Senior Associates

Senior Associate

Ezam Shah Bin Dato’ Abdul Rahman

LLB (Hons.), Bond University, Australia PLT


Ezam Shah has significant experience in handling highly contentious banking litigation disputes specializing in hire-purchase, foreclosure, execution and other forms of debt recovery proceedings on behalf of major corporations and financial institutions.

In his years of practice, Ezam Shah continues to advice on a large array of issues concerning conveyancing matters, including land development, sale and purchase transactions for commercial residential properties and housing development, and both conventional and Islamic banking practices. He also brings a wealth of experience with him in Litigation & Dispute Resolution where he regularly provides advise, drafts and vets various legal documents for the court proceedings pertaining recovery, foreclosures and the various types of execution.

As one of the Managing Partners of the Firm, Ezam’s main responsibilities are:

  • To lead the Firm in Banking Debt Recovery and Enforcement Practice;
  • Heading General Litigation and Contentious Matters undertaken by the Firm;
  • To spearhead the Firm’s Business Development;
  • To manage the Firm’s Corporate Image and overall client care;
  • To look into Continuing Legal Education in its support staff and practitioners under the Rayshah Professional Development Centre.

Ezam Shah read law at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws before commencement of pupillage and practice at Abdul Rahman & Partners, Batu Pahat in 1999.

He was appointed Partner in 2000 and became the Joint-Managing Partner of Abdul Rahman & Partners in 2017 based in Batu Pahat.

Edham Reza Shah Bin Dato’ Abdul Rahman, S.A.P., B.K.T.

LLM (Banking Law), IIUM


Barrister-at-Law of Gray’s Inn

LLB (Hons), University of Sheffield, UK

Edham Reza Shah is one of the leading practitioners in banking and corporate advisory and Islamic Finance & Takaful matters. He has immense experience advising several financial institutions and investment banks including Ambank, CIMB Bank, Maybank and RHB Berhad. Edham undertakes a wide scope of works including syndication, club deal basis, debt capital markets and Sukuk issuance. He continues to advise on numerous corporate banking and financing exercises in relation to cross border financing especially within the Commonwealth of Independent State region such as Kazakhstan and Tatarstan and also African countries.

He has also led and developed the Firm’s practice in Islamic Finance advising many major Islamic financial institutions such as Asia Finance Bank Berhad, Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation (Malaysia) Berhad, AmIslamic Bank Berhad, CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad, Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad, Maybank Islamic Berhad and Bank Al-Habib Limited and several other notable Labuan based banks.

As one of the Managing Partners of Abdul Rahman and Partners, his main responsibilities are:

  • Heading the Firm on Corporate Banking, Islamic Finance and General Litigation matters undertaken by the Firm;
  • Managing the Firm’s Corporate and Non Contentious matters;
  • Looking after the Firm’s Administration and General Affairs;
  • Managing the Firm’s Accounts and Finances;
  • Looking after the Firm’s Group HR and Operations among its network of branches.

Edham read law at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom where he was conferred the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree in 2002. Thereafter, he pursued the English Bar exams and was admitted as an utter Barrister-at-Law at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn the year after whereupon he returned to Malaysia to commence pupillage under the tutelage of Syed Zaid Albar of Albar and Partners. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in June 2004 and continued practice with the same firm before joining Abdul Rahman & Partners in 2007. Whilst in practice, he obtained a Masters of Law in Banking (Executive) at the International Islamic University, Malaysia focusing on Islamic Banking & Takaful.

He holds the triple distinction of being named as a Leading Lawyer by the global publication Islamic Finance News in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he was also named in the categories of Asset & Fund Management, Corporate & Commercial and Cross Border. In recognition of his contribution to the Islamic Finance Industry, Edham has also been appointed to sit as a panel member of The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration that Edham arbitrates on matters pertaining to Islamic Banking and Financial Services. In addition, he has also been appointed as an Associate Member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, which creates awareness and promotes the tax industry in Malaysia and is currently a Commissioner for Oaths.

Edham was appointed Partner in 2007 and became the Joint-Managing Partner of Abdul Rahman & Partners in 2017.

Partners

Sharmini Singarajah

LLB (Hons), University of London CLP, University of Malaya


Through her years of practice, Sharmini has advised various corporate bodies, banking and financial institutions in a wide variety of areas of the lawdealing with conveyancing, litigation and corporate assignments. 

Her expertise in handling conveyancing matters ranges from land development, sale and purchase transaction for commercial, residential properties and housing development for individual and corporate clients whether local or foreign including the financial and banking aspects of the conveyancing transactions (both conventional and Islamic).

She also drafts and prepares sale and purchase documentation, tenancy/lease agreements and other forms or deeds, agreements and documents relating to the conveyancing portfolio for individual and corporate clients.

Sharmini also has expertise in dealing with litigation matters (mainly banking litigation) comprising of hire-purchase, foreclosure, execution proceedings, other forms of debt recovery and various other areas of civil actions whether in the lower or High Courts and other Courts of competent jurisdiction.

Her experience includes:

  • Advising on, drafting and vetting documentation for sale and purchase agreements and other related documentation for sale and purchase of commercial, residential properties and housing development including the loan financing aspects of the conveyancing portfolio for individual and corporate clients;
  • Advising on, drafting documents of commercial documents including for joint venture, corporate & debt restructuring, documentation for housing developer’s projects by advising developers such as UEM-Sunrise Sdn Bhd and UDA Holdings Berhad among others;
  • Advising on, drafting and vetting legal documentation for end financing in relation to sale and purchase of properties (individual and corporate) among others for banks and financial institutions in Malaysia and Singapore whether local or foreign based Banks; 
  • Advising on, drafting and vetting of various summons, application, affidavits, submissions and other documents for court proceedings for the lower Court, High Court including the Court of Appeal with regards to debt recovery, foreclosures and execution proceedings especially bankruptcy and writ of seizure and sale amongst others for banks and financial institution and corporate clients. She also conducts trials and hearing in Courts;
 

Sharmini was called to the Malaysian Bar in November 1993 after completing her pupillage at Messrs Gulam & Wong, Kuala Lumpur and then commenced practise with Mesrsrs Adliza Subra & Partners before joining the Firm in 2005. Sharmini was appointed as the Resident Partner of the Johor Bahru office since 2007.

Mohamed Iftitah Bin Abd Latif

LLB (Hons), IIUM


Under the tutelage of Edham Reza Shah, Iftitah gains vast knowledge and experience in advising various corporate bodies, banking and financial institutions in corporate banking and finance matters, with particular specialization in Islamic Banking documentation, conveyancing and corporate assignments.

His expertise in handling conveyancing matters ranges from land development, sale and purchase transaction for commercial, residential properties and housing development for individual and corporate clients whether local or foreign including the financial and banking aspects of the conveyancing transactions.

He also drafts and prepares sale and purchase documentation and other forms or deeds, agreements and documents relating to the conveyancing portfolio for individual and corporate clients.

His experience includes:

  • Advising on banking and financing documentation for various financial institutions within and outside Malaysia.
  • Advising on banking and financing documentation for GLCs including but not limited to MoF Inc and its subsidiaries, related companies, entities and affiliates.
  • Advising on, drafting and vetting documentation for sale and purchase agreements and other related documentation for sale and purchase of commercial, residential properties and housing development including the loan financing aspects of the conveyancing portfolio for individual and corporate clients. 
  • Advising on, drafting and vetting legal documentation for end financing in relation to sale and purchase of properties (individual and corporate) among others for banks and financial institutions in Malaysia whether local or foreign based Banks;

Iftitah was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2006 after reading law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He subsequently joined the Firm in 2007 as an Associate before being appointed as a Senior Associate in 2012.

Iftitah was appointed Partner in the Firm in 2016 and mainly practices from the Kuala Lumpur office.

Shailender Bhar

LLB (Hons), City University, London Barrister-at-Law of Middle Temple


Shailender’s practice is predominantly in Litigation & Dispute Resolution. His broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious practice includes but is not limited to aviation, banking, civil, commercial, costs, defamation, medical negligence, professional negligence, quasi-criminal and road traffic accidents where he advises and acts for government linked or owned entities, banking and financial institutions and private clients. His understanding of industry best practices gives clients a competitive edge, bringing together legal experience, commercial insight and knowledge with a view to bringing cost effective and speedy resolution to disputes.

Shailender has considerable experience in conducting and also appearing as co-counsel in appeals, trials and various interlocutory matters in courts of all levels. He has the advantage of working closely with senior members and counsel both in Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

His experience includes:

  • Represented a government linked company in relation to a dispute on an arbitration clause;
  • Advised a large government linked organisation in relation to a sexual harassment claim;
  • Advised and represented passenger and crew families in both the MH370 and MH17 aviation incidents;
  • Represented several clients in different suits concerning medical malpractices at private healthcare facilities;
  • Involved extensively in a claim by a major Japanese car exporter on the seizure of its cars by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department;
  • Extensively negotiated the release of a crew member detained in Paris, France under the Tokyo Convention;
  • Represented a major Indian bank in a dispute concerning letter of credit, jurisdiction and forum convenient with a local bank;
  • Advised and represented a group of claimants in a multi-million-ringgit product liability case against a major international contact lens manufacturer and supplier;
  • Assisted in defending Italian clients in a multimillion pound contractual dispute involving imported cloth and materials (UK);
  • Involved extensively in a professional negligence action by a former English Premier League player (UK);
  • Assisted in a sexual assault claim by an employee of a major business-relations firm against a major German car manufacturer (UK)

Shailender was called to the bar of England and Wales after completing pupilage at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, whereupon he remained with the chambers. Whilst continuing practice in London, he returned to Malaysia and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court in Malaya in 2005.

He maintains his professional membership with the Malaysian Bar where he has been invited to sit in several committees including the Motor Insurance Review and Corporate and Commercial Law Committees. He is also a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Malaysia. In addition, Shailender is also regularly invited to judge several mooting competitions in local universities. He is able to converse in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu languages.

Shailender was appointed a Partner of the Firm in January 2019 and practices mainly from the Kuala Lumpur office.

Consultant

Joanne CF Long

LLM (International Trade and Shipping Law), University of Cambridge


Ms. Long specializes in shipping and corporate commercial law, including infrastructure projects. She graduated from University of Cambridge in 1985 with a Masters’ Degree in Law specialising in International Trade and Shipping Law, and had also obtained a distinction in Advance Company Law and Corporate Securities Regulations. Ms. Long obtained her bachelor’s degree in Law from University of East Anglia, England.

She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1984 and the Bar of Malaya in 1986. Ms. Long is a member of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple.

She started her legal career in 1986 with a law firm specialising in corporate law. During her legal career, she was involved in several other roles, namely:

  • Non-executive Director and Audit Committee member of a public listed company in Malaysia, entrusted to advice on legal compliance and commercial deals.
  • Legal advisor and regional manager with the International Chamber of Commerce - International Maritime Bureau, providing advice not only to governments but the maritime, banking and insurance industry in regard to international trade problems. During this time she has also represented several Protection and Indemnity Associations in the United Kingdom in collision and cargo claims, setting aside arrest, interviewing the crew, taking statements and negotiating on the terms of the letter of undertaking. She was appointed regional manager for the Far East with responsibility for establishing a regional office in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Consultant (Asia) with ICC International Court of Arbitration handling queries from Asia on ICC Arbitration and travelled extensively in Asia on behalf of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Her shipping and project experience include:

  • Sale and purchase of vessels, including acquisition of a VLCC for the purpose of Floating Fuel Processing Terminal (FFPT) and representing foreign buyers on acquisition of Malaysian vessels
  • Vessel financing, including represent and advise offshore law firms on ship finance and mortgage registration
  • Marine and mortgage interest insurance and P&I Club claims
  • Charterparty disputes
  • Power project in Tawau, Malaysia
  • Power project in Sandakan, Malaysia
  • Power project in Tanzania
  • Pan Pacific Airport Hotel at KL International Airport
  • KL International Airport Car Park
  • Operations and maintenance of the power plant at Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Advised on concession agreements for the Formula 1 Grand Prix

Ms. Long has also represented several other companies to draft power project agreements in Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Cambodia and Macedonia. She was also involved in advising and assisting some of her clients, whose projects resulted in arbitration.

Ms. Long is also a part-time lecturer on Law of Business Entities (Company Law) to keep abreast and share her knowledge on corporate compliance.