Firms To Watch: Corporate and M&A

Established in July 2023, Ho Wei Lih leads the corporate team at Wei Lih Ho & Co., in association with Deloitte Legal and advises on M&A, foreign inbound investments, joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Corporate and M&A in Malaysia

Christopher & Lee Ong

The practice at Christopher & Lee Ong harnesses an ‘in-depth understanding of market practices’ in the corporate and M&A arena. The team’s workload includes a variety of matters, spanning the full lifecycle of transactions on behalf of its industry-spanning domestic and multinational client roster, while providing support on regulatory approvals and compliance mandates, in addition to competition and antitrust issues, and industry-specific concerns. The practice also sees high-stakes M&A bidding and structuring matters through to execution. The team is collectively led by Yon See Ting, Kuok Yew Chen and Yau Yee Ming, who bring a wealth of experience in cross-border transactions, Christopher Lee, Por Chuei Ying, See Hua Chua, and Anette Soh. Other key contacts in the group include Kelvin Kho and consultant Lee Hock Chye.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Lee; Yon See Ting; Yau Yee Ming; Kuok Yew Chen; Por Chuei Ying; Chua See Hua; Annette Soh

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Wong; Chor Jack; Kelvin Kho


‘In-depth understanding of market practices. Able to provide precedent for clients’ reference and consideration, and able to provide practical solutions to the client.’

‘Prompt responses are provided by the team.’

‘The clients’ interests are clearly the team’s most important consideration, and they push to achieve those interests throughout.’

‘The team has good expertise and knowledge of Malaysian regulations.’

‘Very responsive in answering our queries.’

Key clients

Starlight Asset Sdn Bhd

ISEC Healthcare Limited and ISEC

Esteel Enterprise Ltd.

Ramsay Health Care Investments Limited and Sime Darby Holdings

Creador V L.P.

Work highlights

  • Advised Starlight Asset Sdn Bhd in relation to the acquisition of shares in Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad.
  • Acted as legal advisers to a provider and stockist of steel piping, related products and steel piping systems, in its acquisition of Eden Flame Sdn Bhd from Amsteel Mills Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lion Industries Corporation Berhad.
  • Acted as Malaysian counsel for Ramsay Health Care Investments Limited and Sime Darby Holdings Berhad, vendors who jointly hold 100% of the equity interest in Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care Sdn Bhd.

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Led by Moy Pui Yee, the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners advises its portfolio of domestic and international clients on a broad range of matters, including high-profile M&A transactions across Malaysia and Southeast Asia, in addition to joint venture agreements, reorganisations, privatisations, buyouts, reconstructions and investment. Chairman and senior partner Lim Teong Sit stands out for his expertise in M&A and capital markets transactions in Malaysia, and Chen Lee Won acts for on foreign investments into Malaysia. Team changes include the partner promotion of Eilene Teh and the departure of Yeo Tze Lin in January 2023, as well as the departure of Ho Wei Lih in July 2023, who established Wei Lih Ho & Co., in association with Deloitte Legal.

Practice head(s):

Moy Pui Yee

Other key lawyers:

Lim Teong Sit; Chen Lee Won; Eilene Teh

Work highlights

  • Advised on the disposal of consumer banking business of Citibank Berhad in Malaysia to United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd.
  • Advised AXA Asia and Affin Bank Berhad on their disposal of a 49.99% and 2.95% equity stake respectively in AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad and a 49% and 21% equity stake respectively in AXA Affin Life Insurance Berhad to Generali Asia NV.
  • Advised Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and FP Corporation on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Lee Soon Seng Plastics Industries Sdn Bhd from SCGM Berhad for RM544.3m.

Shearn Delamore & Co

Shearn Delamore & Co's cohort advises clients on high-value joint ventures and share subscription agreements, in addition to acquisitions of interest, company disposals and business integrations and consolidations, with demonstrable experience in handling regulatory matters, namely due diligence and approvals. Grace Yeoh leads the team and advises on the full spectrum of mandates, from M&A, takeovers and corporate restructurings to joint ventures, demergers, listings and general corporate planning issues. Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan is noted for his expertise in the education, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and telecoms sectors, while Lai Zhen Pik handles acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Teo Eu John is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Grace Yeoh

Other key lawyers:

Putri Noor Shariza Noordin; Marhaini Nordin; Michelle Wong Er; Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan; Lai Zhen Pik; Teo Eu John

Key clients

Mammoth Empire Group of Companies

United Malacca Berhad


Reed Business Information Limited

Elanco Animal Health Inc.

Scientex Berhad

Tricor Group (Hong Kong)

Alibaba / Cainiao Logistics Group

CISDI Group Co. Ltd (China)

Nuctech Company Limited (China)


China Tobacco

China Oil Field Services Limited


Sony Interactive Entertainment (USA)

CREC Development (M) Sdn Bhd

British Council, UK (UK)

Ceridian Group (USA)

Murdoch University

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

Jentayu Sustainables Berhad

KIP Real Estate Investment Trust

Jaycorp Berhad

LTKM Berhad

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (China)

CPP Wind Engineering Consultants (USA)

Energy Industries Council (UK)

Hong Kong Paper Source Co., Ltd. (China/HK)

Noble Footwear Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Genting Plantations Berhad

Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad

Malaysia Airlines Berhad

Envictus International Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as the transaction counsel for the shareholders of The Inside Scoop Sdn Bhd on their sale of 53% of equity in TISSB to Farm Fresh Berhad, and TISSB on the issuance of 12% of its enlarged share capital to Farm Fresh Berhad.
  • Acted as the transaction counsel for Scientex Packaging Film Sdn. Bhd. in its acquisition of approximately 80.2% equity interest in Taisei Lamick Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. from Taisei Lamick Co., Ltd.
  • Acted as the lead counsel for Amertron International Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inari Amertron Berhad and Inari to set up a joint venture company in China, Yiwu Semiconductor International Corporation.


Skrine advises its roster of clients on the full scope of domestic and cross-border transactions, ranging from M&A and takeovers to corporate governance, regulatory and compliance matters, in addition to foreign investments and joint ventures. To’ Puan Janet Looi leads the team and has demonstrable experience in M&A and takeovers, joint ventures and corporate governance mandates, while 'exceptional' Fariz Abdul Aziz focuses on private equity transactions, as well as M&A arising out of the oil and gas, and renewable energy arenas. Sheba Gumis advises on foreign direct investments and Tan Wei Xian is a 'dedicated and hardworking' senior associate in the group.

Practice head(s):

To’ Puan Janet Looi

Other key lawyers:

Fariz Abdul Aziz; Sheba Gumis; Tan Wei Xian


‘Strong legal knowledge and experience.’

‘Fariz Abdul Aziz is exceptional and brings with him not just the legal expertise but also the commercial acumen.’

‘Tan Wei Xian is both dedicated and hardworking.’

Key clients

Foot Locker Inc.

CVC Capital Partners

Setia HC Ventures

Bridgestone Corporation

GIC (Ventures) Pte Ltd

Ekuiti Nasional Bhd

SK Ecoplant Co. Ltd

Dellner Couplers AB

Ping Petroleum

Longboat Energy PLC

Mitsui & Co Ltd

Aker Solutions ASA

DP World

Samsung C&T Corporation

Halliburton Company

Wong & Partners

Praised for going ‘above and beyond’ for clients, Wong & Partners’s team is led by Andre Gan, who has considerable experience in handling high-value M&A transactions. The practice’s client roster includes domestic and international companies across an array of industry sectors, from insurance, life sciences and healthcare to education, IT and telecoms. The practice is well-equipped to advise on M&A, private equity transactions, inbound and outbound international investments and corporate reorganisations. Addy Herg is commended as ‘an outstanding corporate lawyer who punches above his weight’ and advises on M&A and foreign direct investments. Other key contacts in the group include ‘knowledgeable’ Brian Chia, ‘calm and considered’ Stephanie Phua, and Munir Abdul Aziz.

Practice head(s):

Andre Gan

Other key lawyers:

Addy Herg; Munir Abdul Aziz; Brian Chia; May Chua; Stephanie Phua; Sue Wan Wong Teo Ee Na; Ee Von Teo


‘Ee Von Teo has assisted us with our transactions and each time has shown tremendous understanding of our business and legal needs. She is a very safe pair of hands who is ever-available to discuss and assist.’

‘The Wong & Partners team always goes above and beyond. We can rely on them to move transactions along smoothly, and to do their homework in terms of giving us thorough legal advice. As we are a foreign investor in Malaysia, their ability to explain the letter of Malaysian law as well as local practice is very valuable.’

‘Andre Gan and Addy Herg are both trusted advisers to our business. They are always willing to brainstorm legal solutions with us, taking into account both the law and commercial considerations.’

Key clients

Digital Bridge

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Liberty Insurance

Sime Darby Property

Telekom Malaysia

TPG Capital

Generali Asia N.V.

PETRONAS Chemicals Group

IHH Healthcare

Press Metal Aluminum Holdings

Jardines Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Telekom Malaysia in connection with its internal reorganisation, which involved the transfer of the telecoms businesses of TM and its selected wholly owned subsidiaries to TM Technology Services Sdn Bhd.
  • Acted for Digital Bridge Group on the acquisition of 49% of the issued ordinary shares and 100% of the irredeemable convertible preference shares in AIMS Data Centre Holding Sdn Bhd.
  • Advised Liberty Insurance Berhad on the acquisition of shares of AmGeneral Insurance Berhad from AmGeneral Holdings Berhad.

Kadir Andri & Partners

Kadir Andri & Partners is commended for its provision of ‘sound and comprehensive advice’, and counts high-value M&A, disposals, voluntary takeovers and general financial advisory matters, with notable expertise in the banking and finance arena. Counting domestic companies among its key roster of clients, the practice is led by Tan Kong Yam, who is ‘not only technically strong, but has impressive commercial understanding and logic’. Other key contacts include Samuel Hong and Chin Wee Sing.

Practice head(s):

Tan Kong Yam

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Hong; Chin Wee Sing; Andy Teoh Tuck Wah


‘They take a hands-on approach, are very pleasant and easy to communicate with, and knowledgeable.’

‘Their approach to the work, their knowledge and specialisms and good communication skills are the attributes that make them stand out.’

‘Sound and comprehensive advice is provided from both legal and commercial perspectives.’

‘Andy Teoh gives thorough legal advice with certain commercial inputs that make it easy to make decisions.’

‘Partners are personally involved in projects, very experienced and technically strong.’

‘They are our go-to firm for corporate M&A transactions and infrastructure projects.’

‘Tan Kong Yam is not only technically strong, but has strong commercial understanding and logic, and is responsive and effective.’

Key clients

United Overseas Bank Limited

IAG International Pty Limited


Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings

Amanahraya Trustee

Damansara REIT Managers

Cycle & Carriage Bintang

Damansara Holdings

Boustead Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd. on acquisition of all of the Malaysian consumer banking business of Citibank Berhad.
  • Advised IAG International Pty Limited on sale of AmGeneral Insurance to Liberty Insurance.
  • Advised Gamuda Berhad and Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings Berhad on the disposal of the four major Klang Valley highways to Amanat Lebuhraya Rakyat Berhad.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Counting multinational corporations, government-linked companies, financial institutions, and private and public-listed companies among its key roster of clients, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill advises on M&A in Malaysia, share acquisition and disposal transactions and corporate restructurings. Tay Weng Hwee leads the team and 'is knowledgeable in handling M&A transactions', as well as joint ventures and capital markets mandates, while Steven SY Tee specialises in joint ventures and shareholders' agreements. Bella Chu Chai Yee and associate Thivya Manokaran are praised as 'personable professionals who go above and beyond to ensure that clients obtain the results that they want', and Teo Wai Sum is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Tay Weng Hwee

Other key lawyers:

Bella Chu Chai Yee; Thivya Manokaran; Steven SY Tee; Teo Wai Sum


‘The team is experienced and knowledgeable in commercial and corporate matters. They are able to step up and deliver everything in a timely manner.’

‘The team address our issues or queries, offer advice and propose very practical solutions to our queries or issues that arise throughout the whole process.’

‘Bella Chu and Thivya Manokaran have both been able to tend to all issues and queries that we posed to them, promptly. They are both personable professionals who go above and beyond to ensure that clients obtain the results that they want.’

”The team are very experienced in M&A transactions at all levels. They are able to provide relevant legal advice to solve the issues encountered, promptly.’

‘The partner in-charge, Tay Weng Hwee, is knowledgeable in handling M&A transactions, and he provided commercially viable legal advice to us.’

Key clients

Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited

UEM Sunrise Berhad

Mapletree Logistics Trust Management Ltd

Lagenda Properties Berhad

KIP Real Estate Investment Trust

Chin Teck Plantations Berhad

WCE Holdings Berhad (WCE)

Super Hi International Holding Ltd

Sancy Berhad

W T K Holdings Berhad (WTK)

Work highlights

  • Advised Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited, leading pharmaceutical company in India in their acquisition of the entire equity interest in Firstline Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd and Genomicks Sdn Bhd.
  • Advised WTK Holdings Berhad on their acquisition of the entire equity interest in plantation company, B.H.B Sdn Bhd, for a total cash consideration of RM250m.

Mohamed Ridza & Co

Mohamed Ridza & Co’s practice is co-led by corporate, commercial and financing specialist Mohamed Ridza Bin Abdullah, Mohamad Nazran Bin Basirun, and responsive and passionate’ Naseem Binti Mohamed Abdulla. The team acts for Malaysian entities and international companies on a broad array of matters, including M&A, assets injections, share sales, and joint ventures, with additional experience advising on asset lifecycle management services. Praised for her ‘great negotiation skills’, associate Siti Norafiqah Hassanor handles Islamic finance-related mandates and is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ridza Bin Abdullah; Mohammad Nazran Bin Basirun; Naseem Mohamed Abdulla

Other key lawyers:

Siti Norafiqah Hassanor; Shazana Abdul Aziz; Shareen Ng En Yi


‘The team that we engage with are very client-oriented. They understand the commercial needs of the company and the turn-around time required.’

‘We work closely with Naseem Abdulla and associates Shazana Abdul Aziz and Shareen Ng En Yi. They are all dynamic practitioners who provide quality legal advice, meeting our demanding legal needs.’

‘Their prompt action and negotiation skills are outstanding.’

Key clients

Sarawak Cable

Pelaburan Hartanah

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sarawak Cable Berhad in respect of the proposed disposal of its entire equity interest held in PT Inpola Mitra Elektrindo, representing 78.3% equity interest in PT IME to KAB Energy Holding Sdn Bhd.
  • Acting for Pelaburan Hartanah Berhad in relation to the eighth assets injection into Amanah Hartanah Bumiputera.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law)

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law) is noted for its capability in advising clients on corporate advisory matters, in addition to M&A, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, capital markets transactions and corporate restructurings. Gilbert GanTan Wooi HongNadarashnaraj SargunarajStephanie ChoongJoan Ting Pang ChungMuhammad Zukhairi Muhammed Salehudin and Mohammad Iliyas Bin Razali collectively lead the team, while Idahani Ismas Ismail left the firm for an in-house role in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Gan; Joan Ting Pang Chung; Tan Wooi Hong; Nadarashnaraj Sargunaraj; Stephanie Choong; Muhammad Zukhairi Muhammed Salehudin; Mohammad Iliyas Bin Razali

Zain & Co

The 'all-encompassing' practice at Zain & Co acts for its portfolio of clients on a broad range of mandates, including commercial agreements, debt restructurings, security dealings, M&A and due diligence matters. Noted for his expertise in the oil and gas sector, key practitioner Rajiv Vijayanathan advises on joint ventures and infrastructure projects, while Rebecca Jeyanthi Selvaraj advises, reviews, drafts and negotiates various commercial agreements. Salwah Abdul Shukor leads the team and has demonstrable experience advising on M&A, IPOs and Islamic state planning mandates.

Practice head(s):

Salwah Abdul Shukor

Other key lawyers:

Rajiv Vijayanathan; Rebecca Jeyanthi; Pauline Ngiam


‘Team members have diverse legal backgrounds and specialisms, and therefore, clients get a thorough and all-encompassing view of the matter at hand.’

Key clients

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Abdullah Chan & Co

Counting foreign and domestic multinationals, corporations, government-linked companies and investment banks among its key roster of clients, the team at Abdullah Chan & Co handles an array corporate advisory matters, M&A transactions, share purchase agreements, and project development mandates, with demonstrable experience in the oil and gas, energy, and plantation sectors. Noted for his experience in handling M&A involving banks and other financial institutions, Vincent Chan Siew Onn leads the practice alongside Shelina Razaly Wahi, Yap Hui Lu and Gopala Krishnan Sundaram.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Chan Siew Onn; Shelina Razaly Wahi; Yap Hui Lu; Gopala Krishnan Sundaram

Key clients

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Adnan Sundra & Low

Adnan Sundra & Low's practice has a number of specialist practitioners at its helm, including Wong Chin Chin, How Tze Yen, Tracy Ng Tsu Ynn, Justin Chua, and Jacyn Phuah Lee Zhin. The team has experience advising on the structural and regulatory aspects of high-value transactions, with notable expertise in the telecoms, technology, consumer goods, financial services, retail and manufacturing sectors. Key areas of expertise include M&A and IPOs, with additional experience in handling Islamic finance-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Wong Chin Chin; How Tze Yen; Tracy Ng Tsu Ynn; Justin Chua Ee Ghee; Jacyn Phuah Lee Zhin

Key clients

Axiata Group Berhad

Farm Fresh Berhad

Work highlights

  • Advised on the IPO of up to 743.18 ordinary shares in Farm Fresh Berhad.
  • Advised Axiata Group Berhad on the merger of the telco operations of Celcom Axiata Berhad and Berhad.

Albar & Partners

Albar & Partners is well-equipped to advise its client roster on M&A, de-mergers, public takeovers, joint ventures and IPOs, with demonstrable experience in the financial services and consumer goods sectors. Peh Suan Wan advises on a broad range of corporate exercises and commercial transactions. Lily Tan Chea Li left the firm in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Peh Suan Wan

Key clients

AmInvestment Bank Berhad.

CIMB Investment Bank Berhad

Creador Sdn Bhd

HARPS Global Pte Ltd

Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad

MMC Corporation Berhad

Maybank Investment Banking Berhad

Malaysia Building Society Berhad

MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Harps Global PTE on the acquisition of Semperit Investments Asia Pte from Semperit Technische Produkte GmbH.
  • Advised a consortium of banks on the IPO of ITMAX Berhad.

Azmi & Associates

The practice at Azmi & Associates is jointly led by Norhisham Abd Bahrin, who has considerable experience advising on M&A, foreign investments and joint ventures, as well as private equity and venture capital fund investments, and Azmi Mohd Ali. The team is well-versed in M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganisations, in addition to the financing aspects of large-scale projects and is well-equipped to advise on the due diligence and regulatory aspects of such matters. Key sectors of expertise include financial services and consumer goods.

Practice head(s):

Norhisham Abd Bahrin; Azmi Mohd Ali

Key clients

Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad and Dagang Sejahtersa

Sdn. Bhd

Chart Industries Inc

Small Medium Enterprise Development Bank Malaysia


Quantum Qhazanah Sdn Bhd

Baladna Food Industries Co W.L.L.

UMW Holdings Berhad

Permodalan Hartanah Berhad



Syarikat Air Darul Aman Sdn Bhd

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (PERODUA)

KULIM (Malaysia) Berhad

Pelaburan MARA Berhad (PMB)

Inprocess Technology and Consulting Group

Footlocker Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Vantage Drilling International

Work highlights

  • Advised Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad and Dagang Sejahtera Sdn. Bhd. for a 100% acquisition of Ladang Permai Damai Sdn. Bhd., with a purchase price of over RM215m, involving the incorporation of a joint-venture company and a special purpose vehicle.
  • Advised Syarikat Air Darul Aman Sdn. Bhd (SADA), the State of Kedah government-affiliated water company, in relation to NRW Concession Agreement which is the first agreement of its kind in Malaysia.
  • Advised Chart Industries Inc in conducting legal due diligence and the preparation of a legal due diligence report for the 100% acquisition of Howden Group, with a purchase price of $4.4bn.

Chooi & Company

The Bangsar-based team at Chooi & Company is equipped to advise its roster of clients on a variety of mandates, including the due diligence aspects of M&A transactions, cross-jurisdictional share sale and purchase agreements, in addition to joint ventures. Key team members include Jimmy Ng Chwe Hwa, Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, and Lim Tsu Qi, who was promoted to partner in July 2022. Tan Ming-LiYoon Ming Sun, and Yeat Soo Ching left the firm following the separation of the firm from Cheang & Ariff in March 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Jimmy Ng Chwe Hwa; Karen Cheah Yee Lynn; Lim Tsu Qi


‘Very swift and thorough responses to queries.’

Deol & Gill

The team at Deol & Gill is praised for its ‘stellar experience and sterling expertise’ in corporate and M&A. Its client roster is formed of government-linked entities and large corporations to whom the practice advises on domestic and cross-border M&A, sale and purchase agreements, and joint ventures, in addition to due diligence and regulatory matters. Suraj Singh Gill is praised as ‘meticulous’ and Michael Raj is regarded for his ‘formidable expertise’, whilst Sathish Ramachandran is commended for his ‘laser-sharp focus’. All named practitioners collectively lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Suraj Singh Gill; Michael Raj; Sathish Ramachandran


‘They have a strong corporate acumen, are proactive and professional in the handling of corporate transactions.’

‘The partners of this law firm provide a combination of stellar experience and sterling expertise. They are very personal in their approach when dealing with clients. Deol & Gill has strategic alliances with regional law firms and it was seamless to execute our cross-border transactions with their help.’

‘Suraj Singh Gill believes in building long-term and productive working relationships with clients. He has an eye for details and is very meticulous in assisting clients with all stages of a transaction; from origination to execution, to closing.’

Key clients

Dagang NeXchange Berhad

MAA Group Berhad

IRGA Sdn. Bhd.

Perak Corporation Berhad

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Pos Malaysia Berhad

Soft Space Sdn. Bhd.

HSS Engineers Berhad

Global Oriental Berhad

Lasseters International Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Dagang NeXchange Berhad in respect of its joint acquisition of the entire equity interest in in Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd with a transaction value of RM273m.
  • Represented Dagang NeXchange Berhad in respect of its acquisition of 60% equity interest in Ping Petroleum Limited, a company in the UK which holds offshore oil and gas assets in the North Sea with transaction value was $78m.
  • Represented MAA Group Berhad in respect of its acquisition of 57.78% equity interest in Turiya Berhad, a public listed company, listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong

Always thinking out of the box’, Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong’s practice is well-equipped to handle a range of mandates, including M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings, with demonstrable experience across the pharmaceuticals, technology, healthcare and real estate sectors. Jeff Leong, who advises on M&A, joint ventures, venture capital investment and foreign investment transactions, jointly leads the team alongside Kenny Poon, who handles takeovers, debt restructurings and schemes of arrangement.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Leong; Kenny Poon

Other key lawyers:

James Wong; Lee Seen Yin


‘The team is very responsive and helpful.’

‘Kenny Poon and team have been very proactive in leading and solving issues. The personal attention given by Kenny is second to none.’

‘The team is highly specialised across all levels of corporate work and I have experienced great service and quality from them in due diligence and corporate matters.’

‘JLPW has been innovative in their approach in providing their services, always thinking out of the box.’

‘They are always available, highly qualified, very good with their levels of service and always friendly and helpful.’

Key clients

ScaleUp Malaysia

MCHB Development (NS) Sdn. Bhd.

Negri Sembilan Chinese Maternity Association

Work highlights

  • Acting for ScaleUp Malaysia, a venture capital fund, in their investments in various startup companies.
  • Acting for MCHB Development (NS) Sdn. Bhd. in its joint venture with NS Corporation, who is the owner of the master blueprint of Malaysian Valley Vision.
  • Acted for Negri Sembilan Chinese Maternity Association in its restructuring with a view to enable NSCMH Medical Centre to become a sustainable business, and to raise funds.

LAW Partnership

Led by Raphael Tay, who is ‘well-versed in corporate transactions’LAW Partnership’s practice advises on the due diligence aspects of M&A, in addition to handling corporate advisory matters, transactional structuring issues and drafting commercial contracts. Tay is regularly supported by associate Shivani Sivanesan, both of whom ‘stand out as excellent and experienced practitioners’.

Practice head(s):

Raphael Tay

Other key lawyers:

Shivani Sivanesan; Brian Law; Suaran Singh Sidhu


‘An excellent team with good understanding of the M&A landscape in Malaysia.’

‘Raphael Tay and Shivani Sivanesan stand out as excellent and experienced practitioners.’

‘The team provides a strong service and is very knowledgeable on a broad spectrum of legal matters. They are good and clear communicators with great follow-up on cases.’

Key clients

Jentayu Sustainables

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jentayu Sustainables Berhad on its proposed acquisition of 100% equity in two companies owning and in the process of developing a small hydropower plant scheme comprising of several hydropower plants.
  • Acting for Jentayu Sustainables Berhad, LAW Partnership reviewing the requisite documents that ensured efficient structural design, operational reliability and cost savings on the development of power plants by Jentayu.
  • Acting for Jentayu Sustainables Berhad on its proposed acquisition of 100% of a private limited company owning and operating a private specialist hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh

Philip Koh and Adrian Koh jointly lead the corporate and M&A practice at Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh. The team’ advises its roster of domestic clients on acquisitions, acting namely for the purchaser in such matters, with demonstrable experience across the renewables, consumer retail, and agriculture sectors. Wenny Ling, who focuses on key acquisitions in Malaysia, was promoted to partner in January 2023 and is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Philip Koh; Adrian Koh

Other key lawyers:

Wenny Ling

Key clients

AmInvestment Bank Berhad

Astramina Advisory Sdn Bhd

Can-One Berhad

Citaglobal Berhad

Dialog Group Berhad

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises

Eastern & Oriental Berhad

Ekovest Berhad

Gamuda Berhad

Hong Leong Investment Bank

IOI Corporation Berhad

IOI Properties Group Berhad

Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd

Kerjaya Prospek Berhad

Kian Joo Can Factory Berhad

LBS Bina Group Berhad

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

Maybank Investment Bank Berhad

Mercury Securities Sdn Bhd

Mulpha International Bhd

Nirvana Asia Ltd

Omesti Berhad

OSK Holdings Group

RHB Investment Bank Berhad

Sunway Berhad

Sunway Construction Group Berhad

Tropicana Corporation Berhad

WCT Holdings Berhad

Murad Yee Partnership

The ‘robust, focused, approachable and responsive team’ at Murad Yee Partnership’ varied workload includes corporate disposals, PPAs, and corporate reorganisations, and has demonstrable experience in handling the regulatory aspects and documentation involved in such matters. Praised as ‘experienced, solutions-driven and professional’, practice leader Yee Fook Wengis the driving force and back bone of the firm’, and is regularly supported by Kuay Ken Nie.

Practice head(s):

Yee Fook Weng

Other key lawyers:

Kuay Ken Nie


‘Yee Fook Weng is the driving force and back bone of the firm.’

‘A robust, focused, approachable and responsive team, with good capabilities.’

‘Yee Fook Weng is experienced, solutions-driven and professional, and has good ethics.’

Key clients

Pestech International Berhad

Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad

Tricor Group (Malaysia)

Portman Education Group

Advanced Packaging Technology (M) Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted as the Malaysian counsel to Pestech International Berhad in relation to its $118m disposal of its overseas power transmission concession.
  • Acted as the counsel to Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad in relation to its proposed share buy-back exercise, together with an accompanying RM800m share capital reduction.
  • Advised Advanced Packaging Technology (M) Bhd in its proposed internal reorganisation by way of a court-sanctioned members’ scheme of arrangement pursuant to the Companies Act 2016.

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s ‘excellent’ practice advises its client roster of high-net-worth individuals, as well as private and public entities, on matters concerning cross-border acquisitions, restructurings, company reorganisations, and sale and purchase agreements. It is also well-equipped to advise on the due diligence aspects of such mandates. Chew Phye Keat leads the team and ‘extremely attentive’ Joyce Teh is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Chew Phye Keat

Other key lawyers:

Joyce Teh; Tai Chu Wei


‘An excellent team – professional, knowledgeable and thorough. The service that they provide is excellent and efficient, and follow-ups are outstanding.’

‘Joyce Teh is extremely attentive and provides top-notch responses.’

‘The team is reliable and thorough in their work.’

‘Strong local knowledge from a full-service law firm.’

Key clients

Silverlake Group

Hong Leong Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as the Malaysian counsel to Intrepid E-Commerce in connection with its sale to Ascential, a global data and analytics firm, for $250m.
  • Advised Ikhasas Sawit Sdn Bhd on the acquisition of PT Rafi Kamajaya Abadi and PT Sawit Rezeki Abadi, two entities engaged in oil palm plantation in Kalimantan, Indonesia, for RM115m.
  • Acted as the lead counsel to Mr Goh Peng Ooi in respect of the investment of $40m by private equity firm, Ikhlas Capital, in Mr Goh Peng Ooi’s company in Singapore, which is the holding company of SGX-listed Silverlake Axis Ltd.

Wong Beh & Toh

The ‘experienced’ team at Wong Beh & Toh is well-equipped to assist its roster of domestic clients on a range of matters, including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and IPOs, in addition to the due diligence and documentation aspects therein. Cynthia Toh is the key practitioner at the practice, while Chin Lit Fwu departed to Zul Rafique & Partners in October 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Toh; Yeap Lin Lin


‘A very experienced team.’

‘Yeap Lin Lin is noteworthy.’

Key clients

UMedic Group Berhad

TT Vision Holdings Berhad

Supercomnet Technologies Berhad

Oppstar Berhad

Siangtronics Technology Sdn Bhd

CAB Cakaran Corporation Berhad

NationGate Holdings Berhad

Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad

Cosmos Technology International Berhad

Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad

Zul Rafique & Partners

Zul Rafique & Partners’ team is led by ‘deeply experienced and phenomenal partner’ Jerry Ong, who has demonstrable experience advising on high-value M&A. The team is well-equipped to assist its roster of domestic clients on a broad range of matters, including share purchase agreements, cross-border and domestic acquisitions, and restructurings, in addition to the documentation and due diligence aspects of such mandates. Chin Lit Fwu, who joined from Wong Beh & Toh in October 2022, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jerry Ong

Other key lawyers:

Cathryn Chay; Chin Lit Fwu


‘Jerry Ong’s leadership sees that his team maintains a prompt and well-researched output of advice.’

‘Jerry Ong is a deeply experienced and phenomenal partner, who understands the clients’ legal points. He brings decades of insights to bear in an impactful way.’

‘Prompt responses are put into simple terms for clients’ understanding.’

‘What makes the team unique is the level of hands-on attention you receive from every member of the team.’

‘Jerry Ong is extremely well-versed in mergers and acquisitions. Jerry has the ability to seamlessly unpick the issues and provide succinct advice on what courses of action ought to be taken. ’

‘Jerry Ong is very hands-on and commercially-driven.’

‘A solid M&A team led by Jerry Ong.’

‘Jerry Ong is a leading M&A practitioner. He provided clear, practical and innovative solutions during our acquisition of a high-value target.’

Key clients

Boost Holdings Sdn Bhd

Celcom Axiata Berhad

Axiata Group Berhad

Celcom Mobile Sdn Bhd

Tropicana Corporation Berhad

Sanlam Emerging Markets Proprietary Limited

Naval Elite Limited

Le Mercier’s Capital Pte Ltd

Jotun Paints (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Boost Holdings Sdn Bhd in the application for a licence for a digital bank and in the operational readiness requirements that the Digital Bank is required to comply with.
  • Advised Celcom Mobile Sdn Bhd and Celcom Axiata Berhad on the subscription of equity stakes in 5G single wholesale network provider Digital Nasional Berhad.
  • Advised an ACRA-registered entity incorporated in Singapore, as local counsel, in the sale of 819,700 ordinary shares representing 81.97% of the share capital of a Malaysian company engaged in Indonesian coal projects to an existing shareholder which will become the sole owner.

Aaron Sankar & Co.

Established in 2021, managing partner Aaron Gerard Sankar leads the team at boutique corporate firm Aaron Sankar & Co.. The practice advises on the due diligence aspects of cross-border acquisitions and the disposals of shares, in additional to handling general corporate regulatory and compliance matters. Christie Wong is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Gerard Sankar

Other key lawyers:

Christie Wong


‘Clear, concise advice. Punching above their weight, great value for money and very responsive.’

‘Aaron Sankar and Christie Wong are technically sound, commercially-aware and responsive.’

Key clients

Apex Healthcare Berhad

Chip Eng Seng Corporation Ltd

Club Med Asia Pacific

DKSH Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Ekaterra Malaysia (Lipton tea and others)

Intercontinental Hotels Group (Asia Pacific)

Jasmine Food Corporation Sdn Bhd

MCIS Insurance Berhad

Minda Global Berhad

Reach Energy Berhad

SMRT Holdings Berhad

Work highlights

  • Acted for Jasmine Food Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (subsidiary of Padiberas Nasional Berhad on its acquisition of the remaining 49% shares of its subsidiary, JS Jasmine Sdn. Bhd.
  • Acting for a public company listed on the NYSE on its acquisition of a private limited company in Malaysia.

Daniel & Wong

Led by founding partner Kenneth Wong Poh Lim, who is praised for his ‘practical and thoughtful approach when structuring transactions’, the ‘extremely efficient and reliable’ team at Daniel & Wong acts for national and international clients on M&A, regulatory mandates, and sale and purchase agreements, in addition to the due diligence aspects of related matters. Key sectors of expertise include renewables, real estate, construction and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Wong Poh Lim

Other key lawyers:

Chermaine Chen Yinn Li; Pang Chiaw Wei


‘They are extremely efficient and reliable. Together with their competitive rates and flexible approach, they are our go-to for Malaysian legal advice.’

‘Kenneth Wong is totally impressive – evidently driven, having built a successful practice, but he remains humble and approachable also. His effective advice is invaluable.’

‘Daniel & Wong’s team is known for its practical and thoughtful approach when structuring transactions.’

‘Kenneth Wong is known for his ability in simplifying complex legal issues in an M&A transaction, which ensures that all parties involved quickly grasp the key issues at hand.’

‘Daniel & Wong provides efficient, comprehensive and personalised legal services.’

‘Kenneth Wong is very efficient and goes the extra mile, helping to turn around pieces of work with tight deadlines comprehensively.’

‘The team are constantly on-the-ball and keen to explore different avenues and aspects to deliver the best advise to their clients.’

‘Chermaine Chen Yinn Li’s exceptional communication skills are praiseworthy. He can convey complex legal concepts in a clear and accessible manner, making clients feel informed and empowered.’

Key clients

University of Nottingham UK

Pinsent Masons LLP

Axteria Group Berhad

Terminal Bersepadu Gombak Sdn Bhd

Sweetmag Solutions (M) Sdn Bhd

Browne Jacobson LLP

Rentokil Initial (M) Sdn Bhd

Sodexo Services Asia Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented the University of Nottingham in its acquisition of 66.41% shareholding held by Boustead Holdings Berhad in The University of Nottingham in Malaysia Sdn Bhd via its wholly-owned local subsidiary.
  • Assisted Axteria Group Berhad in a shares issuance exercise of up to 213.6m ordinary shares in Axteria, representing approximately 30% of Axteria’s total number of issued shares (excluding treasury shares).
  • Advised Sweetmag Solutions (M) Sdn Bhd in its allotment of majority shares to Malaysian listed entity, GDEX Berhad.

Gan, Lee & Tan

Jointly led by Gan Ming Chiek and Yeow Jie Han, the team at Gan, Lee & Tan acts for regional clients on equity interest sales, proposed IPOs, and acquisitions, in addition to drafting, negotiating and advising on due diligence mandates. Key sectors of expertise include technology, telecoms, aviation, consumer goods and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):

Gan Ming Chiek; Yeow Jie Han

Other key lawyers:

Kelvin Wong Yow Yung; Lily Tan Lay Li

Key clients

Fusang Exchange Limited

Anjur Ekar Sdn Bdh

Taisei Lamick Co. Ltd.

Finspark Sdn Bhd

EP Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

Design Heritage Sdn Bhd

Abaci Ventures Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Taisei Lamick Co. Ltd in connection with the sale of approximately 80% equity interest in Taisei Lamick’s subsidiary, namely, Taisei Lamick Malaysia Sdn Bhd to Scientex Packaging Film Sdn Bhd for a total consideration of MYR63m.
  • Advised EP Manufacturing Bhd, a public company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, in relation to a proposed acquisition of 51% of the entire equity interest in SAT Autopart Sdn Bhd for a total consideration of MYR10m.
  • Advised and acted for Design Heritage Sdn Bhd for the subscription of ordinary shares in Zest Venture Sdn Bhd, for a total subscription price of MYR6,59m.

Halim Hong & Quek

Halim Hong & Quek advises on public and private M&A, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, and corporate advisory mandates. Key names to note include practice leader Leon Gan Han Chen, Dato’ Quek Ngee Meng, who acts for developers on sale and purchase transactions, and senior associate Adrian Koh Hui Huang, who is praised for his ‘sheer honesty, extreme passion, and deep professionalism’.

Practice head(s):

Leon Gan Han Chen

Other key lawyers:

Dato’ Quek Ngee Meng; Adrian Koh Hui Huang


‘The team’s capabilities and strengths are communication, responsibility, cooperation and reliability.’

‘Halim, Hong & Quek possesses good communication, are are reliable and responsible. They are cooperative during engagements and provide valuable advice.’

‘Adrian Koh Hui Huang displays sheer honesty, extreme passion, and deep professionalism.’

Key clients

Citaglobal Berhad

Mestron Holdings Berhad

Revenue Group Berhad

Exsim Development Sdn Bhd

TIZA Global Sdn Bhd

Astramina Advisory Sdn Bhd

Technovate Trading Sdn Bhd

HCK Capital Group Berhad

PTT Synergy Group Berhad

Furniweb Holdings Limited

PRG Holdings Berhad

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to TIZA Global Sdn Bhd in connection with the acquisition by Citaglobal Berhadof the entire stake in Citaglobal Engineering Services Sdn Bhd from TIZA Global for an indicative purchase consideration of RM140m.
  • Advised Subang Sentral Development Sdn Bhd in respect of the joint venture arrangement with the respective landowner and beneficial owner in connection with the revival of the abandoned Remix 1 located in Subang Jaya.
  • Advised Mestron Holdings Berhad on its minority acquisition of 10% equity interest in Winstar Aluminium Manufacturing Sdn Bhd for a total cash consideration of RM6m.

KhaiLing Yau Chambers

Praised for its ‘unwavering dedication to clients’ needs’, the team at boutique corporate firm KhaiLing Yau Chambers advises its roster of clients on a range of matters, including sale and purchase transactions, in addition to the drafting, negotiation, due diligence and regulatory aspects of of commercial documents and agreements. ‘Standout’ Lau Yuet Sian jointly leads the team alongside Yau Khai Ling, who always ‘delivers what she promises’. 

Practice head(s):

Yau Khai Ling; Lau Yuet Sian


‘They are knowledgeable in this space and provide significant guidance to all parties. The composition of the firm is excellent; the team is young, skilful and well-versed.’

‘Lau Yuet Sian is impeccable.’

‘Yau Khai Ling’s approach is unique, friendly, creative and transparent. Her experience overseas helps with providing international advice that allows us to consider different angles when approaching our business.’

Key clients

Advance Opportunities Fund

Visiota Sdn. Bhd.

AFT Labuan Limited

Black Rabbit Consulting Inc

White Rabbit Consulting Sdn. Bhd.

Triton Capital Fund VCC

Accendo Technologies Sdn. Bhd.

Adventa Berhad

Virago Energy Pte. Ltd.

Virbank Pte. Ltd.

Virago International Trading Pte. Ltd.

Lucenxia Sdn. Bhd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Virago Energy Pte. Ltd. in its proposed acquisition of mining and trading rights in a 100-hectare coal concession in Indonesia.
  • Advised Advance Opportunities Fund & Advance Opportunities Fund I in bridging loan transactions with entities listed on the Bursa Securities Malaysia Berhad.
  • Advised Accendo Technologies Sdn. Bhd. in its fundraising exercises.

Lim Jo Yan & Co

Housing a ‘team of practitioners with remarkable character’, Lim Jo Yan & Co advises its client roster on sale and purchase agreements, subscriptions and acquisitions of shares, and proposed acquisitions of companies, in addition to assisting on the due diligence aspects of such matters, which are often cross-jurisdictional in nature. Lim Jo Yan, who ‘goes above and beyond’ for clients, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Lim Jo Yan

Other key lawyers:

Chin Chyu Ern


‘The team is very efficient and has good commercial knowledge.’

‘Lim Jo Yan provides commercial solutions and can easily be reached.’

‘Lim Jo Yan and his team work well together and have positive attitudes towards finding the best solutions for clients. They are filled with enthusiasm toward their assigned tasks.’

Key clients

ACA Investments Pte. Ltd.

Apave International SAS

Autobacs Car Service Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Bee Alternatives Limited

Bersatu Integrated Logistics Sdn. Bhd.

Dedalus Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Harima Chemicals Group, Inc.

Joyy Inc.

Kairos Capital Ventures VCC

Top Crest Capital Sdn. Bhd.

Work highlights

  • Advised ACA Investments Pte. Ltd. in its Series A investment of RM21m in Instapay Technologies Sdn. Bhd.
  • Advised Harima Chemicals Group, Inc. in its acquisition of a Malaysian entity of the Henkel Group for a total global transaction deal value of RM183m.
  • Assisted Activpayroll Ltd. in its acquisition of Propay Partners Sdn. Bhd. for RM16m.

Naqiz & Partners

Advising clients on share sale purchases and agreements, and the due diligence aspects of acquisitions and proposed acquisitions of businesses and assets, forms a significant portion of Naqiz & Partners’ workload. Managing partner Khairul Ismail and Nadira Shariffudin Taff jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Khairul Ismail; Nadira Shariffudin Taff

Peter Ling & van Geyzel

Peter Ling, who is praised as a ‘high-integrity lawyer with impressive experience in the field’, leads the team at Peter Ling & van Geyzel, advising on domestic and cross-border M&A, disposals and sale transactions. The practice is praised as 'efficient, knowledgeable and attentive to the needs to clients'.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ling


‘They are very experienced in corporate and M&A exercises.’

‘Peter Ling is amongst the most well-known legal advisers for corporate and M&A in Malaysia. He will give the most practical advice within the conforms of the law. A very high-integrity lawyer with impressive experience in the field.’

‘The team at Peter Ling & Van Geyzel is efficient, knowledgeable and attentive to the needs to clients.’

Key clients

Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad

Digital Media Nusantara Sdn Bhd

Harvest Miracle Capital Berhad

Ingenieur Gudang Berhad

Minetech Resources Berhad

MMAG Holdings Berhad

Widuri Capital Management Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad on the disposal by its wholly-owned subsidiary of equity interests for a total cash consideration of $120m.
  • Advised Vortex Consolidated Berhad on the RM21m acquisition of the entire issued and paid-up share capital of Teras Gemumi Sdn Bhd.

Ramesh Dipendra Jeremiah Law

Ramesh Dipendra Jeremiah Law’s team is led by Jeremiah Gurusamy, who is praised for providing ‘a personalised and reliable service’. The practice’s workload includes company sales and disposals, fundraisings, and related due diligence aspects therein. Associate Danny Khoo Yih Xiang is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jeremiah Gurusamy

Other key lawyers:

Danny Khoo Yih Xiang


‘The team members are attentive to clients, prompt and efficient. They give great and detailed legal advice.’

‘Jeremiah Gurusamy translates legal jargon very well to clients and understands the essence of the clients’ needs and advises them accurately based on that.’

‘The people, turnaround time and culture of the team all stand out.’

Key clients

Wahine Capital Sdn. Bhd.

Top Glove Sdn. Bhd.

Robopreneur Sdn. Bhd.

Propay Partners Sdn. Bhd.

Petroleum Sarawak Berhad

Airod Sdn. Bhd.

GuestReady Sdn. Bhd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of Propay Partners Sdn Bhd in their disposal and sale of the company to a UK based company, Activpayroll Ltd.
  • Advised Wahine Capital Sdn Bhd in their fundraising from a venture capitalist company, 1337 Ventures Sdn Bhd.
  • Advised Robopreneur Sdn Bhd, a robotics company in Malaysia, in its fundraising exercise from foreign private investors and through equity crowdfunding platform.

Tay & Partners

Led by Chang Hong Yun, the practice at Tay & Partners is noted for its expertise in the financial services and fintech sectors, and advises its roster of clients on domestic and cross-border share acquisitions, and the documentation elements therein. Wong Mei Ying is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Chang Hong Yun

Other key lawyers:

Wong Mei Ying

Key clients

Maxi-Cash (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in its investment into Malaysian pawnbroking companies by way of share acquisition.