A brief background relating to this talk can be found in Circular No 156/2021 entitled “Update | Legal Professional Privilege: Director General of Inland Revenue v Malaysian Bar”, dated 6 May 2021.
This webinar aims to address the matters listed below.
(1) Enlighten Members of the Bar on the following:
- How should law firms deal with queries from the tax authorities?
- Can law firms freely give information to the tax authorities?
- Can the tax authorities request information from law firms relating to client accounts?
- Can the tax authorities request information relating to clients’ files, documents, transactions, information, etc?
(2) Explore practical facts, situations and examples during this session.
There will be a question-and-answer (“Q&A”) session at the end of the webinar.
Anand Raj was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1996 and has been a partner of Shearn Delamore & Co. since 2003. Anand’s practice areas include all aspects of tax and transfer pricing disputes and litigation, as well as competition law and antitrust. Anand is the Co-Head of the firm’s Antitrust Practice.
Asia Business Law Journal (2020 and 2021) has recognised Anand as one of “Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers in Competition Law & Antitrust and Tax Disputes & Controversy”. Anand was also recognised as the 2017 Asia Tax and Litigation Practice Leader of the Year by the International Tax Review (“ITR”); an “Elite Practitioner” in tax, competition and antitrust by Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2020–2021); and a “Highly Regarded Practitioner” in indirect tax and tax controversy (2019–2021) by ITR. Anand is ranked by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2019–2020) as a “Leading Individual” in tax, and recognised as a “Global Leader” (2019–2020) in competition as well as corporate tax by Who’s Who Legal.
Anand has acted in numerous tax cases, including for the Malaysian Bar, Castrol (Aspac Lubricants), MUI, ExxonMobil, Multi-Purpose Holdings Berhad, Seabanc Kredit, Paramount (M) (1963) Sdn Bhd, Bandar Utama City Corporation, SGS Singapore, Wincor Nixdorf, Petronas Penapisan, AIACL, SUEP Properties Berhad, Shell Refining, United Malacca Berhad, Kompleks Tanjung Malim Sdn Bhd, and many others.
Anand is the Chairperson of the Tax Subcommittee of the Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee (“CCLC”) and the former Chair of the International Fiscal Association (“IFA”), Malaysia Branch. He is also a member of the IFA Asia Pacific Regional Committee.
Anand has been recognised in the International Who’s Who Legal: Competition Lawyers for 2013 to 2020 and as a Tier 1 leader in his fields by the Global Competition Review, Chambers Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Asialaw and other directories. Anand regularly represents and advises multinational companies (“MNCs”), government-linked companies (“GLCs”) and, foreign and Malaysian enterprises on competition law in industries as diverse as financial services, telecommunications and multimedia, pharmaceuticals, insurance, logistics, hospitality, fast-moving consumer goods (“FMCG”), manufacturing and the automotive sector, among others. Anand also regularly conducts trainings and workshops for clients and event organisers. Anand is active in providing feedback to the relevant authorities and agencies on issues relating to Competition Law in Malaysia.
Anand is the Co-Chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”)’s Competition Law Committee, an International Member of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), Inaugural Chair of LAWASIA’s Antitrust and Competition Law Sub-Committee, and a member of the Competition Law Subcommittee of the CCLC.
Karen Cheah Yee Lynn has been in active legal practice ever since she was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1995. She graduated with a degree in law from the University of London in 1993, and thereafter obtained the Malaysian Certificate in Legal Practice in 1994.
Karen’s current primary focus is in mergers and acquisition, regulatory compliance, information technology and data privacy, foreign direct investments, aircraft financing, corporate and commercial contracts, real estate transactions, banking and finance, as well as selected non-contentious tax areas. Her experience in general litigation and highly contentious matters for 20 years has added to her abilities to provide immense value in her corporate and commercial practice. She has advised clients in the following sectorial industries: electronic commerce, information technology, oil and gas (refinery and petrochemical), services, electronics and electrical, manufacturing, food and safety, hospitality, tourism, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical equipment, among others.
In 2019, she presented on “The Malaysian Legal Framework in the E-Commerce Industry” at the ASEAN & South Asia Commercial Law Conference held in Taipei, organised by the Taipei Bar Association and the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan.
Karen is passionate in her quest for knowledge and has an ardent interest in public interest issues. Her commitment to Members of the Bar and society, in general; the betterment of the Bar and the legal profession; is reflected in her active contribution to the work of the Bar Council. She was the past Secretary and Treasurer of the Malaysian Bar, and is a current Bar Council member.
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