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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill houses the largest specialised tax team in the country. Recent highlights included acting for Tenaga Nasional in the biggest tax litigation in the country against the Malaysian tax authority in a challenge to a RM2bn tax bill. Heads of practice D.P. Naban and Saravana Kumar are assisting Petronas Group with more than 50 tax appeals based on a variety of grounds. A list of selected clients includes Syarikat SESCO, Berjaya Times Square and Perumahan Kinrara.

Highlights for Shearn Delamore & Co’s tax practice include successfully representing Wincor Nixdorf in a judicial review before the High Court challenging the Minister of Finance’s and Director General of Custom’s negative decision to grant the client a remission of import duties and sales under current legislation. It also acted for United Malacca in an appeal before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, in an approximately RM1m claim. Goh Ka Im leads the practice, which includes Anand Raj.

At Wong & Partners, the practice is led by Adeline Wong, and recent work includes advising a Fortune 500 corporation in all tax-related matters connected to the post-acquisition and integration with a Malaysian target corporation. It is also acting for a multinational logistic company on the acquisition and subsequent integration of a multinational operating in the same industry, in a deal worth close to RM16m and comprising Malaysian assets and liabilities. Yvonne Beh and Meng Yew Wong are also recommmded.

Raja, Darryl & Loh represented Latexx Manufacturing (a member of the Semperit Group) in an income tax appeal before the Court of Appeal in a precedent-setting case successfully resolved in favour of the client. Vijey Mohana Krishnan leads the practice, ably aided by senior associates Chang Ee Leen and William Wong.

Headed by Sudharsanan Thillainathan, Shook Lin & Bok’s tax group advises on income tax, customs and excise duties, sales and service tax; it also represents clients in high-end disputes. It acted for Positive Vision Labuan Limited before the Federal Court in connection to an income tax exemption order and its implied revocation. It also acts for a medical corporation and a specialist doctor working in a private specialist hospital in a judicial review application before the High Court, in a RM$1m case.

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