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Dato' Azmi Mohd Ali

Dato' Azmi Mohd Ali is the Senior Partner of the firm.  Dato' Azmi is an experienced corporate lawyer with extensive expertise in areas of banking and finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, privatization and energy, oil and gas. Prior joining private practice, Dato' Azmi spent 7 years as an in-house counsel of PETRONAS (the Malaysian Multinational Oil & Gas Company).

In his working career as a PETRONAS house counsel, he was involved in projects of national importance for Malaysia such as Gas Sales Agreements, Production Sharing Contracts, Joint Development Authorities and Petrochemical Projects.

In his considerable experience as a corporate law practitioner, he has attended to various high profile assignments which have involved a wide variety of skills and expertise. Among the notable assignments he has fulfilled are:

  1. the reverse takeover of HICOM Berhad by Minister of Finance Incorporated;
  2. the reverse takeover of Kedah Cement Sdn Bhd by Kedah Cement Holdings Berhad and the listing of the entire issued and paid-up share capital of Kedah Cement Holdings Berhad on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE);
  3. the takeover of EON Bank by EON for a consideration of RM93 million;
  4. the scheme for the transfer of business resulting in transformation of the insurance business operation of Wing-On-Life Assurance Co. Ltd. in Malaysia into a full-fledged insurance company (with a new licence) owned by EON and CMG (Australia) now known as EON-CMG Life Assurance Sdn Bhd;
  5. the reverse takeover of United Malayan Flour Mills Berhad, a Malaysian company, by a consortium of companies led by Chee Tat Group and the sale of the existing business of United Malayan Flour Mills Berhad;
  6. the issuance of Al-Murabahah Notes Issuance Facility on a tender panel basis of up to RM600 million by Tenaga Nasional Berhad;
  7. the issuance of Al-Bai' Bithaman Ajil Islamic Debts Securities issued on bought Islamic bond structured as Al-Bai' Bithaman Ajil with Warrants;
  8. the Al-Bai' Bithaman Ajil Islamic Debts Securities issued with warrants for up to RM140 million by ACPI Berhad, being the first Islamic bonds to be issued on a scriptless basis;
  9. the sale of 2400 Mega Watt power station by Tenaga Nasional Berhad to a Malakoff Berhad subsidiary at a consideration of RM6.27 billion;
  10. the sale of Melaka Power Station by TNB for a consideration of RM740 Million, statisfied by cash and debt instrument;
  11. the privatisation of Lembaga Letrik Sabah via the takeover of its assets and liabilities by Sabah Electricirty Sdn Bhd;
  12. sale by Tenaga Nasional Berhad of 20% stake in Genting Sanyen Sdn Bhd for RM240 million;
  13. reverse takeover of a Second Board Company for a purchase price of
    RM160 million;
  14. international bidding exercise by Telekom Malaysia Berhad for controlling stake in Telekom Kenya Limited for a USD120 million;
  15. fund raising exercise for a toll road operator based on the principles of deferred payment mechanism amounting to RM900 million by wat of issuance of RM800 million Al-Bai' Bithaman Ajil Islamic Debt Securities Facility and RM100 million Murabahah Notes Issuance Facility and/or Islamic Medium Term Notes; and
  16. a syndicated financing exercise for a utility company based on the principle of Ijarah and Istisna for a sum of RM95 million.

He has also represented multinational Malaysian companies in cross border transactions involving companies from the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and other countries.

His vast skills and experience in the areas of corporate law are well documented and acknowledged various international publication such as the Asia Law Profiles and in every edition of Legal 500 for the past several years. He has been consistently recognized to be the leading corporate lawyer in Malaysia.

Dato' Azmi has attended training attachments with the upstream Legal Department of British Gas PLC and with Ashurst, London. He has also attended various international seminars and forums, including those organized by the Centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law Studies (University of Dundee), ILI (Washington), IBA (Washington), IBA (Manila) and CILS (Kitzbuhël, Austria), and has also presented a paper at an IBA Conference in Hong Kong. In addition, his articles have appeared in World Energy Yearbook 2000, published by Petroleum Economist and Ernst & Young, and Fundamentals of the Global Power Industry, Yearbook 2000 published by Arthur Andersen and Petroleum Economist, Fundamentals of the Global Offshore Industry, Yearbook 2001 and International Power Finance 2002/2003.

Dato' Azmi is a fellow of the Centre of International Legal Studies (based in Salzburg) and was also appointed by Bank Negara Malaysia to sit as a member of the legislative review committee to facilitate the further advancement of Islamic Banking in Malaysia. Besides that, he is also a counsel member of Gerson Lehrman Group.

Dato' Azmi also sits on the boards of Pernec Corporation Berhad, Fitos Sdn Bhd, PINS, Pernec Advanced Network Sdn Bhd, mySPEED.COM Sdn Bhd and Investment Committee of Pernec Corporation Berhad.

Under his astute leadership and supported by team of professionals, Azmi & Associates has established itself as one of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in Malaysia.