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Corporate/M&A — Malaysia


Azmi & Associates - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Comprehensive corporate practice, offering expertise in areas such as M&A, joint venture and corporate restructuring mandates. Acts for a range of clients, particularly those from the transport, infrastructure and public sectors.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Azmi Mohd Ali is a key contact.

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Chooi & Company - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Chooi Mun Sou
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team handling a broad range of transactions including M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Acts for both local and international clients, and is lately active in the media, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services sectors.

Strengths

The firm attracts particular praise for its attentive service, one interviewee reporting: "They are very responsive and thoughtful."

Work highlights Assisted Star Media in the purchase from Juita Viden International of 49% of the remaining shares in Li TV Holdings, thus completing its acquisition of the company.

Advised Aged Care on a number of corporate matters, including the development of a trust programme.

Significant clients Asia Assistance Network, Cenviro, Sony.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Chooi Mun Sou is the key client contact for clients.

Department profile by Chooi & Company

Chooi and Company has established a reputation as one of the premier corporate and finance law firms in Malaysia. We offer the full range of commercial services one would expect from the largest Malaysian law firms, whilst retaining the flexibility, responsiveness and personal rapport characteristic of a small firm. 

We are consistently listed as a recommended law firm for Corporate and M&A in publications such as Asia Pacific Legal 500, Asia Law, Chambers Asia, Benchmark Asia Pacific and IFLR 1000.

We routinely advise on company law, incorporations, directors’ responsibilities, commercial contracts, licensing and foreign direct investments. We regularly assist foreign clients in understanding and negotiating the complex Malaysian regulatory regime and dealing with government and regulatory authorities. 

We act for both local and foreign clients in inbound and outbound mergers and acquisitions. Our goal is to provide advice which is not just legally sound but commercially practicable. Due diligence reviews are carried out by teams of lawyers from different departments, which allows the full scope of our expertise for any one transaction.

Our corporate and commercial practice covers an array of areas such as:

  • Banking and Finance 
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition Law 
  • Construction, Energy, Infrastructure and Projects
  • Employment and Industrial Relations
  • Personal Data Protection and Privacy
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Information Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • Telecommunications

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Christopher & Lee Ong - Member of Rajah & Tann Asia Network - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust corporate team, advising on a broad range of transactional and regulatory issues. Well placed to advise on cross-border deals in the region thanks to its membership of the Rajah & Tann network. Particularly active in the resources sector and noted for its representation of private equity funds.

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Donaco International in its USD360 million acquisition of Star Vegas Casino.

Represented Platinum Appreciation and Brothers Coffee Ventures in their acquisition of shares in Lyndarahim Ventures.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Lee's broad corporate practice encompasses the handling of M&A, joint ventures, reverse takeovers and other transactions. He frequently represents clients from the projects, infrastructure and energy sectors. Clients note "his deep experience" and the useful insights conferred by his "big-picture" view, one reporting: "I appreciate his thoughtful approach in dealing with potential issues."

Department profile by Christopher & Lee Ong - Member of Rajah & Tann Asia Network

Our M&A Team has significant experience in the retail sector, having advised on 4 supermarket/ hypermarket acquisitions/disposals and 8 F&B chain businesses just in the last 2 years. With this industry knowledge, the Team is able to guide purchasers through a regulatory framework which, for foreign purchasers, requires compliance not just with laws but with guidelines and discretionary foreign equity conditions.

The Team’s practice is also unique because more than 50% of its clients are non-Malaysian parties. Through the years, the Team has acquired experience and knowledge of the legal and cultural environments of its clients – principally Japan, the US, UK and Europe, and increasingly the PRC – and the expectations of its clients from those regions. As a result, the team is better able to adapt its advice and practices those clients’ needs. Apart from language differences, cultural differences play a part in determining the dynamics of a deal, and also differences in emphasis on issues such as what is perceived as important in a deal.

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Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Kenny Poon and James Wong
- 7 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established, versatile corporate practice, regularly advising on M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, with particular expertise in IPOs. Often acts for clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing and real estate sectors and frequently engaged on cross-border mandates covering such jurisdictions as Japan, China and Myanmar.

Strengths

The team is praised for its commerciality, one interviewee calling it "well experienced in corporate matters and solution-oriented."

Sources also cite the practice for its high level of client service, one referee noting: "In terms of quality of delivery, they're excellent" and emphasising its readiness "to go the extra mile to get things done."

Work highlights Assisted Sanmina in the MYR500 million acquisition of a number of business assets from Motorola Solutions, including a factory complex, its associated workforce, inventory and manufacturing contracts.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Leong is a key departmental contact.

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Kadir Andri & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tan Kong Yam
- 6 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established corporate offering with noted expertise in the handling of M&A transactions, including reverse takeovers. Also maintains a respected ECM practice, regularly advising clients in connection with IPOs. Represents a range of high-profile domestic clients, particularly in the finance and energy spheres.

Strengths Clients commend the depth, quality and promptness of the team's offering, one remarking: "In terms of staff strength and speed of work and opinions, I think they're at a very high standard."

The practice is also characterised as "a standout firm for M&A."

Work highlights Acted for Ranhill Energy & Resources with regard to its complex MYR800 million reverse takeover of Symphony House.

Provided local counsel to the joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners of a MYR500 million multi-jurisdictional offering of shares in Sunway Construction Group.

Significant clients Bumi Armada, CIMB Bank, Maxis, Sime Darby, Tenaga Nasional.

Notable practitioners

Abdul Kadir Kassim is a highly experienced practitioner of nearly 50 years' standing who remains active within the department as a senior consultant, routinely advising on corporate and banking transactions.

Clients report that Samuel Hong has "very sound knowledge" and is "very proactive in offering solutions." He is well regarded in the market for his expert handling of M&A, joint venture and restructuring matters.

Tan Kong Yam is "very helpful, very responsive and able to turn around documents quickly," clients report. He is also noted for his versatile practice, which includes advising on M&A, real estate and financial services-related matters. He acted for Tenaga Nasional in a voluntary takeover offer transaction, which concluded with the client owning over 90% of Integrax's total share capital.

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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tay Weng Hwee
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate practice offering the full range of corporate and commercial services. Especially active on M&A, joint venture, private equity and corporate restructuring mandates and regularly engaged by clients from the manufacturing and real estate sectors.

Strengths The team receives strong praise for its combination of speed and high quality, clients noting that "in terms of response they're very fast," and applauding the lawyers' "excellent analysis and reactivity."

There are also several comments supporting the view that "the service has been excellent," one source citing "expertise, skills and dedication" as key attributes of the firm.

Work highlights Assisted private equity fund Apollo Management VIII with the Malaysian aspects of its joint USD1.03 billion acquisition with Platform Specialty Products of the entire equity interests of OM Group.

Acted for Penang Development Corporation in a joint venture transaction with Esta Investments supporting the development of the BPO Prime site on the island.

Significant clients Atrium Real Estate Investment Trust, Johor Corporation, Masterskill Education Group, MCIS Insurance, WTK Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Ooi Bee Hong as "very friendly, customer-oriented and very focused." She has a broad practice, encompassing corporate and real estate transactions as well as matters relating to foreign direct investment.

Tay Weng Hwee maintains a wide-ranging corporate practice spanning M&A, corporate restructuring and joint venture transactions. Praised by clients as a "very, very sharp" and highly responsive practitioner, he acted for Apollo Management in its joint acquisition of the equity interests of OM Group.

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Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Established practice, highly proficient in the ECM space and offering extensive expertise in M&A and joint venture transactions. Especially active on behalf of clients from the real estate and construction industries.

Strengths Clients highlight the group's longstanding reputation and strong roster of practitioners as key strengths, reporting: "They are a long-established firm with a backbone of experienced lawyers."

Clients are also impressed by the team's "ability to handle complex cases."

Work highlights Assisted IOI Properties Group in its acquisition of the total ordinary share capital of both Mayang Development and Nusa Properties.

Represented Sunway Holdings in the MYR104 million purchase of 80% of the share capital of Winstar Trading and its subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Koh maintains a busy practice and is regularly mandated on both ECM and M&A transactions, lately advising NCB Holdings with regard to a takeover offer by existing shareholder MMC Port Holdings. Clients are impressed by his "overall knowledge, experience and attention to detail."

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Rahmat Lim & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Moy Pui Yee
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent corporate group with a growing reputation in the market, handling an impressive array of M&A, joint venture, corporate restructuring and private investment mandates. Represents both domestic and international clients and offers specialist expertise in the finance and real estate sectors.

Strengths The team attracts praise from clients for its swift service, one source noting: "They are extremely reactive to any of our questions."

Further sources concur, with contributors speaking of being "very satisfied with the level of service and client focus of the firm."

Work highlights Represented 1Malaysia Development in the MYR9.83 billion sale of all its subsidiary energy companies to a subsidiary of China General Nuclear Power Corporation Group.

Assisted Hap Seng Land Development in a MYR467.8 million joint venture with TTDI KL Metropolis, linked to the KL Metropolis commercial development.

Notable practitioners

Moy Pui Yee earns the respect of market commentators as "a very good lawyer who really knows her stuff," with a comprehensive practice covering both M&A and joint venture transactions. Also well equipped to act on real estate mandates, she played a leading role assisting Minor Hotel Group with a MYR242 million joint venture hotel complex project with Destination Resorts & Hotels.

Chen Lee Won's practice spans corporate restructuring, joint venture and M&A mandates. Praised by clients for her "proactivity in coming up with solutions," she recently assisted TMC Life Sciences with its MYR400 million acquisition of the BB Waterfront medical hub project in Johor Bahru.

Chia Chee Hoong focuses on M&A and other transactions in the financial services sector, winning praise from interviewees as a "very sensible and responsive" practitioner.

Department profile by Rahmat Lim & Partners

Our Corporate & Commercial encompasses general corporate and regulatory
matters, corporate reorganisations and restructurings, safety, health and the
environment, as well as all areas of law relevant to establishing business
presence in Malaysia and operating a business in Malaysia. Our lawyers also
have extensive experience in advising on, negotiating and drafting a wide range
of commercial arrangements. These include agency and distribution, branding and
marketing, consultancy, contract manufacturing, international and local sales,
outsourcing, service arrangements and other commercial arrangements.


Our Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) team has been involved in numerous major and
high-profile mergers and acquisitions both in Malaysia and across the region.

With a solid foundation in deal structures and mechanics, and extensive knowledge of
corporate law and practice, our M&A practice is marked by the ability to
deliver speedy, commercially-oriented and integrated services and advice, which
is complemented by our Firm’s other practice areas.

We advise both public and private organisations and financial institutions on a broad range of
transactions, including local and regional joint ventures, share and business
acquisitions and disposals, corporate re-organisations, privatisations and
mergers, leveraged buyouts, schemes of reconstruction and amalgamation, capital
restructuring, inward and outward investments and private equity investments.




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Raja, Darryl & Loh - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Chew Phye Keat
- 9 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong corporate team, regularly acting for both domestic and international clients on mandates such as M&A and joint ventures. Notable for its broad range of expertise, covering such varied sectors as aviation, healthcare, technology and IT.

Strengths The team is especially applauded for its commercial approach by several clients, who praise both its "very good level of service" and its ability to "understand the issues from a business perspective."

Clients also note that the lawyers "are very responsive, and generally provide advice within required timeframes."

Work highlights Advised Maybank on the contractual arrangements supporting its collaboration with Sage Software in the development of an electronic payment system for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Represented Accenture in its purchase of Schlumberger Business Consulting, including advising on related business transfer and employment issues.

Significant clients Bombardier, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Marriott Group, Microsoft.

Notable practitioners

Chew Phye Keat is the key contact in the department.

Department profile by Raja, Darryl & Loh

Our corporate department provides a wide range of services to financial institutions, multinationals, public listed companies, corporations, small and medium enterprises and individuals.

Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

We assist clients with due diligence and documentation for corporate exercises such as:

  • initial public offerings
  • issuance of private debt securities
  • rights, warrants and bonus issues
  • capital injections, alliances and restructurings
  • loan restructuring
  • unit trusts - we act for the majority of the unit trust companies in Malaysia, and handle all aspects of documentation and advisory work

Mergers and Acquisitions

We have acted on M&A across a range of sectors including:

  • Construction
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Infrastructure
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • Securities
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport

Corporate and Commercial

Among the matters that we advise on are:

  • Aircraft leasing
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Incorporation & corporate governance
  • Insolvency & corporate restructuring
  • Joint Ventures
  • Privatisation/Corporatisation
  • Shareholders’ Agreements
  • Securities offerings

It should also be noted that we are especially equipped to advise on aviation, financial technology and healthcare – specialist areas that few other firms are specifically experienced in.

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Shearn Delamore & Co - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Grace Yeoh
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent corporate group, adept at handling a range of M&A, private equity, joint venture and corporate restructuring mandates. Services clients from numerous sectors, including the infrastructure, energy, healthcare and aviation spheres.

Strengths The team's all-round capability is applauded by many, with clients noting: "They are responsive, substantively good lawyers and don't cut corners."

Other sources agree, characterising the team as "knowledgeable and responsive."

Work highlights Acted for United Malacca in a USD66.4 million acquisition of shares in Lifere Agro Kapuas via a conditional share purchase agreement with Lincoln Wilshire Investments.

Represented Legasi Azam, a subsidiary of Malaysia Resources Corporation Land, in its MYR259 million acquisition of former embassy land in Malaysia from the German government.

Significant clients Ancom, Employees Provident Fund, Malaysia Resources Corporation, Select Medical Holdings, Sumatec.

Notable practitioners

Ng Swee Kee is lauded by sources as "a practical lawyer who understands the need for robust legal advice." He is particularly active on foreign investments, and regularly handles M&A and private equity transactions. Of late, he assisted NV Bekaert in its joint venture with the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, in a transaction worth roughly EUR600 million.

Grace Yeoh has an established corporate offering that spans M&A, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Her recent work includes assisting DyDo DRINCO with its purchase of substantial shareholdings in both MDD Beverage and Milk Specialities Distribution.

Department profile by Shearn Delamore & Co

We are one of the oldest and most established Corporate and Commercial Practice in Malaysia (since 1905).

We are best known for mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, private equity, restructurings, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, regulatory advisory and greenfield projects.

Our M&A work covers almost every industry sector (both cross-border and domestic) and we act for corporate as well as private equity clients in both bilaterals and bid scenarios. 

Recent cross border work straddled these industry sectors :

Solar, medical devices, money services business including foreign exchange and remittance, water supply and service industry, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, flexible packaging for FMCG, property, commodities- palm oil, semiconductor & electronics related, telecommunications, food production, construction material, insurance, banking, financial services, automotive, oil & gas, and infrastructure. 

The multidisciplinary resources of the firm and bandwidth enable us to, structure and undertake the most challenging corporate and commercial transactions.

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Shook Lin & Bok - Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for Established team, well placed to handle M&A and joint ventures for domestic and international clients. Regularly advises on restructuring, compliance and registration issues. The corporate practice is supplemented by a strong banking and finance offering.

Notable practitioners

Patricia David Saini is a vastly experienced corporate lawyer, advising clients on matters such as joint ventures and M&A. She has been licensed to practise law in Malaysia for over 40 years, having been admitted to the Bar in 1976.

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Skrine - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Theresa Chong
- 14 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading corporate practice, particularly proficient on mandates concerning the power, oil and gas sectors, as well as in the real estate, insurance and finance spheres. Frequently acts on high-value M&A and joint ventures, as well as on cross-border investments and property acquisitions.

Work highlights Advised China General Nuclear Power on its USD2.3 billion acquisition of seven power generation subsidiaries of 1Malaysia Development, including Edra Energy and Edra Solar.

Assisted Endurium Holding with the USD19 million sale of all shares in Taylor-Wharton Malaysia to Air Water.

Significant clients Kulim, Murphy Oil.

Notable practitioners

Cheng Kee Check gains respect across the market for a comprehensive capability offering that includes M&A, restructuring and expertise relating to insurance. Appreciated by peers for his assured and even-tempered handling of major transactions, he lately assisted a client with a significant acquisition in the insurance space.

Janet Looi maintains a solid reputation among sources, who describe her as "a very, very good corporate lawyer" who is "nice to deal with and does a thorough job." Her diverse practice incorporates mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and she also offers valuable expertise pertaining to environmental issues.

Quay Chew Soon's broad practice includes assisting corporate clients in relation to insurance and restructuring issues. He also advises on joint venture and M&A transactions, as well as cross-border investments.

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Tay & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Chang Hong Yun and Tay Beng Chai
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly advises on a range of M&A and venture capital deals, as well as handling private equity investments. Active for both private and public clients, the team also offers expertise in relation to real estate, data privacy and competition law issues.

Strengths The team's speed of service and industry expertise are praised by clients, who assert: "There is a fast response time and they have excellent technical knowledge."

The team's close attention to detail is also well received by clients, who note: "Their work is thorough and well researched."

Work highlights Advised Eindec Corporation on its MYR16.4 million acquisition of shares in Eindec Technology from Xie Tong International, a sister company of Eindec Corporation.

Acted for SPH Media Fund in relation to its USD1.5 million investment in a Malaysian start-up.

Significant clients AirAsia, Amcorp Properties, Khazanah Nasional, MegaPower, PGEO Group.

Notable practitioners

Tay Beng Chai is a key contact in the department.

Department profile by Tay & Partners

Our clients consist of a mix of leading local companies and international companies investing and doing business in Malaysia. They are in a spread of sectors e.g. in aviation, retail and distribution, food and beverage, electronics and technology, manufacturing, education, construction and building materials, oil and gas, renewable energy, real estate, corporate services and professional consultancy companies, medical and life sciences, and other services. Due to our linkages with Singapore, we routinely advise Singapore based business on their expansion in Malaysia.

Our areas of practice

  • Transactional work for international companies in Malaysian-related acquisitions as part of market expansion
  • Investments by venture capital and private equity companies and divestments through trade sales strategic partnership and collaboration
  • Initial public offerings (IPO) and private placements
  • Advice and application for government permits and licences and regulatory advice
  • Corporate restructuring work
  • Insolvency related workout

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Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Brian Chia
- 8 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout corporate group, with a deep bench of lawyers servicing a high-profile domestic and international clientele. Notable for its cross-border work, and especially expert in the handling of M&A, private equity investment and ECM transactions. Regularly acts for clients in such sectors as oil and gas, real estate and financial services.

Strengths Clients consistently praise the team for its responsive and well-targeted counsel. One client notes: "They've been excellent; the key was the turnaround time and the kind of advice they gave."

The team's business-savvy manner is also appreciated by clients, who report: "They are very commercial in their approach and always available for us."

Work highlights Assisted Shell Overseas Holdings in its USD66.3 million sale of a 51% interest in Shell Refining Company to a Malaysian subsidiary of Shandong Hengyuan Petrochemical.

Acted for Indonesian company Mulia Property Development in a MYR665 million land acquisition supporting the development of a large commercial tower project in Kuala Lumpur.

Significant clients AMMB Holdings, CIMB, Maybank, Navis Capital, Sime Darby.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Brian Chia is renowned for assisting leading international businesses with their Malaysian M&A, restructuring and private equity transactions, and is lauded by clients as "a fantastic lawyer who knows not only his work, but also his clients and their needs." He played a leading role in assisting Multi-Color Corporation in its MYR158.7 million takeover of Super Enterprise Holdings.

Andre Gan maintains an excellent reputation for corporate work, particularly where the financial services and healthcare sectors are concerned. He is "knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience in M&A," according to clients, and recently played a key role assisting AmInvestment on the sale of its 99% interest in AmCapital Indonesia to Yuanta Securities.

The well-regarded Munir Abdul Aziz's busy practice embraces M&A, joint ventures and ECM. He lately assisted a subsidiary of Media Prima in a joint venture with CJ O Shopping to establish a MYR65 million domestic shopping company. One enthusiastic client describes him as "completely brilliant" and as "very knowledgeable, quick and able."

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Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICO Law) - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Tan Wooi Hong and Gilbert Gan
- 15 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected corporate practice, equally adept in the general transactional and equity capital markets spaces. Provides high-quality advice to an array of leading financial services clients, particularly where corporate restructuring, M&A and IPO mandates are concerned.

Strengths The team is applauded for its strong commercial acumen and expertise in handling sophisticated deals, with clients highlighting its "technical knowledge and exposure in dealing with complex transactions" and praising the lawyers for being "responsive and providing business-friendly solutions."

The group is also cited for its ready accessibility, one client reporting: "They are always available, whether late at night or at the weekend."

Work highlights Acted for Malaysia Airports Holdings in its purchase of 40% of the shares in each of the two companies running İstanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. The transaction was valued at EUR279 million.

Assisted Brahim's Holdings in its disposal of 49% of the share capital in its airline catering business to SATS Investments.

Significant clients CIMB Bank, Crowdo Malaysia, Maybank, RHB Bank, UBS.

Notable practitioners

Gilbert Gan is a respected ECM and M&A practitioner, highly valued by clients for his "appropriate strategic and tactical legal solutions" as well as his "ability to address concerns at all levels of senior management." He played a major role in assisting CapitaLand RECM in the disposal of its shareholding in Quill Capital Management to Malaysian Resources Corporation.

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Zain & Co. - Corporate/M&A

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Salwah Abdul Shukor
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team, providing quality advice to clients in sectors such as real estate, hospitality and oil and gas. Frequently acts on sophisticated M&A transactions, and further noted for strong regulatory expertise.

Strengths The team's attention to detail and responsiveness are praised, with clients maintaining: "They have been absolutely excellent in every department" in addition to being "very customer service-oriented, thorough and fair."

Work highlights Acted for Ekuiti Nasional with regard to the MYR74.6 million sale of its interest in Rancak Selera to Newscape Capital.

Assisted Usahasama Seri Cemerlang in relation to the management agreement and other transactional documentation supporting the MYR350 million development of the new Mövenpick Hotel Kota Bharu.

Significant clients Keppel DC REIT, KESM Industries, Petronas, Projek Lintasan, Top Leader.

Notable practitioners

Salwah Abdul Shukor is well regarded for her M&A prowess and lately advised Kumpulan Fima on its proposed purchase of a 70% equity stake in RNE Plantation. Clients particularly value her "encouraging and very friendly" approach, one interviewee describing her as "quietly good and a pleasure to deal with."

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Zul Rafique & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jerry Ong
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed corporate group, well respected in the market for its expertise in ECM and general corporate matters. Especially active for leading names in the financial services and oil and gas sectors, it provides high-quality advice regarding M&A, restructurings and IPOs.

Work highlights Acted for Red Sena, a special-purpose acquisition company, in its MYR400 million IPO, involving the issuance of 800 million shares on the Bursa Malaysia.

Assisted the placement agent, RHB Investment Bank, in relation to the placement of shares in GW Plastics Holdings, raising a total of MYR576 million.

Significant clients CIMB Bank, KSK Group, Petronas, RHB Bank.

Notable practitioners

A respected figure in the market, Jerry Ong is described by a source as "very responsive, smart and popular with clients." Highly capable in the handling of M&A, restructuring and ECM transactions, he played a leading part in assisting Compo AcquiCo in its disposal of all equity in its Malaysian subsidiary, Compo Expert Asia Pacific.

Department profile by Zul Rafique & Partners

The heart of our firm’s practice, our Mergers & Acquisitions practice group advises both local and foreign clients on structuring and negotiating shares, business and assets acquisitions and disposals, takeovers and mergers of corporations and businesses, demergers, consolidations and vesting and management buyouts.

Based on our extensive expertise in more than just a few industries, we have drawn from the wealth of such experience and are able to provide significant industry insights into the transactions at hand.

Our areas of practice include:

  • Structuring and negotiating shares
  • Business and assets acquisitions and disposals
  • Take-overs and mergers of corporations and businesses
  • Joint venture and strategic alliance
  • Demergers
  • Consolidation and vesting management buyouts

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Senior Statesmen

Patricia David Saini

Shook Lin & Bok

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Patricia David Saini is a vastly experienced corporate lawyer, advising clients on matters such as joint ventures and M&A. She has been licensed to practise law in Malaysia for over 40 years, having been admitted to the Bar in 1976.

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Abdul Kadir Kassim

Kadir Andri & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Abdul Kadir Kassim is a highly experienced practitioner of nearly 50 years' standing who remains active within the department as a senior consultant, routinely advising on corporate and banking transactions.

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Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Practice head Brian Chia is renowned for assisting leading international businesses with their Malaysian M&A, restructuring and private equity transactions, and is lauded by clients as "a fantastic lawyer who knows not only his work, but also his clients and their needs." He played a leading role in assisting Multi-Color Corporation in its MYR158.7 million takeover of Super Enterprise Holdings.

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Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Andre Gan maintains an excellent reputation for corporate work, particularly where the financial services and healthcare sectors are concerned. He is "knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience in M&A," according to clients, and recently played a key role assisting AmInvestment on the sale of its 99% interest in AmCapital Indonesia to Yuanta Securities.

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Shearn Delamore & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ng Swee Kee is lauded by sources as "a practical lawyer who understands the need for robust legal advice." He is particularly active on foreign investments, and regularly handles M&A and private equity transactions. Of late, he assisted NV Bekaert in its joint venture with the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, in a transaction worth roughly EUR600 million.

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Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

The well-regarded Munir Abdul Aziz's busy practice embraces M&A, joint ventures and ECM. He lately assisted a subsidiary of Media Prima in a joint venture with CJ O Shopping to establish a MYR65 million domestic shopping company. One enthusiastic client describes him as "completely brilliant" and as "very knowledgeable, quick and able."

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Skrine

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Cheng Kee Check gains respect across the market for a comprehensive capability offering that includes M&A, restructuring and expertise relating to insurance. Appreciated by peers for his assured and even-tempered handling of major transactions, he lately assisted a client with a significant acquisition in the insurance space.

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Skrine

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Janet Looi maintains a solid reputation among sources, who describe her as "a very, very good corporate lawyer" who is "nice to deal with and does a thorough job." Her diverse practice incorporates mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and she also offers valuable expertise pertaining to environmental issues.

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Rahmat Lim & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Moy Pui Yee earns the respect of market commentators as "a very good lawyer who really knows her stuff," with a comprehensive practice covering both M&A and joint venture transactions. Also well equipped to act on real estate mandates, she played a leading role assisting Minor Hotel Group with a MYR242 million joint venture hotel complex project with Destination Resorts & Hotels.

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Zul Rafique & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

A respected figure in the market, Jerry Ong is described by a source as "very responsive, smart and popular with clients." Highly capable in the handling of M&A, restructuring and ECM transactions, he played a leading part in assisting Compo AcquiCo in its disposal of all equity in its Malaysian subsidiary, Compo Expert Asia Pacific.

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Shearn Delamore & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Grace Yeoh has an established corporate offering that spans M&A, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Her recent work includes assisting DyDo DRINCO with its purchase of substantial shareholdings in both MDD Beverage and Milk Specialities Distribution.

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Salwah Abdul Shukor

Zain & Co.

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Salwah Abdul Shukor is well regarded for her M&A prowess and lately advised Kumpulan Fima on its proposed purchase of a 70% equity stake in RNE Plantation. Clients particularly value her "encouraging and very friendly" approach, one interviewee describing her as "quietly good and a pleasure to deal with."  

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Abdullah Chan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vincent Chan of Abdullah Chan maintains a diverse practice that includes M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. One client says of him: "When I need something done in Malaysia, I consult him." He recently assisted CP Group in an AUD200 million joint venture deal, related to the proposed development of a shopping centre and hotel complex in Melbourne.

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Kadir Andri & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Clients report that Samuel Hong has "very sound knowledge" and is "very proactive in offering solutions." He is well regarded in the market for his expert handling of M&A, joint venture and restructuring matters.

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Christopher & Lee Ong - Member of Rajah & Tann Asia Network

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Christopher Lee's broad corporate practice encompasses the handling of M&A, joint ventures, reverse takeovers and other transactions. He frequently represents clients from the projects, infrastructure and energy sectors. Clients note "his deep experience" and the useful insights conferred by his "big-picture" view, one reporting: "I appreciate his thoughtful approach in dealing with potential issues."

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Skrine

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Quay Chew Soon's broad practice includes assisting corporate clients in relation to insurance and restructuring issues. He also advises on joint venture and M&A transactions, as well as cross-border investments.

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Rahmat Lim & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chen Lee Won's practice spans corporate restructuring, joint venture and M&A mandates. Praised by clients for her "proactivity in coming up with solutions," she recently assisted TMC Life Sciences with its MYR400 million acquisition of the BB Waterfront medical hub project in Johor Bahru.

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Rahmat Lim & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chia Chee Hoong focuses on M&A and other transactions in the financial services sector, winning praise from interviewees as a "very sensible and responsive" practitioner.

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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Clients describe Ooi Bee Hong as "very friendly, customer-oriented and very focused." She has a broad practice, encompassing corporate and real estate transactions as well as matters relating to foreign direct investment.

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Sedgley & Co.

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Iain Sedgley of Sedgley & Co. has a wealth of experience in advising on corporate transactions, including M&A and joint ventures. He has particularly noted proficiency in the projects and infrastructure space.

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Kadir Andri & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tan Kong Yam is "very helpful, very responsive and able to turn around documents quickly," clients report. He is also noted for his versatile practice, which includes advising on M&A, real estate and financial services-related matters. He acted for Tenaga Nasional in a voluntary takeover offer transaction, which concluded with the client owning over 90% of Integrax's total share capital.

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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tay Weng Hwee maintains a wide-ranging corporate practice spanning M&A, corporate restructuring and joint venture transactions. Praised by clients as a "very, very sharp" and highly responsive practitioner, he acted for Apollo Management in its joint acquisition of the equity interests of OM Group.

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