Our Team

PHILIP T. N. KOH

SENIOR PARTNER

Philip is the Senior Partner at MKP and brings to the Firm over 30 years of expertise in three worlds: the academic, the professional and industry. His specialisation includes contract & investment laws,  mergers & acquisitions, financial services & securities industries, corporate law & governance, commercial & civil litigation and public law. He has been involved in a number of landmark Public and Constitutional case  which has shaped public discourse.

Philip’s writings have been  widely published. Philip has served as an Adjunct Professor of Deakin University and as visiting Fulbright Scholar attached to the Harvard University Economics Department. He is a sought after speaker at conferences.

He is currently member of Financial Stability Executive Committee, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Private Sector Group Global Corporate Governance Forum, International Finance Corporation and Board member of Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group.

He also has a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from Kings College University of London and Masters of Arts (Theology) from Australian Catholic University. He is also Founding Chair of World Vision Malaysia, a local chapter of a humanitarian  and relief organisation.

Philip is into the ‘gentle madness’ of books and reading poetry and philosophy. Art-house movies and classical music also moves him deeply.

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Arbitration
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and Commercial Advisory
  • Corporate and Securities Regulation and Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cross Border Investments
  • Governance Advisory and Training
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation  and Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Law and Law Reform

 

Qualifications

  • University of Malaya, LL.B (Hons), 1978
  • King’s College, UK, LL.M, 1980
  • Australian Catholic University, Australia, Master of Arts (Theology), 2003

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Malaysian Bar, 1979
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, 2010
  • Notary Public

 

Fellowships & Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, School of Law, Deakins University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Adjunct Faculty Staff, Handong International University Law School
  • Director, Kairos Research Group
  • Director, Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group
  • Founder Chairman, World Vision Malaysia (humanitarian relief organization)
  • Member, Executive Committee for Financial Stability, MOF/Bank Negara
  • Member, Private Sector Advisory Group of International Finance Corporation / World Bank

 

Notable Past Appointments

  • Advisor, Malaysian Institute for Corporate Governance
  • Executive Committee, Federation of Public Listed Companies Malaysia
  • Member, Corporate Law Reform Committee, Malaysia
  • Member, Ethics Committee for review of IFAC Code of Ethics for the Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Member, Ethical Advisory Panel of Ethical Fund Mayban
  • Member, Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange Audit Sub Committee (2002-2004)
  • Member, legal consultative team for United Nations John Ruggie Committee for Corporations and Human Rights

 

 Publications

  • The Law of Contract in Malaysia and Singapore—Cases and Commentary by V. Sinnadurai, Oxford, 1979 (co-author)
  • Principles Practice and Prospects of Corporate Governance: The Malaysian Legal Framework, MLJ 1998
  • Chan & Koh’s Company Law, Malaysian Corporate Law Service, Sweet & Maxwell, 1998
  • The Constitution of Malaysia, Sheridan & Groves, 4th Ed., 2004

Personal Involvements (Key Projects)

  • Constitutional law disputes involving the states of Perak, Selangor and Sabah
  • Tort case in Federal Court, establishing Concurrent Causation test as vs “But for”
  • Land dispute at Court of Appeal
  • Internal Securities Act Tribunals