Syed Muhammad Ridza Syed Abdullah

Syed Muhammad Ridza Syed Abdullah

Syed Muhammad Ridza graduated from University Kebangsaan Malaysia with an LL. B (Hons) in 1999.

He completed his chambering with under the guidance of Mr L. Parthiban of Messrs L. Parthiban & Asssociates and was called to the Malaysian Bar in April 2000 and gained significant exposure and experience in conveyancing practices during his term with Kushairi & Co.

Seeking new perspective of law from a corporate point of view, he joined Johor Corporation and Johor Port Berhad as their Legal Officer. He then returned to practice with Messrs Abdul Hakim Abdul Rahman & Co and headed the conveyancing section of the firm. He was responsible for the management of the firm’s resources in handing developer projects such as Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad, Kejora, Uda Land and others.

He was also in charge for the preparation of loan documentations for consumers and commercial (both convensional and Islamic) for financial institutions such as Bank Islam, Maybank, SME Bank, AgroBank and others. He was also responsible in drafting agreements such as Joint Venture Agreement, Production Agreement and Operators Agreement as requested by bodies like Pertubuhan Peladang Negeri Johor, Persatuan Nelayan and others.

Among the works that he has undertaken all this while:

• Drafting of Third-Party Bai’ Bithamanil Ajil facility documents for Bank Islam;

• Preparation of Islamic Multi Trade Facility of RM13 million for SME Bank;

• Preparation and perfection of private treaty sale for MRCB of RM34 million;

• Drafting of Joint Venture Agreement between Pertubuhan Peladang Negeri Johor and Trademate Sdn Bhd for the development of about 300 acres of agriculture land for agrotourism industries;

• Preparation of Islamic Multi Trade Facility of RM10 million for Agro Bank;

• Preparation of Sand Quarry Operators Agreement between Persatuan Nelayan Johor Selatan, Kaman Marine Sdn Bhd and Jasaraya Sdn Bhd;

• Prepared legal documentation for property development project for SPNB in Taman Seri Setanggi;

• Prepared legal documentation for property development project for Felda Properties Sdn Bhd in Felda Pasak, Kota Tinggi, Johor;

• Prepared legal documentation for property development project for Mudra Tropika Sdn Bhd;

• Prepared legal documentation for property development project for Uda Land in Bandar Uda Utama;

Syed Ridza joined the Firm in January 2015 as a senior associate and the lead lawyer for Azmi & Associates’ Johor Bahru office.

Details

Syed Muhammad Ridza Syed Abdullah

Partner

Direct Line:
+607 2670 0501

Mobile Phone:
+6011 1077 6601

E-mail:
ridza@azmilaw.com

Practice Areas

Law Ngee Song @ Jonathan Law

Law Ngee Song @ Jonathan Law

Jonathan has been in practice for over twenty-seven (27) years. He joined us from another law firm and has also gained reputation as director of several major companies and corporations in Malaysia.

Jonathan was born in Sarikei, Sarawak, attended early schooling in Sibu but completed his secondary studies in Australia. He was also enrolled at an Australian university and earned himself Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting) in 1987 and Bachelor of Laws in 1989 both from the Australian National University.

Jonathan was admitted to the High Court of Malaya in 1991 and charted his first legal career as legal assistant at Allen & Gledhill, Kuala Lumpur in the same year. Four (4) years later, he was elevated to partner in 1995. In 1996, he left Allen & Gledhill to become a partner at Nik Saghir & Ismail up until joining Azmi & Associates in April 2019.

Jonathan specialises in corporate finance work and commercial acquisitions & mergers and has been involved in various joint ventures transactions in local and international markets which include conducting legal due diligence and undertaking corporate restructuring. He has also undertaken work in assets privatisations and government concessions, in particular, for water and infrastructure projects.

His credentials and portfolio of directorships in major corporation/companies set out below showcase his familiarity with business operations of corporations, a valuable asset indeed in delivering legal services to clients with a deeper understanding of commercial operations of clients’ business.

His other notable assignments include:

• Acted for the restructuring of the Paparich Group and the acquisition of the remaining 50% equity interest;

• Acted for the sale of Beacon Internal Specialist Centre Hospital to New York Heart Institute;

• Acted for the privatization of Weida (M) Bhd via selective capital reduction and the cash compensation scheme to minority shareholders;

• Acted for the acquisition by Karex Group for the 100% equity interest in Pasante Healthcare Limited, a UK incorporated company;

• Acted for the acquisition by Karex group of Global Protection Corp; a company operating in Boston;

• Acted for Karex group in the acquisition of Medical Latex Sdn Bhd from Berierdolf group from Germany;

• Acted for the sale of Upeca group of companies engaging in precision parts manufacturing for aerospace and oil & gas industries to a listed company, Senior Engineering Investment Limited, a listed company in LSE;

• Acted for a private fund in the acquisition of Phystech Firm LLP, a limited partnership entity with oil fields in the North Kazakhstan, with the sale of the business to a new listed subsidiary in Kazakhstan of Cliq Energy Berhad;

• Acted for QSR Group with a view of the leasing and sale of properties to their newly created REITS, the AL- Salam Reits;

• Acted for EPMB Manufacturing Berhad in respect of the proposed purchase of the Maju Highway;

• Acted for the privatization via selective capital reduction of Nadayu Properties Berhad and the subsequent divestment of assets between shareholders;

• Acted for transfer of Islamic banking business of Public Bank Berhad to Public Islamic Bank Berhad;

• Acted for Malayan Banking Berhad in the sale of its units trusts subsidiary to PNB;

• Acted for Malayan Banking Berhad in the due diligence of the businesses of MNI Holdings Berhad;

• Acted for a private fund in the acquisition of a Singapore listed company, Singatronics Limited;

• Acted for Malayan Banking Berhad in the acquisition of American Express card businesses in Malaysia and Singapore;

• Acted for Public Bank in the acquisition of banking business of Hock Hua bank under 176 scheme of arrangement of business;

• Acted for Maybank Assurance Berhad in the acquisition Safety Life Assurance Berhad;

• Acted for Lonpac Insurance Berhad in the creation of a holding company by the transfer of its insurance business to a new subsidiary;

• Acted for MNRB in the creation of a new holding company by the transfer of a new reinsurance business to a new subsidiary;

• Acted for Maybank, Public Bank and EON Bank in the merger of its finance company businesses into the banking business of its holding companies;

• Acted for Public Bank in the acquisition of Sime Merchant bank resulting in the creation of Public Merchant Bank;

• Acted for the merger of the business of securities trading business of Public Bank Securities with that of Public resulting in the creation of Public Investment Bank;

• Acted for the listing of Evergreen Fibreboard Berhad;

• Acted for MNI in the acquisition of the insurance businesses of Sime Axa Assurance Berhad;

• Acted for EON Bank in the acquisition of Sime Bank Berhad and the subsequent merger of businesses with Eon Bank and in the acquisition of various finance companies’ businesses;

• Acted for EON Capital in the proposed bid to acquire RHB Bank;

• Acted for the listing of EON Capital vis the delisting of Kedah Cement pursuant to Section 176 scheme of arrangement;

• Acted for Puncak Niaga in taking over the treatment plants in Selangor under a concession agreement and acting for Puncak Niaga in respect of the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 Project pursuant to a construction cum operation contract;

• Acted for Konsortiun Abass Sdn Bhd in respect of the proposal to take-over the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant and capital works pursuant to a Concession Agreement;

• Acted for Jetama Sdn Bhd in respect of a water supply concession by taking over the water treatment plant in Kota Kinabalu;

• Acted for Equiventures Sdn Bhd in respect of the concession to sell raw water in Johor Baharu;

• Acted for Malaysan Banking Berhad for the sale of Kwong Yik Bank to Rashid Hussain Securities;

• Acted for the consortium of bankers in the financing of Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas;

• Acted for Colonial Mutual Life in its international bid to acquire the insurance business of Wing on Life’s businesses in Malaysian and Singapore;

• Acted for the listing of Glomac Berhad and Waste Water Engineering Berhad and Britech Berhad.

 

Current Directorship Roles

• The Group Non-Executive Chairman of Evergreen Fibreboard Bhd since June 15, 2015 and served as its Chairman from February 22, 2010 to June 15, 2015 and also has been its Independent Non-Executive Director since January 8, 2007.

• An Independent Non-Executive Director of Anglo Eastern Plantations plc, a United Kingdom-based company with extensive plantation holdings in Malaysia and Indonesia, since July 4, 2013.

• An Independent Non-Executive Director at Karex Berhad since November 30, 2012.

• Director of Jasa Willawa Sdn Bhd, Upeca Technologies Sdn Bhd, Bionis Sdn Bhd, Maple Success Sdn Bhd, Jasdanis Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Gerbang Kapital Sdn Bhd, Chateau Network Sdn Bhd and Acromaju Sdn Bhd.

He is now part of our expanded Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate Practice Group.

Suhara Mohd Sidik

Suhara Mohamad Sidik

Suhara holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and a Bachelor of Law (Shariah) (Honours) degree from International Islamic University Malaysia. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (Corporate Governance) degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia and an ICSA qualification from Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Suhara started her practice at Azmi & Associates where she was involved in corporate matters, including in advising an airline company on its sale and purchase of aircrafts; advising a holding company of listed companies on the exit structure of a shareholder by way of capital reduction exercise and sale and purchase of shares; managing bidding process in relation to sale and purchase of shares which involved a number of potential purchasers; advising a private company in relation to the taking over of sewerage services from local authorities; advising high net-worth clients on Muslim wills, trust deeds and conveyancing matters; advising on a settlement agreement of a failed joint venture company involving a public listed company; and advising foreign parties in relation to their application for remittance licence to Bank Negara Malaysia.

Suhara joined Shook Lin & Bok in 2010 and was involved in corporate commercial, corporate finance and banking matters including in advising on the issuance of RM15.0 Billion Sukuk Musharakah by a public listed company that is involved in an energy business; advising on the issuance of Sukuk Musharakah amounting to RM380.0 Million by a private company; advising on the acquisition of 85% shares of a government linked company involved in a fertiliser business; and advising on the validity of Ijarah structure practised by local financial institutions.

Suhara joined Abdul Raman Saad & Associates in 2012 and was involved in corporate financing matters including in advising on the establishment of Al-Salām REIT, an Islamic Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that invests in Shariah-compliant diversified portfolio of income producing real estate; advising on the issuance Sukuk Ijarah amounting to RM1.0 Billion by a special purpose vehicle company of a REIT; advising various financial institutions on financing facilities ranging from RM1.0 Million to RM450.0 Million; advising a REIT involved in a healthcare industry in its various nature of transactions (including in the acquisition of various properties for the purpose of injection into the REIT, the lease agreements and the development agreements between the REIT and various hospital operators); advising a public listed company in its related parties transactions and recurrent related parties transactions; advising a public listed company in its Employees Share Option Scheme; advising a public listed company on the issuance of Bonus Issue and Rights Issue; and advising a statutory body in relation to a financing scheme to be used by the government servants in the entire Malaysia.

She re-joined Azmi & Associates in June 2016 and is currently the partner of Mergers & Acquisitions/ Corporate Practice Group 4.

Some of the notable assignments that Suhara was part of since 2016 include:

• Advised a public company listed in New York Stock Exchange on its 100% acquisition (through its subsidiary company in Malaysia) of a Malaysian company that is involved in a sterilization business.

• Advised a China company on its acquisition of a Malaysian company and its Malaysian subsidiary’s legal compliance for the purpose of initial public offering in China.

• Advised a government linked company on its acquisition of a fuel terminal in Malaysia.

• Advised on a proposed acquisition of factoring companies by a financial institution.

• Advised on an acquisition of a property of a company in a liquidation.

• Advised a government linked company on the winding-up of its 8 subsidiaries for the regularization of its business.

• Advised in relation to an acquisition of a foreign company that involves in a parcel delivery business that has a Malaysian subsidiary.

• Advised on a proposed acquisition of 100% shares in 7 companies and 4 properties of companies in liquidation.

• Advised in relation to an investment in/acquisition of a company that involves in laboratory and pathology services.

• Advised on an investment of a government fund into a company for small and medium enterprises purposes.

• Advised on a proposed acquisition of a company that was developing hotel and residences project

• Advised on development and lease agreement of hotels.

• Advised in relation to operation and management of cafetarias of a university by a subsidiary of a public listed company.

• Advised on renovation, operation and management of a premier university housing located at a university.

• Advised Russian party on the transfer of property in Malaysia.

Details

Suhara Mohamad Sidik
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5025

Mobile Phone:
+6019-319 1201

E-mail:
suhara@azmilaw.com

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Moo Eng Thing

Moo Eng Thing

Moo Eng Thing holds LL. B (Hons) from the University of London and CLP.

She was attached with the Firm as an attachment student before she proceeded to read in chambers starting from 13 December 2007.

She was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted to the roll of Advocates and Solicitors on 22nd October 2008 and is currently attached to the Capital & Debt Market Practice Group.

In April 2012, she joined RHB Trustees Berhad (formerly known as OSK Trustees Berhad) as Acting Head & Senior Manager of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) Division. She gained experience in legal and operational matters relating to REITs and unit trusts. In August 2013, she left RHB Trustees Berhad and re-joined Azmi & Associates.

She has been involved in various assignments, amongst others:

• Involved in the proposed acquisition of the lands where a Medical Centre is located for a purchase consideration of RM310 million.

• Involved in the proposed placement of new units in a major REIT.

• Involved in seeking unitholders’ mandate to allot and issue new units of up to 20% of the approved fund size of a major REIT and proposed increase in fund size.

• Involved in corporate exercise relating to issue of, offer for subscription or purchase of, or invitation to subscribe for or purchase of unrated medium-term notes pursuant to a medium term note programme of up to RM1.0 billion in nominal value.

• Involved in seeking unitholders’ approval on the proposed authority to allot and issue up to 20% of the issued fund size of Axis-REIT.

• Involved in corporate exercise relating to establishment of up to RM300.0 million in nominal value Sukuk programme.

• Conducting a legal due diligence exercise for a project loan of up to RM15 million which was granted to a rubber recycling, company.

• Conducting a legal due diligence exercise for a project loan of up to RM17.99 million which was granted to a broadcasting and audio equipment company.

• Conducting legal due diligence exercise for a project loan of up to RM10 million which was granted to a media entertainment company.

• Conducting legal due diligence exercise for a project loan of up to RM50.4 million which was granted to a manufacturing company.

• Advising on, and reviewing, a Concession Agreement for a sewerage treatment plant involving an international company, for a public listed company.

• Providing a legal opinion in respect of the proposed bonus & right issues of estate units to members of a plantation cooperative.

• Providing a legal opinion on stamp duty issues in relation to assignment of a sum of RM11.0 million to a fabricator company.

• Attending to queries on insider trading issues for an international legal firm.

Details

Moo Eng Thing
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5018

Mobile Phone:
+6019-399 6898

E-mail:
mooengthing@azmilaw.com

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Sharizan Sarif

Sharizan Sarif

SHARIZAN SARIF graduated from International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) in 2004.

After graduation, he joined SME Bank Berhad for about 2 years as Assistant Legal Manager, where he advised on all aspects of corporate financing offered by the bank and the overall operation of the bank.

He left the bank to undertake his pupillage at Azmi & Associates under the supervision of Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in January 2009.

He was seconded twice to Gas and Power Business (Legal) Department, PETRONAS and was stationed at Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd, Bintulu, and at KLCC to assist procurement team on contracts related to floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG).

He attended International and Executive Legal Education (IELE) training on American laws at Berkeley School of Law, University of California, U.S.A.

He obtained Professional Certificate in Islamic Finance from International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) which was set up by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

He has advised and involved in various corporate and commercial work, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructuring, joint venture arrangement, project development and concession arrangement, including:

• advising Rising Promenade Sdn. Bhd., a developer of three (3) hydroelectric renewable energy plants, in the State of Kelantan, in respect of participation by Malakoff Corporation Berhad in the development and operation of such power plants;

• advising an independent power producer in the structuring and acquisition of stake in a 29MWac Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic Plant;

• disposal of 30% shares in a developer of a hydroelectric project at Sungei Brook, Kelantan (under the Small Renewable Energy Power Programme), to ESB International, an energy company based in Ireland;

• advising Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad for setting up of a joint venture company (JVCo) with an Australian and an American entities, and for the purchase by the JVCo of a biodiesel plant worth USD22 million, to be refurbished and retrofitted to operate on a new technology;

• acquisition by Midea Group, a China’s leading electrical household manufacturer, of 51% shares in a Malaysian company;

• acquisition by Saraya Co. Ltd, a Japan’s leading manufacturer of healthcare hygiene solutions, of 100% shares in a Malaysian company involved in the manufacturing and distribution of household cleaning products;

• advising Kobelco group of companies, a Japan’s leading steelmakers, for its acquisition of a business from a Malaysian company;

• acquisition by Global Maritime Ventures Berhad (GMV) of 35% shares in Syarikat Borcos Shipping Sdn Bhd, a company involved in the business of providing marine transportation and support services for the offshore oil and gas industry;

• disposal of substantial minority shares in Weststar Aviation Services Sdn. Bhd., a Malaysian leading provider of offshore helicopter transportation services, to KKR, a leading global investment firm based in New York;

• advising Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (Pernas) for its investment in a company involved in food & beverage businesses;

• advising Koperasi Tentera for its investment in a startup technology company, based in Australia;

• advising MARA Corporation, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA)’s investment holding company, for restructuring of MARA’s subsidiary companies;

• advising Padiberas Nasional Bhd (BERNAS), for restructuring of its two joint venture companies based in Sarawak and Kedah;

• advising Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) for various matters in respect of its investments and projects, including award winning incubator and co-working space;

• advising Johor Corporation (JCorp) in relation to joint venture with Dubai-based Oilfields Supply Center Limited, for construction, management and operation of common user supply base at Tanjung Langsat Port, Johor;

• advising Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) in relation to the development of an integrated tourism and commercial area in Bernam Jaya, with estimated cost of RM3.6 billion;

• advising Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) in respect of development of three (3) Rumah Selangorku projects;

• advising Zecon Berhad on a concession agreement for the construction of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Specialist Children’s Hospital, for a cost of RM606 million;

• advising AWC Berhad on a concession agreement in relation to provision of building maintenance and support services for Federal Government’s buildings for southern region’s states and the state of Sarawak;

• advising Eastern Pacific Industrial Corporation Berhad (EPIC), for collaboration in respect of development and operation of the Liquid Mud Plant Facility at Kemaman Port, Terengganu; and

• advising TNB Engineering Corporation Sdn Bhd for the supply of chilled water to Muzium Sultan Alam Shah, Shah Alam for its air conditioning system.

Details

Sharizan Sarif
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5019

Mobile Phone:
+6013 352 5400

E-mail:
sharizan@azmilaw.com

Practice Areas

Pierre Brochet

Pierre Brochet

Pierre was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1996, as a French avocat in Paris in 1998 and as a registered foreign qualified lawyer in Malaysia in 2018.

Pierre holds an LL.M. in International Business Law from King’s College London, a Maîtrise en droit in Business and Tax Law from the University of Paris Sceaux and a Licence in Law from the University of Paris Sceaux and the University of Edinburgh.

Pierre Brochet is a senior lawyer with over 20 years of experience London, Wall Street and Emerging Markets private practice experience. He has acted as a French and an English counsel for private and listed companies and well-known multinational companies and global investment banks on a wide range of transactions, in Europe, the USA and Southeast Asia.

Pierre was a partner at US firms McDermott Will & Emery and Greenberg Traurig in Paris and London from 2008 to 2015, and was previously an associate at White & Case and Clifford Chance in New York and London.

Pierre Brochet joined Azmi & Associates in 2018 as a registered Foreign Qualified Lawyer for the following permitted practice areas: Corporate Finance, Capital Market, Banking & Finance and Derivatives. Azmi & Associates is the first law firm in Malaysia to have been granted a licence by the Bar Council of Malaysia to employ a Foreign Qualified Lawyer.

Some of Pierre’s most notable matters include:

• Advised a global automobile manufacturer on the acquisition of the minority interest of its joint venture partner in an assembly plant in Malaysia.

• Advised a global construction group on the establishment of a joint venture for the development of luxury hospitality projects in Indonesia.

• Advised a Singaporean portfolio manager on a first-loss capital fund arrangement with a US asset manager for currency/ forex trading.

• Advised a global components and parts supplier to the commercial vehicle industry on a European and Asian working capital multi-currency revolving credit facility.

• Advised a European manufacturer of savoury snacks on a syndicated multicurrency revolver and senior debt to refinance its acquisition of a snack business.

• Advised a global golf equipment company on a senior note offering secured by European and Asian collateral.

Details

Pierre Brochet
Special Advisor, Banking & Finance

Direct Line:
+ 603 2118 5160

Mobile Phone:
+ 6012 374 3481

E-mail:
pierre.brochet@azmilaw.com

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Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari

Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari

Zuhaidi was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted to the roll of Advocates and Solicitors in 2001 after obtaining his law degree from International Islamic University of Malaysia. He subsequently obtained his MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2016.

Zuhaidi joined Azmi & Associates in May 2002 as an Associate under the Mergers, Acquisitions & New Ventures Practice Group and Real Estates Practice Groups. He is a Partner and head of the Projects Practice Group.

Zuhaidi’s core areas are in real estates transactions, project development, mergers & acquisitions, oil & gas, mining and corporate commercial transactions.

Some of the notable real estates development projects that he has advised include KLIA Aeropolis, Subang Aerospace Industrial Park, Kapar i-Zone Industrial Park, Pagoh Education Hub, various asset purchase and leaseback transactions for government-linked companies, plantation and property assets transfer exercise in Sime Darby group of companies, dealings of few office buildings in KL Sentral, advising on tender exercise, joint development agreements, advisory on construction contracts (JKR, FIDIC, PAM) and contract administrations.

In the area of corporate commercial mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and takeovers, he has advised on the acquisition of Taman Desa Medical Center, joint ventures between property players in Iskandar, Kulai, Bangi, Kajang and Kelang, Pre-IPO assets restructuring of FGV Berhad, due-diligence of target companies and plantation lands in Indonesia, management agreements, tender bid agreements and consortium agreements.

In cross border assignments, he has assisted the largest mining group with its headquarters in Belgium in their acquisition of large mining lands in the state of Perak and the setting-up of their Malaysian operation for the extraction of calcium carbonate, the first of its kind in Malaysia, acted as the Malaysian counsel for an Australian bank in the due diligence exercise for the purpose of the syndicated and secured loan facilities up to US$105 million for an Australian mining group for its “rare earth” mining project in Western Australia and the processing plant for the product in Gebeng, Pahang, acted as leading external corporate counsel for the largest polysilicone manufacturer in Japan, for its silica rock project in Malaysia, concluded a long term crude oil lifting contract in the challenged environment of Khartoum, Sudan prior to its referendum which separated North and South Sudan and negotiated exit strategy for a Malaysian based oil & gas service company with a Vietnamese oil company.

He has also completed internship with a prominent Indonesian law firm based in Jakarta, Messrs Irawati Hermawan & Partners in order to be more versatile on business ventures and regulatory regime in Indonesia. On that note, he has strong links and networks with lawyers and consultants in Indonesia, extensively useful in advising Malaysian clients in doing business in Indonesia.

Zuhaidi regularly gives talk in the area of land law, corporate dealings, property transactions and others. He has participated in PEMUDAH roadshow on land dealing and construction issues in order to elevate Malaysia’s standing in the International Finance Corporation’s Doing Business publication, which he has been a permanent correspondent to the publication since 2005. In 2016, he was invited to give a briefing in Tokyo by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the topics of Malaysian infrastructure projects covering MRT, LRT, KTM and the future HSR rail infra.

Due to his capabilities, Zuhaidi has been recognised as Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2013, Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2014, Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2015, Asia Pacific Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2015 in Corporate, Real Estate & Construction, Asia Pacific Legal 500 Leading Lawyer 2016 and Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2017 in Corporate / M&A.

Details

Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5006

Mobile Phone:
+ 6012 259 1833

E-mail:
zuhaidi@azmilaw.com

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Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir

Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir

Khairul Fazli graduated from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) with Second Class Upper LL.B (Hons) in October 2005.

He joined Messrs. Azmi & Associates in November 2005 as a pupil and was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted to the roll of Advocates and Solicitors on 17 November 2006.

He holds different positions in Azmi & Associates from November 2006 to May 2012 before he was promoted to Partner of Messrs. Azmi & Associates and Head of the Multimedia, Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group on 1 June 2012.

He left Messrs. Azmi & Associates in May 2014 to another law firm, where he leads the Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice Group of that firm prior to his resignation on 28 February 2017. He re-joins Messrs. Azmi & Associates on 1 March 2017 as a Partner in charge of Multimedia, Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group.

To date, he has been dealing with various matters relating to intellectual properties, biotechnology, information and communication technology, technology, franchise, corporate and commercial, amongst others, as follows:

• He has attended to the registration of trademarks and industrial designs in Malaysia and foreign jurisdictions for various local as well as foreign companies and provided legal advices and services in respect of copyright and trademark infringement issues. His previous and current clients include Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), MISC Berhad, Sime Darby Property Berhad, Ayamas Food Corporation Sdn Bhd, DRB-HICOM Berhad, Padiberas Nasional Berhad, KFC Holdings (Malaysia) Berhad, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB), Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia) Berhad, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Biotropics Malaysia Berhad, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Open University Malaysia and Eastern Pacific Industrial Corporation Berhad (EPIC);

• He assisted companies to conduct intellectual property due diligence on the target companies for the purpose of merger and acquisition as well as investment His clients include Malaysian Venture Capital Management Berhad (MAVCAP), Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), Malaysian Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV) and Khazanah Nasional Berhad;

• He assisted research and educational institutions as well as companies in Malaysia in respect of the development and commercialization of their intellectual properties, amongst others, by drafting Licensing Agreement, Option Agreement, Technology Transfer Agreement, Commercialization Agreement, Graduate Research Fellowship Agreement, Scholarship Agreement (Foreign Students), Collaboration Agreement – Student Joint Supervision Program, Consultancy Services Agreement, Collaboration Agreement, Research and Development Agreement, Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement. His clients include Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Sime Darby Research Sdn Bhd and Biotropics Malaysia Berhad;

• He has assisted foreign and Malaysian clients in respect of ICT-related projects, amongst others, by drafting agreements in respect of the data centre and disaster recovery centre, Software Licensing Agreement, Software and Hardware Purchase Agreement, Software and Hardware Maintenance Agreement, Collaboration Agreement, ERP Project Agreement, IVV Services Agreement, Master Services Agreement for Registrar Transfer Agreement, Application Development Tools Supply and Services Agreement, Robo-Advisory Licensing and Services Agreement, CYSECA Software Licensing and Services Agreement, Virtual Private Network Broadband Rental Services Agreement, Telecommunication System Services Agreement, Supply, Delivery, Installation, Customization, Integration, Testing And Commissioning, Training And Warranty (Including Maintenance) of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System Including Post Warranty Comprehensive Maintenance Agreement, Consultancy Agreement, Perjanjian Perkhidmatan Sewaan Naiktaraf Sistem Kawalan Pertahanan Internet (IPS) UPMNET and Collaboration Letter in Respect of The Beta Testing. His clients include Network for Electronic Transfers (Singapore) Pte Ltd, BIMB Investment Management Berhad, Pernec Intergrated Network Systems Sdn. Bhd., Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad, Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB), Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia) Berhad and Malaysian Software Testing Board;

• He assisted Malaysian Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV) in respect of the setting up of the Intellectual Property Financing Scheme which includes the review of the relevant documents to reflect the intellectual property elements;

• He has provided the necessary legal assistance to a government-linked company which has been entrusted by the Government of Malaysia in respect of the establishment of the Malaysian Software Testing Hub;

• He has attended to franchise matters (related to Islamic pawnbroking business, Islamic clothing businesses and stationeries business) which include the drafting of the franchise agreement as well as the registration of franchise with the appropriate authority; and

• He has assisted various clients on commercial matters involving collaboration as well as joint venture

He is also the author of several articles on laws relating to franchise, pharmaceutical, personal data protection, domain name, copyright and trademark, which have been published in local as well as international newsletters.

He presented several papers on intellectual property related matters, amongst others, on Introduction to Intellectual Property Laws, Procedures of Trademark Registration in Malaysia, Intellectual Property Due Diligence: Its Importance and Franchise Laws in Malaysia.

He is a trademark as well as industrial design agent registered with the MyIPO.

He is currently the Partner in charge of Multimedia, Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group at Messrs. Azmi & Associates.

Details

Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5017

Mobile Phone:
+6018 980 9093

E-mail:
khairul.fazli@azmilaw.com

Practice Areas

Melinda Marie D’Angelus

Melinda Marie D’angelus

Melinda graduated in 2003 with a LL. B (Hons) from the University of London. Melinda was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted to the roll of Advocates and Solicitors in April 2007.

Thereafter, she began her career in Messrs De Silva, which subsequently merged into the firm known as Bodipalar Ponnudurai De Silva up until end of 2011. During her employment, she handled various legal practices such as civil litigation, industrial relations and constitutional and administrative matters.

Melinda joined Azmi & Associates in 2012 and led a unit within the Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, specialising in Labour and Employment. Melinda was then elevated to a Partner of the firm in 2016. In 2017, Melinda was named in the Asian Legal Business (Asia Edition) as the Top 40 under 40 outstanding legal professionals in the Asian region. Some of Melinda’s interests outside of law include travelling, baking, and reading.

Melinda has been involved in many matters since she began her career in law, some of the more notable cases include:

• Obtaining an award of unfair dismissal for two expatriate employees which were subsequently successfully relied on in an international arbitration and advising the foreign counsel handling the said arbitration.

• Successfully represented a subsidiary of national housing company in arbitrations against the Government of Malaysia an obtaining awards for the said national housing company in a construction dispute.

• Successfully obtaining orders from the High Court of Malaya for selective Capital Reduction exercises, one of recent being for a subsidiary of a State Government investment arm.

• Representing a National Trade Union in successfully obtaining an interpretation of a provision in the Trade Unions Act 1959.

• Obtaining a Mareva injunction against a public listed company in the High Court and successfully maintaining the decision at the Court of Appeal.

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Melinda Marie D’angelus
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5021

Mobile Phone:
+6019 388 2009

E-mail:
melinda.dangelus@azmilaw.com

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Ahmad Syahir Yahya

Ahmad Syahir Yahya

Ahmad Syahir graduated from International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) with a First-Class Honours Degree in 2008.

During his study, he obtained several awards for his academic performance including the Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws Dean’s List Certificate for all eight semesters of his studies. He was also awarded the Best Student in Islamic Banking Law and was named in the Rector’s List during the 24th IIUM Convocation 2008.

He attended International and Executive Legal Education (IELE) training at University of California, Berkeley, United States in 2015 and he has successfully obtained a Certificate of American Law from Berkeley School of Law, University of California, U.S.A.

He also attended an Arabic language course at the Abu Nour University, Damascus, Syria in 2006. In 2005, he was selected to participate in a course organized by Da’wah and Guidance Centre that was held in Makkah al- Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia. He received Certificate of Excellence for both courses he attended. He was a product of Darul Quran, JAKIM. He completed the memorization of the whole thirty chapters of al-Quran and received his Certificate in Tahfiz al-Quran Darul Quran-IIUM with jayyid jiddan (second class upper) in 2004.

He joined Azmi & Associate in May 2008 to undertake his pupilage under the supervision of our Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali. He was called to the Malaysian Bar on 10th April 2009. He was part of the team that advised on the issuance of Sukuk al-Ijarah and al-Mudarabah by Malaysian highway concessionaire Projek Lintasan Shah Alam Sdn. Bhd., which garnered the Islamic Finance News Deal of the Year 2008 award for its innovativeness.

He was also part of the team that advised Bursa Malaysia Islamic Services on the drafting of the rules governing the operations of Bursa Suq al-Sila’, the world’s first fully-automated secure online commodity-trading platform established by Bursa Malaysia Berhad based on the Shariah concept of Murabahah (tawarruq) which was awarded the “Most Outstanding Islamic Finance Product” at the Kuala Lumpur Islamic Finance Forum (KLIFF) 2009.

He has also been actively involved in advising various financial institutions, corporations, cooperative societies and government agencies for the development of common Islamic finance and banking documentation.

He is listed under the Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer in the area of Banking & Finance.

His other notable assignments include:

• Advising syndicated lenders in relation to the Term Loan Facility of USD1.5 billion granted in favour of an oil and gas services company to part finance a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for the oil field in Brazil;

• Advising the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) and Malaysia Co-operative Societies Commission for the development of Islamic financing facility documents based on Shariah concept of Tawarruq;

• Advising the Government of Malaysia in relation to the Islamic Financing Facilities of up to RM577.0 million and RM480.0 million granted to a land development authority;

• Advising the Government of Malaysia in relation to the Islamic Financing Facilities of up to RM544.0 million and RM230.0 million only granted to a government-owned corporate entity for the purpose of financing of specific development and project;

• Advising a Malaysian bank in respect of Islamic financing facilities of RM570.0 million granted to a State Economic Development Corporation;

• Advising a Malaysian bank (being the Issuer) on the updating and upsizing of its existing multicurrency medium-term notes programme from USD1.5 billion to USD4.5 billion;

• Advising a listed oil and gas services company in relation to syndicated facilities up to USD550.0 million granted by syndicated financial institutions;

• Advising syndicated lenders in relation to the Term Loan Facilities of USD456.0 million granted in favour of three Labuan subsidiaries of a listed oil and gas company to finance the project costs of 3 vessels;

• Advising a Malaysian bank on aircrafts financing facilities of USD103.2 Million in favour of an Indonesian airlines company for the purchase of aircrafts;

• Advising a Malaysia bank in relation to a Line of Islamic Facility under Standby Letter of Credit-i (SBLC-i) of USD85.0 million granted in favour of a company involved in purchase and supply of Liquefied Natural Gas;

• Advising a Malaysian bank for the Structured Islamic Financing Facilities of RM0 million granted in favour of a concessionaire to finance development of facilities and infrastructure of Children’s Specialist Hospital;

• Advising a Malaysian Development bank in preparing the relevant legal documentation in relation to the novation exercise and settlement arrangement of the outstanding total loan facilities of up to RM1.863 billion involving a group of companies involved in water supply services;

• Advising a Malaysian bank in relation to the Commodity Murabahah Term Financing-i (CMTF-i) of RM500.0 million granted to a logistic services company;

• Advising the largest Islamic bank in Malaysia in relation to the fresh Islamic Short-Term Revolving Credit-i Facility of up to RM1.0 billion in favour of the federal land development authority;

• Advising a Malaysia bank in relation to a fresh Intra-Day Overdraft facility of up to RM2.0 billion in favour of the national energy provider; and

• Advising Bursa Malaysia Islamic Services on the drafting of the rules governing the operations of Bursa Suq al-Sila’, the world’s first fully-automated secure online commodity-trading platform established by Bursa Malaysia Berhad based on the Shariah concept of Murabahah (Tawarruq).

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Ahmad Syahir Yahya
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5020

Mobile Phone:
+6019-388 1655

E-mail:
syahir@azmilaw.com

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