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Antitrust and competition
Antitrust and competition - ranked: tier 2

Wong & Partners

'Impressively knowledgeable' managing partner Andre Gan, who provides 'comprehensive advice' and 'easily breaks down complex areas of law', co-heads Wong & Partners' antitrust department jointly with compliance expert Brian Chia. The practice is noted for its 'excellent service' and ability to 'advise on both local and foreign laws'; it advises on a wide range of competition matters, particularly on the non-contentious side. Senior associates Lydia Kong and Cindy Sek are also recommended. Tesco Stores (Malaysia), Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and Toyota Tsusho count among the team's clients.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Wong & Partners

Active on a remarkably high volume of impressive mandates, the team at Wong & Partners has excellent multi-jurisdictional capabilities. Mark Lim, who heads the practice alongside Esther Chik, acted for banks such as Maybank International Labuan Branch, Export-Import Bank of Malaysia and Bank of China (Malaysia) on $150m-worth of club deal facilities to Mega First Investment to partly finance a 260MW hydropower plant in Laos. Lim and Yong Hsian Siong also assisted Maybank Group with structuring a new home mortgage product.

Leading individuals

Esther Chik - Wong & Partners

Mark Lim - Wong & Partners

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Wong & Partners

With excellent multi-jurisdictional capabilities, Wong & Partners leverages its impressive strength in depth to excellent effect across debt and equity capital markets. Mark Lim acted for Maybank Investment Bank and CIMB Investment Bank as lead arrangers on BEWG (M)'s issuance of RM400m-worth of sukuk, to part-finance the upgrading of the Bukit Sah water treatment plant. Munir Abdul Aziz advised Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the sale of its 4.6% stake in CIMB Group Holdings via an accelerated book-build. Brian Chia is also recommended for equity capital markets.

Leading individuals

Brian Chia - Wong & Partners

Mark Lim - Wong & Partners

Munir Abdul Aziz - Wong & Partners

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Wong & Partners

The team at Wong & Partners handles high-profile cross-border M&A across all industries, and is well known in the region for its 'quick response times and solid business acumen'. The 'incredibly responsive, approachable and commercially savvy' Munir Abdul Aziz advised DRB-HICOM on its sale of Lotus Advance Technology to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Etika Automotive. Brian Chia is noted for his experience in the financial institutions and insurance sectors; 'knowledgeable, sharp, focused' senior associate Lydia Kong is 'a star'. Andre Gan is also singled out.

Leading individuals

Brian Chia - Wong & Partners

Munir Abdul Aziz - Wong & Partners

Next Generation Partners

Lydia Kong - Wong & Partners

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Wong & Partners

Technology, real estate and natural resources have recently been especially busy areas for the team at Wong & Partners, which also counts construction, Islamic finance and fraud disputes as key areas of strength. Group head Kherk Ying Chew and fraud expert Eddie Chuah acted for Juris Technologies in a civil case against former employees who allegedly stole confidential information and used it to compete commercially. Though Elaine Yap left in 2018 to set up her own practice, energy and construction litigator and arbitrator Janice Tay arrived from Skrine. Mohd Arief Emran Bin Arifin is recommended for energy, projects and Islamic finance disputes.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Wong & Partners

The team at Wong & Partners is headed by Kherk Ying Chew, who in a cross-departmental matter represented Juris Technologies in a civil case against former employees who had used confidential company data to set up their own software business. Other clients include Zhu Ge Kong Ming, Lunas Technology and, in a transactional matter, Media Prima. In addition to a sizeable portfolio management practice, the firm is experienced in patents and anti-counterfeiting work. Tze Lin Chong made partner; Hong Sze Chen went in-house to Google.

Leading individuals

Kherk Ying Chew - Wong & Partners

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Wong & Partners

The 'friendly, efficient and helpful' practice at Wong & Partners is 'well put-together' and has 'strong commercial awareness'; it is recommended for 'complex, difficult matters'. Mark Lim, who is noted for his 'sound knowledge and innovative approach to finding solutions', heads the team jointly with Esther Chik; Lim advised Maybank Investment Bank and CIMB Investment Bank as arrangers on BEWG (M)'s RM400m sukuk issuance. Senior associate Licia Tan is frequently seen on Islamic financing matters.

Next Generation Partners

Licia Tan - Wong & Partners

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Wong & Partners

Well known for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, the team at Wong & Partners is also noted for its 'commendable understanding and application of local law' and its 'attention to detail'. As well as handling dismissals and restructurings, the team has niche strengths in privacy, corruption and workplace health and safety. Kherk Ying Chew acted for Juris Technologies in a civil case against two former employees who used company information to set up their own business. The 'very prompt' Andre Gan 'manages resources efficiently'; litigator Eddie Chuah is also singled out. Brian Chia heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Brian Chia - Wong & Partners

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Wong & Partners

Wong & Partners' practice has expanded in the last year, welcoming construction disputes expert Janice Tay from Skrine. Project finance expert Mark Lim and projects specialist Siaw Wan Lim jointly head the practice; both acted for Asian Development Bank as chief adviser to Melaka Green Technology regarding its public-private partnership (PPP) to install energy-efficient street lights in Melaka. Other clients include Titan Energy, IJM, Gunkul Engineering, Shell and Prasarana Malaysia.

Leading individuals

Siaw Wan Lim - Wong & Partners

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Wong & Partners

Well-known for its cross-border capabilities, Wong & Partners' department works closely with the firm's corporate and tax teams, and counts hotels and industrial real estate as niche strengths. Yong Hsian Siong and Mark Lim advised Maybank Islamic on bringing to market its new shari'ah-compliant rent-to-own scheme. Mitsubishi Estate, The Weir Group, Mulia Property Development and S P Setia are also representative clients. May Chua is a particularly active senior associate.

Leading individuals

Yong Hsian Siong - Wong & Partners

Next Generation Partners

May Chua - Wong & Partners

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

Wong & Partners

With strong transactional and litigation capabilities, the team at Wong & Partners handles a wide range of matters, including in cutting-edge areas such as fintech and cybersecurity. Much of the firm's TMT work is corporate: managing partner Andre Gan advised Touch 'N Go on its joint venture with Ant Financial Services Group, and Munir Abdul Aziz advised Media Prima on its RM105m purchase of Rev Asia Holdings. On the contentious side, Kherk Ying Chew and Eddie Chuah acted for Lunas Technology in a case brought by LKPP regarding palm oil estate management software. Other clients of the department include Astro Malaysia Holdings and Juris Technologies.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Wong & Partners

Fielding four full-time tax partners, Wong & Partners' 'fabulous, incredibly knowledgeable' department handles the full range of tax matters, including transfer pricing and wealth management; it is commended for its 'fast, reasonable and practical advice'. 'Tax veteran' Adeline Wong heads the practice; she acted for Muhibbah Engineering (M) in an appeal case regarding the status of negative pledges relating to stamp duty. Other clients of the team include McDonald's, GEOWSSB and, on the transactional side, SCG Packaging. The 'very creative, hardworking' Krystal Ng, who has excellent transfer pricing experience, 'exceeds expectations in structuring transactions, and deeply understands clients' goals'. Litigator Jason Liang, indirect tax expert Yvonne Beh and senior associate Yi Lyn Tan are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Adeline Wong - Wong & Partners

Next Generation Partners

Yi Lyn Tan - Wong & Partners

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