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 > Corporate and M&A

The corporate and M&A team at Shearn Delamore & Co has several industry strengths, from e-commerce and healthcare to infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and financial services. The firm’s clients include foreign financial institutions, insurance companies and private equity firms. The practice is well-versed in leveraged buyouts, due diligence, M&A and regulatory approvals among other corporate services. Corporate governance expert Grace Yeoh leads the team with support of Putri Noor Shariza Noordin, who focuses on M&A. Marhaini Nordin regularly advises on the offering of securities by foreign corporations, while Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan   and Michelle Wong Min Er represent multinational companies. Lai Zhen Pik works on securities offerings, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.

Malaysia > Capital markets

Shearn Delamore & Co’s team is co-headed by debt specialist Pamela Kung, who is equipped to handle Islamic and conventional matters, and equity specialist Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan. The practice has experience advising on mandates involving the listing of companies, the issuance of shares, proposed acquisitions of equity interests, corporate debt restructurings, as well as regulatory issues. Its client roster includes key Malaysian investment banks.