Asia Business Law Journal has published the latest A List of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers.
Our special thanks to Greg Poarch of JCBNext Berhad (formerly Jobstreet Corporation Berhad) and Manichelvam Subramaniam of FBE Ventures for their kind words in the article and interviews published by Asia Business Law Journal on 31 March 2021:
Greg Poarch, the chief financial officer of JcbNext, a digital marketing company in Kuala Lumpur, nominates Jeff Leong, a senior partner at Jeff Leong Poon & Wong, for the commercial and business development experience.
“This has always been very valuable to us, as he has been able to advise us throughout the growth of our firm to date, from IPO to our transfer to the Bursa (stock exchange of Malaysia) main board, and ultimately the disposal of a substantial asset,” says Poarch.
“The time he has invested in developing the long-term relationship and understanding our needs at various stages is greatly appreciated.”
Leong is also commended by Manichelvam Subramaniam, co-founder of multi-brand food and beverage company FBE Ventures in Kuala Lumpur, for his steadfast assistance in countless transactions for more than 20 years, and for being well versed in many aspects, especially with securities and corporate law.
“His unique ability to identify potential problems, or deal with an existing problem, and most importantly provide a solution, makes him stand out from most corporate counsel,” says Subramaniam.
“His regional and cross-border experience is vast and, as a young company trying to grow regionally, we require someone like him to advise and navigate us through the different jurisdictions.”
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I am the senior partner of Messrs Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, Malaysia.
I am also serving with the Law Association For Asia And The Pacific (LAWASIA), the peak body for national bar associations and law societies in more than 40 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region as Chair of the Corporate, Securities & Investment Law and Co Chair of the Belt And Road Initiative Standing Committees.
I lead a Special Projects team, structure and run complex M&A deals, resolve critical problems faced by clients such as crisis management, regulatory investigations, shareholder fights and board tussles and advise founders, business owners and senior management on business transactions.
With numerous IPOs and M&A deals over 30 years, I am often consulted by clients in Shipping and Logistics, Technology and Digital Economy, Oil & Gas and other heavily regulated industries on complex, urgent and critical matters.
I have been included on Asia Business Law Journal’s A List of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers and Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for Corporate and M&A for Malaysia.
I am an accredited Mediator of the Malaysian Mediation Centre, the International Commercial Mediation Centre For the Belt And Road Initiative, Benchmark Chambers International & Benchmark International Mediation Centre, Shenzhen Qianhai International Commercial Mediation Centre, CCPIT/CCOIC Hangzhou Mediation Centre and Hainan International Arbitration Court.
I founded JLPW in 1999 during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis with 2 other founders. We were deep into corporate rescues and mergers of banks, insurance companies and stockbrokers to resuscitate the bleeding Malaysian economy, working on some of the major corporate rescues of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
Affiliations with Deacons Graham & James 2001- 2012 and Dacheng (now Dentons China) 2012-2016 quickly followed. In 2012, we founded JLPW CROSSBORDER ASIA, a regional law firm network.
In JLPW, we developed the current due diligence system adopted and used by industry participants in capital markets transactions in 1999. I assisted the review of the 2020 Due Diligence Guide for Malaysia with investment bankers, accountants, capital market lawyers and other industry participants.
I currently lead our Japan Services Group, assisting Japanese companies venturing into Malaysia and South East Asia with market entry strategies, M&As and post merger integration advisory together with our Japanese speaking team.
I am also leading our China Services Group and regional JLPW Belt and Road Services Group assisting Chinese companies investing and undertaking Belt and Road projects in Malaysia and other ASEAN countries.
As leader, strategist, chief talent scout, builder and problem solver, I have initiated and developed various practice groups in JLPW and am now leading our Legal Tech initiatives to better support our clients in the new Digital Economy.
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