Malaysia

Malaysia sits at the heart of the ASEAN region, the centre of a web of business interconnectivity. Offering political stability, competitive taxation, modern infrastructure and free-trade zones, Malaysia is an attractive choice as an Asian base of operations for both multinational corporations and small and medium enterprises.

Luther’s core team in Malaysia consists of counsels trained in Germany, France, Poland, Malaysia and England and Wales, supported by a network of local partner firms. This unique combination of European insight, international corporate expertise and deep knowledge of the Malaysian legal environment is the basis of Luther’s trademark tailored and practical solutions for our clients’ every business need.

In addition to addressing our clients’ legal and corporate concerns, we also provide comprehensive support on navigating regulatory compliance, tax and human resources obstacles. We can assist in the incorporation and dissolution of companies, as well as offer corporate secretarial, nominee director, accounting, immigration, payroll and treasury services.

 

Legal and Tax Advisory Services

Corporate and M&A
  • Domestic and cross-border acquisitions
  • Due diligence
  • Management buy-out – Management buy-in
  • Local and international corporate restructuring measures
  • Conversions and mergers
  • Post-merger integration
  • Merger control (inbound and outbound)
  • Selection of legal form and establishment of companies, partnerships and representative offices
  • Establishment of joint ventures
  • Liquidation and insolvency proceedings
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Corporate arbitration
Employment Law
  • Employment contracts for employees and directors
  • Employee policies
  • Employment disputes: mediation and litigation
  • Organisational restructuring, redundancy programmes and compensation plans
  • Secondment arrangements
  • Social security
Commercial Law
  • General terms and conditions
  • Supply and procurement agreements
  • Product liability
  • Distributorship and sales agency agreements
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Cross-border and domestic litigation
  • Alternative dispute resolution: cross-border and domestic arbitration and mediation
Real Estate
  • Real estate purchases and transfers
  • Representation vis-à-vis public authorities
  • Negotiation and drafting of sale and purchase agreements and commercial leases
Regulatory
  • Licence applications
  • Federal and state governmental approvals
Tax
  • Advising on national and international taxation
  • Transaction advisory
  • Transfer pricing
  • Advising on government incentives
Intellectual property
  • Registration of trademarks
  • Copyright and brand protection
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Licence agreements
Personal data protection
  • Personal data protection policies
  • Personal data protection compliance audits
  • Personal data protection trainings

Corporate Services

Incorporation of companies and registration of businesses
  • Registration of
    • Private limited companies (Sendirian Berhad) and public limited companies (Berhad)
    • Companies limited by guarantee (CLBG)
    • Limited liability partnerships (LLP)
    • Branch offices
    • Representative and regional offices
Dissolution and deregistration
  • Voluntary (members’ and creditors’) winding-up
  • Cessation of business
  • Deregistration / strike-off
Individual and Corporate Tax Compliance
  • Sales Tax and Service Tax (SST) registration; preparation and submission of SST returns
  • Preparation and filing of withholding tax returns, including claims for double taxation relief
  • Liaising with the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) regarding individual or corporate tax issues
  • Preparation and filing of individual and corporate tax returns
  • Dealing with stamp duty payments and stamp duty relief
Corporate Secretarial Services

Statutory officers

  • Company secretary
  • Branch agent
  • Nominee director

General Services

  • Implementation of corporate governance and compliance procedures
  • Setting up statutory books and registers and custody of the same
  • Custody of common seal
  • Preparing and lodging all prescribed forms and requisite documents with the Company Commission of Malaysia (CCM)
  • Lodging of audited financial statements with CCM
  • Preparation of notices, minutes, and other documents pertaining to directors’ and shareholders’ meetings (Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting)
  • Managing changes of company details such as—
    • Company name
    • Constitutional documents
    • Capital structure (transfer of shares, new issuance of shares, repurchase of shares)
    • Shareholders
    • Directors, managers, auditors and company secretaries
    • Registered office address
  • Provision of registered office / correspondence address
  • Compliance with beneficial ownership reporting obligations: Identification, verification and CCM registration of beneficial owners.
Accounting and Financial Reporting

Bookkeeping

  • Setting up the chart of accounts
  • Preparing bank and other balance sheet reconciliations
  • Preparing periodic management accounts
  • Budget preparation and variance analysis
  • Cash flow tracking
  • Preparation of group reporting packages

Management Reports

  • Compilation of profit and loss account and balance sheet
  • Generation of aged financial analysis of debtors and creditors
  • Business advisory services, such as accounting reports and preparation of business plans
  • Budget preparation and comparison; analysis of key components of financial performance

Statutory Accounting

  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Preparation of consolidated financial statements
  • Foreign currency re-measurement
  • Completion of consolidation and head office reporting packages
Immigration
  • Registration of employers with the Expatriates Services Division and other governmental agencies for the engagement of foreign employees
  • Entry permits, including:
    • Employment Pass
    • Social Visit Pass
    • Professional Visit Pass
    • Dependent Pass
    • Resident Talent Pass
  • Permanent Residence status applications
Cash, Funds and Payment Administration
  • Administration of cash funds
  • Cash forecasting and processing of accounts receivable
  • Account signatory services to enable settlement of company payment obligations (e.g. to suppliers, for payroll purposes, for employee expense reimbursements)
  • Opening bank accounts and managing changes to bank signatories
Human Resources and Payroll Administration
  • Processing employee expense claims
  • Computation of net salary
  • Administration of Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Social Security (SOCSO) and Employee Insurance Scheme (EIS) contributions
  • Administration of monthly income tax deductions
  • Annual and ad hoc payroll compliance reporting to the relevant authorities
  • Annual Personal Income Tax submissions

Key Contact >>

Key Contact

Pascal Brinkmann, LL.M. (Stellenbosch)

Partner

T +60 3 2166 0085