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News Updates

Briefing on Industrial Relations: Termination and Latest Development on Employment Law

On 4 September 2014, Azmi & Associates conducted a briefing on Industrial Relations at the Firm which was the first in a series of events aimed at promoting the Firm’s Industrial Relations Practice. Invitations were sent to companies where some of them are within the list of our clients. The response received was quite encouraging as the guest list was limited.

The main objective of the briefing was to give exposure to clients’ representatives, especially Legal Officers and Human Resource Officers, on the proper procedures and approaches regarding termination of an employee. The briefing also highlighted the latest development on Employment Law in Malaysia. This is due to the fact that often, companies were held to be liable of terminating an employee without just cause or excuse despite the existence of grounds to terminate the said employee due to failure to adhere the proper procedure. Hence, proper exposures on the termination procedures are important to protect the companies from any possible legal suits from former employees.

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A&A Acts for FGVH in Biodiesel Plant Acquisition

Azmi & Associates has advised Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (“FGV”) on its USD47.5 million joint venture (“Joint Venture”) with M2 Capital Sdn Bhd (“M2 Capital”) and Benefuel International Holdings S.A.R.L. (“Benefuel”). FGV has entered into the Joint Venture on 29 August 2014 through Felda Global Ventures Downstream Sdn Bhd (“FGVD”), its wholly-owned subsidiary.

A single-purpose joint venture vehicle known as FGV Green Energy Sdn Bhd (“FGV Green Energy”) was set up for the Joint Venture. FGVD will take a 60% stake in FGV Green Energy, while the remaining will be held equally by M2 Capital and Benefuel.

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Joint Event on Wealth Management and Legacy Planning with Labuan IBFC

Azmi & Associates recently hosted a joint-event with Labuan International Business Financial Centre (“ÏBFC”) on Business Succession and Legacy Planning in August 2014.

The core objective for the joint-event was to create awareness on legacy planning due to the increasing number of high net worth individuals who needs to have a complete and comprehensive legacy planning in order to ensure the younger generations that they will be able to enjoy the fruits reaped by their predecessors.

 

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Azmi & Associates Signs MOU to Join the ASEAN Plus Initiative

In today’s world the legal services market has become more globalised and is increasingly competitive. Size, international presence and economies of scale are the name of the game. Realising this, a number of notable leading firms in Asian jurisdictions such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam have congregated and came up with ASEAN Plus Group (“APG”) scheme initiated to promote regional cooperation amongst law firms in the region. The ASEAN Plus strategy catches the wave of prosperity and growth in the region and in view of the increasing number of the crossborder transactions between the ASEAN countries to due to the impending AEC 2015, the demand for professional and tailored legal services is constantly growing.

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Azmi & Associates’ Kazakhstan And Kyrgyzstan Trip: 16 -24 August 2014

The Firm through its Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Partner, Norhisham Abd Bahrin, Senior Associate 2, Anthony Azad Tan Chien Liang and Associate, Ezati Kamilla Mohamed Annuar visited Astana and Almaty in Kazakhstan and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan in August this year to learn more about the investment climates of, and explore potential opportunities in these 2 Central Asia nations.

 

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“Japan’s Firm of the Year” visits Azmi & Associates

Azmi & Associates was visited by the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Japan, Nishimura & Asahi (‘N&A’) on the 8th of August 2014. The Japanese firm’s delegation comprising its Managing Partner, Mr. Masaki Hosaka, Partners, Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Hikaru Oguchi and representative from their Singapore office, Masato Yamanaka. The delegation was received by the Firm’s Senior Partner Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali, Managing Partner, Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip, Senior Counsel Mohd Rasheed Khan and Senior Associate Lim Lee Ee Jin.

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Azmi & Associates named 2014 Employer of Choice by Asian Legal Business

The Firm is pleased to announce that it was recently named 2014 Employer of Choice by Thomson Reuters’ Asian Legal Business (“ALB”). Together with Wong & Partners, Zul Rafique & Partners and Raja, Darryl & Loh, the Firm represents Malaysia as one of Asia’s Best Law Firms to Work For.

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Exploring Islamic Banking Opportunities in Europe: Managing Partner’s Trip to Luxembourg and Milan

Azmi & Associates’ Managing Partner, Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip’s trip to Europe underscores the Firm’s continued focus to further strengthen relationships with our partners in the local European markets while forging new relationships which furthers Azmi & Associates’ value preposition of supporting our clients’ businesses entering these new markets.

Lutfi’s visit to Milan, Italy and Luxembourg focused on our priorities in the region of exploring new synergies; increase bilateral trade and better understand the regulatory and investment environment; share our expertise and experiences in Islamic Finance; and support human capital development growth while deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

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Azmi & Associates Conducts a 2-Day In-House Programme

2-Day In-House Programme on Oil & Gas Contract Negotiations, Compliance Programme and International Environmental Laws

Due to the complex legal environment of international oil and gas, Azmi & Associates recently organised a 2-day programme in its quest to broaden the knowledge of its lawyers in this area of practice. The event was held on 19th and 20th June 2014 at the Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.

The Oil & Gas International Negotiation, and Compliance Programme and International Environmental Laws Programme (“Programme”) was well-developed to give the participants an understanding of the legal fundamentals in relation to international oil and gas transactions, ranging from the principles that apply in interpreting and enforcing agreements, procedures for resolving disputes, addressing interpretational issues posed by common contract provisions, and avoiding liability under environmental and bribery laws.

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2014 TerraLex Global Meeting

Azmi & Associates has once again participated in TerraLex’s Global Meeting (“Global Meeting”) which was held in Indianapolis, United States, from 4th to 6th June, 2014, and hosted by Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office.

As most of our clients are already aware, Azmi & Associates is the only law firm from Malaysia which was accepted as a member of TerraLex, one of the world’s leading international legal networks with about 17,000 attorneys in 100 countries worldwide.

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