Malaysia has, through unique economic policies called Bumiputera policies that give preferential treatment to Malays and indigenous people since 1970, achieved economic development. In 1991, Malaysia announced "Vision 2020" and made it a goal to join the ranks of developed countries by 2020. Another feature in recent years is its focus on strengthening its infrastructure such as the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) in Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar Regional Development in the area near Singapore in Johor State, and the rapid railway project between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Since 2008, many Japanese companies involved in the manufacture and sale of electronic machinery and precision instruments have expanded their business into Malaysia, and particularly since April 2009, when regulations were eased, investments in service-related businesses have also become prominent. Moreover, further expansion by Japanese companies is also expected with respect to halal products since a Malaysian government agency is issuing the Halal Certification, as an Islamic nation, aiming to become the global halal hub.
Malaysia has advantages as an investment destination because of its developed infrastructure such as roads, electric power and harbor facilities, availability of communication in English, the fact that it is a multiethnic country, and its relaxed regulations on foreign investment. Also in recent years, Malaysia has developed a variety of new laws, as can be seen in the enactment and enforcement of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Act, the Competition Act and the Personal Data Protection Act.
We are offering services in collaboration with local law firms in the fields such as establishment of subsidiaries, M&A, legal consultation for various contracts including franchise contracts, intellectual property-related matters, and investment cases. We also have a lawyer listed in the panelists list of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration and have established networks with local organizations and professionals in the field of dispute resolution.
Lawyers in charge of Malaysia
- Legal Practices on M&As in Southeast Asia (Legal Practices in Nine Southeast Asian Countries Mainly on Share Transfers and Business Transfers) (Nagoya)
- Legal Practices on M&As in Southeast Asia (Legal Practices in Nine Southeast Asian Countries Mainly on Share Transfers and Business Transfers) (Osaka)