Firm Profile > Azmi & Associates > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Azmi & Associates

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate and M&A team at Azmi & Associates is instructed by a range of local and international companies and government-owned entities in transactions, and recently assisted Groupe Lactalis on its acquisition of Nestle’s Chilled Dairy Business. Practice head Azmi Mohd Ali has a breadth of experience across a full range of corporate transactions.

Islamic finance Tier 3

Azmi & Associates is instructed in a range of debt or equity financing work with experience both advising on transactions and developing Islamic finance structures. Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip heads the practice which includes Ahmad Syahir Yahya, who has particular experience developing common Islamic banking documentation based on the Shariah concepts of Murabahah, Tawarruq, Musyarakah, Bai’ Sarf and Ijarah.

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Labour and employment Tier 3

The employment and industrial relations team at Azmi & Associates is instructed to advise on labour law aspects of corporate transactions and commercial and contractual matters as well representing clients in negotiations of collective agreements and employer/employee disputes. Melinda Marie D’Angelus has experience in advising trade unions and employers in contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Real estate and construction Tier 3

The real estate practice at Azmi & Associates has experience advising corporates and real estate sector clients on transactions. Practice head Zuhaidi Mohd Shahari has particular experience in advising international clients on projects and real estate transactions in Malaysia.

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Shipping Tier 3

The admiralty and shipping practice at Azmi & Associates advises clients on a range of issues from ship registration, vessel finance and marine insurance to ship arrest, collisions, cargo claims and other shipping-associated disputes. Practice head Philip Teoh is a name to note for contentious and non-contentious shipping, insurance and international trade matters.

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Banking and finance Tier 4

Azmi & Associates' banking and finance team counts domestic and international financial institutions, as well as corproate borrowers, among its clients. Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip, whose experience includes advising on private debt securities, syndicated financing, structured & project financing, heads up the practice.

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 70 lawyers, comprising 17 partners and 53 associates and assisted by an additional 15 trainee lawyers and 80 qualified and trained support personnel.

The firm is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and has branch offices in Johor Bahru and Singapore. The firm has expanded to include a China desk, 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 17,000 lawyers across more than 100 jurisdictions, Asean Plus Group 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Foreign investment Dato' Azmi Mohd Ali
Foreign investment Sharizan bin Sarif
Foreign investment Justin Dominic Wong
Antitrust and competition Mohd Rasheed Khan
Aviation Norhisham Abd Bahrin
Aviation Ahmed Ezzedin bin Mohammed
Banking and finance Ahmad Lutfi bin Abdull Mutalip
Banking and finance Farhah Hayati Mamat
Capital markets Serina Abdul Samad
Capital markets Moo Eng Thing
Compliance/regulatory Norhisham Abd Bahrin
Compliance/regulatory Sharizan Sarif
Islamic finance Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip
Islamic finance Farhah Hayati Mamat
Islamic finance Ahmad Syahir Yahya
Employment and industrial relations Melinda Marie D'Angelus
Employment and industrial relations Mohd Rasheed Khan
Energy and natural resources Mohd Rasheed Khan
Energy and natural resources Dato' Azmi Mohd Ali
Shipping/insurance Phillip Teoh
Shipping/insurance Melinda Marie D'Angelus
Intellectual property Khairul Fazli Abdul Kadir
Intellectual property Azarith Sofia Aziz
Arbitration Azlan bin Sulaiman
Arbitration Raja Ahmad Mohzanuddin Shah
Corporate/M&A Dato' Azmi Mohd Ali
Corporate/M&A Rosinah Mohd Salleh
Litigation and dispute resolution Raja Ahmad Mohzanuddin Shah
Litigation and dispute resolution Abu Daud Abd Rahim
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Number of lawyers : 70
Terralex Network
ASEANPlus Group
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 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.