PORAM Webinar

2nd Webinar Title:       

Invoking Force Majeure Clause

Speaker:                      Mr. Clive Navin Selvapandian
Date:                           13th October 2020 (Tuesday)
Time:                           3pm

Kindly fill in the Registration Form at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dXwDwDbtTSOsvdqQJoH1Tw

Speaker’s Profile:
Clive is a Partner in Messrs Christopher & Lee Ong’s Admiralty, Shipping, Dispute Resolution & Litigation practice group. He is involved in both “dry shipping” and “wet shipping” disputes apart from handling those related to multi-modal transport claims, international sales and interpretation of Incoterms. His practice extends to resolving disputes in the building and construction industry apart from  other general commercial disagreements. He appears regularly in the Admiralty Court and in many other courts  of law throughout Malaysia. He is also a commercial Arbitrator. He has been ranked as a Tier 1 Maritime lawyer by Asia Pacific Legal 500 and listed as an up and  coming legal practitioner in the shipping industry by Chambers Asia Pacific.

Speaker’s Lecture
Clive will talk on the definition of force majeure which is a clause found in all PORAM contracts apart from giving reasons as to how and when it can be applied. He will also share with participants a general checklist including justifiable events leading  to when a force majeure claim could be invoked. He will also provide a brief overview of PORAM contracts pertaining to the clause on force majeure as well as making references to past PORAM arbitration cases. He will also share his views on the earlier stage of Covid-19 pandemic when restrictions on movement were severely curtailed during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period leading to lockdowns and shutdowns of some industries. Could the force majeure clause be invoked then?

3rd Webinar Title:       

Recent Amendments to Malaysian Customs Act 1967

Speaker:                      Ms. Tracy Wong
Date:                           27th October 2020 (Tuesday)
Time:                           3pm

Kindly fill in the Registration Form at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3mD3I4JoS2m31pFhFMw9ig

Speaker’s Profile
Tracy is a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group at Messrs Christopher & Lee Ong. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, regulatory  trade, financial regulatory (FinTech) technology and  telecommunications. In the area of Regulatory & Trade, she drives and continues to play an instrumental role in growing the practice at the firm, and regularly advises multi-national entities and foreign legal firms on the regulatory requirements covering sanctions, WTOs, export controls, anti-dumping and safeguards, free trade agreements, Rules of Origin, amongst others. As Tracy continues to climb the ranks in the Malaysian legal arena with her commercial understanding of the market landscape and industry, she continues to advise global companies on both international and domestic trade issues ranging from international trade treaties to which Malaysia is a party, to working with foreign counsels to navigate cross-border trade laws, to seeking middle ground with regulators where local laws conflict with international laws.

Speaker’s Lecture
Tracy will talk on the recent amendments to the Customs Act 1967. Some of the key amendments are (a) extension of time for the Customs Department to demand for underpaid duties, (b) enhanced powers of enforcement of the Customs Department, (c) the revised Rules of Origin, (d) enhanced record keeping requirements, (e) the revamped provisions on transit and transhipment, (f) amendments to Directors’ liability under the Act, (g) amendments to confidentiality obligations under the Act and (h) new categories of offences under the Act.

Tracy will also touch on the New Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Notices on Foreign Exchange. On 30th Apr 2020, BNM had issued a new set of foreign exchange notices (“FE Notices”) replacing the previously issued notices on foreign exchange administration in its entirety. She will also discuss the provisions under the FE Notices, specifically on Notice 7, the exports of goods.


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