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

9:00am - 9:45am
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

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

9:45am - 10:30am

Anti-Competition Law

  • 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)

10:45am - 11:00am
Morning Refreshments


10:30am - 10:45am
Morning Refreshments


10:45am - 11:45am

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?

Edmond Bon 
Head of Chambers
Amberbon Advocates

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?

    Senior Representative
    Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)

11:30am - 12:30pm
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

11:30am - 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 mechanis

Matthew Ang
Executive Director
LER LUM Corporate Restructuring

12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break


12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break


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
Director Plus Three Consultants

Tom Reynolds
Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Peggy Chow
Senior Associate
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Singapore)

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?


3:15pm - 3:30pm
Afternoon Refreshments


3:15pm - 3:30pm
Afternoon Refreshments


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

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

4:15pm - 5:00pm
Constitutional Democracy in Malaysia

  • Review of IP due diligence best practices
  • Importance of IP due diligence in negotiating and
    drafting transaction agreements

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim