Christopher & Lee Ong’s ‘reliable and responsive’ corporate practice advises on the entire deal lifecycle, from competitive M&A bidding and structuring to eventual execution and implementation. The team has expertise in joint venture and shareholder’s agreements, takeovers and equity capital markets. The firm represents an array of clients, including multinational companies, government-linked corporations and SMEs from various sectors. Yon See Ting and Kuok Yew Chen regularly advise on cross-border transactions and are familiar with regulatory authorities for competition and telecoms. Other key members of the team include Christopher Lee, Por Chuei Ying, Yau Yee Ming, Chor Jack, Tracy Wong and Lee Hock Chye.
Corporate and M&A in Malaysia
Lee Hock Chye; Christopher Lee; Yon See Ting; Yau Yee Ming; Kuok Yew Chen; Por Chuei Ying
Other key lawyers:
Tracy Wong; Chor Jack
‘The team, who look at corporate exercises, are very reliable and responsive to clients’ requests. They also work well with other advisers within the working group such as investment bankers, reporting accountants, company secretaries to come up with workable solutions.’
‘They are very well-versed with the local listing requirements and guidelines. They also understand the needs of both, the authorities and the clients.’
Starlight Asset Sdn Bhd
Edenor Technology Sdn Bhd
Khoo Kah Pheng and Lim Kooi Fui
Creador I.V. LP
AirAsia Com Travel Sdn Bhd
Maxis Broadband Sdn Bh
ISEC Sdn Bhd
Creador Sdn Bhd
One Rock Capital Partners, LLC
- Advised CVC Capital Partners’ on its purchase of a 68.35% stake in Affin Hwang Asset Management Bhd for RM1.54bn.
- Advised Esteel Enterprise Pte. Ltd. in its $158.82m acquisition of Antara Steel Mills Sdn. Bhd. from Lion Industries Corporation Berhad.
- Acted as the local counsel for One Rock Capital Partners LLC in the acquisition of Eastman Chemical Company’s tire additives business, where assisted on the overall setting up of the Buyer’s local subsidiary in Malaysia.
Rahmat Lim & Partners is involved in numerous, high-value M&A transactions, both in Malaysia and across the region. The practice advises financial institutions, in addition to both public and private organisations, on a broad range of deals, including local and regional joint ventures, share and business acquisitions and disposals. The team is also well-versed in corporate reorganisations, privatisations, leveraged buy-outs and capital restructurings. Practice head Moy Pui Yee is active across a range of industries including financial services, energy and power, while Lim Teong Sit has expertise in Islamic finance and Chen Lee Won handles joint ventures and general commercial contracts. Ho Wei Lih, whose ‘professionalism and tenacity is second to none’, is another key member of the team.
Moy Pui Yee
Other key lawyers:
Lim Teong Sit; Chen Lee Won; Ho Wei Lih
‘The team at Rahmat Lim & Partners brings a lot of experience to the table. The team’s expertise and overall coordination between its members, plus their professionalism, definitely made a huge difference to negotiations and ultimately secured a favourable outcome for us.’
‘Ho Wei Lih was the partner who was in charge of our M&A exercise, leading a team of 3-4 other lawyers. As a leader, she was always on top of things, able to give valuable advice on what we should/could do.’
‘They work tirelessly regardless of time and ensure that deadlines are met. In fact, they make sure they fully understand the nature of our business in order to provide professional advice to the best of our company’s interest.’
‘Ho Wei Lih is exceptional. Her professionalism and tenacity is second to none and she is very patient. If there is another deal opportunity, we will definitely engage her again.’
‘Easy to work with and quick to respond to our requests. Very organised and great attention to detail.’
‘Good judgement and creative in solving legal issues. Able to bring their vast experience to formulate new strategy and solve issues.’
‘Very strong support on M&A transactions.’
‘Ho Wei Lih has an excellent grasp of local issues, handling PE funds and driving transactions to closure.’
- Advised Malayan Cement Berhad on the acquisition of the equity interest of 10 companies and their respective subsidiaries from YTL Cement Berhad for RM5.158bn.
- Advised Universal Robina Corporation on its acquisition of 100% of Munchy Food Industries Sdn. Bhd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Munchworld Marketing Sdn. Bhd., from the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for RM1.925bn.
- Advised Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad on the acquisition of 494,865,786 ordinary shares in IJM Plantations Berhad, representing 56.20% equity interest in IJMP from IJM Corporation Berhad for a total cash consideration of RM1,534.08m.
The corporate and M&A team at Shearn Delamore & Co has several industry strengths, from e-commerce and healthcare to infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and financial services. The firm’s clients include foreign financial institutions, insurance companies and private equity firms. The practice is well-versed in leveraged buyouts, due diligence, M&A and regulatory approvals among other corporate services. Corporate governance expert Grace Yeoh leads the team with support of Putri Noor Shariza Noordin, who focuses on M&A. Marhaini Nordin regularly advises on the offering of securities by foreign corporations, while Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan and Michelle Wong Min Er represent multinational companies. Lai Zhen Pik works on securities offerings, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
Other key lawyers:
‘This team has a good bench with senior lawyers, such as Grace Yeoh, and younger lawyers such as Michelle Wong and Nicholas Tan, who are also top class. They have always been responsive and technically strong.’
‘Nicholas Tan is commercial and able to think out of the box for his clients.’
‘Shearn Delamore & Co has handled numerous types of corporate and M&A matters in various industries. The team is helpful and always puts extra efforts to assist their clients in achieving business objectives.’
‘Marhaini Nordin is one of the most resourceful partners in the corporate and M&A practice group of Shearn Delamore & Co. She is not only kind hearted and honest, but her work also shows her seniority in this area.’
‘Shearn has been the go-to firm for us in Malaysia when our backs are up against the wall. They have time and time again managed and negotiated difficult structures and situations, whether on corporate or litigation matters.’
‘Michelle Wong Er, who has acted on our behalf in a number of cases, has been exceptional both in drafting and negotiations.’
‘It has a multidisciplinary practice which is able to provide competent value added advice and solutions.’
‘Nicholas Tan has risen through the ranks as a partner. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he is competent to deliver any assignments with excellent turnaround time and ability to provide practical solutions that will ensure that clients will know that their interests are taken care of and fully protected.’
Mammoth Empire Group of Companies
United Malacca Berhad
Reed Business Information Limited
Elanco Animal Health Inc.
Alibaba / Cainiao Logistics Group
CISDI Group Co. Ltd
Nuctech Company Limited
China Oil Field Services Limited
Sony Interactive Entertainment
JUUL Labs Singapore Pte Ltd
CREC Development (M) Sdn Bhd
British Council, UK (UK)
Ceridian Group (USA)
CISDI Group Co., Ltd
Bynder Holding B.V.
Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad
- Advised Mammoth Empire group on their collaboration with EXSIM Holdings Sdn. Bhd., JT Momentum Sdn. Bhd. and Rubberex Corporation (M) Berhad.
- Advised Virtuozzo, Inc. in its acquisition of OnApp .
- Acted for Scientex Berhad in its unconditional voluntary take-over offer to acquire all the shares and warrants in Daibochi Berhad in 2021.
Praised as ‘experts in M&A’, Skrine has demonstrable experience across the healthcare, financial institutions, insurance, energy, private equity and oil and gas sectors. The practice is led by To’ Puan Janet Looi, who advises on M&A, corporate governance, regulatory work, foreign direct investments and compliance matters, while Fariz Abdul Aziz leverages expertise in private equity transactions and counts HSBC, Ekuiti Nasional Berhad and BP among his key list of clients. Sheba Gumis focuses on foreign direct investment and associate Tan Wei Xian is another key member of the group.
To’ Puan Janet Looi
Other key lawyers:
Fariz Abdul Aziz; Sheba Gumis; Tan Wei Xian; Theresa Chong
‘Their advice was precise and due diligence was detailed and comprehensive. It seems that they have knowledge as M&A lawyers.’
‘We have been very impressed with the Skrine team. They are experts in M&A, providing seamless support during difficult processes.’
‘Fariz Abdul Aziz is an expert in his field, knowing how to mitigate legal issues not only from a purely legalistic manner but taking commercial aspects into consideration.’
International Business Machines (IBM)
Tecan Group AG
Foot Locker, Inc.
Repsol Exploración, S.A.
Siam Commercial Bank
CVC Capital Partners
Omya Management AG
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.
Ekuiti Nasional Berhad
GIC (Ventures) Pte Ltd
SR Technics Switzerland AG
Setia HC Ventures Sdn Bhd
CGE Partners LLP
Kwasa Logistics Sdn Bhd and Goodman SEA Investments No. 1 Limited
Health Digital Technologies Sdn Bhd
Malaysian Technology Development Corporation
Industrialization & Energy Services Company
Wong & Partners
Wong & Partners is the trusted counsel for local and multinational clients across various jurisdictions and numerous industries, such as insurance, life sciences, healthcare and education. The practice is well-versed in the full spectrum of corporate services including cross-border M&A, reorganisations, private equity and venture capital. Brian Chia leads the corporate, commercial and securities practice and has a diverse roster of clients, with prominent names including MasterCard, Allianz and TBG Global. Munir Abdul Aziz is experienced across all aspects of corporate and general commercial transactions, while Andre Gan specialises in competition matters. Sue Wan Wong acts on financial services and insurance transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Munir Abdul Aziz; Andre Gan; Sue Wan Wong
‘Wong & Partners has deep knowledge and experience especially in M&A across Malaysia and other jurisdictions.’
‘Brian Chia and Sue Wan Wong are both very professional and competent in their areas of expertise.’
‘Wong & Partners provides excellent, practical legal solutions to clients.’
Generali Asia N.V.
PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad
IHH Healthcare Berhad
Press Metal Aluminum Holdings Berhad
Infineon Technologies AG
Navis Capital Partners
KV Asia Capital Partners
Permodalan Nasional Berhad
Affinity Equity Partners
Juris Technologies Sdn Bhd
- Advised PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad on its proposed €2.3bn acquisition of Perstorp Holding AB.
- Advised Generali Asia N.V. on the proposed acquisition of shares in AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad and AXA Affin Life Insurance Berhad.
- Advised Vantage Data Centers and its lead investor, Digital Bridge Group, Inc., in connection with its acquisition of PCCW Ltd’s data center business in Malaysia.
Adnan Sundra & Low has a strong track record in advising on M&A and corporate matters, with core competencies including banking and finance, capital markets and Islamic finance. Recent highlights for the practice include advising on the establishment of the first Shariah compliant unlisted real estate investment trust. Adrian Chee and Wong Chin Chin advise financial institutions, insurance companies and manufacturers, while Tracy Ng Tsu Ynn is primarily involved in equity fund raising and corporate advisory matters. Putri Norlisa Najib focuses on banking and finance and How Tze Yen is experienced in commercial contracts, such as licensing agreements. All named practitioners collectively lead the team.
Adrian Chee; Wong Chin Chin; Tracy Ng Tsu Ynn; Putri Norlisa Najib; How Tze Yen
Apricus Global Pte. Ltd
Axiata Group Berhad
Bridgetown 2 Holdings Limited
edotco Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Groupe Solmax Inc
The Longreach Group Limited
- Advised Axiata Group Berhad on the proposed merger of the telco operations of Celcom Axiata Berhad and Digi.com Berhad.
- Advised Groupe Solmax Inc on the acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V., from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate by Groupe Solmax Inc.
- Advised Bridgetown 2 Holdings Limited on proposed merger of a Southeast Asian online realty company PropertyGuru Pte. Ltd. with Bridgetown 2 Holdings Limited.
Chooi & Company’s corporate and M&A practice routinely advises on cross-border and domestic joint ventures. The team is also well-versed in private equity and venture capital set ups, including fund formation, deal structuring and financing. The firm has sector expertise in healthcare, insurance, pharmaceuticals and telecoms. Tan Ming-li is experienced in corporate and securities transactions, while Yoon Ming Sun advises manufacturing businesses and social media companies and Yeat Soo Ching advises on take-over transactions of public companies.
Other key lawyers:
Tan Ming-li; Yoon Ming Sun; Yeat Soo Ching
‘CCCA has provided us support for many years now and throughout this time, we have consistently received dedicated, conscientious and knowledgeable advice and support from their team. We always felt we were in good hands.’
‘Tan Ming-li and her team are the best advisers you can have on your side. Ming-li’s knowledge and experience ensures that we have solid advice and support which is practical and applicable, particularly in complex situations and a dynamic business environment. Her team are always on-time and in fact, goes above and beyond.’
‘High level of integrity and professionalism. Responsible and quick in responding to client’s request for advice and enquiries.’
‘The team at Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff complete assignments on time and provide necessary advice.’
‘Collaboration between their team members are seamless and we are currently engaging them for another assignment.’
‘Yoon Ming Sun is a very responsive lawyer. He can comprehend the commercial needs of a transaction and provide legal advice accordingly.’
Kadir Andri & Partners advises on the acquisition of companies, businesses and assets, in addition to take-over offers, de-mergers and schemes of arrangement. The firm has sector expertise in a number of industries such as banking, insurance, plantations and telecoms. Practice head Tan Kong Yam is experienced in M&A, capital markets, financial services advisory work and corporate real estate matters. Samuel Hong is noted for his capability in securities regulation, while Chin Wee Sing focuses on mergers and equity fund raising exercises.
Tan Kong Yam
Other key lawyers:
Samuel Hong; Chin Wee Sing
Federal Land Development Authority
Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad
CVC Asia Pte. Ltd.
Sunway Healthcare Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd
UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd
Boustead Holdings Berhad
Samling group of companies
- Advised Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd on the placement of 4.99% of shares to MCIS Insurance Berhad.
- Advised Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on the acquisition of the entire issued and paid-up shares in Danajamin Nasional Berhad.
- Advised on the disposal of 100% of the share capital in Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd to a major South East Asian food company.
The corporate and M&A team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill specialises in handling corporate restructurings, reorganisations, share purchases and disposals. The practice is experienced in advising on joint ventures between Malaysian and foreign entities, in addition to foreign direct investment and private equity investment. Tay Weng Hwee leads the team and handles a range of corporate matters including joint ventures, financing and capital markets. Steven Sy Tee is active in private equity transactions and works on cross-border projects, while Teo Wai Sum focuses on corporate and commercial advisory work.
Tay Weng Hwee
Other key lawyers:
Steven Sy Tee; Teo Wai Sum
‘The team consisted of experienced personnel and had the necessary resources to provide continuous advisory services to us.’
‘Cost-effective and quick to respond.’
‘We worked with Teo Wai Sum, who was always responsive, professional, courteous and a pleasure to work with.’
‘The team is very agile and actively supportive. There are times where we need to have a comment from legal advisor right away, and LHAG has been there all the time to support us.’
‘Teo Wai Sum fully understands what a client is looking for, and which area we should pay attention to. We successfully complete our projects with her advice.’
‘The LHAG team has diversity of legal knowledge. The team has strong compassion for the client. Flexible and always willing to listen.’
‘Teo Wai Sum has strong knowledge in M&A. Compassion for client, flexible and always willing to listen.’
Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad
Verticom Sdn Bhd
WCI Regional Management Pte Ltd
- Advised a Singapore entity backed by billionaire Peter Lim on rights to design, construct, develop and operate international schools under The Wellington College brand in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Advised Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad in relation to the disposal of its 50% equity interest in Danajamin to Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad.
Mohamed Ridza & Co
Mohamed Ridza & Co advises both domestic and foreign companies on a wide range of corporate, M&A and joint venture transactions. Recent highlights for the practice include assisting Arab Malaysian Corporation Berhad on the acquisition of shares and financing facilities. Mohamed Ridza, who has experience in advising on major state and federal privatisation projects, leads the practice alongside capital markets expert Mohamad Nazran Basirun and financing specialist Naseem Mohamed Abdulla, who act for government-linked and public listed corporations.
Mohamed Ridza; Mohammad Nazran Basirun; Naseem Mohamed Abdulla
‘Proven work as a team and are very knowledgeable.’
‘The team is very professional, efficient and subject matters expert. They propose various solutions to our problems.’
Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law) handles all aspects of commercial contracts, from day-to-day operations to drafting of business process and outsourcing agreements. From a corporate advisory standpoint, the team advises on the legal framework governing businesses and regulatory approval matters. The practice has competition experience and can identify risk areas, such as collusive agreements and exclusive dealing. Gilbert Gan leads the team alongside Ang Siak Keng, Tan Wooi Hong, Jonathan Lim, Joan Ting Pang Chung, Idahani Ismas Ismail, Nadarashnaraj Sargunaraj and Stephanie Choong.
Gilbert Gan; Joan Ting Pang Chung; Tan Wooi Hong; Idahani Ismas Bt Ismail; Jonathan Lim; Nadarashnaraj Sargunaraj; Ang Siak Keng; Stephanie Choong
- Acted as lead local counsel to Telenor ASA in driving a proposed merger.
- Acted for Khazanah Nasional Berhad in the sale of Khazanah’s entire equity interest in semiconductor fabricating company SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
- Acted for Alibaba Group on the latest funding round of $578m into Ninja Van.
Zain & Co
Zain & Co’s corporate team has expertise in serving clients in the not-for-profit sector and has advised a range of charitable foundations, including Teach for Malaysia. Other key clients include public corporations such as Petronas Gas Berhad, KESM Industries Berhad and Projek Lintasan. Practice head Salwah Abdul Shukor specialises in M&A transactions, IPOs and Islamic state planning. Rajiv Vijayanathan has particular experience in working on petrochemical contracts, while Rebecca Jeyanthi advises on corporate matters relating to employment.
Salwah Abdul Shukor
Other key lawyers:
Rajiv Vijayanathan; Rebecca Jeyanthi
‘Professional, well-versed in matters of contracts and agreements, appropriate follow ups and feedback on any matters raised.’
‘Rajiv Vijayanathan has an eye for detail and potential areas of future conflicts. He always comes up with proposals to protect his clients and avoid unnecessary exposure. His approach was comprehensive and detailed.’
Crawford & Company Adjusters (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Abdullah Chan & Co has expertise in the financial services, oil and gas, plantation, foreign direct investment and aerospace arenas. Across these sectors, the practice is able to advise on M&A, corporate finance and capital markets matters. Vincent Chan advises on privatisation and government issues, while Shelina Razaly Wahi offers expertise in the commercial and general aviation sectors. Yap Hui Lu acts for clients including Hong Leong Bank Berhad and experienced banking and finance partner Gopala Krishnan Sundaram is another key member of the practice. All named practitioners collectively lead the team.
Vincent Chan; Shelina Razaly Wahi; Yap Hui Lu; Gopala Krishnan Sundaram
Albar & Partners’ corporate and commercial practice offers a range of transactional company and securities law services, including joint ventures, advisory, private equity and IPOs. Lily Tan Chea Li leads the team and focuses on large-scale M&As, public take-overs and IPOs, in addition to asset backed securitisation issues. Peh Suan Wan advises on corporate exercises and commercial transactions, with an emphasis on M&A. Seet Hooi Ping focuses on take-overs and joint ventures, while Cassandra Hogg handles equity capital market matters.
Lily Tan Chea Li
Other key lawyers:
Peh Suan Wan; Seet Hooi Ping; Cassandra Hogg
Icon Offshore Berhad
Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad
Leong Hup International Berhad
MMC Corporation Berhad
Malayan Banking Berhad
Malaysia Building Society Berhad
MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad
MMC Corporation Berhad
RHB Bank Berhad
- Advised on the privatisation of MMC through the selective capital reduction and repayment exercise pursuant to Section 116 of the Companies Act 2016 of Malaysia.
- Advised on the group restructuring exercise of BHB group of companies, resulting in the transfer of the listing status of BHB to Bank Islam.
- Advised on the acquisition of 50% equity interest in Retro Highland Sdn Bhd from Tradewinds Corporation Berhad.
Azmi & Associates assists clients with due diligence, share sale and purchase transactions, reverse take-overs, restructuring and reorganisations. The practice has lately seen increased mandates in the manufacturing and automotive sectors, advising high-profile clients such as Kia Corporation. Practice head Azmi Mohd Ali sits on the board of two listed companies and a public university, with expertise in cross-border transactions.
Azmi Mohd Ali
‘They are very committed to our organisation when carrying out tasks.’
‘Azmi Mohd Ali is an experienced partner who is not just focused on the case, but also has a keen interest in the company.’
‘All of them really take a good care of their client. They’re a team that give a client clear direction on how to remain calm.’
- Advised on the acquisition of Naza’s Minority Interest in Naza Automotive Manufacturing Sdn Bhd.
Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh is active in the M&A and capital markets space, and has been a key adviser on numerous public takeover transactions involving companies listed on Bursa Malaysia. The team is well-versed in sectors such as construction, aviation, insolvency and insurance. The practice is co-headed by Philip Koh and Adrian Koh, who have experience in capital markets and M&A transactions.
Philip Koh; Adrian Koh
‘I would highly recommended the firm for its experience in corporate and M&A transactions. In our work with them, their partner, Adrian Koh, is knowledgeable and experienced and brings solutions to the table, working in collaboration with the advisers and clients.’
‘Adrian Koh is an excellent commercial lawyer who is able to draft clear terms and conditions, up-to-date and able to present our case on firm commercial basis. His team follows his example very well.’
AmInvestment Bank Berhad
Astramina Advisory Sdn Bhd
BGMC International Limited
Boh Plantation Sdn Bhd
Dialog Group Berhad
Eastern & Oriental 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
OSK Holdings Group
RHB Investment Bank Berhad
Rohas Tecnic Berhad
Sunway Construction Group Berhad
Tropicana Corporation Berhad
WCT Holdings Berhad
Murad Yee Partnership
Murad Yee Partnership is a boutique practice with key areas of focus including M&A, corporate restructuring, capital markets and private equity. The ‘reliable and dependable practice’ counts listed companies, government-linked corporations, foreign entities and multinational companies among its key roster of clients. Yee Fook Weng leads the practice and has extensive experience in takeovers, mergers and IPOs, while senior associate Loke Yi Hua Joanne ‘is an industrious lawyer who strives to deliver the best service to clients’.
Yee Fook Weng
Other key lawyers:
Loke Yi Hua Joanne
‘Murad Yee Partnership is a very dependable business partner to our business. I have worked with them for 8 years and they have always provided very fair and transparent legal advice in all assignments.’
‘Their unique quality is their ability to research and turn around with viable options for consideration despite severe time pressure. The level of collaboration we have developed with Murad Yee Partnership is very strong.’
‘Throughout all engagements, I have witnessed clear gender diversity in the team. Another clear positive is that relatively newcomers appeared confident and well prepared. Clearly, they are able to build their team very well over the years.’
Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad
- Acted for Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad in its acquisition of Fortuna Petroleum Corporation for a purchase consideration of more than $200m.
- Advised the main/controlling shareholder in its restructuring exercise involving acquisitions of shares and debts restructuring of a total value of more than RM200m.
- Advised the owner of an US wellness industry corporation on the documentation and regulatory issues in relation to its successfully completed exit from a US wellness company.
The corporate and commercial team at Raja, Darryl & Loh is diversifying its expertise into new practice areas such as ESG, digital healthcare and corporate governance, whilst also enhancing its reputation among clients in the pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors. Practice head Chew Phye Keat handles a broad spectrum of issues relating to joint ventures and licensing. Tai Chu Wei acts on cross-border M&A deals, while Joyce Teh focuses on restructurings and foreign direct investments.
Chew Phye Keat
Other key lawyers:
Tai Chu Wei; Joyce Teh
‘They are an excellent independent Malaysian firm with good responsive lawyers, especially the partners. Technically sound, such that they are very happy to take on matters in new areas, but by putting in sound intellectual analysis as opposed to just “dabbling”.’
‘Joyce Teh is very dynamic with quality work. Responsive and her approach to fees is long term.’
‘Strong local knowledge and available on short notice.’
‘Prompt response. Flexible in structuring the legal fee quotes, taking into account the complexity, structure and timeline of the transaction.’
- Acted as Malaysian counsel to Adidas AG regarding the disposal of its Reebok business worldwide.
- Acted as Malaysian counsel to Nefab Group AB, headquartered in Sweden, in its global acquisition of the Reflex Packaging Group.
- Advised Intersurgical AG with regard to its acquisition of Pulmodyne, a USA and Malaysian-based manufacturer specialising in high quality innovative airway and respiratory products.
Tay & Partners is noted for its expertise in M&A, foreign direct investments, venture capital and private equity matters, and counts local and international companies investing in Malaysia among its key roster of clients. Chang Hong Yun heads the practice and regularly advises on foreign direct investment and cross-border transactions. Wong Mei Ying, who ‘plays a constructive role in finding solutions’, joined the team from Chooi & Company in July 2021.
Chang Hong Yun
Other key lawyers:
Wong Mei Ying
‘Wong Mei Ying and her team show their consistent commitment and through their actions, give clients the assurance through the uncertainties of engagement that they are always there to support.’
‘Wong Mei Ying has shown a good balance for the need of flexibility, speed and complexity of problems and plays a constructive role in finding solutions.’
Wong Beh & Toh regularly acts for private clients, with advice covering areas such as due diligence, applications to authorities and drafting of documents for the acquisition or disposal of companies. ‘Committed partner’ Cynthia Toh and Chin Lit Fwu are key contacts in the team.
Other key lawyers:
Cynthia Toh; Chin Lit Fwu
‘WBT is a firm that we have worked with for a long time. Known for their advisory services for M&A transactions.’
‘Cynthia Toh is a committed partner with relevant experience.’
‘They understand our technology sector very well and we note that those reputable technologies public listed companies are their long-term clients. They are efficient and with updated knowledge. They also provide practicable solutions and can help to seal corporate deals fast and efficiently.’
Audience Analytics Limited
Ecofirst Consolidated Berhad
AME Elite Consortium Berhad
Aurelius Technologies Berhad
Swift Integrated Logistic Sdn Bhd
AIM Tetap Teguh Group Sdn Bhd
Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad
Sungei Bagan Rubber Company (Malaya) Berhad
Mobilia Holdings Berhad
Pekat Group Berhad
Aztech Global Ltd
Kobay International Berhad
Yenher Holdings Berhad
JHM Consolidated Berhad
Eng Kah Corporation Berhad
CAB Cakaran Corporation Berhad
Deol & Gill
Deol & Gill has demonstrable capability advising on M&A transactions in the banking, energy, ICT, telecoms and manufacturing sectors, and is sought after by domestic corporations and government-linked investment companies on private equity investment funds. Suraj Singh Gill, who focuses on M&As, jointly leads the team alongside Michael Raj and Sathish Ramachandran, who advise on corporate restructurings and general corporate advisory work respectively.
Suraj Singh Gill; Michael Raj; Sathish Ramachandran
‘Well rounded team of professionals.’
‘The partners of this law firm provide a combination of stellar experience and sterling specialist expertise. Deol & Gill has strategic alliances with regional law firms and it was seamless to execute our cross-borders transactions.’
‘Responsive and thorough.’
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
- 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 RM273,000,000.
- Represented Dagang NeXchange Berhad in respect of its acquisition of 60% equity interest in Ping Petroleum Limited.
- Represented MAA Group Berhad in respect of MAAG’s acquisition of 57.78% equity interest in Turiya Berhad.
Gan, Lee & Tan
Noted for its expertise in emerging technologies, Gan, Lee & Tan’s ‘meticulous’ practice regularly advises clients on regulatory frameworks and licensing applications, including tokenisation of securities, digital assets, equity crowdfunding and online money lending. Gan Ming Chiek, who handles M&A and regulatory compliance matters in Malaysia, leads the practice alongside Yeow Jie Han and Sieh Lih Chuan.
Gan Ming Chiek; Yeow Jie Han; Sieh Lih Chuan
‘A very well-prepared team. Highly efficient and provides satisfactory advice.’
‘Professional and prompt responses.’
‘The team has been extremely helpful and super efficient. They have gone out of their way and beyond to deliver our needs in record speeds. The attention to detail is excellent, covering all angles based on the brief given. Professional, easy to work with and meticulous.’
Fusang Exchange Limited
Anjur Ekar Sdn Bhd
EP Manufacturing Berhad
ADS Asset Holdings Sdn Bhd
Topvision Eye Specialist Berhad
Greenverse Sdn Bhd
YHL Wonderland Sdn Bhd
YHL Aquatic Sdn Bhd
Sttoke Incorporated PTE Ltd
Rockwills Trustee Berhad
- Advised Fusang Exchange Limited, a fully licensed digital stock exchange in Labuan, Malaysia, with regards to the trading of cryptocurrencies.
- Advised and acted for EP Manufacturing Berhad, and its subsidiaries in relation to their proposals.
- Acted for ADS Asset Holdings Sdn Bhd for the proposed joint venture with Reservoir Link Energy Bhd to jointly co-fund, construct and develop energy storage solutions.
Josephine, L K Chow & Co
Josephine, L K Chow & Co offers corporate and commercial services, such as advising, strategising and drafting of agreements ranging from agency, distribution, franchise and joint ventures. The firm’s diverse client base includes Golden Screen Cinemas and CSF Group. ‘Talented’ commercial expert Josephine Ng Bee Leng co-heads the team alongside Yip Huen Weng, who ‘always provides practical advice and recommended solutions’.
Josephine Ng Bee Leng; Yip Huen Weng
‘Josephine Ng Bee Leng can speak Japanese fluently and understands Japanese business and corporate culture. This helps a lot when our company’s Japanese directors need further explanation from a Malaysian lawyer’s point of view.’
‘Experienced team of advisers, providing valuable corporate advice and alternative solutions. Always responsive to our queries and available for meetings.’
‘Yip Huen Weng is very experienced and provides explanations in layman’s terms. Always provides practical advice and recommended solutions.’
Kendall Court Trust
LAW Partnership draws on the resources and facilities from its association with international firm Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to advise on a broad range of matters, including M&A due diligence, advisory work and transactional structuring, as well as drafting of commercial contracts. Raphael Tay heads the practice and advises multinational companies on cross-border mandates.
Jentayu Sustainables Bhd
Celcom Axiata Berhad
Poladrone Solutions Sdn Bhd
- Advised Jentayu Sustainables Bhd. on its acquisition of 100% equity in two companies owning and in the process of developing a small hydropower plant scheme.
- Represented Celcom Axiata Berhad in conducting a legal due diligence exercise in anticipation of an acquisition by the client of Bridgenet Solutions Sdn. Bhd.
- Advised Jentayu Sustainables Bhd on its acquisition of 100% of a private limited company that owns and operates a private specialist hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
Lim Jo Yan & Co
Lim Jo Yan & Co’s clientele largely consists of offshore law firms who provide access to global corporate clients affected by developments in the international M&A market. Lim Jo Yan, who leads the ‘vibrant team’, provides ‘clear and concise advice’ on a range of corporate transactions and advisory work.
Lim Jo Yan
‘Very responsive and pragmatic. Excellent service.’
‘Jo Yan provides clear and concise advice, offers practical solutions, and is very accessible and prompt.’
‘Jo Yan is an excellent problem solver. Excellent legal advice and strategies were provided.’
ACA Investments Pte. Ltd.
Asahi Holdings Southeast Asia Sdn. Bhd.
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
EcoWorld Development Group Bhd.
EdgePoint Infrastructure Sdn. Bhd.
Jirnexu Sdn. Bhd.
Naluri Hidup Sdn. Bhd.
Navis Capital Partners
Suntory Beverage & Food Asia Pte. Ltd.
- Advised iHandal Holdings Sdn. Bhd. in its Series B fundraising exercise by Bintang Capital Partners.
- Advised Sankosha Corporation in its majority stake acquisition of LVC Group of Companies.
- Advised 5X Capital in its investment in DyDo Drinco Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Naqiz & Partners
Naqiz & Partners has experience across a range of corporate and commercial matters, from the establishment or incorporation of a company to licensing and regulatory compliance issues. Other key areas of expertise include foreign direct investments in Malaysia, as well as venture capital and private equity. Datuk Khairul Ismail leads the team and is noted for his capability in corporate governance and company-related issues.
Datuk Khairul Ismail
Peter Ling & van Geyzel
Peter Ling & van Geyzel levarages its capability in equity capital markets to advise a range of domestic and international companies on cross-border M&A transactions. Practice leader Peter Ling goes ‘the extra mile’ for clients when advising on commercial matters.
‘The individuals in the firm are very accessible, great listeners and have a desire to fully understand the problems faced by the client. Once the crux of the issue or roadblock has been identified, associates work towards a rapid turnaround time with a solution provided within days. There is a genuine desire to ensure the client’s best interest is taken care of at all times, on top of a win-win attitude.’
‘Peter Ling and his team are truly exceptional in the sense that they really go the extra mile to understand a client’s requirement, while at the same time addressing the commercial and legal risk aspect of a transaction.’
‘As a client, we are truly grateful and fortunate to have Peter Ling as our legal counsel.’
Digital Media Nusantara Sdn Bhd
Dynaciate Group Berhad
Hong Seng Consolidated Berhad
Minetech Resources Berhad
MMAG Holdings Berhad
Ramesh Dipendra Jeremiah Law
Praised as ‘attentive and always on the ball’, the practice at Ramesh Dipendra Jeremiah Law provides corporate advisory services to local and international clients across the aerospace, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Jeremiah Gurusamy specialises in corporate banking and co-heads the team alongside Mike Lee Seang Yik, who covers general corporate and commercial matters.
Jeremiah Gurusamy; Mike Lee Seang Yik
‘The team is quick to respond, attentive, smart at understanding the obvious and the not-so-obvious issues in any matter presented to them. The company is also sound in its advice and is very reliable and dependable.’
‘Jeremiah Gurusamy is attentive, responsive and provides sound counsel. Very experienced and trustworthy.’
‘They have been extremely professional in their conduct, reliable in their service and knowledgeable in their legal expertise.’
Airod Sdn. Bhd.
British American Tobacco (M) Berhad
Malaysia-China Business Council
Infinity Consulting Technology Sdn. Bhd.
Curlec Sdn. Bhd.
MyCreative Ventures Sdn. Bhd.
Top Glove Sdn. Bhd.
Green Packet Berhad
Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad
Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad
- Represented the existing shareholders of Infinity Consulting Technology Sdn. Bhd. in reviewing, proposing amendments and/or finalising the Share Purchase Agreement and Shareholders’ Agreement in the acquisition of 100% shares.
- Represented Curlec Sdn. Bhd. in reviewing the share purchase agreement and share subscription agreement in respect of the Razorpay Inc.’s acquisition and subscription of the majority stake in the Company.
- Conducted a corruption risk assessment together with MCBC’s Integrity Unit/Compliance Department and selected representatives of the relevant high-risk departments of MCBC to develop the Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan for MCBC.