Member Details

Jurisdictions
  • Malaysia

Exclusive IR Member for:

  • Employment Law (Corporate)
Address
15-2, Oval Damansara 685, Jalan Damansara
Kuala Lumpur 60000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Biography

Donovan has been recognised as a recommended lawyer for labour and employment law by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in their 2017 and 2018 rankings, where he is described as “understanding, efficient and direct“ and “the name to note“. Benchmark Litigation 2018 describes him as “very thorough and excellent”.

Donovan assists corporate clients on various employment law issues, including drafting of employment contracts and handbooks, advising on workforce reductions, termination of employees and compliance issues, and representing them in employment litigation such as unfair dismissal claims and judicial review proceedings involving the decisions of the Industrial Court or the Minister of Human Resources.

Donovan also has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has represented international corporations in a wide range of matters, including commercial and civil litigation, international arbitrations, intellectual property disputes and construction adjudication.

In addition to his experience in private practice, Donovan was the former regional legal counsel for South East Asia of PPG Industries, one of the largest paints and coatings manufacturers in the world.  In this role, he oversaw the organisation’s in-house legal services in South East Asia, supporting business units in the region across 6 countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Prior to his appointment at PPG Industries, Donovan was an associate in the dispute resolution and intellectual property practice group of Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie.

 

Awards and Recognition

Legal 500 Asia Pacific
(2018) “the name to note” – recommended lawyer for labour and employment, corporate and M&A
(2017) “understanding, efficient and direct” – recommended lawyer for labour and employment

Benchmark Litigation
(2018) “very thorough and excellent”; “sharp in understanding the issues” – ranked Tier 2 for labour and employment

Qualifications

Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Registered Foreign Lawyer (Full Registration), Singapore International Commercial Court

MCIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

MSIArb, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Trade Mark Agent, Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia

Memberships and Other Experience

Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Board Member, Wilson Global Initiative, an international non-profit dedicated to stopping illiteracy

Member of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Professional Standards and Development Committee (2015 – present)

Member of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Industrial and Employment Law Committee (2017 – present)

Member, National Young Lawyers Committee (2007 – 2011)

Firm Description

Founded in 2014 by partners Donovan Cheah and Shawn Ho, Donovan & Ho is a boutique legal practice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, practising in employment law, dispute resolution, corporate and tax advisory and family law.

Our lawyers have diverse experience such as working in international law firms and multinational corporations, along with substantial academic and professional credentials. Our aim is to deliver effective and practical legal solutions to our clients with integrity, professionalism and innovation.

We are proud to be recognised as a leader in our areas of practice:

  • Leading firm for labour and employment - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 & 2018
  • Leading firm for corporate, mergers and acquisitions – Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
  • Ranked Tier 2, labour and employment – Benchmark Litigation 2018
  • Notable firm, M&A Rankings – Asian Legal Business 2017
  • Best Boutique (Labour and Employment) – Asian Legal Business 2017
  • Firm to Watch – Asian Legal Business 2016
  • Multiple finalist at the Malaysia Law Awards (2016 – 2018), including for Boutique Law Firm of the Year, Employment Law Firm of the Year and Rising Law Firm of the Year