Malaysia In Focus : Investment Law (POSTPONED)


Foreign investment in Malaysia has been oscillating between US$ 9 billion and US$ 12 billion since 2010, making the country one of the highest recipients of FDI in the region. 

Malaysia's key strengths lies in having a well-developed infrastructure and a relatively productive, highly skilled and English speaking workforce. A politically stable country with a well-developed legal system, Malaysia also provides attractive incentives and returns for investors, supported by a market-oriented economy and pro-business Government policies. As such, the country is ranked 15 out of 190 economies by the World Bank in its Doing Business 2019 report, gaining eight spots from 2018.

Course Outline

1. Overview of Malaysia business landscape
2. Key Trade Agreements in Effect
3. Legal background & judicial system
4. Establishing a presence
5. Investing in Malaysia : Procedures
6. Investing incentives
7. Taxation
8. Investing in Malaysia : Pitfalls to avoid
9. Case studies, Q&A

Who Should Attend

Senior or middle management staff of local businesses looking to venture into Malaysia as their next potential market expansion

Trainer Profile

Suaran Singh Sidhu
Managing Partner, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution & Technology, LAW Partnership

Suaran graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and subsequently, from the London School of Economics with a Master of Laws (LLM). Suaran is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Malaysia since 1999 and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore. As a trainer of the International Advocacy Training Council, Suaran often provides training on advocacy skills encompassing case analysis, drafting and using arguments, making oral submissions, cross-examining witnesses in trials, and putting forward a strong and persuasive case.

Recognised by reputable directories such as Chambers and Partners, and Benchmark Litigation, Suaran started his career off as a corporate lawyer and later branched into intellectual property (IP) law but has remained active in dealing with commercial and investment related matters. He has acted in several landmark cases in Malaysia and recently won the case for one of the longest IP trials in Malaysia.

At the Bar Council, he was the co-chair for several committees namely the IP Committee, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Personal Data Protection and the Information Technology (IT) Committee. He was also the Vice-President of the Future in Tech Committee and was involved in drafting the Malaysian Forum Code. He is a committee member of the Licensing Executives Society in Malaysia (LESM) and a member of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA).  He currently sits on the panel for the Malaysian Arbitration for General Level Domain Names (GLD).

Chen Yun Jin
Associate, LAW Partnership

Yun Jin is an associate in LAW Partnership with a range of experience in commercial law, intellectual property (IP) and dispute resolution

A graduate of University of Northumbria, Yun Jin is highly proficient in both spoken and written in English and Malay languages. He is also conversant in Cantonese. He is admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia since year 2015. 

In addition to Yun Jin’s experience in commercial law such as drafting or reviewing of commercial agreements, he also focusses on compliance issues, in particular, anti-corruption investigations, government procurements, audits and preventions. Due to the nature of his work, Yun Jin was selected to be seconded to the Shell Malaysia Downstream Legal Department recently where he acted as legal counsel for the Lubricants, Retail and Non-Fuel Retailing (NFR) businesses. Whilst in Shell, Yun Jin partnered with the businesses to identify and mitigate risks of business activities in relation to both local legislation and its Code of Conduct such as Data Privacy, Trade Competition and Anti Bribery and Corruption. He was also tasked to evaluate new business partnerships with vendors and sub-contractors including creating a robust contractual framework and attending to drafting and vetting of various commercial contracts, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and others. He guided the businesses on regulatory and compliance issues to ensure compliance with legal regulations.

Yun Jin is also experienced in assisting with trade mark disputes and commercial IP work, particularly in the enforcement of IP rights. He had coordinated and executed raids and enforcement exercises with law enforcement officers for trade mark infringement and copyright matters, assisted in a regional anti-counterfeiting programme, and assisted a multinational conglomerate on the enforcement of its trade mark and copyright rights against multiple infringers - both online and offline.