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Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong
B-11-8, LEVEL 11, MEGAN AVENUE II
JALAN YAP KWAN SENG
50450 KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia
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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 1999, JLPW developed the current due diligence system adopted and used by industry participants in capital markets transactions.  Jeff is currently drafting sections of a new Due Diligence Guide for Malaysia, working 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 Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong assists its impressive client roster, which ranges from some the largest domestic Malaysian companies to start-ups and entrepreneurs, across a range of M&A transactions and corporate governance issues. The group has particular strength across sectors including banking and financial services, real estate, industrials and manufacturing and logistics. The team is jointly led by corporate and capital markets expert Jeff Leong; Kenny Poon, who frequently acts for financial institutions; and James Wong who has recently been particularly active in the real estate sector.

Malaysia > Capital markets

Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong‘s corporate practice has a  particularly strong reputation for equity capital market transactions. Jeff Leong, Kenny Poon and James Wong jointly head the practice; Leong and Poon frequently advise on initial public offerings and assist listed companies with fund raising and other corporate exercises while Wong has experience in both equity and debt capital market transactions.