Admission

Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1986)
Registered Trademark Agent
Notary Public

Education

University of Bournemouth (B.A. Honours in Law and Politics)
University of Kent (PGD in South East Studies)
Certificate of Legal Practice (Malaysia)

Raphael advises on various international projects, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, divestments and general corporate and commercial work.

Raphael has developed an extensive regional practice over the years.

With three decades of experience encompassing both local and international work, he is well-versed in various areas notably Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Information and Technology Law.

Recently, he advised on a share sale transaction in GHL Systems Berhad to a London-based private equity fund Actis Stark which was identified by The Edge Malaysia as the Best M&A Deal of 2017. His team was also nominated as a finalist for the category of ‘Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year’ in the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards of 2018. In the 2020 ranking by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), Raphael was recognised as a Notable Practitioner for M&A in the “Technology and Telecommunications” category.

Raphael has served as the Chairman of the LAWASIA Moot Standing Committee since 2008 and is the current Vice Chair of the Legal Development and Training Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). He is also the Director of the ASEAN+6 Mergers and Acquisition Programme at The College of Law Asia and Adjunct Lecturer of the ASEAN Business and Investment Law Course at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Raphael is recognised in global legal directories and guides.

Notable Work Highlights
Advising on the due diligence for a proposed investment in a group of public listed financing companies in Sri Lanka
Advising on the restructuring of a group of companies in the garment and plastic manufacturing industry in Malaysia with a transaction value of approximately RM55 million
Advising on foreign equity restrictions and subsequent corporate restructuring of an international renal care provider in Malaysia
Advising on the collaboration between a local public and private healthcare facility in offering premium medical and healthcare services in the South East Asian region
Advising and drafting dealership licensing agreements for a local franchisee of an international brand in the luxury cosmetics and skin care industry, providing advisory on cosmetic and skin care testing regulations and strategies to manage against third-party online marketplace sellers
Advising a local oil and gas company ranked among Fortune Global 500’s largest corporations in the world on their tender documents, ICT contracts and audit processes with SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon and other third-party vendors
Advising an IT solution company on the drafting, negotiation and consolidation of their ICT contracts for providing customised technology solutions and consultation to financial and insurance institutions locally and in the region
Advising on the negotiation and establishment of a joint venture specialising in the drone business between a company from the Republic of China and a Malaysian company
Advising a Malaysian company specialising in the drone business on their commercial contracts (software licensing, product and services contract, dealership contracts) and intellectual property matters
Advising the local subsidiary of a major Swedish manufacturer of commercial vehicles on their consumer and distribution agreements and providing advisory on the telematics of using GPS and onboard diagnostics for their vehicles
Advising the local subsidiary of a German multinational luxury automotive manufacturer on the systemic adoption of the Internet-of-Things for their automobile services and applications and providing advisory on the application to Bank Negara Malaysia as a payment system operator
Advising multinational companies dealing in foreign trade, automobile, aviation and cosmetics business on privacy issues and compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 and their business-specific applications in light of EU’s General Data Protection Regulation
Advising a fintech company providing an escrow-based payment solution on the structuring and legal documentation for compliance purposes and in relation to the use of payment gateway partners
Professional Associations
  1. The Malaysian Bar Council, Member
  2. Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (Registered Trademark Agent)
Awards and Accolades
  1. Key Lawyer, Corporate and M&A, Malaysia, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
  2. Notable Practitioner for M&A in Technology and Telecommunications, International Financial Law Review 2020