DAY 1 - 10 APRIL


DAY 2 - 11 APRIL


9:00am - 9:45am 
VIP Keynote Address
The Development of the Malaysian Legal Arena:
Where We Are Today, What’s Coming Tomorrow

The Right Honourable Tun Arifin bin Zakaria Retired Chief Justice of Malaysia President, Inns of Court Malaysia

10:00am - 10:45am
Communications Strategy of In-House Counsel

  • Internal and External Communication
  • Communication between in-house counsel and management (dealing with the  Board, senior management and general management)
  • When and how to keep messages simple yet comprehensive
  • Dealing with multiple jurisdictions and cultural differences
  • Differing styles for different stakeholders
  • Does electronic communication make it easier or harder for counsels? What are the potential  risks to be managed?

    Nik Azli Abu Zahar
    Executive Counsel
    Malaysia Airlines

11:00am - 11:45am 
Impact of Fintech on Islamic Finance

Islamic finance and Fintech innovation
Blockchain & crypto-currency - Islamic finance opportunities
Leveraging technology to offer Shariah-compliant investment solutions
    Professor Dr. Engku
    Rabiah Adawiyah Engku Ali
    Member, Shariah Advisory Council Bank Negara Malaysia

11:45am - 12:30pm 
Enforcing Competition Act 2010: Practical Issues and Challenges
  • Malaysian competition enforcement - where next
  • Reconciling competing requirements from different regulators
  • Sector regulations and enforcement: Dealing with your regulator
  • Fresh focus on vertical agreements - the concerns

    Dr. Nasarudin bin Abdul Rahman Member, Malaysia Competition Commission, Assistant Professor, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM)

2:00pm - 3:15pm 
Panel Discussion: Complying with the PDPA and Getting Ready For Compliance with the GDPR
  • Summary of the regulations
  • Where does the GDPR come in
  • What type of companies and industries need to comply with either or both of these regulations
  • If a company is fully compliant with the PDPA, and needs to also comply with the GDPR - how big is the gap for complete compliance?

    Revantha Sinnetamby
    Honorary Treasurer
    Malaysia Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)

    Peggy Chow
    Senior Associate
    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Singapore)

    Lee Lin Li
    Tay & Partners

3:30pm - 4:15pm 
IP Considerations in M&A Transactions
  • Review of IP due diligence best practices
  • Importance of IP due diligence in negotiating and drafting transaction agreements

    Glynn Cooper
    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Constitutional Democracy in Malaysia
  • What is constitutional democracy in Malaysia today?
  • What should Malaysia aspire itself to be? What are the reforms needed to meet this aspiration?
  • Is Malaysia a secular or Islamic state? Why are we even asking ourselves this question?
  • Can or should the constitutional monarch (at the national and state levels) be more assertive in fulfilling its role, and how so?

    Datuk Zaid Ibrahim

9:00am - 9:45am9:00am - 9:45am 
RFPs to Get The Legal Services You Want

  • A look at effectively using this popular tool to justify the ‘spend’ on external counsel
  • Practical tips for designing a legal services RFP that meet your requirements each time
  • How to decide when to completely outsource or maintain in-house legal services? Can there be a combination of both?
  • How to discern if the fees quoted are reasonable?
  • What type of benchmarking is best?

    Edmund Bon 
    Head of Chambers
    AmerBON Advocates
9:45am - 10:30am 
One Size Does Not Fit All: Best Practices for Using Contract Templates and Implementing
Standard Policies in Multinational Companies
  • Best practices for multi-jurisdictional use of contract templates and implementation of standard company policies across the board
  • Contract preparation using electronic and other contract templates, review and approval processes and efficient and effective processes for adapting standard company policies to local laws and cultural norms.

    Tom Reynolds
    Trowers & Hamlins LLP

    10:45am - 11:30am 
    ADR Saves Money: True or False
  • What ADR options are best for which types of transactions and why?
  • What are the potential costs that could be incurred based on the types of ADR available?
  • How important is it to draft a good ADR clause in a contract? What wording is the most appropriate?
  • For SMEs and tech start-ups working on tight budgets, which ADR mechanism is most suitable for them? 

    Ilia 'Elijah' Putilin
    Deputy Head of Legal Asian International Arbitration Centre (Formerly known as the KLRCA)

11:30am - 12:30pm 
Corporate Restructuring
  • Life cycle of an organisation
  • When and why is there a need to restructure
  • What circumstances can trigger such a need
  • Remedies available to protect stakeholders
  • Scheme of arrangement
  • Corporate rescue mechanism

    Matthew Ang
    Executive Director
    Ler Lum Corporate Restructuring

2:00pm - 3:15pm  
Panel Discussion: Duties and Liabilities of In-House Counsel
  • The importance of understanding the business and how the company functions as a business.
  • Understanding the differences between legal/commercial/operational risks and how these are managed by the company
  • Potential liabilities under the Companies Act 2016
  • Dispensing accurate legal advice quickly- potential pitfalls  
  • How can digitisation help better manage the potential liabilities?

    Datuk Mohd Radzif Mohd Yunus

3:30pm - 4:15pm 
Whistleblowing: To Blow Or Keep It In, That Is the Question
  • Practical strategies to mitigate risks associated with whistleblowing reporting

    Philip T. N. Koh
    Senior Partner
    Mah-Kamariah & Philip Koh