Category: Malaysia Legal News and Analysis

Juwai IQI Appoints New Group General Counsel

Juwai IQI has appointed Emily Gebbett as its Group General Counsel. Gebbett is the former General Counsel and Head of Corporate Affairs at now Tencent-owned iflix, having led the sale of the emerging-market streaming startup to Tencent in mid-2020. She will be based in Kuala Lumpur. […]

First ASEAN Professor Elected to Prestigious European Society of International Law (ESIL) Committee

Professor Kevin Crow, Assistant Professor of International Law and Ethics, Asia School of Business (ASB) and International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan, was elected to the coordinating committee of the European Society of International Law (ESIL)’s Interest Group on International Legal Theory and Philosophy (IGILTP) this […]

Helping foreign investors access the Malaysian market. An interview with Miriam Shastri, Managing Director, TOP Beraten Malaysia

A few short years ago Miriam Shastri founded multi-disciplinary consultancy TOP Beraten Malaysia, focused on helping foreign investors access the Malaysian Market.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Shastri explains what inspired her to found TOP Beraten Malaysia, its’ key services offerings, how a hybrid […]

Empowering women in-house counsels in Malaysia. An interview with Fazlin Azrimi, co-founder, MY Women Legal Counsel Association (MWLEC)

MY Women Legal Counsel Association (MWLEC) is a nonprofit association with the aim of providing support and useful insights to female in-house counsels in Malaysia, in order to help them advance in their chosen careers and increase their marketability. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, […]

Helping law firms and legal departments transform the way knowledge is shared and managed. An interview with Adeline Chin, Director and Co-Founder, Law Asia 365

Beginning in 2012, Adeline Chin launched a career as a legal knowledge management (KM) expert while working within a leading Malaysian law firm.  This experience ultimately led her to found Law Asia 365, a comprehensive legal KM and management consultancy, based in Kuala Lumpur. In this […]

How one lawyer is “humanizing the litigation process”: An interview with Cassandra Lee

Cassandra Lee knew early on in life that not only did she want to be a lawyer – but that she wanted to specialize in litigation.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Lee describes what inspired her career in law, how her practice humanizes the […]

Growing a technology and startup focused corporate law firm in Malaysia: An interview with Izwan & Partners managing partner, Izwan Zakaria

Izwan Zakaria founded Izwan & Partners in 2019, where he made a bold decision to focus exclusively on providing legal advice to technology companies, startups, and investors. In this Q&A with Asia Law Portal, Izwan describes what makes dealing with technology companies and startups different from […]

Alliott Group’s Expansion into South East Asian Legal Market Continues with Appointment of Jeeva Partnership in Malaysia

Alliott Group, the world’s sixth largest multidisciplinary alliance of professional services firms, has expanded its reach to Malaysia’s legal market. The appointment of Top 50 law firm Jeeva Partnership in Kuala Lumpur and Penang continues the alliance’s recent growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region which […]

The story of Malaysia’s #1 Legal App. An interview with June Low, Founder, EasyLaw

In 2016, June Low Founded EasyLaw.  The app is now used by 1 out of 4 lawyers in Malaysia.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Low details the story of this remarkable legal startup and what inspired her to pursue a career in legal tech. […]

The current state of legal innovation in Malaysia. An interview with Daniel Lui, Co-Founder, LawTech Malaysia

Malaysia has long been a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in the legal services sector in the Asia-Pacific region. In this wide-ranging interview with Asia Law Portal, Daniel Lui, Co-Founder of LawTech Malaysia, explains the state of legal innovation in Malaysia in 2020. What is LawTech […]

Why Malaysia Should Amend Its Cyber Security Laws

The Malaysian Parliament has passed several cyber-related laws since 1997. However, many of these laws have never been revised or amended since their enactment. This article touches on the relevant legislations to be amended and revised by the Government to protect the cyber realm in Malaysia.

New Anti-Corruption Regime for Commercial Organisations in Malaysia

The MACC Amendment Act introduces a new Section 17A, which provides that a commercial organisation is deemed to commit an offence if any person associated with the commercial organisation corruptly gives, agrees to give, promises or offers to any person any gratification to obtain or retain business or advantage for the organisation. Subsection 17A(6) stipulates that a ‘person associated’ with a ‘commercial organisation’ may include directors, partners, and employees of the commercial organisation, as well as any person ‘who performs services for or on behalf of the commercial organisation’.

Strategic Alliance on Corporate Advisory and Services between Haeme Hashim & Co, Kuala Lumpur and Loggerhead Partners, Dubai.

In July 2019, Haeme Hashim & Co. has entered into a strategic alliance with Loggerhead Partners (“Loggerhead”), a corporate advisory and management consulting services firm based in Dubai, UAE. Currently, Loggerhead also has two other operating offices in Cyprus and Switzerland.

ASEAN Insiders Series 2019 – Personal Data Protection

DATA PROTECTION IN ASEAN Technology and the rise of the digital economy has transformed our lives for the better in many ways. However, data breaches and data security threats loom over us. The incident involving Cambridge Analytica in 2018 where millions of Facebook users’ data were […]

Building a successful law practice in Malaysia. An interview with Grace C. G. Yeoh of Shearn Delamore & Co

Grace C. G. Yeoh is Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A and Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology practices at Shearn Delamore & Co., one of Malaysia’s oldest and most distinguished law firms.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she provides insight into how to build […]

ASEAN Insiders Series 2019 – Foreign Direct Investment

ASEAN – Open for business Since its formation in 1967, ASEAN has grown from an underdeveloped region into one of the globe’s most diverse and dynamic economic drivers. Located at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and strategically nested across several major trade routes, ASEAN is […]

Going Public in the ASEAN-5: Snapshot of IPO and Listing Requirements

The key economic purpose of the capital markets is to give companies access to different sources of financing to grow their businesses. An initial public offering (IPO) is one of the main ways for a company to raise equity capital by using the primary public equity […]

Mah Weng Kwai Lunch Talk: Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions 21 March, 2019. Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

OVERVIEW Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continue to redefine Malaysian businesses, both public listed companies and small-medium enterprises (SME’s). There are various corporate structures and transactions that may be used for the consolidation and transfer of corporate interests. Hence it is important for business owners and corporate […]

Regulating E-Hailing In Malaysia. Is There Over-Regulation?

Since the launch of Uber, the e-hailing industry continued to grow and has become an undeniable force to be reckoned with. This has triggered major disruptions in the transportation industry, especially in the ride-hailing market which was traditionally monopolised by the taxi industry. In response, several […]

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The Future of the Sun Continues to Shine in Malaysia: Outlook and Prospects on the Solar Photovoltaic Industry

The new Government is committed to push forward sustainable and economic growth by promoting green technology developments and renewable energy. Wong Kee Hooi, who heads our Projects, Infrastructure & Utilities Practice Group at Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICO Law) in Malaysia, shares her […]

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Special Forum on esports: Kuala Lumpur Oct 13, 2018

We are pleased to inform that with the Stadium Board of Malaysia, Messrs MahWengKwai & Associates are co-organising a special Forum on esports. This will be held at the “Hari Sukan Negara” (National Sports Day). The Topic of discussion revolves around Regulation, Governance & Integrity of […]

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Kuala Lumpur – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Kuala Lumpur has a remarkable history of rising to become a major ASEAN region commercial hub, attracting investors from all over the world. It has been ranked one of the top 10 city destinations in the world according to Euromonitor International for over 5 years now. […]

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Diversity and intersectionality in the workplace within ASEAN

In this column, I highlight issues and solutions that arise within the legal context of ASEAN and which impact the diversity of the region’s social, economic, cultural and political life. Human rights are a contentious subject for many, presenting a number of challenges to companies and […]

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The Duty To Report Suspicious Transactions Under Anti Money Laundering Laws In Relation to 1MDB and other scandals in Malaysia

As we usher in the new Malaysia and the revival of Rule of Law, we hear of scandal after scandal being disclosed as the new government assume the reins of power. The new cabinet ministers are no doubt working hard with rolled sleeves to manage the […]

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APAC regional legal tech conference LexTech launches AI assistant

APAC regional legal technology conference LexTech has launched an AI assistant to help facilitate a better conference experience, making its services available through Facebook Messenger — a first in the local legal tech industry. Called, LEXi, the Artificial Intelligence chatbot was developed by Malaysia’s CanChat and will focus on addressing enquiries […]

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Corporate Internal Investigations, Conflicts of Interests and The Outside Counsel And Financial Accountant

In the current difficult operating environment of government linked companies and the reported incidents of hidden corporate scandals in Malaysia, new corporate leaders and incoming board of directors are faced with the risks of personal liability for breach of directors duties and breach of employment contracts […]

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Common Reporting Standards – Impact in Malaysia and ASEAN

The Common Reporting Standards (“CRS”) aims to enable tax authorities to tackle offshore tax evasion by providing a greater level of information on their residents’ wealth held abroad. As a party to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, Malaysia already has laws in […]

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LexTech18 regional legal tech conference set for Kuala Lumpur, Oct 25-26, 2018

LexTech18 regional legal tech conference is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct 25-26, 2018. LexTech brings together private, public and regulatory organizations to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to compete in Asia’s ever-changing legal landscape. In […]

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Asia ADR Week 2018: A platform for Asian-centric ADR trends and economic developments

The Asian International Arbitration Centre will present its inaugural edition of the ASIA ADR WEEK 2018, from May 05, 2018 – May 07, 2018 at the AIAC at the Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this Q&A article with Asia Law Portal, the AIAC explains the unique significance […]

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Inaugural Asia ADR week set for Kuala Lumpur, May 5-7, 2018

The Asian International Arbitration Centre will present its inaugural edition of the ASIA ADR WEEK 2018, from May 05, 2018 – May 07, 2018 at the AIAC at the Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ASIA ADR WEEK 2018 will cover key issues including the promotion of […]

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What makes Sports Law unique? An interview with Richard Wee

Richard Wee joined Kuala Lumpur-based MahWengKwai & Associates in 2016, where he  established the firms Sports Law Practice Group. Now head of Richard Wee Chambers, Wee is recognized locally and regionally for pioneering this niche, in this Q&A with Asia Law Portal he describes what makes […]

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Southeast Asia’s legal tech innovators to gather in Kuala Lumpur Nov 4-5, 2017

Kuala Lumpur is set to host an important South East Asia regional legal tech conference next month, hosted by Malaysian legal startup CanLaw.  We asked Lee Su Wen, CanLaw’s Event Director, to tell us more about the conference.  Here’s what she had to say: What is […]

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How legal startup CanLaw is helping the Malaysian public find lawyers

Founded in 2016, Malaysian legal startup CanLaw was established as “a FREE service that makes finding the right lawyer a quick walk in the park”, as the company website details.  As part of Asia Law Portal’s continuing coverage of the Asia-Pacific region’s legal startup ecosystem — […]

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Malaysia’s Chief Justice and Bar President express support for NewLaw

Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said allowing more tasks to be done online – from online filing for criminal matters and appeals to online bidding on auctions – would improve accessibility and better serve the public. “The E-bidding system will make the process more transparent and […]

Corporate Counsel Asia Summit: 24–25 Oct 2016, The Westin, Kuala Lumpur

Leading in-house Counsel will meet privately with Specialist International Law Firms and Legal Services Providers at the Corporate Counsel Asia Summit.  Taking place at the fabulous Westin Kuala Lumpur, 24-25 October 2016, Senior Legal Executives will benefit from Visionary Keynote Presentations, Real-Life Case Studies and Interactive Sessions! […]

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NewLaw in Asia faces a hurdle in Malaysia

As the Star Online, Asian Legal Business and Marcus van Geyzel, lawyer and co-author of TheMalaysianLawyer.com — all detailed last month — Hong Kong-based legal startup Dragon Law is facing regulatory scrutiny by the Malaysian Bar after its recent entry into the local market. Dragon Law is […]

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Asia-Pacific Legal Startups: An interview with BurgieLaw.com Founder & CEO, Lai Chee Hoe

The Asia-Pacific legal startup ecosystem is growing rapidly.  And Asia Law Portal has and will  continue to seek to provide a window into this ecosystem by interviewing the founders and entrepreneurs behind this exciting trend.  In the most recent chapter of this effort, we interview Mr. […]

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TheMalaysianLawyer.com is launched: An interview with co-founder Marcus van Geyzel

As Office Parrots blog outlined last month, two “seasoned Malaysian legal professionals with more than ten years’ experience [recently came] together to launch TheMalaysianLawyer.com.  Founded by Lee Shih, Partner with Skrine, and Marcus van Geyzel, Partner with Peter Ling & van Geyzel, who’s also founder of the widely-read Malaysian law blog LoyarBurok.com , […]

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From Lawyers to Malaysia startup entrepreneurs: An interview with the founders of Kaodim.com

Jeff Cheong and Fui Choong both left careers as lawyers to launch Kaodim in November of 2014.  Malaysia-based Kaodim is a web/mobile application allowing people to hire and compare professionals providing home services and repairs.The platform grows many small and medium businesses along the way. Kaodim is backed by […]

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The Current State of the Malaysian Legal Market: A Q&A with Eddie Law, Founder of eLawyer.com.my

The Malaysian legal market is currently undergoing structural reform while competition is increasing.  Here’s an update on the market in the second quarter of 2015 from Eddie Law, Founder of  eLawyer.com.my: How would you describe the overall current state of the Malaysian legal market? In general, […]