Confirmed Speakers

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim

Dato' Mohd Zaid bin Ibrahim is a prominent Malaysian lawyer turned politician and is a former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs and judicial reform. He was previously a Senator in the Dewan Negara, the upper chamber of the Parliament of Malaysia. He was the Member of Parliament for Kota Bharu from 2004 to 2008. He is also the founder of Zaid Ibrahim & Co., the largest private law firm in Malaysia.



Professor Dr. Engku Rabiah Adawiyah Egku Ali
Member, Shariah Advisory Council
Bank Negara Malaysia
Professor, IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance

Prof. Dr. Engku Rabiah Adawiah is currently at the IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She obtained her LLB (First Class Honours) and LLB (Shari’ah) (First Class Honours) from the IIUM. Shortly thereafter, she successfully completed her Masters of Comparative Laws (MCL) with distinction from the same university. She was conferred with PhD in Law (Securities Regulation) from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. 

She teaches both Shari’ah and civil law; particularly on the subjects of Islamic transactions, company law, law of contracts and Islamic banking and securities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Her research interest is in securities regulation, company law, Islamic law of transaction, and Islamic banking and finance. Her publications include articles in some journals and periodicals in Malaysia and international. She also serves as a member of Shariah advisor and consultant to several financial institutions and legal firms. 

Currently, she is a member of the Syariah Advisory Council (SAC) of Bank Negara Malaysia and Securities Commission Malaysia, and an independent Shariah advisor for Islamic securities issuance, approved by and registered with the Malaysian Securities Commission. In addition, she is also a member of the investigation tribunal for the Malaysian Bar Council

Tom Reynolds
Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Tom is a partner in the International Corporate Department of Trowers & Hamlins, currently based in our Kuala Lumpur office, with previous time spent in our Bahrain and London offices.  Tom has been working with Trowers & Hamlins for 9 years and has gained a broad range of experience advising on corporate, commercial, banking and finance transactions, with a particular focus on corporate work.

In the corporate field Tom's main focus is on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures, and corporate structuring for UK company / commercial real estate acquisitions by overseas investors.  Often this involves a significant Shari'ah structuring aspect as many of our clients and/or their investors are Shari'ah compliant.  Tom also has expertise in advising clients on international commercial contracts including franchise and distribution agreements.

Tom has advised a range of clients, including governmental institutions, banks, fund and asset managers, operating businesses and high net worth individuals, in a variety of sectors including private equity, financial services, wholesale Islamic and conventional banking, real estate development, telecommunications, food & beverage, insurance, industrial, and aviation.




Glynn Cooper
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Glynn advises on complex cross-border transactions, particularly in the infrastructure and related sectors (including transport, energy and resources) and in the financial institutions sector. 

In May 2017, Glynn relocated to Malaysia to join the firm's new office in Kuala Lumpur.

In Australia, Glynn worked on many of Australia's largest infrastructure projects and investments from the firm's Brisbane office.

While working in London for another international law firm, he advised on some of the largest and most complex corporate transactions ever undertaken in the UK and globally.

He is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and in Queensland, Australia, and is a registered foreign lawyer in Malaysia.

Glynn's experience includes advising:

  • Brookfield Asset Management on its A$9 billion takeover bid for Asciano, one of the largest Australian takeovers ever.
  • An international consortium on the A$10 billion acquisition (privatisation) of Australia's TransGrid.
  • A group of clients on the A$2.6 billion proposed restructuring of the Wiggins Island Terminal, a coal export terminal in Queensland.
  • Veolia Water and HRL Morrison on the A$2 billion proposed development of CSG Infrastructure.
  • confidential clients on bids for, and acquisitions of, A$5.5 billion of interests in Australian coal, iron ore and related assets.



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

Philip is the Senior Partner at MKP and brings to the Firm over 30 years of expertise in three worlds: the academic, the professional and industry. His specialisation includes contract & investment laws,  mergers & acquisitions, financial services & securities industries, corporate law & governance, commercial & civil litigation and public law. He has been involved in a number of landmark Public and Constitutional case  which has shaped public discourse.

Philip’s writings have been  widely published. Philip has served as an Adjunct Professor of Deakin University and as visiting Fulbright Scholar attached to the Harvard University Economics Department. He is a sought after speaker at conferences.

He is currently member of Financial Stability Executive Committee, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Private Sector Group Global Corporate Governance Forum, International Finance Corporation and Board member of Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group.

He also has a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from Kings College University of London and Masters of Arts (Theology) from Australian Catholic University. He is also Founding Chair of World Vision Malaysia, a local chapter of a humanitarian  and relief organisation.

Philip is into the ‘gentle madness’ of books and reading poetry and philosophy. Art-house movies and classical music also moves him deeply.



Peggy Chow
Senior Associate
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Singapore)

Peggy is a Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) lawyer with particular expertise in regulatory work (telecoms and Internet), intellectual property and data protection. 

Based in Singapore, Peggy has experience advising clients on transactional, commercial and regulatory matters involving the TMT sectors in the APAC region. She also has extensive experience in advising on consumer products transactions and related intellectual property issues in China and Asia. Peggy frequently works with internal and external local counsel in APAC to advise on regulatory issues in South-east Asia, eg. Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, etc.

Her practice covers the following:

  • regulatory issues covering telecoms laws and regulations, telecoms licensing, competition law issues in the telecoms sector, Internet, e-commerce, cybersecurity
  • data protection and privacy laws 
  • intellectual property- intellectual property strategy (copyright, software, trademarks, patents, etc), licensing agreements, IP due diligence, distribution/ supply/ franchising agreements
  • regulatory and intellectual property support to corporate transactions in the TMT sector (merger and acquisitions/ joint venture in telecoms (fixed and mobile), towers business, online businesses, e-commerce, technology companies, etc)
  • technology/ telecoms agreements (IT outsourcing agreements, technology contracts, master service agreements for various types of telecoms services, etc)

Peggy has been ranked as Next Generation Lawyer - Singapore TMT Foreign Firms at The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 and 2018.

She is a member of the award winning HSF TMT team in Singapore (TMT Firm of the Year, South East Asia Legal Business Awards 2017; (Standalone) Band 1, TMT: International – Singapore, Chambers & Partners 2017; Asia Pacific Law Firm of the Year, Chambers Awards 2017).

Peggy joined the HSF Hong Kong office in 2011. She was seconded to HSF Singapore office in 2013 and has been with the HSF Singapore office since then.  She was on a part-time secondment with China Telecom in Hong Kong for three months in 2014.



Dr. Nasarudin bin Abdul Rahman
Member, Malaysia Competition Commission,
Assistant Professor, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - Bachelor Degree , International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Master of Comparative Laws - Masters Degree , International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Competition Law - Doctor of Philosophy , Macquarie University
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Law ~ Competition Law - Competition Law

Nik Azli Abu Zahar
Executive Counsel
Malaysia Airlines

Matthew Ang
Executive Director
LER LUM Corporate Restructuring Sdn Bhd