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Phye Keat Chew

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Raja, Darryl & Loh

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Intellectual Property and Technology, Corporate and Commercial.


Management Partner; Head of Corporate and Commercial; Head of Intellectual Property and Technology, Competition law.


Phye Keat is a highly respected practitioner in competition, information & communications technology and intellectual property laws, and has handled a broad spectrum of projects and advisory work relating to joint ventures, manufacturing, telecommunications, computer contracts, information technology, licensing, franchising, foreign investment, construction, privatisation and infrastructure.

One of the founding members of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA), he has been the President of MIPA more than once and is also the immediate Past President of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association.  

Phye Keat is listed as a Leading Individual by The Asia Pacific Legal 500 for 2017 – 2019 (Anti-Trust & Competition and Intellectual Property), a Market-leading Lawyer in AsiaLaw Profiles for the years 2017 and 2018 and a top-ranked Band 1 Leading Individual for Competition/Antitrust in Chambers Asia Pacific for 2015, 2016 and 2019.


English; Bahasa Malaysia.


Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya; Registered Patent Agent; Registered Trade Mark Agent; Registered Industrial Designs Agent; Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce Malaysia; Council Member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association;Member of the Executive Committee of  the International Association For The Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Malaysian Chapter;Head of the Task Force on the Competition Bill of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce;Member of the Board of Examiners of Patent Agents in the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia;Deputy Chairman of IPR Committee of the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Malaya [1986]; Master of Laws, University of Malaya (in Advanced Company Law, Copyright, Construction Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution) [1996].


Antitrust and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Chew Phye Keat - Raja, Darryl & Loh

Within: Antitrust and competition

Widely respected in the market for his deep expertise of competition law, Chew Phye Keat heads the team at Raja, Darryl & Loh, which leverages its commercial background to give highly commercial advice to clients. Chew acted for Etiqa Insurance, MSIG Insurance (Malaysia), QBE Insurance (Malaysia) and The Pacific Insurance in MyCC's insurance cartel investigation, involving the alleged fixing of trade discounts and labour rates in case of accident repairs. Senior associate Alvin Khoo left the firm to set up a boutique, Alvin Khoo Law Chambers, but commercial and conveyancing expert Wong Quan Sean is increasingly active in antitrust work.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

The practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh spans several departments and is headed by antitrust expert Chew Phye Keat. The 'technically sound' Tai Chu Wei, who has 'good business acumen', advised Bayer on the Malaysian aspects of its $62.5bn purchase of Monsanto. He was assisted by senior associate Benjamin Kong, who is frequently active on high-profile mandates. Chan Kok Seng advised Mr. Goh Peng Ooi on his RM155m sale of three Malaysian Silverlake companies to the Singapore-listed Silverlake Axis. Joyce Teh Yen Yen is another name to note.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Chew Phye Keat - Raja, Darryl & Loh

Within: Intellectual property

Chew Phye Keat and Yvonne Ong jointly head the practice at Raja, Darryl & Loh, which counts Revlon, Suntory Holdings and Microsoft among its IP clients. Ong acted for Baiwago in a dispute against Donutes Coffee & Cake Baking regarding proprietary rights to use of the trade mark "donutes" in Malaysia; she also represented Giorgio Armani SpA in opposition proceedings. Petrofac E&C is a client on the patent disputes side.

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Legal Developments by:
Raja, Darryl & Loh

  • Amendments to the Employment Act 1955

    The Employment (Amendment) Act 2012 received royal assent and became law on 30th January 2012. It has now come into operation since 1st April 2012.
    - Raja, Darryl & Loh

Legal Developments in Malaysia

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  • Amendments to the Employment Act 1955

    The Employment (Amendment) Act 2012 received royal assent and became law on 30th January 2012. It has now come into operation since 1st April 2012.
  • Malaysian Corporations Making Headway in the Global M&A Scene

    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.
  • Adjudication in Malaysia – the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012

    The Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act of Malaysia received royal assent and became law on 18th June 2012.

    PRESUMPTION OF GUILT – REMEDY OR JEOPARDY? Netizens in Malaysia now share a common fear and feeling of uneasiness following the swift passing of the Evidence (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012 in May 2012, which amends the Evidence Act 1950.
  • 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.
  • Competition...Friend or Foe?

    The announcement of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS)-AirAsia collaboration on 9 August 2011 was questioned by many quarters.