Lawyer Profile

Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan - Partner - Shearn Delamore & Co

Tel: +603 2027 2816
Email: [email protected]
Address: 7th Floor, Wisma
Hamzah-Kwong Hing
No.1, Leboh Ampang
50100 Kuala Lumpur,

Shearn Delamore & Co

Malaysia, Corporate/M&A, Telecommunications, Media & Technology

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Practice Area

Corporate / M&A
Technology, Media & Telco


  • LL.B (Hons), University of Northumbria
  • Master of Commercial Law, University of Malaya
  • Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya


  • England & Wales (2006)
  • Malaysia (2007)



English, Malay, Chinese




Nicholas’ practice focus is on take-overs, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, and corporate and commercial transactions. He has worked on transactions which straddled across industries specifically education, oil and gas, manufacturing, retail, telecommunication and property development.

Nicholas has been recognised as a “rising star” and an “up and coming” Corporate/M&A Malaysian lawyer by a number of globally renowned legal publications. According to IFLR1000 (2019), a client described Nicholas as “Highly competent and very experienced and knowledgeable. He is also very approachable and able to perform excellently even in a challenging environment.” Further, the Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific (2020) mentioned that Nicholas “has a growing market reputation, advising domestic and foreign clients on acquisitions, disposals and joint venture”.

He is a member of the China Desk of the firm, who regularly advises and represents Chinese clients (e.g. state-owned entities) in their corporate transactions in Malaysia. He is also the firm’s representative (the firm being a founding member) in the Belt and Road International Lawyers Association (BRILA) the first International bar association registered in China to promote legal corporation among BRI countries.


Professional Memberships


  • Malaysian Bar
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Corporate Law Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council
  • Malaysian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
  • China Enterprises Association In Malaysia

Awards and Recognition


  • Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific (2020) – “Up and coming” in Corporate / M&A
  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2019 and 2020) – “Recommended Lawyer” in Corporate/M&A
  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2019) – “Recommended Lawyer” in Projects and Energy
  • Client Choice Awards (2019) – Individual Winner for M&A for Malaysia Jurisdiction
  • Asia Business Law Journal (2019) – one of Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers
  • IFLR 1000 (2018, 2019 and 2020) – “Rising Star” in M&A
  • Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards (2018) – “Young Lawyer of the Year” finalist



  • Contributed to World Bank, Doing Business 2019 – Protecting Minority Investors – Malaysia, 16th Edition, published by The World Bank Group
  • Chambers Global Practice Guide 2019 Malaysia Corporate M&A : Q&A [co-author]
  • Merits of shareholder activists in Malaysia: A legal perspective” [2019] 1 LNS(A)xli, by Current Law Journal