Wan Hilwanie Ariff

Practice Areas:

  • Shipping & Admiralty

  • Oil & Gas

  • Construction EPC Contracts

  • Banking & Finance

  • Islamic Banking & Finance

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Joint Venture Agreements

  • Conveyancing

  • Maritime Arbitration 


Wan Hilwanie Ariff is the managing partner of Ariff & Co she heads the firm’s Shipping & Admiralty, Oil & Gas and corporate Islamic banking practice. 

Wan Hilwanie handles the firm’s corporate banking documentation (conventional and Islamic), shipping documentation and advisory services, general corporate matters and general conveyancing matters. She focuses mainly on corporate banking and ship financing including financing involving restructuring and rescheduling, club deals and syndication. 

Her main practice area covers all shipping matters of the firm in particular ship financing, sales and purchase of vessels, shipbuilding contracts, charter party contracts and other non-contentious shipping legal work. She has experience as a legal counsel in arbitration involving charter party disputes. 

She conducts both public and private seminars, workshops, courses and talks on Shipping law in particular ship sale and purchase, ship financing and charter party contracts. 

Wan Hilwanie has also served as a consultant and advisor for oil and gas companies both in Indonesia and Malaysia and is well versed in drafting and advising on contracts relating to offshore engineering, construction, fabrication and installation works in the oil and gas sector. Her experience encompasses EPC and offshore oil and gas contracts and she has represented clients in reviewing and negotiating contracts with oil majors during tender and execution stages. She has also acted on retainer basis to assist a contract management and legal department of an oil and gas company.  

Wan Hilwanie is very experienced in handling all Islamic banking work and in the preparation of the banking documentation for different types of Islamic banking facilities. 

She has also acted for several corporate clients and has vast experience in providing advisory services and drafting contracts for joint ventures, consortium agreements, memorandum of understanding, subcontracts, share sale and shareholders agreements, and international contracts and have also represented clients in contract negotiation meetings both local and abroad.

B (Hons), London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (1997)
Certificate of Legal Practice, University Malaya (1998)
LL.M (Maritime Law), University College London (2002)

Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (1999)
Committee Member, Shipping & Admiralty Law Committee, Bar Council (2007-2011)
Deputy Vice President, International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law

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