Tay & Partners

Malaysia

Analysis

Overview

Tay & Partners is a full-service commercial law firm with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Johor BahruThe firm is particularly known for its competition strength and is active in both contentious and advisory matters. The firm also boasts expertise in the aviation and real estate sectors. Beng Chai Tay is key partner. Partner Wai Sum Teo left firm in December 2020.

Labour and employment

Work highlights 

Representing Kaspersky Laba global leading cybersecurity and anti-virus provider, in defending a dismissal claim brought by its former regional general manager of South-East Asia. 

Key clients 

Cuckoo InternationalPUMA Sports GoodsRadius Fuel CardsSaint Gobain MalaysiaVoith Paper Fabrics 

 
Intellectual property

Work highlights 

Advising Kingtime International on alleged infringement of its Malaysian patents by Petronas Carigali through its use of a mobile offshore production unit, which utilises a detachable wellhead support structure 

Key clients 

ActavisCelltrion Healthcare, Teva Pharmaceuticals IndustriesThe Kraft Heinz Company

 
Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Representing Country Garden Danga Bay, a subsidiary of Country Garden Holdings, against the purchasers of condominium units at Country Garden Danga Bay, alleging that the low quality of workmanship and materials used were not in accordance with the details stated in the sale and purchase agreement. The firm successfully overturned and reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal at the Federal Court, which was a landmark decision in Malaysia. New laws were created during the appeal at the Federal Court. The jurisdiction of the tribunal has been defined in this case and the law on estoppel has also been advanced. 

Key clients 

AMDOCSGrohe MalaysiaLixil Group CorporationOpenet Telecom Malaysia 

 
Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Acted for Avery Dennison Corporationa global materials science and manufacturing company, on its acquisition of the transponder division of Smartrac Technology Group. 

Acted for Asia Allied Infrastructure HoldingsHong Kong-listed company, on its acquisition and investment in ECO Group Holdings. Through the acquisition and investment in ECO Group HoldingsAsia Allied Infrastructure Holdings has established its presence in the Malaysian market and accelerated its development along the Belt and Road’ initiative.

 
Competition/antitrust

Work highlights 

Acted for Grab concerning MyCC’s allegations of Grab’s abuse of dominant position by imposing restrictive clauses on its drivers and preventing them from promoting and providing advertising services. This case received public scrutiny and publicity due to the traction and publicity on digital and technology solutions, especially considering Grab is the first decacorn in Southeast Asia and the proposed decision concerns alleged abusive practices affecting Grab’s driver-partners. 

Key clients 

Bosch GroupIsuzu MotorsNovatisWasco Energy Group 

 
Aviation

Work highlights 

Acted for AerCap Irelandthe world's largest aircraft leasing company based in Dublin, in a cross-border international aviation dispute involving a Boeing 777 aircraft. This is the first aircraft arrest case ever happened in Malaysia. This case has also attracted immense attention from the international media and especially the aviation industry as it involves the national flag carrier of Pakistan and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.  

Acted for AirAsia in the first ever airlines’ competition case in Malaysia involving the country’s two major carriers, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia after the enactment of the Competition Act 2010. The landmark decision of the Court of Appeal will be instrumental in shaping the jurisprudence of competition law in Malaysia since it will provide clarity on the interpretation of the deeming provision. 

Key clients 

Financial Products GroupMC Aviation Partners