Topics in the e-Guide

  • Things to consider before starting your business
  • Which business entity should you choose?
  • How to fund your business?
  • What kind of licenses are required?
  • What kind of basic governing documents are needed?
  • Other legal agreements
  • How to regulate employment issues?
  • What are the taxes payable?
  • Other compliance and reporting obligations
  • How to protect intellectual property rights

The Malaysian Government has relaxed many rules and opened up the government policies to make Malaysia a preferred destination for doing business, so much so that Malaysia is ranked as No.2 in terms of ease of doing business in ASEAN, as reported by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2019.

This e-guide briefly sets out the key steps to creating a proper legal foundation for your business which includes picking the right entity, getting the right licenses, using the right agreements, registering and paying your taxes, handling employment matters to protecting your intellectual property.

About the authors

Edwin Lee

Edwin is a partner in an innovative and forward thinking law firm, Gan, Lee & Tan (GLT Law). Edwin has advised a range of companies from technology startups to multinational corporations on a range of matters including cross-border M&As, venture capital financings, foreign investments in Malaysia, general corporate, commercial and employment issues, e-commerce, digital media, digital and electronic signatures, online payment systems as well as data protection and privacy matters. Edwin is a firm believer in coming up with practical, strategic and business-oriented solutions, while helping his clients see the big picture, rather than allowing small details get in the way of completing the deal. Edwin speaks frequently at conferences, and writes articles for magazines, newspapers and the firm’s blog.

Neoh Jia Shern

Jia Shern obtained his Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in July 2019. In between, he also completed a 9-month stint as a corporate and conveyancing paralegal at Ghazi & Lim, Penang prior to commencing the Bar Professional Training Course

Joey Tang

Joey graduated with Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Cardiff University in 2017. In 2018, she completed her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP Leeds. She is currently undergoing her pupilage at Gan, Lee & Tan (GLT Law) and her pupil master is Mr. Lim Kee Wai. Her principal learning areas are corporate, commercial and litigation.