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.


Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5006

Mobile Phone:
+ 6012 259 1833


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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.


Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5017

Mobile Phone:
+6018 980 9093


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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.


Melinda Marie D’angelus

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5021

Mobile Phone:
+6019 388 2009


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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).


Ahmad Syahir Yahya

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5020

Mobile Phone:
+6019-388 1655


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Philip Teoh

Philip Teoh

Philip Teoh graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from National University of Singapore in 1989 and later obtained a Master of Laws from University of Malaya.

He chambered under the reknowned litigator Mr Harry Elias in Singapore and then commenced his practice with the shipping law practice of Koh & Yang. He later founded the Shipping and Insurance practice of David Chong & Co and practised in both its Singapore and Malaysian offices. He is admitted as Advocate and Solicitor of both the High Court of Malaya and the Supreme Court of Singapore. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the shipping & transport, admiralty, insurance and international trade matters.

Prior to joining the firm, he established his own firm Philip Teoh & Co. He has previously founded and headed the International Trade, Shipping and Insurance Practices of Messrs. David Chong & Co., and had led the Shipping, Insurance and International Trade practices of Lee Ong & Kandiah and Zaid Ibrahim & Co. respectively.

Through his years of practice, he has amassed experiences in:

• handling both contentious and non-contentious areas in the shipping, insurance and international trade matters.

• advising clients with respect to acquisition of insurance, shipping and transport companies and its regulatory requirements.

• advising clients on the various aspects of the insurance, shipping and transport and logistics industries including risk and insurance coverage and liability, application for licences, marine and general insurance and reinsurance claims and recoveries.

• where appropriate, appearing in all levels of Malaysian Courts (up to the Federal Court) and acting as arbitrator and counsel.

He argued and won the first reported decision of the Malaysian Admiralty Court in the case of The Istana VI. His cases have been reported in the law reports, many of which involved novel points of shipping law including:

  1. The Istana VI [2014] 5 MLJ 124
  2. Ing Hua Fu Marine Line Sdn Bhd v Vitachem (M) Sdn Bhd [2013] 9 MLJ 825
  3. AXA Affin General Insurance Bhd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (M) Bhd – [2009] MLJU 888
  4. Pemilik Kapal ‘Luna Indah’ v Admiral Shipping Sdn Bhd – [2006] 4 MLJ 296
  5. Malaysia National Insurance Bhd & Anor v Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia & Anor – [2004] 4 MLJ 472

He has handled cases in several of the notable shipping incidents in the region:

  1. Collision between the Nagasaki Spirit and Ocean Blessing
  2. Collision between the Orakpin Global and Evoikos
  3. Collision between the Maju Song and Jambo 90
  4. Sinking of the An Tai
  5. Explosion and sinking of the Ing Hua Fu No. 9

Philip other achievements throughout his practice years and associated credentials are better represented in the following:


  1. Malaysian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents – Shipping, Insurance Claims, Wills and Wills Trusts.
  2. Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia –Shipping, Carriers (Land, Air and Sea), Marine Pollution, Bailment, Liens and Limitation of Liability, Sale of Goods, Conflict of Laws,
  3. Annotated Statutes on Merchant Shipping Laws of Malaysia- Merchant Shipping Ordinance, Merchant Shipping Oil Pollution Act, Collision Regulations and Sale of Goods Act.

Presented Papers and Conducted Seminars At:

  1. Legal Education Extension Programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya
  2. ASEAN Shipper’s Council
  3. Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA)
  4. Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII)
  5. International Chamber of Commerce, Malaysian Chapter
  6. PORAM Malaysia
  7. Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre Residential Programme for Maritime Agencies
  8. IOPC Fund and Malaysian Maritime Institute Seminar on Oil Pollution
  9. Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators Qualification Course
  10. Malaysian Maritime Institute
  11. AMMSAT Malaysia Maritime Awareness Programme

Specific Areas of Expertise:

  1. General Commercial and Corporate
  2. International Trade and Commerce
  3. Commercial Transactions and Sale of Goods
  4. Ship Finance
  5. Shipping and Admiralty
  6. Transport, Freight Forwarding and Logistics
  7. Insurance and Reinsurance
  8. Maritime and Commercial Arbitration
  9. Environmental Laws

Relevant Engagements:

  1. Accredited Arbitrator, Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration
  2. Advisor, Singapore National Shipper’s Council
  3. Arbitrator, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  4. Former Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (4 consecutive terms)
  5. Legal Advisor for Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders (FMFF)
  6. Legal Advisor of Association of Selangor Freight Forwarders and Logistics Association (SFFLA)
  7. Tutor, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators Qualification / Upgrade Course

Philip Teoh joined Azmi & Associates in January 2015 as a Partner and Head of the Admiralty & Shipping, Insurance and International Trade Practice Group.

Abu Daud Abd Rahim

Abu Daud Abd Rahim

Abu Daud graduated in 2002 with a LL.B (Hons) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and in 2003 earned his second degree in Bachelor of Laws (Shariah). In his free time Abu Daud enjoys taking up carpentry projects.

He joined Azmi & Associates in 2003 and spent the term of his pupillage. Abu Daud was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted to the roll of Advocates and Solicitors in 2004. In 2011 he became a Partner at Azmi & Associates and now leads a robust practice group in Litigation, where his expertise include.

Some of Abu Daud’s most notable matters include:

• Reversing a Court of Appeal’s decision that interfered with a judgment that was not the subject matter of appeal from High Court. 

• Obtaining a Court Order confirming capital reduction within the same month of filing of Petition.

• Settling an acrimonious estate matter that was not administered after more than 20 years. 

• Obtaining possession of aircraft for a foreign client in the custody of a local hirer pending arbitration. 

• Recovering possession of a parking premises for a joint management body from the operator contractor. 


Abu Daud Abd Rahim

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5013

Mobile Phone:
+ 6019 326 6870


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Norhisham Abd Bahrin

Norhisham Abd Bahrin

Norhisham brings 23 years of corporate legal experience with him.

He is currently a Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Partner at Azmi & Associates, a legal firm with more than 80 lawyers in Kuala Lumpur. His practice focuses on investments, corporate and commercial transactions, private equity & venture capital, corporate governance and compliance.

He has strong business acumen having advised major corporate transactions for listed companies and GLCs across a number of industries including automotive, palm oil plantation and real estate.  

Norhisham also maintains a robust corporate governance practice and is a regular speaker in the market.  He has conducted more than 85 public and in-house programs in the last 5 years for many entities including the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC), Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII), and the Malaysian Directors Academy (now known as the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia). He also coaches board members of public listed companies and GLCs on corporate governance issues. 



Corporate & Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investments, Restructuring, Due Diligence, Joint-Ventures, Cross-Border Investments, Private Equity, Companies Act 2016, Bursa Malaysia Listing Requirements, Compliance, Risk Management, Corporate Governance (MCCG, Board Responsibilities & Accountability, Shareholder Activism, Anti-Corruption, Cybersecurity, Sustainability and ESG), Strategic Planning and Negotiation Skills.



• LLB (Hons.) International Islamic University Malaysia (1999)

• MBA in International Business, Royal Docks Business School, University of East London (2012).



• Advocate & Solicitor at the High Court of Malaya

• Member, Kuala Lumpur Bar

• Member, Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM).


Norhisham’s key transactions are as follows:

• Advised a listed conglomerate in the restructuring of its subsidiaries under the automotive divisions valued at RM1.7 billion including successfully obtaining a stamp duty waiver arising thereof.

• Advised a listed company on its joint venture and shareholder agreements involving 5 separate companies.

• Advised an aviation company in relation to the restructuring of its aviation business by de-merging the business into 2 separate units including the assets, leases and licenses thereof.

• Advised an aviation company in relation to the sale of a 30% stake to a private equity powerhouse for USD202 million.

• Advised a listed company on its proposed restructuring and de-merger exercise involving the upstream poultry cultivation and processing businesses.

• Advised a listed company in the internal restructuring of its heavy equipment companies in Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea under a joint venture company incorporated in Malaysia and the disposal of minority shares in the said Malaysian joint venture company to a Japanese conglomerate.

• Advised a listed company on the internal restructuring and disposal of its oil and gas companies and assets in Malaysia, Australia, China and Singapore.

• Advised QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd, the region’s largest quick-service restaurant operator for a joint venture arrangement with the Delivery Hero Group and Foodpanda Malaysia to establish a halal-compliant food logistic service provider as well as to complement the existing delivery services of KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants on Foodpanda Malaysia’s platform.

• Advised Malaysian Venture Capital Company Berhad (MAVCAP) for the setting up of and investment in a USD600 million Exempted Limited Partnership Fund based in Cayman Islands.

• Advised a GLC on its proposed land right acquisition for palm oil plantations involving equity and asset acquisitions amounting to RM1 billion.

• Advised an aviation company in relation to the proposed joint venture with the national oil company of Mozambique, Africa.

• Acted as the Malaysian counsel for the IPO of Arena Events Group plc on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of London Stock Exchange. Attended to the due diligence exercises on the Malaysian subsidiaries and prepared the legal opinions for the purpose of listing in our capacity as the Malaysian counsel. The IPO raised a total of approximately £60 million.

• Advised Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) for its investment in a RM300 million private equity fund focused on investing in Shariah-based industries.

• Advised a concessionaire in a concession agreement with the Government of Malaysia relating to the provision of hospital support services valued at RM1.3 billion.


Norhisham Abd Bahrin

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5016

Mobile Phone:
+6013 338 1868


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Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip

Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip

Ahmad Lutfi graduated in 1995 from International Islamic University Malaysia with a LL.B (Hons) and was subsequently admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1996. He has also obtained his professional qualification from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and graduated from the Institute in February 1996.

He embarked on his journey as a legal practitioner by joining Hisham Sobri & Kadir from 1996 to year 2000 where he was made partner. Lutfi then became one of the founding partners of Azmi & Associates and now heads a team of 15 lawyers who specialise in financial services and Islamic banking. Azmi & Associates is presently the 8th largest law firm in Malaysia with more than 70 lawyers with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Singapore and a joint-venture office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He has advised various clients in numerous exercises ranging from private debt securities, syndicated and cross-border financing, structured and project financing, trade facilities; both conventional and Islamic, Islamic banking product development, Islamic profit rate swap, corporate debt restructuring, privatization and build-operate-transfer/build-operate-own projects, mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, energy and power related transactions, joint ventures to telecommunication projects and building contracts and Islamic derivatives.

Lutfi has also advised clients in various transactions involving debt and equity structured on Shariah principles and concepts of Murabahah, Mudharabah, Musharakah, Tawarruq, Ijarah, Istisna’, Wakalah, Bay Sarf, Bai Dayn, Kafalah and Rahnu. His capabilities include the areas of Sukuk, syndication and structured finance. He also has significant expertise in Islamic product development, venture capital and private equity funding.

Asialaw Leading Lawyers, a publication of Asia Law & Practice in its 2015, 2013 and 2012 publications respectively has identified Lutfi as one of the leading lawyers in Islamic banking and finance. Islamic Finance news in its publication, Leading Lawyers for 2009, 2010 and 2011 has identified Lutfi as one of the leading lawyers nominated in the category of Islamic Banking and Finance.

Lutfi has been featured in ISLAMICA 500 in 2015 as one of the 500 most influentials to make Islamic Economy.

On 29 September 2016, Azmi & Associates has received the inaugural Best Islamic Finance Law Firm 2016 Award in Jakarta by Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA).

Lutfi has presented papers, conducted workshops, trainings, moderated and participated in forums on Islamic finance in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Austria, Saudi Arabia and had moderated the Malaysia Belgium Conference on Islamic Finance.

Lutfi is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF).


Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip
Head of Global Financial Services and Islamic Banking

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5008

Mobile Phone:
+6012 238 7532
+6019 232 9977


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