Malaysian law firm Azmi & Associates has hired Philip Teoh as a partner in its shipping practice in Kuala Lumpur, and Syed Muhammad Ridza Bin Syed Abdullah as a senior associate in Johor Bahru. 

Teoh, who has more than 25 years of experience in shipping and transport, admiralty, insurance and international trade matters, joins from his own law firm Philip Teoh & Co. He previously founded and headed the international trade, shipping and insurance Practices of David Chong & Co., and led the shipping, insurance and international trade practices of Lee Ong & Kandiah and Zaid Ibrahim & Co. respectively. Teoh had also worked in Singapore with law firm Koh & Yang.

 During his career, Teoh has handled both contentious and non-contentious areas in the shipping, insurance and international trade matters; advised clients with respect to acquisition of insurance, shipping and transport companies and its regulatory requirements; advising clients on the various aspects of the insurance, shipping and transport and logistics industries including risk and insurance coverage and liability, application for licences, marine and general insurance and reinsurance claims and recoveries; and appeared in all levels of Malaysian Courts, apart from acting as arbitrator and counsel.

Syed Muhammad Ridza previously worked with Johor Bahru firms such as  Khusairi & Co. and Abdul Hakim Abdul Rahman & Co. His areas of practices include property and conveyancing, preparation of security documentations for loan and facility, including commercial loan and facility, for financial institutions, both conventional and islamic banking.