The High Court in Chuah Seong Keat and 3 others v Din Tan Yong Chia and 21 others, or otherwise referred to as the Thai Odyssey case, allowed the striking out of certain reliefs from a shareholder oppression action. The Court found that those reliefs were claims under trademarks and domain name and fell outside the oppression relief. You can access the full Grounds of Judgment dated 12 May 2021. Continue reading →
The High Court in the decision of Top Builders Capital Berhad and two others (grounds of judgment dated 30 April 2021) set out certain important principles on scheme of arrangement law. The decision dived deep into issues on assessing the proof of debt for the creditors’ vote in a scheme and how to obtain leave to proceed against a restraining order.
The Singapore High Court decision in Re HTL International Holdings Pte Ltd  SGHC 86 dealt with an unfair prejudice claim made against judicial managers. The decision confirms the high threshold to show the decision of the judicial managers was plainly wrong, unfair or perverse. This decision is very persuasive authority for Malaysia judicial management law. Continue reading →
The Privy Council’s decision in Byers v Chen Ningning  UKPC 4 reiterates certain key points of law on the director’s fiduciary duty to the company. A director who knows that a fellow director is acting in breach of duty or that an employee is misapplying the assets of the company must take reasonable steps to prevent that from happening.
I read the news on the Companies Commission of Malaysia charging NWP Holdings Bhd for its failure to obtain shareholders’ approval for directors’ fees. This failure was for two financial years of 2017 and 2018. This charge relates to section 230 of the Companies Act 2016 (CA 2016), being a new provision requiring shareholders in a general meeting to approve the fees of the directors. Essentially, the shareholders having a say on the directors’ pay. This is the first reported prosecution involving this section. Continue reading →
In Tan Keen Keong @ Tan Kean Keong v Tan Eng Hong Paper & Stationery Sdn Bhd & Ors and other appeals  MLJU 2204 (grounds of judgment dated 17 December 2020), the Federal Court dealt with an important question of law for a just and equitable winding up.
What is the threshold for winding up a company based on allegations of illegality or breach of statute? Continue reading →