Wong & Partners

Malaysia

Analysis

Overview

Wong & Partners is a member firm of Baker McKenzie and has strong expertise in corporate and M&A, intellectual property, and tax where the firm is ranked ‘Outstanding’ in our tables. In addition to being highly ranked across several practice areas, the firm also has extensive industry knowledge in banking and financial services, consumer goods and services, infrastructure, real estate, and technology and telecommunications. Key individuals include Mark Lim for banking and finance, Brian Chia and Andre Gan for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kherk Ying Chew for IP and Adeline Wong for tax. Partner Siaw Wan Lim departed to Christopher & Lee Ong in November 2020. Dispute partner Arief Emran Arifin also left firm in April 2021. The firm hired IP lawyer Sonia Ong as partner in May 2020. 

Client feedback 

Ai Leen Tang 

She has all-round knowledge about corporate real estate.

 
Tax

Work highlights 

Represented Uniqlo Malaysiaa Malaysian subsidiary of a multinational company in the retail industryin a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against the High Court's dismissal of the Taxpayer's application for judicial review. 

Key clients 

Primary Goldennet 

 
Intellectual property

Work highlights 

Acted for AfterShock PC in a trademark expungement litigation against an individual who infringed AfterShock PC’s trademark. 

 
Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Representing Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Companya joint-operating company of Petronas Carigali, ConocoPhillips (Sabah Gas) and Shell Energy Asiain a claim against a supplier known as Mikuni and its directors for supplying counterfeit valves. This is a significant finding as there is now written precedent by the Court of Appeal that an arbitration agreement can be deemed inoperative if a party refuses to pay their share of the deposit. 

Successfully represented Hitachi Systems Digital Services (Singapore) at the High Court of Kuala Lumpur, in its claim of approximately $5.2 million against Cuscapi Malaysia and Cuscapi in respect of the sale and purchase of certain hardware equipment. 

Key clients 

MettubeOsram Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia)Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning MalaysiaSouthern Industrial Gas 

 
Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised KV Asia Capitala private equity firm focused on investments in Southeast Asia, on the divestment of its entire stake in TF Value-Martan operator of a chain of more than 35 grocery retail stores across several states in Malaysia, to Intermediate Capital Group. 

Advised Permodalan Nasional on its sale of its entire 56.3% stake in Chemical Company of Malaysia to Batu Kawan. 

Key clients 

Ekuiti NasionalJuris Technologies

 
Capital markets

Work highlights 

Represented Maybank Investment Bank as the principal adviser and lead arranger in connection with Guan Chong’s inaugural establishment of an Islamic medium term notes programme. The issuer group is the largest cocoa bean processor in Asia and the fourth largest cocoa bean processor globally in terms of grinding capacity. This is the first Islamic debt capital market transaction of the issuer. 

 
Banking and finance

Work highlights 

Acted as Malaysian law counsel to a syndicate of international lenders, including JPMorgan Chase Bank, UBS AG and The Siam Commercial Bank Public Companyin connection with the acquisition financing facilities of up to $4 billion granted to CRetail Development Company. 

Acted as the lead counsel and assisted with the arrangement of the facilities to finance the subscription of shares in PT Bintan Alumina Indonesia by Press Metal Aluminium Holdings. 

Key clients 

Coara MarangMaybank Investment Bank

 
Construction

Work highlights 

Advised ib vogt on its successful bid for and development of a solar photovoltaic power plant under Malaysia's third large-scale solar tender project 

Advised Pulau Indah Power Plantthe project company of Tadmax Resources, in collaboration with Worldwide Holdings and Korea Electric Power Corp, on the development of the 1,200MW combined cycle gas and turbine power plant project in Pulau Indah, Klang. 

Advised Tesco Stores (Malaysia) on the successful signing of the largest long-term corporate power deal in Malaysia. This project is one of the few private rooftop solar projects in Malaysia on a large-scale basis.