Issue No. 2 - 03/2009

AZMI & ASSOCIATES OPENS UP A BRANCH OFFICE IN JOHOR BAHRU

Azmi & Associates’ expansion in Johor Bahru on the 14th of November 2008 is set for a better client reach to cater for the economic growth under the development in the Southern Johor Economic Region, one of the most important and ambitious components of the Ninth Malaysia Plan. The event was officiated by Y.B. Dr. Haji Mohd Puad Zarkashi (Member of Parliament, Batu Pahat) at the M Suites Hotel, Johor Bahru.

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH …

The globalisation of business and commerce will invariably affect the legal and services sector. The Malaysian Government has emphasised time and again that the services sector must prepare for the oncoming onslaught of foreign service providers as Malaysia opens its markets to competition from abroad. As part of this trend to increase competitiveness, we have seen consolidation in the banking sector, and the creation of the largest oil palm plantation company in the world.

Malaysia and the rest of the countries all over the world are at present facing the current quagmire in the global markets. Although Malaysian Business magazine’s 2008 survey of the top 100 listed companies by turnover reflects that their shared profits have increased 50% compared to the preceding survey, nevertheless, these companies may be undergoing a tough time this year owing to the continuing financial catastrophe in the US and Europe, which is expected to accelerate economic recession.

 

… THE TOUGH GET GOING!

Against this backdrop, Azmi & Associates does not wish to rest on its laurels, see events unfolding and become a victim to the shrinking global economy and by extension a more depressing legal market. Whilst other law firms are cautious in the wake of this uncertain period, Azmi & Associates is doing the reverse by establishing a new office.

 

With the strategy and measures having been put in place over the last couple of years and the strategic positioning of the Firm, not only in the local market but also regional and global market especially through the TerraLex International network, it is our hope that Azmi & Associates will not only be able to escape unscathed but also to become stronger in the process.

The strategy of Azmi & Associates behind the setting up of  Johor Bahru branch office is driven by a few factors:

  • What Johor Bahru is to Singapore is to an extent similar to what Shenzen is to Hong Kong. There would be an obvious spill over into Johor Bahru of legal activities coming from the inflow of investment in Singapore.
  • Johor has the highest number of public listed companies after Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor). Much synergy has been generated from the activities undertaken by these companies together with the services offered by Azmi & Associates.
  • There is a growing importance of Johor Bahru as the new business destination, propelled amongst others by coherent policies at the state level and the cutting edge strategy of the Iskandar Malaysia development (the new economic zone especially for services).
  • There are not many large law firms with a global network offering services to clients in Johor which in Azmi & Associates’ view translates into a niche area.
  • Azmi & Associates’ Johor Bahru office is also intended to be a nucleus set-up which is hoped eventually to crystallize into Azmi & Associates having another branch in Singapore. Later on the Johor Bahru office work is expected to be intertwined with work in the Singapore office. This is the next challenge which Azmi & Associates has to overcome as part of the Firm’ growth strategy and market positioning.

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY

The new office in Johor Bahru will be managed by two senior lawyers, Ms. Noor Asiah Mohamed and Ms. Mahfuza Mahzan, both with twelve and eleven years of experience, respectively. The partners responsible for the Johor Bahru office will be En. Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip and En. Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari.

Throughout her career, Noor Asiah has been entrusted to handle high power litigation cases for and on behalf of government bodies and corporate bodies such as HICOM, SAJH, TELEKOM, MSE Johor Corporations in rendering legal opinions to clients, negotiations and attending to various applications in Court such as injunction, summary judgment, summary proceeding, conducting hearings, full trials and appeals.

Mahfuza Mahzan does general litigation, bank litigation and conveyancing works with the main focus on hire purchase claim, foreclosure proceeding, consumer and retail banking security documentations and preparation and completion of sale and purchase agreements of residential property.

The Firm’s branch office in Johor Bahru is set to provide conveyancing and banking litigation works, corporate & commercial services, financial services and mergers & acquisitions with the full support and assistance from the main office in Kuala Lumpur.

CONTACT US IN JOHOR

Address :

No.14-02, Jalan Padi Emas 4/1, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru.

Noor Asiah Mohamed : noorasiah@azmilaw.com

Mahfuza Mahzan           : mahfuza@azmilaw.com

 

    IN THIS ISSUE

HOW SHOULD IN-HOUSE COUNSELS SERVE DURING THE ECONOMIC CRUNCH?

MASTER CLASS CONFERENCE ON ‘MERGERS & ACQUISITION’ INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES’
16 JANUARY 2009
MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL

KEY ISSUES ON NEGOTIATING IPP CONTRACTS IN
PAKISTAN

AZMI & ASSOCIATES OPENS UP A BRANCH OFFICE IN JOHOR
BAHRU

MALAYSIA INVITES INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FIRMS TO SET UP SHOP
IN KUALA LUMPUR

DUTY OF AUDITORS TO REPORT DISHONEST TRANSACTIONS OF DIRECTORS UNDER THE COMPANIES ACT 1965

 

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

January 2009

Asia Pacific Legal 500 Award of the Year 2008:
Mr Azmi Mohd Ali, Senior Partner of Azmi & Associates, is identified
as one of the leading Corporate / M&A lawyers
in Malaysia for the year 2008.

January 2009
Azmi & Associates welcomes Tuan Haji Idrus Ismail, who joins us as a senior lawyer to the Firm's Islamic Banking & Finance Practice Group.

December 2008

Asian Legal Business magazine singles out Azmi & Associates as one of the top 30 fastest-growing law firms in Asia for 2008 - the only Malaysian law firm in the list.

 

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