RHTLaw Taylor Wessing was invited to participate in a global study conducted by Harvard Business School, the UN Global Compact and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Sustainable Development Task Force. Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat, Partner Ch’ng Li-Ling, Senior Legal Counsel Dr Tan Lay Hong and General Counsel Alvin Chen provided valuable input in drafting the legal memo that was submitted pro bono for the study. This is a significant project which also involved the participation of our ASEAN Plus Group law firms, Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (Indonesia) and Azmi & Associates (Malaysia).
Professor Robert G. Eccles and Tim Youmans of Harvard Business School led the study by gathering legal perspectives from law firms globally on the fiduciary duties of Directors with respect to protecting shareholder and corporate value. The purpose of this campaign is to urge companies to have their board of directors issue an annual “Statement of Significant Audiences and Materiality”, with a key goal of supporting integrated reporting and the move towards a more sustainable society.
The memos are available for viewing on the ABA Sustainability Development Task Force website.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Deputy Managing Partner Azman Jaafar was featured in a Channel NewsAsia article titled “Partner community to expand learning opportunities for students: Ng Chee Meng”.
The article highlighted the need for schools and the community to strengthen partnerships to create more learning opportunities for students. As chairperson of Tanjong Katong Girls’ School student advisory committee, Azman arranged for students to undergo internships at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing where he is Deputy Managing Partner. He did this with the intention of enabling these students to be more reflective about justice and how it affected them. To value-add to the school, he commented that it is necessary to allow the school to leverage on the private sector resources in cultivating values.
The full article can be found in the 24 October 2015 edition of the “Singapore” section of Channel NewsAsia’s website.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Partner Nizam Ismail was featured in a Berita Harian article titled “Industri Kewangan Islam ‘masih relevan’ di S’pura” (Islamic Finance Industry ‘still relevant’ in S’pore).
The report mentioned the Islamic Finance Contemporary Challenges 2015 conference held on 22 October 2015, at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, organised by RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and RHT Compliance Solutions. The report also highlighted the possible opportunities for growth in the Islamic Finance sector as there is still demand from foreign investors, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinational corporations (MNCs) for Shari’ah-compliant products.
The full story can be found in the 23 October 2015 edition of the “Ekoniaga” section of the Berita Harian.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and RHT Compliance Solutions hosted the inaugural Islamic Finance Contemporary Challenges 2015 conference yesterday, 22 October 2015, at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. The conference attracted an audience of more than 60 people.
The full-day programme began with welcome remarks by Ridzuan Abdul Aziz, co-founder of RHT Compliance Solutions Sdn. Bhd, followed by various panel discussions comprising distinguished legal, academic and banking and finance experts from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Some of the distinguished speakers included:
Nizam Ismail, Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and Co-Founder of RHT Compliance Solutions
Vernon Loh, Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing
Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip, Managing Partner of Azmi & Associates
Chadri Jurnalis, Partner of Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners
Habib Ullah, Partner and Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) of Taylor Wessing
Mohamed Abdul Akbar bin Mohamed Abdul Kader, Vice President of the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Nazmi Camalxaman, Associate Director in Group Islamic Banking Division of CIMB Bank Singapore
Raja Mohamad, Founder of Five Pillars Pte Ltd and the Secretary of the Gulf Asia Shari’ah Compliant Investments Association (GASCIA)
Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin, Treasurer and Founding Member of GASCIA
Sani Hamid, Director (Economy & Market Strategy) of Financial Alliance
Professor Clement M. Henry, Visiting Research Professor of National University of Singapore
M. Nazri Muhd, Group CEO of Vector Scorecard (VSC) Group
Professor Madya Dr. Rusni binti Hassan, Shari’ah Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank), Malaysia
Ustaz Mohd Nazri Chik, Chief Shari’ah Officer of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad
Erly Witoyo, Founding Partner of Club Ethis
These experts kept the attendees absorbed with major and interesting Islamic Finance topics such as “Islamic Finance in Asia” and “FinTech in the Islamic Financial Landscape”.