Tay & Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Firm Profile

Tay & Partners
6TH FLOOR, PLAZA SEE HOY CHAN
JALAN RAJA CHULAN
50200 KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia

Malaysia > Antitrust and competition Tier 2

The competition offering at Tay & Partners is newly led by Leonard Yeoh. The team is experienced in assisting clients on contentious and advisory matters, having notably represented AirAsia Berhad on the first high-profile case to reach the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The practice acts for clients across a wide range of industries, from IT and telecoms to automobile and aviation. Its work predominantly involves advising on high-value investigations by the Malaysian Competition Commission, with partner Weng Yew Wong having demonstrable experience advising multinational corporations in this field. Leading specialist Nicole Leong departed in July 2022 to establish boutique competition firm Wen & Co and associate Heng Jia often worked on many of Leong’s most complex cases.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Yeoh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wong Weng Yew provided great support throughout our high-profile court matter.’

‘The team are very prompt and professional in their responses. Not only are they practical as to their timeline, but they are also very meticulous in their work.’

‘Heng Jia is very analytical and practical with her responses. She offers a clear and in-depth assessment of the issues at hand and provides workable solutions to the issues faced by our company.’

Key clients

AirAsia Berhad

Grab Inc.

GrabCar Sdn Bhd

MyTeksi Sdn Bhd

Novatis Resources Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Representing the client at hearings and representations by the regulator and its 22 members before the Malaysia Competition Commission.
  • Co-representing Grab Inc., GrabCar Sdn Bhd and MyTeksi Sdn Bhd (“Grab”) in resisting the proposed decision issued by Malaysia Competition Commission on an alleged abuse of a dominant position.
  • Co-representing AirAsia to resist Malaysia Competition Commission’s decision that AirAsia’s agreement with Malaysian Airline System Bhd violated the prohibition against market-sharing under Malaysian competition laws.

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 2

Tay & Partners’ IP offering, led by Lee Lin Li, is noted for its provision of a ‘high level of service’. Its expertise are multi-faceted, and although much of its work is advisory, the team is also well-equipped to handle contentious matters, such as cross-border infringement; a recent example being its representation of Kingtime International Ltd on a $97.2m alleged infringement. The practice advises clients on issues such as formulating comprehensive strategy for anti-counterfeiting, as well as the expansion, management and protection of IP portfolios. Bee Yi Lim is one to watch for her growing IT and IP expertise.

Practice head(s):

Lee Lin Li

Other key lawyers:

Lim Jing Xian; Bee Yi Lim; Low Kok Jin; Chong Kah Yee

Testimonials

‘The firm and team meet all of our criteria in their provision of a high-level of service and their reasonable fees.’

‘Partner Lee Lin Li is responsive and a strong problem solver.’

‘Intellectual property is an interesting practice that is more than just protecting a company’s image and reputation and, in our experience, Tay & Partners clearly understand that.’

‘Lim Jing Xian is a very responsive associate. She responds to enquiries really well and her advice is always on-point and easy to understand. Her extensive knowledge in IP is very impressive – her advice allows our company to decide on future action with ease and confidence.’

Key clients

Kingtime International Ltd

Accor Group

Herbalife

MR DIY

iNova Pharmaceutical

Costa Limited

Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn BhdPerodua Sales Sdn Bhd

The Kraft Heinz Company

Lazada South East Asia Pte Ltd e-Cart Services Sdn Bhd (Lazada, Malaysia)

Saint-Gobain Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.Saint-Gobain (China) Investment Co., LTD

Work highlights

  • Advising Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn. Bhd on anti-counterfeiting actions, including commencing infringement proceedings for Perodua in the High Court.
  • Advising Kingtime International Ltd in its patent infringement suit against Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.
  • Advising Kingtime International Ltd in a patent invalidation suit filed by Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd concerning a mobile offshore production unit.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 2

Leonard Yeoh leads the employment offering at Tay & Partners. Cross-jurisdictional matters frequently feature in the team’s workload, a recent example being its advisory work with the Malaysian arm of US company Goodyear, to prevent any potential abusive labour practices, as well as its work with Samsung regarding post-termination clauses in its employee’s contracts. Additionally, the team is well-equipped to handle wrongful dismissal claims, brought under the Industrial Relations Act 1967. Pua Jun Wen, who acts for multinational companies in various employment-related disputes, is another key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Yeoh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Leonard Yeoh and Pua Jun Wen have provided helpful advice on strategic litigation and employment law matters.’

Key clients

Goodyear

HKT Global (Singapore) Pte Ltd / Hong Kong Telecom

Beaudrey Asia Sdn Bhd

Samsung SDI Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Pricewaterhouse Coopers Associates Sdn Bhd

Maxis Bhd

Red Hat

Amdocs

Workday, Inc

Commscope Technologies LLC

Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd

Cuckoo International (MAL) Sdn Bhd

Integer Engineering Sdn Bhd

NIIT (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Goodyear Malaysia in undertaking thorough review and amendment of its collective agreement, internal policies and procedures to prevent any potential abusive labour practices.
  • Acted for HKT Global (Singapore) Pte Ltd at the Industrial Court to resist a claim of wrongful dismissal.
  • Acting for Beaudrey Asia Sdn Bhd at the Industrial Court to resist a claim for wrongful dismissal and judicial review proceedings at the High Court to review the decision of the Minister to refer the matter to the Industrial Court.

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 3

Tay & Partners’ broad practice encompasses conventional and Islamic financings, debt restructurings, structured finance and securitisation, and regulatory matters. It advises a range of domestic and international banks, export credit agencies (ECAs) and other financial institutions. The firm also has a large number of borrower clients. Chang Hong Yun leads the corporate and commercial team with part of his practice focused on banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

Chang Hong Yun

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and has excellent knowledge of local law.’

‘Individuals working with you on a certain project stay with you for the duration of the project. They have very good knowledge of the law and answer swiftly and with high professionalism.’

Key clients

AmBank (M) Berhad

AmBank Islamic Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

Maybank Islamic Berhad

Work highlights

  • Advised several domestic banks on conventional supply chain structures and relevant documentation.  

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Tay & Partners is noted for its expertise in M&A, foreign direct investments, venture capital and private equity matters, and counts local and international companies investing in Malaysia among its key roster of clients. Chang Hong Yun heads the practice and regularly advises on foreign direct investment and cross-border transactions. Wong Mei Ying, who ‘plays a constructive role in finding solutions’, joined the team from Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chang Hong Yun

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wong Mei Ying and her team show their consistent commitment and through their actions, give clients the assurance through the uncertainties of engagement that they are always there to support.’

‘Wong Mei Ying has shown a good balance for the need of flexibility, speed and complexity of problems and plays a constructive role in finding solutions.’

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Tay & Partners acts for domestic and international banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers in Malaysia on a broad range of banking litigation and insolvency matters. The practice is also well-versed in debt recovery and restructuring, enforcement of securities, receivership and liquidations. Leonard Yeoh heads the team and ‘offers valuable insight and experience’ in appellate and arbitration proceedings, while Cheah Soo Chuan focuses on corporate and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Yeoh

Other key lawyers:

Cheah Soo Chuan; Caleb Sio

Testimonials

‘Leonard Yeoh offers valuable insight and experience in delivering solutions to issues.’

‘Professional and trustworthy.’

‘Leonard Yeoh is commercially minded and solution-driven.’

‘We worked closely with Leonard Yeoh and associate Caleb Sio. They were very responsive and would ask relevant questions to obtain sufficient information before carrying out the necessary work.’

Key clients

Hyundai Co., Ltd

Hyundai Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Country Garden Danga Bay Sdn Bhd

Cuckoo International (MAL) Sdn Bhd

AerCap Ireland Limited

AIG Ltd

Grohe Malaysia and Lixil Group Corporation

Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd

UEM Sunrise Bhd

Nano Commerce Sdn Bhd

WA Skills Training Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hyundai Co., Ltd/Hyundai Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd in appealing against the decision of the High Court in ordering the payment of the security sum amounting to RM11 million under a performance bond.
  • Acted for Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd to claim for an outstanding amount due and to resist an RM28 million counterclaim in respect of a product lifecycle management software.
  • Acted for AIG Ltd in subrogation proceedings to recover damages of $4,412,447 against the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia and Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd as the default parties.

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 4

The ‘client-centric’ team at Tay & Partners is led by Chang Hong Yun. The practice is well-equipped to advise its diverse roster of clients on the acquisition, sale and disposal of land, in addition to regulatory issues, and is noted for its experience in industrial projects.

Practice head(s):

Chang Hong Yun

Other key lawyers:

Hoong Wei En

Testimonials

‘The practice stands out as client-centric. From the associates to the partners, the team have always been approachable, honest and straightforward in their dealings whilst taking a practical and commercial approach. This combination is quite important to a growing business like ours.’

‘Chang Hong Yun is definitely someone who has quite a lot of experience with real estate deals. He takes a very practical approach to his deals and always keeps an open mind when going into negotiations. He is very clear, concise and puts matters of the law very simplistically for his clients’ understanding.’

‘Hoong Wei En is a senior associate who is always on the ball with our deals and knows exactly what’s what. She is always very polite and thoughtful when she deals with her clients.’

Key clients

Biocon Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the subsidiary of Biocon S.A. and Biocon Limited, Biocon Sdn Bhd, in its acquisition of an industrial land.
  • Acted for a Malaysian subsidiary of a German multinational engineering and technology company in its acquisition of a piece of land, advising on the acquisition structure and in the preparation and negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement, up to the completion of the matter.

Malaysia > TMT (including Fintech) Tier 4

Tay & Partners advises clients across a broad range of industries, from financial services to IT, electronics and telecoms, on licensing and regulatory approvals. The practice also has demonstrable capability in fintech and IP, with practice leader Lee Lin Li specialising in IP and advising on transactions involving franchising, licensing, technology transfer and transfer of ownership issues. Other key areas of expertise include the structuring and implementation of data privacy policies.

Practice head(s):

Lee Lin Li

Testimonials

‘Great team to work with. Thoughtful, great work quality and great work culture.’

‘Lin Lee has great knowledge of IP laws even in new, unconventional areas such as e-commerce issues.’

‘The response was timely and effective and the advice was clear and well-received by the client.’

‘Lin Li Lee was responsive and engaged – a good communicator and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘We use Tay & Partners for multijurisdictional privacy work and they do a great job.’

Work highlights

    Tay & Partners is a well-established, award-winning full service commercial law firm located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. We serve the legal needs of a wide portfolio of clients both local and multinational across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

    Our comprehensive range of legal services is a testament to our skill set and the strong legal foundation upon which this firm is built. These qualities in addition to flexibility, responsiveness and personal rapport are hallmarks of this establishment.

    When it comes to advocacy and counsel, our philosophy is to be critically responsive and attuned to the needs of our clients in an ever-changing, globalised environment. We respond to our clients’ needs through collaborating closely and being completely committed to exploring every facet of a problem to find the best solution.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Arbitration; Banking Litigation/Insolvency; Corporate/Commercial Dispute Resolution; Employment and Industrial Relations Leonard Yeohleonard.yeoh@taypartners.com.my
    Arbitration; Banking Litigation/Insolvency; Corporate/Commercial Dispute Resolution Cheah Soo Chuansoochuan.cheah@taypartners.com.my
    Arbitration; Banking Litigation/Insolvency; Corporate/Commercial Dispute Resolution Wong Weng Yewwengyew.wong@taypartners.com.my
    Banking and Finance; Corporate & Commercial Advisory; M&A; Equity Capital Markets; Energy & Power; Infrastructure & Projects; Real Estate; Data Protection; Trade regulations and investment compliance Chang Hong Yunhongyun.chang@taypartners.com.my
    Antitrust & Competition Law; Corporate & Commercial Advisory; Energy & Power; Infrastructure & Projects Nicole Leongnicole.leong@taypartners.com.my
    Corporate & Commercial Advisory; M&A; Equity Capital Markets Wong Mei Yingmeiying.wong@taypartners.com.my
    Intellectual Property; Data Protection; Franchising; Technology, Multimedia and Telecommunications (TMT) Lee Lin Lilinli.lee@taypartners.com.my
    Intellectual Property; Franchising; Technology, Multimedia and Telecommunications (TMT) Lim Bee Yibeeyi.lim@taypartners.com.my
    PhotoNamePositionProfile
    Hong Yun Chang photoMr Hong Yun ChangHong Yun heads the Mergers & Acquisitions as well as the Banking…
    Soo Chuan Cheah photoMr Soo Chuan CheahSoo Chuan specialises in corporate and commercial dispute resolution. He has worked…
    Lin Li Lee photoMs Lin Li LeePartner and Head of Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Franchising and Technology, Media…
    Nicole Leong photoMs Nicole LeongNicole’s core practice areas include commercial, corporate, anti-trust & competition law and…
    Bee Yi Lim photoMs Bee Yi LimBee Yi practises exclusively in the fields of Intellectual Property and Technology.…
    Weng Yew Wong photoMr Weng Yew WongWeng Yew practises in the area of corporate & commercial litigation, primarily…
    Mei Ying Wong photoMs Mei Ying WongMei Ying is a partner in our corporate practice group with focus…
    Leonard Yeoh photoMr Leonard YeohPartner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Employment and Industrial Relations. He specialises…
    Number of lawyers : 22
    English
    Malay
    Chinese
    American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
    Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA)
    International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
    Lawyers Associated Worldwide
    Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA)
    Contacts : Leonard Yeoh (leonard.yeoh@taypartners.com.my)
    Contacts : Lee Lin Li (linli.lee@taypartners.com.my)
    Contacts : Chang Hong Yun (hongyun.chang@taypartners.com.my)