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Ben & Partners was founded in 2007 by Mr Koay Ben Ree and is currently a boutique law firm specialising in corporate finance, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate and debt restructurings, and commercial advisory matters. Prior to founding Ben & Partners, Ben Ree was a partner of the mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets practice group at a leading law firm in Kuala Lumpur.
Ben & Partners has recently listed two Malaysian mineral-based companies on the main market of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
The firm undertakes advisory and legal due diligence for initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, drafting of corporate and commercial agreements, and debt restructuring agreements. Mr Koay together with Ms Olivia have listed numerous companies on the main market and ACE market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (Bursa Securities), and undertaken corporate and debt restructuring exercises for public listed and private companies in Malaysia. Further Mr Koay has advised on initial public offerings of companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange.
Ben & Partners has advised and engaged in various corporate exercises (fundraising exercises in the equity and debt markets via initial public offering, private placement, rights issue and issue of private debt securities, among others), corporate and debt restructuring of companies, legal due diligence reviews for the companies listed on the main market and the ACE market of Bursa Securities, and drafting of agreements in respect of real estate matters.
Areas of practice
Ben & Partners is able to provide legal advice on the laws of Malaysia, in particular securities and company laws applicable to public listed and private companies, and regulatory requirements such as guidelines issued by the Securities Commission of Malaysia (Securities Commission), Bursa Securities, Economic Planning Unit (on the acquisition of the properties) of Malaysia and Bank Negara Malaysia; conduct comprehensive legal due diligence reviews for all corporate exercises including acquisitions of companies and businesses, applications to the Securities Commission and Bursa Securities, and the issue of prospectuses, abridged prospectuses, circulars and other documents to be issued by public listed companies; provide legal advice on acquisitions and disposals of securities, business, real estate and other assets, and advising, drafting and negotiating various contracts with counter parties within Malaysia and abroad (Hong Kong, China, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia, among others); and advise on the issue of private debt securities.
Ben & Partners also advises on various corporate and commercial matters including: incorporation of local companies and formation of suitable entities to undertake business activities and undertakings; providing advice on corporate governance, company secretarial matters, other statutory reporting responsibilities of companies in Malaysia, and directors’ duties and obligations; and assisting clients in obtaining competent legal advice on the laws of other jurisdictions, and legal due diligence reviews on foreign incorporated companies and businesses.
Ben & Partners believes that significant to each phase of development of all established and successful businesses is the availability of professional, competent, comprehensive and solution-orientated legal advice. Its goal is to satisfy this need and to provide prompt legal services to all businesses, large or small, institutional or personal, right from their inception, and to continuously meet the demands of the challenging yet rewarding business environments encountered by clients. Ben & Partners believes its services are treasured by its clients as evidenced by the firm’s long-term relationships with its clients.
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