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Anand Raj

Anand Raj

Partner

Expertise

  • Competition Law & Antitrust
  • Tax & Revenue

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

Antitrust Group
Member
Profile
Anand Raj is the current Co-Head of the firm's Competition and Antitrust Practice Group. He regularly represents and advises Multinational Corporations (MNCs), Government-Linked Companies (GLCs), foreign and Malaysian enterprises on Competition Law in industries as diverse as financial services, telecommunications and multimedia, pharmaceuticals, insurance, logistics, hospitality, Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), manufacturing and the automotive sector, amongst others.

He is actively engaged in conducting competition law audit and review exercises for clients and in reviewing documentation, practices, and compliance and risk levels. Anand’s competition clients come from sectors as diverse as consumer goods and services, financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and manufacturing and distribution. Much of the work for these clients has been general compliance work and investigation defence work. Anand regularly conducts trainings and workshops for clients and event organisers and is also active in providing feedback to the relevant authorities and agencies on issues relating to Competition Law in Malaysia. Anand has successfully handled several competition law investigations resulting in closures without findings of infringement including for Giga Shipping and Nexus Mega Carriers, amongst others.

Anand has vast experience in corporate and investment work and has extensive experience in all aspects of tax and revenue law advisory, structuring, planning, litigation, transfer pricing, audit and investigation work. He regularly appears as Counsel for taxpayers before the Special Commissioners and the superior courts of Malaysia and many of his cases have been reported and are landmarks in Malaysian tax law.

Anand has acted in numerous leading tax cases, including for the Malaysian Bar, Castrol (Aspac Lubricants), MUI, ExxonMobil, Multi-Purpose Holdings Berhad, Seabanc Kredit, Paramount (M) (1963) Sdn Bhd, Bandar Utama City Corporation, SGS Singapore, Wincor Nixdorf, Petronas Penapisan, AIACL, SUEP Properties Berhad, Shell Refining, United Malacca Berhad and many others. He was named Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year by the International Tax Review in 2017 and has been recognized as a Tax Controversy Practice Leader by the International Tax Review from 2013 through to 2017.

Bar Admissions

Malaysia (1996)

Education

LL.B (Hons), University of London
Certificate in Legal Practice
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
Areas of Practice

Competition Law & Antitrust | Tax & Revenue

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

International Tax Review (2017); Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year
International Tax Review (2013 - 2017); Tax Controversy Leader
Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2015 - 2018); a Leading Lawyer in Competition & Antitrust
Asialaw Leading Lawyers (recognized from 2001 - 2018); including as a Leading Lawyer in Taxation in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2017); a Market Leading Lawyer in Tax
Asialaw Profiles (recognized from 2007 - 2016); including as an Asialaw Recommended Individual in Tax in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Chambers Asia Pacific (recognized from 2009 - 2018); including as one of the Leaders in their Field in Tax
Chambers Asia Pacific (2015 - 2018); one of the Leaders in their Field in Competition / Antitrust
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (recognized from 2005 - 2018); including as a Recommended Lawyer in Tax in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016,2017 and 2018.
"Expert" for Competition in Who's Who Legal (2013 - 2019)
"Expert" for Corporate Tax in Who's Who Legal (2016 and 2019)
Numerous other recognition since 2003


Professional Associations

Malaysian Bar
LAWASIA
American Bar Association(ABA)
International Fiscal Association (IFA); Malaysian Branch
International Bar Association (IBA)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)




Professional Activities and Experience

Inaugural Chair of LAWASIA; Antitrust Committee
International member of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section (ABA)
Chair of the International Fiscal Association (IFA); Malaysian Branch
Chair of the Tax Sub-Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council
Member of the Competition Law Sub-Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council
International Bar Association (IBA)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Member of the IFA Asia-Pacific Regional Commitee
Co-chairs of the IPBA Competition Law Committee
Former Chairperson of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM); Tax Committee
Rapporteur for Malaysia; International Bar Association (IBA); Antitrust Committee
Articles

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update August 2020 (Tax and Revenue)
Shearn Delamore & Co., September 2020

Income tax The following public rulings and guidelines have recently been published on the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia’s official website: i. Tax Treatment of Research and Development Expenditure Part I – Qualifying Research and Development Activity (Public Ruling No. 5/2020) issued on 13 August 2020; ii. Tax Treatment of Research and Development Expenditure Part II – Special Deductions (Public Ruling No. 6/2020) issued on 13 August 2020; iii...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update July 2020 (Tax and Revenue)
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

Tax and Revenue Income tax The following technical guidelines have recently been published on the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia’s official website: Garis Panduan Mengenai Duti Setem ke atas Suratcara Pindah Milik Saham bagi Saham dalam Syarikat yang Tidak Tersenarai di Bursa Malaysia Berhad (available in Malay language only) — issued on 23 June 2020 to replace Technical Guideline dated 6 November 2019;Garis Panduan Permohonan untuk Kelulusan Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dal

Tax and Customs Matters During Movement Control Order ("MCO") and Conditional MCO Period
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

The Inland Revenue Board (“IRB”) has published an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) on tax matters arising during the MCO and CMCO period. For the updated FAQ (as at 10 June 2020), please refer to this link.  The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (“RMCD”) has also recently issued two updated announcements pertaining to payment of taxes due during the MCO and CMCO period. Find information here and here...

Additional Articles

Articles & Publications:

Anand Raj, Ngo, J., Boo, S. L. & Hooi, Amanda (2017). Immunity Sanction and Settlement: Malaysia. GCR. Retrieved from http://www.shearndelamore.com/pdfs/Global%20Competition%20Review-%20Immunity,%20Sanctions%20&%20Settlements%20Know-how%202017.pdf

Anand Raj, Yong, I., Goh, K. I., Foong, P. C. et al (2017). Malaysia. World Tax 2017. Retrieved from http://www.shearndelamore.com/pdfs/International-Tax-Review-World-Tax-2017.pdf

Anand Raj, Yong, I., Goh, K. I., Lian, C. et al (2016). Malaysia. World Tax 2016. Retrieved from http://www.shearndelamore.com/pdfs/International-Tax-Review-World-Tax-2016.pdf

Anand Raj, Lian, C. et al (2015). Immunity Sanction and Settlement: Malaysia. GCR. Retrieved from http://www.shearndelamore.com/pdfs/Global-Competition-Review-Immunity-Sanctions-Settlements-Know-how-2015.pdf

Anand Raj, Yong, I., Goh, K. I., Lian, C. et al (2015). Malaysia. World Tax 2015. Retrieved from http://www.shearndelamore.com/pdfs/International-Tax-Review-World-Tax-2015.pdf

Anand Raj, Yong, I., Goh, K. I. et al (2014). Malaysia. World Tax 2014. Retrieved from http://www.shearndelamore.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/International-Tax-Review-World-Tax-2014.pdf

Anand Raj, Yong, I., Goh, K. I. et al (2013). Malaysia. World Tax 2013. Retrieved from http://www.shearndelamore.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/International-Tax-Review-World-Tax-2013.pdf

Anand Raj & Yong. I (2011). Malaysia - Judicial Systems: Legal Remedies in the Tax System. Asia Pacific-Tax Bulletin, 17(6).

Anand Raj & Yong. I (2010). Malaysia - A New Transfer Pricing Regime. Asia Pacific-Tax Bulletin, 16 (4).


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