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Beng Chai is a Kuok Foundation scholar, graduated with an LL.B (Hons) (Second Upper) from the National University of Singapore in 1985. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1986 and the High Court of Malaya in 1989. He conducts competition law compliance programmes for clients, advises businesses and speaks regularly on the topic. Beng Chai and his team have been retained in major cases before the Malaysian Competition Commission including those in the airline and steel industries

Beng Chai is the Firm's Managing Partner and heads the Firm's Corporate and M & A practice. He is also engaged in private equity, capital markets and restructuring work. He has been consistently rated as a Leading Individual in Corporate / M & A in Malaysia by the Asia Pacific Legal 500. He brings extensive experience to all matters related to foreign investments in Malaysia and is actively involved in many cross-border transactions. He is the Vice President of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He is also a founding partner of ATMD Bird & Bird LLP.

Professor Robert Ian McEwin is an expert in competition law and economics in South-East Asia.

McEwin is the Managing Partner of Competition Consultants Asia LLP, which focuses on competition economics and also provides general advice to lawyers in law firms and companies on competition law matters including litigation and compliance advice, drawing upon McEwin’s significant experience in Asian many competition law.

McEwin is returning to private practice after working for ten years in Singapore in the government sector and academia. An Australian-qualified competition lawyer who also has a PhD in economics, he worked for six years as chief economist at the Competition Commission of Singapore, and prior to that was an adviser to Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry helping to draft Singapore's competition law. He was formerly a Member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal. McEwin has also helped draft Guidelines for Malaysia’s Competition Commission.

He is also a visiting professor of law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and a Director of Global Economics Group in Chicago.

Nicole is a Senior Associate of Tay & Partners. She is a corporate and commercial lawyer focusing on competition law matters. Nicole works with clients on competition law issues, including market sharing, abuse of dominance, validity of joint ventures, reviewing agreements, assisting client in investigations by the Competition Commissions and advising on compliance programmes. Nicole has been involved in highly contentious market sharing and abuse of dominance decisions by the Competition Commission and major abuse investigations, which spread over multiple industries such as aviation, logistics, banking and insurance. She speaks at seminar and workshop on competition law.

Nicole’s other areas include corporate and commercial transactions. Throughout her diverse practice, she has gained extensive experience both in dispute resolutions (civil, commercial and general litigation) and corporate and commercial transactions (mergers & acquisitions work, corporate finance, commercial drafting, oil and gas (risk service contract and engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contracts), property matters, retail and corporate loan matters).

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Dr. Veerinderjeet Singh is the Chairman of Taxand Malaysia Sdn Bhd. He has extensive experience in tax matters having been a Tax Partner in international accounting firms and having worked with the Malaysian Inland Revenue Department. He has advised on a wide range of tax matters affecting cross-border investments, corporate restructuring, financial institutions, multi-national entities, listed entities and government and quasi government entities and projects.

Dr. Singh is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) as well as CPA Australia.

He was elected as the president of CTIM for a 3-year term starting from mid-June 2007, and is a member of the Council of CTIM. He is also the Chairman of the International Fiscal Association (Malaysia Branch). He was a member of the Labuan IOFC Tax Consultative Committee set up by the Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority.

He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Malaya, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Taylors Business School. Dr. Singh has over 100 publications including books as well as articles in local and international tax, law and accounting journals and in local newspapers.

Vijey obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of London in 1995 after which he worked as a consultant in the Tax and Business Advisory Division of the then Arthur Andersen in Kuala Lumpur for 2½ years. During this time he gained extensive experience in the areas of corporate tax advisory and compliance, restructuring, expatriate tax planning, indirect taxes, and offshore tax regimes, especially with respect to the Labuan International Business and Financial Centre. While working, Vijey studied for the Certificate of Legal Practice and successfully obtained this in October 1998, after which he underwent pupillage and was called to the Peninsular Malaysian Bar in October 1999.

Vijey was a Senior Associate in the Corporate & Commercial Department and became a partner on March 1, 2005. His practice includes advising on business structures and regulatory approvals, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, corporate finance in the areas of debt and equity financing and tax (both direct and indirect taxes).

Vijey has appeared before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, the High Court and the Court of Appeal on major points of tax law. He has consistently been recommended in the area of Tax in publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500, the Tax Directors Handbook and Chambers Asia.

He is an Associate of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (formerly known as the Malaysian Institute of Taxation).

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Rishwant Singh is a partner of the Firm. Rishwant graduated with a degree in law from Bond University, Australia with First Class Honours, and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1999.

Rishwant’s main area of practice is in media law, including defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, competition and antitrust law. He has appeared in court in constitutional law disputes involving the component States of Malaysia, corporate and commercial disputes, disputes involving land and general property, insurance law, admiralty law, public and administrative law, clubs and unincorporated associations and revenue law. Rishwant has appeared in the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and the lower courts of Malaysia both as counsel and as junior counsel.

Rishwant has written various articles on aspects of arbitration and civil procedure in Malaysia and prepared papers on commercial, admiralty and arbitration law. He has authored and coauthored – (i) the Malaysian section of the ‘Maritime Law Handbook’ (2012) published by Kluwer Law International; (ii) Malaysian Chapter of ‘International Civil Procedure’ edited by Shelby Grubbs, published by Kluwer Law International in 2003; (iii) the Malaysian Chapter of Robert Knutson’s ‘FIDIC: An Analysis of International Construction Contracts’ published by Kluwer Law International; (iv) the chapters on ‘Contempt, Issues and Accounts in the Malaysian Atkins Court Forms in Civil Proceedings’; and (envy) Halsbury’s laws of Malaysia on ‘Civil Procedure’ (Volume 1, 2002 Reissue, Malayan Law Journal Sdn Bhd).

Sunil Abraham is a partner of the Firm. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London and thereafter obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School. He is a Barrister-at-Law of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, London and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in August 2004.

Sunil is mainly involved in corporate & commercial litigation, media law, public & administrative law, constitutional law, insurance law, as well as disputes involving clubs and societies. He has experience in handling arbitration disputes and related matters under the auspices of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, London Court of International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce and the International Convention for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Some of the recent cases of note he has appeared in include, Ooi Woon Chee & Anor v Dato’ See Teow Chuan & Ors [2012] 2 MLJ 713, Sultan Ismail Petra Ibni Sultan Yahya Petra v Tengku Muhammah Faris Petra & Anor [2011] 1 MLJ 1, Wong Kin Hoong & Ors v Ketua Pengarah Jabatan

Alam Sekitar & Anor [2011] 7 CLJ 1005, Semesta Insurance Underwriting Agency Sdn Bhd v Koperasi Insurance (M) Bhd and another suit [2011] 3 MLJ 379 and Dato’ Seri Ir Hj Mohammad Nizar Bin Jamaluddin v Dato’ Dr Zambry Bin Abd Kadir [2010] 2 MLJ 285 amongst others.

In addition, he has co-authored the Malaysian Chapter of ‘International Civil Procedure’ edited by Shelby Grubbs, published by Kluwer Law International in 2003 and Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on ‘Civil Procedure’ (Volume 1, 2002 Reissue, Malayan Law Journal Sdn Bhd) as well as authored the “Encyclopedia of International Commercial Litigation – Malaysian Chapter” by Kluwer International Law (2009) and the IBA Arbitration Guide 2012 – Malaysian Chapter.

He is the Senior Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA) as well as the Legal Practice Division Liaison Officer of the Young Lawyers' Committee of the IBA. He is also a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).

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Su Tiang Joo is a senior partner with Cheah Teh & Su.

He is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1983 as a Barrister of Gray’s Inn and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1984.

As the Senior Lead Partner of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Group, he has appeared in courts at all levels. He regularly appears as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court. He is also experienced in arbitration including cross-border disputes involving ICC Rules and has conducted numerous trials in wide ranging areas with subject matters of high value.

His areas of practice include property disputes, land acquisition, contentious sale and purchase/joint-venture agreements, caveats, strata titles, disputes in the administration of sub-divided buildings e.g. composition of common area, foreclosure actions, administration of estates and trust, industrial relations/employment, disciplinary proceedings, commercial and corporate and shareholders’ dispute. He is conversant in pre-emptive strikes including prohibitory and mandatory injunctions, stay orders, Mareva and anti-suit injunctions.

Su has recently acted as a counsel in proceedings with leave secured from the Federal Court to appeal and to challenge amongst others the constitutionality of the ouster of appeal provisions and to determine the extent of the [judicial] roles of the High Court Judge and assessors under the Land Acquisition Act.

He is, amongst others, a Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths, Registered Trademarks Agent, Former Board Member of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board (2007-2011), Former Deputy Chairman of the Law Reform and Special Areas Committee of the Bar Council Malaysia and Former Committee Member of the Standing Committee [of the Bar Council Malaysia] to Review the Legal Profession Act, and a Member of Consulegis. He is currently the Vice President of the Malaysian Chapter of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Su Tiang Joo has widely published. Some of his recent contributions include Land Acquisition Act, 1960 (Act 486) – the right of appeal, if any pursuant to s. 49 and the role of assessors in land reference proceedings, Litigation and Dispute Resolution 1st Edition 2012 (Global Legal Insight) and the Malaysian Chapter in The Dispute Resolution Review 6th Edition (2014) (Law Business Review).

Pang Kong Leng is a partner with Cheah Teh & Su.

He is and Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1996, and has over 17 years of experience in civil litigation. His primary areas of practice include contract, land, company and insolvency law.

Pang has authored several articles in areas related to his practice, and is a contributor to the Legal Guide to Civil Appeals, Malaysia (CCH Asia Pte Ltd).