JOHN TONG HOCK SEN 

In the initial years of his career, Mr. Tong was involved in commercial conveyancing (including housing development and commercial properties) and general litigation. His preference being corporate matters, Mr. Tong left practice in 1994 and continued his legal career with the Sunway Group of Companies, a diversified Malaysian conglomerate operating in the Asia Pacific region.

In the more than seven years stint with the Sunway Group, Mr. Tong has handled complex corporate and commercial matters in a diverse cluster of industries relating to privatization of toll roads, construction, property development, property investment, quarrying, building materials, shopping malls, hotels, theme parks, leisure-related industries, education and IT. Mr. Tong has reviewed/drafted documents related to corporate restructuring exercises, listing exercises, rights and bonus issues, ESOS schemes, concession agreements, construction contracts, acquisition and divestment agreements and issuance of private debt securities in the form of Islamic bonds. Mr. Tong was also primarily responsible in establishing a legal website within the Sunway Group website to disseminate timely information and to provide a system for online approvals of contracts/transactions to ensure accountability and transparency of decision making processes within the organisation.

In the course of his duties, Mr. Tong has acquired sound commercial acumen from solid mentorship, through regular interaction with the President, the Chairman, the Board of Directors and top tier management; participated and represented the Sunway Group regularly in meetings, negotiations and dialogue sessions with top Governmental Officials and business leaders.

Having a thirst to further establish his legal career, Mr. Tong left his position as the Head of the Legal Department of the Sunway Group of Companies in early 2001 and practised in the chambers of Messrs Susie See, Norbaya & Cheah. Mr. Tong’s primary area of practice then included corporate finance, concession agreement for privatization of the Kajang Traffic Dispersal Ring Road, acquisitions and providing external legal support for Unified Communications Group of Companies.

In 2002, Mr. Tong joined Messrs Shui-Tai where he established and headed the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group.

In 2007, Mr. Tong left M/s Shui-Tai and set up Messrs John Tong. Mr. Tong now specializes in corporate matters (restructuring exercises, listing and pre-listing exercises, employees’ share option schemes, acquisitions and divestments of equities and businesses), joint ventures, development/construction/infrastructure projects, privatisation of toll roads, project management, Information, Communication and Technology (“ICT”) support, construction agreements, technical assistance agreements and manufacturing agreements. Mr. Tong also undertakes and manages the legal due diligence process for and in connection with all corporate exercises.

Mr Tong is the Honorary Legal Advisor to Master Builders Association of Malaysia and the Malaysia Quarries Association.