Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Firm Profile

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership
Level 16, Menara 1 Dutamas
Solaris Dutamas , No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1

Malaysia > Tax Tier 2

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership entered into the ranking this year with the hire of D.P. Naban and S. Saravana Kumar who now jointly lead the team; both joined from Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill in February 2020. The practice advises Malaysian government-linked companies, multinational corporations, local and foreign companies and high net worth individuals on general tax matters as well as tax issues arising from cross-border M&A transactions. In addition, it represented clients in tax disputes in any level of courts and has a track record of successfully resolving tax disputes with regulatory authorities through negotiation.

Practice head(s):


‘The firm sets the standards on how lawyers should provide legal services to their clients. Very professional, good knowledge on the law, timely advice and the partners are always available to assist the company with the issues. Our preferred tax lawyers.’

‘We are very happy with the excellent support provided to the company.’

‘The tax team is always connected to its clients, diligent and very responsive to clients. Keeps clients updated on the latest developments with its frequent webinars and well researched articles.’

‘Saravana Kumar is an outstanding tax lawyer with an impeccable track record. His arguments and strategies are courageous and groundbreaking. He is not only knowledgeable and up to date but also humble and polite. Highly recommended tax lawyer.’

‘Experience on the ground and in court, and able to deliver results.’

Key clients

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Petroliam Nasional Berhad

Setia Fontaines Sdn Bhd

AEON Credit Service

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn Bhd

GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Malayan Banking Berhad

Petron Oil (M) Sdn Bhd

Cal-Sub F&B Sdn Bhd

Tan Chong Motor Assemblies Sdn Bhd

Thomson Reuters Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Wira Swire Sdn Bhd

Lendlease Development Sdn Bhd

Panasonic Homes Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Hitachi Sunway Information System Sdn Bhd

Flexys Chemicals (M) Sdn Bhd

Man Truck & Bus (M) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Representing Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the Malaysian multinational electricity company in a judicial review application before the High Court, whereby TNB successfully submitted that it is in the business of manufacturing electricity, thereby affecting its tax treatment.  
  • Representing Petroliam Nasional Berhad, a global energy and solutions company and a government-linked company on an allegation of tax avoidance.
  • Representing Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd in an import duty exemption dispute.

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Led by name partner Rosli Dahlan, the dispute resolution group at Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership handles the full range of contentious mandates and is a key name for appellate advocacy work. Dahlan has notable expertise in cross-border claims and regularly handles public, administrative and constitutional matters, while D.P. Naban excels in tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin

1Malaysia Development Berhad

SRC International Sdn Bhd

DKLS Sunshine Sdn Bhd

YB Maria Chin Abdullah

Sapura Energy Berhad

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

YB Khaliq Mehtab

Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd

Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Work highlights

  • Representing Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a defamation Suit against former Member of Parliament Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
  • Representing DKLS in a judicial review against the Penang State Government on a compulsory land acquisition of DKLS’ land. Successfully reached a settlement where the State withdrew acquisition and paid compensation to client.

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership (RDS) is an award winning, full-service commercial law firm with diverse experience among the firm’s partners, who are consistently ranked as leading lawyers in Malaysia by notable legal rankers including Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Asian Legal Business.

The firm primarily focuses on the following practice areas:-

  • Appellate advocacy
  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Civil and commercial disputes
  • Construction and arbitration
  • Corporate fraud
  • Data protection
  • Employment and industrial relations
  • Energy, infrastructures and projects
  • Fintech
  • Government and regulatory matters
  • Healthcare and medical negligence
  • Incentives
  • Intellectual property, technology, media and telecommunications
  • Maritime and international shipping
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate transactions
  • Tax, SST and customs
  • Trade facilitation
  • Wills and probate

RDS subscribes to the highest standards of integrity and excellence, and are driven by performance.

Tax Saravana 269 5229
Dispute Resolution Rosli
Tax Datuk D.P.
Corporate Ooi Bee
Corporate Ong Eu
 Ooi Bee Hong  photo Ooi Bee HongPartner & Head of Corporate and Real Estate Transactions
 Rosli Dahlan  photo Rosli DahlanPartner & Head of Dispute Resolution
 S. Saravana Kumar  photo S. Saravana KumarPartner & Tax Lawyer & Head of Tax, SST & Customs
 D.P. Naban  photo D.P. NabanSenior Partner
 Eu Jin Ong  photo Eu Jin OngPartner & Head of Capital Market and M&A
Bahasa Malaysia
Chinese (including Cantonese and Mandarin)