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Donovan & Ho

Kuala Lumpur Office

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Managing Partners: Donovan Cheah and Shawn Ho
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 7
Languages: Bahasa Malaysia and English

Firm Overview:
Donovan & Ho was founded in 2014 by partners Donovan Cheah and Shawn Ho. Due to its excellent service standards, subject matter expertise and commercial pragmatism, the firm has quickly established a reputation in the market for its areas of practice. The firm’s practices are: employment and industrial relations, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, tax advisory and property/real estate.

Main Areas of Practice:
-Employment & Industrial Relations
-Dispute Resolution
-Corporate & Commercial
-Property & Tax Advisory


Employment & Industrial Relations: 1 partner; 5 fee earners based in Malaysia
■ Defending unfair dismissal claims filed by employees terminated for misconduct, poor performance or redundancy
■ Representing clients in employment related disputes such as civil claims involving breach of employment contracts and monetary claims for damages
■ Advising on disciplinary and dismissal procedures for employees involved in gross misconduct (e.g. fraud, conflict of interest, sexual harassment)
■ Advising on all aspects of restructuring and retrenchment exercises, including legal requirements, employee communication, and liaison with local authorities
■ Advising employers on employment law, statutory compliance and preparing employment contracts, handbook and documentation for their workforce in Malaysia
■ Representing clients in judicial review applications against decisions of the Minister of Human Resources or the Industrial Court
Key Clients: Thermo Fisher Scientific, L’oreal, Momentive
Contact: Donovan Cheah
Tel: +603 2856 9728
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
1 partner; 5 fee earners based in Malaysia
■ International and domestic arbitration
■ Shareholders’ or directors’ disputes, such as claims of minority oppression and breach of duties
■ Obtaining injunctions or restraining orders
■ Debt recovery proceedings
■ Bankruptcy and winding-up
■ Claims involving breach of contract
■ Claims involving torts such as defamation, negligence, conspiracy or unlawful interference with business
■ Enforcement of judgments
■ Construction adjudication proceedings
■ Other alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation and settlement negotiations Key Clients: PPG Industries, The Clever Factory, Secure Parking
Contact: Donovan Cheah
Tel: +603 2856 9728
Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Property & Tax:
1 partner; 4 fee earners based in Malaysia
■ Acquisition of shares and businesses
■ Equity fundraising via the use of ordinary shares, preference shares
■ Shareholder and joint venture agreements, collaboration and partnership agreements
■ Compliance with Personal Data Protection, Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and consumer protection laws
■ Employee stock options
■ Reviewing of various commercial contracts, distributorship, license & franchise, softwareas- a-service, software development etc Key Clients: SOCAR, Kaodim, Singularity Aerotech Asia
Contact: Shawn Ho
Tel: +603 2856 9728
Email: [email protected]

International Work:
■ Advising on a Malaysia-Singapore postacquisition restructuring exercise for an information technology multinational.
Partner: Donovan Cheah
■ Representing a global investment fund in an international arbitration in Singapore.
Partner: Donovan Cheah
■ Advising on a cross-border (Malaysia-New Zealand) joint-venture dispute.
Partner: Donovan Cheah