Startups & VCs

We help start-ups and high growth companies to set the right legal foundations and safeguards. At the early stages, we assist them with:

  • Regulatory compliance – determining whether a specific business model requires licensing and navigate the boundaries of Malaysia’s regulatory framework 
  • Foundational agreements – founders’ agreements, vesting terms, advisor agreements
  • Operational agreements – drafting website terms, privacy & cookie policies, B2B, B2C, B2B2C terms, protection of intellectual property, employment & freelance contracts

Fundraising is critical for many start-ups. It sets the tone and precedent for future investments and growth. We help founders structure their share capital, understand the practical implications and market practices of investment terms, and guide them in negotiating investment terms. We also understand how different investors work and their priorities.

We specialize in early fundraising efforts from angels, venture capital and private equity funds in Seed, Series A & B rounds and equity crowdfunding platforms using customized preference shares, SAFEs, warrants and convertible notes.

Once funded, we continue supporting start-ups in accelerating their growth and valuations via:

Shawn has been recognised as a Notable Practitioner, whilst his practice group has been recognised as a Notable Firm for Corporate and M&A by Asialaw Profiles 2020 and 2021. The firm has also ranked as a Recommended Firm by IFLR1000 2020 and 2021.

Practice Group Head

Shawn Ho

Shawn Ho, Partner


Legal 500 Asia Pacific

  • 2018: Leading Firm – corporate, mergers & acquisitions
  • 2018: Recommended Lawyer for corporate, mergers & acquisitions (Shawn Ho)
  • 2017: Recommended Firm – corporate, mergers & acquisitions

Asialaw Profiles

  • 2021: Notable Firm – corporate, M&A
  • 2021: Notable Practitioner for corporate, M&A (Shawn Ho)
  • 2020: Notable Firm – corporate, M&A
  • 2020: Notable Practitioner for corporate, M&A (Shawn Ho)


  • 2021, Recommended Firm, Corporate and M&A
  • 2020: Recommended Firm, Corporate and M&A
  • 2019: Notable Firm, M&A

Asian Legal Business

  • 2020: Notable Firm, M&A Rankings
  • 2017: Notable Firm, M&A Rankings

Malaysia Law Awards

  • 2017: Young Lawyer of the Year – Finalist (Shawn Ho)

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