Malaysia > Tax
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s ‘very professional and technically strong’ practice spans tax and customs litigation and government advisory work. Noted for its expertise in transfer pricing issues, senior partner D P Naban and Saravana Kumar are acting for Maersk in one of the first cases on the area to be heard by the Special Commissioners of Income Tax. Both Naban (‘diligent and committed’) and Kumar (‘an excellent lawyer’) are widely praised.
Shearn Delamore & Co has recently been involved in some landmark tax appeals, as well as advising on tax aspects of private retirement schemes and the divestment of private equity assets. The three–partner team is led by Goh Ka Im, who recently obtained permission to appeal a previous court decision in a customs duty case, which considers WTO regulations.
Adeline Wong leads a 13–lawyer team at Wong & Partners, which has an impressive list of multinational clients. It is particularly noted for its cross–border tax planning capabilities. On the contentious side, Wong successfully defended Cardinal Health at appeal in a precedent–setting case regarding sources of income. The team has specialist lawyers handling customs, international trade and tax planning for high–net–worth clients.
Nik Saghir & Ismail’s Nik Saghir remains a highly respected senior figure, with a strong track record in drafting tax legislation and acting for the government in tax disputes. Recent successful cases handled include Dr Syed Muhammad Naquib Al–Attas v Ketua Hasil Dalam Negerii.
Raja, Darryl & Loh’s Vijey Krishnan is currently acting in test cases regarding the Inland Revenue’s interpretation of transfer pricing adjustments. On the non–contentious side, Krishnan has advised various multinationals on the tax implications of Malaysia–related transactions.
Azman, Davidson & Co’s tax practice is led by highly experienced consultants Bill Davidson and Francis Tan. It handles both contentious and non–contentious work, with particular expertise in real estate matters.