Mr Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan > Shearn Delamore & Co > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Shearn Delamore & Co
7th Floor Wisma Hamzah-Kwong Hing
No. 1 Leboh Ampang

Work Department

  • Corporate / M&A
  • Technology, Media & Telco
  • China Desk


Partner since 2015


Nicholas’ practice focus is on take-overs, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, and corporate and commercial transactions. He has worked on transactions which straddled across industries specifically education, oil and gas, manufacturing, retail, telecommunication and property development.

Nicholas has been recognised as a “rising star” and an “up and coming” Corporate/M&A Malaysian lawyer by a number of globally renowned legal publications. According to IFLR1000 (2019), a client described Nicholas as “Highly competent and very experienced and knowledgeable. He is also very approachable and able to perform excellently even in a challenging environment.” Further, the Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific (2020) mentioned that Nicholas “has a growing market reputation, advising domestic and foreign clients on acquisitions, disposals and joint venture”.

He is a member of the China Desk of the firm, who regularly advises and represents Chinese clients (e.g. state-owned entities) in their corporate transactions in Malaysia. He is also the firm’s representative (the firm being a founding member) in the Belt and Road International Lawyers Association (BRILA) the first International bar association registered in China to promote legal corporation among BRI countries.

Some key clients are China Railway Group Limited, China Railway Engineering Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Property and Construction), Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (Media and Technology), Monash University (Education), British Council (Education) and Scientex Berhad (Manufacturing and Property).


English, Malay, Chinese


  • Member, Malaysian Bar
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, China Enterprises Association in Malaysia


  • LL.B (Hons), University of Northumbria
  • Master of Commercial Law, University of Malaya
  • Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya



  • Chambers Global Practice Guide 2019 Malaysia Corporate M&A: Q&A [co-author]
  • Merits of shareholder activists in Malaysia: A legal perspective” [2019] 1 LNS(A)xli, by Current Law Journal
  • Contributed to World Bank, Doing Business 2019 and 2020 – Protecting Minority Investors – Malaysia, 16th Edition and 17th Edition respectively, published by The World Bank Group

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Capital markets

Shearn Delamore & Co’s team is jointly led by Pamela Kung, a specialist in acquisition financing and structured lending, and Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan, who is well-equipped to handle equity capital markets work, including IPOs. Counting investors, financial advisers and corporate issuers among its key roster of clients, the firm’s scope of work also includes advising on rights issues, corporate securities, Islamic finance, and asset-backed securitisation.

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Shearn Delamore & Co

Shearn Delamore & Co‘s cohort advises clients on high-value joint ventures and share subscription agreements, in addition to acquisitions of interest, company disposals and business integrations and consolidations, with demonstrable experience in handling regulatory matters, namely due diligence and approvals. Grace Yeoh leads the team and advises on the full spectrum of mandates, from M&A, takeovers and corporate restructurings to joint ventures, demergers, listings and general corporate planning issues. Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan is noted for his expertise in the education, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and telecoms sectors, while Lai Zhen Pik handles acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Teo Eu John is another key contact in the group.