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.

With more than 20 years of experience in the region, we are able to give advice that 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.

Our competition and antitrust team can help to ensure that your compliance strategies are seamlessly consistent and help you meet evolving local competition standards as well as disparate regulations abroad. Our team can provide competition counselling, competition compliance, leniency applications, cartel investigations and defence, and civil and criminal competition litigation.

We have expansive resources to help you effectively respond to dawn raids and cartel investigations, helping mitigate liabilities that can damage your business and reputation. When necessary, we can also bring to bear our extensive litigation experience to defend your business interests and staff before courts and regulators, as well as in private actions against anti-competitive activities. As a member firm of Baker McKenzie, we have a deep understanding of local legal and business issues, with the knowledge and insight across more than 65 antitrust jurisdictions, including the UK and Singapore, which Malaysia's competition legislation closely follows.

 

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Andre Gan

Managing Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7828

Our dispute resolution practice helps you manage and resolve disputes by understanding your business strategies, identifying potential areas of conflict and finding ways to litigate or arbitrate effectively. We actively represent major local conglomerates, government-linked companies, publicly listed companies and multinational corporations in a range of civil and commercial disputes, even managing challenging disputes that will have major bearing on future cases in Malaysia.

We have successfully represented clients in a wide range of civil and commercial disputes involving areas of law such as breach of contract, post joint venture/M&A disputes, insolvency litigation, shareholders disputes and breach of directors' duties. Our lawyers are also experienced in obtaining ex parte injunctions, Mareva injunctions and other interim reliefs, contracts and torts, including negligence, misrepresentation, nuisance and defamation.

The Firm has extensive experience in handling disputes, arbitration and adjudication in the construction and engineering sector as we understand the technical and legal issues faced by all stakeholders in a construction project, such as employers, main contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design engineers.

While litigation is our core strength, we also have a growing arbitration practice. Our lawyers are fluent in arbitration proceedings administered by established institutions, including the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), International Court of Arbitration (ICC), as well as ad hoc arbitrations held under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules.

 

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Kherk Ying (Kherk) Chew

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7933


Our employment lawyers help you stay in compliance with Malaysia’s employment, labour and immigration laws at every step, from hiring and compensation to training and termination. We are able to provide comprehensive advisory services combining employment, compliance and tax-driven advice, where applicable, on both contentious and non-contentious matters such as employee migrations, post-M&A workforce reductions, data privacy, corporate restructuring, employee benefit plans, internal corporate investigations of unlawful termination and unfair dismissal claims, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, executive termination agreements and Industrial Court litigation.

We are also known to advise on HR-related operational matters that directly impact the businesses of our clients, providing support on internal and external communication, as well as on cross-border employment issues with guidance from our fellow lawyers in other Baker McKenzie member firms.

 

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Brian H.G. Chia

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7999


Our finance and projects practice encompasses teams that are well-versed in conventional banking and financing, Islamic financing, debt capital markets and projects, with a deep knowledge and understanding of our clients' industries and strategic needs.

We represent both financial institutions and corporate borrowers in every manner and aspect of loan transactions. These transactions include single bank loans and credit facilities (ranging from short-term unsecured facilities to global banking facilities involving multijurisdictional collateral), bilateral loans, syndicated loans and participations, and typically comprise term loans, revolving loans, letter of credit facilities and/or bid loan facilities.

Our experienced capital markets practice also provides advice on legal and regulatory concerns for issuers and underwriters on all aspects of securities offerings and other capital-raising activities They also assist in executing public offerings, private placements, stock exchange listings and multijurisdictional, multi-language due diligence. The practice also represents financial institutions in their capacities as agents, senior lenders or other syndicate members, sellers or purchasers of participations, and assignors or assignees of direct loan interests.

The projects practice, which is embedded within this larger practice group, truly understands the infrastructure market, providing value-added legal services beyond transactional support. This enables the team to handle cross-border investments, which are an increasingly prominent feature of infrastructure projects in the Southeast Asia region. The practice is able to provide advice on project arrangements and agreements, pre-qualification and tendering procedures, project structuring and risk analysis, power transactions and other dealings in the renewable energy sector.

 

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Mark Lim

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7960

Our financial services and regulatory (FSR) team has deep experience in understanding the particular drivers relevant to the financial services industry. With an established relationship with the regulatory authorities, we obtain firsthand perspectives in advising clients on regulatory compliance. Our broad experience in highly regulated sectors, including banking, securities, fund management and insurance, means we have a ready platform for tailoring proactive compliance programmes to clients’ specialised needs and coordinating advice from multiple jurisdictions.

We are able to assist clients in preparing and reviewing fund documentations and investment management agreements, rendering ad-hoc regulatory advice, including regulatory advice for fund offering and cross-border activities, insider trading and market conduct offences. We advise financial institutions and businesses involved in the innovation, investment and development of financial technology (fintech) products and services.

The Firm has also assisted and advised clients in obtaining licences and registrations from regulatory authorities and ongoing regulatory and compliance requirements, rendering advice on anti-money laundering and customer due diligence as well as assisting with the internal review and managing responses to regulatory questions, audits and investigations.

 

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Sue Wan Wong

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7884

Our intellectual property (IP) practice advises clients on all aspects of IP issues in Malaysia, including trademark portfolio management, design and patent registration, enforcement of IP rights, licencing/media agreements preparation, IP audits, transactional IP, and IP or trademark litigation. We are immersed in innovation-driven businesses—from technology to pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical devices—and can provide sound counsel on the protection, use, exploitation and enforcement of IP for different industries.

Our lawyers have a deep understanding of business matters, compliance regulations and other legal nuances to help clients execute transactions efficiently and realise commercial goals while preserving or optimising the value of their IP. We can provide integrated and coordinated advice on intersecting issues of IP ownership, development, use, sale or acquisition, migration and protection during the most intricate cross-border deals or amid changes in the corporate environment.

Our trademarks-related services include trademark prosecution, portfolio management and advisory work. We can perform trademark search and clearance services, including the evaluation of registrability in non-traditional areas such as scent, sound, three-dimensional shapes and colour-only marks. Our team can also help to centrally manage and monitor global trademark filing and handle administrative matters such as client instruction intake, billing and reporting tasks. On the licencing aspect, we can advise on, negotiate and draft trademark assignment and licencing agreements, and advise on other commercial transactions involving trademarks, including multijurisdictional branding and re-branding programmes, conducting trademark due diligence and audits. As a member of a global law firm, we are able to formulate and implement globally coordinated anti-counterfeiting and enforcement programmes, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, trademark infringement litigation and other enforcement-related disputes, including proceedings involving domain names.

We have a dedicated patents team in Malaysia who take a solution-oriented approach, providing advice in patent registrations, licencing, litigation, advisory work and patent prosecution. We have experience in taking invention disclosures, debriefing inventors, drafting and revising specifications, as well as preparing and filing applications. The team is also adept at advising patent applicants on overcoming objections and distinguishing prior art at the substantive examination stage.

 

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Kherk Ying (Kherk) Chew

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7933

Wong & Partners' TMT practice is at the forefront of helping clients incorporate and develop new technologies to enable their business strategies, with a wide experience in industry growth sectors such as fintech, insurtech, e-payment systems compliance and licencing, the adoption of disruptive technologies (i.e., AI, big data, cloud computing), cybersecurity issues, data privacy and protection, digital media regulatory issues, software licencing and intellectual property issues, and digital taxation, among others.

On the transactional front, we are experienced in leading and executing technology-focused joint ventures and M&A transactions. We regularly assist in contractual and regulatory issues arising from digital/online businesses, including e-banking, e-payments, B2B and B2C transactions.

As a result of the breadth and depth of the work we do, we are the go-to firm for some of the world's leading tech companies on technology advisory and contentious matters, providing them with holistic solutions and supporting them on major projects and/or entries into Malaysia.

 

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

Our mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice helps clients address challenges at all phases of a transaction with sophisticated and comprehensive advice. We work closely with colleagues from our corporate, securities, intellectual property, employment and tax practices to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. We provide services to effectively structure, confidently negotiate and execute transactions, providing comprehensive support before and after deal execution.

Our lawyers are active and experienced in a wide range of areas, including public company takeovers, IPOs, rights issues, restricted issues, private placements, offers of sale and share swaps. We frequently collaborate with and are consulted by regulators, particularly in relation to submissions to the Securities Commission and Bank Negara Malaysia.

As a member firm of Baker McKenzie, we are one of the world’s most active transactional firms, acting for public and private companies on a wide range of deals — including multibillion-dollar transactions spanning more than 50 countries. Unlike many law firms that assign expatriate lawyers to execute cross-border deals, we work seamlessly with other Baker McKenzie member firms worldwide to devise practical, tailored strategies based on authentic local knowledge.

 

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

Our private equity (PE) practice can help you manage every stage of your investment or divestiture in Malaysia. We represent venture capital, PE funds, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, strategic investors, portfolio companies and management teams.

We advise on a full spectrum of PE-related activity, including various aspects of venture capital and private equity transactions, ranging from a review of various business matters (such as securities, environmental processes, intellectual property, employment, tax) to due diligence, preparation and negotiation of documentation, compliance with regulatory requirements and all other ancillary matters.

We offer practical advice on establishing operations, setting up funds, spin-offs, management buyouts and buy-ins, acquisition financing and various forms of PE investment and divestment transactions. We can help with exit strategies, including trade sales, offerings and IPOs. We merge our capacities with our client’s deal execution teams, combining their preferred methods with our best practices to satisfy diverse regulatory challenges and ensure fund efficiency. Our integrated capabilities enable us to act quickly for buyers and sellers in auctions and negotiated transactions and effectively carry out complex, cross-border deals even under tight deadlines.

 

Contacts


Brian Chia

Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7999

Stephanie Phua
Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7895

Our deep local knowledge has enabled us to be the port of call for many local and multinational clients in the real estate sector. We are often called upon to advise on real estate investments, M&As, joint ventures, spin-offs and special corporate transactions for stakeholders with material interests in the sector.

Our know-how and experience spans the entire Malaysian investment market. We offer practical advice for establishing and structuring the appropriate holding vehicles, securitisation and indirect acquisition by way of equity and joint ventures. We also assist with all steps involving the acquisition or divestiture of property. We also provide guidance on various ancillary issues, such as obtaining approvals for property development and regulatory compliance as well as assisting with real estate-related documentation, such as hotel management agreements, technical services agreements, development agreements and other related agreements.

We further provide complete legal support for 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

Our tax, trade and wealth management practice can help address your tax issues holistically through careful and sophisticated tax planning. With our broad knowledge of tax law and the latest updates to the tax and trade regimes, we can help you design and implement tax-efficient corporate structures and transactions, and defend your position should tax controversies arise.

We are engaged by clients to work on a vast range of Malaysian tax matters, providing strategic and practical advice on issues such as transfer pricing, stamp duty, trade remedies, digital taxation, business restructurings and private wealth matters. Our team is particularly strong in the area of tax policy and tax incentive initiatives, and can confidently engage with various ministries and regulators, including the Inland Revenue Board, Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and the Royal Customs of Malaysia. Additionally, our team has experience advising on complex and novel tax issues faced by some of our multinational clients. Locally qualified and fully versed in Malaysian business and cultural nuances, our lawyers can deal with even the most challenging and complex tax, legal and commercial issues you may encounter.

 

Contact

Adeline Wong
Partner
Email
T + 60 3 2298 7880