Directors Beware: Indemnity in a Company’s Constitution is not Foolproof

The constitution (formerly known as articles of association) of companies in Malaysia generally contains an indemnity provision in favour of directors, indemnifying them against liabilities (for example, associated legal fees and financial costs) incurred by the directors in defending legal suits by third parties where judgement has been given in their favour in respect of any negligence, default, breach of duty or breach of trust. However, to what extent can the directors solely rely on an indemnity provision in a company's constitution to bring an indemnity claim against the company? Read more

The rise of ESG – implications on the duty to act in the best interest of the company

Globally, there has been an increasing recognition that the conduct of a company affects various stakeholders around it, and that companies should have regard to environmental, social, human, and economic considerations. These considerations – commonly referred to as ESG considerations – once seen as a voluntary part of companies' corporate governance framework, are now rapidly being enacted into hard law across different jurisdictions. Read more

Infrastructure development under the 12th Malaysia Plan

Infrastructure development has always had strong correlation with a country's economic advancement. With the recently announced 12th iteration of the Malaysia Plan (2021-2025), the Malaysian government has allocated RM400 billion for existing and new developments. The plan details key focuses on its intended economic priorities which includes significant and strategic infrastructure developments that can carry growth potential for foreign investors in these unique and unprecedented times. Read more

Launch of Malaysia Overnight Rate (MYOR) by Bank Negara Malaysia

Bank Negara Malaysia has announced the launch of the MYOR as the new alternative reference rate (ARR) for Malaysia. Globally, ARRs are being introduced as part of a transition to transaction-based rates, in line with the LIBOR reforms after the global financial crisis. The introduction of ARRs aims to facilitate usage of benchmark rates that are more robust and based upon transactions in active, liquid markets. Read more

Competition law: increased scrutiny on dominant enterprises

The last few years have seen an increase in the level of enforcement by the Competition Commission (MyCC), and this trend is set to continue. It is important for both local and foreign enterprises to be aware of the implications of the MyCC's increased level of activity. Read more

Cross-sector merger control in Malaysia: getting closer

Like most competition law regimes around the world, Malaysia’s Competition Act 2010 contains provisions prohibiting anti-competitive practices and abuses of dominance. However, it does not currently include the third “pillar” of competition law that is common to many other regimes, namely, cross sector merger control rules. Read more

Disguised distributions – a trap for the unwary

It is a cardinal principle of company law that a company can only make distributions out of its profits. While there is a common assumption that this rule applies only to distributions made in the form of cash dividends or distributions in specie of non-cash assets, a recent English High Court decision shows that the scope of the word “distributions” must be viewed through a much broader lens. Read more