The law field plays a huge role to this date to provide a foundation of rules to the society. There are various legal markets to venture into such as Antitrust and Competition, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Islamic Finance. If you are looking into the possibility of being a corporate lawyer who is responsible in handling mergers and acquisitions (M&A), we have compiled top six leading law firms in Malaysia for their Corporate And M&A based on The Legal 500.
1. Christopher & Lee Ong
Christopher & Lee Ong was formed in 2013. It aims to provide a collaborative approach in the best interests of their clients. The senior team of Malaysia-qualified partners uses a co-operative and collaborative approach to the practice of law. Christopher & Lee Ong has successfully established working relationships with top international law firms, leading accountancy firms, forensic accountants and commercial investigators.
Corporate And M&A: The corporate team at Christopher & Lee Ong is considered ‘unique for its in-depth expertise on cross-border M&A transactions’. The practice includes Lee Hock Chye, Christopher Lee, Yon See Ting, Yau Yee Ming and Kuok Yew Chen. The firm associates with Rajah & Tann Asia to pursue complex domestic and cross-border transactions. The specific areas cover M&A, private equity investments, share acquisitions, venture capital deals, strategic alliances and corporate restructuring.
2. Rahmat Lim & Partners
Rahmat Lim & Partners has become one of the largest corporate law firms in Malaysia that started with just ten lawyers. The firm oversees a wide range of domestic and cross-border matters, including significant transactions involving Malaysia. Thus, their rapid growth is testament to the faith and trust of the clients. In less than a decade, Rahmat Lim & Partners has achieved top tier rankings by legal directories and publications in major practice areas. Besides, their diverse team has become a law firm of choice for young lawyers to make their mark in the legal landscape.
Corporate And M&A: Moy Pui Yee directs the corporate and M&A offering at Rahmat Lim & Partners. The team includes Ang Sinn E, Chen Lee Won and Chan Weili, Chia Chee Hoong and Ho Wei Lih. The team provides an ‘impeccable’ approach by handling matters such as regional joint ventures, share and business acquisitions, corporate re-organisations and more. A recent standout case concerns the firm’s work for YTL Cement on a 51% share acquisition in Lafarge Malaysia. Additionally, other notable clients within the portfolio include Jollibee Foods Corporation, Carousell Pte. Ltd and major telecoms company StarHub.
3. Shearn Delamore & Co
The seeds of Shearn Delamore & Co were planted around the beginning of the twentieth century. At the time, professional lawyers appeared as advocates before the courts of the Federated Malay States (FMS). Since then, they have represented the commercial and community interests of the nation as well as the international community. Today, it is one of the largest full-service law firms in the country with over 100 lawyers. The firm’s clients comprise but not limited to multinational conglomerates, public-listed companies and industrial and commercial corporations.
Corporate And M&A: The team works in takeovers, restructurings, cross-border transactions and greenfield/brownfield projects. The ‘solid commercial advice’ community includes Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan, Michelle Wong Min Er and Lai Zhen Pik. Their cases fall within diverse sectors that include: e-commerce, logistics, automotive, healthcare and mining. The significance of Shearn Delamore & Co is its role in facilitating the sale of INTI Education Holdings and its subsidiaries to HOPE Education Group.
4. Adnan Sundra & Low
Founded in August 1975, Adnan Sundra & Low was previously known as Mutalib Sundra & Low. The firm had received local and international awards for delivering practical legal advice and customised solutions. Moreover, they have carefully nurtured a culture of inclusive and collaborative business relationships to serve each individual needs. The diverse team values human experiences through mutual respect, honesty, team work and shared knowledge.
Corporate And M&A Team: Financial expert, Won Chin Chin leads the team and Petronas Chemicals Group and CapitaLand are key clients with the firm that operate in sectors such as civil aviation, Islamic finance and real estate. The firm played a role in advising PTT Exploration and Production’s purchase of Murphy Oil Corporation’s oil and gas business in Malaysia.
5. Zul Rafique & Partners
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Zul Rafique & Partners (ZRp) was formed in December 1999 and had achieved a significant growth since the establishment. The firm is led by its founder and Managing Partner, Dato’ Zulkifly Rafique, who also spearheads the Corporate Department. Their strategy focuses on talents who are into specialised practice groups to maximise the depth of their expertise and experience.
Corporate And M&A: The corporate and M&A team has experience assisting both local and international clients on a broad range of deals. They assist with cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, takeovers and restructuring. Led by Jerry Ong and David Lee Lai Huat, the corporation successfully covers industries such as insurance, finance, telecommunications, real estate and education.
6. Shook Lin & Bok
Shook Lin & Bok was formed in 1918 and has grew in tandem to meet the challenges of globalization. Furthermore, the development of the firm managed to lead them into a full service firm. Which meant that they can provide a comprehensive range of legal services. For instance, civil and commercial practice, banking and finance, international arbitration and complex litigation disputes. The firm has 17 departments representing major practice areas, which combine a complementary and multidisciplinary practice.
Corporate And M&A: The head of Corporate And M&A Team, Ivan Yue Chan Ho is a partner with notable experience in sector disposals. Generally, the team deals with issues including incorporation of new companies, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures and IPOs. Jalalullail Othman provides experience with both onshore and cross border clients and is facilitates commercial collaborations.