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Marcus Tan Kian Han

Marcus Tan Kian Han

  • Firm: Marcus Tan & Co
  • Practice Area: Blockchain
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Email: marcus.tan@mtco.my
  • Lot W17A2, 17th Floor, West Block, Wisma Golden Eagle Realty, 142C, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

About Marcus Tan Kian Han

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Business Administration (Merit), Tunku Abdul Rahman College
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of London
  • Certificate in Legal Practice, Malaysia Legal Profession Qualifying Board
  • Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Languages:

  • English
  • Malay
  • Chinese
  • Cantonese

Notable Transactions: 

  • Official digital asset custodian for Tokenize, a digital asset exchange licensed by the Securities Commission, Malaysia
  • Headed and assisted the consultation and legal affairs of several digital asset exchanges and/or brokerage platforms in both Malaysia and offshore Labuan
  • IPO legal counsel for several local corporate entities into capital market of Malaysia such as LEAP
  • Advised foreign public listed company in relation to matter of cybersecurity / cyberattack involving ransomware and leakage of confidential information
  • Concluded several acquisitions of shares of company and sale and purchase transactions involving shopping complexes and office towers in Klang Valley
  • Legal counsel for public listed companies in Malaysia

Corporate Directorship / Involvement:

  • Director of GDC Fund Management Ltd, a licensed fund management company in Labuan, Malaysia regulated by Labuan Financial Services Authority
  • Director of Roundtable Consultancy Sdn Bhd, an affiliate with Marcus Tan & Co. that provides corporate secretarial services and supports to both private and public companies
  • Senior Partner of Censuria Capital Sdn Bhd, a licensed private equity fund in Malaysia regulated by Securities Commission of Malaysia
  • Audit Committee Member, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Foundation

Associations:

  • South-East Asia Commerce Association, Committee Member & Legal Adviser
  • Johor, Muar Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Association, Legal Adviser
  • Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur) Electrical Home Appliances Dealers’ Association (SWEDA), Legal Adviser
  • The Federation of Malaysian Electrical Appliances Dealers’ Association (FOMEDA), Legal Adviser

Overview:

Marcus started off his legal career in 2011 by gaining practical experience in a litigation department of prestigious boutique legal firms in Kuala Lumpur. Among others, he was involved in the infamous Batang Kali Massacre suit’s legal team initiated by the representatives of 24 unarmed civilians against the British Government whom were killed by the British Scot Guards during the Malayan Emergency, drug trafficking, terrorist and others.

With his experiences in litigating commercial and corporate dispute in the courts of law involving pre-IPO and public listed as well as unlisted companies such as minority oppression, shareholders and directors dispute, he also advises corporate entities on corporate finance, business restructuring, off-shore transaction, corporate conveyancing transaction, take over, merger & acquisition and drafting of corporate agreements.

Marcus heads the consultation and legal compliances of various foreign ICO and digital token and assets (cryptocurrency) trading platform (exchanger) locally. He represents and assists clients in technology laws related legal matters such as issuance of ICO, compliance of foreign and local digital assets trading platform’s internal guidelines for listing of tokens, advisory on compliance of laws and structuring of KYC / e-KYC etc for fintech companies and the application of blockchain. Marcus also headed the completion and submission of application for digital asset exchange operator to the Securities Commission for technology corporate client.

He often dispense legal advices on commercial compliances framework to the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia, in particularly on the Companies Act, Anti Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLA), Contracts Act, Financial Services Act (FSA), Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), cyber laws and other corporate related laws. He conducts seminars and workshops on corporate law related issues. He is also the guest speaker DJ for various medias’ legal talk show such as AiFM, 988 FM, NTV7 and etc.

He was a featured speaker for various major corporate and technology conferences such as Blockchain Solutions Asia 2018, ASEAN Legal Alliance Conference 2018, Malaysia International Logistics & Warehousing Solutions Exhibition 2018, Malaysia E-Commerce Expo. Besides that, Marcus is a legal guest for various online and offline media such as 988FM, AiFM, CityPlus FM, NTV7, TV3, Nanyang Siang Pau and legal author and writer for local printed media, Sin Chew Jit Poh for pro-bono legal advisory. He is also a visiting lecturer at various local universities and colleges for emerging technology, new media and corporate and commercial laws.

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