Dato’ Seri Matthew was born and received his early education in Penang. He pursued his law degree course at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology at Cardiff, Wales. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986 and was admitted into the Bar of Malaysia on 20 March 1987.
During his early days in practice, he concentrated on civil litigation such as debt collection and foreclosure, but since he left for Kuala Lumpur, he has been expanding his practice on corporate banking, commercial law, conveyancing, housing projects, end-financing and other banking security documentation. He also has experience in property laws and eviction of squatters. He has done documentation work in joint ventures for property development projects, and between Malaysian companies and foreign companies.
He has been appointed as an advisor for corporate clients in China, Taiwan and Vietnam which has business interests in Malaysia and also acts for Malaysian and Singapore clients doing business in China, Myanmar and Cambodia.
In early 2003, Dato’ Seri Matthew initiated the setting up of our associated office in Beijing to serve the needs of Malaysian clients and business interests in the Chinese capital, and he travels there frequently. He was the legal advisor of the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China, and is well-connected with the Malaysian diplomatic and business community in major cities in China as well as the local municipal governments.
Dato’ Seri Matthew is also a consultant with Aquinas Law Alliance LLP (Singapore). Dato’ Seri is also a qualified lawyer in Singapore and also held various posts:
- Legal advisor for international affairs for the China-ASEAN Forum based in Nanning, China
- Chairman of ASEAN Legal Alliance Practice Group: Private Clients, Wealth Management and International Real Estate
- President of the Malaysia Laos Business Council Organisation (MLBC)
Dato’ Seri Matthew is fluent in English and Bahasa Malaysia. He can also converse in conversational Mandarin, Thai and Vietnamese.
Cik Sofini graduated with second class (upper) honours in law from International Islamic University, Malaysia in year 2000. During her first year at university, she won a scholarship from Multi-Purpose Bank Berhad (now Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad) under their Tertiary Education Scholarship Scheme, making her one out of only four recipients of the said scholarship that year.
Upon graduation, she worked at Alliance Bank for three years in their legal department. In November 2003, she decided to leave and commence pupillage at Azhar & Wong in Kuala Lumpur. She was called to the Malaysian Bar as Advocate and Solicitor in 2005 and retained as a legal assistant at Azhar & Wong, focusing on conveyancing, tenancy and various loan documentations. She also specialised in the assignment and transfer of post-auctioned properties.
In April 2008, Cik Sofini decided to leave law practice to join Citigroup Kuala Lumpur Centre of Excellence. As Regional Contracts Manager, she managed negotiations of cash account and product documentation with various multi-national companies clients across Asia, Europe and America. While working there, she received recognition for her work from Citigroup when she won the Asia Superstar Service Award and Employee Spot Award.
Cik Sofini joined Yeoh Mazlina & Partner as a partner in July 2011.
Ms Vanitha graduated with second class honours from University of London (External) in 1994 and went on to complete her Certificate in Legal Practise in University of Malaya. Thereafter, she read law in the chambers of Mr R.R. Chelvarajah, who was the then Malaysia Bar Chairman in 1997 – 1998. During her pupillage, she received guidance in both fields of conveyancing and litigation. She was then called to the Malaysian Bar in November 1996.
Upon completion of her pupillage, she then commenced her legal career as a legal assistant in Murphy and Dunbar in Melaka in 1997. She was supervised and worked with the Senior Partners, namely Mr Aloysius Ng Chee Seng and Mr Chan Shick Chin, the latter being the author of a Practitioner’s Guide “Personal Injuries, Law Practise and Precedence”. She gained vast experience in the conduct of hearings and having appeared as co-counsel with partners of the Firm in both Lower and Higher Courts in relation to Personal Injuries and Fatal Accident Claims.
Ms Vanitha then gained invaluable experience working in UniAsia Insurance in Kuala Lumpur, having worked in the Legal Claims Department for 3 years, with the handling of claims made by third party claimants and solicitors alike.
In 2001, she joined Yeoh Mazlina & Partners as a legal assistant and then became a partner in 2004. Her areas of practice presently mainly includes the following:-
- Property related acquisitions and dispositions
- leases and tenancies
- banking facilities
- joint venture agreements relating to property development
- probate and administration
She currently leads her practice in Melaka. Under her supervision, the Branch has been on the panel of the following developer companies and real estate agent companies:-
- Tong Yeng Development Sdn Bhd
- Sima Development Sdn Bhd
- Newfoundland Development Sdn Bhd
- Impian Canggih Sdn Bhd
- Pemaju Sdn Bhd
- Opes Consulting Sdn Bhd
She is also now heading Bangsar branch in Kuala Lumpur.
Ms Ho Nien Yi obtained her law degree from the University of Glamorgan, Wales in 1996. Upon her return home, she proceeded to do her Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) in University of Malaya and later her pupilage in Megat Najumuddin Leong & Co. In 1999, she was admitted to the Malaysian Bar.
She started her legal practice in Anad & Noraini in the area of civil litigation, specializing in insurance matters. She also has experience in corporate works (e.g. share sales, shareholder agreement, joint ventures, public listing of companies, restructuring exercises, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence including liaising with corporate bodies such as Bank Negara and Securities Commission) in which she practiced for two years in Megat Najmuddin Leong & Co. before she decided to join Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad in their legal department where she was involved in vetting banking/corporate documents and giving legal advices to the different departments in the Bank.
She was back in legal practice in November 2002 and joined Rashid Tasin, KL Tan and Low as a conveyancing and banking lawyer. She handled basic conveyancing that is the drafting of Sale and Purchase Agreement and loan agreement for banks where no standard documents were provided. The panel bankers which she handled were mainly Malayan Banking Berhad and Public Bank Berhad. Besides handling the drafting of agreements, she also had to oversee the work of the conveyancing clerks under her. Ms Ho also handled drafting of wills and commercial contracts during her practice in the said Firm.
On 1st July 2004, she joined Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, Subang Branch as a legal assistant practicing in the area of conveyancing and banking. In January 2007, she was made partner of Yeoh Mazlina & Partners and has been a partner until todate. Under her supervision, the firm has managed to be in the panels in a number of banks namely Malayan Banking Berhad, Public Bank Berhad, Hong Leong Bank Berhad, Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, RHB Bank Berhad and OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad. She also does sub-sale cases whereby she has the support of various estate agents.
Ms Ho has also managed to admit Yeoh Mazlina & Partners (Subang Jaya Branch) to be one of the panel solicitors for the developer Sime Darby Brunsfield Damansara Sdn Bhd in their projects under Medalla Serviced Apartments @ Oasis Corporate Park, Senada Kiara and PJ Midtown.
Graduated from the University of Malaya, Ms Khor See Lin was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2007. Subsequently in 2009, she completed her Masters in Law (Corporate & Financial Services Law) at the National University of Singapore.
See Lin has also obtained the Associate Qualification in Islamic Finance, a certification program accorded Full Accreditation by the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA). With this qualification, she is able to advice client on banking finance from the Islamic law aspects.
Her main experience includes advising on various corporate and commercial transactions including reviewing, drafting and negotiating the various type of agreements such as sale and purchase agreements, lease agreements, tenancy agreements, heads of agreement, joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements, business sale and purchase agreements, distribution agreements, licensing agreement, merchandise agreements, advisory work on numerous issues in the context of Malaysia law and so on, for local or foreigner clients. She is also the external counsel on retainer basis by many companies.
- Prepared, drafted and advised funding agreements for National Film Development Corporation Malaysia in respect of creative industries funds granted.
- Acting for a Malaysia public listed company in its disposal of shares in a Chinese company for RMB5 million.
- Acting and advising for a Singapore company on the acquisition of a chain restaurant business in Malaysia worth RM18 million.
- Acting and advising for a local company for the acquisition of a piece of land worth RM21 million.
- Attending to, drafting and advising for client on related agreements in respect of a road construction and tunnel project awarded by state government worth RM6 billion.
- Legal counsel for a Malaysia company proposed undertaking to establish a digital asset exchange in Malaysia as well as for their master development project in Laos.
- Currently the secretary for the Malaysia Laos Business Council Organisation.
See Lin can speak and write Mandarin, English, Bahasa Malaysia and Cantonese.
See Lin now heads the Corporate Department and ASEAN & China Desk of Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, Head Office; and also supervises the Penang branch.
Ms Gan Pei Fern holds a LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Malaya, Malaysia.
She has worked as a legal consultant on biodiversity and biosafety law related issues at CEBLAW, a national legal research center set up by the Government of Malaysia and the University of Malaya. The focus was the implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and related international treaties. Her work mainly focused on policy formulation, stakeholder engagement, international negotiations, national implementation, publication and consultancy. She was instrumental in the drafting and finalisation of the Malaysian Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Act 2017. She was appointed as an ABS expert in the preparation of UN Global Environment Facility Project. She represented the Government of Malaysia as part of the Malaysian Delegation in international negotiations that led to the adoption of three international treaties. She is currently assisting the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Land, Water and Natural Resources in relation to the implementation of the biodiversity-related international agreements as well as environment-related laws in Malaysia. She has co-authored several publications on these issues.
Pei Fern practises in the areas of corporate and commercial transactions, conveyancing property matters and banking related works which include secondary sub sales, consumer and commercial banking works, landlord & tenant laws, probate & administration of estate, company secretarial matters, and drafting of related commercial and corporate agreements. She is also attending to the sale of properties by the firm’s developer-client.
She enjoys human rights related activities. She was a member of the Bersih’s Peoples’ Tribunal on General Election 13 and was a prosecution team member of the Kuala Lumpur International Tribunal on War Crimes.
Pei Fern now heads the Real Estate & Banking Department of Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, Head Office.
CHAN SAY KUN
Qualification: (LLB Hons) Malaya
Ms Chan Say Kun is a lawyer focusing on corporate, conveyancing and banking law.
She graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB)(Hons) in 2006 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in May 2007.
She was employed by Shahrizat Rashid & Lee, Penang as an associate in Corporate and Conveyancing Department. She was later elevated as junior partner in year 2015 before she left the firm to Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, Penang. Throughout her service with the previous firm, her main portfolio is attending and advising in sales and purchases, tenancies and leases of properties for both local and foreign clients, post-auction transactions and wills. She also handled loan documentation for consumer loans and commercial loans granted by various local and foreign banks in Malaysia. Apart from the general conveyancing matters, she was involved in corporate advisory work and drafting various type of agreement for corporate clients including lease agreement for ESCAPE Theme Park, Penang, joint venture agreements, consultancy agreements, share sales agreements, buy back agreements, sale of goods contracts and other related agreements and/or documents for corporate clients. She also has experience in advising corporate clients on tenancies and leases of shopping complexes in Penang including drafting of option to let documents, tenancies agreements, licensing agreement and novation agreements. She was actively involved in the negotiation of tenancies and licensing with corporate clients.
She then joined Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, Penang branch, as an associate in 2016. She assisted to oversee the Penang branch wherein she handled both business development and paperwork for Penang Branch. During her time with Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, she attended to the conveyancing and banking matters. She also attended to some corporate documents drafting and rendering advises to local corporate clients.
Qualification: LLB (Hons) London, CLP
Ms Paulin Khoo Mei Hwa holds a law degree from the University of London. She chambered with our firm for nine months before being admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2009.
She joined Yeoh Mazlina & Partners (Melaka branch) as a legal assistant after being called to the Bar whereby she handled civil litigation matters involving banking litigation, landlord and tenant disputes, contractual disputes, debts recovery, companies winding up, insolvency, family law matters, child adoption, estate administration, amongst others.
During her practice with Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, besides handling various litigation matters, she also handled conveyancing work. She has a vast experience in many aspects of conveyancing law and practice including sale and purchase transactions, tenancy agreements, loan documentation pertaining to different financial institutions, joint venture agreements etc. Her clients range from individuals to financial institutions, developers and companies.
She together with the senior staff also represent and advice various real estate developers, corporations and institution on matters relating to development project, sale of residential, industrial, commercial land and buildings and sale of completed properties. Among the recent development projects handled by the branch are Taman Mayang Lestari by Herald Accord Sdn Bhd and Taman Jasin Bestari by Pemaju Suria Sdn Bhd.
She was admitted as Partner to Yeoh Mazlina & Partners in 2019 and is currently the Partner of our Melaka branch.