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Joonho Tan

Lawyer admitted in Malaysia

Education :  LLB (Honors), King's College, University of London (1998)
Languages :  English, Malay and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese dialects)
Office :  Shanghai
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Areas of Practice

About Joonho

Joonho is a part of TransAsia's Employment Law team, in connection with which he advises clients on overall legal compliance, employment documentation, employee termination issues, expatriate employment (secondment) matters, stock option schemes and trade union issues.

In addition, Joonho advises clients on foreign investment in the PRC, market entry structures, e-commerce platforms, data protection and privacy, product liability, dispute resolution and other corporate and commercial issues.

Prior to joining TransAsia, Joonho was a senior associate in the litigation and dispute resolution department of one of the largest and most preeminent law firms in Malaysia. He has extensive experience in media (particularly defamation), contract, property, insurance, and tort law.

Recent Projects

  • Advised Jardines, Dassault Systèmes, and Bacardi-Martini on various employee termination issues, ranging from termination for incompetence, misconduct and resignation
  • Assisted Accenture on various employment law issues
  • Assisted Inditex with a labor and employment audit for its China stores
  • Advised Goodrich on permanent establishment issues arising from an expatriate assignment arrangement
  • Assisted Marsh with the assignment of a Chinese employee to an overseas subsidiary
  • Assisted a global media conglomerate with the retrenchment of employees due to a business restructuring exercise and the ensuing labor dispute cases
  • Assisted DFS and on the establishment of their PRC e-commerce platforms
  • Advised an international luxury retailer on its restructuring and establishment of its flagship outlet in China
  • Advised TVSN on its stock option scheme for China employees
  • Advised CTPartners on its market entry structure
  • Advised Coach on the data protection of its customer records
  • Advised a subsidiary of a leading Malaysian energy company on the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award in the PRC
  • Advised an eminent US university on its plans for an education cooperation project in the PRC

Major Publications

  • Chief Editor, Interpretation of the Employment Contract Law of the People's Republic of China (TransAsia, 2010) 
  • Contributing Editor, Using Employment Contracts Skillfully and Reducing Labor Disputes (TransAsia, 2010)
  • "Terminating Employment Contracts Due to Incompetence: Challenges and Solutions" (HR Service Providers Directory, HKIHRM, August 2010) 

Representative Clients

  • Accenture
  • Bacardi-Martini
  • Bombardier
  • Chevron Phillips Chemicals
  • Coach
  • CNN
  • CNBC
  • CTPartners
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • DFS
  • ESPN
  • Inditex (Zara)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Jardines
  • Lanvin
  • Lonza
  • Marsh
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Partners Group
  • The Economist Group
  • TVSN
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Walt Disney