Karen Cheah Yee Lynn


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Practice Areas :
Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions

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Karen has been in active legal practice for over 20 years since being called to the Malaysian Bar in October 1995.

Karen’s primary focus is on corporate and commercial contracts and conveyancing matters. Her extensive experience in contentious matters adds to her abilities in her corporate and commercial practice. Karen is passionate in her quest for knowledge, commitment to clients, the betterment of the Bar and the legal profession, and has an ardent interest in public interest issues. She was the immediate past Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the Malaysian Bar, and was awarded the ATC Outstanding Alumni Award in 2016.

Karen graduated with a degree in law from the University of London in 1993, and thereafter obtained the Malaysian Certificate in Legal Practice in 1994. She was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1995. Karen joined Chooi & Company as a partner on 1 March 2016.

Her recent notable experience include:-

Banking & Finance

  • Acting as Malaysian counsel in various foreign loan transactions with Malaysian security interests and advising on the Foreign Exchange Administration Rules and Bank Negara Malaysia approval requirements
  • Acting as panel solicitor to various domestic and foreign banks on their corporate and retail loans to resident borrowers
  • Drafting template agreements for licensed banks in accordance with Bank Negara Malaysia requirements

Corporate Advisory

  • Advising on the new Companies Act 2016 and revamping constitutions for various corporate entities
  • Advising a French-based chemical company on its manufacturing plant in Kerteh, Malaysia and expansion plans
  • Advising an aged care company on its development of private healthcare facilities in Semenyih, Malaysia

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advising a German-based company which is a leading global supplier of cosmetics products on its acquisition of a majority stake in a local cosmetics manufacturing company

Professional & Work Experience
Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur
    March 2016 – Present
  • Partner, Corporate & Financial Services Department
Fatima Tan & Cheah, Advocates & Solicitors, Malacca
    Apr 2000 – Feb 2016
  • Partner
Malaysian Bar
    2017 – Present
  • Chairman of Ad Hoc Committee for Amendments to the Legal Profession Act
  • Co-chairman of the International Malaysian Law Conference 2018
  • Member of Child Rights Committee, Trades in Liberalisation of Services, Finance Committee
  • 2015 – 2017
  • Secretary of the Malaysian Bar
    Chair of the New Building Committee of the Bar Council
  • 2013 – 2015
  • Treasurer of the Malaysian Bar
    Chair of the Finance Committee of the Bar Council
  • 2012 – 2015
  • Chair of the Legal Profession Committee of the Bar Council
Malacca Bar
    2015 – 2016
  • Bar Council Representative for Malacca Bar
  • 2012 – 2015
  • Chairman of the Malacca Bar Committee
  • 1998 – 2003
  • Committee Member of the Malacca Bar
Multimedia University
    2012 – 2017
  • External Industrial Advisor (Faculty of Law)
    Visiting Lecturer
  • From 2012
  • Trainer, Advocacy Training Course
  • 2015
  • Working Committee at the Attorney General’s Chamber on Proposed Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act and Proposed Sexual Harassment Act
Professional Qualifications
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
    Admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1995
  • 1994
  • Certificate of Legal Practice, Malaysia
Academic Qualifications
  • University of London (External)
    Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Publication and Presentations
  • University of London Alumni Debate
    ‘Arbitration is not about just settlement, it is just about settlement.’ Panellist Speaker
  • 2017
  • LexisNexis : Practical Guide on Corporate : Financing
    Author / Contributor
  • 2017
  • Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
    Current Issues in Legal Ethics Speaker
  • 2017
  • Malaysian Bar: Seminars on Overview of Conveyancing / Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities / Getting Started Workshop - Speaker
  • 2017
  • Bank Negara Malaysia : Trilateral Regulatory Exchamge Programme 2017 How do Lawyers comply to AML / CFT Regulatory requirements, challenges and compliances - Speaker
  • 2016
  • International Malaysian Law Conference
    Speaker – Presentation on ‘Technology & the Legal Profession
  • 2016
  • World Youth Foundation
    International Conference on “A Global Youth Partnership to End Child Marriage” Panellist Speaker
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Conveyancing & Litigation Roadshow
    Johor, Penang, Perak, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur
  • 2015
  • Forum on Global Peace organised by Malacca Bar in conjunction with United Nations International Day of Peace
    (Keynote Speaker : Tun Mahathir Mohamad)
    Panellist Speaker
  • 2015
  • Roadshow on E-Payment / Solicitors’ Account Rules 1990
    Johor, Penang, Perak, Terengganu, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur
  • 2015
  • Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission
    Keynote Speaker
    Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Terengganu
  • 2015
  • Victims Advocacy: National Consultation on The Rights of Vulnerable Witnesses in Court
  • 2014
  • International Malaysian Law Conference
    Moderator in the Breakout Session entitled Reporting Obligations of Legal Advisers under the Provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001
  • 2014
  • Convention of Rights for Children: UNICEF Celebrates International Day of Children
    Keynote Speech : Making Child Rights Real for Children with Disabilities