Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (2016)


Bachelor of Legal Studies (Hons), Universiti Teknologi MARA
Bachelor of Law (LLB Honours), Universiti Teknologi MARA
Post-Graduate Diploma in Shariah Law and Practice, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Fund Management Regulations and Compliance (Modules 9 – 11), Securities Industry Development Centre (SIDC)

Ariff is a Partner in the White-Collar Crime and Corporate Investigations and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups, with extensive expertise in legal and regulatory compliance matters. With a strong background in financial regulatory affairs, he has made significant contributions to the successful prosecution of financial and white-collar crimes under various acts, including the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, Financial Services Act, and Money Services Business Act.

His legal journey began in 2008 as a Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Prosecution Division (Commercial Crimes Unit) of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) in Putrajaya. He also served as a Federal Counsel in the Research Division of the AGC before resuming his duties as a Deputy Public Prosecutor.

Subsequently, Ariff joined Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank of Malaysia, as a Legal Counsel, where he played a key role in prosecuting financial and white-collar crimes. This experience further enhanced his expertise in financial services regulations, particularly in the capital markets domain. He then continued his journey by joining the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia (FIMM), a body mandated by the Securities Commission to govern and regulate the investment management industry in Malaysia.

Ariff has held prominent positions as the head of the legal and compliance departments of reputable investment companies in Malaysia, including a prominent regional investment management company and an Islamic fund management company.

With a deep understanding of regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, due diligence requirements, licensing regulations, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, as well as the development of control policies and procedures, Ariff provides invaluable legal advice and guidance to his clients.

Ariff holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Legal Studies, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Shariah Law and Practice from Universiti Teknologi MARA. He is fluent in both English and Malay languages and has been admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

Notable Work Highlights
Prosecuted several complex and high-profile cases on behalf of Bank Negara Malaysia including, most notably, illegal gold investment schemes in Malaysia.
Advised and managed an investment company’s acquisition exercise which included the transformation of its business model and application for an additional licence from the Securities Commission.
Advised an investment company on its legal exposures in a prosecution case against its employees involving allegations of corruption.
Represented two subsidiary companies of a government agency within the construction industry in its application for reduction of share capital under the Companies Act 2016.
Advised and conducted internal investigation on allegations of fraud and misconduct by an employee on behalf of a Japan-based international maritime shipping company.
Advised several companies on the development and revision of anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, and data protection policies and procedures.
Advised a boutique investment management firm on the registration requirements and procedures for a venture capital start-up firm under the relevant Securities Commission guidelines.
Assisting one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer goods in conducting cross-border enforcement programmes to determine any and all presence of counterfeits in the Malaysian market, where counterfeiting is commonplace.
Represented a national sports association in a judicial review proceeding to challenge the decision of a government authority.
Advised and represented several sports association from ASEAN for the registration of a regional sports association based in Malaysia.