Event information

Start Date: Mon 23 Mar 2020 Timings: 12:00pm-6.30pm

Venue: Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur , 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The role of general counsel and senior in-house legal advisors is constantly evolving to meet the rapidly changing demands of organisations in today’s business world. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day legal challenges affecting the business and managing legal staff, counsel are expected to diversify their service offering in order to overcome a growing list of commercial challenges. Whether it is managing internal investigations, defending their company in cross-border disputes or adapting to the shifting trends in Tax or M&A, the required skillset of the profession is developing at an exponential rate.

GC Summit Malaysia invites the most esteemed in-house counsel from the country’s most prolific companies to discuss their changing roles as in-house leaders and the challenges, issues and opportunities they are facing in 2020 and beyond. Between comprehensive panel discussions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house counsel, GC Summit Malaysia promises to be a practical, forward-looking event bringing together the region’s top legal minds.



GC Summit Malaysia 2020
12.00pm Arrival and registration
1.00pm Welcome address and opening remarks
1.10pm Fireside chat: Insight into Malaysia’s changing employment law landscape.
Presented by Donovan Cheah, partner, Donovan & Ho
1.40pm Panel session 1: Managing International Disputes
Moderated by Mohanadass Kanagasabai, managing partner, Mohanadass Partnership
2.30pm Panel session 2: An update to recent tax trends in Malaysia
Moderated by S. Saravana Kumar, partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
3.20pm Break and refreshments
3.30pm Panel session 3: Topic to be confirmed
Moderated by Trowers & Hamlins
4.20pm Panel session 4: Responding to, managing and preventing investigations
Moderated by Tharminder Singh, senior partner, Izral Partnership
5.10pm Closing remarks
5.20pm Networking over food and beverages

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Speakers include

Mohanadass Kanagasabai, managing partner, Mohanadass Partnership

Managing partner, Mohanadass Kanagasabai, is rated by The Legal 500 as a leading individual for dispute resolution in Malaysia and ranked for his expertise by Chambers & Partners. He has over two decades of experience in the field, is a former president of the Malaysian institute of arbitrators, and also former co-chair of the Inter Pacific Bar Association’s dispute resolution and arbitration committee.

S. Saravana Kumar, partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Saravana is a partner in the tax, GST and private client practice group and is consistently rated as one of the leading tax lawyers in Malaysia by leading legal directories.

Saravana has appeared in benchmark litigations with a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes.

Looked up to for possessing ‘profound legal knowledge and strong commercial acumen’, he delivers ‘well-considered, pragmatic advice’ and is ‘a real pleasure to work with’ (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019).

Saravana has been praised for his ability to ‘think outside the box’ and ‘innovative approach’ in interpreting the law, Chambers Asia Pacific acknowledged Saravana for being ‘dynamic, efficient and helpful’. Meanwhile, Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 commented that clients have remarked, ‘His tax knowledge is very in-depth and he is fast at responding.’

‘Pre-eminent’ Saravana was recently recognised as one of Asia’s leading lawyers in asialaw Profiles 2019 and named one of the 40 top lawyers under 40 years old in Asia by the Asian Legal Business.

Nick Edmondes, resident managing partner, Trowers & Hamlins, Malaysia

Nick Edmondes is resident managing partner of Trowers’ Kuala Lumpur office. The firm was the first foreign law firm to be granted a qualified foreign law firm licence in Malaysia in 2015.
Nick’s 30 years of experience include major infrastructure project development and finance, privatisation, corporate structuring, restructuring and cross-border investment, particularly in real estate.

Nick has worked in London and Trowers’ overseas offices, including as the resident managing partner of the firm’s Oman office between 1994 and 2000. In the 1990’s, Nick established the firm’s Islamic Finance Group, which has grown to be recognised as a First Tier practice in the Legal 500 directory of law firms. He remains a key client partner for a number of international Islamic financial institutions, as well as Malaysian institutions and companies.

Tom Reynolds, partner, Trowers & Hamlins, Malaysia

Tom has spent his entire career at Trowers & Hamlins and has experience advising on corporate, commercial, banking and finance transactions. In the corporate field Tom’s main focus is on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures, and corporate structuring for UK company / commercial real estate acquisitions by overseas investors.

His experience covers many sectors, advising governmental institutions, banks, fund and asset managers, operating businesses and high net worth individuals across sectors such as private equity, financial services, wholesale Islamic and conventional banking, real estate development, telecommunications, food and beverage, insurance, industrial and aviation.

Tom moved from the firm’s Bahrain office to their office in Kuala Lumpur in 1st January 2018, further growing the firm’s corporate and cross-border capabilities across Malaysia and the ASEAN jurisdictions.

Mohd Izral Khairy, senior partner, Izral Partnership

Izral was previously a partner in prominent large-sized and medium-sized legal firms before co-founding Izral Partnership in 2008 with Tharminder Singh & Wong Guo Bin. Izral regularly acts for various high profile individuals and leading corporations in relation to various types of contentious matters, in particular, fraud-related ones involving breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation, and conspiracy to defraud.

Izral has a natural knack for investigative litigation works. Izral has since been able to bring that knack to a higher level through his years of experience in handling fraud-related briefs. Given that, he plays a central role in the firm’s prominent investigative briefs, including one in which he is representing heirs of a late well-known Malaysian tycoon in disputes relating to family trusts created in their favour as well as their inheritance, dealing with fraudulent allegations. The legal saga involves countless numbers of legal proceedings in which there were complex applications made by the heirs for, amongst others, search & seizure orders, disclosure of trust deed and appointment of a receiver and manager over a trust.

Donovan Cheah, partner, Donovan & Ho

Donovan has been recognised as a recommended lawyer for labour and employment law by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in their 2017, 2018 and 2019 rankings, where he is described as ‘understanding, efficient and direct’ and ‘the name to note’. Donovan assists corporate clients on various employment law issues, including drafting of employment contracts and handbooks, advising on workforce reductions, termination of employees and compliance issues, and representing them in employment litigation such as unfair dismissal claims and judicial review proceedings involving the decisions of the Industrial Court or the Minister of Human Resources.

Tharminder Singh, senior partner, Izral Partnership

Tharminder has well over two decades of experience as a litigator. He is known to be a strategist who is able to promote not just the legal interest of our clients, but also their commercial interests. Our clients in turn appreciate his ability to strip out all the nonsense for a practical approach towards litigation.

He is thus a sought-after counsel at various levels of the courts, especially the appellate courts. Tharminder’s key practice areas in the firm are shareholders & directors disputes, corporate insolvency & receivership, debt restructuring & schemes of arrangements, asset tracing & asset preservation, civil & commercial fraud, as well as competition & antitrust.

Wong Guo Bin, senior partner, Izral Partnership

Guo Bin has been a litigator for over two decades. His focus on solution-oriented methods is reinforced by his innate disposition for scrutiny and inquiry, manifesting itself in the high standards of client-care and effective advocacy that he sets for himself.

His eye for detail & thoroughness in advising clients & preparing for cases makes him a sought-after counsel for various matters that require such high levels of scrutiny and care. Guo Bin’s key practice areas in the firm are employment fraud, industrial relations & employment disputes, construction arbitration & adjudication, construction & engineering contract disputes, real estate & land acquisition disputes, as well as securities & share trading disputes.

Shawn Ho, partner, Donovan & Ho

Shawn heads the Corporate and Commercial practice at Donovan & Ho. He assists clients in corporate acquisitions, restructuring exercises, joint venture arrangements, shareholder agreements, employee share options and fundraising exercises. He has assisted numerous companies in successfully raising money from venture capital and private equity funds in Seed, Series A and B rounds.