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The TerraLex Asia Pacific Regional Meeting which was held in Melbourne, the city which grew from a fledging settlement into a modern commercial and financial centre as Australiaâ€™s second largest city, from 31 March to 2 April 2016. The event, which was attended by over 30 representatives from law firms in 16 jurisdictions across Asia Pacific, was hosted by a leading Australian law firm, namely Lander & Rogers, comprising of more than 500 lawyers and staff which operates nationally from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Our Senior Partner, Datoâ€™ Azmi Mohd Ali, attended the event on behalf of the Firm. As most of our clients are already aware, Azmi & Associates is the only Malaysian member of TerraLex, one of the worldâ€™s leading international legal networks with approximately 17,000 attorneys in over 100 countries worldwide.
The TerraLex meeting commenced with the delegates having casual dinner at Epocha, a restaurant set in a stunning Victorian Terrace on the edge of Melbourneâ€™s Central Business District. On the next day, the event was followed by country and project overviews where each firm were invited to speak on one significant cross-border project to showcase to the delegates. After the short break, Colin Beattie from Somerset Consulting had delivered a talk on â€śThe Science of Collaborationâ€ť. Mr. Beattie emphasized on the importance of networking. He further elaborated that to achieve mutual benefit and attaina win-win situation, we must balance between priority, trust and tools. Only when the collaboration is a real priority then it is destined to realise its potential.
Maintaining the vision of domestic and international growth, Azmi & Associates continues to receive visitors from international legal fraternity. The firm began its year on a positive note by hosting Mr. Micheal Soon. Holding the position of special advisor to Taylor Wessing UK, a renowned firm from the United Kingdom, meeting him on the firmâ€™s side was our Mr. Philip Teoh. With topics such as international trade and growth of both firms being the backdrop of discussion, the pair enjoyed the vibrant exchange of ideas.
Being a member of the First Law International (FLI), the principal of the body, Mr.Orlando J Casares paid a visit to the firm at the start of the year. First Law International (â€śFLIâ€ť) is the Brussels-based hub of a global network of over 75 independent, national law firms known as FLI NETâ„˘.
In addition, our Mr. Philip had also hosted an established Australian oil & gas and marine engineering specialists, Australian Marine and Offshore Group (AMOG) at the firmâ€™s office. The meeting was most timely in light of the current Oil & Gas market trend.
Azmi & Associates believes in encouraging budding future lawyers to excel in their academic career. Thus, this year once again the Firm continues its tradition to sponsor prizes at Taylorâ€™s Law School Academic Award Ceremony as part of the Firmâ€™s corporate social responsibility program.
This year ceremony was held on 25 March 2016 at Taylorâ€™s University Lakeside Campus. At the ceremony, the Firm was represented by our Chief Operating Officer, Encik Khalid Hashim.
The Firm is proud to announce Miss Chen Zhou Yen and Miss Anne Au Yong Sue as the winners for Azmi & Associatesâ€™ Award for Best Performance in Contract Law and Award for Best Performance in English Constitutional and Administrative Law respectively.
The winners received a cash prize and a noncompulsory internship opportunity at Azmi & Associates.
On 24 March 2016, Azmi & Associates hosted a delegation from Universiti Putra Malaysia headed by Associate Professor Dr. Azmawani Abd Rahman, Deputy Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Management.
As part of our corporate social responsibility approach, the Firm has donated some funds to the Facultyâ€™s student leadership programs.
The beneficiaries of the donation are the Faculty of Economics & Management Student Association (FEMSA), University Putra Accounting Club (UPAC), University Putra Malaysia Economics Club (UPMEC), and Business Putra Club (BPaC).
Peter Drucker famously stated that when management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things. Great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, vision that allows them to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention.
True leadership is much more than authority and recognition from the outside world. Instead, leadership is all about developing people and helping others reach their full potential. Itâ€™s about equipping others with the right tools and strategies to not only maximize the success of an organization but also the lives of individuals. Itâ€™s about breaking down barriers and leading others through the uncertainty of the future.
In addition to that, the best leaders are not only succeeded at helping their team win championships or organizations reach new milestones and dominate the marketplace, but they deeply cared for people and understood what a privilege it is to be a leader.
Definitely, a great leader would not achieve a great result without having a great team. Whether itâ€™s a functional team, a team of managers, or a project team, people get most done when they work together effectively. So when members of a team donâ€™t work well together, performance and productivity could be affected. That is certainly not a good signal for a company to maintain its momentum in the business world.
Azmi & Associates was invited by the legal services department of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to conduct a 2-day training on Corporate and M&A Transactions to their legal counsels. The training was conducted on 29 February and 1 March 2016 at the Lexis Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. The training was attended by approximately 40 legally trained individuals from various divisions of TNB.
The main objective of the training was to expose the legal counsels in TNB with the understanding of the overall corporate transactions, including merger and acquisition transactions, various forms of transactions, strategies, challenges and intricacies as well as how the participants, as legal counsels can play a strategic and meaningful role at all stages of corporate transaction.
The Senior Partner of Azmi & Associates, Datoâ€™ Azmi Mohd Ali graced the event by giving a key note speech on the overview of the topics that will be covered for the 2 days. Equipped with vast experiences in corporate transactions, Datoâ€™ Azmi Mohd Ali together with two other partners of Azmi & Associates, Puan Rosinah Mohd Salleh and Encik Norhisham Abd Bahrin, were the speakers for the training.
Datoâ€™ Azmi Mohd Ali, Senior Partner, Azmi & Associates
Azmi & Associates is delighted to announce that our Senior Partner, Datoâ€™ Azmi Â Mohd Ali has been chosen as the winner of ILO Client Choice Awards for the year 2016.
Datoâ€™ Azmi is the exclusive winner of the Merger & Acquisition category in Malaysia.
Established in 2005, Client Choice Awards run in association with the International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology, globally recognized hose partners who provide an exceptional client care.
Unlike other awards, the nomination for the Client Choice Awards programme can only be submitted by corporate counsel.
After a successful turnout in the December Session, our Partner and Head of Shipping, Insurance and International Trade Practice Group, Mr Philip Teoh had conducted a similar repeat session to accommodate the overwhelming interest from both upstream and downstream players of the Oil & Gas industry. With support from the Malaysian Oil & Gas Council (MOGSC) and the Association of Marine Industries of Malaysia (AMIM), our list of participants extended to contractors, offshore suppliers and marine insurers.
The second session in January was conducted in the timeliest manner as the nationâ€™s main Oil & Gas company rolled out its projected operating expenditure and capital expenditure. With growing negativity surrounding the market outlook, the briefing had navigated around claims and disputes which would foreseeably be seen to arise out of the current market trend. Covering a wide scope of disputes ranging from nonfulfilment of contractual obligation to insurance claims, the well-informed participants were quick and eager to grasp the view of the oil & gas market from the legal perspective.
In addition to discussing various methods of dispute resolution, the crowd was also entertained with recordings of trial proceeding of a landmark admiralty case and other notable maritime incidents. Overall the talk was a resounding success having managed to attract persons from all level and branch of the oil and gas industry.
Azmi & Associates in collaboration with Centre for Executive Education (â€śCEE Globalâ€ť) had recently organized an Executive Briefing Session on â€śWealth Preservation, Business Succession Planning & Identifying Your Successorsâ€ť (â€śExecutive Briefingâ€ť). This session was held at Azmilaw Academy on Wednesday, 13 January 2016.
The first session of the Executive Briefing was conducted by the Senior Counsel of Azmi & Associates, Tuan Haji Mohd Rasheed Khan. He gave an overview on the ways to â€śPlan Your Legacyâ€ť. In this session, the participants were given inputs on common legacy planning mistakes that should be avoided by the legacy planner and they were also exposed to various instruments involved in legacy planning.
As part of our continuing industry outreach, two talks were conducted at the Azmilaw Academy.
Both attracted overwhelming response as the topics were topical and relevant to the industry.
The first talk conducted by Senior Associate Melinda Marie Dâ€™Angelus was on Employment Law and HR Issues. The talk covered the gamut of employment law issues relevant to termination of employment and the process of a domestic inquiry.
The talk was attended by various in house counsels and human resource personnel. Our Senior Associate touched on the methods and guidelines in dealing with the various modes of termination such as dismissal for misconduct, termination for poor performance, constructive dismissal and retrenchment. A brief overview of the process of a domestic inquiry was also covered and our Senior Associate also had the opportunity to engage in a lively Q & A Session with the participants. Another session on Industrial Relations will be held early next year.
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