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, we help clients navigate risk and seize opportunity.

Built on more than 15 years of experience in the region, our advice reflects a deep understanding of local markets, legal systems and business practices. We have been acknowledged by Asian-MENA Counsel to be among the "Most Responsive Domestic Firms" for several years and many of our lawyers have been recognised and ranked by reputable legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Asialaw Profiles.

Capital market financing has grown along with Malaysia’s economy and more local companies are raising money to expand overseas. The securities market is particularly busy as Islamic bonds become increasingly popular with Malaysia’s emergence as a leading Islamic financial centre.

Wong & Partners brings the experience and legal skills you need to explore the full spectrum of equity and debt financing opportunities and to structure your investments soundly and innovatively. We provide practical advice and comprehensive solutions for all corporate and securities matters affecting your business, including IPOs, right issues, private placements, offers for sale, debt workouts, private debt security issuances and Islamic financial instruments.

Particularly adept at multijurisdictional transactions, we leverage the knowledge and experience of our international securities team based in major financial centres around the world to help you achieve your financing objectives.

 

Contacts


Brian H.G. Chia

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7999


Andre Gan

Managing Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7828

Conflicts can hurt your finances, harm your reputation and distract you from your core business. Although alternative dispute resolution methods are available in Malaysia, most disputes are still settled in the courts—a system prone to delays.

Wong & Partners helps you manage and resolve disputes by understanding your business, identifying potential areas of conflict and finding ways to avoid them. We have successfully represented clients in a wide range of civil and commercial disputes involving areas of law ranging from administrative to corporate fraud.

While litigation is our core strength, we also have a growing arbitration practice. Through collaboration with our global network of litigators, we can respond quickly to matters involving jurisdictions around the world—a capability unmatched by other Malaysian firms.

 

Contacts


Kherk Ying (Kherk) Chew

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7933


Malaysia's employment laws are highly protective of one of the most skilled workforces in the region. Minimum conditions of employment apply to protected categories of employees and noncompliance can lead to heavy fines.

At Wong & Partners, we help you stay in compliance with Malaysia’s employment and immigration laws at every step, from hiring and compensation to training and termination. We also advise clients on Malaysian regulatory and tax issues involving employee stock options.

We have unmatched experience handling cross-border transactions, including major corporate restructurings and employee migration issues.

 

Contacts


Brian H.G. Chia

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7999


Malaysia's banking and financial sectors are becoming more liberalised and open to foreign investment. The government has increased limits on foreign ownership of investment banks, Islamic banks, insurers and takaful operators to 70 percent and recently announced a stimulus package representing 9 percent of the country's GDP.

Wong & Partners is uniquely qualified to help you complete complex financial transactions and a broad spectrum of infrastructure projects in Malaysia and abroad. Our Banking, Finance & Major Projects team is experienced in local and international commercial, construction and finance law. We also offer clients deep knowledge on relevant technologies and industry practices.

 

Contacts


Mark Lim

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7960

The Malaysian government has taken significant steps to improve intellectual property protection and enforcement. It has implemented programmes to curb counterfeiting and implemented a framework of IP laws in line with international standards.

Wong & Partners advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property issues in Malaysia, including trademark portfolio management, design and patent registration, enforcement of IP rights, licensing/media agreements preparation, IP audits and domain name disputes.

Through our network of global offices, we work across borders, time zones, markets and cultures to establish and protect your IP rights. Our international IP team can quickly mobilize to provide the services and solutions you need wherever and whenever you need them.

 

Contacts


Kherk Ying (Kherk) Chew

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7933

The IT and communications industry is one of Malaysia’s economic highlights. Already an important centre for hardware manufacturing, the country is also among the top outsourcing destinations in the region. Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor high-tech parks continue to attract investors with their world-class infrastructure, special equity participation and tax incentives.

But telecommunications is heavily regulated, and legislation is constantly evolving. Often, several licenses are required to provide telecommunication services. The government is considering new laws in the areas of competition law and the collection of personal data. Outsourcing projects can slow down and disputes can arise if employee transfers are not handled properly.

Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, can help you act fast to establish, protect and grow your telecommunications investment and operations. We can assist you in identifying and obtaining the appropriate licenses for your products and services, as well as help structure your investments efficiently and address related tax, employment and intellectual property issues. We apply a practical, business-minded approach to both domestic and foreign IT issues.

Being a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, we can quickly coordinate and execute telecommunications projects that span the Asia Pacific region. We work closely with our colleagues in Australia, Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong and 10 other regional offices to provide advice and on-the-ground assistance through a single point of contact. We can also provide you with immediate access to industry knowledge and experience in more than 35 countries around the world.

 

Contacts


Adeline Wong

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7880


Brian H.G. Chia

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7999


Kherk Ying (Kherk) Chew

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7933

 

Mergers & Acquisitions
Regulation in Malaysia is liberalising, allowing foreign investors to take larger equity stakes. At the same time, government corporations are restructuring and presenting new opportunities. Consolidation in financial services is also stirring interest and activity.

Whether you are investing into Malaysia or expanding across multiple jurisdictions, Wong & Partners can help you meet regulatory obligations and shareholder expectations through proper structuring and skilled execution of your mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. We conduct thorough due diligence, as well as address the inherent antitrust, tax, labour, intellectual property and environmental issues of your transactions.

Our broad experience and deep insight into Malaysia's key sectors enable us to identify opportunities and risks specific to your industry and prepare sound, forward-looking agreements that will help mitigate them. As a member of Baker McKenzie International, we can help you seamlessly execute even the most complex cross-border transactions and realise the value of the deal you set out to achieve.

Private Equity
A strong entrepreneurial culture, political stability, robust legal and regulatory framework, and steady economic growth make Malaysia one of the best places in Asia to do business. But limitations on foreign ownership in some industries can be challenging, and licensing and sectoral regulatory guidelines can be complex.

Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, can help you manage every stage of your investment or divestiture in Malaysia. We work closely with our offices in Southeast Asia to help you efficiently manage your interests in the region.

We offer practical advice on establishing operations, setting up funds, spin-offs, management buy-outs and buy-ins, acquisition financing and various forms of private equity investment and divestment transactions. We can help with securities offerings on the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange, raise acquisition financing — through conventional or Islamic financing instruments — as well as prepare and execute exit strategies. We can also help navigate complex tax issues for funds, general and limited partners and other investors across multiple jurisdictions. With our deep knowledge and experience working with the local and regional equity markets, we have helped investors set up and grow in a variety of industries.

 

Contacts


Brian H.G. Chia

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7999


Andre Gan

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7828


Munir Abdul Aziz

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7854

Malaysia’s real property values compare favourably to values for similar real property in other countries in the region. Opportunities for foreign entrants are promising as government welcomes foreign property investments. Though acquiring real property in Malaysia is fairly straightforward, different requirements apply depending on the nature and location of investments.

Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, can provide you with critical legal and market insight at every stage of your investment or divestiture in Malaysia. Our know-how and experience cover all sides of the investment market. We offer practical advice for establishing and structuring the appropriate holding vehicles, securitisation, and indirect acquisition by way of equity, as well as assist with all steps for the acquisition and divestiture of real property. We can also guide you through various ancillary issues, such as obtaining approvals for property development and use for all types of projects and compliance with relevant legislation.

We provide complete legal support for your real estate activities, including corporate and tax advice. Our clients include developers, funds, owners of specialised assets such as hotels, manufacturing concerns and other corporations and end-users.

 

Contacts


Brian H.G. Chia

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7999


Yong Hsian Siong

Partner
Email
T +60 3 2298 7861

Moderate tax rates and a host of tax incentives help attract investment into Malaysia. Companies engaged in promoted activities are entitled to tax incentives and allowances. Companies that establish regional headquarters in Malaysia may also receive preferential tax rates.

Transfer pricing activities are closely scrutinised by the tax authorities. In large transactions, stamp duties exposure is a big concern. Questions on applicable taxes on income or real property gains can also arise. Differences in the interpretation of tax laws intensify tax disputes. New legislation has changed the taxation of employee stock options, and a goods and services tax (GST) will soon replace the current sales tax and service tax.

At Wong & Partners, we help you address your tax issues up front through careful and sophisticated tax planning. With broad knowledge of tax law and practice, we can help you design and implement tax-efficient corporate structures and transactions, and defend your position should tax controversies arise. We can also help you negotiate tax incentives with the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and other administrative offices.

As a member firm of Baker McKenzie International, we have the resources and reach to help you carry out transfer pricing activities in more than 65 jurisdictions worldwide. We have strong GST practices in Singapore and Australia, from where Malaysia closely modelled its GST system. We also assist private clients on tax matters related to trust and wealth planning. No other law firm in Malaysia can provide the same range of tax services and deliver them seamlessly across borders.

 

Contacts

Adeline Wong
Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7880