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


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 > Corporate and M&A

Datin Grace Yeoh heads the corporate and M&A offering at Shearn Delamore & Co. Recognised for its work in takeovers, restructurings, cross-border transactions and greenfield/brownfield projects, it counts Tricor Group and Merck as key clients. Described as giving ‘solid commercial advice, the team includes education expert Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan, the ‘quick thinking‘ Michelle Wong Min Er and the ‘amazingly detailed‘ Lai Zhen Pik. Its cases fall within diverse sectors and include: e-commerce, logistics, automotive, healthcare and mining. A standout highlgiht for the firm is its role in facilitating the sale of INTI Education Holdings and its subsidiaries to HOPE Education Group.