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News Updates

First Law International Spring Conference in Berlin, Germany

11 – 12 May 2012

On 11 and 12 May 2012, Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip, Head of the Global Financial Service and Islamic Banking Practice Group represented the Firm in the First Law International (“FLI”) Spring Conference in Berlin, Germany which was held to commemorate the 11th anniversary of FLI .The conference was hosted by FLI’s member firm in Germany, SKW Schwarz.

During the conference, the FLI member firms discussed the common efforts to increase co-operation and networking amongst member firms for the benefit of their multi-national clients. The conference was also attended by a number of clients who had interacted with the FLI member firms in various jurisdictions in their corporate exercises.

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Azmi & Associates Continues to Invest in Human Capital Development

The Firm always believes in enhancing the knowledge and skills of its lawyers and staff as there is a saying that goes like this: “The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is not training employees and keeping them,”- Zig Ziglar. Therefore, in line with the Firm’s effort in training its employees, Azmi & Associates organised several training sessions for its employees over the last 3 months which includes the following:

(i) Workshop on Introduction to International Oil & Gas Law

In its effort to provide continuous training to its members, Azmi & Associates is pleased to report that on 3 May 2012, it had successfully organised a 1-day workshop on “Introduction to International Oil & Gas” for its associates and pupils. The workshop was held at Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, where a total of 22 selected participants had partaken in this enriching experience.

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Appreciation Dinner: Kelantan Delights

30 March 2012

The Firm enjoyed steady growth in revenues and development in the year of 2011. We have secured many world-class assignments and garnered a strong reputation in the market, both locally and internationally.

As a token of the Firm’s appreciation and gratitude, the Firm recently held an appreciation dinner for its staffs at Kelantan Delights, Sooka Sentral for all of the members of the Firms.

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Visit from Peterka & Partners

In February 2012, Azmi & Associates welcomed Alexander Poels, a partner from Peterka & Partners. Alexander made a short visit to the Firm to discuss future collaboration projects with Azmi & Associates as well as to share useful insight on the legal system in Central and Eastern Europe. Alexander met with our Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali, Senior Counsel, Haji Mohd Rasheed Khan Mohd Idris and Legal Executive, Kaira Clarehugh.

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Educational Visit to Azmi & Associates

The Firm, in February 2012 received a visit from 25 students from Universitas Islam Indonesia, who participated in the Students Exchange Programme 2012, organised by the Law Students Society of Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University of Malaysia.

The session started with welcoming remarks by the Firm’s Senior Counsel, Haji Mohd Rasheed Khan. Haji Mohd Rasheed then gave a brief introduction to oil & gas practice in Malaysia, and shared with the students his experiences as a counsel advising oil & gas companies in their ventures locally and abroad.

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Senior Partner’s Seminar at The Asian Law Students Association Summit

11 February 2012

The Asian Law Students Association (“ALSA”) is an association consisting of law students from across Asia, including Thailand, China, Indonesia and Singapore. ALSA is active in the gathering of Law students to hold discourses on the various legal positions in the world, providing valuable insight to participants who are all members of ALSA in their respective countries.

On 11 February 2012, ALSA conducted an event entitled “The Asian Law Students Association International Conference 2012”. This conference lasted from Saturday, 11 February 2012 to 14 February 2012.

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A Salt Lake City Winter and A Visit to a Law School in San Diego

17 – 18 January 2012

n January 2012, the Firm’s Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd. Ali, visited the Salt Lake City, the capital of the state of Utah, United States of America (“US”), which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, previously.

Dato’ Azmi took the opportunity to meet the founder of the law firm of Dwight B. Williams & Associates, Dwight B. Williams himself, who was previously an Executive Committee member and one of the pioneers of the First Law International Network (“FLI”). He has extensive international law experience having served as the President of the Utah World Trade Association and the International Visitors Utah Council, among his distinguished employment history. He has also given extensive lectures in the area of international law, in Taipei, Taiwan in June 1989 and Hong Kong in November 1989.

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Azmi & Associates Enters into a Collaboration with Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong

December 2011

Azmi & Associates and Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong (“JLPW”) in December 2011 have recently signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement to jointly collaborate and offer high end transactional corporate commercial legal services for the domestic Malaysian and regional South East Asian markets.

JLPW is an internationally affiliated law firm with extensive transactional experiences in strategic investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate governance, corporate restructuring, banking & finance (both conventional and Islamic finance) and capital markets.

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Workshop on Islamic Finance in Astana, Kazakhstan

5 – 6 December 2011

In June 2011, Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip, Head of the Global Financial Services and Islamic Banking Practice Group made the Firm’s first trip to Astana, Kazakhstan in conjunction with the World Islamic Economic Forum. That trip has borne positive results only after a few months.

Lutfi was recently invited by Istisna’a Corporation, a Kazakhstan-based Islamic Finance training and advisory company, to conduct a 2-day workshop on “Legal Aspects of Islamic Finance Documentation”. The workshop was organised by Istisna’a Corporation in collaboration with Azmi & Associates and the Firm’s training arm, AAA Consulting Sdn Bhd, from 5 to 6 December 2011.  Lutfi was accompanied by team members Ahmad Syahir Yahya and Aigerim Turganova

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Conferment of Darjah Kebesaran Jiwa Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Mulia to the Senior Partner

12 November 2011

The Firm is pleased to announce that its Senior Partner, Azmi Mohd Ali, conferred Darjah Kebesaran Jiwa Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Mulia (Al-Ismaili II) (D.J.M.K) which carries the title “Dato” by the Royal Highness Sultan of Kelantan Darul Naim in conjunction with the Sultan’s birthday.

The conferment of this award can be said as a recognition of Dato’ Azmi’s contribution to the legal sector specifically and to the nation generally.

As a lawyer, Dato’ Azmi has achieved the standing as one of top corporate and M&A lawyers in Malaysia (which is recognised annually in the Legal 500 publication and ALB publication). As a passionate legal educator in corporate and commercial law sector, Dato’ Azmi has provided space and opportunities to hundreds of young lawyers, law students, even foreign law undergraduates or students, via the Firm’s pupillage, attachment and internship programmes.

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