Kong Yam is a founder partner of the Firm. He read in the chambers of Kadir Kassim at Kadir, Tan & Ramli, and thereafter served as a legal assistant in Kadir, Tan & Ramli until 2000, after which he was made a partner.
Kong Yam currently heads the Firm’s corporate practice and his experience encompasses mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”), capital markets, financial services advisory, corporate real property (including real estate investment trusts) and general corporate advisory and transactional matters. During the period of consolidation of the Malaysian financial institutions and stockbroking companies, Kong Yam was actively involved in the acquisitions and subsequent mergers of a substantial number of such institutions, including Kwong Yik Bank, Sime Bank, Delta Finance, Interfinance and Bank Utama.
In the context of public company M&A, Kong Yam has advised on the takeovers and/or privatisations of Proton Holdings Berhad, Samling Global Limited, Lingui Developments Berhad, Glenealy Plantations (Malaya) Berhad, Inti Universal Holdings Berhad, Tradewinds Corporation Berhad, KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Berhad and QSR Brands Bhd.
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- the merger of three large diversified groups with eight (8) listed entities emerging as the enlarged Sime Darby Group - the most complex corporate acquisition in Malaysia’s corporate history and multiple award winning transaction,
- the RM1.27 billion triple privatisations of Samling Global Limited (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange), Lingui Developments Berhad and Glenealy Plantations (Malaya) Berhad by way of concurrent schemes of arrangement sanctioned by the courts,
- DRB-Hicom Berhad’s RM1.3 billion acquisition of Proton Holdings Berhad (the national car company) that triggered a mandatory general offer and compulsory acquisition culminating in Proton being taken private by DRB-Hicom Berhad,
- the acquisition and merger of all the assets and liabilities of Sunway City Berhad and Sunway Holdings Berhad, for the listing of the new enlarged merged entity known as Sunway Berhad,
- the RM5 billion privatisations of KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Berhad and QSR Brands Bhd via the disposal of assets and liabilities route,
- the disposal of all the equity interest of Uni.Asia Life Assurance Berhad (now known as Gibraltar BSN Life Berhad) to a special purpose vehicle owned by Prudential Financial, Inc of the USA and Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN),
- privatisation of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad by way of a selective capital reduction exercise pursuant to section 64 of the Companies Act, 1965,
- establishment and initial public offerings of Quill Capita Trust and Sunway REIT,
- the establishment and listing of the country’s first national exchange traded fund (ETF) which is also Asia’s first Shariah compliant ETF.