Firm Profile > Wong & Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wong & Partners
LEVEL 21, THE GARDENS SOUTH TOWER
MID VALLEY CITY, LINGKARAN SYED PUTRA
KUALA LUMPUR 59200
Malaysia

Banking and finance Tier 1

The 'fair and efficientMark Lim and Esther Chik head the team at Wong & Partners, advising domestic banks and financial institutions as well as multinational companies and investment funds, primarily on financial transactions, alongside securitisation, syndicated lending, and sukuk. The firm's capabilities are demonstrated by a client list including Pestech Cambodia, Maybank Investment, and Export-Import Bank of Malaysia. The team regularly participates in high-value cross-border work, with Lim advising U Mobile on a MYR1bn loan facility involving both Malaysian and Singaporean fund providers.

Testimonials

Their work has been very helpful and timely. They are also very practical in offering solutions to issues of differences so that both the banks and the issuer can align our interests.

 

Key clients

Maybank Islamic Berhad

Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and AmInvestment Bank Berhad

U Mobile

CIMB Group

RHB Banking Group

Export-Import Bank of Malaysia

S P Setia

Press Metal

Pestech (Cambodia) Limited

Capital markets Tier 1

Wong & Partners' is known particularly for advising financial institutions on a full range of capital markets transactions, although its impressive client roster also includes government-linked companies, major corporations, real estate developers, energy and infrastructure companies. As a member firm of Baker McKenzie, it leverages an international network both in providing full-service capabilities, cross-border expertise and advice on the international financial services sector. Brian Chia heads the corporate, commercial and securities practice and recently led advice to S P Setia on its multi-billion Ringgit rights issuance; Mark Lim is a key name to note for debt capital markets, while Munir Abdul Aziz focuses on equity capital markets transactions. Esther Chik also has growing experience in conventional and Islamic debt capital markets transactions.

Key clients

S P Setia Berhad

Maybank Investment Bank Berhad

AmInvestment Bank Berhad

Maybank Group

CIMB Group

RHB Banking Group

Press Metal

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

As a Baker Mckenzie member firm, Wong & Partners benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's international network in cross-border M&A and has particular expertise in advising large multinational corporates and investment funds. The team also boasts particular expertise across numerous sectors including financial services, consumer goods and services, technology and manufacturing. Practice head Brian Chia is a key name to note for his financial services and insurance sector specialism, while Andre Gan has particular experience in the financial sector and education. Other names to note include Munir Abdul Aziz, whose impressive client roster includes global and regional multinational companies and Malaysian blue-chip companies, and Sue Wan Wong, who is highlighted for her ability to handle transactions in highly regulated industries such as financial services, insurance, and fintech.

Testimonials

They are knowledgeable, responsive, provide solutions, are polite and have good business acumen.

They are calm and collected under pressure, and up to date with latest development in the industry and the company.’

As a venture capital investing firm, we’re always looking for lawyers that understand our risk appetite, can identify what’s material against what’s nice to have, can provide legally creative solutions, and can move fast. Wong & Partners has all of these strengths.

Brian Chia is pragmatic, extremely responsive, and checks in regularly to have process-driven conversations about how they can optimize workflows, what his team can do better and if we are in need of specific training needs.

Key clients

DRB-HICOM Berhad

S P Setia Berhad

Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad

China Galaxy International Financial Holdings Limited

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ

Paramount Corporation Bhd.

Affinity Equity Partners

Ekuiti Nasional Berhad

Tianshui Huatian

Navis Capital Partners

Intellectual property Tier 1

The intellectual property team at Wong & Partners 'provides practical solutions' to a full-range of matter including enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work, portfolio management, litigation and corporate and commercial transactions. The practice counts Malaysia Airlines, Telekom Malaysia and GrabTaxi Holdings among its clients. The team led by Kherk Ying Chew, who has experience in handling a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including infringement disputes and IP audits.

Testimonials

Chew Kherk Ying demonstrates vast experience in this field and is able to provide sound advice in a relatively short time span.

Key clients

GrabTaxi Holdings Pte Ltd

Malaysia Airlines Berhad

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

Ralph Lauren

Vivo

Labour and employment Tier 1

Wong & Partners' employment practice 'provides timely and comprehensive advice' on corporate transactions, compliance matters and disputes to its client roster of multinational clients. Brian Chia heads up the practice and is a key name to note for non-contentious matters, while Eddie Chuah handles disputes.

Testimonials

Friendly, knowledgeable and committed associate Shameen Mohd Haaziq Pillay’s quick, informative and reassuring responses to our various modes of queries has given us the confidence that we need in during the legal proceedings.

Key clients

Estee Lauder Malaysia Sdn Bhd

ISS Facility Services Private Limited

Magneti Marelli S.p.A.

Global Blue Service Company Singapore

Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad

Terex Singapore Pte Ltd

Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan)

Cardinal Health

Nintex

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Wong & Partners' real estate team is well-versed in corporate transactions and real estate development projects, with particular hospitality sector expertise. Practice head Hsian Siong Yong advises on a range of property and land acquisitions and leases, as well as corporate and regulatory matters. Other names to note include senior associate May Chua who advises on a range of investments and transactions relating to real estate assets.

Key clients

S P Setia Berhad

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Mulia Group

Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd

The Intermark Sdn. Bhd.

Media Prima Berhad

SuperPark

HomePro

Nestle

Seagate Technology

Maybank Berhad

Tax Tier 1

The 'strong and proficient' tax, trade and wealth management team at Wong & Partners attracts an impressive client roster of local and international corporates which it assists with a full range of tax matters. Adeline Wong, who is frequently instructed to advise large corporates on corporate tax planning, audits and foreign trade matters, heads up the team alongside Yvonne Beh, who has recently been particularly active in advising e-commerce, technology and digital economy clients on indirect tax matters. Other names to note include Krystal Ng and Jason Liang who are highlighted for transfer pricing advice and tax litigation respectively. Former senior associate Yi Lyn Tan took an in-house role at 500 Startups.

Testimonials

They give practical advice and insights; they are also connected with industrial bodies and associations and are able to share insights on new developments.

The team knows how to match our business requirements/issues with their wide & deep knowledge.

They provide strong practical and comprehensive solutions to our challenges. They connected all the dots.

They understand our business and how we want to operate.

Adeline Wong is extremely knowledgeable, not just in local tax issues but also international developments. A trusted advisor who is able to deliver.

The team at Wong & Partners are responsive to our needs and queries and often meet deadlines provided. They are also well-versed in Malaysia tax knowledge, give practical advice and insights and are able/ willing to take positions on tax matters.

Adeline Wong and Yvonne Beh are particularly attentive to our needs and address our queries expeditiously. What I especially appreciate is the willingness and ability to take positions on tax matters and give practical advice.

The team is very strong and proficient in their subject matter expertise.

Adeline Wong stands out for her in-depth knowledge and hands-on approach to dealing with the client’s matters.

Key clients

Lazada Asia Limited

Western Digital

Microsemi Storage Solutions

McD APMEA Franchising Pte Ltd

Integrated Device Technology

Boston Scientific Corporation

Giesecke & Devrient Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Asian Development Bank

Starbucks

Antitrust and competition Tier 2

The antitrust and competition team at Wong & Partners is frequently instructed by international and multinational companies to advise on competition law compliance in Malaysia. Frequently handling cross-border matters, practice head Andre Gan attracts praise for 'his knowledge of anti-competition matters both local and globally'. In addition to benefiting from Baker McKenzie's international office network, the group offers clients the Baker McKenzie Global Antitrust Dawn Raid App which provides antitrust guidance, particularly for the early stages of a dawn raid.

Testimonials

Andre Gan always responds to your queries very quickly.

Recommended for quick response times, knowledge of the law and solutions provided.

Key clients

Tesco Stores (Malaysia)

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

GrabTaxi Holdings

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Wong & Partners has experience in a full range of contentious matters and counts disputes relating to construction and engineering, intellectual property, employment, islamic finance and debt recovery among its specialisms. Noted for his stregnths in civil litigation, arbitration and corporate compliance, Kherk Ying Chew heads up the practice which includes Mohd Arief Emran Arifin who has experience across a range of litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Key clients

BT Malaysia Sdn. Bhd

Sonoco Products (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Rex Group

BEWG (M) Sdn Bhd & Loyal Engineering Sdn Bhd

PCPP Operating Company Sdn Bhd

Syarikat T.D. Sdn Bhd

Vivo

Adev Ventures Sdn Bhd

Islamic finance Tier 2

The banking and financing team at Wong & Partners offers commercial and technical advice on Shari'ah compliant products and, as a member firm, benefits from the Baker McKenzie network, which it is able to leverage in cross-border matters. Practice group head Mark Lim has experience handling complex transactions for local and international financial institutions and major corporations. Other names to note include Esther Chik, who led the advice to OCBC Al-Amin Bank and CIMB Bank on the first known Islamic finance transaction in Cambodia.

Key clients

Maybank Group

CIMB Group

RHB Banking Group

Export-Import Bank of Malaysia

S P Setia

Press Metal

Projects and energy Tier 2

Wong & Partners attracts praise for being able to offer 'a one-stop service' for infrastructure projects and energy sector matters, both in assisting with a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues, as well as international aspects owing to its ability to leverage Baker McKenzie's global network. The group is jointly led by project finance partner Mark Lim and the 'very professionalSiaw Wan Lim, who has experience across projects, infrastructure and construction, and counts energy, oil and gas, power and rail among her sector focuses.

Testimonials

The team employs good time management and is able to deliver within tight deadlines.’

In negotiations Siaw Wan Lim can control the situation and her advice is unarguable.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

IJM Corporation Berhad

Gunkul Engineering PCL

Shell

Maire Tecimont

Titan Energy Sdn Bhd

Pestech Cambodia Ltd

TMT Tier 2

The TMT at Wong & Partners has experience across a range of corporate, commercial, intellectual property, contentious and regulatory issues across the sectors. Recently, the group has been active advising on fintech regulatory matters, cryptocurrency, data privacy and artificial intelligence. The practice group benefits from the firm's strong intellectual property and dispute resolution practices which both benefit from Kherk Ying Chew's regulatory and commercial expertise. Chew jointly leads the practice alongside corporate, commercial and securities partner Brian Chia, who has experience assisting clients with data privacy, e-commerce, media distribution and telecoms law and licensing, and Adeline Wong, who focuses on several issues in the technology sector including telecommunications, semiconductor, tax and international trade.

Key clients

GrabTaxi Holdings Pte Ltd

StashAway Malaysia

Lunas Technologies

Adev Ventures Sdn Bhd

Vivo

Tianshui Huatian Technology Co., Ltd

The firm: Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, is a Malaysian law firm dedicated to providing solution-oriented legal services to its clients. The Firm uniquely combines its rich local knowledge with broad global capabilities. Since its establishment in 1998, Wong & Partners has grown steadily for 20 years and now consists of 19 partners and more than 50 associates. The firm’s lawyers are able to deliver comprehensive and integrated advice to clients, and are trusted by respected domestic and multinational corporations for their needs in Malaysia and throughout Asia. The firm’s lawyers are committed to helping clients apply industry-specific, innovative and practical solutions.

Wong & Partners provides practical advice to help clients meet their business objectives and investment goals in Malaysia and beyond. With a global outlook, innovative technology and seasoned legal talent, the firm helps clients navigate risk and seize opportunity.

Named Firm of the Year at the ALB Malaysia Law Awards in 2018, the firm delivers first-class legal advice on complex multijurisdictional transactions. The quality of its work is reflected in the number of leading multinationals and financial institutions that seek its counsel on these matters, as well as the recognition it receives within the legal industry. Its banking and finance, corporate and M&A, intellectual property, real estate and tax practices are ranked highly by Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, with many of its legal practitioners also ranked as leading lawyers by these guides.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Andre Gan andre.gan@wongpartners.com +60322987828
Banking and finance Mark Lim mark.lim@wongpartners.com +60322987960
Dispute resolution Kherk Ying Chew kherkying.chew@wongpartners.com +60322987933
Employment Brian Chia brian.chia@wongpartners.com +60322987999
Intellectual property Kherk Ying Chew kherkying.chew@wongpartners.com +60322987933
Information Technology and communications Brian Chia brian.chia@wongpartners.com +60322987999
Information Technology and communications Kherk Ying Chew kherkying.chew@wongpartners.com +60322987933
Mergers and acquisitions Brian Chia brian.chia@wongpartners.com +60322987999
Private equity Stephanie Phua stephanie.phua@wongpartners.com +60322987895
Private equity Brian Chia brian.chia@wongpartners.com +60322987999
Project finance Siaw Wan Lim siawwan.lim@wongpartners.com +60322996405
Project finance Mark Lim mark.lim@wongpartners.com +60322987960
Tax, trade and wealth management Adeline Wong adeline.wong@wongpartners.com +60322987880
Financial Services & Regulatory Sue Wan Wong suewan.wong@wongpartners.com +60322987884
Islamic Finance Mark Lim mark.lim@wongpartners.com +60322987960
Real Estate Hsian Siong Yong hsiansiong.yong@wongpartners.com +60322987861
Number of lawyers : 70
Chinese
English
Malay
Malaysia-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
Malaysia Australia Business Council
Hong Kong-Malaysia Business Association
Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce
Contacts : Andre Gan (managing partner)
Contacts : Adeline Wong (partner)
Contacts : Brian Chia (partner)
Contacts : Kherk Ying Chew (partner)
Contacts : Mark Lim (partner)
Contacts : Munir Abdul Aziz (partner)