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

Work Department

Corporate Finance & Securities Law, Corporate M&A, Takeovers, Joint Ventures

Position

Jeff Leong is a senior partner of Messrs Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong (JLPW) in Malaysia.  He also actively serves as Chair of the Corporate, Securities & Investment Law and Co-Chair of the Belt and Road Initiative Standing Committees of the Law Association For Asia And The Pacific (LAWASIA), the peak body for national bar associations and law societies in more than 40 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region.

In JLPW, Jeff leads a Special Projects team and structures and runs complex M&A deals, resolves critical problems faced by clients such as crisis management, regulatory investigations, shareholder fights and board tussles and advises founders, business owners and senior management on business transactions.  With numerous IPOs and M&A deals over 30 years, he is often consulted by clients in Shipping and Logistics, Technology and Digital Economy, Oil & Gas and other heavily regulated industries on complex, urgent and critical matters. 

Jeff founded JLPW in 1999 with 2 other founders and was deep into corporate rescues and mergers of banks, insurance companies and stockbrokers to resuscitate the bleeding Malaysian economy, working on some of the major corporate rescues of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.  Affiliations with Deacons Graham & James (2001 – 2012) and Dacheng (2012 – 2016), now Dentons China, quickly followed.  In 2012, Jeff and his senior partners founded JLPW CROSSBORDER ASIA, a regional law firm network. 

In JLPW, he developed the current due diligence system adopted and used by industry participants in capital markets transactions in 1999. He also assisted the review of the 2020 Due Diligence Guide for Malaysia with investment bankers, accountants, capital market lawyers and other industry participants. 

Presently, with his Japanese speaking team, Jeff leads JLPW’s Japan Services Group who assist Japanese companies venturing into Malaysia and South East Asia with market entry strategies, M&As and post-merger integration advisory.  He also leads the Firm’s China Services Group and the regional JLPW Belt and Road Services Group who together serve Chinese companies investing and undertaking Belt and Road projects in Malaysia and other ASEAN countries.  As leader, strategist, chief talent scout, builder and problem solver, Jeff has initiated and developed various other practice groups in JLPW and is now spearheading the Firm’s Legal Tech initiatives to better support its clients in the new Digital Economy. 

He is also an avid blogger covering law, business and economics and issues of interest to the business community on JLPW NEEDLAWYER BLOG:  https://jlpwneedlawyer.wordpress.com/

Career

Jeff is trained as an advocated and solicitor in Singapore and called to the Bar in Malaysia in 1991. His other appointments include:
External Lecturer, Nanyang Technological Institute (now Nanyang Technological University), Singapore on Company Law (1987) and Company Law/Contract Law (1988);
Malaysia Representative, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Symposium on International Trade Law 1995;
ASEAN Editor and Singapore Correspondent, ASIAN LAW JOURNAL, Hong Kong (1993-1995);
Chairman, ASEAN SCHOLARS DIVISION, ASEAN BUSINESS FORUM, Jakarta, Indonesia (1994-1996);
Fulbright-Hays Visiting Scholar to the United States (1997);
International Copyright Fellow, Japan Council (2000/2001).

Languages

English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese

Memberships

Member, Malaysian Bar;
Member, Law Society of Singapore;
Member, Academy of Law, Singapore;
Member, Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA);
Member, the Law Society, England and Wales;
Chairman, LAWASIA Corporate, Securities and Investment Law Standing Committee (1998-current);
Member, Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (2002);
Chairman, LAWASIA Business Law Section, Darwin, Australia (1994-1997);
Member, International Legal Organisations Committee, Law Society of Singapore (1996); Member, Cross Border Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore (1995-1996);
Vice-President, Entrepreneurship Forum, Singapore (1994-1996);
Steering Committee Member, 1995 ASIA YOUNG LEADERS FORUM, Asia-Australia Institute, University of NSW, Australia (1995).

Education

Hwa Chong Junior College, Singapore National University of Singapore (LLB Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Jeff LeongJeff Leong, Poon & Wong

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.