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News Updates

Malaysia Welcomes New Head of State: His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V

On December 13, 2016, His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V, 47, the Ruler of the state of Kelantan was formally installed as the 15th Head of State of the Federation of Malaysia for a five-year term. His Majesty was collectively elected by the Conference of Rulers which consists of, nine Royal Highnesses.

His Majesty was born on October 6, 1969 in Kota Bharu and was proclaimed as the 29th Sultan of Kelantan on September 13, 2010 as Sultan Muhammad V. His Majesty attended St. Cross College in Oxford, England as well as its Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. His Majesty took over the office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah in a welcoming ceremony formally held at the Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur.

His Majesty is widely regarded by His Majesty’s people as a Ruler with a big heart and has always demonstrated sincere concern for the welfare and well-being of His Majesty’s people.

As with the nation, Azmi & Associates would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V on His Majesty’s installation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

We pray that under His Majesty’s reign, Malaysia and its people will be blessed with greater development in economy and social well-being.

   

UM Faculty of Law Final Year Etiquette Dining

The Firm in its continuous efforts to reach out to aspiring law practitioners, had attended the Annual Dinner for the Final Year Law Students of Faculty of Law, University Malaya. The Firm was represented by our Partner, Philip Teoh, who heads the Admiralty & Shipping, Insurance andInternational Trade Practice Group. The list of attendees also included prominent practitioners such as Mr. Baskaran Manickam, Mr. Ragunath Kesavan, and Mr. Richard Wee among others.

With more than 26 years of legal practice experience, Phillip Teoh, along with other senior legal practitioners were approached by the organisers to impart their knowledge to the aspiring undergraduates. Distinguishing itself as a premier public university, the Faculty of Law boasts a proud list of accomplished individuals as its alumni. Having been incepted in 1972, the Faculty offers the Bachelor of Laws programme (LLB), the Master of Laws programme (LLM) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.

The Faculty is also empowered to confer the Doctor of Laws (LLD). It is not a wonder that the faculty is always looking to collaborate with practicing lawyers such as in this instance, to empower its undergraduates. The event allowed the undergraduates to exchange opinions and ideas with distinguished guests who provided insight on the various fields of legal practice and also shared their experience to the budding legal practitioners.

   

Azmi & Associates’ 2016 Annual Dinner Report

The 16th annual dinner held on 23 December 2016 (Friday) at Temana Brasserie, Malaysian Petroleum Club, Petronas Twin Tower was attended by 101 members of Azmi & Associates.

Opening Speech

The annual dinner began with the opening speeches by Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali, our Senior Partner and Encik Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip, our Managing Partner of the firm.

Both Partners expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the contribution from all members of the firm. Despite various challenges faced amidst the weakening global economy, members have always been spirited and dedicated to their work. Members were greatly welcomed to this celebration of their dedication working with the firm.

After the opening speeches, buffet dinner began.

Awards

The firm appreciates and thanks the members for their passion, hard work and perseverance in work. Several awards of the year 2016 were handed out including the Excellence Attendance Certificate, Years of Service Award, Long-standing Service Award for Non-Lawyer, Outstanding Member Award, Highest Contribution Practice Group Award, Improvement of Collection Practice Group Award and Outperformed Practice Group Award.

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Azmi & Associates Continues It’s Training of Technical and Soft Skills

Assertiveness Training

Azmi & Associates took a step further in ensuring their lawyers further develop their soft skills by inviting Dr. Salleh Koyakoti & Encik Megat Ahmed Tahwil as speakers for a well-planned 2-days workshop aiming to encourage better assertiveness and synergy in the workforce in the Firm.

The workshop was held on 14 and 15 December 2016 at the Azmilaw Academy and was attended by 20 lawyers consisting legal personnel ranging from associates, pupils and interns.

Activities that were done during the two-day workshop was mainly understanding that there is always a way to overcome challenges, understanding ourselves from other people’s point of view, learning to provide constructive critique to each other and even mapping out a holistic planning model.

The attendees were enlightened by the knowledge shared by Dr. Salleh Koyakoti & Encik Megat Ahmed Tahwil and it is hoped that the information obtained from this workshop will motivate the attendees to be better people and in all create a greater future for the Firm.

   

Azmi & Associates Continues to Receive Recognitions from Legal 500

The Legal 500 is the definitive guide to the legal profession and each year its researchers undertake stringent research into the industry. The independent guide recommends law firms for their expertise by ranking them in tiers and also highlights any outstanding legal professionals.

In the 2016 edition, Azmi & Associates has received commendations when it clinched a higher position in this year’s ranking. The 2016 edition of the Legal 500 ranks Azmi & Associates as outstanding in the following practice areas: Islamic Finance, Banking, Capital Markets, Corporate, Merger & Acquisition, Labour & Employment and Shipping as well as recommending two other practice areas namely Dispute Resolution, Projects & Energy, with 53 associates and 15 partners across the firm.

Our Senior Partner who is also the leading individual for Corporate, Mergers & Acquisition, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali believes that, the firm’s impressive achievements 2016 has certainly created a positive impetus for the firm to drive forward as the firm has set its sights to further place itself in a better position among the top 10 largest law firms in Malaysia.

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Partner, Norhisham Abd Bahrin’s Talks on the New Companies Act

Companies Act 2016 (Act 777) has yet to come into force. Many have speculated that this may happen in the first quarter of 2017. When it does, our 50 year old Companies Act 1965 (Act 125) will cease to exist. The entire legal landscape affecting our corporate players will change irrevocably. The major objective of the new Companies Act 2016 is to simplify the registration of new companies and facilitate the entry of our home-grown business people into the corporate world. Malaysian corporate citizens and entities will now have to prepare themselves to comply with a more demanding new legal regime.

As a result to that, our Partner of the Firm, Norhisham Abd Bahrin was invited to various programmes as well as speaking engagements to discuss on the new Companies Act 2016. Among the many well-known organisers for these programmes are, Malaysian Directors Academy (MINDA), Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV), Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Wolters Kluwer CCH Malaysia, MARA, KLBLI and many more.

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Azmi & Associates Continues It’s Training of Technical And Soft Skills

Understanding Financial Statements

On the 2nd and 3rd November 2016, Azmi & Associates held a 2-day workshop to encourage a better understanding on financial matter among their workforce and thus, Mr Winson Han was invited to give a talk titled “Read, Analyse and Interpret Financial Statements”. The event was held at Azmilaw Academy and was attended by lawyers.

The workshop started off with an overview of financial reporting where attendees learnt that it is all about providing information that is necessary to aid decision making to the fullest. The quality of information supplied can be very important in ensuring the steps in the future. Winson also explained about income statements, balance sheets and cash flows. The attendees were taught how to analyse the info given in the financial statements and use it to their advantage in coming to a conclusion.

Winson had also touched on the topic of business profitability which is also known as the value that is created when the business is able to return a profit from all the revenue generated. The attendees were also privileged to be able to understand more on the perspectives of risk management by doing some exercises to test the knowledge that they have gained.

All in all, this workshop was a great opportunity for the attendees to brush up and strengthen their skills and knowledge in financial matters and it is hoped that what they have learnt from this workshop will be used to the fullest in any future endeavours.

   

Azmi & Associates Receives the Best Islamic Finance Law Firm 2016 Award

Azmi & Associates is proud to have been chosen as the Best Islamic Finance Law Firm 2016 at the prestigious Global Islamic Finance Award held at Fairmont Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia on 29 September 2016. Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) are the first of their kind of awards and emerged as the most respectable market-led awards in Islamic banking and finance.

The awards recognised the outstanding contributions made by institutions and individuals within the Islamic finance banking industry.

The Firm’s Managing Partner who is also the Head, Global Financial Services & Islamic Banking practice, Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip as well as Farhah Hayati Mamat, a partner in Global Financial Services & Islamic Banking practice, received the Award on behalf of the Firm during the Award Ceremony.

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Firm’s Senior Partner Conducts Another Corporate Law Workshop

Prof (A) Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali (DJMK) facilitated a 2-Day Practical Workshop on Hands-On Drafting & Clause-By-Clause Analysis of Major Commercial and Corporate Contracts at The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on the 27th and 28th of September 2016. Dato’ Azmi has always received positive reviews on his vast corporate knowledge in conducting these workshops.

This 2-Day practical workshop was designed to give the participants a plethora of usable content on a variety of relevant subjects. As such, this workshop was divided into 10 sessions analysing distinctive types of significant agreements within the industry.

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Blue Ocean Strategy - Pitching for Clients in Tokyo

As one of the Firm’s initiatives to expand our connection throughout Asia, our Project Practice Group led by Partner, Zuhaidi Mohd Shahri, in collaboration with Atsumi & Sakai, one of the top tier law firm in Japan, had presented a seminar on “Infrastructure Projects in Malaysia” to a hall full of audience in Tokyo, Japan on 27 September 2016.

The seminar focused on integrated urban transportation in Malaysia including MRT, LRT, ERL, Monorail, KLIA Express, the new announced Malaysia-Singapore HSR and other current infrastructure developments in Malaysia including KLIA Aeropolis and Penang Undersea Tunnel project.

Attended by various companies and government agencies such as Mitsubishi residence, Mizuho Bank, Takenaka Corporation, Taisei Construction, Daiwa House, Nomura Real Estate, and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, the seminar is seen as a success in promoting Malaysia and the Firm in particular.

   

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