Baker McKenzie

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Standout corporate group with a deep bench of lawyers servicing a high-profile domestic and international clientele. Notable for its cross-border expertise, the team has impressive credentials in M&A, joint ventures, franchise and venture capital deals. Also well versed in ECM deals, including IPO and share subscriptions. Especially active within the finance, consumer goods, private equity and TMT sectors.

Strengths One client notes: "They demonstrate a willingness to invest their time in learning the technical aspects of our business in order to better serve our matters. They can identify and distinguish salient legal and commercial issues, and are always responsive and communicative."

Work highlights Represented Nestlé in relation to the MYR155.3 million disposal by its subsidiaries of its chilled dairy and manufacturing business to Lactalis Trading Malaysia and Lactalis Manufacturing Malaysia.

Notable practitioners

Andre Gan maintains a market-leading reputation among commentators and is active on both M&A and ECM matters. He has notable additional experience regarding competition law and also acts as managing partner of the firm's Myanmar office.

Brian Chia is a leading corporate lawyer with a focus on M&A and private equity deals in the consumer goods, financial services and manufacturing industries. One client remarks that "he is pragmatic, extremely responsive" and "demonstrates a consistent and robust awareness of our needs."

Munir Abdul Aziz has a strong reputation for his handling of cross-border corporate transactions, advising both Malaysian and foreign clients. He is active on acquisitions, divestments and private equity deals, with expertise in the real estate, TMT and finance spaces.

Stephanie Phua has a rising reputation for her handling of M&A and private equity deals on behalf of Malaysian and global entities. Clients observe: "She is very pragmatic, responsive and technically sound in helping us navigate fast and workable solutions."