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Brian Chia heads the Corporate, Commercial & Securities Practice Group of Wong & Partners. He has been ranked as a Tier 1 practitioner in the area of Corporate/M&A in Chambers Asia Pacific since 2011 and in Chambers Global since 2013. He has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the Corporate and M&A practice by Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000 since 2011, and by Asialaw Profiles since 2008. Mr. Chia has also been nominated for the "Asian Legal Business Client Choice Hot 75 Survey – Asia’s Best 75 lawyers" by leading in-house counsels across the Asian region, and most recently won the Client Choice – International 2014 for M&A in Malaysia. Mr. Chia played a pivotal role in building and leading the practice, which was recognised as the Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business in 2012, 2013 and 2015, among other accolades.

Baker McKenzie and the Financial Times co-created a multimedia series, the FT Big Deal, to explore new trends shaping transactions and how to unlock value. In this series, Baker McKenzie lawyers are joined by industry thought leaders to discuss the key developments and issues shaping the future of global transactions.

Bank Negara Malaysia, the Central Bank of Malaysia, has on 15 December 2021 issued an exposure draft of the Payment System Operator policy document. The PSO Exposure Draft is intended to apply to all approved operators of a payment system under the Malaysian Financial Services Act 2013 and Malaysian Islamic Financial Services Act 2013. The objectives of the PSO Exposure Draft are to: (i) ensure the safety, efficiency and reliability of payment systems; (ii) preserve public confidence in the payment systems and the use of payment instruments; and (iii) ensure payment systems are aligned with relevant international standards.

On 4 January 2022, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Central Bank of Malaysia, issued the Licensing Framework for Digital Insurers and Takaful Operators Discussion Paper. The DITO Discussion Paper outlines the newly proposed regulatory framework applicable to digital insurers and takaful operators. The document represents the next phase of BNM’s initiative to encourage digitalization within the financial sector, and follows the Licensing Framework for Digital Banks issued by BNM on 31 December 2020.

On 28 December 2021, the Securities Commission of Malaysia revised the Rules on Take-overs, Mergers and Compulsory Acquisitions (Rules). The effective date of the revisions is 29 December 2021. This Alert focuses on the key amendments introduced to the Rules and a comparison against equivalent provisions under the United Kingdom’s Takeover Code, the Singapore Code on Take-Overs and Mergers and the Hong Kong Codes on Takeovers and Mergers and Share Buy-Backs.

Baker McKenzie and the Financial Times co-created a podcast series, the FT Big Deal, to examine the trends behind complex cross-border transactions. In this four-part podcast series, Baker McKenzie lawyers are joined by industry thought leaders to discuss the key developments and issues shaping the future of global transactions.

A bold vision of the future is redefining corporate strategy for businesses in Asia Pacific, with new opportunities arising from disruption. In this series of reports, we explore the defining characteristics of transactions, using the Strategy, Competition, Assets, Process, and ESG framework to understand legal complexity and stress test plans in an evolving landscape.

Baker McKenzie and the Financial Times co-created a podcast series, the FT Big Deal, to examine the trends behind complex cross-border transactions. In this four-part podcast series, Baker McKenzie lawyers are joined by industry thought leaders to discuss the key developments and issues shaping the future of global transactions. Subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google Episode 4: ESG…

On 15 January 2021, the UK Supreme Court (“Supreme Court”) delivered its much-anticipated judgment in The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and Others [2021] UKSC 1 in respect of a representative sample of business interruption property insurance (“Business Interruption”) policies. 

In light of the decision by the Supreme Court to construe the relevant clauses broadly, we anticipate that there will be an increase in claims by policyholders for losses resulting from business interruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic. 

Malaysian insurers are encouraged to revisit their existing Business Interruption policies, to consider how the existing policy wordings may be impacted by the judgment, and if needed, consider revising and refining their policies.