Firm Profile > Donovan & Ho > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Donovan & Ho

Labour and employment Tier 3

Donovan & Ho's 'exceptional' employment and industrial relations team acts for both employers and employees on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. As well as advising on employment contracts and disputes relating to termination of employment, the group has recently been instructed to assist with internal investigations involving employee misconduct such as sexual harassment, fraud and breach of fiduciary duties. Practice head Donovan Cheah, who attracts praise for his 'professional, thoroughness and efficiency', counts L’Oreal and PPG Industries among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Donovan Cheah


We’ve been their client for less than 1 year now and we are very pleased with their service and professionalism.

They understand the nature of their client and tailor their services to suit with the needs, especially my company which have limited resources in Malaysia.

Donovan & Ho is full of experienced and energetic lawyers.

Donovan Cheah has deep knowledge and understanding of the local regulations and law, and understand the nature of businesses very well.

Donovan Cheah is very responsive and thorough in his response and is extremely helpful and thorough in providing guidance and legal advice.’

Donovan’s professional, thoroughness and efficiency stood out for us. Every time we’ve had queries he was very responsive and thorough in his response.

Key clients




Givaudan Group

PPG Industries


Momentive Performance Materials

The firm: Donovan & Ho was founded in 2014 by partners Donovan Cheah and Shawn Ho. Since formation, the firm’s areas of practice have been dispute resolution, employment advisory and litigation, corporate/commercial/tax advisory and real estate.

The firm currently has a total of 8 lawyers across the various practice areas.

Areas of practice: The firm’s employment law practice assists clients in the following areas: drafting of employment contracts, handbooks and policies, managing termination of employees, advising on retrenchment, redundancies and workforce reductions, and conducting training on best practices for human resources. The firm also represents clients in employment litigation such as unfair dismissal claims before the Industrial Court.

Donovan & Ho’s litigation practice represents clients in various commercial and corporate litigation before the Malaysian courts, including shareholder and directors’ disputes, construction disputes, breach of contract, and defamation. The firm also handles judicial review applications.

The firm’s corporate practice manages corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, drafts commercial agreements, represents various startup companies and founders in their fundraising exercises.  The firm regularly advises on legal compliance, corporate governance, shareholder and founder arrangements, joint venture and partnership structures.  The corporate practice group also assists with real-estate transactions and advising on real-estate planning, including stamp duty, use of tax efficient investment structures for property investment, real property gains tax, goods and services tax and income tax in Malaysia.


Department Name Email Telephone
Employment advisory Donovan Cheah
Employment litigation Donovan Cheah
Dispute resolution and litigation Donovan Cheah
Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution Donovan Cheah
Construction adjudication Donovan Cheah
Corporate and commercial Shawn Ho
Tax Advisory Shawn Ho
Real estate, property and conveyancing Shawn Ho
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Donovan Cheah  photo Mr Donovan Cheah
Mr Shawn Ho  photo Mr Shawn Ho
Number of lawyers : 8
English (fluent)


The team at Donovan & Ho comprises people of various faiths and ethnicities. In the spirit of respect and appreciation of this diversity, our office interactions, social activities and outings always take into account the different cultural and religious sensitivities of our colleagues. We value the differences of every colleague that have contributed to our firm’s strengths, and have worked hard to establish a firm culture and working environment based on mutual trust and respect.

We also understand that for those who have taken a break to start a family or to care for loved ones, returning to the workforce can be difficult, especially in our rapidly changing profession. We recognise the value in this non-traditional talent pool and have engaged lawyers and other employees who are mothers returning to the workforce, on specially crafted terms of service to cater for their specific need for flexible working arrangements.


Donovan & Ho has also participated in the following community and social programmes:

  • Assisting and supporting the Wilson Global Initiative (WGI), a non-profit organisation aiming to eradicate illiteracy. Our partner sits on the Board of WGI. The firm provides pro-bono legal services to WGI and our team are volunteer teachers for WGI’s “Read & Rice” programme, which provides free English lessons to underprivileged youths in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Our firm is a member of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme.
  • Supporting the initiatives of Dignity for Children Foundation, an organisation helping refugee children
  • Giving talks on constitutional matters and human rights to under-privileged school children
  • Participating in the activities organised by Max Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports people fighting cancer