MCCA SEMINAR SERIES 4 – Business Ethics & Compliance

MCCA SEMINAR SERIES 4 – Business Ethics & Compliance


The MCCA is, together with Trowers & Hamlins, pleased to present this latest edition of our Business Ethics & Complinace Seminar Series on the topic of the UK Bribery Act.

The corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery in the course of business applies to any relevant commercial organisation defined as a body incorporated under the law of the United Kingdom (or United Kingdom registered partnership), and any overseas entity (including any Malaysian entity) that is engaged in business in the United Kingdom. To add to this, the contracts relating to the financing of international projects in many cases contain a requirement to comply with the UK Bribery Act (and indeed the FCPA). The Bribery Act 2010 is among the strictest legislation internationally on bribery. Notably, it introduced a new strict liability offence for companies and partnerships of failing to prevent bribery. The seminar will also traverse some UK centric cross-border issues such as the People with Significant Control (PSC) Register that goes a long way to cutting through privacy when investing into UK entities, and, the important practices that have developed for ring fencing board nominees (so that they ensure that they do not appear to be instructed by the offshore shareholder).

Because of the broad international application of the UK Bribery Act, the seminar is relevant to Malaysian businesses. International law firm Trowers & Hamlins, the first international law firm to secure a licence to operate in Malaysia, will give MCCA’s members and guests a talk which will cover this topical and interesting subject matter.

Who should attend: Members of the MCCA and other IHC ____________________________________________


1630-1700 – Registration

1700-1710 – Welcoming addresses by Nick White (Partner Kuala Lumpur) and Thavakumar Kandiahpillai (President MCCA)

1710 – 1800 Investing in the UK: Generic Cross-border Deal Issues.

Presenter: Tom Reynolds

1800 -1840 The Global Application of the UK Bribery Act

Presenters: Nick White & Nick Edmondes

1840-1900 – Networking and refreshments

Speaker Profiles

Nick White

Nick White is a partner based in Trowers & Hamlins’ Kuala Lumpur branch office.

Nick moved to Kuala Lumpur in July 2012, when the firm set up a representative office by way of an expansion to the firm’s international network. Then in April 2015, Trowers & Hamlins became the first foreign firm to be licensed in Malaysia by the Malaysian Bar Council. Nick joined Trowers & Hamlins in 1980 and became a partner in 1987. His career has included time spent in Trowers & Hamlins’ litigation department in London, and spells in three Gulf jurisdictions – Oman, Bahrain and Dubai. He was based in Dubai for 14 years prior to moving to KL. In Malaysia, Nick advises clients across a wide range of issues relating to them doing business in the Middle East and in the UK, and as to projects where the firm can bring its international expertise to bear. Over the years, Nick has acquired a breadth of knowledge that covers various disciplines. His principal background is in the field of dispute resolution. He is a member of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration panel of arbitrators, and over the years has been involved in many high profile cases, both as counsel and arbitrator – including under ICC, LCIA, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC-LCIA), and Dubai International Arbitration Centre sets of Rules.

Nicholas Edmondes

Nick Edmondes is a partner based in Trowers & Hamlins’ Kuala Lumpur branch office.

Nick lived and worked in the Middle East, as resident managing partner of the Firm’s Oman office, between 1994 and 2000. He is now a leading member of the KL-based team dealing with the firm’s work for Malaysian and ASEAN clients. Nick’s experience includes project development and finance, privatisation, corporate structuring and inward investment into the UK and Europe. Nick has advised on a diverse range of international infrastructure projects including the Oman LNG project, numerous port and airport projects in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, a sub-sea pipeline project between Iran and Kuwait, gas transmission and distribution projects in Oman, waste to energy project in the UK as well as privatisation projects. He is also a Legal Expert in the field of Projects Energy and Natural Resources (including PFI) in the Legal Business: Legal Experts directory and has been a member of the UK government focus groups supporting the UK’s transport and financial services industries. He also co-leads the firm’s Islamic Finance group. He has written many articles and speaks regularly in in the UK, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran and Dubai, on diverse subjects

Tom Reynolds

Tom is a partner designate in the International Corporate Department of Trowers & Hamlins, and will be permanently based in our Kuala Lumpur office from January 2018 to service and grow the firm’s cross-border corporate practice in Malaysia. Tom is currently based in our Bahrain office and previously worked in our London headquarters, and has been working with the team in Malaysia on transactions since November 2015. Tom has been working with Trowers & Hamlins for over nine 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, equity capital markets, and joint ventures. Often this involves a significant Shari’ah structuring aspect to the transaction as many of our clients, and their investors, are Shari’ah compliant. Tom advises clients in a wide range of sectors, including investment banking, private equity, and real estate.


Event Details

TROWERS & HAMLINS Level 45, Menara Maxis KLCC Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur 50088


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