Nadiah Abdul Haleem Shah

Puan Nadiah Abdul Haleem Shah graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom in 1997 and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Malaysian Bar on 9 September 1999. Nadiah’s portfolio is mainly corporate finance and capital markets. She also has experience handling corporate banking and corporate conveyancing matters.

Her exposure includes advising investment banks and financial institutions and conducting due diligence exercises in relation to submissions to the Securities Commission for corporate exercises ranging from initial public offerings, acquisitions and disposals of assets/ shares, Conventional and Islamic real estate investment trusts, municipal bonds, Conventional and Islamic private debt securities issuance (which involve the Shariah principles of Bai Bithamin Ajil, Mudharabah, Musyarakah and Ijarah).

She has also been exposed to drafting of transactional documents, submission documents to the Securities Commission, Information Memorandum and advising on regulatory compliance of amongst others, the Companies Act 1965, the Listing Requirements of the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and various guidelines issued by the Securities Commission.

Irma Norris Ishak

Cik Irma Norris Ishak holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Cardiff University and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1997. She is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and she has spent a stint of mini-pupillage at the Chambers of Leolin Price CBE QC at 10 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn.

Irma was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in November 1998 and she also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Law (Islamic Banking) (Executive) from the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Irma is a Partner of the Banking and Conveyancing Department of ARSA Lawyers Johor Bahru office and her areas of specialisation are Maritime Finance and Islamic Banking.

Irma has experience on various types of Islamic and conventional corporate financing including ship financing, contract and project financing, trade facilities, working capital and financing of equipment, machinery, commercial vehicles and property.

In Maritime Finance, Irma has acted for financial institutions in several multi-million Ringgit transactions for the purchase of local and foreign vessels by Malaysian companies, the construction of vessels and financing of maritime equipment; secured by mortgage, debenture, guarantee and various types of assignments. Irma has presented talks on Maritime Finance at seminars organized by ARSA Lawyers and financial institutions. Irma has also served on the Bar Council Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee for the 2008-2009 term.

Lew Chung Han

Lew Chung Han is a partner and currently heads the Banking & Corporate Commercial Department of ARSA Johor Bahru office. Lew’s principal areas of practice are banking and finance, real estate and corporate and commercial transactions.

Lew has represented private and corporate clients on a broad range of issues covering legal aspects of corporate and commercial related transactions and investments as well as its related regulatory issues.

Lew has also advised globally linked companies, pertaining to its commercial and industrial expansion projects involving subsidiaries of multinational companies with respect to commercial contracts and investment of properties within and beyond Iskandar Malaysia.

Lew has recently acted for the funding of a Singapore based Multi National Corporation, an internationally renowned private education provider in setting up of its new University campus and International School within the Iskandar Malaysia EduCity zone, whereby the state-of-the-art International School was completed in 2017 and the University campus is in the progress of construction.

Drawing on the resources available from the practice groups within the firm, Lew emphasised and focuses on developing solutions for the clients in the most efficient manner.

Sabreena Abdul Raman

Puan Sabreena Abdul Raman read law at the University of the West of England, Bristol and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Second Class (Upper) in 2004. She was admitted as an Utter Barrister of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2010. She is also a qualified Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial Mediation as at June 2010 with the ADRgroup, UK (a company that provides dispute resolution services such as mediation and arbitration and is recognised in UK, Europe, Kenya, India and the USA).

Sabreena read in the chambers of Puan Nadiah Abdul Haleem Shah and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2011.

Sabreena has 5 years of experience as a paralegal and as an Assistant Knowledge Manager of the firm prior to her admission at the Bar. During that stint, she was involved in Microsoft’s Strategic Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation Training program for Microsoft’s Independent Software Vendors. She was also part of the team involved in legal risk management for one of Malaysia’s leading financial institution. During the hype of the biotechnology era, as the Assistant Knowledge Manager, Sabreena helped the firm build up its biotechnology precedents and capabilities. This led her to pen an article entitled “Biotechnology: Need for a Change?” which was published in the Malayan Law Journal in 2005.

Accumulatively, she has approximately 9 years of a diverse range of experience in the area of conveyancing, banking (both retail and corporate), corporate commercial, corporate finance (both conventional and Islamic), intellectual property and information technology (particularly, in personal data protection).

Sabreena’s portfolio since she commenced practice has been mainly in the area of corporate finance and real estate investment trusts (REITs). She has had exposure conducting due diligence exercises for several corporate entities for purposes of acquisition and disposal of assets and shares, initial public offerings, related party transactions and establishment of REITs. Most of the corporate exercises that she has dealt with involved submissions to the Securities Commission and/or the Bursa Securities Exchange and pursuant to that, she has had experience drafting the relevant submission and transaction documents, due diligence planning memorandum and advised on regulatory compliance-related matters.

Aside to her main focus area, Personal Data Protection sparks a special interest in Sabreena and since the enforcement of Malaysia’s Personal Data Protection Act 2010, Sabreena has given awareness talks on Personal Data Protection to several companies and also in-house employees. She also gives talks on conveyancing practice on an ad-hoc basis and upon request by ARSA’s clients.

Azharuddin Ahmad Jais

Azharuddin Ahmad Jais is currently a partner spearheading  ARSA’s Corporate and Commercial Department at the Kuala Lumpur office. His current portfolio and advisory experience includes general corporate commercial, personal data protection (PDP), telecommunications, intellectual property (IP) and information technology (IT) related fields

Previous work portfolio included matters such as due diligence and documentation works for flotation / initial public offerings of domestic companies on the Bursa Malaysia, internet banking risk management, information security including digital evidence, drafting of strategic IP management and commercialisation manuals for a renowned multinational corporation

Azharuddin’s primary works currently comprise of telecommunication contracts both domestic and international. He is also a registered trade mark agent in Malaysia

ILLUSTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

DUE DILIGENCE

  • Acted as due diligence advisor and solicitor for AMInvestment Bank Berhad (then AM Merchant Bank Berhad) for the IPO and flotation of United Kotak Berhad to the Second Board of Bursa Malaysia
  • Acted as due diligence advisor and solicitor for AMInvestment Bank Berhad (then AM Merchant Bank Berhad) for the IPO and flotation of Bee Lian Plastics Industries Berhad to the Second Board of Bursa Malaysia
  • Acted as due diligence advisor and solicitor for AMInvestment Bank Berhad (then AM Merchant Bank Berhad) for the IPO and flotation of Zenxin Agriculture Sdn Bhd to the Second Board of Bursa Malaysia

 

BIOTECHNOLOGY

  • Acted as advisor and solicitor for the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) with a local company for the drafting, revising and finalization of the collaboration agreement between the parties for the upscaling of Tongkat Ali hairy root culture using bioreactor technology for the production of bioreactive compounds
  • Acted as advisor and solicitor for Kumpulan Ladang-Ladang Trengganu Sdn. Bhd. (KLLT) in reviewing, revising and finalizing (1) a composting service agreement between KLLT and an operator to operate and manage KLLT’s second bio-organic fertilizer plant, and (2) a bulk enrichment material supply agreement with a supplier for the supply and delivery of bio-organic enrichment material at KLLT’s second bio-organic fertilizer plant

 

INFORMATION SECURITY

  • Acted in an advisory capacity in 2002 for the review, drafting and revising the standard operating procedures for computer forensics and evidence gathering activities (including search and seizure) for NISER (currently known as Cybersecurity Malaysia)

 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • Acted as advisor and solicitor for Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) in 2012 for the review, revision and finalization of the (1) Construction and Maintenance Agreement between Cable & Wireless Global Network Limited, Dialog Axiata Plc., Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Infotel Telecom Limited, Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G and TM, and (2) the Supply Contract/General Terms and Conditions between the parties/owners/consortium members with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks as the selected contractor, for the construction of the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable system
  • Acted as solicitor to Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (M) Sdn Bhd (Telin Malaysia) in 2014 in assisting capacity with another local law firm for the review and advisory services relating to the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Agreement
  • Acted as advisor and solicitor for TM in 2014-2015 for the review, revision and finalization of the (1) Construction and Maintenance Agreement between TM, Telcotech Company Limited and Symphony Communication Public Company Limited, and (2) the Supply Contract/General Terms and Conditions between the parties/owners/consortium members with Huawei Marine Networks Co. Limited as the selected contractor, for the construction of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system
  • Acted as advisor and solicitor for TM in 2015 for the review, revision and finalization of the (1) Construction and Maintenance Agreement between TM and TT Dotcom Sdn Bhd, and (2) the Supply Contract/General Terms and Conditions between the parties/owners/consortium members with NEC Corporation as the selected contractor, for the construction of the Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M) submarine cable system
  • Acted as advisor and solicitor for TM in 2015 for the review, revision and finalization of the back-to-back capacity purchase/indefeasible right of use arrangement between TM and Gibtelecom Limited in relation to the SEA-ME-WE 4 and the Europe India Gateway (EIG) submarine cable systems

 

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

  • One of team members in conducting personal data protection impact assessment and compliance work for a leading private hospital, travel agencies and a locally based foreign university

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Papers authored/presented:

  • Azharuddin Ahmad Jais, “Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology A Threat To Privacy And Personal Data Protection?” in the Malayan Law Journal, [2006] 1 MLJ Lxi; [2006] 1 MLJA 61
  • Azharuddin Ahmad Jais, “Data Protection Toolkit: Legal and Risk Management Methodologies” in Abdul Raman Saad (Ed.) Personal Data & Privacy Protection, LexisNexis Malayan Law Journal (2005)
  • Indemnity – The Way To Achieve A Win-Win Situation

 

Paper/presentation co-authored:

  • Role of Due Diligence In IPO For Creating Value And Enhancing Investors’ Confidence
  • Securities Issues In Multi-Jurisdictional Lending In Relation To Malaysia (IPBA paper)
  • Legal Considerations For Debt Versus Equity Financing In Malaysia
  • Exposures And Risks Of Directors And Protection Against Criminal And Civil Liabilities
  • E-Contracts: Are They Legally Binding?
  • Exercising Computer Forensics in Enforcing The Cyberlaws in Malaysia
  • Privacy and Personal Data Protection Act in Malaysia
  • Computer Security Law and Digital Evidence : The Practical Aspects
  • Securing Our Digital City (Legal and Governance)
  • The Importance Of Due Diligence In Malaysia From The Perspective Of Securities Regulations Of Malaysia

Emeilda Jamalludin

Puan Emeilda binti Jamalludin read law at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and in 2005 she graduated with LLB (Hons). In December 2005, she read in the chambers of Tuan Haji Mahdi bin Baharom at Messrs Abdul Raman Saad & Associates Melaka (ARSA Melaka) and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitors of the High Court of Malaya in 2007. She continued her legal practice as an Associate in ARSA Melaka, later promoted to Senior Associate in 2013 and was made a partner in the year 2015.

Whilst practicing, Emeilda furthered her studies and read her masters in Islamic Banking and Finance at her alma matter, IIUM Harun Hashim, Law Centre. In January 2015, she completed her masters and was accredited an LLM (Islamic Banking and Finance).

In her earlier years of practice, Emeilda handled matters focusing mainly on retail banking and conveyancing. She progressively gained more exposure in corporate matters, in particular corporate banking documentation and several State Agency matters where she was involved in advising several financial institutions in relation to contract financing of government projects like construction of public schools, police headquarters and public roads. She has also advised on contract financing of vendors who have been awarded contracts by Petronas Group of Companies, ExxonMobil, Perodua, Proton and similarly, on financing of business premises.

Based on the above, Emeilda’s experience includes drafting various types of banking documentations (both for conventional and Islamic) for private corporations including SME companies, state agencies and public authorities. Amongst the types of documentations that she has drafted for conventional banking include term loans, bridging loans, trade line facilities, revolving working capital, bank guarantees, overdraft facilities, restructuring and others. Meanwhile for Islamic banking documents, she has drafted banking documentations for various Shariah concepts such as Murabahah, Ijarah, Tawarruq, Istisna’, Bai’ Bithaman Ajil, Musyarakah and others.

Alongside her main focus area of practice, she has also advised corporate clients on various corporate commercial transactions and had exposure handling these corporate transactions.

Shamsul Akmal Isa

Encik Shamsul Akmal Bin Isa graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the International Islamic University in 1997.

He was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in May 1998 and joined Abdul Raman Saad & Associates (ARSA) as an Associate on 18 April 2005.

He is experienced in a variety of litigation matters particularly in civil and banking litigation. He has also an exposure handling the bank-related work including drafting and vetting on security documents for housing and corporate loans or financing as well as retail and corporate banking both conventional and Islamic.

He is also experienced in handling issues pertaining to the Islamic Banking transactions. He has undertaken assignments in relation to the banking facilities (both conveyancing and litigation matter) incorporating the Syariah principles, namely, Al-Bai Bithaman Ajil (BBA), Al-Murabahah Working Capital Financing (MWCF), Al-Istisna, Bai’ Al-Inah, Al-Kafalah and Al Ijarah.

Shamsul Akmal Isa was appointed as a Partner of ARSA with effect from 1st June 2015 and is currently attached with the Litigation Department of ARSA Lawyers Melaka and a member of ARSA Litigation Practice Group (LPG) and handles civil and commercial litigation involving banking matters both conventional and Islamic (both retail and commercial), commercial contracts, tenancy dispute, hire purchase, letters of administration, land acquisition, bankruptcy, company insolvency and other general litigation.

He has well experience in handling the highly contested matters whereby he has advised and represented Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Melaka (PKNM), Petronas Dagangan Berhad, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Yayasan Melaka, Perbadanan Kemajuan Tanah Adat Melaka (PERTAM) and other corporations. He also has experience handling the case before the Arbitrator (arbitration matter) at Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration.

Verghese Aaron Mathews

Mr. V. Aaron Mathews graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2004. He then continued his education at the same university and completed his Masters in Law (LLM). He then went on to complete the Bar Vocational Course and was called to Honourable Society of Middle Temple in 2006.

Upon returning to Malaysia, Aaron commenced his pupilage with Messrs. Shook Lin & Bok in the chambers of Mr. Steven Thiruneelakandan. Upon completion of his chambering, Aaron joined Messrs. Shook Lin & Bok as an Associate and was subsequently made a Senior Associate.

Throughout his career, Aaron has had extensive experience in handling various Civil and Commercial litigation both as solicitor and counsel. His portfolio includes advisory and drafting work in relation to company law issues, litigation involving shareholders, contract & commercial disputes and land dispute claims. He also has experience in construction, engineering, and oil and gas disputes. Aaron has also done some criminal defense work with the Malaysian Bar Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre. Aaron has also regularly appeared as counsel in native title land claims brought by the ‘Orang Asli’ in Peninsular Malaysia.

In his spare time, Aaron has given talks on Contract & Commercial Law to various organizations and he further regularly judges mooting competitions. Aaron also sat as a committee member for the Kuala Lumpur Bar Civil Practice Committee and currently is an Office Bearer in the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.

Aaron is a partner at ARSA and heads up the Litigation Practice Group in Kuala Lumpur.

Nasyitah Ruzanna Abdul Raman

Puan Nasyitah Ruzanna Abdul Raman graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Cardiff University in 2008. She was admitted as a Barrister of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2010.

Nasyitah underwent pupillage at Messrs Skrine in the chambers of Ms. Selvamalar Alagaratnam and her mentor, Mr. Khoo Guan Huat. Throughout her pupillage period, she was exposed to various areas of the law, mainly Employment, Immigration and Intellectual Property. She was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in October 2011.

Nasyitah is currently our Partner at ARSA (Abdul Raman Saad & Associates) with the Litigation Practice Group. Her main areas of practice are Banking, Corporate and Commercial dispute resolution with an emphasis on Banking & Finance Litigation where she has acted and advised various financial institutions in matters involving recovery (Conventional & Islamic), insolvency (bankruptcy, liquidation and receivership) and land disputes. She has also acted and assisted in various Corporate and Commercial disputes ranging from winding-up, negligence, shareholder disputes and sale of goods and has experience in construction, engineering and conventional wills, probate and estate matters.