WEBINAR : APCCA Series | Episode 4 : Understanding the Malaysia Regulatory & Business Framework arising from COVID-19

WEBINAR : APCCA Series | Episode 4 : Understanding the Malaysia Regulatory & Business Framework arising from COVID-19

Venue : Zoom

Event Start Date : Wednesday 03 June 2020

Event End Date : Wednesday 03 June 2020

Event Start Time : 03:00 pm

Event End Time : 04:15 pm

Registration Start Date : Tuesday 19 May 2020

Registration End Date : Wednesday 03 June 2020

THIS EVENT PAGE SHOWS SINGAPORE & MALAYSIA START AND END TIMING. Your final calendar confirmation will be set according to country-specific time upon registration.


As part of the APCCA webinar series, the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and the SCCA bring insights into the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

Event Overview

• Delivering the message that where there is Hope, there is Life

• Gauging the response from general counsel and corporations on the urgency and importance of a Covid-19 Bill

• Discussing what a Covid-19 Bill should contain and address

• Understanding the practical issues in respect of contractual and debt restructuring matters

• Highlighting the various tax concerns arising from corporate and debt restructuring

• Sharing the strategies to address the practical and tax concerns that general counsel may face as result of the business reorganization that takes place after the MCO



• MCCA President welcomes the participants. In a nutshell, it is not all gloomy about Covid-19 as it has the best amongst Malaysia- togetherness in fighting the pandemic. The speakers today themselves were COVID-19 patients. Yet, they and us have persevered and adapting to the new norm, which is to work from home.

• The panel will discuss areas which are important for businesses post MCO, namely:
(i) There has been a calling for an urgent enactment of a Covid-19 Act in Malaysia.
(ii) Addressing the effect of a Covid-19 Bill on Force Majeure and Corporate & Debt Restructuring
(iii) Tax concerns arising from MCO and Corporate & Debt restructuring



Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA) in its original form was initiated in 2009 at the first regional corporate counsel conference (organised by SCCA in Singapore) with signatories being the SCCA, Indonesia Corporate Counsel Association (IndonesiaCCA), Association of Corporate Lawyers Sri Lanka (ACLSL) and In house Counsel Forum – Korea (IHCF). In 2011, APCCA was formally launched at the third such conference (organised by the IndonesiaCCA in Jakarta ) with the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Legal Management Council of Philippines (LMCP) and Indian Corporate Counsel Association (IndiaCCA) joining the alliance. APCCA partners SCCA, MCCA, IndonesiaCCA, IndiaCCA and LMCP are also part of the In-House Counsel Worldwide (ICW).



He is often regarded as a gifted lawyer, brilliant at assessing complex situations and finding business-oriented solutions. Rosli was recently ranked as a "Leading Lawyer" on The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 ranking.

Guided by his passion for the law, Rosli is a game-changer who exudes a strong presence in court. Conversant in both civil and shariah law, he is much sought after for his in-depth knowledge of conflict of laws. His wide network of regional and international contacts has enabled him to resolve contentious cross-border issues in the Asian region and internationally, including successfully securing the release of Malaysians detained in neighbouring countries.

Pragmatic Rosli has received numerous plaudits being described by clients as – “his biggest asset is his sincerity in making each case a learning experience and showing us what we need to do better to avoid similar disputes in future. His approach to in-house counsel is both easy and unintimidating, making the "meticulous" expert a popular choice”; “... exudes a strong presence in court and in negotiations, and commands the respect of his adversaries”; “... goes out of his way to highlight risks and pitfalls without fear or favor”; “He is always ready to share and pass on his experience and knowledge, as well as helping us to build up our in-house legal expertise”. He also possesses "excellent business acumen".


Saravana is described as committed, sound in knowledge, amiable and always well prepared. He has appeared in benchmark litigations with a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes. Praised for his ability to “think outside the box” and “innovative approach” in interpreting the law, Chambers Asia Pacific  acknowledged Saravana for being “dynamic, efficient and helpful”. Meanwhile, clients have remarked, “His tax knowledge is very in-depth, and he is fast at responding.”

He was recently named as one of the top 100 lawyers in Malaysia by Asia Business Law Journal and  Saravana was named one of the 40 leading lawyers under 40 in Asia by Asian Legal Business.


Thavakumar obtained his LLB (Honours) from University of London in 1989 and was admitted to the English Bar at Middle Temple.  He went on to obtain his LLM from University Of London and was admitted to the Malaysian Bar, and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Thavakumar practised in Kuala Lumpur as an Advocate & Solicitior becoming a partner in 1998. 

Thavakumar joined Shell Malaysia in KL in 2000 and served 12 years during which time he held various positions including General Counsel of Shell Malaysia, leading a team of up to 26 lawyers and set up KL as a legal hub for Shell’s global businesses.

He was elected President of the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association in 2011.   In 2012, he joined SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad as VP Legal Affairs and in 2015, he also took on responsibilities as the Head of Group Legal, and in 2017, became Head of Legal and Contracts at Sapura Exploration & Production, which has since become SapuraOMV Upstream, a JV between Sapura and OMV A.G..




Reza P. Topobroto started his legal career as a practice lawyer in 997, after moving to several law firms he had a chance promoted as a Senior Associate in Roosdiono & Partners.  In 2005, he shifted careers to corporate counsel by joining Procter & Gamble as Country Legal Lead. In 2008, Reza was appointed as the Head of Legal for Mondelez (p.k.a Kraft Foods).  In 2012 he joined Microsoft as Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs in charge for Indonesia.  After 7 years in Microsoft, he moved to Indosat Ooredoo in 2019, becoming Senior Legal Advisor to CEO.

Reza was the third President of the Indonesian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA). He ended his term in 2014 and continues contributions to ICCA through his role on the Supervisory Board. In 2009, he co-founded the Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA), In 2012, he was appointed Secretary General of the APCCA.

In 2015, Reza was given the award of ‘Indonesia In-House Lawyer of the Year 2015’ and ‘In-House Legal Team of the Year 2016’ by Asia Legal Business.   Reza obtained his law degree at Trisakti University, Jakarta in 1997, and his Master of Laws at Monash University, Melbourne in 2003.




Anil a Mediator (accredited in South Asia), Arbitrator (Fellows of the Chartered, Singapore and Philippines Institutes of Arbitrators and Adjudicator (with AIAC Malaysia); and trained in International Treaty Arbitration, is an Advocate & Solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public of Singapore, a Solicitor of England and Wales (2009); qualified as Barrister Middle Temple of England & Wales (1993) and also holds a Master of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration, Kings College London & National University of Singapore (2006).

In legal practice since 1995 and his Chambers representing parties in the region, focuses on Appropriate Dispute Resolution involving Infrastructure, Building, and Construction work and most aspects of Commercial, Civil, Criminal and Corporate Front End Advisory services. Conversant in Mandarin, Malay, Malayalam and Tamil besides English, he has also worked In House, with a International Arbitration practice and started his work life for five-years career as an infantry officer, Singapore Armed Forces. His consultancy also Consults & Administers International Infrastructure & Construction, Trade & Investment Treaty projects and developments; carries out Appropriate Dispute Resolution Services including Mediator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator, Dispute Boards, Expert Witness & Neutral Evaluator; and Developing Online Dispute Resolution Legal Technologies.

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