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Malaysia

Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Widely respected in the market for his deep expertise of competition law, Chew Phye Keat heads the team at Raja, Darryl & Loh, which leverages its commercial background to give highly commercial advice to clients. Chew acted for Etiqa Insurance, MSIG Insurance (Malaysia), QBE Insurance (Malaysia) and The Pacific Insurance in MyCC's insurance cartel investigation, involving the alleged fixing of trade discounts and labour rates in case of accident repairs. Senior associate Alvin Khoo left the firm to set up a boutique, Alvin Khoo Law Chambers, but commercial and conveyancing expert Wong Quan Sean is increasingly active in antitrust work.

Leading individuals

Chew Phye Keat - Raja, Darryl & Loh

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Raja, Darryl & Loh is experienced in conventional and Islamic finance, and has niche strengths in fintech and aviation finance, where Chong Mei Mei and Chong Kok Seng are the respective specialists. The team also handles insolvency work: practice head Ng Sai Yeang acted for United Overseas Bank (M) in bankruptcy proceedings against debtor company Intraline Resources. Other clients include Malayan Banking, Aeon Credit Malaysia and Axiata Digital.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Especially strong in equity capital markets, Raja, Darryl & Loh's practice is led jointly by Tai Chu Wei and Christopher Foo. Tai acted for Cloudaron Group and SL Information on their separate listings on Bursa Malaysia's Leading Entrepreneur Accelerator Platform (LEAP) market. Senior associate Benjamin Kong is also singled out.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Raja, Darryl & Loh

The practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh spans several departments and is headed by antitrust expert Chew Phye Keat. The 'technically sound' Tai Chu Wei, who has 'good business acumen', advised Bayer on the Malaysian aspects of its $62.5bn purchase of Monsanto. He was assisted by senior associate Benjamin Kong, who is frequently active on high-profile mandates. Chan Kok Seng advised Mr. Goh Peng Ooi on his RM155m sale of three Malaysian Silverlake companies to the Singapore-listed Silverlake Axis. Joyce Teh Yen Yen is another name to note.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Counting medical negligence, construction, media and tax as particular strengths, the team at Raja, Darryl & Loh frequently handles high-profile cases. Raja Eileen Soraya represented The Edge Communications in an application for judicial review after The Edge Malaysia and The Edge Financial Daily were suspended following their coverage of the 1MDB scandal. Chang Wei Mun and arbitrator Ooi Huey Miin are also recommended. Darryl Goon left to join the bench, and senior associate Joni Benedict left to go in-house; but construction expert Joshua Chong and employment specialist Tham Li Vyen made partner in February 2018.

Leading individuals

Chang Wei Mun - Raja, Darryl & Loh

Raja Eileen Soraya - Raja, Darryl & Loh

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Chew Phye Keat and Yvonne Ong jointly head the practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh, which counts Revlon, Suntory Holdings and Microsoft among its IP clients. Ong acted for Baiwago in a dispute against Donutes Coffee & Cake Baking regarding proprietary rights to use of the trade mark "donutes" in Malaysia; she also represented Giorgio Armani SpA in opposition proceedings. Petrofac E&C is a client on the patent disputes side.

Leading individuals

Chew Phye Keat - Raja, Darryl & Loh

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh

The team at Raja, Darryl & Loh handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment work for high-profile clients. Practice head Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy acted for Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia in a wrongful-termination-of-employment case brought by KD Northern Resources. Tham Li Vyen made partner in February 2018.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Raja, Darryl & Loh

The 'efficient' practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh is commended for its 'sound knowledge'. 'Very experienced' department head Chan Wei Mun advised CRCC CREC CCC Consortium on its RM9.43bn Gemas-Johor Bahru Double-track Electrified Rail Line project. Tai Chu Wei acted for Mass Rapid Transit on its railway agreement with certain landowners for the construction of part of the Mass Rapid Transit project in the Klang Valley.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Raja, Darryl & Loh is especially strong in construction. Group head Chang Wei Mun advised CCM Duopharma Biotech on various contractual matters regarding the construction of its RM141m plant-and-warehouse complex in Klang. The firm also handles contentious construction work; construction litigator Joshua Chong, who made partner in 2018, assisted Chang with acting for BumiMetro Construction in an arbitration against Monday-Off Development regarding the construction of a condominium project in Mont Kiara.

Leading individuals

Chang Wei Mun - Raja, Darryl & Loh

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh

IT, telecoms and mobile payments expert Tong Lai Ling heads the practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh; she acted for Talian Gerakalih on its mobile portability service agreements with six telecoms companies. The practice advises high-profile clients such as Sime Darby on IT matters. Construction litigator Choon Hon Leng is increasingly active in IT disputes; Raja Eileen Soraya is well-known for acting in high-profile media cases, particularly involving defamation.

Leading individuals

Tong Lai Ling - Raja, Darryl & Loh

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Vijey Krishnan heads the group at Raja, Darryl & Loh; he acted for SKF Bearing Industries (Malaysia) in judicial review proceedings regarding the taxability of compensation for the sale of intangible assets. He also represented YPJ Golf Resorts and YPJ Plantations in a case before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, and Country Heights Holdings in appeal proceedings regarding taxable assets. William Wong is a highly active senior associate.

Leading individuals

Vijey Mohana Krishnan - Raja, Darryl & Loh

Next Generation Partners

William Wong - Raja, Darryl & Loh

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  • Amendments to the Employment Act 1955

    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.
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    Ever since the creation of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies have been applauded and welcomed for constituting an innovative method of payment without any recourse to financial institutions and their entailing bureaucracy.  While honest individuals rejoiced at cryptocurrencies’ legitimate benefits; ranging from an increased degree of privacy and confidentiality to less transactional costs, cybercriminals saluted the decentralised networks and perceived anonymity behind cryptocurrencies for presenting them with the perfect crypto cleansing opportunity to launder money in an unprecedented and largely unregulated sector in the financial industry.
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    The Office for Competition has adopted what appears to be its first commitments decision, in a case where it raised concerns about exclusivity agreements lasting for five years or more.
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  • The Islamic Financial Services Bill 2012

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  • Amendments to the Employment Act 1955

    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 Corporations Making Headway in the Global M&A Scene

    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.
  • Adjudication in Malaysia ‚Äď the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012

    The Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act of Malaysia received royal assent and became law on 18th June 2012.
  • EVIDENCE / CYBER LAW

    PRESUMPTION OF GUILT ‚Äď 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.
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    Malaysia‚Äôs Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (‚ÄúFGVH‚ÄĚ) 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.
  • Competition...Friend or Foe?

    The announcement of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS)-AirAsia collaboration on 9 August 2011 was questioned by many quarters.