FEM Principals


General (R) Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Nik Ismail b. Nik Mohamed


General (R) Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Nik Ismail b. Nik Mohamed served in the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) for almost 38 years and retired as the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force on January 30, 2007. General Tan Sri Nik Ismail (R) attended numerous professional and academic courses in the country and in the USA, Australia and India. He also completed Fellowship programs at Harvard University, USA, and at Cambridge University, UK. While on active service, he sat on the Board of Directors of LTAT (Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera), Airod Sdn Bhd, ATSC (Aerospace Technology Systems Corp) and SME Ordance Sdn Bhd. He was the Chairman of Zetro Services Sdn Bhd and Sepang Aircraft Engineering Sdn Bhd until his recent retirement in early 2011. He is also on the board of the public service commission for the deputy king of Malaysia for the state of Kelantan.




Devraj heads up several business consortiums in Asia operating in the sectors of power, energy and real estate. He brings knowledge of private banking and financial instruments and, as an established venture capitalist, manages his own diverse portfolio of investments. During his early 30s, Devraj worked for the World Bank in the US and served for over three years in the upper management of a Middle Eastern sovereign fund based in Zurich. Devraj is originally from Singapore and speaks several languages fluently. He was educated, both, in the UK and the US, where he graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in the state of Illinois. He has since spent the last 20 years in Central Europe and Russia during which time he has successfully supervised many acquisitions involving major Asian companies in Central and Eastern European markets. He was also advisor to an Asian government in resolving complex matters in Eastern Europe during the 1990s through to the 2000s.


Donal Bailey


Donal is an investment manager providing M&A advisory for global clients raising both debt and equity on the capital markets and among his network of Family Offices. As asset manager, Donal has advised successful Global Asset Equity Funds in Private Equity and Venture Capital since 2003. During his tenure, Donal has grown strategic portfolios of firms based on a comprehensive long-range fund strategies for selecting and building uniquely specialized niche firms in Banking, Consumer Finance, Real Estate, Media, Professional Services and Energy. Donal is a graduate of The Citadel, Charleston South Carolina, holds BS and MS degrees with post graduate studies at Harvard Business School.

Legal Advisers


Hogan Lovells


Hogan Lovells is a multinational law firm co-headquartered in London and Washington, D.C. It was formed on May 1, 2010 by the merger of Washington-based Hogan & Hartson and London-based Lovells. Hogan Lovells has nearly 2,500 lawyers working out of more than 40 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. In 2013, Hogan Lovells was the eleventh largest law firm in the world by revenues, earning approximately US$1.8bn (£1.1bn) that year.


Ben Higson

Hogan Lovells, Partner, Oil and Gas Office, London

Ben leads the corporate practice in London. He advises on a wide range of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions (public and private), corporate and financial investor investments and exits, joint ventures, projects and complex commercial contracts. His work involves many industry sectors but he has a focus on the energy, natural resources and industrials/infrastructure sectors, having advised participants in these sectors on all aspects of their operations for more than 14 years, and he has particular experience in the sale and acquisition of mature operating businesses in these sectors, often with a cross-border element. Recently Ben advised on the Kuwait Petroleum International on its acquisition of the Italian downstream petroleum business of Shell.


Daniel Simons

Hogan Lovells, Partner, Corporate Finance, London

Daniel is a partner in the firm's corporate practice and is based in the London office. He specializes in equity capital markets, corporate finance and domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and, in the context of these transactions, has acted for a number of major listed and private companies and financial institutions.


Alex Cull

Hogan Lovells, Partner, Oil and Gas Office, Singapore

Alex is a seasoned energy lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in corporate transactions, project development, operations and financing in the oil and gas industry. He represents a broad range of clients including national oil companies, oil majors, independents, private equity, traders and financial institutions. His practice is focused on acquisitions and divestments (including farmouts and swaps), joint operations, and commercialising gas through pipeline and LNG project development and offtake arrangements. In addition, Alex also advises on reserves based and project financing, pipeline transportation arrangements, and LNG and petroleum supply and trading. Alex has been active in the oil and gas industry since 1998 having being based in Singapore, Hong Kong and Perth. He has also been involved on projects and transactions in Africa and the Americas. Alex has been cited as a leading oil and gas lawyer in various independent legal directories including being ranked consecutively in Chambers Asia since 2008. Clients have praised Alex as “a fantastic lawyer who is renowned for his experience in oil and gas projects”. He was also quoted in Chambers Asia as being “very approachable, available and prompt with responses” and in Chambers Global that “his negotiating skills put him in a class of his own”.


Howard Kennedy LLP


Howard Kennedy law firm is based at No.1 London Bridge and provides legal services combined with detailed sector knowledge to an international, corporate and personal client base. These range from national and global organizations and owner managed businesses through to family offices, entrepreneurs and their funders and high-net worth individuals. From its Corporate & Commercial department the firm provides a focus on M&A, capital markets, venture capital trusts, intellectual property, commercial contracts, business advisory and tax, financial regulation and international banking and finance.


Daniel Tunkel

Howard Kennedy LLP, Partner, Head of Financial Regulation, London

Daniel has amassed a wealth of experience in financial regulation and investment funds during his 25 year career in major UK law firms. He can advise on all aspects of the regulatory jurisdiction of the UK Financial Regulator and the relationships of different investment, banking, insurance and other entities within their regulator. 



JLT Jardine Lloyd Thompson Specialty, Ltd.


JLT specialty, Ltd. operates an insurance brokerage and risk consultant firm. The Company provides insurance and reinsurance brokerage and risk management services for clients in wide range of business sectors. JLT Group are listed on the London Stock Exchange and own offices in 39 territories with up to 10,000 employees. Supported by the JLT International Network, we offer risk management and employee benefit solutions in 135 countries.


Jeff Powell

JLT , Chairman, Construction and Real Estate

Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in the Insurance industry. After spending the first seven years of his career in Property and Casualty business including time in Risk Management, Jeff switched to Construction business and has specialized in this area ever since. He has worked on both international annual contractor accounts as well as substantial Owner Controlled Single Projects. More recently Jeff has been involved in alternative risk financing methods for major construction project insurance, and is currently the Chairman of JLT Construction.


Adam Chapman

JLT, Partner, Construction and Real Estate, London



Hugh McManus

JLT, Partner, Construction and Real Estate, London


Structuring and Finance

Bashar Jazmati

Downstream Industry Finance and Structure Advisor

Bashar is an established advisor and investment professional to leading National Oil Companies (NOC)s and project sponsors in the energy and infrastructure space. He currently leads the Asia Downstream and Processing Industry coverage activity at ANZ Bank within the Resources, Energy and Infrastructure Group. Within the downstream sector, Bashar acted as lead financing and investment advisor to leading industry participants, his recent activity includes advising Pertamina on the proposed US$20bn Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) in Indonesia, advising PTT on the investment and financing set up of the proposed Nhon Hoi refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam, advising Kuwait Petroleum International on their investment in the Nghi Son Refinery project in Vietnam and advisor to the combined task force of the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia on the proposed PPP scheme to support the development of a greenfield refinery project.Bashar has 17 years of experience in investments and financial structuring with strong international experience within Europe, the Middle East and North African Oil & Gas and energy sectors having been based in Paris, London, Dubai and currently in Singapore. Bashar is a dual engineering and business graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris France and is fluent in English,French and Arabic.


BDO International


BDO International is the fifth largest accountancy network in the world, a worldwide professional network of public accountancy firms, serving national and international clients. As of 30 September 2014, BDO had Member Firms in 151 countries, employs around 60,000 Partners and staff in 1,328 offices throughout the world. Global Fee income of all BDO Member Firms for the year ended 30 September 2014 totaled US$7.02 billion (€5.17 billion).


Chris Searle

BDO International, Partner, Corporate Finance, London

Chris Searle is a partner in our Capital Markets team, which is part of Transaction Services. A specialist in flotations, he has frequently acted as the reporting accountant for companies seeking an IPO. He also advises companies undertaking subsequent transactions, offering services such as due diligence. Over the course of his career, he has acted on over 100 IPOs across a range of sectors including natural resources, real estate, TMT, consumer markets and manufacturing, amongst others.


Katherine Brown

BDO International, International Tax Partner, London

Katherine is a tax partner in the corporate international tax team based in London. She advises a wide range of private, listed, and private equity backed groups. Her particular areas of specialism include advising in relation to group structures and financing arrangements.