Azmi & Associates > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Firm Profile

Azmi & Associates

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Azmi & Associates assists clients with due diligence, share sale and purchase transactions, reverse take-overs, restructuring and reorganisations. The practice has lately seen increased mandates in the manufacturing and automotive sectors, advising high-profile clients such as Kia Corporation. Practice head Azmi Mohd Ali sits on the board of two listed companies and a public university, with expertise in cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Azmi Mohd Ali


They are very committed to our organisation when carrying out tasks.’ 

Azmi Mohd Ali is an experienced partner who is not just focused on the case, but also has a keen interest in the company.’ 

‘All of them really take a good care of their client. They’re a team that give a client clear direction on how to remain calm.’ 

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition of Naza’s Minority Interest in Naza Automotive Manufacturing Sdn Bhd.

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 3

The offering at Azmi & Associates, which is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge on IP-related matters’, is led by Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir. Its workload predominantly consists of drafting licensing agreements and structuring copyright publications, in local and cross-jurisdictional cases. The team has demonstrable experience across a range of industry sectors, but is noted for its expertise in media and entertainment matters. ‘Confident and dedicated lawyer’ Amera Mohd Yusof is one to watch in the team. 

Practice head(s):

Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir

Other key lawyers:

Azarith Sofia Aziz; Amera Mohd Yusof


‘Amera is a confident and dedicated lawyer who provides clear, concise and practical explanations to problems. She’s approachable and willing to go the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Teamwork is clearly very good.’

‘The team is prompt in responding to client queries, give sound legal and practical advice that meets the expectations of the clients and has an ability to problem-solve and offer solutions to clients. A true specialist in the market.’

‘Abdul Kadir’s vast skills and experience in IP are well-noted and acknowledged across the industries. He is easy to communicate with and open and practical in exploring possible solutions to issues that are not straightforward. He is also extremely detail-oriented and provides legal advice in a clear, practical and professional manner as a result of his experiences and in-depth knowledge in the related fields.’

‘Khairul Fazli is very energetic, very good at communicating and very confident.’

‘Partner and associates are very accommodating. They have extensive knowledge on IP-related matters, are always available to provide assistance and professional in all working aspects. Legal fees have always been competitive and commensurate well with their skills and expertise.’

‘Mr Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir and Ms Amera Mohd Yusof are some of the best external legal associates that we have worked with. They are very accommodating when it comes to client request and queries and the quality of work provided to us was outstanding.’

‘The team’s notable strength is its ability to provide expertise specific to us, and their in-depth understanding of our requirements. We are confident that our needs, no matter how complicated, can be attended by the firm in a cost-effective manner. In addition, the level of personal attention received is always second-to-none.’ 

Key clients

Universiti Putra Malaysia


National Film Development Corporation Malaysia

Umw Corporation Sdn Bhd

Cahaya Bintang Kecil

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia) Berhad

Padiberas Nasional Berhad

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia

QSR Brands M Holdings Bhd

Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor

Open University Malaysia

MBSB Bank Berhad

Pantai Holdings Sdn Bhd

Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (PROTON)

Edaran Otomobil Nasional Berhad (EON)

Eastern Pacific Industrial Corporation Berhad

Naza Corporation Holdings

ACO Tech

Marimore Engineering

Prince Court Medical Centre:

Alvogen TM SARL

Al Hijrah Media Corporation

Perbadanan Nasional Berhad

Work highlights

  • Advised and provided legal services to Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn. Bhd (PROTON) in respect of PROTON’s trademarks matters in Malaysia and in 14 other countries across the world.
  • Advised and provide legal services to Perbadanan Nasional Berhad in respect of proposed equity investment and financing facility amounting to RM17.5m.
  • Advised and provided legal services to UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd in respect of the drafting of the Intellectual Property Guidelines to be used by UMW Group.

Malaysia > Shipping Tier 3

Praised for his ‘wealth of experience in maritime matters’, the team at Azmi & Associates is led by Philip Teoh, who is a member of the expert advisory panel on ports, transport and logistics of the Malaysian Competition Commission. Noted for its contentious and non-contentious capability, the practice’s workload includes ship arrests, involving complexities such as extending jurisdictional powers for warrants of arrest. A key work highlight includes the team’s success at the Court of Appeal on novel points involving rem rights and what constitutes effective notice in purchasing, though the matter was overturned by the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Philip Teoh

Other key lawyers:

Jacintha Sasideran


‘Philip Teoh has a wealth of experience in maritime matters which means he can cut through to the real issues at play. He is also very approachable and responsive and at the crucial moments.’

‘The team has experienced and knowledgeable practitioners, who are on hand to assist at all times. We have been very impressed with the speed of their responses notwithstanding the different time zones in which we work.’

‘Phillip Teoh is prevalent in the legal shipping circles.’

Key clients

Pembangunan Berhad Bank

Holman Fenwick Willan

Work highlights

  • Acted on appeal on a novel point of admiralty law.
  • Acted on the ship arrest of “Permata Arau 1”, which involved tracking the vessel and enforcing the extended jurisdiction of the Malaysian Admiralty Court where the Warrant of Arrest was executed in East Malaysia.
  • Acted on a ship arrest wherein tracking and execution was challenging.

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 5

Malaysia > Capital markets

Azmi & Associates’ team, which is led by Serina Abdul Samad and Moo Eng Thing, handles a range of capital markets advisory work.

Malaysia > Dispute resolution

Azmi & Associates’ practice is led by Natalia Izra Nasaruddin, who specialises in banking, probate and contractual disputes, in addition to shareholder matters. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Iris Tang Shu Ni from Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill in January 2022.

The firm: Azmi & Associates is a fully fledged Malaysian corporate and commercial law firm which has been actively involved in undertaking various legal assignments, including those involving mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, energy, capital and debt markets, banking and finance transactions (both Islamic and conventional), intellectual property, civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, corporate conveyancing, compliance, aviation, shipping, maritime, logistics, employment and labour, restructuring and insolvency.

Clients range from small and medium enterprise companies to public listed companies and foreign multinationals. The firm is now in its second decade of service – having grown from 11 lawyers to its current strength of 83 lawyers, comprising 22 partners and 61 associates and assisted by an additional 27 trainee lawyers and 80 qualified and trained support personnel.

The firm is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and has branch offices in Johor Bahru and Penang. The firm has expanded to include a Chinadesk, comprising bilingual Mandarin-proficient lawyers. The team is diverse, multi-lingual, internationally trained with a modern outlook and proactive approach.

Azmi & Associates’ global reach is further enhanced by its other international alliances, among which is the TerraLex network comprising 21,000 lawyers across more than 186 jurisdictions and First Law International.

The strong support of clients for the innovative work and responsive service of the firm’s commercially savvy lawyers has earned the firm accolades and global recognitions on international legal directory listings and publications, such as Asian Legal Business, The Legal 500, Chambers Global and IFLR1000. The firm is ranked as the eighth largest law firm in Malaysia.

Areas of practice: Azmi & Associates’ starting point is the commercial goals set for each project.

The firm’s pragmatic and outcome-focused lawyers combine strong technical legal skills and sound industry experience with a commercial and innovative approach to clients’ business needs. The firm works closely with clients to assist in all legal aspects of projects, from simple transactions to large, complex development projects.

The firm understands issues from all perspectives, having advised and worked with major private and public sector clients across a wide range of business focuses. Among its significant clients are: developers, construction companies; leading financial institutions and firms, banks and lenders; investors and property agents; major multinational corporations; federal, state and local government bodies.

Azmi & Associates offers deep sector-specific knowledge and a wealth of experience to its clients, in the most cost-effective manner. By providing clients with lawyers equipped with great depth and breadth of industry experience, the firm is able to deliver seamless services quickly and efficiently while focusing on key commercial aspects of the deal and communicating effectively with clients.

Key areas of practice: mergers and acquisitions, Islamic banking, financial services and banking, capital and debt markets, venture capital/private equity, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, inbound and outbound investments, intellectual property, information technology, communication and media, data protection, pharmaceutical/life sciences, energy/renewable energy, oil and gas, mining and natural resources, real estate and property-related ventures, infrastructure, projects and concessions, construction, fundraising and debt restructuring, competition law, project finance, insurance, international trade, admiralty and shipping, transportation and logistics, employment and labour, industrial relations, wealth management/succession planning, trust/endowment, compliance, China-related works, aviation, anti-trust.

Corporate and M&A, Foreign Investment, Energy and Natural Resources Dato' Azmi Mohd 2118 5001
Foreign Investment Sharizan 2118 5019
Corporate and M&A, Aviation, Compliance/Regulatory Norhisham Abd 2118 5016
Banking & Finance, Islamic Finance Ahmad Lutfi Abdull 2118 5002
Banking & Finance, Islamic Finance Farhah Hayati 2118 5012
Capital & Debt Markets Serina Abdul 2118 5003
Capital & Debt Markets Moo Eng 2118 5018
Banking & Finance, Islamic Finance Ahmad Syahir 2118 5020
Employment and industrial relations Melinda Marie D' 2118 5021
Energy & Natural Resources, Antitrust and Competition Mohd Rasheed 2118 5026
Shipping & Maritime/Insurance Phillip 2118 5010
Intellectual Property Khairul Fazli Abdul 2118 5017
Intellectual Property Azarith Sofia 2118 5031
Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Arbitration YM Dato' Raja Ahmad Mohzanuddin 2118 5008
Litigation and dispute resolution Abu Daud Abd 2118 5013
Number of lawyers : 83
Terralex Network
First Law International
Contacts : Dato' Azmi Mohd Ali (Senior Partner;
Contacts : Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip (Managing Partner;

Client: Ingress Group of Companies
Testimonial: “The relationship between Ingress Group of Companies and Azmi & Associates can be traced back to as early as 2001. Despite the modest set-up, Dato’ Azmi managed to provide in-depth advisory services and documentations on corporate issues. With his experience and knowledge coupled with a reliable due diligence team, Ingress Group managed to acquire a foreign company without much hassle and the transaction was completed within the agreed time line. This marked the start of beneficial relationship between Ingress and the Firm. Dato’ Azmi has proven until now that he is easily accessible even with short notices. The quality of advices given and the legal opinions rendered has been, until now, remain the key factor that distinguishes the Firm from other legal firms in Malaysia. Being a member of TerraLex, cross border transactions have become much easier for Ingress where legal or regulatory issues of foreign jurisdiction are adequately addressed in a timely manner. The virtues and traits of the Firm during its early set up have been successfully inculcated to the current partners and lawyers of the Firm. These merits have been the key considerations for Ingress to keep engaging the Firm to be its main legal advisor.”

Client: Abu Bakar Isa Ramat, Vice President/Chief Counsel
Company: Global Ventures Holdings Berhad
Testimonial: “My team and I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Dato’ Azmi and his team over a number of corporate and commercial transactions these past years. I have discerned that Dato’ Azmi is a lawyer with deep experience in a broad range of practice areas including joint ventures, project finance, mergers and acquisitions with strategic approaches which are critical to effectively and efficiently handle the many nuances of large and complex transactions. He also leads a very strong team that is focused on client outcomes and has an excellent understanding of M&A market dynamics locally and abroad. The legal advice and support provided by them were always well considered, balanced, pragmatic and unambiguous, based on their wealth of experience in dealing with a broad range of clients and transactions. I applaud the legal firm’s client-centric approach and responsiveness, and I find that they are easy to deal with whilst adhering to their fee agreement with us. I would highly recommend Messrs. Azmi & Associates for corporate and commercial works”

Azmi & Associates Welcomes a New Dispute Resolution Partner and 2 New Associates

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Izzat Asyraf Zamri as its new Partner, effective 1 August 2023. His appointment is in line with the growth strategy of the Firm in strengthening our Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group.

Azmi & Associates Secures Licence to Employ Our Second Foreign Qualified Lawyer

John Vercoe has been granted a registration by the Bar Council of Malaysia to be employed as Foreign Lawyer in Malaysia. Azmi & Associates is the first Malaysian legal firm to be issued with a license to hire Bar Council approved foreign lawyers. To date we have two (2) UK qualified foreign lawyers under this scheme and both are licensed to advise UK law in Malaysia.

Azmi & Associates’ Co-Deputy Managing Partner Appointed as an AIAC Advisory Council Member

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce that our Co-Deputy Managing Partner, YM Raja Dato’ Ahmad Mohzanuddin Shah Raja Mohzan has been appointed as a member of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) Advisory Council for a two-year term, effective 1 April 2021.

Azmi & Associates Opens Penang Office

Ever Given and Fragility of Shipping Routes Post 2020

Shipping is directly driven by global economic growth and the need to carry goods internationally. Global economic growth directly influences international trade which in turn directly affects shipping and growth in seabourne trade volumes ( which directly measures demand for shipping, port and logistics services). Shipping is the most commonly used mode of transport in international trade, carrying some 85 per cent of the total transport volume1.

Azmi & Associates Partners’ Appointment

Dear valued clients, business associates and friends, Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce that two (2) of our Partners, Zuhaidi Shahari has been appointed as a member of the Audit Committee of InvestKL whilst Philip Teoh has been appointed as a member of the Expert Panel Committee by the Malaysia Competition Commission (“MyCC”).

Azmi & Associates Appoints 2 New Partners

Dear valued clients, business associates and friends,Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohd Farizal Farhan Abd Ghapar and Mohd Sallahudin Abdullah as its new partners with effect from 16 December 2020

Azmi & Associates Welcomes A New Advisor for Oil & Gas Industry – Mahadi Abdullah

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Mahadi Abdullah as the Firm’s Oil & Gas Industry Advisor with effect from 9 November 2020. His appointment is in line with the Firm’s strategic decision to build up our Oil & Gas Practice Group.

Azmi & Associates Welcomes a New Senior Associate cum Senior Advisor for Johor Bahru Office

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohd Zam Mustaman as its new Senior Associate cum Senior Advisor for the Johor Bahru office. Mohd Zam has immense experience in the corporate and legal sector. Mohd Zam graduated with LL.B (Hons.) from the University of Wales at Cardiff in 1989 and was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted to the roll of Advocates and Solicitors in 1993. He is also registered as a Licensed Company Secretary (LS 0009020-2006).

Azmi & Associates Announces the Promotion of 13 Members to Senior Associates

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce the promotion and hiring across the firm of fourteen (14) lawyers as mentioned below, five (5) to Senior Associate 1, eight (8) to Senior Associate 2 and one (1) admission as an Associate, with effect from 7th January 2019, as a part of the firm’s recognition and appreciation of the efforts, growth and development of its members.

Azmi & Associates Welcomes A New Partner – Ms. Sharifah Sazita Syed Hamzah

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharifah Sazita Syed Hamzah as its new partner of the Firm’s Infrastructure, PPP and Project Finance (IPPF) Practice Group, in line with the Firm’s growth strategy and continued expansion.

Azmi & Associates Secures Licence to Employ a Foreign Lawyer – Pierre Brochet, LL.M, MAIArb.

Azmi & Associates is pleased to announce that it is the first law firm in Malaysia to have been granted a licence by the Bar Council of Malaysia to employ Pierre Brochet as Foreign Qualified Lawyer. Pierre is qualified to practice as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and as an Avocat before the French (Paris) Bar.