Izahar is a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Government Advisory practice group at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law).
His practice focuses in the area of law reform. This includes advising Federal and State Governments including Ministries, regulators, and statutory bodies on the ‘end-to-end’ law reform spectrum ranging from regulatory mapping, undertaking feasibility studies, conducting Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA), assisting in the drafting of primary and subsidiary legislations, and implementing regulatory frameworks.
Specifically in relation to RIA, Izahar has been involved in all stages of the RIA process for both Malaysia Productivity Corporation and regulators. For Malaysia Productivity Corporation, Izahar has reviewed and assessed Regulatory Notification Forms and Regulatory Impact Statements, conducted RIA training to Ministry and Agencies, and been involved in reviewing the RIA related documentation including among others the National Policy on Good Regulatory Practice (“NPGRP”), the Best Practice Regulation Handbook 2.0 and the revised Guideline on Public Consultation Procedures. For Regulators, Izahar has acted as a RIA consultant in undertaking RIA and on request conducted training on RIA.
He has also been involved in post-law reform work through his experience in compliance and governance with legal awareness initiatives, advising on regulatory compliance, developing legal audit programmes, and advising on rationalization, privatization, and corporatization exercises.
At the same time, his practice includes providing strategic and legal support to private sector clients interested in engaging the Government in policy development and reform. This includes industry proposals to amend or introduce new legislation as well as complex and novel regulatory applications and approvals.
Izahar is a co-author for “Corporate Governance and Ethics in Malaysia”, published by Thomson Reuters which provides an overview of general principles relating to corporate governance and ethics in Malaysia both from the public and private sector perspective.