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Marcus has over 15 years of experience in Corporate and Employment matters, regularly advising clients across the Asia Pacific region.

Marcus has advised on a variety of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures, financing and investments, takeovers, and many other commercial transactions. His clientele ranges from startups to listed and multinational corporations.

Marcus is an experienced advisor on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment-related legal issues, including advice, drafting, and negotiation in relation to —

  • hiring strategies and employee structuring;
  • employment contracts;
  • employee handbooks and policies;
  • handling of employee data under the Personal Data Protection Act;
  • performance appraisals and reviews;
  • disciplinary matters and internal investigations;
  • retrenchment exercises and redundancies;
  • employee issues in an asset/business sale;
  • dismissals and termination of employment;
  • mutual separation agreements; and
  • claims including constructive dismissals and unfair dismissals.

Marcus is committed to being not just a legal adviser, but also developing a relationship as a trusted business partner and enabler. This synthesis of a practical approach and sound legal advice has earned him the trust of his clients.

Marcus also writes about legal, business, and a variety of other issues. His articles have been published in prominent print and online media. He regularly writes about employment law issues at Marcus is the author of the book Law for Startups: What You Need to Know When Starting a Business.

You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Recent accolades and awards

  • Marcus has been individually recommended for five consecutive years in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, including four practice areas — Banking and finance, Capital markets, Corporate and M&A, and Labour and employment.
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific has described Marcus as ‘brilliant’, ‘professional’, ‘easy to work with, sensible and commercial’, ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘extremely responsive’, ‘timely’, and ‘always responsive and a pleasure to work with’.
  • PLVG’s employment team has also been noted by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as being a responsive team that gives practical advice’, ‘receives regular referrals from a number of international law firms’ and which has ‘a portfolio that contains numerous blue chip clients’.
  • Named as one of Asia’s 40 Under 40 lawyers in 2016 by Asian Legal Business.
  • Nominated as ‘Young Lawyer of the Year’ for the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2016.
  • Named in Prestige Malaysia’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ in 2015.
  • Listed as one of Asia Law Portal’s 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia’ in 2016.

Qualifications and affiliations

University of Sheffield, UK, LL.B (Hons), 2001
Nottingham Law School, UK, Bar Vocational Course, 2002
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, UK, 2002
The Malaysian Bar, 2003