The shareholders’ agreement is a key legal document that regulates the affairs of the company. If you are a founder of a startup that is about to enter its first round of fundraising, you can expect that your investors will be keen to enter into a shareholders’ agreement with you that sets out the roles…

A joint venture (“JV”) is a business entity formed by two parties sharing similar vision and goal to develop a business. This joint entity is usually formed to achieve broader business opportunity. A typical example is where a company with good reputation in the local market envisions to expand its business to a foreign market….

With more people feeling fed up with a day job and choosing to create a dream career of their own by entrepreneurship, it also means navigating a very different playing field hands-on rather than having most administration taken care of as an employee. The most common area of confusion for most early entrepreneurs is the…

In the 21st century, Malaysia is seeing an emerging trend in digitalisation and e-commerce, also and to many as one of the revolutionary catalysts – ‘electronic wallets’ (e-wallets). It is a software-based system that securely stores users’ personal information, account details and payment information. Such information is encrypted and protected with a 24/7 fraud detection…

Equity financing generally means raising capital through the sale of shares, a stake of ownership in a company, in return for upfront funding, which is one of the common ways for a company to raise funds from investors. Based on our first-hand experience, this article intends to help founders and investors understand four key issues…

Founder fallouts are not uncommon for startups, especially when things don’t go smooth. It can happen to the best of friends. What really happens when one of your co-founders leaves depends on how prepared and how well thought out you are at the conception of your startup company. In short, a carefully devised vesting schedule…

Rental Waivers or Reductions To reduce overhead costs, a 6-month waiver on rental payments has been granted on all premises owned by the Federal Government or their agencies. Similar waivers or discounts are granted to SMEs in the retail sector if they operate in premises owned by a government-linked company. Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) such as…

Wage Subsidy Program The Wage Subsidy Program was introduced by the government under the second stimulus package to prevent large-scale retrenchment by funding a portion of the employees’ wages and to ensure that businesses remain sustainable. Available to all businesses regardless of nature or size, the government will contribute between RM600 and RM1,200 per month…

The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia has extended the submission deadline for a company’s income tax return form for the year of assessment (YA) 2019 whilst taxes which are due during the Movement Control Order period may be paid by or before 31 May 2020, without incurring any late payment penalties. Revisions to the estimates…

One-off special grant It is proposed that micro-SMEs would be entitled to a special grant amounting to RM3,000. In order to enjoy the above special grant, the micro-SME must be registered with the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia and a list of eligible micro-SMEs would be obtained from the Local Authorities and Companies Commission of…

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