Ezane Chong

PRACTICE AREAS

  • General Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial and Civil Disputes
  • Arbitration
  • Family
  • Private Client

EXPERIENCE

Ezane is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and a Barrister-at-Law.

Before she joined Ariff Rozhan & Co in April 2016, she was a partner at Skrine, one of Malaysia’s largest law firms, where she trained as a pupil and where she worked for 14 years.

CAREER

Ezane focuses largely on civil and commercial litigation, family law and private client work. She has represented clients in a variety of industries at all levels of the judicial process and has accumulated a number of reported cases in the Malaysian law journals.

In 2016, Ezane was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

Ezane is also the exclusive recipient of a Client Choice Award 2015 by the International Law Office for Litigation in Malaysia. Client Choice recognises those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.

Examples of a few quotes from clients about Ezane are set out below:

“Ezane would go the extra mile and think outside the box regarding the various issues surrounding the case she is handling and provides recommendations for actions that cover different possible outcomes or changes in circumstance”

“She protects her clients’ best interests and can do so because she understands her clients’ businesses.”

“We were highly impressed with the professional expertise she showed by handling the matter successfully within a short period of time.”

“She was very articulate, precise and well-focused in our discussions displaying a high level of self-esteem and integrity.”

“She is very quick to respond and ensures that she never misses any of our deadlines.”

“Ms Ezane demonstrates at all times that she is fully aware and in control of the status of our cases.”

“We can be assured that she will act in our best interest with integrity, and in respect of our requests/instructions, she does not simply brush them aside but gives due consideration if they are legally permissible or possible.”

“Her advice is to the point, she does not digress or confuse her clients.”

Ezane is also a qualified advocacy trainer having been trained and selected by the Advocacy Training Council of England and Wales to teach advocacy to pupils and young lawyers.

She also provides legal advice and representation, pro-bono, to those who qualify for legal aid, through the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Division of Matrimonial Assets; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2015, March 2015.”
  • Contributor to Personal Money, the Edge Weekly (week of 9-15 February 2015) under column; “Ask the Experts” on managing inherited wealth.
  • Interview by “Personal Money; “(The Edge) April 2013 Issue, on how women can protect themselves financially in the event of divorce.”
  • The Final Word; “Effectiveness of postnuptial agreements; Legal Insights Issue 3/2014, December 2013.”
  • Breaking-Up is Hard to Do; “Ways in which couples may seek to dissolve their marriage”; Legal Insights Issue 4/2013, December 2013.”
  • Court Adoptions in West Malaysia; “Legal Insights Issue 3/2013, September 2013.”
  • Rights of Biological Parents vs Adoptive Parents; “Legal Insights Issue 3/2011, September 2011.”
  • UK Supreme Court Upholds Prenuptial Agreement; “Legal Insights Issue 4/2010, December 2010.”
  • Prenuptial Agreements; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2008, March 2008.”
  • The Great Eastern Life Assurance Co. Ltd. v. Indra Janardhana Menon [2005] 4 CLJ 717, Federal Court Reaffirms Existing Law of Limitations for Actions Founded on Contract; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2006, March 2006.”

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Fellow, the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Committee Member, Bar Council Family Law Committee, Rules Sub-Committee, a committee set-up to review the existing Divorce and Matrimonial Proceedings Rules 1980
  • Member, Malaysia Inner Temple Alumni Association (former Assistant Honorary Secretary, subsequently Honorary Secretary (2009 – 2015)
  • Member, Association of Women Lawyers, Malaysia  

Education & QualifIcations

  • LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Barrister-at-law, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court Malaya

Languages

  • English
  • Bahasa Malaysia (Malay)

 

Lee Kien How John

Mr. Lee Kien How John is the managing partner of J. Lee & Associates, a medium-size legal firm in Malaysia. He graduated with LLB (Hons) degree from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) ranking among the tops of his year. He also holds a Master of Comparative Laws degree, a post-graduate Diploma in Shariah and Legal Practice both of which from IIUM and, an MA in Economics for Competition Law from King’s Collage London. He is currently a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom as well as a mediator of the Malaysian Bar. He is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. Proficient in English, Malay language, Mandarin, he is also the first Chinese origin Shariah practitioner ever admitted by the Shariah (Islamic law) court.

Upon graduation, Mr. Lee chambered in one of the most prominent law firms in the nation which exposed him to heavyweight corporate dealings and complicated and contested general litigations. Later, realising the need of exposure in property and Islamic corporate transaction, he opted for another medium firm, which deals extensively with property (including conveyancing) and Islamic corporate transactions before proceeding to enhance his litigation experience.

Mr. Lee also holds a Master in Laws from IIUM with a specialisation in comparative study of securities and banking laws. Currently, he is in the process of publishing his dissertation, which is a comparative study between conventional and Islamic laws of corporate finance and insurance. Despite his special interest in security insurance and banking law both conventional and Islamic, he has wide areas of interests ranging from shipping law to professional negligence. Also, he is interested with laws relating to intellectual property and construction contract.

His current practice includes corporate and commercial law, competition law compliance and Islamic corporate finance related matters where he advises wide range of clients from local small medium entrepreneurs to multinational corporate entities over their local and transnational business needs. He is instrumental in developing Islamic banking, Takaful and Islamic corporate finance documents and exercise for several financial institutions as well as corporate and governmental entities in Malaysia. He has spoken extensively in seminars, workshops and conferences on various issues and topics concerning Islamic corporate finance and Takaful both locally and internationally

Thus, Mr. Lee has wide experience in corporate dealings from merger, acquisition, alliance, international ventures to international franchise dealings and negotiation and all Islamic related documentations, which are his extreme interests. He has been a part-time lecturer in the law faculty of IIUM since 1999 for both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. He has taught the subject of “Islamic Banking” for a special exclusive diploma programme in Islamic Banking for legal practitioners which was jointly offered by IIUM and the Bar Council.

He has been a part-time lecturer in the law faculty of IIUM since 1999 for both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. He has taught the subject of “Islamic Banking” for a special exclusive diploma programme in Islamic Banking for legal practitioners which was jointly offered by IIUM and the Bar Council.

He also lectures occasionally in various other local universities, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and governmental institutions. He has lectured and provided training in Judicial And Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) as well as Syariah Judiciary Department Malaysia (JKSM) for both civil courts and Shariah courts judges concerning Islamic banking. He has lectured for the Master of Science in Islamic Banking programme offered by the IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF).

Also he has advised numerous governmental and semi governmental entities in relation with Islamic Banking practices and also advised the Attorney General’s Chamber of Malaysia, IIUM, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (BMMB), Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB), Maybank Islamic Berhad (MIB), Bank Simpanan Nasional Berhad (BSN), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) and Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS) on Musyarakah Mutanaqisah financing structures, Istisna’ financing, Murabahah Tawarruq facility, Ijarah Muntahiyah Bi Tamleek, to name a few, and issues thereto.

Also he is one of the members of the Law Reform Committee on Contracts Act established by the Malaysian Government. In 2006, he was a visiting scholar to the Asian Law Centre of the University of Washington. He is currently a Shariah consultant to few governmental agencies as well as few government-funded banks. Besides, he was a member of the Board of Studies of International Islamic University Malaysia for the 2010-2012 tenure. He is currently a member of the Board of Studies of the Faculty of Law of University Malaya for the 2015-2017 tenure.

He is the author of the book “Legal Documentation for Islamic Banking” published by Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia (IBFIM). The book is now the textbook for the Certified Qualification In Islamic Finance (CQIF) for Islamic bankers. Also, he is the co-author of the book “Islamic Financial Services Act 2013: Commentaries” which was published and launched on July 2015 by the Current Law Journal (CLJ). He has also contributed a chapter entitled “IFSA 2013 and FSA 2013: the New Legislation Regulating Islamic Banking and Finance in Malaysia” in “Islamic Banking”, (2nd Ed) to be published by the CLJ this year. His next 3 books “Recovery, Rescheduling & Restructuring in Islamic Finance”, “Islamic Banking in Malaysia: Concept, Theory, Practice and Legal Documentation” and “Cases & Materials on Islamic Finance in Malaysia” will be published by Malayan Law Journal and Lexis Nexis International in January 2016, April 2016 and June 2016 respectively.

He is now a member of the Shariah Advisory (SAC) of the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM). Also, he is a consultant to few law firms and practices in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

J Lee & Associates:

J Lee & Associates is a young yet dynamic firm established since early 2001. We are partnered by a team of enthusiastic professional lawyers who inspire to provide full commitment and efficiency in all assignments entrusted by clients. Despite being ‘young’, we plead to serve our clients to the utmost and thus holding our clients’ satisfaction as the prime target.

By the concept of ‘under one roof’, we also aim to serve all corporate needs of our clients and thus, become a one stop hub that could provide the best solutions for all our clients’ business needs. This objective is achieved by the professional experience and training undergone by our lawyers and staff.

Kamilah Kasim

Kamilah Kasim graduated from the University of Malaya and was called to the Bar in Malaysia in 1988.

She joined Rajah & Tann in 2000 and was made a Principal/Partner in 2000. She left and joined Jones Day, an international law firm where she stayed for four years, practising in the field of international arbitration, and specialising in large complex engineering and commercial cases. In April 2007, she returned to Rajah & Tann. She is also a principal Partner of Kamilah & Chong. Kamilah & Chong is Rajah & Tann LLP’s associate firm in Kuala Lumpur.

Experience:

Kamilah’s experience in the legal industry extends to over 2 decades of involvement on contentious and non contentious matters relating to construction, energy and telecommunication projects in Asia. In respect of non-contentious matter, Kamilah has negotiated and drafted many construction and engineering contracts and related documents involving the principal forms of the standard contracts: SIA, JCT, FIDIC, PAM, JKR Form and ICE; in all contracting arrangements including main contracts, sub-contracts (nominated and domestic), design and build contracts, contracts for supply, management contracting and construction management, turnkey, concession agreements, PPA, PPP, EPC and bespoke construction contracts.

 

Jeremy M. Joseph

Jeremy M. Joseph is the principal partner and founder of Joseph & Partners, which is now one of the premier maritime law firms Malaysia has to offer. He has a Master’s degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton and a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship from the British High Commission.

Originally a marine insurance broker, Jeremy has knowledge of the shipping and insurance industry. His first position in law was at the Singapore office of Holman Fenwick & Willan where he worked as an associate for several years until he set up Messrs Joseph & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. His firm has been consistently ranked in the top category every year since 2010 as a leading Malaysian shipping law firm by international law publications, Legal 500 and Chambers Asia. Recently, the firm won the prestigious “ALB 2014 Malaysia Law Awards” for Shipping Law Firm of the Year, hosted by Asian Legal Business and Thomson Reuters.

Jeremy regularly works as counsel and co-counsel in various shipping, insurance and maritime arbitration matters. Some of these cases have become important legal precedents in the Malaysian shipping scene.

Jeremy currently advises all sorts of companies and organizations from ship-owners and P & I Clubs, to insurers, banks, ship yards, charterers, and a variety of other commercial establishments.

In addition, he has authored numerous articles that have been subsequently published in the Malayan Law Journal and other international publications like “Getting the Deal Through” and “The Shipping Law Review.” He has also written the Shipping, Insurance and Carriers volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia and the Lexis Nexis Malaysian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Marine Insurance.

He was the former Chairman of the Shipping & Admiralty Committee for the Malaysian Bar and has previously served in the Admiralty Court and Maritime Law Taskforce initiated by the Malaysian Judiciary.

Joseph & Partners:

Joseph & Partners is one of the leading law firms in Malaysia.

We have over 25 years combined experience of providing legal advice and law services for a variety of commercial and corporate legal matters. We are the leading specialists in shipping law in Malaysia and have also built up a reputation for expertise in marine offshore law. We have been providing corporate legal advice on all aspects of Malaysian shipping law, including cargo claims, admiralty processes, marine casualties, arbitration, energy related contracts and transactions and insurance disputes.

Malaysia has a thriving shipping and offshore energy industry, but it is not just shipping companies that need maritime legal advice and counsel on marine offshore legal matters. Many companies turn to Joseph & Partners to take advantage of our industry experience. In addition to shipping legal services and marine offshore advice, we provide all aspects of law services including property, insurance, commercial legal matters and other corporate legal advice. Our mission, as laid out by our principle partner, Jeremy M. Joseph, is to provide top quality specialist legal services that achieve excellent results for our clients and as leaders in our field, we build strong and lasting relationships with people in the business.

 

Farah Deba Mohamed Sofian

FARAH DEBA MOHAMED SOFIAN has been extensively involved in estate planning and inheritance work since year 2002 and is currently a partner of Messrs Wong Lu Peen & Tunku Alina. She has advised wide range of clientele including various financial institutions (both Islamic and conventional) on corporate banking and trade facilities, property developers in respect of mixed integrated development (residential, commercial and industrial projects), foreign clients on foreign acquisition and disposal of assets, body corporates on long-term lease and land development arrangements concerning infrastructure and privatized projects locally and internationally (including  in the Middle East).
Farah also has first-hand experience in setting up an Islamic financing unit of a co-operative society including the provision of training for the staff and preparation of the standard operating procedures for the financing unit.  She is also involved in advising clients on special projects for the development & construction of transportation hub, hotels  & medical centers. Additionally, she advises clients from time to time on various ad-hoc corporate and regulatory issues including the recently introduced regulatory regimes relating to competition, data protection and privacy issues.
Special Focus
She was instrumental in establishing the Inheritance and Succession Practice Group in the Firm.  She formulated the idea of expanding the real property practice of the Firm to the provision of estate planning & business succession instruments to Muslim and non-Muslim clients.
The Firm now provides a full range of inheritance & succession advisory services with special focus in asset protection & preservation, estate & business succession planning, probate & administration affecting Muslims & non-Muslims. Her clientele include various high net worth individuals, trust companies, foundations (family holdings & charitable), professional will-writing companies & other body corporates.

Her team’s practice includes:
Determining distribution computation for Muslims & non-Muslims; – determination of heirs (forced heirship rule); – attendance in Shariah courts; – Wills writing & review; – Structuring & preparing wealth and estate planning instruments including trusts & business succession instruments, preparation of buy- sell arrangements;  – Creation & formation of trust foundations (charitable or otherwise);   – probate & estate administration including assisting & facilitating legal representatives with the administration and management of the deceased’s estate, calling in of assets, attending to transmission  until distribution of assets to beneficiaries – application for letter of representation and resealing thereof including obtaining distribution order & order for sale
Qualification Graduated from International Islamic University, Malaysia; – Masters of Laws from King’s College, University of London; – Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since 1992; – Registered Mediator with the Bar Council Malaysian Mediation Centre ; – Full Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

 

Lim Kar Han

Kar Han heads the firm’s Commercial Business Unit and has been a Partner of the firm since 1995. Recognised as one of the leading corporate and mergers & acquisition lawyers in Malaysia, he is well versed in advising clients on a broad spectrum of corporate, commercial and financial transactions. He has advised on some notable takeovers of listed companies, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring as well as debt and equity issues.

Kar Han has extensive experience in advising domestic as well as foreign direct investors in cross-border transactions.

Kar Han also advises multi-national clients in the automotive, energy, infrastructure, primary resources, media, retail and technology industries as well as local government-linked corporations.

M&A Law Practice:

We have successfully advised on some of the largest and most complex M&A deals in the region. Our expertise covers a wide range of sectors including communications, banking, insurance, energy, maritime transport, air transport, manufacturing, mining, plantation and property.

With our in-depth knowledge of general offers under the takeover codes governing the various ASEAN countries, we are well positioned to handle the many facets of a takeover. We formulate composite strategies from the start to the end – from the drafting of an offer, the planning of appropriate defences in the face of a takeover, right up to compulsory acquisitions and de-listing. We also structure M&As utilising schemes of arrangement, acquisitions of businesses and assets.

ZICO Law :

Some people believe that success is in the details. We agree. Slip-up on the details and the deal may well slip through your fingers. Through our network of strategically placed offices in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, we keep a close eye on on-ground movements in legislative and regulatory trends, so we understand the nitty-gritty of what works, no matter where you are.

Combining local knowledge with a global approach, we’re focused on creating solid solutions, exclusively for you, taking care of you here and now, so you can grow in the long term.

In short, we’ll take care of the details so you can take care of growing your business, in-country, in ASEAN and across the globe.

Our focus has always remained the same: to promote regional expertise while maintaining local grounding.

 

Lim Heng Seng

Lim Heng Seng currently heads the Employment Practice Group at the firm. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Universiti Malaya in 1976. He obtained a Master of Laws from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science) in 1987. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1988.

He served in various capacities in the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service from 1976 until 2001, when he left to practise law. Some of his previous appointments include head of arbitration (1990-92) and deputy head of civil litigation with the Attorney General‟s Chambers (February 1992-93). He has also served as chairman of both the Industrial Court of Malaysia (1994-2003) and the Social Security (Socso) Appellate Board (1997-2003).

Heng Seng is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Industrial Law Reports published by the Malaysian Current Law Journal. He is the advisory editor on Malaysian Court Forms published by the Malayan Law Journal, and the author of Assessment of Damages in Personal Injury and Fatal Accident Claims, a prescribed textbook for the Certificate in Legal Practice examination conducted by the Legal Profession Qualifying Board.

At the Malaysian Employment Law Conference 2008, he presented a paper on Integrity in the Workplace: Whistle Blowing or Ethical Informing and this was followed by Sustaining Business in an Adverse Economy: Managerial Prerogatives & Fair Labour Practices, Review of the Pre-Industrial Court Adjudication Steps and Process and The Impact of the Whistleblowing Protection Act 2010 on Human Resource Management & Employment Law at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 conferences respectively.

In the 2009 edition of Chambers Asia: Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Heng Seng was listed as a leading individual [Band 1] in Industrial Relations and described as possessing the ability to “strike a delicate but sensible balance between the law and the realities of the corporate world”.

In the 2010 edition of Chambers Asia, Heng Seng was again accorded the same honour, with the following statement:

“This compact team of “excellent labour lawyers” has been active recently on behalf of a number of major international companies regarding terminations and cases of misconduct. Its impressive client list features major names in the banking, insurance and petrochemicals sectors. Sources laud the team’s “top-notch service, accuracy, speed of response and reliability”. Lim Heng Seng is the heartbeat of the practice. One client enthused: “His advice is always legally sound while also practical. He is willing to work together with the client to explore different options and has the courage to venture into new or untested areas.”

In 2011 and 2012, Heng Seng again did Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill proud by winning this recognition from Chambers Asia for the third and fourth time. Clients commended his “excellent team of reliable and responsive employment law experts” and noted he has “a very good department staffed with leading practitioners.”

Heng Seng has also been recognised as one of the “leading labour lawyers” in Malaysia by business and investment magazine Euromoney.