit split of a REIT for Axis–REIT, and Ooi Bee Hong.

Mah–Kamariyah & Philip Koh has ‘a strong team that provides quick and accurate responses’. ‘Knowledgeable and pragmatic’ practice head Adrian Koh assisted IOI Properties Group with a series of transactions with a value totalling approximately RM2bn, and advised NCB Holdings on an unconditional takeover offer from MMC Port Holdings.

Shook Lin & Bok’s department is headed by Patricia David Saini, who advised the vendor on the RM9m sale of 80% of the shares in a trust company. Jalalullail Othman acted for a BVI- incorporated company when it acquired a hotel in Kuala Lumpur for RM418m. Ivan Ho Yue Chan is the deputy head of the department. Karen Kaur re–joined the firm in October 2015 after ten years with Deacons in Hong Kong.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) provides ‘excellent response times and good commercial solutions’. Key members of the sizeable team include Tan Wooi Hong, who advised Crowdo Malaysia on establishing a regulated equity crowdfunding platform, and Gilbert Gan, who handled Telenor Financial Services’ acquisition of all shares in Prabhu Money Transfer.

Zain & Co’s practice head Salwah Abdul Shukor advised Kumpulan Fima on the proposed RM4.2m acquisition of a 70% equity interest in R.N.E. Plantation. Other key figures in the team include Rebecca Jeyanthi Selvaraj, who assisted EKUINAS with disposing of its interest in Rancak Selera, the holding company of Burger King Singapore and Cosmo restaurants. Pauline Ngiam handled KESM Industries’ proposed acquisition of the remaining 34.6% equity interest in KESM Test from Sunright. Petronas is also a client.

One key partner at Adnan Sundra & Low is Wong Chin Chin, whose clients include financial institutions, insurers, energy companies and manufacturers. Adrian Chee is also recommended.

At Albar & Partners, practice head Lily Tan advised Malaysia Building Society on a proposed merger with Bank Muamalat Malaysia and assisted MMC Port Holdings with its mandatory general offer and takeover of NCB Holdings.

Azmi & Associates’ team advised the shareholders of a food and beverage company on the sale of a 40% shareholding to a Japanese buyer, and assisted Bemis Company with the $79m acquisition of SteriPack’s shares and assets. Senior partner Azmi Mohd Ali is highly regarded.

Cheang & Ariff’s team ‘provides a prompt service and combines regulatory expertise with commercial savvy’. Practice head Tan Ming–li advised OSK Holdings on a number of transactions with a total value of RM640m. Yeat Soo Ching assisted UEM Edgenta with acquiring an 80% equity interest in KFM Holdings.

At Chooi & Company, Chooi Mun Sou’s corporate practice has handled instructions from clients including Sony, Star Media Group and Aged Care Group. It regularly acts for companies involved in cross–border transactions. David Ong is also recommended.

At Murad Yee Partnership, senior partner Yee Fook Wengthinks strategically and pays attention to detail’. Yee, together with Kuay Ken Nie, advised Hibiscus Petroleum on the $100m acquisition of a 50% interest in the Anasuria Cluster of oil and gas fields from Shell.

Highlights for Raja, Darryl & Loh’s team included assisting Accenture with the various Malaysian aspects of its acquisition of Schlumberger Business Consulting, and advising Yeo Hiap Seng on establishing a joint venture with China Huiyan Juice Group. Other clients include ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Marriott and Western Union. Practice head Chew Phye Keat, Tai Chu Wei, Chong Kok Seng and Joyce Teh are the main contacts.

Tay & Partners handled, inter alia, a number of multimillion-ringgit share acquisitions and separations, many of which had a cross–border element, across a range of industries. Teo Wai Sum is the name to note.

At Wong Beh & Toh, Wong Tat Chung, Yeap Lin Lin and Cynthia Toh are among those who have experience of corporate transactions, including takeovers and the formation of joint ventures. The firm acts for clients from, among others, the agriculture, automotive, IT and real estate sectors.

Lawyers at Zul Rafique & Partnersdeliver consistently excellent response times and provide sound, succinct advice’. Practice head Jerry Ongunderstands his clients’ needs and concerns very quickly’. He advised Compo AcquiCo on its €143,000 disposal of a 100% equity interest in Compo Expert Asia Pacific and assisted with the RM55m acquisition of a 51% equity interest in client Matrix Reservoir by Ahmad Zaki Resources.

Deol & Gill assisted Edra Global Energy with the RM9.8bn sale of its portfolio of energy assets and acted for Tenaga Nasional on the purchase of a 70% equity interest in Jimah East Power from 1MDB. Other clients include MAA Group and a government–linked investment Group. Suraj Singh Gill is the key name.

At Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, Jeff Leong and James Wong act for foreign investors and Malaysian entities in M&A transactions and joint ventures, including in the TMT and shipping sectors.

Lawyers at MahWengKwai & Associates are ‘very knowledgeable and give excellent advice in a timely fashion’. The ‘friendly and dedicated’ Lim Jo Yan heads the department, which advised Pitch Platforms on regulatory issues pertaining to equity crowdfunding. The firm also assisted with various disposals, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Highlights for Mohamed Ridza & Co’s Mohamad Nazran Basirun included advising Felda Global Ventures on acquiring a 55% stake in edible oil producer Zhong Ling Nutril–Oil Holdings for RM976m, while Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff acted for the same client during the RM165m disposal of 49% of shares in Felda IFFCO South China. Kumpulan Darul Ehsan and property developer Sunrise are also clients.

Naqiz & Partners’ practice, led by Khairul Ismail, routinely advises on grants of concession across a wide variety of industries, as well as handling acquisitions and disposals.

Recent work for the ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Peter Ling & van Geyzel included handling acquisitions, reverse takeovers and the formation of joint ventures. Key names include Peter Ling and the ‘professional’ Marcus van Geyzel.

Sedgley & Co’s team ‘provides a personalised service and solution–oriented advice’. The ‘mature and experiencedIain Sedgley assisted a broad range of clients with divestments, joint ventures and reverse takeovers.

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