Moving In-House: 8 Things to Consider

Guest writer Lee Quin shares her thoughts of having moved from being an intellectual property lawyer in a law firm to a regional in-house legal counsel role. She gives advice on the 8 things to consider if you are thinking of making the move in-house.

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Just another typical working day for Quin

Starting Out

I started my career as an intellectual property and data protection lawyer in one of the top tier law firms in the country. My career path officially began when I was called to the Malaysian Bar aptly on the day the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010 came into force. On a day-to-day basis, I assisted with advising GLCs, FMCG companies, and Fortune 500 companies on intellectual property issues, IT and data protection matters, and everything else in between that largely dealt with technology.

One of the highlights of my career as a practising lawyer was the opportunity to advise a technology company on the viability and compliance of their business model in Malaysia, and to then go on to see it change the lives of Malaysians every day (this information is significant here, you’ll see why further along).

Immersing in Startup Culture

Sometime in 2015, I started to witness a trend amongst young lawyers. Many of my peers increasingly started to make the move from being a practising lawyer to either working in or building a startup. A black hole of curiosity with an unforgiving gravitational force started to emerge in my life and sucked me in.

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Sports Doping: Positively Negative

Guest writers Richard Wee and Samuella Kong shed light on doping tests in sports. How does the international sports community monitor athletes and investigate doping cases?

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The Rio Olympics 2016 have come and gone. Once again, the spirit of human passion to achieve greatness and to accomplish what was once deemed to be impossible, has been illustrated repeatedly at the Rio Olympics. In the midst of all this competition, a constant reference to fair play was made with regards to doping in sports. Due to the Russian doping scandal that first broke out in November 2014, a great suspicion has hovered over any athlete from Russia throughout the competition. Seeing a Russian athlete on the podium may have invoked suspicion among some spectators, an unfair situation for athletes not involved in the scandal. This highlights the importance of modern day athletes not only staying clean and above drugs but being perceived to be clean and above drugs.

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Are legal career fairs becoming irrelevant?

The mid-year months of June to August are traditionally popular periods for legal career fairs in Malaysia. During these months, law students are either on a break in between semesters, or on their summer holidays before the start of the new school year.

In recent years, there has been a notable decline in interest in these legal career fairs. Employers who have been participating in these events started noticing a few years ago that the number of attendees was beginning to drop. After some time, we are now seeing employers beginning to lose interest too, and the number of law firms and other employers who are willing to spend on taking up spaces at legal career fairs have reduced dramatically.

The failure of the most recent legal career fair in Kuala Lumpur — the Bar Council’s “Legal Expo” (LEXPO) on 30 July — is a perhaps extreme example of this trend.

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Securities Commission significantly revises take-over and merger rules

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Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) has announced significant changes to the take-overs and mergers regulatory framework.

In a statement, the SC explained that the new Rules on Take-overs, Mergers and Compulsory Acquisitions 2016 (Rules) “stipulates operational and conduct requirements in relation to take-overs”. The SC also clarified that the Rules, which came into force immediately, were issued as an SC guideline under Section 377 of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 (CMSA).

Together with the Rules, the SC also introduced a vastly revised Malaysian Code on Take-overs and Mergers 2016 (Code).

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10 Must-Read Appellate Advocacy Tips: The Malaysian Perspective

I have set out below 10 appellate advocacy tips. They focus on the skills of arguing before the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

Some of these lessons have been passed down from senior counsel I have worked with. Some are based from my own observations or tips gleamed from the judiciary at various conferences. I cannot take credit for these tips but I do hope that they came in useful. Any errors are my own.

Ultimately, there is no substitute for being on your feet, making your submissions, learning from each experience and developing your own style.

(Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)
(Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

Read about knowing the battlefield, winning the battle through written advocacy, starting strong in your oral advocacy and building your reputation.

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Malaysia’s New Corporate Rescue Laws: Borrower Gain, Lender Pain?

TMRThis is my article on my column Raising the Bar published on 4 August 2016 in The Malaysian Reserve (in association with the International New York Times).

The Companies Bill 2015 will introduce two corporate rescue mechanisms: corporate voluntary arrangement and judicial management. These mechanisms will allow financially distressed companies to restructure its debts and to continue with its business.

Under present laws, there are limited options to allow the rehabilitation of companies. Once a company has entered financial distress, the most common event is liquidation.

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I explain more about this upcoming era of corporate rescue. In some cases, it may be a real lifeline to ailing companies. But I hear that borrower companies may not gain much benefit and lenders may face some pain under these new laws.

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AskTML: Our go-to mobile apps

This is the second post in the AskTML series. Do read the first post on Productivity hacks for working professionals. Thanks to all of you who have submitted questions; we have quite a few in the queue to be answered now.

In this post, we answer the question — “What are the go-to apps on your phone? Share a screenshot of your homescreen.”

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