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JAL OTHMAN
Senior Partner, Shook Lin & Bok, Kuala Lumpur
Jal Othman heads the Islamic Finance practice in Shook Lin & Bok, one of the oldest and largest law firm in Malaysia. Jal was instrumental in setting up the Islamic Finance practice and continues to chart the course of this practice area within the Firm. His task include setting the policy direction for the incremental development of this area of practice within the Firm and developing a structured research and development unit to promote an effective continuing legal education scheme within the Firm.

Jal heads a team of approximately 20 lawyers advising on Islamic finance deals. Leveraging on 16 years of experience as a banking and finance lawyer, Jal guides and leads his team in the retail, mezzanine and tier one financing deals, both for onshore and cross border clients. His portfolio of work includes advising on a wide range of sukuk issuances for financing power plants in Malaysia and China, vessel construction, project financing for the automotive industry, the textile and garment industry, the downstream and upstream palm oil industry, advising on Islamic structured products and Islamic syndicated financing.

Topic : SHARIAH COMPLIANCE AND BUSINESS CONDUCT UNDER IFSA

JAMES BURCH
Managing Partner, Maples and Calder, Singapore
James has extensive experience advising on corporate and finance transactions across a number of jurisdictions. James’ broad asset finance experience includes acting for major lenders and airlines on aircraft financing transactions, ship financing structures and general acquisition finance. He regularly represents both banks and borrowers on structured products, restructuring and secured lending. James’ corporate expertise includes preference share financings, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. James is the Managing Partner of Maples and Calder in Singapore.

James joined Maples and Calder in 2007 and was made partner in 2012. He previously worked for Linklaters, London and prior to that, Johnson Stokes & Master, Hong Kong. At Linklaters, James also completed a six-month secondment to the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Topic : THE ROLE OF CAYMAN ISLANDS COMPANIES IN ISLAMIC FINANCE STRUCTURES

RICHARD GRASBY
Partner, Maples and Calder, Hong Kong
Richard is the Head of Trusts and Private Wealth in Asia and is based in Hong Kong. Richard advises institutional trustees and private individuals on all areas of trust law and related private client issues. He also advises trustees, investment managers and investors on the establishment of investment funds with a particular focus on unit trusts and private funds for wealthy individuals and families. He acts for trustees and settlors on the establishment and administration of private and charitable trusts and the establishment of private trust companies. He also acts in respect of estate planning and administration of estates. He regularly writes for industry journals and has spoken at several conferences in Asia. He is also a member of the STEP Hong Kong Executive Committee.

Richard joined Maples and Calder in 2008 and was made partner in 2014. He spent six months working in the trusts group in the Cayman Islands office before moving to Hong Kong in 2009. Previously he worked as an attorney for a leading Cayman law firm in the Cayman Islands and before that, for SJ Berwin LLP in London. He is also named as a leading lawyer on Citywealth’s Leaders List.

Topic : USES OF OFFSHORE TRUSTS AND OTHER STRUCTURES BY HIGH NET WORTH INDIVIDUALS

DATIN ISHARIDAH ISHAK
Senior Partner, First Fiduciary (Labuan) LLP
Datin Isharidah, as a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), specialises in international wealth structuring and the procurement and provision of fiduciary services. Through First Fiduciary (Labuan) LLP, she advises her HNW and UHNW clients on the establishment of entities such as trusts, foundations (both private beneficiary and charitable), limited liability partnerships and/or a combination of the said legal entities out of Labuan IBFC. This is mainly in respect of their family and business succession planning as well as asset protection, both for Muslims as well as non-Muslims. She holds a Diploma in Shariah Law and Practice besides an LLB (Hons). She has been in legal practice for the past 27 years.

Topic : THE LABUAN FOUNDATION AS A WEALTH MANAGEMENT TOOL IN SUCCESSION PLANNING

 

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