Hanizah Huzin is a senior associate in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Practice Group. She has been working with domestic and foreign private and listed companies on a wide range of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and compliance matters. She has been involved in various aspects of structuring, documentation and negotiation and has assisted in notable transactions across a number of industries.
She is experienced in private equity and venture capital and has been involved in various matters with clients ranging from SMEs, local and international fund to the country’s largest venture capital company on the setting up of their private equity and venture capital funds as well as in their investments in various sectors including the technology, green energy, education and healthcare through both conventional and Islamic means.
She is experienced in conducting both full scale and limited scope due diligence for various corporate transactions including for listing, investment in various SMEs and, acquisition and disposal of shares.
She has also involved in other corporate and compliance matters in which she advised various companies, including UMW Group of Companies, Yayasan Sime Darby, UDA Holdings Berhad, FELCRA Berhad, Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad and Terengganu Incorporated Sdn Bhd on its compliance with the Companies Act 2016. She has also advised clients on competition law matters.
She graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons.) in October 2014 and was then awarded with a Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M) with distinction from the same university in 2017. She joined the firm as a pupil in October 2014 and was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted to the roll of advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in September 2015. She is currently part of the Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Practice Group 2 under the supervision of Encik Norhisham Abd Bahrin.
Among the significant work that Hanizah has attended to were the following:
⊕ Advised Ficus Venture Capital Sdn Bhd and Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad (MAVCAP) in the setting up of Ficus SEA Sdn Bhd, an onshore fund targeting Shariah-compliant investment in Southeast Asia.
⊕ Advised UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd on the internal restructuring of its heavy equipment business in Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea and in its joint venture arrangement with Komatsu Ltd.
⊕ Advised Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad and its Hong Kong partners in the setting up of a fund adopting an exempted limited partnership structure in Cayman Islands, with targeted investments in the green technology and renewable energy sector with a maximum fund size of USD600 million.
⊕ Advised Duopharma Biotech Berhad in the acquisition of Preferred Stock amounting to USD 5,000,008.50 in AZTherapies Inc, a private, late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company based in Boston, USA focusing on treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
⊕ Advised SME Corporation Malaysia on its investment in Millennial Capital Sdn Bhd, a fund managed by RHL Ventures Sdn Bhd for RM20 million, as part of the SME Investment Partner Programme of SME Corporation Malaysia.
⊕ Advised SME Corporation Malaysia on its investment in Excelsa Capital Sdn Bhd, a fund managed by Warisan Quantum Management Sdn Bhd for RM20 million, as part of the SME Investment Partner Programme of SME Corporation Malaysia.
⊕ Advised Padiberas Nasional Berhad (BERNAS) on the restructuring of its shareholding in one of its joint venture companies.
⊕ Advised Excelsa Capital Sdn Bhd, a fund created under the SME Investment Partner Programme of SME Corporation Malaysia, in its investment in SK Rich Trading Sdn Bhd, a company engaged in the retail home décor business, by way of Commodity Murabahah & Tawarruq Facility arrangement.
⊕ Advised Tharwa Capital Sdn Bhd, a fund managed by Warisan Quantum Management Sdn Bhd in its investment in E Post Holding Sdn Bhd, a company in the e-Commerce logistics, warehousing e-fulfilment and inventory management system services business.
⊕ Advised Axiata Digital Innovation Fund Sdn Bhd in its investment in The Future Commerce Sdn Bhd, a company that develops a social commerce platform, AVANA, that helps business owners sell through various online media.
⊕ Advised Axiata Digital Innovation Fund Sdn Bhd in its several rounds of investments in Serunai Commerce Sdn Bhd, a company that develops a comprehensive digital halal ecosystem.
⊕ Advised Axiata Digital Innovation Fund Sdn Bhd in its investment in Aerodyne Ventures Sdn Bhd, a world-leading provider of drone-based enterprise solutions.
⊕ Advised Foodle Sdn Bhd in relation to the drafting of a Merchant Agreement for the renting out of cloud kitchens built for deliveries, takeaway and dine-in that are integrated with delivery channels.
⊕ Advised various companies, including UMW Group of Companies, Yayasan Sime Darby, UDA Holdings Berhad, FELCRA Berhad, Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad and Terengganu Incorporated Sdn Bhd on its compliance with the Companies Act 2016.
⊕ Conducted various legal due diligence exercises including for the acquisition of shares in 10 poultry related companies by a government-owned company, for the acquisition of a dairy product company by a government-owned company and for the acquisition of shares in a holding company with a view to consequentially acquire private schools and international schools situated in the East and West Malaysia held by its eight subsidiaries by a foreign entity.
⊕ Advised Felcra Berhad on its acquisition of palm oil plantations involving equity and asset acquisition.
⊕ Involved in the drafting and negotiation of an asset sale and purchase agreement involving two Malaysian public companies.