Firm Profile > Donovan & Ho > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Donovan & Ho

Labour and employment Tier 2

Described as providing a 'unique service', Donovan & Ho's labour and employment team counts L’Oreal within its client portfolio. Led by Donovan Cheah, it handles disputes as well as a broad spectrum of non-contentious matters. Specifically, it assists with internal misconduct investigations (including fraud and breach of fiduciary duties) as well as retrenchment and closure of businesses. One notable recent case is its defence of a medical device manufacturer in a series of unfair dismissal claims. Other industries served include: hospitality, food and beverages, IT, manufacturing, chemicals, professional services and construction.

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I always get very qualified and usable answers, and no matter what time it is, I get a response very fast. I think Donovan Cheah provides a unique service!

Key clients

Thermo Fisher


Uhrenholt A/S


PPG Industries

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 Partner
Mr Shawn Ho  photo Mr Shawn Ho Partner
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