Leading law firm WongPartnership has forged a strategic alliance with Malaysian boutique law firm, Foong & Partners. Malaysia will thus be WongPartnership’s fifth regional country in its network that spans the Middle East to China. The alliance will expand the footprint of both firms into two of the most dynamic markets in Asia, thereby enhancing their legal service with the firms’ combined experience, expertise and regional capabilities.
Malaysia and Singapore have historically been two of the most closely-knit economies in the dynamic Asian region. Strong bilateral ties between both governments have been a powerful catalyst to a blossoming of cross-strait investment opportunities recently. Trade inflows have also come from around the world to tap on the synergies offered by both neighbours and their complementary strengths.
Founded in 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, Foong & Partners focuses on high-end corporate commercial, capital markets and corporate finance work. It is headed by named partner Foong Chee Meng, who previously helmed the Corporate & Commercial and Foreign Investment practices of a leading Malaysian law firm. Prior to returning to Malaysia, Foong practised with an international law firm.
Foong & Partners assists multinational and international corporations, public and private companies, and other business entities in various commercial transactions including cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures and management buy-outs. Its capabilities in tier-one corporate and M&A transactions makes it an ideal partner with WongPartnership’s leading practice.
WongPartnership is consistently top ranked in Asia by independent benchmarking publications, handling the largest and most complex transactions in the region. Its alliance with Foong & Partners will both complement and strengthen WongPartnership’s current pan-Asian offering, enabling the firm to provide clients with a powerful combination of international and local experience, know-how and on-the-ground resource.
“With the closer economic relations between Singapore and Malaysia, WongPartnership has been acting in an increasing number of cross-border deals and we are excited to collaborate with a like-minded firm on these complex matters,” said Senior Counsel Alvin Yeo, Senior Partner at WongPartnership. “Having worked alongside Foong & Partners on a number of transactions, including Tune Ins Holdings Bhd’s recent initial public offering, we found a shared ethos of delivering unstinting high quality service to our clients. Our tie up with Foong & Partners will enable us to leverage on their Malaysian law capability to serve our clients in the ASEAN region and allow their Malaysian clients access to our regional experience in China, the Middle East and the rest of ASEAN.”
“Foong & Partners welcomes the opportunity to share and tap on the expertise that this alliance will bring,” said Foong Chee Meng, managing partner at Foong & Partners. “Our firms have similar, yet complementary skills and experience on transactions on both sides of the Causeway. This alliance is mutually beneficial, with the increase in investment interest in Malaysia from clients not just from Singapore but from the region and beyond. Together, we are well poised to cater to sophisticated investors who expect seamless service in whichever market they choose to tap for growth and opportunities.”
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