Circular 84/11: Seminar on The Essentials of Islamic Banking And Finance

The Continuing Legal Education Sub-Committee together with Shariah Sub-Committee is pleased to invite you to attend the Seminar on the Essentials of Islamic Banking And Finance which will be held as follows:

Day & Date : Wednesday, 21st December 2011

Time : 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Registration at 8.30 a.m.)

Registration fee : Members of the Bar – RM 150

Pupils in Chambers – RM 75

Non – Members RM 250

Venue : The Zon Regency Hotel Johor Bahru

Ballroom 3, Level 6

Note: Fee inclusive of seminar materials/modules, certificate of attendance, two teabreaks and lunch

Focus and objective:-

· Working knowledge of Islamic banking’s basic principles

· Fundamental difference of Islamic banking and conventional banking

· Comparison between Islamic financing transaction and conventional banking

· The law relating to Islamic banking

· Powers and functions of Shariah Advisory Council established under the Central Bank of Malaysia Act 2007

· Methods of financing by Islamic banks and the legal nature of some common typws of contracts used in Islamic financing

· Cases decided in the Malaysian courts

The participants will have a clearer understanding of the practices of Islamic banking and Finance of this country.

About the Speaker :

Mohamed Ismail Mohamed Shariff (Ismail) holds an LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the University of Singapore (1969) and an LL.M. from King’s College, University of London (1974).

He was called to the Malayan Bar in 1970 and to the bar of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore in 1992.

He has been in private legal practice for 41 years and has had a varied practice. He was a partner at Skrine, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur until the end of September 2011 and retired from that Firm on that date. He has established his own legal practice on 1st October 2011 in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.

He is an External Fellow of the Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia (IBFIM) and was an External Examiner in law at University Teknologi MARA. He is a Visiting Industry Expert at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) and an Adjunct Faculty of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Among lawyers in Malaysia Mr Ismail occupies a unique position with regard to Islamic banking. He is the only advocate & solicitor to have been associated with Islamic banking from its introduction in 1983 to the present day.

Islamic Banking Documents

He drafted the first Islamic banking documents used by the banking industry which continue to be used till now with some minor amendments made from time to time. When these documents were challenged in Court Mr Ismail was called upon to appear in Court to argue the cases and he won all the cases in which he appeared as counsel.

Mr Ismail has delivered talks and lectures on Islamic banking to Judges of the Superior Courts, Sessions Court judges, Judicial officers, bankers, lawyers and university students. He regularly appears as a speaker at conferences and seminars, both local and international. He has published many articles in law journals both domestic and international.

Mr Ismail has played a significant role in his capacity as an advocate & solicitor in the development of Islamic banking and finance in Malaysia. In 1983 (when Islamic banking was first introduced in Malaysia) he drafted the first Islamic banking documents used by Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, the only Islamic bank operating in Malaysia then. He has appeared as leading counsel in cases involving Islamic banking in the Superior Courts in Malaysia. Most recently in March 2009 he appeared as leading Counsel in an appeal in the Court of Appeal in Malaysia in a landmark case involving Bai Bithaman Ajil contracts. He won the appeal to the great relief of his client (an Islamic bank) and all other banks that have been entering into BBA transactions over many years.

Leading Lawyer & Other Recognition

Mr Ismail has been selected as a Leading Leader for Business for 2010 by Chambers and Partners, a London-based Firm. This is another high recognition for Mr Ismail in his Islamic banking practice.

He has been Inducted as an Honored Member for 2010-2011 in Continental Who’s Who, a publication of a U.S.-based organisation dedicated to the Recognition of Excellence of Professionals and Executives all over the world.

In July 2011 Lawyer Monthly, an international publication, has named Mr. Ismail as a “Leading LAWYER 50, Islamic Finance 2011”, that is to say as one of 50 lawyers chosen from around the world as Leading Lawyers in Islamic Finance. To quote from the publication, “As the name suggests only 50 legal professionals across the globe make the list – this no-compromise approach ensures the calibre of the entrants.”


8.30 a.m. Registration

9.00 a.m. First session

10.30 a.m. Morning coffee break

11.00 a.m. Second session

1.00 p.m. Lunch at Salt & Pepper café at Level 5

2.00 p.m. Third session

3.30 p.m. Afternoon coffee break

4.00 p.m. Forth session and Q&A

5.00 p.m. Conclusion and Presentation of Token of Appreciation

(For further information, kindly download the registration form in circular session or call to Secretariat at 07-2763888)

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