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

The offering at Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership is led by ‘expert’ Saravana Kumar. The team regularly offers advisory support to its clients and is well-equipped to act in dispute resolution cases. Its main areas of focus include income, international, sales and service, customs, real property gains, petroleum income and stamp duty tax matters. The practice advises a broad range of high-profile clients, including government-linked companies, international corporations and regional companies, on general tax issues, namely arising from cross-border transactions. D.P. Naban, who specialises in litigation, regularly works on the team’s most significant cases.

Practice head(s):

Saravana Kumar

Other key lawyers:

D.P Naban; Kar Ngai


‘Mr Kumar is an expert in tax law, and he and Kar Ngai are both very professional to work with.’

‘Mr Kumar is highly knowledgeable and one of the most brilliant Malaysian lawyers. His knowledge of taxation, transfer pricing, and international taxation is highly commendable.’

‘The response from the team is very fast. They are always ready to provide legal advice and support to our company. They have an excellent knowledge of tax law. We also note that the firm clearly focuses on developing young talent and sets the benchmark on employee remuneration.’

‘D.P Naban and Saravana Kumar are our best tax lawyers. We know that our interests are well-protected when they represent our company.’

‘The team shows client-specific strategy and has expertise in the area of taxation.’

‘Experts in taxation, they provide a fast and easy process.’

Key clients

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

Sarawak Energy Berhad (only disclose the HC matter)

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Petron Oil (M) Sdn Bhd

Tan Chong Motor Assemblies Sdn Bhd

Thomson Reuters Malaysia Sdn Bhd

PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd

KLCC Property Holdings Berhad

IOI Loders Croklaan Procurement Company Sdn Bhd

Executive Offshore Shipping Sdn Bhd

Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd

Panasonic Homes Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Lendlease Development Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Koito Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

Sunway Berhad

Work highlights

  • Represented Tenaga Nasional Berhad in respect to a contested claim for reinvestment allowance on power plants built by the client involving notices of additional assessment amounting to MYR9bn.
  • Represented Fortune 500 ranked company PETRONAS in respect to allegations of tax avoidance following an audit.
  • Represented Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“Mercedes-Benz”) in on a dispute over the allowance of a tax exemption.

Malaysia > Capital markets Tier 3

Praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge’, the capital markets team at Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership is led by Eu Jin Ong, who advises on due diligence relating to listings, as well as IPOs, rights issues and bond issuances, both locally and occasionally on cross-border matters. The team also has the capability to advise on Sukuk issuances and Islamic law principles, a key area of expertise for senior associate Lily Lee Zai Lii.

Practice head(s):

Eu Jin Ong

Other key lawyers:

Lily Lee Zai Lii; Vincent Kow Lit Han; Diane Ngu Dai En


‘The team under Eu Jin Ong has in-depth knowledge in this practice area and has provided solutions to our various needs consistently. Mr Ong is very approachable and commits appropriate time to his clients.’

‘The team has proven to us to be dedicated, knowledgeable, prompt, diligent in their work and consistently able to meet deadlines.’

‘Key strengths and capabilities are the fast deliverables, as well as the guidance and solutions consistently provided.’   

Key clients

Unitrade Industries Berhad

SNS Network Technology Berhad

Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd

Axis REIT Managers Berhad

AME Elite Consortium Berhad

Seng Fong Holdings Berhad

Ecomate Holdings Berhad

MyKris International Berhad

Work highlights

  • Acting for Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd in respect of the proposed unrated Islamic medium term note programme of RM300m based on the Shariah principle of Murabahah.
  • Acted for an industrial space solution provider in respect of the establishment of a real estate investment trust.
  • Acted for Ecomate Sdn Bhd in respect of the IPO and listing of the company on the Ace Market of Bursa Malaysia.

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Praised for its ‘incomparable’ services, Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership is noted for its capability in appellate advocacy and has demonstrable experience advising on a broad range of contentious matters. Practice leaders Rosli Dahlan and D.P. Naban form an ‘unbeatable team’. ‘Astute and tenacious’ Dahlan handles cross-border claims, while Naban is a key contact for tax-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

D.P. Naban; Rosli Dahlan


‘The firm provides legal services that is incomparable of the services rendered by other legal firms.’

‘Rosli Dahlan is astute and tenacious in his pursuit to provide the needed legal opinion and advisory.’

‘DP Naban and Rosli Dahlan are an unbeatable team. Their network of junior associates are dedicated and responsive.’

‘DP Naban and Rosli Dahlan bring the complete package to any legal problem. Between them they have the legal acumen and soft skills necessary to deliver the best possible solution to the client.’

‘Provides strategic solutions to clients without going through the rigour of a full trial. RDS dispute resolution is all about finding the right solution for its clients.’

‘Rosli Dahlan Saravana is the best firm for dispute resolution, tax and IP in the region.’

‘The team is enthusiastic, entrepreneurial and responsive with great depth.’

Malaysia > Intellectual property

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership has gained significant expertise in IP with the onboarding of former heads of Gan Partnership’s IP team Zhi Jian Lim and Bahari Yeow.

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, The 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)