Firm Profile > Christopher & Lee Ong > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Christopher & Lee Ong Offices
LEVEL 22, AXIATA TOWER NO. 9, JALAN STESEN SENTRAL 5
KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL, 50470
Christopher & Lee Ong > The Legal 500 Rankings
Antitrust and competition Tier 1With experience pre-dating the domestic legal framework, Yon See Ting leads the antitrust and competition team at Christopher & Lee Ong. Supported by the 'practical' senior associate Jane Guan, it handles a multitude of sector issues. Specifically enforcement raids (MyCC), relief and exemption applications, merger controls for regulated sectors and the implications of joint ventures. Industries regularly covered include telecoms, media and energy, areas in which it has recently dealt with branding provisions, cartels (price fixing, bid rigging) and abuse of dominance. The client portfolio includes a significant number of MNCs and Malaysian public listed companies.
Other key lawyers:
‘Commercially minded, cost conscious, reliable and responsive.‘
‘Jane Guan is a practical lawyer, she provides straightforward advice that can be easily implemented by the business teams.‘
SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC)
Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad (Prudential)
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
The corporate team at Christopher & Lee Ong is considered 'unique for its in-depth expertise on cross-border M&A transactions'. The practice includes banking practitioner Lee Hock Chye, capital markets expert Christopher Lee, the 'excellent' Yon See Ting, cross-border specialist Yau Yee Ming and KuokYew Chen (the name to note for business verticals and market entry). A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, it utilises this association in order to pursue the most complex domestic and cross-border transactions. Specific areas covered include: M&A, private equity investments, share acquisitions, venture capital deals, strategic alliances and corporate restructuring. Its significant client portfolio includes private equity houses as well as SMEs from sectors such as energy, retail, logistics and pharmaceuticals.
‘As a firm, CLO has a good team of lawyers with deep experience across different legal fields, which can be critical in M&A transactions‘.
‘What makes Christopher & Lee Ong’s Corporate and M&A practice unique is their in-depth expertise on cross-border M&A transactions (with particular emphasis on regional M&A transactions) and experience in handling complex transactional work. Their capabilities are shown by their ability to produce innovative solutions in approaching key issues, the quality and clarity of their advice as well as their commercial understanding of our objectives. In addition, their partners and lawyers are hands-on, very experienced, accessible and responsive, and they go the extra mile in providing their services‘.
‘Very experienced, capable and provide in-depth advice on various issues related to the topic‘.
‘I worked with Yon See Ting on a transaction in Malaysia in 2019. She was very helpful throughout the transaction, and gave very constructive advice to mitigate deal issues. She is also very dedicated to her clients, which was key to the successful completion of our transaction. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to work with her again‘.
‘Kuok Yuew Chen: Highly capable, experienced and available when needed and flexible in their approach to suit your working style. Goes to great lengths to service clients and cover all related aspects including assisting on regulatory/government approvals, etc‘.
‘Our main contact lawyer at Christopher & Lee Ong is Ms Yon See Ting. She has been excellent in advising us and she offers sound legal advice along with valuable commercial insights. Her in-depth experience in M&A transactions, especially in negotiations, and all round knowledge of the business and Malaysian economic and political factors have helped us navigate through our complex transaction‘.
Guoline Investments Company Ltd, subsidiary of a public-listed conglomerate (“Hong Leong Group”)
WingTech Technology Co Ltd, world’s largest smartphone contract manufacturer
SH Cogent Logistics Pte Ltd, indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Cosco Shipping International (Singapore) Co., Ltd (“COSCO SG”)
Johnson Control (S) Pte Ltd & Johnson Control (M) Sdn Bhd
SIA Engineering Company Limited
Air Liquide Malaysia Sdn Bhd
ISEC Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Singapore Exchange Catalist company, ISEC Healthcare Ltd
TH Plantations Berhad, a Malaysian publicly-listed palm oil and plantations company
Solluna Investments Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Exchange Mainboard company, Lum Chang Holdings Limited (“Lumchang”)
Intellectual property Tier 1
Christopher & Lee Ong's Sri Sarguna Raj heads the firm's intellectual property, sports and gaming group. Specialising in anti-piracy, his work also includes non-contentious aspects such as advising on franchising, sponsorship and merchandising agreements. More broadly, the team covers issues pertaining to trade mark infringement, patents, copyright, industrial designs, confidential information and the enforcement of Anton Piller orders. AirAsia Berhad is a key client for which it has carried out audits, clearance searches and overseas trade mark prosecutions in both ASEAN and some 27 other jurisdictions.
‘The firm was chosen because it offers excellent service, prompt replies and competitive fees and has capabilities across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters‘.
‘My main contact in the firm is Mr. Sri Sarguna Raj, who heads the Intellectual Property Practice Group, in the firm. He is very hands on and dedicated with the matters that we have entrusted the firm with. In relation to trademark advice, filing strategies and office actions issued by the relevant trademark office, he also provides brilliant and cost-effective solutions to the issues at hand‘.
Projects and energy Tier 1
Christopher & Lee Ong offers services on projects and energy dispute resolution, including arbitration. In addition the firm advises clients on the transactional side of matters such as power purchase agreements, EPC contracts and renewable power transactions. Christopher Lee and Eileen Yeoh jointly lead the team. Lee acts on cross-border renewable energy projects including the project funding. Yeoh assists clients on petrochemical and refinery projects while Chor Jack represents local and international power producers on solar projects in Malaysia.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team response fast to clients needs. They have quite a vast knowledge on subjects related to the energy sector.’
‘Fast and responsive. Knowledgeable in related subject matter.’
‘Quick turn around, team competence and depth, reasonable fee rate.’
‘Jack Chor – flexibility, sees the bigger picture, feedback more than required i.e. ensuring completeness and any matters that the client may have overlooked, pro-active in alerts on new legislation or developments that would affect current and future operations.’
YTL Corporation Berhad
Damansara Realty Berhad
Coca Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Invest Energy Group
Hanwha Energy Corporation
Akzo Nobel Paints (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Shipping Tier 1
Christopher & Lee Ong acts on a range of issues including marine casualty management, investigations of regulatory issues and marine pollution liability for ship owners, charterers, cargo owners and insurers. Jainil Bhandari leads the team and is present on shipping disputes alongside Clive Selvapandian, an expert on dispute resolution, who is active on litigation and arbitration, including insurance claims and dry shipping and maritime disputes. The firm also advises on oil shipment and trading matters.
TMT Tier 1
Christopher & Lee Ong's TMT offering is orchestrated by established IT expert Deepak Pillai. Providing clients with 'highly specialised' work complemented by 'top quality drafting', it is particularly known for its work in the banking, financial and telecommunications sectors. Regulatory specialist KuokYew Chen works with data protection lawyer Intan Haryati; Anissa Maria Anis (media and entertainment) and senior associate Yong Shih Han (information security) in supporting the firm's broad caseload. Recent highlights include representing one of only three licensed digital asset exchanges (DAX), as well as filing a preparatory response to a Public Consultation Paper (Review of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010).
‘Highly specialised in TMT. Top quality drafting and specialist in IT legal advice.’
‘They take the time to assess client needs and then address the legal work‘.
One of the three entities granted conditional approval by the Securities Commission Malaysia
The Association of Banks in Malaysia
One of the largest communications arms of a global listed conglomerate
One of the largest Malaysian reinsurance company
A leading Malaysian universal bank headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and operating in high growth economies in ASEAN
A German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company, and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world
A Malaysian universal bank, with presence throughout the ASEAN region and ranked as one of Malaysia’s most valuable bank brands
A video game developer and publisher based in South Korea, which develops, publishes and services mobile and PC online games
A global provider of enterprise software support products and services listed on NASDAQ
A multinational financial services company based in Canada and one of the largest banks in Canada by market capitalisation
Banking and finance Tier 2
Recently attracting UOB Kay Hian Pte Ltd to its client portfolio, the banking and finance team at Christopher & Lee Ong handles a broad spectrum of sector requirements. These relate to issues such as: syndicated and bilateral lending, Islamic finance, debt capital markets, securitisation, real estate financing and insolvency. Directed by Christopher Lee and Fiona Sequerah, it also features the 'very accommodating' energy specialist Chor Jack. A recent distinguishing case concerns its work for BNP Paribas on a USD10.4 billion project financing facility to be granted to Pengerang Refining Company and Pengerang Petrochemical Company.
‘Any member of the team is easily contactable and responds quickly to any inquiries. The team is also very efficient and is usually able to meet the requested timelines for the preparation and circulation of the drafts of the documents‘.
‘The partner we usually work with (Jack Chor) responds quickly to any inquiries and is very accommodating. We are very satisfied with the quality of advice given to us in respect of Malaysian laws as relevant to our transactions‘.
‘Christopher Foo – provides practical and commercial solutions for banking transactions‘.
Hong Leong Group
MUFG Bank Singapore
Malayan Banking Berhad
Mizuho Bank (Malaysia) Berhad
UOB Kay Hian Pte Ltd
Hanwha Energy Corporation
Labour and employment Tier 2
Christopher & Lee Ong's labour and employment team is orchestrated by four leads: Kelvin Kho, Rubini Murugesan, Yau Yee Ming and Han Li Meng. In essence, it stands as an integrated group of lawyers from corporate, commercial and litigation backgrounds. Notable for serving start-ups and new ventures, it regularly advises on the sector implications of compensation programmes, remuneration packages, corporate acquisitions and business integrations. To complement this, it also handles workforce restructuring (including transfers or migration), health and safety, anti-corruption, data protection and cybersecurity. The firm recently assisted Sellbytel Service in a hiring case concerning the ownership rights of 'successful bidders'.
Vale Malaysia Minerals Sdn Bhd
Sobena Offshore Inc. Sdn Bhd
Parker Hannifin (M) Sdn Bhd
NS BlueScope (M) Sdn Bhd
Sellbytel Services (M) Sdn Bhd
TecnimontHQC Sdn Bhd
Nyree Resources Limited
Medix Medical Services Asia Ltd
ACA Pacific Technology (M) Sdn Bhd
Itochu (M) Sdn Bhd
Dispute resolution Tier 3
Christopher & Lee Ong's dispute resolution practice counts Siemens Malaysia and Alliance Investment Bank within its distinguished client portfolio. The offering is led by general civil and banking litigator John Mathew and includes Han Li Meng (an expert in infrastructure and construction) and Niak Hiong Keong, a specialist in the oil and gas sectors. Tort (including defamation, trespass and conspiracy ), real estate matters, maritime issues and debt recovery actions are all areas of expertise.
‘Good customer commitment and efficient. The lawyers are knowledgeable and could communicate/explain in Mandarin language with my management from China‘.
‘The team that led by Ms Han Li Meng is attentive to our case, diligent in information gathering and analysis, and all members have good knowledge in covering all aspects of the case‘.
‘Ms. Han Li Meng from the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department is professional, knowledgeable and proficient‘.
‘Mr. Niak Hiong Keong, a Partner in the dispute resolution department of the firm, is a standout. His service is attentive and response time good. Well versed in the areas of law we have engaged him in. His advice is practical with commercial sensibilities, as opposed to just academic advice‘.
Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Siemens AG
Itochu Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Malayan Banking Berhad
TH Plantations Berhad
Marubeni-Itochu Steel (M) Sdn Bhd and Marubeni-Itochu Steel Inc.
Everest Point Sdn Bhd and Amanahraya Development Sdn Bhd
TMF Trustees Malaysia Berhad (“Trustees”)
Alliance Investment Bank Berhad
China Commercial Foreign Trade (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Real estate and construction Tier 3
Christopher & Lee Ong ihandles matters such as acquisitions of real estate agencies, REITs, construction disputes and international arbitration. Lee Hock Chye has several decades of experience in the field, offering a combined real estate and banking expertise. Lim Hui Ming advises on local and cross-border agreements for multinational corporations and individuals while Eileen Yeoh, who works on real estate transactions, has a background as a construction litigation practitioner. Also of note is Kelvin Kho who acts for foreign clients investing in redevelopment projects in Malaysia.
Capital markets Tier 4
For capital markets cases at Christopher & Lee Ong, the key partner to note is Yon See Ting. Equally adept at antitrust and M&A, she leads a team covering equity, debt and hybrid instruments. IPOs and extra-jurisdictional listings are also covered.
Christopher & Lee Ong > Firm Profile
Christopher & Lee Ong houses a dedicated and committed team of lawyers with legal acuity and intuitive business acumen cutting across multiple industries – Technology & Telecommunications, Projects & Energy, Natural Resources, Manufacturing & Logistics, Financial Services & Insurance, Consumer Goods & Services, Retail, and Construction & Materials, among others.
Throughout the entire project life-cycle (from inception to closing), we provide high quality legal advice to clients right across the commercial spectrum with extensive experience in handling complex deals and disputes involving large local and multinational corporations, conglomerates, financial institutions, as well as smaller local enterprises.
The Firm consistently distinguishes itself in Malaysia and regularly garners many international awards and industry accolades, particularly being named Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 2019 and Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year 2019 by Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards.
Being part of the Rajah & Tann Asia Network, one of the largest full-service legal network across over 10 countries in Southeast Asia and beyond, we are able to call upon leading lawyers from various jurisdictions in Asia to tap into their expertise, and provide clients with specialised advice & representation on disputes for both complex local and cross-border transactions.
|Admiralty & Shipping||Jainil Bhandarifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Admiralty & Shipping||Por Chuei Yingemail@example.com||+603 2267 2662|
|Admiralty & Shipping||Clive Navin Selvapandianfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2692|
|Banking & Finance||Christopher Leeemail@example.com||+603 2267 2672|
|Banking & Finance||Fiona Sequerahfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2678|
|Capital Markets (Debt)||Fiona Sequerahemail@example.com||+603 2267 2678|
|Capital Markets (Equity)||Yon See Tingfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2647|
|Capital Markets (Equity)||Por Chuei Yingemail@example.com||+603 2267 2662|
|Competition & Antitrust||Yon See Tingfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2647|
|Data Protection||Deepak Pillaiemail@example.com||+603 2267 2675|
|Dispute Resolution & Litigation||John Mathewfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2626|
|Employment & Executive Compensation||Yau Yee Mingemail@example.com||+603 2267 2669|
|Employment & Executive Compensation||Kelvin Khofirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2732|
|Employment & Executive Compensation||Rubini Murugesanemail@example.com||+603 2267 2616|
|Energy (Conventional & Renewable) & Resources||Christopher Leefirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2672|
|Energy (Conventional & Renewable) & Resources||Eileen Yeohemail@example.com||+603 2267 2788|
|Energy (Conventional & Renewable) & Resources||Chor Jackfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2729|
|Ethics & Integrity||Kuok Yew Chenemail@example.com||+603 2267 2699|
|Ethics & Integrity||Kelvin Khofirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2732|
|FinTech, RegTech, InsurTech||Deepak Pillaiemail@example.com||+603 2267 2675|
|FinTech, RegTech, InsurTech||Tracy Wongfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2653|
|Intellectual Property||Sri Sarguna Rajemail@example.com||+603 2267 2737|
|International Arbitration||John Mathewfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2626|
|International Arbitration||Avinash Pradhanemail@example.com|
|International Trade & Customs||Kuok Yew Chenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2699|
|Islamic Finance||Christopher Leeemail@example.com||+603 2267 2672|
|Islamic Finance||Fiona Sequerahfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2678|
|Mergers & Acquisitions||Yon See Tingemail@example.com||+603 2267 2647|
|Mergers & Acquisitions||Kuok Yew Chenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2699|
|Mergers & Acquisitions||Yau Yee Mingemail@example.com||+603 2267 2669|
|Project Finance||Fiona Sequerahfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2678|
|Project Finance||Chor Jackemail@example.com||+603 2267 2729|
|Projects, Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering||Christopher Leefirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2672|
|Projects, Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering||Eileen Yeohemail@example.com||+603 2267 2788|
|Projects, Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering||Shemane Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Real Estate||Lee Hock Chyeemail@example.com||+603 2267 2611|
|Real Estate||Lim Hui Mingfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2688|
|Real Estate||Kelvin Khoemail@example.com||+603 2267 2732|
|Sports & Gaming||Sri Sarguna Rajfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2737|
|Technology, Media & Telecommunications||Deepak Pillaiemail@example.com||+603 2267 2675|
|Technology, Media & Telecommunications||Kuok Yew Chenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2699|
|Technology, Media & Telecommunications||Intan Haryatiemail@example.com||+603 2267 2674|
|Technology, Media & Telecommunications||Anissa Maria Anisfirstname.lastname@example.org||+603 2267 2750|
|Wills & Probates||Teng Chong Moiemail@example.com||+603 2267 2618|
Staff FiguresConsultant : 1 Lawyers : 75+
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
MembershipsRajah & Tann Asia Network
OtherContact : Yon See Ting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CLIENT: Global air-conditioning systems company
COMPANY/FIRM: Christopher & Lee Ong
TESTIMONIAL: “We have been working with Christopher & Lee Ong for more than 2 years on general corporate and advisory matters. During this time, we have found the team to be responsive and service oriented. They understand the needs of the organisation well and are able to provide practical and commercial advice. Our experience with other Malaysian firms is that Christopher & Lee Ong compares favourably in terms of responsiveness and business acumen.”
COMPANY/FIRM: Christopher & Lee Ong
TESTIMONIAL: “The firm, despite the grandness and prestige, is a place that feels warm for anyone of any businesses because of its people. As one of the most prominent firms in the country, Christopher & Lee Ong have been very accommodating and cost conscious. They take budget, growth expansion, strategy, potentials into account and both parties have always been open and transparent. The same cost elsewhere comes with lack of expertise and attention. We are now selling globally with numerous recognitions, and expanding much faster than anticipated. We look forward to our continued partnership with Christopher & Lee Ong.”
CLIENT: Norwegian solar plants developer
COMPANY/FIRM: Christopher & Lee Ong
TESTIMONIAL: “Dynamic, engaging & flexible – caters and supports our growing plus complex business partnering needs in this ever changing & challenging landscape.”