Firm Profile > Gan Partnership > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gan Partnership
D-32-02, Menara SUEZCAP 1
KL Gateway, No.2, Jalan Kerinchi, Gerbang Kerinchi Lestari
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Intellectual property Tier 2

Gan Partnership's IP offering has been bolstered following the arrival of former Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill partners Bahari Yeow and Lim Zhi Jian, both experienced litigators. Drawing on its specialist strengths in dispute resolution and ADR, the team recently advised Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on the advertising, labelling, and packaging of alcoholic drinks in Malaysia.

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The IP team at Gan Partnership does more than traditional sector work. We value their expertise and in-depth understanding of the industry and the unique regulatory regime that governs it‘.

The IP team at Gan Partnership, led by Bahari and Jian, is undoubtedly very skilled. Besides being a dynamic team, you can always rely on them for on-point legal advice, be it for filing for protection to more contentious matters such as domain name infringement. They are quick to respond and are always on-point and appropriate. Happy to say that where IP matters are concerned, Bahari and his team are definitely the ones you should turn to‘.

Gan Partnership’s strength lies in its close relationship with clients. They often find ways to solve problems and look for ways to address their clients’ concerns and needs‘.

Responsive, knowledgeable, and excellent value‘.

Bahari definitely stands out as the go-to IP lawyer. Over the years, Bahari has played a crucial role in assisting our organisation in all IP related matters. His depths of legal acumen, industry experience and gentle demeanour adds to our confidence that our interests and concerns are well-taken care of and thought of. I would not hesitate to recommend Bahari any time!

Bahari and Jian are exceptional in their responsiveness – they are always supportive and always willing to exert significant effort to help even in extremely urgent requests. They are very thorough in their research and thoughtful in their analysis, and they can balance the same with practical and pragmatic advice on risk mitigation‘.

Bahari and Jian are our go-to experts for IP work in Malaysia. Approachable, responsive and provide cost-effective solutions

Key clients


Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)

Employees’ Provident Fund


Exxon Mobil

Genting Group

Great Eastern Life Assurance


Hewlett Packard

Koch Industries, Inc.


Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Oppo Mobile


Philip Morris


Sunway Group


Tottenham Hotspurs

UMW Grantt International Sdn Bhd

ZTE Mobile

Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad

Fipper Marketing Sdn Bhd

Kien Huat Realty Sdn Bhd

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The 'dedicated, reliable and reassuring' dispute resolution team at Gan Partnership is led by Gan Khong Aik who is lauded for being a 'vastly experienced litigation lawyer who is meticulous, thorough and possesses troubleshooting skills'. Co-head Foo Joon Liang  'precisely prescribes the legal action framework to safeguard his clients' interests'. Notably, it recently strengthened this offering following the recruitment of former Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill partners Bahari Yeow Tien Hong and Lim Zhi Jian. In effect the firm has expanded its client offering in both ADR and contentious intellectual property matters. Chubb Insurance and ExxonMobil Exploration and Production are key names within its portfolio.

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Clear updates and clear information given, perfect paperwork and hardly can find error in the documents prepared, very cooperative and perfect teamwork, well prepared before attending court, a firm with a strong belief and positive culture from top to bottom!

The Litigation team  has all the criteria we need – dedicated and reliable and assuring‘.

The firm has a number of highly-experienced and knowledgeable partners with a proven track record in dispute resolution. Besides being responsive to clients, the firm’s senior lawyers are extremely professional, reliable, approachable, display sound judgment and are value for money‘.

They relentlessly seek solutions to issue raised by clients and try to make the client feel at ease and secure whenever faced with whatever challenges‘.

Mr Gan Khong Aik – a person who upholds integrity, truth and helps clients to defend their interests in justice. He is a very professional and experienced person with clear direction who enables clients to understand the entire litigation process. Willing to spend a lot of time to understand client needs and give professional advice.’

‘The firm has a number of experienced and competent commercially-conscious and client-oriented partners, notably Mr Gan Khong Aik is a vastly experienced litigation lawyer who is meticulous, thorough and possesses troubleshooting skills‘.

As one of the main Principals of the firm, Mr Foo Joon Liang is not only knowledgeable, he understands the client’s requirements and precisely prescribes the legal action framework to safeguard his clients’ interest’.

Bahari, Jian and the team are hands-on and approachable. Both Bahari and Jian are commercially and legally sound. They know what they are doing, and know the subject area including the industries very well. Both Bahari and Jian are exemplary IP litigators‘.


Key clients

AmInvestment Bank Berhad

AmBank (M) Bhd & Group of Companies

AmGeneral Holdings Bhd

AmInvestment Group Bhd

Apex Equity Holdings Bhd

Axiata Global Service Pte Ltd

Comintel Corporation Bhd

RHB Trustees Berhad

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd

Celcom Axiata Berhad

DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd

Lonpac Insurance Bhd

The Pacific Insurance Bhd

Chubb Insurance Berhad

MSIG Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc.

ExxonMobil Business Support Centre Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Sunway Group of Companies

Tan & Tan Developments Bhd

Titijaya Land Berhad


Hong Leong Industries Bhd

Master Mulia Sdn Bhd

LJack (M) Sdn Bhd


UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd

Tan Sri Dato’ Sir Tiong Hiew King

Dato Ng Geok Hwa

Labour and employment Tier 4

Led by the 'very sharp and accurate' Gan Khong Aik, the Employment and Industrial Relations team at Gan Partnership is said to provide clients with: 'holistic and comprehensive advice'. Notably, the boutique firm concentrates on dispute resolution and counts Philip Morris and ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Inc within its portfolio. A highlight is the firm's work for United Overseas Bank on an allegation of unlawful dismissal.

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The quality and in-depth knowledge of the partner we’ve been in contact with has been so convincing that we could put his professional advice to good use right away. From past experience, some people in the same profession may end up taking some time to ‘digest’ the crux of the matter, leaving us anxiously in the quandary, but not with this person in this firm‘.

I am extremely grateful and happy with what Gan Khong Aik and Ashley Lee Sze Ching did for winning my case against a very established multinational company. The teamwork between Gan and Ashley is very strong and complementary. Gan provides leadership and strategic approach to my case and Ashley is just incredibly meticulous in searching for authorities to support the argument.I appreciated most is their professionalism and it has been fun working with them‘.

Gan Partnership gives holistic and comprehensive advice on labor and employment matters. We trust their assessment and value the risk mitigation measures they recommend‘.

The lawyers have very strong knowledge of the local labor laws and are very well acquainted with the latest labor trends. They interpret the laws in a practical and logical manner which enables a lay person to understand and utilize that information. They are give a lot of exposure to court proceedings and hands on training.They have close knowledge of the processes and precedence of the labor departments and labor courts. This is extremely important as it helps in the counsel they provide their clients‘.

Mr Gan (Partner) and Ms Ashley Lee (Associate) are meticulous in understanding the factual matrix of cases, articulating the legal and practical issues and in preparing witness statements and collating relevant documents before trial. They plan ahead and provide sufficient and appropriate guidance to our witnesses without compromising their professional integrity.’

Mr Gan’s assessment on the issue in hand has always been very sharp and accurate. He is very prompt with his response which makes it more convenient for us to act on the next move. He is always calm and composed but in complete control of the situation. His ability to grasp the crux of the matter within the very brief moment after it is being presented to him makes him stands out compared to others that I have dealt with before because he would offer solutions in an instant too. Time is of the essence, so having someone like Mr Gan to rely on is really advantageous for us to deal with any industrial relations or legal issues‘.

Mr Gan is an exceptional practitioner. He is very well respected by his peers and his clients. He is extremely humble and accessible. I find that he puts the integrity of the profession as a priority. And is a true trusted advisor‘.

Key clients

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Saw Kong Beng

Philip Morris Sdn. Bhd

ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Inc.

Schlumberger Limited and its subsidiaries

Overseas Courier Sdn. Bhd.

Overseas Courier Service (S) Pte Ltd

Suez Capital Sdn. Bhd.

Brazil Embassy

UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd

Celcom Axiata Bhd

Sunsuria Group

ExxonMobil Business Support Centre Malaysia Sdn Bhd

GM Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (Japanese owned company)

OSK Holdings Bhd.

K-GIC Advertising Sdn. Bhd.

United Kotak Berhad

ECI Software Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Elowater Malaysia Sdn Bhd, subsidiary of Multi Water Holdings Limited

Kiplepay Sdn Bhd, subsidiary of Green Packet Bhd

Roland Berger Sdn Bhd

Valmont Corporate Shared Services Sdn Bhd

GS Paperboard and Packaging Sdn Bhd

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Gan Partnership is a boutique dispute resolution practice with particular strength in construction disputes. Co-founder of the firm Foo Joon Liang heads up the team and provides expertise on litigation, arbitration and adjudication of construction matters. He has worked on engineering and geotechnical disputes such as failures and collapses. Also of note is Tan Min Lee who has represented developers, contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes.

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Key clients

Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)

Bina Puri Group of Companies

Sunway Group of Companies

Sunsuria Group

Mah Sing Group Berhad

Hap Seng Land Bhd

OSK Properties Bhd

Masenang Sdn Bhd

NIWG Group of Companies

Tuck Sin Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd

MKH Berhad

Accolade Land Sdn Bhd

Zelan Construction Sdn Bhd

Clients faced with complex and difficult cases look to Gan Partnership. Known for its solid strength in dispute resolution, this internationally recognised law firm provides clients with an arsenal ranging from senior counsel with over 25 years’ experience before all levels of courts to aggressive junior and modern litigators. With the 2020 addition of two partners with over three decades of experience between them, the firm has grown from strength to strength.

Gan Partnership extends its capabilities to East Malaysia through collaborations with leading advocates and solicitors in that region. With the wide access to a network of eminent international and local technical consultants and experts, the resourceful and multilingual 24-member team provides comprehensive and innovative solutions to its clients spanning across various industries.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Arbitration Foo Joon Liang +603 7931 8177
Arbitration Tan Min Lee +603 7931 8211
Litigation & Risk Management Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Anti-Bribery & Corruption Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Antitrust & Competition Tan Min Lee +603 7931 8211
Banking & Finance Tan Min Lee +603 7931 8211
Boardroom Risk & Reputation Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Construction, Infrastructure & Project Foo Joon Liang +603 7931 8177
Construction, Infrastructure & Project Tan Min Lee +603 7931 8211
Corporate Governance & Compliance Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Crisis Management Bahari Yeow Tien Hong +603 7931 6288
Cyber Security Lim Zhi Jian +603 7931 8668
Employment, Benefits and Incentives & Industrial Relations Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Energy & Resources Foo Joon Liang +603 7931 8177
Healthcare & Life Sciences Bahari Yeow Tien Hong +603 7931 6288
Insurance Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Intellectual Property Bahari Yeow Tien Hong +603 7931 6288
Intellectual Property Lim Zhi Jian +603 7931 8668
Real Estate Mah Mun Yan +603 7931 7060
Regulatory & Compliance Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Regulatory & Compliance Tan Min Lee +603 7931 8211
Restructuring & Insolvency Gan Khong Aik +603 7931 8166
Restructuring & Insolvency Foo Joon Liang +603 7931 8177
Sports Lim Zhi Jian +603 7931 8668
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Bahari Yeow Tien Hong +603 7931 6288
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lim Zhi Jian +603 7931 8668
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Joon Liang Foo  photo Mr Joon Liang Foo Partner
 Eri Swee Theeng Fu  photo Eri Swee Theeng Fu Senior Associate
Mr Khong Aik Gan  photo Mr Khong Aik Gan Partner
Ms Mei Yee Kang  photo Ms Mei Yee Kang Partner
Mr Xin Div Lee  photo Mr Xin Div Lee Senior Associate
Ms Sze Ching, Ashley Lee  photo Ms Sze Ching, Ashley Lee Senior Associate
Mr Zhi Jian Lim photo Mr Zhi Jian Lim Partner
Ms Mun Yan Mah  photo Ms Mun Yan Mah Senior Associate
Ms Min Lee Tan  photo Ms Min Lee Tan Partner
Mr Bahari Tien Hong Yeow  photo Mr Bahari Tien Hong Yeow Partner
Partners : 6
Lawyers : 29
Mandarin and Chinese dialects
Malay (Bahasa Malaysia)


  • Acting for the Asian International Arbitration Centre including the first reported constitutional challenge on statutory adjudication
  • Acting before the apex court in a challenge against an arbitration award concerning novel constitutional and jurisdictional issues
  • Acting before the apex court to set aside of a multimillion-dollar arbitration award involving key questions on Arbitration Act 2005
  • Acting in the apex court on significant legal points concerning limitation periods in arbitration.

Litigation and Risk Management

  • Acting in multiple actions arising from the complex disputes between directors and shareholders of a company operating in the nature of a quasi-partnership
  • Acting in an action arising from a deadlock in a family-run company which tested the new company law regime
  • Acting for the largest telco in Malaysia in a sophisticated dispute covering laws on domain names, trademark infringement, passing off, breach of contract, fraud and inducement.
  • Acted for a foreign company and obtained an order in the first Malaysia case in respect of parallel import of goods produced by the same company for different regions

Construction, Infrastructure and Projects

  • Acted in the Federal Court and Court of Appeal in a dispute involving the interplay between insolvency laws and a direct payment provision of the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA), resulting in a landmark decision in the construction dispute resolution industry
  • Acted in the oft-cited landmark decision of the apex court on jurisdictional issues concerning CIPAA
  • Acting in a series of disputes arising from a bridge collapse in Malaysia involving leading engineering experts from Europe and Asia
  • Acted in a state commission inquiry for a highly publicised hill slope failure

Employment, Benefits and Incentives & Industrial Relations

  • Involved in an appeal leading to a significant decision relating to the computation of benefits in an unlawful dismissal action
  • Advising on the employee’s code of conduct in light of the newly enforced corporate corruption liability
  • Acting for local and foreign employer-companies in a board range of employment and industrial relations disputes and advisory


  • Advised Insurers and Reinsurers on a wide range of issues relating to insurance policy, claims, and disputes.
  • Advising and acting for Insurers and Reinsurers in a RM 125 million Machinery Breakdown/Loss of Profit claim arising from an aluminium smelter incident.
  • Acting for Insurers in a reinsurance claim over RM 22 million involving fraudulent cheque payment by a bank.

Intellectual Property

  • Represented the world’s largest technology company and third-largest mobile phone manufacturer in a global trademark dispute against the largest Swiss Watch group
  • Represented an American 20+ time Grammy Award winning artist on image rights
  • Represented the world’s largest restaurant chain (revenue) in various trademark and advertising disputes
  • Advised an oil & gas multinational corporation on a technology dispute pertaining to undersea scanning/diagnostics technology
  • Advised a multinational luxury goods conglomerate on media and advertising law
  • Advised one of the largest European mobile network operators on a dispute pertaining to wrongful use of telecommunications equipment and services
  • Represented an American global aerospace and advanced technologies company in a global dispute pertaining to laser guided weaponry
  • Advised a foreign Embassy on protection of trademarks denoting origin
  • Advised an American multinational IT company in a technology joint venture agreement with a Malaysian company involving provision of tech services
  • Represented a German premium automobile brand against counterfeit goods in Malaysia
  • Represented the largest Malaysian automobile-maker in a trade mark infringement and copyright dispute
  • Represented Malaysia’s largest oil & gas company in a breach of confidential information and copyright claim
  • Represented the largest Government-linked Malaysian telecommunications company in the largest trade mark infringement action in its history, against an American manufacturer of telecommunications hardware
  • Drafted a software agreement for big accounting firms