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Malaysian Corporations Making Headway in the Global M&A Scene

October 2012 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Azmi & Associates.

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Malaysian companies continue to make waves internationally by acquiring large companies abroad. Leveraging on the European debt crisis and the weak dollar, these companies have boldly made their mark on a global scale with impressive deals. Cross-border acquisitions are increasing trend in the Asian economic hot spots, with companies in China and India spearheading it. The consistently strong uptrend in foreign acquisitions and the increasing success of the same by China and India for the past few years has spurred growing interests of Southeast Asian companies to extend their reach to other continents.

FGVH's IPO - Second Largest in the World after Facebook

Malaysia’s Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (“FGVH”) is a global agricultural and agri-commodities company, with operations in ten countries across the globe. According to Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, FGVH is the third largest oil palm plantation operator in the world based on planted hectarage in 2011. FGVH currently operates 343,521 hectares of oil palm plantation estates in Malaysia that produced 5.2 million metric tonne of fresh oil palm fruit bunches in 2011.



More and more Malaysian companies are starting to look to investing abroad. This is especially true of companies that are involved in labour intensive industries (manufacturing, electronics, etc) or companies which are looking to penetrate into new markets.

Mergers & Acquisitions in 60 jurisdictions worldwide

October 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Wong Beh & Toh .

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Contributing editor: Casey Cogut

Global Overview Casey Cogut and Sean Rodgers Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 3
European Overview Stephen Hewes and Richard Thexton Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 5

New Malaysian Code on Take-Overs and Mergers 2010

The Malaysian Securities Commission (“SC”) has on 15 December 2010 published its revised takeover code.

The Malaysian Strategic Trade Act 2010

November 2010 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Azmi & Associates.

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On 5 April 2010 the Dewan Rakyat (the lower house of the Parliment of Malaysia) passed the Strategic Trade Act ("STA") introducing Malaysia's first legislation to restrict trade in weapons of mass destruction ("WMD"). It is anticipated that the provisions of the Act will come into effect in July 2011.

Special purpose acquisition companies

The listing of special purpose acquisition companies Spacs on the main Market Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad was introduced in May 2009 as part of a number of measures comprised in a new regulatory framework. In a joint launch of the new framework on August 3 2009, the Securities Commission and Bursa expressed the hope that the competitiveness of the Malaysian bourse as an equity-raising and listing destination will be enhanced and that the advent of Spacs, in particular, will not only promote private equity activity but also spur corporate transformation and encourage mergers and aquisitions.

Corporate restructuring

In an economic downturn, many companies may find themselves in a position of not being able to pay their debts when they are due. Being in this position is precarious, as there is a risk of the company being wound up, causing hardships to employees, creditors and shareholders. In addition to that, creditors will rush to enforce the debts owing to them, which is usually a disorderly lead to the demise of the company. But there are mechanisms in place to address the inability to pay debts, depending on what the cause is.

SCR privatisations

In Asia, where innumerable companies have succesfully listed on their respective national or overseas exchanges, there has also been a growing trent to delist or go private.

The Arbitration Act 2005

After more than 50 years, steps were finally taken to arbitration in Malaysia. The introduction of the Arbitration Act 2005 was seen as a unique opportunity to address the problems that have plagued the arbitration process in Malaysia. The problem that needed to be addressed mainly revolved around delays and increasing judicial interference in the arbitration process.

Doing Business in Asia

Malaysia is a democratic country that practises Parliamentary Democracy. The country is headed by a constitutional monarch, His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, as the Supreme Head of the country. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected for a five year term among the nine hereditary Sultans of the Malay states; whilst the other four states, which have titular Governors, do not participate in the selection.

Brief Guide on Doing Business in Malaysia

October 2009 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Azmi & Associates.

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Several exciting developments have taken place in the Malaysian corporate landscape, including the liberalisation of sectors, which were traditionally somewhat protected. These liberalisation initiatives are aimed at welcoming more foreign businessmen to explore the many opportunities of the Malaysian market. In its ongoing efforts to support businesses to flourish, Azmi & Associates provides some practical insight into doing business in Malaysia – from a businessman’s point of view.

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