Mr Kenny Poon > Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong
B-11-8, LEVEL 11, MEGAN AVENUE II
JALAN YAP KWAN SENG
50450 KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia

Work Department

Corporate Commercial, Corporate Finance, IPOs, M&A, Takeovers, Cross Border Transactions

Position

Mr. Kenny Poon is a Senior Partner and one of the 3 founding partners of the firm. He co-heads the firm’s Corporate, Commercial & Corporate Finance Practice Group and he has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the Corporate and M&A practice areas by Asialaw Profiles and recommended for Corporate and M&A, Capital Markets and Banking and Finance by the Legal 500 in 2012.

Mr. Poon’s practice includes takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and initial public offerings and listings. He has experience in privatisation transactions, including selective capital reductions and scheme of arrangements.

He has acted for a large number of leading companies, foreign as well as domestic and has coordinated multijurisdictional transactions through acquisitions, disposals, IPOs, joint ventures and other transactions.

He has advised on aircraft financing, ship financing, technology contracts, franchising, and various commercial contracts. He has also advised foreign banks taking security in Malaysia as part of global financing transactions. He is frequently instructed to issue formal legal opinions and advise on local law and central bank requirements.

In active legal practice since 1991, he has acted in a primary role for IPOs and listings of companies on stock exchanges in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and London and in various M&A transactions involving companies in the Asian region. His clients include commercial and investment banks and other financial institutions in all aspects of corporate finance transactions.

As a founding partner, Mr. Poon has played a pivotal role in building and leading the firm, which has been recognised/recommended by The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Chambers and Asialaw Profiles among other accolades. Mr. Poon also co-heads the firm’s Myanmar Practice Group.

Career

Kenny read law in the United Kingdom and is called to the UK Bar, Malaysian Bar and Singapore Bar. He is one of 3 founding partners of the firm. His other appointments include:
Notary Public,
Investigative Tribunal Panel, Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board (2003 to 2012), 
Member, Disciplinary Committee Panel, Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board (2012 to current), 
Member, Corporate & Commercial Law Committee, Bar Council (2004 to 2018), 
Member, Kuala Lumpur Bar Public Relations and Court Liaison Sub-Committee (2001).

Languages

English, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese (spoken), Mandarin (spoken)

Memberships

Member, the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, England and Wales
Member, Malaysian Bar
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Academy of Law, Singapore

Education

LLB (Hons), University of Leeds (1989); Barrister, of Gray’s Inn (1990)

Leisure

Mr. Poon is an avid general aviation fan and he obtained his private pilot’s licence in 2004.

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A

The corporate team at Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong covers a range of M&A transactions and corporate governance issues. Specifically, banking, financial services, real estate and manufacturing matters are all pursued by a team led by capital markets expert Jeff LeongKenny Poon (who frequently handles IPOs) and real estate specialist James Wong.

Malaysia > Capital markets

At Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, matters concerning capital markets (particularly equity variants) are handled by the firm’s corporate practice. The offering is jointly coordinated by Jeff Leong, Kenny Poon and James Wong (a specialist in debt capital  transactions) and frequently advises clients on complex IPOs.