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Corporate/M&A — Malaysia


Albar & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected ECM offering, especially noted for its handling of large and complex IPOs and other transactions. Gains increased recognition for its diverse corporate practice, regularly advising leading energy, infrastructure, finance and real estate clients on M&A, reverse takeovers, joint ventures and venture capital.

Strengths Client laud the team's collective strength and swiftness of response. Sources report: "They are a phenomenal team with an amazing work ethic. They are able to work through and deliver on compressed deadlines and are highly skilled in negotiating agreement terms."

Clients also commend the lawyers' "ability to come up with elegant solutions."

Work highlights Acted for Maybank as the sole placement agent in Sime Darby's issuance of 5% of the company's issued and paid-up share capital, raising a total of MYR2.36 billion.

Advised Serba Dinamik Holdings on its IPO of approximately 29.17% of its shares, as well as assisting with related due diligence.

Notable practitioners

Lily Tan (Tan Chea Li) remains a respected name for ECM work, while also advising on M&A. Satisfied clients describe her as "service-oriented and great to bounce ideas with." She played a key role in assisting KIP REIT Management with its IPO, which raised MYR234 million.

About the Team (content provided by Albar & Partners)

The Corporate team advises in domestic and cross-border M&A acquisitions and divestments, IPOs, take-overs and reverse take-overs, capital and/or corporate restructuring and fund-raising exercises, foreign direct investment including formation and restructuring advice of corporate entities, placements and underwriting agreements, joint ventures and partnerships, mergers and de-mergers, privatisation and de-listings, REITs and schemes of arrangements.

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Azmi & Associates - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Solid corporate team, handling M&A and joint ventures in sectors such as shipping, aviation, real estate and technology. Also provides services such as corporate restructuring and due diligence, as well as assistance with ECM deals.

Notable practitioners

Azmi Mohd Ali is a key contact for clients.

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Chooi & Company - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established team handling a broad range of transactions including M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Notable for its vibrant cross-border practice, with particular expertise in a wide range of sectors such as TMT, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality.

Strengths The firm impresses clients with its flexibility, with sources reporting that the team is "very accommodating."

Work highlights Assisted CJ Korea Express with regulatory and contractual advice, as well as due diligence, concerning its acquisition of 30% interest in a logistics company.

Advised Continental AG on the purchase of Vulcanite Group's Malaysian subsidiary, in relation to the railway engineering sector.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Chooi Mun Sou is a main point of contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust corporate team, advising on a broad range of transactional and regulatory issues. Acts for domestic and international clients on M&A, including cross-border deals, with particular activity in the real estate and private equity sectors. Also handles equity capital market offerings.

Strengths Clients pinpoint the firm's swift service as a strength, with clients commenting: "Our experience with them has been extremely pleasant. They have been professional, accessible and very responsive."

The team is also admired for its business acumen. Sources report: "They are commercial, client-focused and have a good attention to detail."

Value for Money Clients are satisfied with the firm's billing process, noting that its fees are "very competitive."

Work highlights Acted for SILK Holdings on the MYR380 million sale of its interest in Sistem Lingkaran-Lebuhraya Kajang to Permodalan Nasional.

Assisted TH Plantations with the disposal of shares in THP Gemas to Dupont & Leosk Enterprises, worth a total of MYR152 million.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Lee is highly regarded among clients, who report that he "understands complex transactions and is highly versatile." He is well placed to handle M&A, joint ventures, reverse takeovers and infrastructure projects. He advised Mega First Corporation on its MYR250 million rights issue, which was used to finance the Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Especially acts on cross-border matters, with key expertise across countries such as Myanmar, China, the Philippines and Japan. Well equipped to assist a range of clients, from start-ups and SMEs, to large multinationals and GLCs.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's dedication, reporting that "they provide accurate and beneficial advice" and are "so committed to delivering."

Work highlights Advised Taobao China Holding on the USD1 billion purchase of a majority interest in Lazada Group by Alibaba Group, the client's parent company.

Acted for the issuer Pecca Group on its MYR129.4 million IPO, while also assisting the client with its restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Leong is a key point of contact for clients.

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Kadir Andri & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Diverse corporate practice, notable for its proficiency in complex M&A and ECM transactions. Regularly acts for leading Malaysian companies, especially on IPOs, joint ventures, asset disposals and corporate restructuring. Active in a variety of sectors, with real estate as a particular strength.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the lawyers' attentiveness. Interviewees attest: "They are very good in offering solutions and are open to suggestions. They will try to explore a way to meet our requirements."

The team's ability in complex matters is admired by clients, one of whom describes the lawyers as "very technical" and adds that the practitioners are "very good, capable and nice people."

Work highlights Represented the issuer Sime Darby in its private share placement, which raised MYR2.5 billion.

Acted for DRB-Hicom on the divestment of MYR818.35 million worth of assets to POS Malaysia, which included all capital in KL Airport Services and a portion of industrial land in Selangor.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Abdul Kadir Kassim has more than 46 years of experience in handling corporate deals, with commentators noting his "strong and enduring reputation in the industry." Further sources describe him as "a very shrewd operator."

Samuel Hong has a burgeoning corporate practice, which includes M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Clients declare themselves "extremely happy with his services," describing him as "very practical and accessible." He assisted CVC Capital Partners with the MYR4.16 billion acquisition of Nirvana Asia.

Tan Kong Yam heads the firm's corporate team, regularly handling matters in the finance and real estate sectors. He acted for UMW Oil & Gas Corporation in its MYR2.8 billion acquisition of ICON Offshore and Orkim.

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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate practice offering the full range of corporate and commercial services. Frequently handles cross-border transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, FDI and private equity deals. Advises leading domestic and international clients, with a recent uptick in insurance and infrastructure-related work.

Strengths Clients value the team's practical and savvy advice. Sources attest: "We are impressed with their ability to use their knowledge of the law to reach commercially sound business decisions."

Sources also note: "They are proactive and very helpful to clients. We could not expect anything more."

Value for Money The consensus among clients is that the firm provides excellent value for money, with sources reporting that their fees are "very reasonable."

Work highlights Assisted Reliance Holdings with the MYR200 million sale of its remaining interest in Reliance Pacific.

Advised MTD ACPI on its internal restructuring and the divestment of subsidiaries to another entity.

Notable practitioners

Ooi Bee Hong is often mandated on cross-border transactions, especially relating to FDI. She often handles M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Sources are impressed by her attentiveness, noting that she is "very quick" and "responds to enquiries or requests in a timely manner."

Department head Tay Weng Hwee advises on M&A, joint venutres and corporate reorganisations. Described by interviewees as "a shrewd and effective negotiator," he advised UEM Sunrise on its MYR100 million joint venture with The Malay College Old Boys Association, relating to the acquisition of land.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Well equipped to handle company takeovers and equity placements, with particular expertise in the construction sector.

Strengths The firm's business-savvy approach impresses clients, who report: "The service is excellent. Their strength is that the lawyers are commercially minded."

Other clients appreciate the lawyers' attentiveness, noting that they "understand the needs of our company" and are "prompt in giving legal advice."

Work highlights Acted for Ekovest on its sale of 40% equity in a concession holder to Employees Provident Fund, in relation to the Duta-Ulu Kelan Expressway in Kuala Lumpur.

Assisted ML Global with its purchase of MITC Engineering from LBS Bina Group, which involved the issuance of new shares.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Koh earns respect for his diverse corporate practice, with expertise in ECM, M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Clients describe him as "utterly commercially minded and fast in his service delivery, with the ability to find solutions that meet client expectations." He played a key role in advising Rohas-Euco Holdings and its shareholders on the sale of all shares in the company to Tecnic Group.

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Rahmat Lim & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Maintains a market-leading corporate offering, with its impressive team of practitioners regularly acting on cross-border and domestic M&A transactions. Regularly advises on share acquisitions and divestments, business restructuring and joint ventures, especially in the real estate and private equity sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team's proactivity, reporting that the lawyers "take the initiative to protect our interests."

Interviewees also commend the team's impressive service, noting that the firm is "very professional and technically good."

Work highlights Advised GuocoLand on its entry into the UK and Australian markets, which involved the client's subscription for a 27% stake in EcoWorld International's IPO.

Assisted Mr. D.I.Y. Holdings with the restructuring of its retail company, including in relation to its trading name, and the divestment of a minority stake.

Notable practitioners

Moy Pui Yee leads the firm's M&A practice, attracting market respect for her extensive practice in sectors such as real estate, finance and retail. Well versed in cross-border and domestic transactions, she assisted Hwang Lip Teik and Hwang Enterprises with the drafting of a conditional voluntary takeover offer for the remaining shares in Hwang Capital.

Chia Chee Hoong has a growing reputation among commentators, with his busy practice spanning M&A, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Particularly active in the financial services sector, he assisted Snow Phipps Group with the proposed acquisition of another private equity firm.

Chen Lee Won regularly handles share acquisitions and disposals, especially in the finance sector. Proficient in M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring, she recently advised Mega Lifesciences Public Company on the purchase of all shares in Bio-Life Marketing.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Active on cross-border transactions, with strong expertise in the life sciences, technology and aviation sectors.

Strengths Impressed sources commend the team's knowledge, reporting: "We are very happy with their work, which is of a high standard."

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft on the USD350 million disposal of its feature phone interests in Malaysia to FIH Mobile and HMD Global.

Advised HP International Sarl on the Malaysian legal aspects of its purchase of Samsung's printer operations.

Notable practitioners

Department head Chew Phye Keat is a key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Especially well placed to handle cross-border transactions, it frequently represents leading corporate and private equity clients from sectors such as oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate.

Strengths The firm is renowned for its long-standing reputation, and is also praised for the team's good client service. An interviewee notes: "It is the number-one most prestigious firm in Malaysia," and adds that the lawyers are "very responsive."

The team's studied approach is appreciated by sources, who describe the firm as "very professional and competent regarding technical skills."

Work highlights Advised Sumitomo Rubber Industries on the USD137.5 million purchase of trade mark rights of the Dunlop brands from Sports Direct International.

Acted for Elpis on a proposed joint venture with Petronas Chemicals Group, relating to an acquisition in the petrochemical space.

Notable practitioners

Ng Swee Kee especially handles cross-border investment, including M&A, private equity deals and joint ventures. Proficient in energy and technology related transactions, he represented SunPower Technology in its purchase of 50% interest in a joint venture company from its partner AU Optronics.

Department head Grace Yeoh handles M&A, joint ventures and transactions in the energy sector. She is especially adept in "high-level strategic issues," according to sources, and assisted Malaysian Resources Corporation with the MYR90.8 million sale of the Sooka Sentral building in Kuala Lumpur to Cardiac Vascular Sentral.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established team, well placed to handle M&A and joint ventures for domestic and international clients. Its diverse practice includes M&A, joint ventures, restructuring and IPOs. Active on a wide spectrum of deals in areas such as real estate and finance.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's attentiveness. Interviewees report: "The firm is very professional in its dealings with us. Its lawyers are very committed to providing us with reliable and prompt support."

Further clients commend the firm's long-standing reputation and continued strong service. One source comments: "It is an established and reputable legal firm with a long history," adding that "the firm continues to grow."

Work highlights Advised shareholders of KFM Holdings on the sale of 80% interest in the company to UEM Edgenta, in a transaction worth up to MYR128 million.

Assisted ISDN Holding with due diligence of its Malaysian subsidiaries, in relation to the company's IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Notable practitioners

Ivan Ho Yue Chan and Jalalullail Othman head the firm's corporate practice and are key points of contact for clients.

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Skrine - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Long-established corporate department, especially active on high-value cross-border investments. Its experienced team of practitioners regularly handles M&A and joint ventures, particularly in the oil and gas, real estate, retail and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's commercial advice. One interviewee notes: "They add a lot of value to our company beyond telling us what the law says." This commentator adds that "they give us practical advice based on their experience."

Work highlights Advised Reach Energy on its USD155 million investment in 60% of Palaeontol BV, which owns the Kazakh oil field concession holder Emir-Oil.

Assisted Ekuiti Nasional with due diligence, documentation and negotiations involved in its investment into Al-Ikhsan Sports.

Notable practitioners

Cheng Kee Check often handles M&A, corporate restructuring and reverse takeovers, involving both Malaysian and international clients. His expertise also extends to insurance matters and joint ventures.

Janet Looi has a wide-ranging offering, handling corporate governance and restructuring, as well as M&A and joint ventures. Sources commend her as "a very seasoned operator who always has good judgement." She also has expertise in environmental issues.

Quay Chew Soon advises clients on M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. He often acts on cross-border deals and is especially well versed in the insurance sector.

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Tay & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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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. Also able to handle ECM deals, the team often advises international clients from sectors such as manufacturing, technology, energy and aviation.

Strengths Clients commend the team's swift and knowledgeable service, reporting that its "advice has always been very prompt and concise. They have always had an answer."

Further sources commend the lawyers' service-oriented approach, asserting that "they are excellent: they are always very responsive and provide precise advice in clients' best interests."

Work highlights Advised Outsourcing Inc. on its purchase of 50% of shares in Symphony HRS, in a transaction worth approximately MYR50 million.

Acted for Duskin Co. on its MYR25.2 million acquisition of 90% interest in Big Apple Worldwide Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Tay Beng Chai is a main point of contact for the department.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 expertise, the team has impressive credentials in M&A, franchise and venture capital deals, as well as equity placements. Especially active within the insurance, private equity and TMT sectors.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's proficiency in complex matters, asserting that "their technical knowledge is beyond compare. They have come up with lots of innovative solutions for us."

A further client proclaims: "We are very impressed with Wong & Partners and the quality of work delivered. They have a very good team that works well together and they are great in turning around their work quickly and seamlessly." This source adds that the firm "understands our commercial objectives and tries to provide solutions where possible."

Work highlights Acted for Ekuiti Nasional on the MYR2.8 billion disposal of its interests in Icon Offshore and Orkim to UMW Oil & Gas Corporation.

Assisted Zurich with its MYR525 million purchase of MAA Takaful from MAA Group and Solidarity Group Holding, thus enabling the client to enter the Malaysian Islamic insurance market.

Notable practitioners

Brian Chia commands respect among market sources, with his broad practice encompassing cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Also adept in corporate restructuring, he is lauded by clients as "a fantastic lawyer" who "always has good advice and is practical." He acted for FamilyMart on a franchise agreement with Maxincome Resources, which will enable the introduction of its convenience stores in Malaysia.

Managing partner Andre Gan attracts recognition for his impressive M&A practice, with particular expertise in the insurance and retail sectors. He assisted McDonald's with the transfer of its Malaysian franchise rights from Golden Arches Restaurants to Lionhorn.

Munir Abdul Aziz comes highly recommended by clients, who report that he is "quick to understand the commercial issues and objectives of the client and is a skilled negotiator." His diverse practice includes M&A, private equity deals, joint ventures and ECM. Of late, he assisted Employees Provident Fund with the MYR1.13 billion purchase of 40% of shares in Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara-Timur.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected corporate practice, equally adept in the general transactional and ECM spaces. Maintains a solid reputation for M&A and IPO expertise, while it can also leverage its ZICO Law network across South-East Asia to provide cross-border coverage.

Notable practitioners

Gilbert Gan has a broad corporate offering, with particular proficiency in M&A. Noted by sources as "very active in the capital markets space," he also gains market recognition for his busy M&A and joint venture practice.

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Zain & Co. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Diverse corporate practice, assisting clients on a range of M&A, due diligence, fund formation and franchise mandates. Well versed in sectors such as TMT, oil and gas and real estate, while often advising on IP aspects of transactions.

Strengths The firm is praised for its hands-on approach, with clients appreciating its "extremely supportive and flexible" service.

Clients also appreciate the team's personal touch, noting that the lawyers are "very professional and experienced" with a "pleasant attitude."

Work highlights Advised Resonance on equity raising in relation to its film and media business, including assistance with the formation of a private equity fund.

Notable practitioners

Salwah Abdul Shukor is lauded by clients as "not only intelligent, but also warm, kind-hearted, honest, down-to-earth, humble and generous." Her broad practice includes M&A and ECM, with particular expertise in IP issues. She advised Guidance Financial Group on the formation of a real estate fund, as well as assisting with an application for investment into the fund.

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Zul Rafique & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed corporate group, well respected in the market for its expertise in ECM and general corporate matters. Active for domestic and international clients on M&A, corporate restructuring, joint ventures and regulatory mandates, as well as IPOs and rights issues. Especially active in the oil and gas, insurance and banking sectors.

Strengths A client lauds the firm's "outstanding legal advisers," with particular regard for the team's empathetic approach. This source praises "their ability to put themselves in our shoes to understand the matters at hand."

Additional clients appreciate the team's extensive experience in the Malaysian market, commenting that they "know the local market and situation very well."

Work highlights Represented Matrix Reservoir in the MYR55 million sale of 51% of its equity to Ahmad Zaki Resources.

Acted for Bank of China (Hong Kong) on its MYR2.025 billion purchase of Bank of China (Malaysia), as part of an overall company restructuring by Bank of China.

Notable practitioners

Corporate practice head Jerry Ong impresses clients, who assert that he "understands commercial issues and finds solutions," while he also "reviews issues from all angles and is very responsive." He handles both M&A and IPOs, with particular know-how in the finance, oil and gas, real estate and telecommunications spaces.

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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

Abdul Kadir Kassim

Kadir Andri & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Senior partner Abdul Kadir Kassim has more than 46 years of experience in handling corporate deals, with commentators noting his "strong and enduring reputation in the industry." Further sources describe him as "a very shrewd operator."

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Band 1

Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Brian Chia commands respect among market sources, with his broad practice encompassing cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Also adept in corporate restructuring, he is lauded by clients as "a fantastic lawyer" who "always has good advice and is practical." He acted for FamilyMart on a franchise agreement with Maxincome Resources, which will enable the introduction of its convenience stores in Malaysia.

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Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Andre Gan attracts recognition for his impressive M&A practice, with particular expertise in the insurance and retail sectors. He assisted McDonald's with the transfer of its Malaysian franchise rights from Golden Arches Restaurants to Lionhorn.

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Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Munir Abdul Aziz comes highly recommended by clients, who report that he is "quick to understand the commercial issues and objectives of the client and is a skilled negotiator." His diverse practice includes M&A, private equity deals, joint ventures and ECM. Of late, he assisted Employees Provident Fund with the MYR1.13 billion purchase of 40% of shares in Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara-Timur.

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Skrine

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Cheng Kee Check often handles M&A, corporate restructuring and reverse takeovers, involving both Malaysian and international clients. His expertise also extends to insurance matters and joint ventures.

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Kadir Andri & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Samuel Hong has a burgeoning corporate practice, which includes M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Clients declare themselves "extremely happy with his services," describing him as "very practical and accessible." He assisted CVC Capital Partners with the MYR4.16 billion acquisition of Nirvana Asia.

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Skrine

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Janet Looi has a wide-ranging offering, handling corporate governance and restructuring, as well as M&A and joint ventures. Sources commend her as "a very seasoned operator who always has good judgement." She also has expertise in environmental issues. 

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Rahmat Lim & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Moy Pui Yee leads the firm's M&A practice, attracting market respect for her extensive practice in sectors such as real estate, finance and retail. Well versed in cross-border and domestic transactions, she assisted Hwang Lip Teik and Hwang Enterprises with the drafting of a conditional voluntary takeover offer for the remaining shares in Hwang Capital.

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Shearn Delamore & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ng Swee Kee especially handles cross-border investment, including M&A, private equity deals and joint ventures. Proficient in energy and technology related transactions, he represented SunPower Technology in its purchase of 50% interest in a joint venture company from its partner AU Optronics.

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Zul Rafique & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Corporate practice head Jerry Ong impresses clients, who assert that he "understands commercial issues and finds solutions," while he also "reviews issues from all angles and is very responsive." He handles both M&A and IPOs, with particular know-how in the finance, oil and gas, real estate and telecommunications spaces.

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Shearn Delamore & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department head Grace Yeoh handles M&A, joint ventures and transactions in the energy sector. She is especially adept in "high-level strategic issues," according to sources, and assisted Malaysian Resources Corporation with the MYR90.8 million sale of the Sooka Sentral building in Kuala Lumpur to Cardiac Vascular Sentral.

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Salwah Abdul Shukor

Zain & Co.

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Salwah Abdul Shukor is lauded by clients as "not only intelligent, but also warm, kind-hearted, honest, down-to-earth, humble and generous." Her broad practice includes M&A and ECM, with particular expertise in IP issues. She advised Guidance Financial Group on the formation of a real estate fund, as well as assisting with an application for investment into the fund.

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Rahmat Lim & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chia Chee Hoong has a growing reputation among commentators, with his busy practice spanning M&A, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Particularly active in the financial services sector, he assisted Snow Phipps Group with the proposed acquisition of another private equity firm.

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

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Christopher Lee is highly regarded among clients, who report that he "understands complex transactions and is highly versatile." He is well placed to handle M&A, joint ventures, reverse takeovers and infrastructure projects. He advised Mega First Corporation on its MYR250 million rights issue, which was used to finance the Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos.

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Abdullah Chan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Clients report that Vincent Chan of Abdullah Chan "has a wealth of experience and is extremely good at what he does." He often represents financial institutions and corporates on a range of domestic and international M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions.

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Rahmat Lim & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chen Lee Won regularly handles share acquisitions and disposals, especially in the finance sector. Proficient in M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring, she recently advised Mega Lifesciences Public Company on the purchase of all shares in Bio-Life Marketing.

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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ooi Bee Hong is often mandated on cross-border transactions, especially relating to FDI. She often handles M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Sources are impressed by her attentiveness, noting that she is "very quick" and "responds to enquiries or requests in a timely manner."

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Skrine

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Quay Chew Soon advises clients on M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. He often acts on cross-border deals and is especially well versed in the insurance sector.

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Sedgley & Co.

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Iain Sedgley of Sedgley & Co. is "very committed and dedicated," while also "always looking for solutions," according to a client. He advises on domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate restructuring, with particular expertise in the projects and infrastructure space.

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Kadir Andri & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tan Kong Yam heads the firm's corporate team, regularly handling matters in the finance and real estate sectors. He acted for UMW Oil & Gas Corporation in its MYR2.8 billion acquisition of ICON Offshore and Orkim.

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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department head Tay Weng Hwee advises on M&A, joint venutres and corporate reorganisations. Described by interviewees as "a shrewd and effective negotiator," he advised UEM Sunrise on its MYR100 million joint venture with The Malay College Old Boys Association, relating to the acquisition of land. 

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