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A law firm for tech companies, venture capitals, and startups

Helping tech companies, venture capitals, and startups do business and raise capital in Malaysia and overseas

(Yes, our initial call is free, strictly confidential, and no obligation.)

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Technology and startup focused

Get peace of mind when you work with a technology and startup focused lawyer

On demand legal advice

As a virtual and fully cloud based law firm, forget the hassle of physical meeting and meet us from everywhere 

It's not just legal advice

Like Silicon Valley law firms, we open doors to our clients to our network in Malaysia and overseas


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A little bit about us

Izwan & Partners is a boutique corporate law firm that advises early stage technology companies dealing with complex cross border legal issues in highly regulated industries who appreciate regular and personal contact with senior counsel. 

We pride ourselves on providing practical and, with an eye to the future, conservative advice regarding the use of cutting edge technologies in complex and shifting regulatory environments. Our clients are in business for the long run, and so are we.

How it all started

Hi, I’m Izwan! I run, Izwan & Partners, a corporate law firm focusing on advising tech companies, startups, and ventures capitals in Malaysia.

As a young boy, I’ve been obsessed with technology matters. I still remember the day my mom got me my first personal computer (it was a Windows 95) and the loud dial-up sound that we had to go through every time we need to get connected to the web (and the shock when you get the expensive monthly bill!).

So when I began my legal career, even though enjoyed working in big law firms acting for large corporate deals, I realise that I love working with technology companies, startups and entrepreneurs a lot more.

As a niche law firm, we usually act for startups, tech companies, and investors, but we’re always open to new challenges.

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Izwan Zakaria
Managing Partner

What we do

We provide an end-to-end solution for any startups and technology companies that wants to run a global business here from Malaysia. Here are the usual work we can help you.


Running a startup is hard. We help you manage legal issues like dealing with cofounders and customers so that you can focus on what’s important to get your company off the ground.


Fundraising can get messy. Whether it’s equity crowdfunding or an angel investor or a venture capital, we can help you navigate compliance issues so that you can get fundraised.

Regulatory Compliance

Not sure if you need a licence to run your tech company? Or need a legal counsel to deal with the regulators to get the necessary approvals? We’ve got your back.

Intellectual Property

Managing intellectual property assets can be difficult especially for tech companies. We help you protect your important assets so that you can monetise your software.


Contracts are long and confusing. We help you demystify legal contracts and manage your legal risks with practical terms so that you can focus on scaling your business.

Investment & Venture Funds

We help venture capital and private equity funds structure and set up funds to preparing the fundraising documents including lodging the necessary approvals.

Our secret sauce

We are passionate about the growth of the startup and technology ecosystem in Malaysia. In 2020, we’ve launched The Startup Law Blog,  a website covering legal topics and resources including issues and current events related to the technology and startup ecosystem in Malaysia. 

Latest news from Izwan & Partners

Structuring and Issuing Sweat Equity for Startups in Malaysia

Sweat equity is a form of equity compensation where a recipient receives company shares in exchange for his or her time, skills, and effort.  While sweat equity offers a valuable tool for attracting talent and incentivizing founders, proper structuring and issuance are crucial to avoid future legal hassles down the line.  1.  Defining the “Sweat” The first step is to define what constitutes “sweat” in your agreement. Founders should agree on the expected contributions to avoid disputes later. If you are onboarding an adviser or a mentor, it is better

What people say about us

Izwan is a well respected technology and legal specialist with an extensive experience in advising early stage entrepreneurs and startups on a wide range of legal matters from fundraising to business compliance matters. I have had a wonderful experience working with him and would not hesitate to recommend him as your legal counsel.

Izwan gave me very valuable and helpful legal advice on what I need to know and do to get my e-commerce startup, Savour! off the ground. I would highly recommend other startups to consider seeking legal advice from him as he is very professional and knowledgeable.

Izwan Zakaria, the only name that pops up each time my tech startup friends ask me to recommend them a future-proof lawyer. He has the skills, the knowledge and experience. His advice is sound and practical too.

Izwan has provided valuable input and services to our fintech company time and again, many times going beyond expectations. He brings a combination of solid legal prowess and sincere intention to assist, making him the go-to legal advisor for many.

Izwan was one of the first people I met when I got back from the UK. He supported my ambition of building my own social enterprise and opened doors to connections and networks, allowing me to grow my social enterprise to where it is today. His genuine intention in helping startups and entrepreneurs is portrayed through his constant support and advice.

Clients and partners

Whether you're a bootstrapped startup or a venture backed company, we've got your back

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1337 Ventures
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raiSE Singapore
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Akru Now
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Satu Creative
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Wahed Invest
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Marketing In Asia
Watch Tower & Friends Accelerator
Plant Os
Cradle Fund
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Common Ground
Muka & Co
Me.reka Space
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Macaranga Media
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Pixel Play Ventures
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Let's get started!

We'd love to hear what you're up to. Let's talk about your next big project. There is no charge for our first chat.