Our Team of Lawyers

CHITHRA GANESALINGAM

Chithra has over 23 years of "hands-on" and work experience in the corporate arena and in legal practice. She was a Group Company Secretary & Legal Advisor with a financial services listed group as Group Company Secretary and Legal Advisor from 1993-2000. She passed the Bursa Malaysia Dealer’s Representative Malaysian Futures & Options Registered Representative and Malaysian Exchange of Securities Dealing & Automated Quotation (MESDAQ) exams. She has vast experience in licensing, enforcement and compliance of various regulations in respect of companies involved in the financial services industry specifically the Securities Commission and Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad’s rules and regulations.  

   

In legal practice, she advises clients in a wide spectrum of advisory work ranging from corporate and listing advisory, legal due diligence, corporate & commercial contracts, acquisitions, charitable foundations, consumer & corporate banking (conventional & Syariah) to conveyancing. She has acted as company secretary for corporate clients and regularly attends board meetings of corporate clients in dual capacities (legal advisory & secretarial). She has spearheaded legal due diligence exercises for the firm including a RM 1 billion corporate acquisition exercise.  She was also instrumental in establishing a Syariah compliant shipping fund based in Labuan.

 

Chithra has special interest in company law. She has guided numerous corporate entities including charitable foundations from the pre-incorporation stage to full-fledged operational entities and continues to advise them some fifteen (15) years later. She has been regularly invited to attend clients' board meetings. Her interest was piqued further with the proposed introduction of a new Companies Act. Following this new legislation namely the Companies Act 2016, she has advised on numerous corporate secretarial issues. Towards this end, she has conducted briefings for clients and assisted in addressing clients’ issues and concerns vis-à-vis the Companies Act 2016. 

 

Chithra has also been closely involved in advisory work for corporate litigants particularly in board room disputes and minority protection suits.  She also sits as an independent non-executive director of a public listed company.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) University of Leicester 

  • Certificate in Legal Practice 

  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since 1993

SAIYIDAH IZZATI NUR BT RAZAK MAIDEEN

Saiyidah graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Multimedia University in November 2011. She then read and completed her pupillage under tutelage of the past President of the Selangor Bar, Mr. Ravichandran who is a respectable litigator at Seah Balan Ravi & Co.  She was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of High Court of Malaya in November 2012. Upon admission to the Malaysian Bar, she practiced in the area of criminal litigation and family law with Mishant & Co for almost 5 years. 

 

Saiyidah joined Farah Deba’s estate planning team, which specializes in will writing, probate and administration, conveyancing, corporate, banking and Syariah (estate) related matters. Some cases and areas that Saiyidah has been involved in, under an advisory, assistant or representative capacity include:

 

  • Advising, assisting and drafting multi jurisdiction wills, deed of trust, and/or other estate planning instruments

  • Drafting sale and purchase agreements and other conveyancing property transactions

  • Advising, negotiating, assisting and drafting for trust companies and their clients

  • Advising clients on application to be gazetted as Malay under Malay Reservation Enactment 

 

The different areas of law practiced by Saiyidah over the years contributes to her people-management skills. Dealing with personal matters such as estate planning has developed her client-centric focus whereby under Puan Farah’s training and guidance her professionalism approach focuses on creating a positive experience for the clients by maximizing service offerings and building relationships.

 

She also finds time to serve the Malaysian Bar for areas she is passionate about especially human rights and sports.  She is a member of the Malaysian Bar Child Rights Committee and the Sports Committee. She served Selangor Bar as their convener and captain of Ladies Futsal for 4 years. She has represented the Malaysian Bar Ladies Football team at the annual Bar Games with Singapore for the past 7 years and is now the vice captain of the team.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours) Multimedia University (MMU)

  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since November 2012

  • Diploma in Syariah Law and Practice, Universiti Teknologi MARA

 

Reported Case

  • Profil Saujana (M) Sdn Bhd v Azabar Holdings [2015] 4 MLJ 809

TAN CHONG PEI

Chong Pei graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Multimedia University in May 2013. She then read and completed her pupillage in this firm under the tutelage of Mr Andrew Teh.  She was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of High Court of Malaya in July 2014. Upon admission to the Malaysian Bar, she joined the dispute resolution team as a legal assistant.

 

Chong Pei continues her practice in the litigation team and gained vast experience especially by having the opportunity given by the firm to act for prominent clients. Through the years being attached to the firm, she is skilled and familiar with the procedures in filing and defending civil suits in the courts of Malaysia and the conduct of legal researches in assisting the clients to support/defend claims.

 

The areas of law practiced by Chong Pei includes debt recovery, contractual dispute, employment law, insurance law, family law, bankruptcy, companies winding-up, strata management, compulsory acquisition and tenancy disputes.

 

Her clientele includes financial institutions, railway company, insurers, joint management bodies/committees, building contractors, freight services providers and liquidators.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Multimedia University

  • Advocate & Solicitor of High Court of Malaya since July 2014

  • Registered Mediator with the Bar Council Malaysian Mediation Centre

Reported Cases

  • Rohaya Bt Ali Haidar v AmBank (M) Bhd [2016] 2 MLJ 819

  • Selangor State Government & Anor v Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd [2017] 3 MLJ 205

  • Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Bhd v Prakasa Rao a/l Samachulu [2019] 6 MLJ 35

  • Dubon Berhad (in liquidation) v Wisma Cosway Management Corporation [2020] 4 MLJ 288

MUHAMMAD SYAFIQ BIN MAT SAAD

Upon completing his Bachelor of Laws from UiTM in 2014, Syafiq commenced his pupillage under the guidance and tutelage of Puan Farah Deba. He was called to the Bar in November 2015. After exploring his various interest, he joined Puan Farah Deba’s estate planning and advisory team in May 2016 as a legal associate. 

 

As part of the estate planning and advisory team, Syafiq’s areas of practice includes probate and administration, wills and trust, administration of estates, and Syariah (estate) related matters. He has a keen interest in trusts and how it is used as an estate planning tool.

 

His clients range from individuals (which includes global citizens and ultra high-net-worth clients) to trust companies and even to legal firms practicing in other jurisdictions.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor in Legal Studies (BLS) (Honours), Universiti Teknologi MARA

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours), Universiti Teknologi MARA

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Syariah Law and Practice (DLSA) (Honours), Universiti Teknologi MARA

  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since November 2015

AZURA BINTI ABRAR

Azura read law in University of Malaya and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2017. She then completed her pupillage under the guidance of Andrew Teh and was later admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 2018. She is now a part of Andrew’s dispute resolution team. 

 

Azura has been exposed and trained to draft cause papers and provide legal opinions on various subject matters for clients from different walks of life. Her current area of practice covers a wide range of general civil litigation including contractual and commercial disputes, debt recovery, bankruptcy & winding up proceedings, tortious disputes and also interlocutory reliefs & remedies. 

 

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours) from University of Malaya

  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since July 2018

HOR SIEW LING

Siew Ling graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from University of Malaya in 2018. She then completed her pupillage in the firm under the tutelage of Mr Andrew Teh. Upon admission to the Malaysian bar in August 2019, she joined Andrew’s dispute resolution team as a legal assistant.

 

As part of the litigation team, Siew Ling is exposed to various general litigation matters including contractual and commercial disputes, debt recovery, bankruptcy & winding up proceedings and also interlocutory reliefs and remedies.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours) University of Malaya

  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since August 2019

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