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.

Edmund Bon Tai Soon
Head of Chambers (Civil)
AmerBON Advocates

Edmund read law at University College London, and was called to the English Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1997. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998, and has been in active practice since then. Edmund is a Chevening scholar and has a Masters degree from Oxford University.

Edmund routinely represents individuals, financial institutions, law enforcement authorities, governments and corporations at all stages of complex transactions, from negotiations to dispute resolution and mediation. The areas of law he has advised on include corporate, commercial, tax, contract, business, trusts, and land, oil and gas, and water law.

In 2008, Edmund was appointed to advise a Chief Minister and State Government and since then has been dealing with – both as a contract negotiator and litigator – major issues pertaining to the management of State resources.

Over the course of almost two decades in practice, Edmund has appeared as solicitor and lead counsel in cases ranging from corporate and commercial law to property disputes and defamation actions. He is an experienced trial lawyer having conducted a myriad of cases under laws such as the National Land Code, Contracts Act, Companies Act, Penal Code and Securities Industry Act (now repealed).

Edmund has appeared in more than 60 major cases involving contractual breaches, joint ventures, shareholder-director disputes, and construction cases relating to difficult questions of law and fact.

Edmund’s cases have been reported on numerous occasions in law journals and news media.

Edmund is frequently consulted by private clients, multi-national companies, the Malaysian Bar Council, public authorities, and governmental bodies on legal issues and law reform. He was previously a 5-time elected member of the Malaysian Bar Council and chaired the Constitutional Law (2009-2011), Human Rights (2007-2009) and National Young Lawyers’ (2006-2008) committees. After a break of five years, Edmund recently stood for election and was elected to the Bar Council for the term of 2016-2017.

Edmund is regularly invited to speak at local and international conferences on constitutional law and other matters of law, and on human rights advocacy. He has conducted more than 900 hours of training for young lawyers and activists on similar topics.  His articles and papers have been published in law journals and by news media. Edmund’s latest published work is in the Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia, entitled “Citizenship, Immigration, National Security and the Police”.



Datuk Mohd Radzif bin Mohd Yunus

Datuk Mohd Radzif bin Mohd Yunus was previously Managing Director of SME Bank on 1 July 2010 and was appointed as the Group Managing Director of SME Development Bank (Malaysia) on 1 January 2014.

Datuk Mohd Radzif comes from a diverse management background. He started his career in academia as a lecturer before following this up with a stint in an international consultancy firm. From here he joined the senior management of a financial institution and thereafter took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of a local conglomerate involved in diversified businesses. Being driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Datuk Mohd Radzif ventured into his own business but he was soon back to serving a higher purpose when he was called to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of two pilgrimage fund companies, as part of the companies’ turnaround exercise. This was achieved within 18 months of his appointment date. Subsequently, the Government appointed him as the Chief Executive Officer of Institut Jantung Negara Sdn. Bhd. (National Heart Institute) effective September 2003. In 2006, he assumed duties as the Group Managing Director of IJN Holdings Sdn. Bhd. and in charge of three companies as its Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer including Institut Jantung Negara Sdn. Bhd, IJN Capital Sdn Bhd and IJN College Sdn. Bhd.

Datuk Mohd Radzif is also a Chairman of ADFIM (Association of Development Finance Institutions of Malaysia) and a Vice Chairman of ADFIMI (Association of National Development Finance Institutions in Member Countries of The Islamic Development Bank). He was also the member of Board of Advisor for Franchise Association, Committee of Advisory for UKM-CESMED, National Entrepreneurship Council of Higher Education (NECHE) and was a Board Member of Kinrara Berhad and SIME Darby Healthcare. Datuk Mohd Radzif was given the Malaysian Business Leadership Award for Healthcare in 2009.

Datuk Mohd Radzif has also given talks in public seminars and courses in his area of expertise and management. He has delivered papers and talks in the areas of Property Investment, Valuation, Financing, Project Financing, Turnaround Management and Healthcare Management both in local and international seminars.

Datuk Mohd Radzif had his education in Kuala Lumpur before furthering his studies in a local university and in Adelaide, South Australia. Datuk Mohd Radzif was conferred the “Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Jasa Negara (P.J.N.)” which carries Datukship by the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIII on 7 June 2008.


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

Rammit Kaur Charan Singh
Head of Legal Services

Nik Azli Abu Zahar
Executive Counsel
Malaysia Airlines

Matthew Ang
Executive Director
LER LUM Corporate Restructuring Sdn Bhd