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Panel of Mediators & Adjudicators

Aishara Abdul Rahim

Aishara Abdul Rahim has over 16 years of experience in the capital markets. She joined SIDREC as a Senior Case Manager handling complaints involving a range of capital market products and services. Her exposure and experience in the capital markets has enabled her to facilitate resolution of disputes at case management level. While at SIDREC, she was also involved in capacity building initiatives for the purpose of building the capacity and quality of specialised capital market dispute resolution expertise and SIDREC’s awareness initiatives to increase awareness and understanding amongst the public of the services provided by SIDREC.

Aishara’s last role before joining SIDREC was as head of the group internal audit function of a local investment bank. Prior to that, she spent more than six years at the Securities Commission Malaysia gaining valuable experience as an analyst in its financial and corporate surveillance function. She started her career in 1994 with Arthur Andersen Malaysia. She is a qualified mediator accredited by the Bar Council Malaysian Mediation Centre. She is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Aishara obtained her Bachelor of Science in Economics degree with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania, US in 1994.

Christopher Leong Sau Foo

Christopher Leong Sau Foo is the President of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA), and was the 30th President of the Malaysian Bar (2013–2015).

Christopher has extensive experience in the fields of corporate and commercial litigation, shareholders’ disputes, banking litigation and insolvency. Additionally, he practises in the area of constitutional and administrative law, and public interest litigation.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), a non-profit cross-partisan think tank foundation in Malaysia, and a member of the Taylor’s University Law School Legal Profession Advisory Panel.

Christopher graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics and philosophy in 1984 from Monash University, Australia, and completed reading law (LLB) at the University of Nottingham in 1988. He was called to the Degree of Utter Barrister of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1989 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1990.

Ganesan Nethi

Ganesan Nethi is a commercial litigator, and a partner in Messrs Tommy Thomas. His practice encompasses a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes, including securities litigation, in which he regularly acts as Counsel on behalf of the Securities Commission Malaysia in their civil enforcement proceedings arising from market offences, including insider trading, market manipulation and fraudulent investment schemes. Ganesan has also acted for Danaharta, and other major local financial institutions in their bond disputes.

Ganesan graduated with an LLB (Hons) from Cardiff University in 2006, and an LLM (Distinction) in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University, Washington DC, US in 2015. He is one of few Malaysian lawyers who are also qualified to practise in New York and England, the world’s two pre-eminent capital markets jurisdictions. Ganesan is on the Malaysian Mediation Centre’s panel of mediators, and also acts as legal advisor to the disciplinary tribunals of the Financial Markets Association of Malaysia, which investigate and hear complaints of financial market misconduct against forex brokers and dealers.

Hong Siew Lai

Hong Siew Lai is SIDREC’s Head of Dispute Resolution. She joined SIDREC in 2011 as a full-time mediator / adjudicator with oversight of case management of claims filed with SIDREC. As a founding staff member of SIDREC, she has played a significant role in SIDREC’s growth.

Siew Lai is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). She holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is also an accredited Mediator on the panel of the Bar Council Malaysian Mediation Centre.

Prior to joining SIDREC, Siew Lai spent some seven years at a Malaysian investment bank. Her last post was Assistant Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Legal & Compliance and registered Compliance Officer. Earlier, from 1998 to 2004, Siew Lai practised as an advocate and solicitor, where her scope of work included civil litigation, corporate / commercial and conveyancing matters.

Siew Lai’s legal and capital market experience places her in good stead in mediating and adjudicating matters relating to capital market issues and to provide sound guidance to both clients and members through the dispute resolution process. She also speaks regularly at capital market events. Siew Lai was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998.

She has a LLB (Hons) from the University of East London.

Dato' Lim Chee Wee

Dato’ Lim Chee Wee has been a partner of SKRINE since 2001 and was the President of the Malaysian Bar from 2011-2013. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He has a broad commercial practice having experience in a wide variety of commercial and corporate disputes and litigation including international arbitrations in Asia and Europe. He primarily acts as Counsel appearing at all tiers of the Malaysian courts and his portfolio of litigation work has a particular focus towards corporate litigation.

Chee Wee also has an established public and administrative law practice having regularly advised and acted as Counsel for the Malaysian stock exchange (Bursa Malaysia) in matters involving its rules and regulations and on the exercise of its enforcement powers. Chee Wee graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with an LLB degree and B. Comm. (Accounting) degree. He was called to the Malaysian Bar as an advocate and solicitor in 1993 and started practising in SKRINE thereon.

Lynette Yeow

Lynette Yeow is a partner of Chua Associates, a specialist corporate and commercial law firm. Lynette has been in active practice in Malaysian law firms since 1995, including as a partner at Zaid Ibrahim & Co. and Kadir Andri & Partners.

Lynette is well known for her expertise in corporate and commercial advisory work, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities regulation. She also has experience in funds establishment (including REITs and private equity funds).

Lynette graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK with a BA (Hons) in 1992 and was called to the Malaysian Bar in December 1994. She was also conferred an MA by the University of Cambridge. Lynette is an accredited Mediator on the panel of the Bar Council Malaysian Mediation Centre (a member of Asian Mediation Association). She is an independent non-executive director of Malaysia Building Society Berhad and a member of the board of directors of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd.

Nahendran Navaratnam

Nahendran Navaratnam is the principal partner at Navaratnam Chambers. He has experience handling trial and appellate work in large corporate, commercial and administrative law disputes for private and public listed companies, major international and Malaysian financial institutions, multinational corporations and professional practices. He also acts in professional liability, tax, and securities cases and in commercial arbitration disputes.

Nahendran is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration. He is also a member of the Arbitration Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a trained mediator and adjudicator. Nahendran is a graduate of Monash University, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science (Materials Science) and Bachelor of Laws. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1998

Shanti Abraham Mathew

Shanti Abraham Mathew runs her own practice M/s Shanti Abraham & Associates. She has vast experience in corporate and dispute resolution matters.

She has handled trial and appellate work in major corporate, commercial and banking law disputes for private and public listed companies as well as handled a full range of corporate finance matters ranging from listing, restructurings and takeovers as well as resolving issues between investors and securities trading companies, including claims on the Compensation Fund.

Shanti is a mediator with the Malaysian Mediation Centre and an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. She is both an arbitrator and mediator with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.

She is a trainer with the Singapore Mediation Centre and Malaysian Mediation Centre and has trained a broad spectrum of professionals and officials including the Brunei Judiciary and Myanmar Judiciary in mediation skills. She is also a healthcare mediator on the specialist panel of mediators with the Singapore Mediation Centre (in a joint venture with the Ministry of Health, Singapore).

Shanti graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 1994 and completed the Program on Negotiation and Mediation at Harvard Negotiation Institute (Harvard Law School), US in 2014 as well as Advanced Mediation training — Mediating Complex Disputes in 2017. She holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). She has been called to both the Singapore and Malaysian Bar.

Sujatha Sekhar Naik

Sujatha Sekhar Naik is the Chief Executive Officer of SIDREC. She was seconded by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to take on this role in March 2013. Prior to joining SIDREC, she was responsible for the development and implementation of SC’s investor education strategy and the management of complaints relating to market misconduct. Her work in the SC included advisory and reform work in both the General Counsel’s Office, and the Corporate Finance and Investments Business Groups. With just over 15 years of experience in capital market related work and specifically experience in her previous role heading the SC’s Investor Affairs and Complaints function, she brings to her role as CEO and member of SIDREC’s Panel of Mediators and Adjudicators, an in depth understanding of the regulatory framework and practical understanding of the capital market and as well as insight into investor concerns and challenges, in addition to the dispute resolution experience that is inherent in the management of investor complaints.

Prior to joining the SC in 2001, Sujatha gained experience both in practice and as an in-house legal counsel. She obtained her LLB (Hons), from the University of London, UK and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1989 and re-qualified with the Law Society of England and Wales as a Solicitor in 1990. Sujatha was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1998 and is also an accredited Mediator on the panel of the Bar Council Malaysian Mediation Centre (a member of Asian Mediation Association).

Wong Lu Peen

Wong Lu Peen is the Senior Partner of Wong Lu Peen & Tunku Alina. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Reading, UK in 1978, was called to the English Bar in 1979 and admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1983. She was awarded her Master of Business Administration by Universiti Malaya in 2014.

Lu Peen started her career in law in the Magistrates Courts in England, working as a court clerk in Uxbridge, Middlesex before returning to Malaysia. In Malaysia, Lu Peen began her practice as a general conveyancing lawyer and progressed to commercial contracts. Her practice is essentially a commercial and corporate practice. Her portfolio includes mergers, acquisitions, and investments by foreign parties into and out of Malaysia.

Lu Peen is currently the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee for disciplinary proceedings brought by the Bar Council Disciplinary Board. She sits in the Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Bar Council and the council’s Malaysian Mediation Centre (MMC). She is a qualified mediator registered with the MMC; she also trains and assesses candidates for accreditation with the MMC.

Lu Peen also trained with the Singapore Mediation Centre and is registered as an Associate Accredited Mediator and occasionally assists to train mediators there. She has also been appointed as a member of the advisory panel of the Australian Dispute Resolution Centre in Sydney. She has trained judges, lawyers and other professionals in mediation, and has been invited to assess students for their mediation credits in Universiti Malaya.