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Messrs. Apnizan Abdullah & Co (AAC)
Was Established On 15 August 2022.
It Is Located In Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Messrs. Apnizan Abdullah & Co (AAC) Was Established On 15 August 2022. It Is Located In Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Our firm is dedicated to render excellent legal services to our clients across the globe in the areas of corporate commercial practice, alternative dispute resolution, conveyancing and Shariah matters. We specialise in the area of Islamic banking and finance and Shariah compliant business advisory.

Our Team

Managing Partner

Apnizan Abdullah

Apnizan Abdullah
Managing Partner
Master of Comparative Laws (MCL) and the LL.BS (first class)
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
apnizan@aaclex.com

Apnizan obtained her LL.B (Honours), Master of Comparative Laws (MCL), and LL.BS (first class) from IIUM in 2003, 2004 & 2014 respectively. She received dean’s list certificates & rector’s list during her undergraduate & postgraduate studies. She was also awarded with the Best Student Award for Islamic Banking & Takaful in 2003. She was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2006 and subsequently practiced at Messrs. Mak Farid & Company. 

She was a lecturer at the University of Tunku Abdul Rahman and the University Malaya from the year 2007 to 2010. In 2011, she obtained the Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) from INCEIF and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Practitioners (CIIF) since then. She served the International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) as a Researcher from year 2012 to 2013 and the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia as a Research Fellow from year 2015 to July 2021. She has written various research papers and articles in academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and websites and presented research outputs at national and international seminars and conferences. 

She has been active in conducting training for Islamic banks & advisory works in the sphere of Islamic Financial laws since 2010 focusing on the regulatory and governance aspects & legal documentation in Islamic finance practice. She has been engaged by public and private entities, locally and internationally for consultancy works in Islamic finance & wealth management. She specializes in Islamic financial laws, wealth management & governance matters. Due to her vast experience & exposure in the Islamic finance industry, the Financial Accreditation Agency (FAA) has appointed her as a Professional Assessor. She was a Senior Associate at Messrs. Mu’az Aiman Halem Auzan & Associates from October 2021 to July 2022 & an Ad-hoc Senior Consultant at Tawafuq Consultancy. She currently sits as one of the Shariah Committee Members of MBSB Bank. The award she received on 15 June 2023 known as ‘WOMANi Professional For the Year 2022’ and is listed as one of “the Most Influential Women in Islamic Business and Finance ”, indeed evidenced the market recognition of her contribution to Islamic finance and Halal Business Industry.

Partner

Wan Nurul Syifa’ Wan Ahmad Rahiman

Wan Nurul Syifa’ Wan Ahmad Rahiman

Master of Laws (LLM) (UITM)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (IIUM)
Bachelor of Laws (LLBS) (IIUM)

syifa@aaclex.com

 

Knowing

Embarking on an academic and professional voyage, Nurul Syifa’ stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of conventional and Shariah legal systems. Her educational odyssey commenced at the esteemed International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), where she pursued a double degree, obtaining a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) alongside a Bachelor of Law (Shariah)(LLBS). This dualistic foundation not only instilled in her a comprehensive understanding of both legal paradigms but also set the stage for a multifaceted legal career. The academic pursuit continued as she delved deeper into the intricate world of law, earning a Master of Laws (LLM) from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

June 2016 marked a pivotal milestone as she was called to the Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of Malaya, cementing her entry into the legal profession. Simultaneously, she was admitted as a Syarie Lawyer in May 2016, showcasing her proficiency in navigating the nuances of both conventional and Shariah legal frameworks.

Her professional career began at Messrs. Anas Sazira & Partners, where she honed her legal acumen and provided counsel across diverse legal domains including General Litigation in Civil and Shariah courts, Conveyancing, Probate & Law of Succession, Muslim Family Law matters and other Islamic wealth management instruments. With such commendable experience and exposure, she joined Messrs. Farhan, Shaira & Associates as a partner specialising in Shariah matters.

Transitioning to a new chapter, she currently practises at Messrs. Apnizan Abdullah & Co as a partner commencing from 1 November 2023, a move that reflects her commitment to embracing new challenges and expanding her professional horizons. Aligned with the vision, mission and practice direction of the firm, she envisions to specialise further in Islamic banking and finance practice, Shariah-compliant commercial and corporate exercises and Islamic wealth management matters. This shift has not only broadened the scope of her legal practice but also allowed her to contribute to a different legal milieu.

Legal Associate

Mohamad Syukur Abu Bakar

Mohamad Syukur Abu Bakar

Legal Associate
Bachelor of Laws (Syariah) (LL.BS) (Honours) (IIUM)
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Honours) (IIUM)

syukur@aaclex.com

 

Knowing

Mohamad Syukur obtained his first degree in Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Honours) from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 2019 and his second degree in Bachelor of Laws (Syariah) from the same university in 2020. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in December 2022.

 

He underwent an internship at Mahkamah Rendah Syariah Batu Pahat where he was exposed to Syariah matters including dissolution of marriage, maintenance of children claims, faraid application and others. He then read in the chamber of Messrs. Mu’az Aiman Halem Auzan & Associates with direct involvement in civil and Syariah litigation matters and Islamic estate planning and wealth management.

At AAC, Syukur is entrusted to manage matters related to industrial relations and employment, corporate commercial practice, civil and syariah litigations and Islamic estate planning and wealth management.

Shariah Executive

Asma’ Shamsuri

Asma’ Shamsuri
Shariah Executive
Bachelor of Shariah Law (Honours) (UniSHAMS)
Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Administration Islamic Judiciary (DAIJ) (IIUM)
admin@aaclex.com

Asma’ graduated from Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah International Islamic University (UniSHAMS) with a Bachelor of Shariah Law (Honours) in 2019. She then pursued her studies for the Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Administration Islamic Judiciary (DAIJ) at International Islamic University Malaysia which she completed in 2022.

After graduation, Asma’ started her career journey at Hannan Medispa Sdn Bhd as a marketing executive where she performed a wide range of marketing exercises. She was involved in conducting market research, evaluating strategic promotional and advertising campaigns as well and managing social media platforms. 

Asma’ officially joined Messrs. Apnizan Abdullah & Co in May 2023 as a Shariah Trainee. In her journey to become a fully qualified Shariah lawyer, she has been assigned to assist her senior lawyers in legal and Shariah-related matters and is responsible for handling matters related to Islamic financial instruments and Islamic wealth planning and estate management.  She is currently exploring developing the fundamental tenets of Islamic marketing for the practitioners in the Islamic finance and halal industries.

Paralegal

Maryam Qistina

Maryam Qistina Abdullah
Paralegal
Reading in Law
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
maryam@aaclex.com

Maryam Qistina Abdullah has officially joined Messrs APNIZAN ABDULLAH & CO. in August 2022 as ad-hoc paralegal. Prior to that, she acted as a legal personal assistant to the Principal Owner of the firm since May 2022.

She has completed her matriculation study in the year 2022 and is currently reading in law at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She works with the firm on project basis upon her enrolment to the university.

During his service to the firm and its Principal Owner, Maryam was exposed mainly to corporate and commercial exercises related to Islamic joint-venture and Shariah compliant financing documentations.

Senior Consultant, Finance & Administration

Mazni Azemi

Mazni Azemi
Senior Consultant, Finance & Administration
Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) (2nd Class Upper)
Universiti Putra Malaysia
mazni@aaclex.com

Mazni Azemi obtained her Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) (2nd Class Upper) from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2005 and a Diploma in Investment Analyst from Research Institutes of Investment Malaysia (RIIAM) in 2003. She received dean’s list certificates during her undergraduate studies in UPM.

She worked as an Audit Associate at an accounting firm, Jamal Amin & Partners after her graduation in 2005. During her years of service, she was directly exposed to auditing various types of clients’ accounts to ensure their compliance with Malaysian Accounting Standard Board (MASB), Companies Act 1965 and Financial Reporting Standard (FRS).

She then joined Koperasi Bersatu Tenaga Malaysia Bhd as a Finance Officer in 2009, to manage all clerical & accounting reports matters. In 2012, she joined Koperasi Pembiayaan Syariah Angkasa Berhad (KOPSYA) as Finance & Operations Executive and was responsible for handling a finance unit. In this role, she gained a lot of exposures to managing all accounting and administrative matters from preparing budget and forecast, preparing a full set of management accounts and managing other clerical and administrative issues. During her service period with KOPSYA, she was exposed to Shariah Compliance-Financing services/ products such as Musharakah Mutanaqisah, Tawarruq, SUKUK and Qard al Hassan.

She is well experienced in handling accounts’ auditing, managing a full set of accounting reports and preparing budgeted/ forecasted cash flow and other financial reports on a timely basis.

Accounts & Admin Assistant

Nurdiyana Dzulhazmi

Nurdiyana Dzulhazmi
Accounts & Admin Assistant
Diploma in Business Studies
Politeknik Kota Bharu
diyana@aaclex.com

Diyana obtained her Diploma in Business Studies from Politeknik Kota Bharu in 2021. She then commenced her internship at Persatuan Alumni Politeknik Kota Bharu, where she is in charge of accounting and administrative matters.

Prior to joining the firm, she worked at H Elite Hotel as an Accounts Clerk. In the hotel industry management, she was directly exposed to the use of accounting software (IDB System), and other systems to execute business transactions.

Diyana joined Messrs. Apnizan Abdullah & Co. in August 2023 as an Accounts and Admin Assistant. At AAC, Diyana is responsible for accounting tasks such as recording daily transactions, managing filing systems, overseeing cash activities, and assisting lawyers for administrative and clerical assignments. 

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