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Desmond is a partner based in HHQ Kuala Lumpur. With more than 9 years of Malaysian taxation experience, including 4 years as a tax consultant at a Big Four audit firm, Desmond has been recognized as one of the key tax lawyers in Malaysia by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 & 2023.
His practice focuses on all aspects of tax law. He has regularly represented taxpayers in tax disputes and rendered tax advice for MNCs, SMEs, and high net worth individuals.
Desmond has been entrusted with high-value corporate transactions, where he exercises and render advice on direct and indirect tax issues arising from restructuring, cross-border transactions, mergers and
acquisitions, regulatory compliance, employment, real estate, technology, media and telecom, intellectual property as well as insurance matters.
Apart from tax advisory and planning, Desmond is well-versed in facilitating and handling tax audits and investigations, dispute resolution proceedings with the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, roundtable discussions with the Royal Malaysian Customs Department as well as disputes with the Stamp Office.
Desmond also acts for taxpayers from various industries in tax litigations at all tiers of the Malaysian Courts, Special Commissioners of Income Tax and Customs Appeal Tribunal.
He graduated with First Class Honours from both University of London and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak with Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Taxation.
Desmond is an active committee member of National Young Lawyers and Pupils Committee at the Bar Council and an associate member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia.