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Once again, RDL has been ranked in Tier 1 for our media law practice among Malaysian law firms in the 2017 edition of Media Law International, the exclusive guide to leading media law firms around the world and which provides comprehensive coverage of firms and practitioners with media law expertise, across 56 jurisdictions.  For more information, please click on 
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We are delighted and gratified that our Dispute Resolution practice has received Tier 1 ranking in the 2017 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500. The firm maintains its Tier 1 ranking in Real Estate & Construction, whilst continuing to be highly ranked for Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment, Tax, TMT, Capital Markets and Corporate & M&A. The firm is also recommended for its work in Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy.

4 Partners have been recognised as Leading Individuals in their respective areas of practice, namely, Darryl Goon (Dispute Resolution), Chew Phye Keat (Intellectual Property), Raja Eileen Soraya (Dispute Resolution) and Tong Lai Ling (TMT), whilst 12 other Partners have been recommended - Maidzuara Mohamed (Dispute Resolution), Ng Sai Yeang (Dispute Resolution), Rajasekaran Murugaiah (Dispute Resolution), Chang Wei Mun (Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction), Choon Hon Leng (Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction), Christopher Foo (Capital Markets), Tai Chu Wei (Capital Markets, Corporate & M&A), Chong Kok Seng (Corporate & M&A), Joyce Teh (Corporate & M&A), Yvonne Ong (Intellectual Property), Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy (Labour & Employment) and Vijey M Krishnan (Tax).
 
  DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Lawyers at the ‘fantastic’ Raja, Darryl & Loh are ‘very approachable and have good communication skills’. Highlights for practice head Darryl Goon and Raja Eileen Soraya included successfully applying for a judicial review against the suspension of articles imposed against The Edge Communications pertaining to the 1MDB scandal. Maidzuara Mohammed successfully represented a doctor in a medical negligence case in the Court of Appeal. Ng Sai Yeang and Rajasekaran Murugaiah are also highly recommended, and Chang Wei Mun and Choon Hon Leng are known for their arbitration expertise.
 
  CAPITAL MARKETS

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s practice is led by Christopher Foo and Tai Chu Wei. The former advised Franklin Templeton GSC Asset Management on establishing a sukuk fund, while the latter assisted Tien Wah Press Holdings with its plan to raise RM48.25m through a rights issuance.
 
CORPORATE & M&A

Highlights for Raja, Darryl & Loh’s team included assisting Accenture with the various Malaysian aspects of its acquisition of Schlumberger Business Consulting, and advising Yeo Hiap Seng on establishing a joint venture with China Huiyan Juice Group. Other clients include ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Marriott and Western Union. Practice head Chew Phye KeatTai Chu WeiChong Kok Seng and Joyce Teh are the main contacts.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s practice is led by Chew Phye Keat, who focuses on commercial matters, and Yvonne Ong, who handles prosecution. The pair assisted Vitally Marketing with the protection of its brands and designs, while Ong also acted for AP Cosmetics in invalidation proceedings before the High Court.  Other clients include Microsoft, Hewlett–Packard and Gap.
 
  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s workload includes handling retrenchment matters, voluntary settlement schemes, immigration issues, unfair dismissal cases and judicial review applications for high–profile Malaysian and international clients.  Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy heads the practice.
 
REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION

Highlights for Raja, Darryl & Loh’s real estate department included advising a bank on the redevelopment of its Kuala Lumpur headquarters and assisting CCM Duopharma Biotech with its proposal to construct a RM141m plant and warehouse in Selangor.  Chang Wei Mun heads the team, which includes Choon Hon Leng.

TMT (Telecommunications Media & Technology)

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s practice is led by the ‘meticulous, responsive and practical’ Tong Lai Ling, who advised Maybank on its agreement with Sage Software for a digital banking collaboration. Data protection and e–commerce are also areas of expertise.
 
  TAX

Raja, Darryl & Loh successfully represented Hicom–Honda Manufacturing in a precedent–setting High Court case involving capital allowance and reinvestment allowance, and advised healthcare provider Pantai Group on industry–specific GST and income tax issues.  Vijey Krishnan heads the practice.
 
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL LAW REVIEW (IFLR) 1000

Raja, Darryl & Loh has broad scope of knowledge and is not big enough to be impersonal in serving its clients. Apart from its regular financial and corporate practices, the firm also has a special focus in life sciences with partner Joyce Teh heading the non-litigation aspects of the practice. 

In M&A, the firm was the Malaysian counsel for Accenture in its acquisition of Schlumberger Business Consulting, the management consulting unit of oilfield service Schlumberger. It also advised TE Connectivity in respect of the Malaysian leg of the sale of its Broadband Network Solutions business to Commscope. 

In capital markets, the firm represented Tien Wah Press Holdings in respect of its plans to raise RM48 million through a rights issue. The proceeds of the rights issue is to be used for its business expansion plans and for the construction of a new factory.   

LISTED AS IFLR LEADING LAWYERS:
Christopher Foo – Capital Markets
Vijey M Krishnan – M&A
Tai Chu Wei – Capital Markets, M&A
 
ASIALAW PROFILES 2017

COMPETITION & ANTITRUST

Raja, Darryl & Loh is strong in handling competition law in Malaysia. Chew Phye Keat advised Proton Group, one of two national car manufacturers and distributors, on its competition law compliance programme. Chew also provided competition compliance training for Monier Holdings, a roofing supplies and services company in Malaysia.
 
  CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE

Led by Wei Mun ChangRaja Darryl & Loh has a large and experienced team to offer legal advice on all aspects of construction matters.  Chang and Hon Leng Choon advised CCM Duopharma Biotech on its construction of a plant and warehouse in Klang for RM141 million.
 
  DISPUTE RESOLUTION & LITIGATION

The dispute resolution practice of Raja, Darryl & Loh specialises in health care and clinical negligence, and disputes concerning construction, media, tax and intellectual property.  Darryl Goon advised Edge Communications on an application for a judicial review against the government’s decision to suspend the client’s publications arising from articles published on the 1MDB scandal.
 
  IT, TELCO & MEDIA

Raja, Darryl & Loh advises on procurement of IT systems, software licensing, outsourcing, and mobile and e-commerce issues.  Tong Lai Ling advised Maybank on its Digital Banking Collaboration with Sage Software.  Darryl Goon and Raja Eileen Soraya represented Edge Media Group in opposing the suspension of the publication of The Edge Malaysia and The Edge Financial Daily because of articles published on the 1MDB scandal.
 
  LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

Raja, Darryl & Loh consolidates its ranking for its ability to advise on a broad range of employment issues, including disciplinary actions, retrenchment and voluntary settlement schemes, and mutual separation agreements.  Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy advised a higher education institution on its retrenchment exercise. He also advised a hotel corporation in an action against claims of unfair dismissal.
 
  TAXATION

Raja, Darryl & Loh is known for its established tax law practice, with many multinational and Malaysian clients. Vijey Krishnan advised Hicom-Honda Manufacturing on capital allowance and reinvestment allowance claims that were disallowed by the Inland Revenue.
 
  LISTED AS ASIALAW MARKET-LEADING LAWYERS:

Chang Wei Mun – Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Chew Phye Keat – Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property
Darryl Goon – Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Rajasekaran Murugaiah – Dispute Resolution & Litigation

LISTED AS ASIALAW LEADING LAWYERS:

Chong Kok Seng – Corporate/M&A
Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy – Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Raja Eileen Soraya – Dispute Resolution & Litigation.
 

 
LISTED AS ASIALAW RISING STAR LAWYER:

Choon Hon Leng – Dispute Resolution & Litigation
 

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC 2017

CORPORATE/M&A
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.

  DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Darryl Goon
- 12 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers


What the team is known for: Well-established disputes team, particularly noted for its specialisation in medical malpractice and defamation cases along with its adept handling of construction arbitrations. Also highlighted for its expertise regarding tax and IT litigation, and frequently instructed by clients from the energy, power and engineering sectors.

Strengths: The department's dedication to speedy delivery is noted as a key strength, with clients reporting that "prompt and efficient service is their forte" and that the lawyers "respond very quickly."

Work highlights: Successfully represented The Edge Communications in its appeal against the Malaysian government's suspension of its publications, following the appearance of articles concerning the internationally reported 1MDB scandal.
Represented China Harbour Engineering in a High Court action against a shipping company, relating to the delivery of materials supporting the development of a construction project in Myanmar.

Significant clients: Chemical Company of Malaysia, Country Heights Holdings, Hong Leong, Malayan Banking, Sime Darby.

Notable practitioners
Darryl Goon is an experienced and "very highly regarded" litigator, regularly acting on matters concerning professional negligence, defamation and IP. Described by clients as "easy to deal with," and particularly valued for navigating medical clients through complex legal issues, he lately and successfully represented an obstetrician and gynaecologist in a Court of Appeal reconsideration of a medical negligence action.

Chang Wei Mun focuses on construction disputes and is particularly at home in the arbitration sphere. He regularly handles contentious matters relating to infrastructure and engineering issues, as well as cases involving the development of hotels and airports.


  EMPLOYMENT & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers


What the team is known for: Broad employment offering, assisting employers from various industries with litigation and advisory matters. Handles a diverse spread of work, including unfair dismissal disputes and retrenchment exercises, as well as drafting employee handbooks,contracts and collective agreements.

Strengths: The firm's service is praised, with one client commending its "sound advice and prompt response."

Significant clients: Pharmaniaga, Prudential BSN Takaful, Ramco Systems, TAHPS Group, Western Union.

Notable practitioners
Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy's practice encompasses advisory and litigation work. He advises employers on matters such as retrenchment and employee misconduct, as well as handling unfair dismissal cases. He impresses clients with "his responsiveness and turnaround time on advice," as well as "his attention to detail."



  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Chew Phye Keat
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers


What the team is known for: Broad practice that supplements its IP offering with substantial corporate expertise. Highly active in trade mark prosecution, registration matters and licensing issues surrounding technology transfer.

Strengths: The firm's interpersonal and technical skills are praised. A client says: "Their partners are reputed experts in their field " as well as being personable and approachable."

Work highlights: Defended AP Cosmetics against claims that its product had infringed a registered industrial design for an eyebrow pencil. Subsequently, assisted AP Cosmetics with its successful application to invalidate the opposing party's industrial design registration.
Represented Ayur Centre in a dispute relating to its attempts to register a trade mark.

Significant clients: Aeon, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, Mattel, Microsoft.

Notable practitioners
According to an interviewee, Chew Phye Keat is "very experienced in IP matters. He is able to provide very insightful and practical advice to cover various commercial avenues, and has extremely fast turnaround times." He assists clients with the commercial aspects of IP matters, including joint ventures and software contracts. He is also a prominent competition and antitrust lawyer.



  TAX
Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Vijey Mohana Krishnan
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers


What the team is known for: Experienced tax team with a solid reputation for dealing with both litigious and advisory matters. Instructed by corporations and accounting firms, advising on issues such as tax incentives, investigations and audits, and real property gains tax. High-end companies in the automotive and electrical equipment industries constitute a core client base.

Work highlights:
Acted for Latexx Manufacturing in an income tax appeal relating to the client's tax holiday status, brought before the High Court.
Assisted Hicom-Honda with reversing the Inland Revenue's decision to dismiss its capital and reinvestment allowance claims.

Significant clients: DCNS France, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Tax Services, Petronas, PwC, Zurich.

Notable practitioners
Vijey Mohana Krishnan "knows tax law, articulates the issues and provides complete advice," according to interviewees. His practice incorporates a full range of contentious and non-contentious tax issues, including advising clients on the GST. In a highlight, he advised Country Heights Holdings on a High Court appeal relating to real property tax gains.

  RANKED LAWYERS

BAND 1
Darryl Goon - Dispute Resolution

BAND 2
Chang Wei Mun - Dispute Resolution (Construction)
Chew Phye Keat - Competition/AntiTrust
Vijey Mohana Krishnan - Tax

BAND 3
Chew Phye Keat - Intellectual Property
Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy - Employment
  ASIALAW PROFILES 2016

Raja, Darryl & Loh has been operating in Malaysia for more than 50 years, and is highly regarded for its corporate, disputes and IP practices. "They provide a clear analysis of their comments and opinions, convincing argument and reasoning, and good recommendations. I also appreciate their good time management and English language ability," says a long-standing client.

In March 2015, head of the dispute resolution practice, Darryl Goon and his team represented MISC at the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court over the damages awarded by the High Court to the plaintiff, Scandinavian Bunkering Singapore, for breach of contract on the sale of fixed quantities of marine fuel oil, also referred to as a fixed price bunker supply agreement. The Federal Court overruled both the High Court and Court of Appeal decisions, and ruled in favour of MISC. "I am happy with the cooperation and good performance provided," says one of Goon's clients.

In an ongoing matter, Goon advises Walker Asia Development as one of the respondents on an appeal involving local and foreign companies over allegations to conspire to injure and defraud in connection with a suspect transaction.

Litigators Dato' Rajasekaran Murugaiah and Chang Wei Mun are also members of the disputes group. Chang, an arbitrator, specialises in construction law and has handled some important construction cases.

Tai Chu Wei, of the corporate practice, acted for the vendors of CTOS, Malaysia's leading Credit Reporting Agency, on its sale to Creador, a Southeast Asian private equity firm. The team assisted in reviewing and negotiating the definitive agreements for the transaction, and advised the vendors on the regulatory issues stemming from the Credit Reporting Agencies Act 2010. The transaction was completed in September 2014.

The firm's aviation practice is managed by Chong Kok Seng, who acts for major airlines and aircraft lessors on the sale and purchase, leasing, financing and securitisation of aircraft, as well as devising tax efficient structures. Clients include Air Canada, AWAS Aviation Group, Babcock & Brown Aviation Group and Macquarie Aviation Group.

Corporate partner Vijey Mohana Krishnan specialises in tax law, while Chew Phye Keat is the leading lawyer for IP matters. The firm is also active in IT, media and telecommunications. "They have strong knowledge of IT and personal data protection. Well-read and showing genuine interest in the work that they do, they go out of their way to find additional information to share with clients," says a client.

  The firm was highly recommended for the following practice areas:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Funds
  • IT, Telco & Media
  • Labour & Employment
  • Shipping, Maritime & Aviation
  • Tax

AsiaLaw Recommended Individuals are:


Chang Wei Mun, Chew Phye Keat, Chong Kok Seng, Darryl Goon, Vijey Mohana Krishnan, Dato' Rajasekaran Murugaiah & Tai Chu Wei

 
CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC 2016

CORPORATE/M&A
What the team is known for: Established team acknowledged on the market for its work advising clients from various sectors including aviation, IT and healthcare. Able to offer support on cross-border M&A deals, in addition to joint ventures and general corporate advisory matters.

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is well organised and has good responsiveness."

Work highlights: Acted for the vendors of CTOS Data System, the largest credit reporting agency in Malaysia, in its sale to Creador.
Advised Silverlake Axis on the establishment of a joint venture company to facilitate a takeover offer for Finzsoft.

Notable practitioners:  
Chew Phye Keat heads the department and is a primary point of contact.
 
  DISPUTE RESOLUTION

What the team is known for: Continues to build a solid reputation in the market for the size and quality of its team. In addition to general commercial dispute resolution support, the department advises in a range of specialist areas, including the construction, energy, healthcare, media and taxation spheres.

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a good reputation."
"They are excellent." 

Notable practitioners:  
Acclaimed practitioner Darryl Goon heads the practice and is cited by sources for his "encyclopaedic knowledge of the law" and "tenacity and excellent delivery" in court.  He handles a broad variety of matters including professional negligence, defamation and insurance law.

Chang Wei Mun leads the firm's construction and energy practice and often works on disputes arising in the projects and infrastructure sector, as well as sitting as an arbitrator. Interviewees appreciate him for his "clear, succinct and practical" advice.

Significant clients: The Edge Media Group, Maybank, Medical Protection Society of the UK, Petronas, Sime Darby.
 
  EMPLOYMENT

What the team is known for: Solid practice that advises clients on a broad spectrum of employment and industrial relations matters. Regularly represents companies at the Industrial Court in cases such as retrenchment and constructive dismissal and also provides advisory services on issues including domestic enquiries and mutual separation agreements.

Work highlights: Represented Baker Oil Tools at the Industrial Court in a claim for unfair dismissal brought by an employee who alleged that the company accepted a forged letter of resignation.

Notable practitioners:  
"Knowledgeable and reasonable" Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy  heads the employment practice at the firm and is praised by peers for his strong commitment to his clients' interests.  He advises on issues such as employment contracts and terminations and is also a go-to practitioner for contentious matters.

Significant clients: Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia, Inti Universal Holdings, MTJ Development, Petrofac, Volvo.
 
  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

What the team is known for: Long-established practice, well known for its focus on patent and trade mark prosecutions. Also extremely active in the registration field, dealing with filings of applications for industrial designs, as well as advising clients on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy issues.

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very thorough."

Work highlights: Assisted Sarpinos with IP issues arising from its purchase of a franchise business, including the mounting of passing-off actions against parties that continued to use the business's name and mark despite the issuance of termination notices.

Advised AP Cosmetics with regard to concerns over the possibility that an eyebrow pencil it was marketing was in infringement of a registered industrial design.

Notable practitioners:  
Chew Phye Keat brings long and varied experience in this space to the practice and is particularly well qualified to advise on matters of IP commercialisation and management. Clients cite him for his depth of industry knowledge, and appreciate him being "very up front about what we can and what we can't do; he doesn't waste our time."

Significant clients: Aeon, Axiata Group, Bridgestone, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft.
  TAX

What the team is known for: Experienced tax team with a solid reputation for dealing with both litigious and advisory tax matters. Instructed by both corporations and accounting firms, advising on issues such as tax incentives, investigations and audits, and real property gains tax.

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their strength is their passion for this work."
"Their research is good: sound and up to date."

Work highlights: Successfully represented Zurich in a precedent-setting income tax appeal.

Advised Pantai Hospital Group in relation to its preparation for implementation of the new GST.

Notable practitioners:  
With his background as an auditor, department leader Vijey Mohana Krishnan  provides his clients with invaluable expertise on a broad spectrum of matters ranging from income tax appeals to stamp duty. Interviewees endorse him as "a really sharp" practitioner who "gives you practical solutions."

Significant clients: Canon, DCNS France, Petronas, Proton, Sime Darby.
RANKED LAWYERS

BAND 1
Chew Phye Keat – Competition/AntiTrust 
Darryl Goon – Dispute Resolution

BAND 2
Chang Wei Mun - Dispute Resolution (Construction)
Vijey Mohana Krishnan – Tax

BAND 3
Chew Phye Keat – Intellectual Property
Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy – Employment
 
We are most delighted to note that in the editorial of THE LEGAL 500 – ASIA PACIFIC 2015, our partners, Darryl Goon, Raja Eileen Soraya and Tong Lai Ling have been listed in the elite list of “Leading Lawyers” in their respective practice areas and 13 of our partners have been recommended in the editorial in their respective practice areas. They are Darryl Goon, Chang Wei Mun, Ng Sai Yeang and Raja Eileen Soraya (Dispute Resolution), Chang Wei Mun and Wong Quan Sean (Construction and Real Estate), Chew Phye Keat, Tai Chu Wei, Joyce Teh and Chong Kok Seng (Corporate & M&A), Christopher Foo and Tai Chu Wei (Capital Markets), Vijey M Krishnan (Tax), Tong Lai Ling (IT and Telecoms) and Chew Phye Keat and Yvonne Ong (Intellectual Property).

Dispute Resolution

Raja, Darryl & Loh has strong expertise in high-profile libel, media and defamation cases alongside acting in general commercial disputes. Representative clients include Hong Leong Group, Exxon Mobil and the Medical Protection Society. Raja Eileen Soraya has been representing Petrofac in a contractual dispute, and The Edge Malaysia in a judicial review application regarding decisions by the Ministry of Home Affairs to approve and then revoke licences for media publications. Chang Wei Mun successfully represented appellants in Agrovenus v Pacific Inter-link, which overturned a High Court decision regarding the right to recognise and enforce an arbitral award from a foreign state. Darryl Goon heads the practice. Ng Sai Yeang handles banking and finance litigation matters.

Real estate and Construction

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s Chang Wei Mun advises on high-value construction disputes, and recently represented Malaysian Newsprint Industries in a case against Bechtel and BE&K. Real estate head Wong Quan Sean acted for UEM Land on a RM180m site disposal.

Tax

Vijey Krishnan leads a team at Raja, Darryl & Loh that advises on tax advisory matters and disputes for clients including Sime Darby, Asia Energy Services and Pioneer Technology. The practice recently advised Petroliam Nasional on Goods and Services Tax (GST) issues, and has been acting for a number of clients on disputes regarding disallowance of deduction of charges.

Capital Markets

Raja, Darryl & Loh advises corporates and investment banks on IPOs and other mid-market fundraising deals. Tai Chu Wei advised China-based Kanger International on its IPO, which was the only ACE Market listing on Bursa Malaysia during 2013. He also acted for KSTB on a RM12m irredeemable convertible unsecured loan stocks (ICULS) issuance to Maybank. Christopher Foo regularly advises fund managers.

Corporate and M&A

Raja, Darryl & Loh advises local and foreign clients on cross-border transactions, with particular strength in the TMT sector. Tai Chu Wei advised Microsoft on the local law aspects of its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, and Joyce Teh acted for Halcyon Agriculture on its acquisition of Chip Lam Seng. Chong Kok Seng advised longstanding client Silverlake Axis on a number of South East Asia acquisitions. Department head Chew Phye Keat is recognised for his competition law expertise.

Intellectual Property

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s team is led by Chew Phye Keat and includes Yvonne Ong. It is recommended for its commercial and technical expertise, and acts for international clients across a broad range of industry sectors on IP litigation and enforcement. Clients include Celcom, Hewlett-Packard, Revlon and Microsoft.

IT and Telecoms

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s IT practice handles procurement, licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, data protection and disputes for both customer and supplier clients such as Sime Darby and Dell. Tong Lai Ling leads the team, which is noted for its ‘its knowledge of industry practice as well as legal advice’. Highlights included acting for Silver Lake on its first contractual arrangement in Africa, and advising a major contractor on renewing agreements for implementing a mobile portability scheme.

 

 

  Raja Darryl & Loh (RDL) is favoured by many domestic banks and the firm has grown from the customarily retail banking work to include corporate banking and trade financing, adding debt restructuring and securitisation work to the mix whether in conventional or Islamic financing.

At the start of 2014, highly praised aviation finance expert Chong Kok Seng advised Monier Group as borrowers in a €700 million financing transaction. The firm also acted on several other aircraft lease deals in 2013 representing the lessors in matters including aviation, financing and securitisation and cross-border tax issues.

In the capital markets the firm has advised Kanger International in relation to its IPO, which resulted in the company being the first and only foreign corporate to be listed on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities in 2013. Partner Tai Chu Wei and his team completed the pre-IPO structuring and the subsequent listing of this Chinese company. Tai is also acting for Kejuruteraan Samudra Timur on its proposed irredeemable convertible secured loan stocks issuance.

On the M&A front, the firm moves up the ranks to Tier 3 as a result of its involvement in the Microsoft Corporation’s acquisition of Nokia deal. Tai Chu Wei and his team advised long-term client Microsoft on the Malaysian law elements.

Listed as Leading Lawyers – Christopher Foo, Vijey M Krishnan and Tai Chu Wei
 

 

  Founded in 1964 as a firm originally specialising in banking and finance and conveyancing, Raja, Darryl & Loh has grown into a large practice with notable expertise across a range of areas, including corporate law, disputes, banking, intellectual property and tax.

Head of dispute resolution Darryl SC Goon is recognised as a leading litigator. A registered patent agent, trade mark agent and industrial designs agent, he has expertise in intellectual property and technology and medical negligence matters.

Dispute resolution partner Chang Wei Mun specialises in construction law and is an experienced arbitrator, and has been acting for Malaysian Newsprint Industries on action against American companies in respect of the design and construction of a major newsprint mill.

Chew Phye Keat, who heads the firm’s intellectual property and technology department and its corporate and commercial department, is singled out for client praise. Chew has a “great understanding of the legal landscape to provide adroit advice on my legal needs in Malaysia,” says a client. Chew has also been acting on competition law matters.

Tai Chu Wei has been acting as a an industry coach for the Ministry of Finance’s CradleFund GoIPO Coach and Grow programme for small and medium enterprises and industries. The firm has been advising Chinese companies on potential listings in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Funds expert Christopher Foo “is very knowledgeable of the regulators’ views and expectations, which makes it easier for me to seek legal opinions and advice from him,” says a client. Notably, since the Malaysian Securities Commission announced its approval to fund managers to offer private retirement scheme services to the Malaysian public in 2012, he has advised several on the setting up of such schemes.

Described by a client as “one of the best firms in Malaysia for aviation finance work,” the firm is one of the few in the country with an aviation law practice. Partner Chong Kok Seng is singled out for praise for his expertise in the area, described as a “knowledgeable, practical” problem-solver.

Taxation expert and corporate partner Vijey Mohana Krishnan is well-recognised for his expertise and praised for his accessibility, with one client saying appreciating him as being “always available for consultation”.

Litigation partner Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy has a practice focused on employment law and insurance. He recently successfully acted for several companies in relation to claims for wrongful dismissal.
 

 

Dispute Resolution

“What the team is known for Aflourishing practice with expertise across corporate and commercial, IT, construction, oil and gas, and power project disputes. It has lately expanded its offering to cover medical malpractice cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are very professional and very responsive, and they know their stuff. They also train their juniors very well and know how to use their resources."

Work highlights Acting for Sime Darby's board of directors in third-party proceedings in which the ex-CEO is being sued by the company in relation to a number of issues including losses incurred by its energy and utilities division. 

Successfully represented Petronas sister company MISC in its appeal against an award of more than USD25 million previously made to Scandinavian Bunkering Singapore) concerning the supply of marine fuel oil

Notable practitioners  

The "quite outstanding" Darryl Goon is one of the country's best-known and most respected litigators. He heads the dispute resolution practice and has vast experience in corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration.

Chang Wei Mun has a well-established practice that focuses on construction litigation. He is described by a source as "extremely helpful, very sound, and punchy and aggressive in court where necessary, which brings a good deal of value to the litigation."


Banking & Finance – Capital Markets

“What the team is known for Has developed a niche in acting for clients headquartered in China on their IPOs in Malaysia. Also frequently advises investment banks and fund managers on equity capital market financing.

Strengths (Quotesmainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "I love working with them - what I like about them is they have a lot of passion and go above and beyond their role at times and will tell you what you need to consider." 

Work highlights Advised Jiangxi Gangzhou Kanger Enterprise on the proposed flotation of its holding company on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities.

Advised Peking Tongrentang on its proposed listing on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners  

Tai Chu Wei and Christopher Foo are the key contacts for this practice.


Corporate / Mergers & Acquisition

“What the team is known for A full-service firm that represents local and international clients in M&A work spanning a wide range of sectors, such as IT, manufacturing, property, aviation and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "Very hands-on and detailed legal advice, very precise – we got a report that was really customised to our needs." 

Work highlights Acted for Yeo Hiap Seng on its privatisation, valued at MYR213 million, through selective capital reduction and its subsequent delisting.

Notable practitioners  

Accomplished up-and-comer Joyce Teh (Teh Yen Yen) is singled out by clients, who say: "She's really calm and relaxed, and listens to what we are saying; in negotiations she always listens to the other party and takes a step back to fully understand the problem before giving a recommendation." She focuses on representing foreign entities in their M&A activities in Malaysia”.


Employment & Industrial Relationship

Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy is an esteemed practitioner and the lead partner of Raja, Darryl & Loh's employment department. Clients note that "he's very strong technically, has a sound knowledge of local employment laws and practices, and is always contactable and quick to respond." He is also recognised as an especially"good and patient negotiator." 


Intellectual Property

“What the team is known for Offers the full range of IP protection and commercialisation services. Has been particularly active of late in respect of infringement actions and competition law matters. 

 Notable practitioners

Chew Phye Keat heads the IP group and has a broad practice encompassing both IP and competition law. He also assists clients on the corporate and commercial aspects of IP matters, thanks to his strong background in that field”.


Tax

“What the team is known for Traditionally focused on tax advisory work, it has successfully broadened its offering to tax litigation. Works closely alongside the leading accounting firms in Malaysia and receives praise for its strong commercial sense.

 Work highlights Represented Latexx Manufacturing in two income tax appeals, relating to its pioneer status tax exemption and the impact of carrying forward losses on tax.

 Notable practitioners  

Vijey Mohana Krishnan is the leading figure in the tax practice and an esteemed practitioner in the market. A client says: "I find that Vijey is good because he will give us the technical interpretation as well as commercial and business-friendly advice."

 

 

  Capital Markets

Focusing on mid-market transactions, Raja, Darryl & Loh has impressive credentials on both the debt and equity side. The firm’s recent highlights include acting as Malaysian counsel on the proposed dual listing of a closed-ended fund on Bursa Malaysia and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK). Tai Chu Wei and senior associate Benjamin Kong ‘are both very committed, knowledgeable and focused’; and Christopher Foo is another key contact.

Corporate and M&A

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s large team is well regarded for its competition law expertise, particularly through practice head Chew Phye Keat, who is regarded as a leading authority in the field. Chong Kok Seng advised Silverlake Axis on its acquisition of Merimen Group; and Tai Chu Wei recently acted for SCC Holdings on a proposed acquisition.

Dispute Resolution

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s ‘excellent’, ten-partner team includes Darryl Goon and Raja Eileen Soraya, who together successfully recently overturned a $24m High Court award against client MISC Berhad. Goon is a highly regarded senior litigator and arbitrator; and Soraya is ‘indefatigable and very well connected’, and has ‘remarkable litigation skills’.

Intellectual Property

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s highly respected team head Chew Phye Keat focuses on commercialisation and management of IP rights – including enforcement programmes and strategic advice – and is assisted by Yvonne Ong. The team is advising a multinational oil and gas company regarding accusations of patent infringement.

IT and Telecoms

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s wide-ranging practice advises clients on issues such as Malaysian cyber-laws, personal data protection, e-commerce and software licensing. Team head Tong Lai Ling’s recent work includes advising a major GLC on the outsourcing of its desktop services to Dell; and Silverlake Group on its service agreement with a domestic bank.

Projects & Energy

Raja, Darryl & Loh attracts praise for its knowledge of EPC and EPCIC contracts. Choon Hon Leng is ‘prompt and assertive’ and the ‘very articulate and knowledgeable’ Chang Wei Mun is recommended for energy-related dispute resolution.

Real Estate and Construction

Chang Wei Mun and senior associate Shirley Hor of Raja, Darryl & Loh attract praise for their expertise in construction disputes. Wong Quan Sean advises on real estate.

Tax

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s team head Vijey Krishnan is representing several clients in tax appeals. On the advisory side, Krishnan has been advising an Australian bank on its investment in a carbon credits-related business via a Labuan SPV.

 
 

 

Raja, Darryl & Loh has been recommended in the following jurisdiction:
- Malaysia - Leading tax law firms

Vijey M. Krishnan is a recommended lawyer in The Tax Directors Handbook 2014 editorial.
   
“Raja Darryl & Loh has one of the broadest practices in Malaysia, and is recommended in a wide variety of practice areas. The firm has 18 partners, with many considered leading lights in their respective areas.

Partner Chew Phye Keat heads the firm’s corporate and commercial practice group and its intellectual property and technology group. Until early 2011 his practice focused primarily on intellectual property and technology. Although he now also handles corporate work, he works closely with partner Yvonne Ong, and maintains his practice in intellectual property litigation and general advisory work for international clients.

Following the 2010 enactment of Malaysia’s competition law, Chew focused his practice to advise clients about its ramifications and leads the task force set up by the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce to work with the government on competition legislation in Malaysia.

Partners Vijey Mohana Krishnan, Chong Kok Seng and Tai Chu Wei handle the lion’s share of the firm’s corporate and transactional work. Krishnan and Chong advised China Stationery regarding its IPO in conjunction with its listing on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia. At the time of listing, China Stationery was the largest China company listing on Bursa Malaysia to date. Representing the firm’s work for international clients, Tai is acting for NYSE-listed Tyco International as Malaysian law counsel in its plan to split the company into three independent, publicly-traded entities. On the banking front, partners frequently act for international banks and groups of syndicated lenders as Malaysian law counsel in landmark transactions. In the firm’s tax practice, Krishnan frequently represents corporate clients in cases against the Director General of Inland Revenue, but he also handles tax advisory work for prestigious clients such as Western Union.

Leveraging off its strong intellectual property practice, partner Tong Lai Ling leads the firm’s Information and Communications Technology area. Tong frequently advises highlight clients, such as an IT company in Southeast Asia, regarding the supply, design and implementation of a back-end operations solution or an IT system.

The firm has a diverse dispute resolution practice, with partners covering the construction, labour and employment and tax areas, as well as general corporate and commercial litigation. Partner Darryl SC Goon leads the dispute resolution practice and is representing members of the board of directors of Sime Darby in third-party proceedings in which the company is suing its CEO in connection with inter alia matters related to losses incurred by its energy and utilities division. Lim Siew Ming is also acting for prestigious clients such as Maybank in high-profile cases. The firm has an acclaimed construction practice, with partner Chang Wei Mun frequently acting for developers and contractors in high-value arbitrations. Ravindra Kumar specialises in advising high-profile companies such as BDO Consulting, Kelly Services (Malaysia) and Honeywell (China) in both advisory and contentious issues".
   
 
The firm was highly recommended for the following practice areas:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Corporate/ M & A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT, Telco & Media
  • Labour & Employment
  • Tax
AsiaLaw Recommended Lawyers are:

Chang Wei Mun, Chew Phye Keat, Chong Kok Seng, Darryl S C Goon, Vijey Mohana Krishnan, Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy, Lim Siew Ming, Yvonne Ong, Tai Chu Wei and Tong Lai Ling.
   
 
Asia Law Profiles 2013
   
Winner of the award for the 2013 Global Law Experts, Practice Area Awards for Mid-Market Capital Markets, Law Firm of the Year in Malaysia.
   
“Partner Chew Phye Keat leads Raja Darryl & Loh's corporate and commercial practice, which includes the firm's strong capital markets area. The firm is primarily involved in the equity capital markets, and this year partners Vijey Mohana Krishnan and Chong Kok Seng were especially active in acting for issuers on IPOs and rights issues on both the Bursa Malaysia and the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange.

Deals

Partners Vijey Mohana Krishnan and Chong Kok Seng represented Dialog Group and AmInvestment Bank in Dialog Group's renounceable rights issue with free warrants, expected to raise up to RM638 million, which was one of the largest rights issues in 2011. Krishnan and Chong also represented China Stationery in its IPO on the main market of the Bursa Malaysia, representing one of the largest China companies listed on the Bursa Malaysia to date. Chong advised Libra Group on all aspects of Malaysian law in its listing on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange.”
   
 
2013 IFLR 1000 – Capital Markets
   
  “Partner Chew Phye Keat heads the firm's corporate and commercial practice, which includes the M&A area. However, the key practitioners in the M&A practice are partners Tai Chu Wei, VIjey Mohana Krishnan and Joyce Teh. Tai is especially active, and is advising Tyco International in separating the company into three independent, publicly traded companies on all aspects of Malaysian law.
   
  Deals

In a highlight transaction partner Tai Chu Wei acted for Allied Marine & Equipment Group in its proposed sale to Kencana Petroleum Group. Partner Vijey Mohana Krishnan also represented Mega First Corporation and Maybank Investment Bank in its voluntary take-over offer of all the shares in Rock Chemical Industries, a subsidiary of Mega First Corporation.”
   
 
2013 IFLR 1000 – Mergers & Acquisitions
   
IFLR Recommended Leading Lawyers:

Christopher Foo (2013) for Capital Markets
Vijey M Krishnan (2013) for Mergers & Acquisition
Tai Chu Wei (2013) for Capital Markets
   
“Raja, Darryl & Loh’s M&A clients include multinationals as well as numerous domestic companies. Senior partner Chew Phye Keat has been active in competition law matters, and was involved in the consultation process for drafting the Competition Act.”

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 (Corporate And M&A)

“Raja, Darryl &Loh handles a range of contentious matters including cross-border banking, defamation and insolvency disputes. Highly regarded senior partner Darryl Goon is acting for Sime Darby board members in bringing a claim against a former CEO for losses allegedly incurred during their tenure. The ten-partner team is also currently defending Maybank against a RM1.2bn claim, in the widely reported case Bistari Land v Malayan Banking.”

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 (Dispute Resolution)
   
  “Raja, Darryl & Loh is particularly strong in outsourcing and procurement matters, recently advising a multinational on purchasing a RM20m system to replace its previously manual operations. Tong Lai Ling leads the three –lawyer team.”
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 (IT and Telecoms)
   
  “Chew Phye Keat leads a six–lawyer team at Raja, Darryl & Loh, assisted by Yvonne Ong. The firm successfully acted for QAF Ltd at both trial and appeal in a trade mark infringement dispute.”
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 (Intellectual Property)
   
  “Raja, Darryl & Loh’s Chang Wei Mun acts for contractor and developer client in major disputes. On the non–contentious side, the team is advising a developer on a large–scale retirement housing project.”
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 2013 (Real Estate & Construction)
   
  “Raja, Darryl & Loh’s Vijey Krishnan is currently acting in test cases regarding the Inland Revenue’s interpretation of transfer pricing adjustments. On the non–contentious side, Krishnan has advised various multinationals on the tax implications of Malaysia–related transactions.”
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 (Tax)
   
Winner of the 2012 Corporate INTL Global Award for Mid-Market Capital Markets Law, Firm of the Year in Malaysia.
   
“Raja Darryl & Loh is commended by clients for its ability to take a business-oriented view on matters: ‘The firm has an understanding of the industry we are in, which helps when ask them for advice on matters.’ Apart from its expertise in capital markets, the firm has also created a considerable niche in the area of funds listings. A notable matter for the firm its representation of Malton in its joint equity and debt security offering. This transaction is expected to raise RM235 million (USD73 million) for the client, and was announced on the Malaysian Stock Exchange.
   
 
2012 IFLR 1000 – Capital Markets
   
  “The lawyers at Raja Darryl & Loh are very patient. More often than not, the calls are late at night. If I say I want it immediately, I do get it. They are actually the ones following up,’ says an impressed client … Partner Tai Chu Wei was the lead in the representation of SGX-listed Hotel Royal in its acquisition of the four-star rated Hotel Coronade Kuala Lumpur business from Achijaya Properties.”
   
 
2012 IFLR 1000 – Mergers & Acquisitions
   
IFLR Recommended Leading Lawyers:

Christopher Foo (2012) for Capital Markets
Vijey M Krishnan (2012) for Mergers & Acquisition
Tai Chu Wei (2012) for Capital Markets
   
  “Raja, Darryl & Loh’s Christopher Foo specialises in unit trusts and investment related matters, often advising fund managers and international banks on regulatory issues, but the group also handles banking litigation and insolvency. Tai Chu Wei and Joyce Teh recently handled several IPOs and debt security mandates, some of which had cross-border elements."
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012 (Banking & Finance)
   
  "Raja, Darryl & Loh represents clients from a diverse range of sectors such as property, healthcare and IT on domestic and cross-border matters. It advised Biocon Group on setting up a leading biotech centre in Iskandar Development Region and acted for IJM Corporation on purchasing shares in CIDB Inventures. The practice also advises aviation sector clients such as Air Canada and Macquarie Aviation Group on local law issues. Tai Chu Wei and Joyce Teh have been busy representing numerous listed local and international companies on acquisitions and disposals."
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012 (Corporate & M&A)
   
  "Raja, Darryl & Loh’s well-regarded practice head Tong Lai Ling is ‘able to provide solutions or propose amendments when required’. E-commerce, software licensing and outsourcing remain the core areas of focus but the team also advises on data protection issues as well as handling contentious matters. Key clients include Dell, Bursa Malaysia and RHB Bank, while it was also recently appointed to the panel of Digi Telecoms, it recently advised Silverlake Axis on providing a regional banking system for CIMB."
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012 ( IT and Telecoms)
   
  "Raja, Darryl & Loh’s ‘specialist lawyers have in-depth knowledge and understand commercial needs’. The practice advises on rebranding as well as enforcement of rights and dispute resolution. Its roster of leading domestic and multinational clients includes Microsoft, Celcom, Bridgestone and Revlon. Practice head Chew Phye Keat, who focuses on commercial issues, and newly promoted partner Yvonne Ong are recommended."
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012 (Intellectual Property)
   
  "Raja, Darryl & Loh’s broad practice includes defamation and statutory breaches, while it is also well regarded for its ‘in-depth knowledge on insolvency matters’. Recent cases include representing the publishers of The Edge newspaper regarding the PKFZ scandal, and acting for Sime Darby board members in a civil lawsuit against its former CEO. Darryl Goon heads the team in which Ng Sai Yeang handles financial cases, and Mark La Brooy focuses on insolvency and corporate disputes. Consultant Jennifer Cheong and Rajasekaran A Murugaiah are also recommended."
   
 
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012 (Dispute Resolution)
   
  "Raja, Darryl & Loh’s Christopher Foo is highly regarded for his expertise in trusts and asset management."
   
“Raja, Darryl & Loh is one of the leaders in advising small-to mid-cap clients on its pre-IPO restructuring and subsequent listings on alternative capital markets. ‘They are considered pretty much the standard bearers in terms of knowledge and experience in our part of the capital markets with their expertise extending well beyond that,’ says a client. ‘This is of great assistance as and when we need to seek advice in terms of regulatory updates and industry practices, and parallel developments in other parts of the capital markets.’

For example, Tai Chu Wei, a leading practitioner involved in a number of such deals, advised CSF Group as Malaysian counsel to its £28 million listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on the London Stock Exchange. The transaction was one of the most successful Malaysian listings on AIM ever. Tai also represents a food service distribution client and a stem cell service provider on their proposed listings on the newly rebranded ACE Market on Bursa Malaysia.”
   
 
2011 IFLR 1000 – Capital Markets
   
IFLR 1000 Recommended Leading Lawyers:

Christopher Foo (2011 & 2012) for Capital Markets
Vijey M Krishnan (2011 & 2012) for Mergers & Acquisition
Tai Chu Wei (2011 & 2012) for Capital Markets
 
   
 
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