Raja, Darryl & Loh > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Firm Profile

Raja, Darryl & Loh
Level 26, Menara Hong Leong
6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara
KUALA LUMPUR
50490
Malaysia

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The disputes practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh handles litigation across a broad range of sectors, spanning the construction, consumer goods and services, infrastructure and healthcare industries, as well as the technology, telecoms, energy and real estate sectors; medical negligence claims are also a niche specialism. Ng Sai Yeang leads the group; she focuses on finance and corporate litigation, handling shareholder disputes, boardroom claims and receivership and insolvency litigation. Raja Eileen Soraya has extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation, dealing with professional negligence, corporate fraud and breach of fiduciary duties cases, defamation and media litigation and administrative law proceedings.

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Key clients

Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Bhd

Petron Oil (M) Sdn Bhd

The Edge Media Group

Work highlights

  • Represented creditors of AirAsia X Berhad (AAX) in respect of the application by AAX to the High Court for an order to convene creditors’ meetings under a scheme of arrangement pursuant to the Companies Act 2016.
  • Won an appeal in the Court of Appeal representing a consultant plastic surgeon in a claim against him for medical negligence.
  • Successfully defended a company and some of its directors/shareholders in an action in the High Court pursuant to section 346 of the Companies Act 2016 premised on alleged oppression, unfair discrimination and prejudice.

Malaysia > Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Chew Phye Keat heads the competition law practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh, which frequently advises on competition audits and handles due diligence on business operations, agreements and policies. Key sector specialisms lie in the automotive, oil & gas and telecoms industries, as well as consumer goods and services, insurance and technology. The team also represents clients in contentious matters before the MyCC and in the courts, and is highly recommended for advising on abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive clauses in agreements.

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  • Defended four insurance companies before the Malaysian Competition Appeal Tribunal against a decision of the Malaysian Competition Commission regarding their cartel behaviour.
  • Acted for a manufacturer of consumer goods in respect of an investigation by the Malaysian Competition Commission and by the Competition regulator of a foreign jurisdiction.
  • Conducted a competition audit for a large pharmaceutical company.

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 2

The team at Raja, Darryl & Loh has expertise and experience in the commercialisation and management of intellectual property, including joint ventures, technology transfer and licensing, software contracts, intellectual property audits and policy making. IP practice head, Yvonne Ong, oversees the prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property and, together with partner Ooi Ling Leong assists clients on the domestic and international protection of IP assets. Senior partner Chew Phye Keat specialises in corporate, commercial, competition and intellectual property laws. The group also works with the broader corporate and M&A and the insolvency practice groups, as required.

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Testimonials

‘We would go to Raja, Darryl & Loh for any IP assistance in Malaysia. They are highly professional, reliable and responsive. They are always be able to offer the most practically effective solution to the IP issues we are seeking to resolve for our clients in Malaysia.’

‘Yvonne Ong is the senior partner of the firm who has extensive experiences in all IP areas. She is always be able to offer the reliable, creative and practically effective solutions to our IP issues.’

‘Sharon Lai has high expertise and experience providing responsive and outstanding support in IP matters before the Trademark Office of Malaysia. ’

‘We engage their IP team in respect of prosecution and enforcement of IP matters in Malaysia. We recommend Ms. Yvonne Ong (Partner, Head of Intellectual Property) and her team for their professionalism and swift service.’

‘Creative solutions, sufficient number of partners specialised in their respective fields’

‘Ms Yvonne Ong – creative and commercially minded. Able to grasp engineering concepts quickly’

 

Key clients

Mattel, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Vitally Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Represented a technology company in its action in the High Court against another company for copyright infringement of our client’s computer programs.
  • Advised a client in regard to its long-term trademark licensing agreement covering Malaysia and Brunei for the use of certain fashion brands and conducting due diligence in respect of the said trademarks.
  • Advised a client and drafted relevant documentation in respect of its proposed new business venture to operate retail stores specialising in the sale of fertilisers.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh specialises in advising clients in the consumer goods and services, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure and technology sectors. In light of the pandemic, the team is increasingly advising on cost-cutting measures and disputes arising from staff rationalisation and retrenchment exercises. Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy has experience at all levels in the courts and leads the team which also includes the ‘highly competentLi Vyen Tham.

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‘The team provides very personalised service for employment matters .’

‘Li-Vyen Tham is highly competent and my trusted employment lawyer when I have contentious employment matters in Malaysia. She’s quick to respond and offers practical advice that’s easy to understand and implement for corporates.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and approachable with a dedicated partner. They are client-centric in their approach and always very responsive. ’

Key clients

Baker Hughes Group

RBC Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a leading company in the food and beverage industry in two appeals to the Court of Appeal resulting from claims for unfair dismissal that had originated in the Industrial Court.
  • We secured the dismissal of an application for Judicial Review before the High Court where an employee’s claim for unfair dismissal had previously been dismissed by the Industrial Court.
  • Arising from the adverse effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order, we advised the client on changes to be made to its employees’ compensation and benefits structure (including collective agreements with employees).

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh focuses on construction, engineering and infrastructure, with expertise across the life cycle of a project – the team handles work from the bid preparation process, to contract drafting and negotiation, to implementation and through to dispute resolution. Key areas of work include construction civil suits, arbitration and adjudication proceedings, as well as industrial accidents and health and safety issues. Choon Hon Leng is well-regarded for his expertise in negotiating and drafting procurement and construction contracts. He jointly heads the team with Chong Mei Mei, who manages a real estate portfolio including multiple hotel brands.

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Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Bhd

Petron Fuel International Sdn Bhd

Marriott International Group

Work highlights

  • Obtained a favourable decision against a developer in the Court of Appeal relating to the validity of a certificate of non-completion, how to deal with retention sums post-termination and the right of an assignor to terminate a contract.
  • Succeeded in the High Court in defending a decision of an arbitral tribunal to strike out an arbitration on the ground of non-compliance with a condition precedent to the commencement of arbitration.
  • Succeeded in defending, in the Court of Appeal, a High Court decision on questions of law arising from an arbitral award, and subsequently in procuring the dismissal of the application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court.

Malaysia > Tax Tier 2

Raja, Darryl & Loh‘s broad tax offering includes litigation and structuring;  its advisory work spans income tax, real property gains tax, sales and service tax and customs duties. practice head Vijey Krishnan regularly handles both contentious and non-contentious work, including significant cases in the real estate, infrastructure and technology sectors. William Wong assists with tax advice in relation to business structures and e-commerce platforms, as well as appearing in court. It has focused on advisory work recently for new clients from a range of sectors, such as food, insurance, energy, education and banking, as the courts recover capacity restricted during the pandemic.

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Testimonials

‘Vijey R. Mohana Krishnan is a complex problem solver. He is able to read and interpret legislation in a way that provides grounds to support our position. Accessible and available for consultation.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a property development company in an appeal to the High Court from the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, securing a decision that payments made by the client as a developer to the Lembaga Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor to reduce the Bumiputera sales quota are tax-deductible.
  • Secured the dismissal of an appeal to the Court of Appeal for a subsidiary of a public-listed company that a bill of demand from the Director General of Customs to collect goods and services tax (GST) on service that was zero-rated was unlawful.
  • Acted in an appeal for a public-listed infrastructure company to the Customs Appeal Tribunal against a decision of the Director General of Customs disallowing the zero-rating of the client’s services for the Light Rail Transit system for the purposes of GST.

Malaysia > TMT (including Fintech) Tier 2

The TMT team at Raja, Darryl & Loh is singled out for its ‘in-depth knowledge of regulator’s policy and requirement‘ and its ability to ‘contribute ideas that solve client’s problems in a pragmatic manner‘. It has seen a huge growth in technology work since the start of the pandemic, particularly as concerns electronic transactions and communications. This has included advisory on digital banking, cross-border payment solutions, electronic signatures and AI-enabled health applications and related data protection issues. Digital banking, assets and derivatives are other notable areas of strength. Tong Lai Ling heads the group and advises on cyber and data protection compliance; her clients include both technology and TMT companies and other Malaysian and international companies.

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Good partners and knowledge. Understands business and client considerations‘.

Tong Lai Ling is an outstanding lawyer with excellent client service standards‘.

Key clients

Sime Darby Berhad

Silverlake Group

MAA Group Berhad

CapSphere Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised a licensed Microsoft reseller on the master services agreement with the Government.
  • Advised a public-listed pharmaceutical company on its medical applications for the development, hosting and maintenance of medical mobile applications for diabetic and cancer cases.
  • Acting for a financial services company that is entering into a joint venture with the Malaysian subsidiary of a US financial technology company with the objective of making a joint application to the Central Bank for a digital banking licence.

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 3

Raja, Darryl & Loh stands out in the market for the team’s experience in aviation finance and fintech; it regularly handles aircraft sale and purchase and aircraft leasing, financing and securitisation transactions. In the area of fintech, it advises on digital banking, cross-border payment solutions and payment systems, and has seen recent growth in work involving micro-financing delivered online and on setting up peer-to-peer financing platforms. Chong Kok Seng and Chong Mei Mei are recommended for aircraft finance and fintech, respectively.

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MAA Group Berhad

Capsphere Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders which was a consortium of eight international banks, from a Malaysian law perspective, on credit facilities amounting to $520m extended to six borrowers incorporated in Singapore for the acquisition of assets.
  • Advised A leading aircraft leasing and management company on the financing and securitisation for an Airbus aircraft.
  • Advised a Malaysian bank on an arrangement with an approved peer-to-peer (P2) financing platform operator that will expedite and facilitate the financing of asset acquisitions by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia.

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate and M&A practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh is best known for transactions in the healthcare and technology industries; other notable experience is in aviation, financial services and manufacturing. The group regularly advises on both domestic and cross-border M&A and disposals, including multijurisdictional acquisitions. Department head Chew Phye Keat's practice encompasses corporate and commercial transactions, notably joint ventures in the telecoms and IT industries.

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Testimonials

‘We worked regularly with RDL given their ability to offer comprehensive legal services. We are able to rely on them to give us the support as needed for all matters arising in Malaysia.’

‘The firm has a broad range of capabilities, and the various partners work well together to provide solutions to clients.’

‘RDL are possibly the best Malaysian corporate firm I have worked with and are my go-to firm for all M&A, corporate and regulatory matters. The level of competence is top notch and they are also very innovative in finding solutions for clients.’

‘Joyce Teh is my go-to for corporate and commercial work. She is responsive, very competent, gives clear advice, and is reasonable on pricing. She also always makes herself personally available.’

‘The Corporate M&A team at RDL is a pleasure to work with and generally very responsive.’

Key clients

Aspen Pumps Ltd

MAA Group Berhad

Silverlake Axis Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the creditors of Malaysian Airlines Berhad and MAB Leasing Ltd in respect of the recent debt restructuring involving RM16 billion of debts of the airline group, effected pursuant to new English companies legislation.
  • Advised Mega First Corporation Berhad in its proposed acquisition of the entire issued and paid-up capital of Stenta Films (M) Sdn Bhd for a total cash consideration of RM205 million.
  • Advising on the liquidation/disposal of the Group’s assets which include investments, franchises and intellectual property rights in numerous countries.

Malaysia > Projects and energy Tier 3

Raja, Darryl & Loh focuses on domestic railway and public transport infrastructure projects, acting as lead counsel to the project or asset owner. Team lead Hon Leng Choon has a strong track record in handling disputes arising out of the construction of major infrastructure projects.

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Testimonials

‘Choon Hon Leng provides quick, in-depth responses to problems with solutions driven by years of experience.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the asset owner and operator of the pending Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System,  on the tender and award of all the packages for the construction of the system and consultancy works.
  • Advised the owner of the light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) Project on all matters pertaining to and arising from the conversion of the Project model to a Turnkey Contractor model.
  • Advised the owner of the Rapid KL Monorail on all matters pertaining to the operation of the Rapid KL Monorail.

Raja, Darryl & Loh, a full-service legal firm in Malaysia, was established in 1964 and is one of the larger law firms in the country. With a network of legal and other professional firms in other jurisdictions, the firm has the capacity to procure international professional assistance and referrals for its clients.

Clients range from conglomerates, multinationals, public listed companies, banks and other financial institutions, fund and asset management companies and corporations in a broad spectrum of industries to high-net-worth individuals.

The firm’s lawyers comprise practitioners who have been trained in Malaysia as well as abroad, including other common law jurisdictions such as Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Many are barristers who have been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales. They are proficient in many languages – English, Malay, Tamil, Mandarin and various Chinese dialects.

Some partners are members of the Panels of Arbitrators, Adjudicators and Mediators of the Asian International Arbitration Centre.

Most of the partners of the firm have been recognised over many years by legal publications as leading practitioners in their respective areas of expertise.

Banking, corporate, commercial law, construction, foreign investment, intellectual property, medical law and healthcare, mergers and acquisitions and real estate may be said to constitute the core practice areas. Whether in regard to dispute resolution, issuing legal opinions or drafting, vetting and negotiation of documents, these areas of law have been part of the bedrock of the firm’s practice for decades.

In addition to the above, the firm includes in its domain quite a number of other areas which may be considered specialist, notably: aviation, competition, energy, e-commerce, financial technology, insolvency, employment and industrial relations, personal data protection, technology, multimedia and telecommunications, tax and unit trusts and investment funds. Over the years, the respective partners have built up experienced teams, gaining a solid reputation for quality work.

At the heart of it all, over and above the areas of expertise, the firm believes that its strength, the thing that may well make it stand out from the crowd, is its emphasis on professionalism and integrity, coupled with its practical, innovative and holistic approach to help clients achieve the results they require.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
AntiTrust & Competition, Intellectual Property, Technology, Multimedia & Telecommunications Chew Phye Keatchewphyekeat@rdl.com.my603 2632 9873
Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance Ng Sai Yeangnsy@rdl.com.my603 2632 9877
Labour & Employment, Dispute Resolution, Wills, Probate & Administration Ravindra Kumar Rengasamyravindrakumar@rdl.com.my603 2632 9863
Dispute Resolution, Medical law & Healthcare, Media law Raja Eileen Soraya Bt Raja Amaneileensoraya@rdl.com.my603 2632 9890
Tax, Foreign Investment Vijey M Krishnanmkvijey@rdl.com.my603 2632 9868
Insolvency & Restructuring, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance Mark La Brooymarklabrooy@rdl.com.my603 2632 9865
Technology, Multimedia & Telecommunications, Personal Data Protection & Privacy, E-Commerce Tong Lai Lingtonglailing@rdl.com.my603 2632 9878
Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Insurance Tai Chu Weitaichuiwei@rdl.com.my603 2632 9891
Corporate and M&A, Medical Law & Healthcare, Foreign Investment, Banking & Finance Joyce Teh Yen Yenjoyceteh@rdl.com.my603 2632 9882
Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Choon Hon Lenghonleng@rdl.com.my603 2632 9888
Aviation, Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A, Foreign Investment, Unit Trusts & Investments Chong Kok Sengkokseng@rdl.com.my603 2632 9889
Intellectual property Yvonne Ongyvonneong@rdl.com.my603 2632 9886
Financial Technology, E-Commerce, Banking & Finance, Money Services Business, Real Estate Chong Mei Meichongmeimei@rdl.com.my603 2632 9887
Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Ooi Huey Miinhueymiin@rdl.com.my603 2632 9893
Banking & Finance, Real Estate, AntiTrust & Competition Wong Quan Seanqswong@rdl.com.my603 2632 9869
Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Hor Shirleyhorshirley@rdl.com.my603 2632 9880
Labour & Employment, Dispute Resolution, Wills, Probate & Administration Tham Li Vyenlivyen@rdl.com.my603 2632 9875
Arbitration, Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Joshua Chongjoshuachong@rdl.com.my603 2632 9876
Dispute Resolution, Medical Law & Healthcare Charlaine Adrienne Chincharlaine@rdl.com.my603 2632 9904
Intellectual Property Leong Ooi Lingleongooiling@rdl.com.my603 2632 9903
Tax William Wongwilliamwong@rdl.com.my603 2632 9905
Tax Chang Ee Leeneeleen.chang@rdl.com.my603 2632 9911
Arbitration, Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Zack Tan Zhang Weizacktan@rdl.com.my603 2632 9927
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Dr Syed Adam Alhabshi photo Dr Syed Adam AlhabshiPartner – Islamic Finance
Ms Ee Leen Chang  photo Ms Ee Leen Chang Partner, Tax
Ms Charlaine Adrienne Chin  photo Ms Charlaine Adrienne Chin Partner; Dispute Resolution; Medico-Legal
Mr Joshua Chong photo Mr Joshua ChongPartner; Dispute Resolution; Construction, Infrastructure & Energy
Mr Tai Chu Wei photo Mr Tai Chu WeiPartner; Capital Markets; Mergers & Acquisitions
Mr Choon Hon Leng photo Mr Choon Hon LengPartner; Dispute resolution; Construction, Infrastructure and Energy; Intellectual Property
Ms Shirley Hor  photo Ms Shirley Hor Partner; Dispute Resolution, Construction, Infrastructure & Energy
Mr Ooi Huey Miin photo Mr Ooi Huey MiinPartner; Dispute Resolution; Construction, Infrastructure & Energy; Arbitration
Mr Chong Kok Seng photo Mr Chong Kok SengPartner; Aviation, Banking & Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Mr Vijey Krishnan  photo Mr Vijey Krishnan Partner; Tax
Mr Mark La Brooy  photo Mr Mark La Brooy Partner- Dispute Resolution; Insolvency; Banking and Finance;
Ms Tong Lai Ling photo Ms Tong Lai LingPartner; Head of Technology, Multimedia & Telecommunications
Ms Tham Li Vyen photo Ms Tham Li VyenPartner; Dispute Resolution; Employment & Industrial Relations
Ms Chong Mei Mei photo Ms Chong Mei MeiPartner; Fintech; Banking & Finance; Real Estate
Ms Yvonne Ong  photo Ms Yvonne Ong Partner; Head of Intellectual Property.
Ms Leong Ooi Ling photo Ms Leong Ooi LingPartner – Intellectual Property
Mr Chew Phye Keat photo Mr Chew Phye KeatManaging Partner; Head of Corporate and Commercial; Competition law.
Ms Wong Quan Sean photo Ms Wong Quan SeanPartner; Corporate & Commercial; Real Estate
Ms Raja Eileen Soraya Raja Aman  photo Ms Raja Eileen Soraya Raja Aman Partner; Dispute Resolution; Medico-legal; Media Law
Mr Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy  photo Mr Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy Partner; Dispute Resolution;Head of Employment and Industrial Relations.
Ms Ng Sai Yeang photo Ms Ng Sai YeangPartner – Head of Dispute Resolution; Banking & Finance; Insolvency
Mr Yeong Tat Tan photo Mr Yeong Tat TanPartner – Technology, Multimedia and Telecommunications
Mr Jed Tan photo Mr Jed TanPartner – Technology, Multimedia and Telecommunications
Mr Zack Tan  photo Mr Zack Tan Partner; Construction, Infrastructure and Energy
Ms Joyce Teh photo Ms Joyce TehPartner; Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions; Healthcare
Mr William Wong photo Mr William WongPartner – Tax
Number of lawyers : 71
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Contacts : Chew Phye Keat (chewphyekeat@rdl.com.my)
Contacts : Ng Sai Yeang (nsy@rdl.com.my)