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Thank you for your interest in LAWorld. The application process can take between 4-8 weeks and the procedure for joining is as follows:

  • Once you have read the Membership Application Documents and wish to initiate an application for membership, please complete and return the LAWorld Application Form to us. There is no cost or obligation at this stage.
  • Upon receipt of this application form at our Executive Office it is circulated to the LAWorld Committee and the Chair, who are Principal Partners of LAWorld member firms. There is one Committee member for each LAWorld region – Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America. Our current Chair is Steve Ng, Managing Partner of Ng & Shum, with offices in Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • The Committee will decide if they have any questions at this stage or if references are to be taken. If so, the Executive Director, Mrs Jacqui Nash, will email you to seek permission to approach the independent references you have provided in your application form.
  • If you have been referred to us by another LAWorld member, we will take a reference from them.
  • After the references have been reviewed by the Committee, it will decide if your application should be recommended to the entire membership. If so, your application will be circulated to our membership with a deadline for their comments.
  • The decision of the members is notified a couple of weeks later.
  • We will keep in regular contact with you during the application process

LAWorld News

Islamic Banking and Finance

The third edition of a book called “Law and Practice of Islamic Banking and Finance” is available now.  One of the authors, all experienced law practitioners of Shariah and common law, is Mohamed Ridza, the LAWorld member from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The new book provides a detailed analysis of Islamic financial products, Islamic trade finance and the practical applications of Islamic banking and finance in Malaysia.  This book also gives due coverage on the legal framework of Takaful and the legal aspects of Islamic electronic banking.  A chapter is devoted to the functioning of Labuan as an Islamic international offshore financial centre.  In this edition, new chapters have been added to address the important areas of Sukuk and Shariah governance framework.


* Authoritative content developed over successive editions.

* Fully up-to-date taking into account recent case law and statutory developments, including the Islamic Financial Services Act 2013 and the Financial Services Act 2013.

* Sample agreements.

* Content prepared by learned authors and practitioners who are experienced and well conversant with Shariah and common law.


* The Islamic financial system in Malaysia

* Islamic financial products: history and concept

* Legal framework of Islamic banking

* Legal framework of Islamic capital market

* Sukuk structures

* Islamic trade finance

* Practical applications of Islamic banking and finance

* Legal framework of takaful

* Legal aspects of electronic Islamic banking

* Labuan as an Islamic international business and financial centre

* Global phenomenon of Islamic banking

* Shariah governance framework

* Conclusion

* Appendices

For more information on the book and any aspect of Shariah and common law and Islamic banking and finance procedures, please contact Mohamed Ridza on 

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