APAC Q4 2023 Featuring: Aliyah Rizq Holdings Pte Ltd
Welcome to the Q4 edition of APAC Insider magazine, your quarterly source for all the latest news and updates from across the Asia Pacific region. The final quarter of the year is upon us, and with it, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on the prosperous year it has been for the APAC region. There has been a lot happening, from the APAC Summit which was held in Singapore, to the joint hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup by Australia and New Zealand, to Indonesia taking over the ASEAN chairmanship from Cambodia, to Dubai hosting the COP28 United Nations Climate Conference. It has been busy and exciting indeed, and as we zoom in to take a look at what the region’s businesses have been doing, we discover that they have been accomplishing a lot too! As always, we’re delighted to be showcasing our outstanding award-winning firms and the specialist work they continue to do within their respective industries, whether immigration advisory, migration law, fraud and asset recovery law, and even farming. We hope you enjoy our final issue of the year and its insight into the corporate landscape of the region. As ever, we wish you all the best as 2023 draws to a close and look forward to welcoming you back again in 2024. Rebecca Scotland, Editor Website: www.apac-insider.com AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.
4. News 6. Global Catalyst Advisory: MOST INFLUENTIAL SUSTAINABILITY LEADER IN ASEAN 8. Greenhill Australia Migration Advisors: Best Immigration Advisory 2023 - South Australia 10. McDonald Legal Services Pty Ltd: Best Fraud & Asset Recovery Law Firm 2023 - Melbourne 11. Australian Migration Lawyers: Most Trusted Australian Migration Law Firm 2023 - Victoria 12. Aliyah Rizq Holdings Pte Ltd: Best Livestock Company 2023 - Singapore 14. Fangda Partners: Best Corporate & Foreign Direct Investment Lawyer 2023 (China): George Xu 15. Solaris Legal: Delhi’s Best Dispute Resolution Law Boutique Contents
News Moomoo Japan announced the launch of its online brokerage business on the global investment and trading platform moomoo. Starting from 19th September 2023, Japanese investors are able to trade approximately 7,000 US stocks and ETFs on the moomoo platform, which represents the highest level of tradable U.S. shares in the Japanese industry, and almost 30% Moomoo Japan Launches Online Brokerage Business, Offering about 7,000 Tradable US Stocks more than the number of U.S. stocks offered by the second highest in the Japanese industry. As of the publication of this article, Japanese investors could trade on moomoo with the lowest commission rate among all Japanese online brokerages.  “We saw great interest in investing US stocks in Japan, especially the younger generation. With the launch of our online brokerage business, Japanese moomoo users can now trade US stocks via our proprietary moomoo app, just at their fingertips, while enjoying massive free data, professional-level investing tools and news services, that help them to make informed investing decisions,” said moomoo Japan CEO Francisco Izawa. As a global investment and trading platform at the forefront of U.S. stock trading, moomoo is the first online platform to offer round-theclock U.S. stocks and ETFs trading via the respective brokerages in Singapore and Australia. The same feature will soon be available to Japanese investors, allowing them to trade 301 selected US stocks and ETFs, 24 hours every trading day. This move will mark moomoo as the first Japanese online broker to offer 24-hour trading of over 300 selected US stocks and ETFs. Moomoo made its debut in Japan in October 2022, introducing its all-in-one app that offers market information, education tools and a vibrant community of global peers to Japanese investors. Moomoo Japan holds qualifications for conducting Type-I Financial Instruments Business, Type-II Financial Instruments Business, Investment Management Business, and Investment Advisory and Agency Business. Moomoo Japan has received significant praise from the public and media for ‘shaking up’ the online trading industry within the local market. In June, the prestigious financial magazine Nikkei Money recognized moomoo for its advanced analysis and expertly curated global stock information. Particularly noteworthy was the app’s ability to provide English-focused data, a valuable resource that is often challenging to find in Japan. Grows with like-minded peers worldwide at moomoo Since its establishment in 2018 in Palo Alto, California, moomoo is committed to innovate the financial world and transform the investing experience. It breaks the barriers between amateur and professional investors, empowering investors of all kinds with a pro-level trading service and data with its technological advancements. “The Japanese stock market has also long been dominated by institutional investors, but the situation is becoming different now. Data shows that the proportion of shares held by individual investors in Japan has reached 17.6%, which is close to the highest level since 2013 ,” Izawa said. “And it is good to see the younger generation in Japan attempt to trade stock and invest in their financial future. “ According to a survey recently published by Japan’s Financial Services Agency, as of the end of March, the total number of NISA, Nippon (Japan) Individual Savings Account, accounts in Japan reached 18.74 million, reflecting a 4% increase compared to the end of 2022. Notably, within this figure, 5.19 million accounts are held by individuals aged 20 to 39, representing about 5% growth compared to the end of 2022 . Moomoo nurtures a culture of continuous learning through its inclusive online Moo Community and complimentary investment education courses, catering to the needs of investors at every level of investment experience. In collaboration with its sister brand, moomoo cultivates an interactive online investing community that unites over 20 million investors from all over the globe. Within the Moo Community, investors can connect with like-minded peers, share experiences and stories, and potentially enhance their trading skills through free online courses and interactive events. “By the end of the second quarter, we observed a remarkable 330% surge in community engagement in Japan compared to the previous quarter. Similarly, our online investing curriculum experienced a substantial 142% sequential increase in click rates, “ Izawa said.  3 Reasons to Choose Moomoo for US Stock Trading  Results of the 2022 Stock Distribution Survey  Japan Financial Services Agency’s Publication of Survey Results on NISA Junior Account
News “Module has to take the whole responsibility of stability and reliability, and existing technologies are the most sustainable and practical technologies to fight climate change”, Dr. Pierre Verlinden, Chief Scientist of Trina Solar, said at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. The event, the most professional and influential meeting in the PV industry, was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from September 18 to 22. In a round-table discussion Dr. Pierre Verlinden said Trina Solar has focused on the most cost-effective and sustainable technologies at the moment. The company has invested heavily in technological innovation and led the development of TOPCon technology in 2015, almost immediately after introducing PERC, laying a solid foundation for the industrialization of n-type products. With the start of mass production of Vertex N 700W+ series modules in August, Trina Solar becomes the first module maker to mass produce TOPCon modules with power exceeding 700W. Also at the Lisbon event, Adele Zhao, Trina’s Head of Product Solutions and Marketing in EMEA, delivered a speech titled The Road to Sustainable Technology, introducing the company’s latest technology, sustainable products and smart energy solutions. The highly reliable Vertex N module has passed the thresher test of the Renewable Energy Test Center in Fremont, California, demonstrating excellent performance, and thanks to the great performance of Trina Solar’s Vertex N 700W series modules, PV Evolution Labs of Napa, California, has named the company Top Performer for nine consecutive years. Trina Solar’s sustainable technology drives green future The Vertex N module’s high value is underlined by its “golden size” design, and small, medium and large formats, maximizing power output and reducing LCOE. Recycling solar panels prevents valuable materials from entering landfills and supports a circular economy. Trina Solar is committed to minimizing the probability of module replacement while enhancing the energy yield throughout the product lifespan. The full range of 210mm Vertex modules was awarded the Carbon Footprint Certificate by TÜV Rheinland last year. The company’s Vertex S+ modules can reduce carbon emissions by 11%, with plastics in backsheets being replaced with glass, which can be recycled. The world has to work together on sustainability, Adele said in her speech, and Trina Solar, with its advanced technology and integrated PV and storage solutions, is greatly contributing to green development with high-quality and low-carbon products, it’s motto being “Solar Energy for All”. By the end of June the total green power Trina Solar had generated was 202.5 billion kWh, reducing CO2 by 201.89 million tons. On September 6 the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China honored Trina Solar with the title of Decarbonisation Leader for its achievements in low-carbon transition and climate change mitigation. Trina Solar is committed to leading the way in smart solar energy solutions and facilitating the transformation of new power systems for a net-zero future.
May22239 May23633 Boutique Strategic Advisory Firm Global Catalyst Advisory was first conceived as a boutique strategic advisory firm with a unique blend of strategic advisory, investment banking, thought leadership and academic rigor. It believes in a scientific and evident-based approach in analysing client’s challenges, while proposing innovative but sustainable solutions. Global Catalyst Advisory has served numerous public, private sector and NonGovernmental Organization clientele. Some of these clients include: public sector policy makers like Thailand Ministry of Industry, Myanmar Ministry of Industry, Singapore Civil Service College, Temasek Foundation and private enterprises like telco operators China Telecoms and Maxis, top 5 real estate developer in Malaysia like Setia, Singapore top 3 F&B operator 1 Group, Non-Governmental Organization like OECD, Franchising and Licensing Association and Association of Small Medium Enterprises. Differentiated Advantage The CEO of Global Catalyst Advisory, Victor Tay, was a scholarship recipient at the University of Oxford Executive MBA programme. Victor emphasized that Global Catalyst Advisory like Oxford and Oxfam aims to “Resolve World’s Problems” while offering client solutions on strategic long-term basis. He explained that the firm only picks projects which will fulfil the triple bottom-line of people, planet and profit. He shared that, “We are different from other advisory firms as we believe the solutions derived should transform inefficient and unproductive business model. Many businesses were disrupted as they overly emphasize on financial gain that it ceases to provide value. We believe that all successful and sustainable businesses must fulfilled the equilibrium of preserving the planet, fulfilling people’s expectations while generating profit as a collective outcome.” The clients made the following feedback “Victor is able to see things from Strategic viewpoint, especially the key issues impacting the industries overseeing and the levers he can use to create a significant change in them”. “Articulate his view strategically and clearly. Most of the time, able to project the long-term impact which helps and guides people to move in the same direction”. “Victor is not only a strategist but a doer, especially when a task required his expertise”. As a testimonial of its competence, the Global Catalyst Advisory had won numerous awards in Asia in the past including Asia Sustainable Leadership Awards in both Game Changer and Innovation categories, as well as, Brands for Good Awards. Victor being the CEO was also awarded the US-based Fin Nex Financial Leadership Awards for his lifelong career in providing financial advisory to strengthen small medium enterprises, NGOs and charitable organizations. Pioneer and Trend Setter Looking back at Victor’s career history, it was not difficult to unravel his pioneering advocacy in sustainability. It was in 2005 when he established a new industry cluster, Environmental and Engineering Services, at Enterprise Singapore which is a government statutory board. He had then established numerous programmes to develop the Environmental sector, including Environmental Technologies Capability Development Programme, Environmental Centre of Innovation. Later at the national chamber, Singapore Business Federation where he was the Acting CEO/ COO, he established the business community of Sustainability Development Business Group, Singapore Sustainability Alliance comprising of triple helix model of Government, Research Institution and Business Chambers. And to accelerate more sustainability movements, he established the Singapore Sustainability Awards to encourage more companies to develop environmental technologies, reduce carbon footprint and to catalyse industry adoption. This culminated to his chairmanship at United Nations Global Compact Network Singapore. Fast forwarded to 2023, Post COP 26, that many are only beginning to get on the bandwagon, Global Catalyst Advisory has already its value enshrined within its corporate tagline “Sustainability Catalysed”. As a pioneer, Global Catalyst Advisory essentially has captured the first mover advantage. Emphasis on People When asked about Victor’s emphasis on people, he elucidated, “In medieval period, businesses were first conceived as a societal services so that the people can barter and exchange for goods and services. Naturally, the beneficiary (people) is more important than the solutions. If we treat our employees well, naturally they will reciprocate to treat our clients as well. This becomes a virtuous cycle”. When his staff were interviewed Some of the feedback that his staff had given in Victor’s 360 degree reviews were, “Victor has a lot principled and has a lot of integrity. He has great kindness and concern for the welfare of people around him. He is sharp, thinks well and strategically and is able to get the most mileage from any work assigned to him. His inputs always give a more strategic direction to work.” On working hard, the client remarked, “Victor pushes his team to achieve results, thought the team “complains” about the hard work, but seem to wear it as a badge of honour – they sound motivated probably seeing that he pushes himself very hard as well”. “Victor is generally a good superior to work with. He is able to adjust himself to the different personalities of his various staff and his approach is always to make the most of each persons strengths rather than focus on weaknesses.” Sustainable Development Goals and Uplifting Vulnerable Groups Victor is not just a business leader but he volunteers at the NGO specifically to advocate Sustainability Development Goals and uplift the vulnerable groups. He chaired the United Nations Global Compact Network Singapore and actively promoted and advocated Corporate Social Responsibilities amongst the business community since 2010. Concurrently, given his passion for vulnerable groups, he was also the Chairman of the Association for Persons with Special Needs operating 5 schools for 1,500 special needs across 7-62 years old. When asked what is the larger aspiration he had for Global Catalyst Advisory, he replied, “The destiny of the firm is encrusted in its name, “Global Catalyst”. It will need to catalyse the transformation, level societal inequality and resolve world’s issues.” MOST INFLUENTIAL SUSTAINABILITY LEADER IN ASEAN APAC CEO OF THE YEAR – VICTOR TAY
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Greenhill Australia Migration Advisors assists individuals and businesses with their immigration needs. It specialises in providing a comprehensive service to ensure clients transitioning to a new country receive a smooth and seamless immigration solution in accordance with all current codes and laws. The registered migration advisor at the company is Hasina Abdul Rahim, who is experienced and qualified to help with all migration service matters. Australia is an attractive destination for skilled overseas workers and students to consider relocating, either for reasons of career advancement, education, or perhaps to reunite with family members in the lucky country. Greenhill Australia Migration Services is capable of streamlining the complexities of the process, bringing to bear an extensive knowledge of immigration laws, policies and procedures. It is fully equipped to guide individuals through the intricacies of the process, whatever their personal circumstances or needs might be. Migration Advisor Hasina Abdul Rahim is proficient in dealing with all kinds of visas, including those appropriate for refugees and required for humanitarian reasons. Her vital Migration Agent Registration Number, 1700161, is compliant with the Migration Agent’s Registration Authority (MARA), meaning not only can she deal with all kinds of visa queries, she can also assist with the Australian Administrative Tribunal and Federal Court Appeal Process. Hasina’s personal journey in the industry began with a profound need to help people achieve their dreams of living and working in Australia. She underwent many years of training, and garnered much in the way of hands-on experience, to reach a professional level of understanding Australia’s Immigration laws, policies, and procedures. This helps her navigate the complex landscape of immigration, and reach favourable outcomes for her clients. Her services encompass helping to guide clients through the visa application process, where it is essential that they select the category that aligns with their goals and qualifications. She can also assist with employer sponsorship, helping to complete the legal requirements for businesses seeking to sponsor skilled overseas workers and bring them on board. In a similar vein, she facilitates reunification of families by helping clients to sponsor a loved one to join them in their new country of residence. In addition, Hasina works with aspiring students to ensure they have all the requirements necessary to study abroad, and she provides guidance for skilled workers on the appropriate migration pathways that are best for them, effectively showcasing their qualifications and experience. In cases where the visa application is denied, Hasina is there to offer support and help to lodge appeals or request reviews. She feels it is vital that clients receive fair consideration through the Australian Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Court of Appeal when necessary. Finally, when it comes to citizenship and permanent residency, she helps clients obtain recognition in their newly adopted home country. “Our team of experienced employment advisors is dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential. We offer a wide range of services, from resume optimization and interview preparation to networking events and job placement assistance.” Hasina’s success in the industry comes from her professional vision, in depth knowledge, and genuine commitment to helping individuals and organisations achieve their migration goals. She ensures that she stays up to date with the latest trends in the dynamic world of immigration, determined to always provide the best outcomes for her clients. She is committed to transparent communications, particularly when dealing with clients from different linguistic cultural backgrounds, and to presenting an unbiased client approach. These are values she feels are crucial to success for clients and for Greenhill Australia Migration Advisors. Immigration laws can be complex and subject to rapid change in terms of regulations. Keeping up with such, which obviously varies between countries, can be a challenge. On the other hand, the increase in globalisation and cross border mobility has created a demand for talent that presents an opportunity to help businesses navigate the immigration process and capitalise on global good fortune. Improved technology has helped to smooth communications with clients worldwide, provide timely updates, and offer virtual consultations. This is another positive for the industry. On the flip side, there is the increase in competition between migration services. Standing out from the crowd with a consistent service quality is essential, as is managing client expectations through the uncertainty of the migration process. Greenhill Australia Migration Advisors can help to manage and organise the extensive documentation that is required for visa applications. This can be time consuming and demanding, so it’s good to know the company’s got your back. Hasina feels that it is key to provide a personalised and empathetic service to each client. She understands that as well as being complex, the immigration process can be emotionally charged. That’s why she makes it a priority to create a positive and supportive atmosphere for every individual and organisation she works with. The way she goes about providing a service of the utmost quality is to begin with a thorough assessment of each client’s goals, their unique situation, and their qualifications. This allows her to recommend the best immigration pathway for their particular needs. She then explains the requirements of the process, and raises the potential challenges they might have to face, to eliminate confusion and set a realistic expectations. She will guide the client by outlining each case’s strengths and weaknesses, and developing customised solutions to address any specific concerns. To help alleviate any anxiety she will ensure timely updates are included as standard, and offer emotional support and reassurance throughout. The emotional challenges of moving to a new country sometimes require a friendly face just to listen, Hasina Best Immigration Advisory 2023 - South Australia Aug23442
APAC Insider- Q4 2023 realises. The highest standards of professionalism are always maintained, with a conscientious attention to detail employed at all times, making sure that all paperwork is completed accurately and on time. She works closely with clients to solve any problems that arise, perhaps by exploring different pathways. Even after the desired successful outcome has been achieved service continues, with Hasina helping guide clients’ settlement, and smooth transition into their destination country. She also actively seeks feedback to ensure she is continually enhancing her services. Her approach, always rooted in empathy and expertise, guides clients through every step on their immigration journey. Her aim is always to create a positive and successful experience for each individual and organisation she assists. The main things that set Hasina apart in the industry are her specialised expertise in immigration law, her client-centric approach, clear communication, holistic support, and cultural sensitivity. She is accustomed to working with a diverse clientele, and is finely tuned to cultural nuances and sensitivities that can affect immigration decisions. She has unwavering ethical standards, stays current with changing immigration policies, and has built an admirable positive reputation. She is proud of the testimonials clients have shared, and the word-of-mouth referrals she has generated. Greenhill Australia Migration Advisors has been awarded Best Immigration Advisory 2023 - South Australia. This prestigious title is a fabulous accolade for an outstanding company with unique and admirable strengths in its sector. Company: Greenhill Australia Migration Advisors Web Address: https://greenhillmigration.com.au/ Contact Name: Hasina Abdul Rahim
APAC Insider- Q4 2023 McDonald Legal Services is a distinguished Victoria law firm, renowned for expertise in commercial, property, and estate law, with a particular specialty in the fields of debt and asset recovery. The practice is driven by the power of word-of-mouth recommendations and possesses a wellestablished reputation within both the legal and business communities. We speak to Principal Solicitor Daniel McDonald, who tells us more about the firm and its commitment to deliver excellent service and provide good outcomes for clients. McDonald Legal strive to provide clients with the highest quality legal services in a cost-effective, professional, and business-like manner. The firm possesses integrity and trustworthiness in all dealings both internally and externally, placing the upmost value on teamwork and mutual support. What follows is a culture of inspiration and empowerment, allowing individuals to fulfil their potential, and in turn, the potential of the business. McDonald Legal aims to foster a culture which thrives upon diversity, respect for individuals, and an expression of talent. The company excels in providing comprehensive legal guidance to businesses across a plethora of industries, with its skilled team of lawyers fully understanding the complexities of commercial transactions, contracts, negotiations, and regulatory compliance. McDonald Legal also handles an array of real estate matters, dealing with sales, lease negotiations, and planning issues, with this knowledge also extending to advice regarding property development projects and the handling of complex property disputes. In addition, the firm boasts a deep understanding of Estates Law, catering to clients seeking guidance on matters related to estate planning, wills, and trusts, prioritising the guiding of clients through intricate matters of estate administration, making sure their wishes are respected and assets protected. With a particular focus on debt and asset recovery, McDonald Legal possesses advanced expertise in helping clients to retrieve assets and owned funds ethically and efficiently. A keen strategy is adopted to negotiate settlements, initiate legal action, and enforce judgements, with methods tailored to each specific case to uphold a client’s best interests. Recently, the team have successfully navigated a series of challenges within its areas of expertise, with these challenges stemming from industry-specific and broader economic issues, contributing to an increased frequency of contract breaches and debt recovery cases. The adaptable legal team have risen to the challenge, employing strategic approaches to mitigate the impact on its diverse range of clientele. By continually staying well-informed of legal developments and industry trends, the team remain poised to successfully navigate the complexities of the modern legal landscape. The approach taken by McDonald Legal Services to ensure success is one rooted in a commitment to clients and an unwavering approach to delivering the highest quality service and a memorable experience for every client. The firm is aware that the outcomes of legal proceedings are not always guaranteed, yet what can be guaranteed is a professional, realistic, and transparent experience that stands as a vital aspect of a legal journey. The team remain dedicated to not only achieving legal goals, but also ensuring that clients feel supported, empowered, and valued across every step of the process. In recent years, the legal industry has undergone several profound shifts, which in turn have reshaped how legal professionals operate and interact with clients. McDonald Legal Services realise the significance of reacting to these changes, proactively adapting to them to ensure the same high calibre of service is given in an everchanging landscape. Many of these transformations are driven by advancements in technology, with the team embracing virtual courts and leveraging AI tools responsibly, to continue to nurture a talented team, acute to the latest industry developments. Working in the legal sector brings the team a great deal of pride, particularly the ability to have a positive impact on the community, uphold the law, and celebrate justice being served. As Daniel explains, “We are most proud of the impact we have on our clients’ lives, the fairness we contribute to the legal system, and the reputation we have earned.” It is the distinctiveness of the firm within the legal landscape that sets it apart from the competition, with its client-centric approach, comprehensive expertise, and innovation positioning the company as a top choice for clients seeking exceptional representation and an unmatched experience. McDonald Legal Services is committed to succeeding in its vision of becoming a featured mid-tier legal firm in Victoria over the next few years, with a growth strategy underpinned by several key strategic initiatives placing emphasis on excellence, expansion, and community engagement. With this ethos, the firm is driving forward to a future where it sets the standard for legal service in Victoria. Contact: Daniel McDonald Company: McDonald Legal Services Pty Ltd Web Address: www.mcdonaldlegal.com.au Best Fraud & Asset Recovery Law Firm 2023 - Melbourne Aug23208
Feb22538 APAC Insider- Q4 2023 Renowned for its expertise and client-focused approach, Australian Migration Lawyers is a national firm focused on offering migration legal services for all types of Australian visas, as well as appeals and representation in court. Serving a diverse clientele including multi-national corporations, leading Australian businesses, and individuals, Australian Migration Lawyers continues to solidify its position as a leading provider of top-tier migration law services in Australia. Australia consistently ranks as one of the most liveable countries globally, making it an attractive destination for individuals and families seeking a better quality of life, education, employment, and overall well-being. This desirability leads to a steady influx of migrants from various parts of the world, generating a substantial demand for expert assistance in navigating a complex Australian migration system. Australian Migration Lawyers is focused on making the process as streamlined as possible for its clients, providing technical legal support to reduce the stress and reach positive outcomes. Their legal services include primary applications as well as assisting people who are seeking permanent residency and Australian citizenship. Australian Migration Lawyers also assist clients with legal advice and representation during appeal processes at Australia’s administrative review tribunal, the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, and the Federal Court of Australia. As we live in a digital world, the firm is at the forefront in offering technology-based solutions to improve security, convenience, and timeliness across the process. Virtual consultations are offered to assist with fitting in with people’s busy schedules. Australian Migration Lawyers also has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth, ensuring accessibility and ease when needed. With a wealth of experience and a longstanding engagement with various industry bodies, Australian Migration Lawyers also assures its clients that they are in the capable hands of seasoned professionals in the field. Australian Migration Lawyers is led by its Principal lawyer Perry Q Wood who is a former Senior Member and Practice Leader of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and previously served as an AsiaPacific council member of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges. Australian Migration Lawyers have also recently welcomed Cindy Zhao 趙青 as Partner. Formerly the long-standing Director and Principal of one of Queensland’s leading migration law firms, Cindy’s proven track record, including her involvement in cases in the High Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia, stands testament to her expertise. Having achieved a majority of successful outcomes appearing in Australia’s administrative review tribunal and fluent in Mandarin, Cindy will lead the firm’s China practice and continue to serve clients nationally. Shereen El-Ali, a migration law veteran with over a decade practising exclusively in migration law, celebrates her well-deserved promotion to Special Counsel. Shereen, having honed her skills under leading accredited immigration law specialists at several esteemed migration law practices, remains a key contributor to the firm’s success. Further strengthening the team, Damian Dwyer has been elevated to Associate. Damian, first admitted as an Australian Lawyer in 2009, boasts credentials including a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the Australian National University (ANU), a Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and Practice from the University of Technology Sydney and a Master of Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne. The promotion of Simrat Roopra to Associate further enriches the firm’s capacity. With rigorous academic training, firstly at New York University (NYU) and later postgraduate law studies at the University of Melbourne where she graduated in the top 5% of her cohort, Simrat also has vast international exposures spanning from Washington D.C. to London. At Australian Migration Lawyers, Simrat has gained experience acting for multi-national corporations, representing applicants before Australia’s administrative review tribunal and conducting litigation in court. Together, the team at Australian Migration Lawyers are a determined, experienced, and a formidable force. The company has been recognised as the Most Trusted Australian Migration Law Firm 2023 – Victoria by the APAC Legal Awards. Our congratulations go out to this outstanding company, truly excelling in its niche service area. Company: Australian Migration Lawyers Web Address: www.australianmigrationlawyers. com.au Contact Name: Madeleine Scanlon Most Trusted Australian Migration Law Firm 2023 - Victoria Jul23462
Jan22686 Best Livestock Company 2023 - Singapore The year is 2015, and Ashraf Bakar has just made the decision that would define his very future. Following his marriage, Ashraf elected to give his 2 acre backyard a greater purpose – to create a farm that would rear goats and sheep with the intention of providing services for those partaking in Aqiqah and Qurban. Below, we explore Aliyah Rizq Holdings Pte Ltd.’s (Aliyah Rizq Farm) rich history, its approach to caring for its flock, and how this ambitious farm has gone above and beyond to redefine the livestock industry throughout Asia. Beginning operations in January 2016, Aliyah Rizq Farm started as a 2 acre backyard farm that represented the ambition of its founder, Ashraf Bakar. Having been offered funds from his mother-in-law, Ashraf got to work to forge a great place for livestock to prosper. Come 2016, his flock had grown from 30 goats and sheep to 160, and, along with it, so did Aliyah Rizq Farm’s confidence. Once it had accumulated a steady footing from which to make the next big jump, Aliyah Rizq Farm sought out a partnership with Agroppreneur Farms Sdn Bhd in 2017. This collaboration opened the door for, not only a sheep breeding project, but an opportunity for Aliyah Rizq Farm to utilise 25 acres of land. By the time it had amassed 300 sheep and goats, Aliyah Rizq Farm had moved its operations to the expansive Bio Desaru, ready to take the local livestock industry by storm. It recognised that sourcing good quality produce had been a near impossible feat throughout Malaysia, with farmers only producing around 5% of the nation’s needs, and sought to rectify this issue once and for all. Its initial response? – to expand its reach to Indonesia in order to acquire supplies of livestock for the purpose of Aqiqah, Qurban, meat, and distribution throughout Milaysia. As aspirational as this venture was, Aliyah Rizq Farm successfully began working on the Indonesian Project in mid-2018. The aim was to focus on becoming a more social enterprise – one that was capable of supporting low income, less skilled farmers throughout Indonesia in supplying livestock to Milaysia through CV. Asia Global. Shortly after launching the project in 2018, by May 2019, Aliyah Rizq Farm had already heralded results. Bringing in 200 heads of healthy, good quality sheep, the Indonesian Project proved that Malaysian farmers could gain access to quality livestock from a reliable source, all whilst abiding by the legal regulations of the area. In addition, Aliyah May23256 Rizq Farm stood as a beacon of hope for the industry – no longer would farmers need to illegally smuggle livestock over the Thailand borders. At present, Aliyah Rizq Farm has already exported over 2000 sheep and goats to Malaysia, resulting in a monumental shift within the region that sparked a complete transformation in the ways in which farmers could secure quality livestock. However, Aliyah Rizq Farm has set standards that exceed enhancing the importing and exporting capabilities of Malaysian farmers. Aliyah Rizq Farm represents a definitive example of how livestock being prepared for both Aqiqah and Qurban should be treated – with love, kindness, and compassion. Aliyah Rizq Farm came to earn itself the title of the Best Livestock Company 2023 – Singapore based, not only on the advancements that it has made throughout Malaysia, but through the ways in which it rears its plethora of sheep and goats. As a rule, Aliyah Rizq Farm holds itself to an incredibly high standard when it comes to the care of its livestock. As a farm founded on heart and love, Aliyah Rizq Farm continuously expresses the importance of quality animal care, and goes above and beyond to demonstrate the lengths that it’s willing to go to in order to ensure a happy, healthy herd. Whether this manifests through its encouragement of free roaming and grazing, or through its resentment of force feeding and chemical subjection, Aliyah Rizq Farm guarantees high quality living conditions for each and every animal. It has given its all to construct a natural and stress free environment, allowing its flock to truly flourish in the most ethical way possible. As it seems, Aliyah Rizq Farm has had a string of success that appears to be never ending. Its ambitious nature has allowed it to accomplish a variety of milestones, however, the one that it seems to be most proud of is the countless collaborations that it’s managed to foster over the years. In June 2019, Aliyah Rizq Farm pursued a revolutionary event that would stand as a groundbreaking achievement for Asia’s livestock industry. For the event, held in Angsana Mall, Johor Bahru for Eidul Adha, Aliyah Rizq Farm imported 250 heads of Indonesian sheep via its sister company, CV. Asia Global. After a two week quarantine period, the livestock were transported to Angsana Mall for its Asnaf Mampu Qurban event, through which Asnafs in need were able to purchase sheep for Qurban for only RM1. As such, the event accumulated a huge crowd, and, in doing so, allowed it to set the record for the Largest Number of Participation and Largest Number of Sheep Slaughtered for Qurban in the Malaysia Book of Records. This marks the heights that Aliyah Rizq Farm has reached, granting it a place among the greats of Asia’s livestock industry. At its core, Aliyah Rizq Farm is a livestock company that has come to establish invaluable relationships for the betterment of the industry. It seeks to, above all else, upkeep a quality of care for its livestock, all whilst educating and empowering farmers towards attaining the same level of quality. It hopes to
APAC Insider- Q4 2023 continue to create connections that help towards building a united farming community, and it seems that it’s well on its way to accomplishing this overarching goal. Aliyah Rizq Farm exemplifies brilliance in every sense of the word – not only does it set a precedent for what livestock farmers should aim for, but it embodies what’s possible, should one work hard enough. We wish Aliyah Rizq Farm all the best, and can’t wait to see what new friends it makes as it continues to transform Asia’s livestock industry. Contact: Ashraf Bakar Company: Aliyah Rizq Holdings Pte Ltd. Web Address: www.aliyahrizqfarm.com/
Jan22686 APAC Insider- Q4 2023 Established in 1993, Fangda Partners is a full-service law firm that advises corporate clients on PRC and Hong Kong laws. Leading companies and financial institutions in China and across the world turn to the firm for legal representation and counselling related to their most difficult and complex legal challenges, primarily transactions and disputes. Impressively, one of Fangda’s esteemed Partners, George Xu, has been named Best Corporate & Foreign Direct Investment Lawyer in the APAC Legal Awards 2023. Best Corporate & Foreign Direct Investment Lawyer 2023 (China): George Xu With offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, Fangda is the firm of choice for businesses that require solutions to their challenging legal issues. For almost 30 years, it has been positioned at the forefront of the development of commercial law practice in China. It has built itself an impressive track record, advising clients on groundbreaking transactions or defending them in unprecedented disputes. For example, recently, Fangda served as transaction legal counsel for MultiMetaVerse Holdings Limited, an animation and entertainment company, in its acquisition of the PRC entities of leading entertainment and media company Taomee. This transaction consisted of 543 million Chinese Yuan in fixed consideration and a minimum of 17 million Chinese Yuan in variable consideration, representing 100% equity shares in Taomee’s PRC entities. The transaction was signed and publicised on 15th September 2023. For MultiMetaVerse Holdings Limited, the acquisition was a major milestone in the expansion of its portfolio. Overall, it is expected to significantly enhance its financial performance from both revenue and cash flow perspectives. Fangda is able to deliver exceptional legal counsel on cases like these thanks to its widespread team of 700 outstanding lawyers, who operate as a single, integrated partnership rather than as an alliance of lawyers in different locations. The Fangda team collaborate Aug23579 seamlessly across practice groups and locations to provide clients with exceptional service, sophisticated advice, and practical solutions. In this, they utilise their legal expertise, sound knowledge of market practice, deep understanding of the industry landscape, and proven ability to help clients achieve their business objectives. Fangda is known for its crossborder capabilities, with many of its lawyers being qualified in Australia, England and Wales, Singapore, U.S., as well as Hong Kong and the PRC. These legal professionals possess diverse experience and strong local law capabilities that enable the firm to bridge the legal, regulatory, language, and cultural differences that clients inevitably face in transactions and disputes involving multiple jurisdictions. Since 1999, George Xu has served as a Partner at Fangda, specialising in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and foreign direct investments. Having graduated from Shanghai International Studies University School of Law with his LL. B, he gained admission to practice law in the PRC. Since then, George has provided legal support to a number of multinational luxury brands for their business in China, including notable names such as Gap, Old Navy, Ralph Lauren, GHD, IKEA, Starbucks, L’Oréal, and more. As a result of his outstanding work, George Xu has been named Best Corporate & Foreign Direct Investment Lawyer, China, in the APAC Legal Awards 2023. We are delighted to congratulate him on this exceptional achievement and look forward to seeing what his future holds. Contact Details Contact: Evie Zhu Company: Fangda Partners Web Address: https://www.fangdalaw.com/
APAC Insider- Q4 2023 JMu la2r32326257 0 Solaris Legal is a boutique Indian law firm that specialises in dispute resolution, offering services to a broad range of clients through its head office in New Delhi as well as its extensive network of lawyers in various cities. For the excellent work of its team, Solaris Legal has been named Best Dispute Resolution Law Boutique, Delhi, in the APAC Legal Awards 2023. Here, we speak to Trinath Tadakamalla, one of the firm’s Founding Partners, to find out more about the company. Trinath Tadakamalla has been practising law since 2004, when he graduated from NALSAR University of Law and began working as an associate at Tuli & Co. Today, he is a Member of the Bar Council of Delhi and specialises in the areas of Insurance & Reinsurance, Infrastructure, Energy (Oil & Gas), and Construction & Commercial Disputes, advising clients on a variety of contentious and noncontentious issues. When Trinath first entered the legal profession, the areas of insurance, reinsurance, and energy were largely nascent in the Indian market. This meant that he had the advantage of getting into these fields early to learn the ropes. He shares, “Over a period of time, I was able to pick up the nuances and build client relationships, most of which have lasted for a number of years and continue even now.” However, Trinath has had to overcome a number of challenges over the years. Firstly, he has had to navigate the lack of case law precedent on most new areas of law in India. As well as this, the country has recently seen an increase in demand for legal services at lower fees, so lawyers are gaining reduced rewards for their expertise. For this reason, Trinath has had to carefully balance his practice with the fees he charges in order to maintain client relationships and build expertise in specific legal areas. With a longstanding passion for his work, Trinath is proud to contribute towards various industry and client events by conducting workshops and speaking at webinars on current and relevant issues. He also lectures as a guest speaker at universities, speaking to students about arbitration and insurance laws. In 2021, Trinath established Solaris Legal alongside two other partners, Debarshi Dutta and Mrinal Ojha. With demand for fullservice lawyers decreasing, the trio set out to create a boutique law firm with a few specific areas of expertise, including litigation, mediation, regulatory disputes, cyber risks, arbitration, contentious advisory, insolvency, and white-collar crime. The firm’s highly specialised experience and knowledge in these areas sets it apart from its competitors. Today, Solaris Legal’s founding partners are accompanied by a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers, who have been consistently recognised as industry-leading professionals in dispute resolution. The firm’s Delhi’s Best Dispute Resolution Law Boutique team work hard to listen to their clients, understand their issues, and assist them with the best solutions. They strive to provide high-quality, tailored advice and continually build their expertise to add value to the services they deliver. Furthermore, the team understand that most clients are uninterested in becoming embroiled in complex litigation matters, so they focus on quickly and efficiently resolving issues. “The most rewarding aspect of our profession is to solve a client’s problem, such that the client is satisfied enough that they come back to the firm if there is another issue,” explains Trinath. “I am most proud of the fact that we have been able to keep our practice and grow it further, despite breaking away from our previous firm to found a boutique practice, with our entire team intact. The growth of the firm gives me the utmost professional satisfaction and indicates that we are going in the right direction.” As a result of its highly specialised legal services, Solaris Legal has been named Best Dispute Resolution Law Boutique, Delhi, in the APAC Legal Awards 2023. In the coming years, the firm plans to continue growing and expanding into its newest areas of work, including cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, and white-collar crime. Contact: Trinath Tadakamalla Company: Solaris Legal Web Address: www.solarislegal.inwww.apac-insider.com