Cheng Kee Check Partner

Contact
T +603 2081 3999 ext 819
E ckc@skrine.com
 

Overview


Kee Check has been involved in a broad range of corporate work throughout his practice. He advises on takeovers, reverse takeovers, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings of well-known corporations in Malaysia. He has advise clients on the issuance of instruments such as bonds, loan stocks, warrants and call warrants. His other areas of work include foreign investments into Malaysia and corporate advisory work.
 
Kee Check has been consistently listed as a leading lawyer in Malaysia for his Corporate/M&A work in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2018.

 

Key Practice Areas

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
 

  • Acted for PNB in the conditional agreement to acquire a company that holds the concession for the SILK Highway from Silk Holdings Berhad for RM380 million.
  • Acted for the seller (PNB) in the sale of its 53.42% shareholding in NCB Holdings Berhad (a listed public company) to MMC Port Holdings Sdn Bhd for the purchase consideration of approximately RM 1.1 billion.
  • Acted for the Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), the incoming purchaser, in the restructuring involving Rahim & Co Chartered Surveyors Sdn Bhd and its group of companies and the subsequent purchase of 49% shareholding in the resultant entity of Rahim & Co. International Sdn. Bhd. (“Acquisition”). Rahim & Co. group of companies is one of the largest real estate consultancy firms in Malaysia.
  • Acted for Golden Hope Plantations Berhad and Mentakab Rubber Company (Malaya) Berhad (“Mentakab”) in the transaction involving the merger of Golden Hope Plantations Berhad, Mentakab, Sime Darby Berhad and two of its listed subsidiaries and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad and two of its listed subsidiaries, to form Synergy Drive Bhd (now renamed Sime Darby Berhad). The transaction involved a total of eight listed companies and the total size of the transaction was about RM32 billion. The enlarged merged group is one of the largest oil palm plantation companies in the world.
  • Acted for the purchaser, The Pacific Insurance Berhad (“PIB”) (a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd), in the acquisition of the general insurance business from MCIS Insurance Berhad.
  • Principal partner in acting for Golden Hope Plantations Berhad in the RM3.2 billion rationalisation exercise with Island & Peninsular Berhad involving the plantations business and the property development business of both these companies. The RM3.2 billion rationalisation exercise involved the exchange of substantial assets between the two companies resulting in one company focusing on plantations business and the other on property development.
  • Acted for the offeror in the voluntary general offer for the shares of Island and Peninsular Berhad, a property development company listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia, including the compulsory acquisition following from the general offer.
  • Acted for Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”) in its acquisition of the entire share capital of The Pacific Insurance Berhad from PacificMas Berhad.
  • Acted for The London Assurance (“TLA”), a subsidiary of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group Plc, in the disposal by TLA of its 45% shareholding in Royal & Sun Alliance (M) Bhd to Boustead Holdings Berhad, a public listed company in Malaysia.
  • Acted for Malaysian Oxygen Berhad (“MOX”), the largest industrial gas manufacturer in Malaysia in its takeover of Nissan Industrial Oxygen Incorporated Berhad (“NIOI”), a public listed company involved in the manufacturing of industrial gas and the subsequent mandatory general offer, the compulsory acquisition following thereto and the merger of the businesses of the two companies.
  • Acted for Tupperware Corporation in the acquisition by a subsidiary of Tupperware Corporation of shares in Nutri-Metics Worldwide (M) Sdn. Bhd.
  • Acted for Kedah Cement Holdings Berhad in relation to the takeover of its shares by M-Cement Sdn Bhd.
  • Corporate restructuring/merger of Royal Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad and Sun Alliance Insurance (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to form Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (M) Bhd.
  • Acted for Danaharta in the disposal of the shares of Perak-Hanjoong Simen Sdn Bhd to YTL Cement Berhad.
  • Acted for the vendor in the sale of Soctek Sdn Bhd together with the palm oil refinery to IOI Corporation Berhad.

  • Acted for the purchaser, The Pacific Insurance Berhad (“PIB”) (a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd), in the acquisition of the general insurance business from MCIS Insurance Berhad.
  • Acted for Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”) in its acquisition of the entire share capital of The Pacific Insurance Berhad from PacificMas Berhad.
  • Acted for The London Assurance (“TLA”), a subsidiary of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group Plc, in the disposal by TLA of its 45% shareholding in Royal & Sun Alliance (M) Bhd to Boustead Holdings Berhad, a public listed company in Malaysia.
  • Corporate restructuring/merger of Royal Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad and Sun Alliance Insurance (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to form Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (M) Bhd.

Qualifications:
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1990)
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Singapore (1990)
  • LL.B (Hons), National University of Singapore (1989)
Professional Affiliations:
  • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

Authored in the following publication:
  • Co-author, the Malaysian chapter of Mergers and Acquisitions Yearbook 2003, International Financial Law Review (2003).
Delivered the following presentations:
  • Delivered a talk on how Section 132G of the Companies Act 1965 affects related party transactions at a conference organised by the Centre for Management Technology.
  • Delivered a talk on negotiating warranty terms at a conference organised by the Centre for Business Research.
  • Presented a paper on legal factors to consider when restructuring a repayment scheme at a workout workshop organised by HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd.
  • Presented the country briefing on Malaysia at the Pacific Rim Advisory Council’s conference in India.

  • Listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in Malaysia for Corporate/ M&A work in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific from 2007 to 2020.
  • “Cheng Kee Check gains respect across the market for a comprehensive capability offering. He is well appreciated by peers for his assured and even-tempered handling of major transactions.” - Chambers Global 2017