Projects & Corporate Advisory
FALISA ABU BAKAR joined as a partner in the Projects and Corporate Advisory practice group in February 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994. She was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of Gray’s Inn in 1996 and thereafter, the Malaysian Bar.
Falisa began her career as a legal executive at MTD Capital Berhad where her main task was ensuring the implementation of the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway concession. She then joined Messrs Zaid Ibrahim & Co under the projects and construction practice division, where notable works included the drafting of several highway concession agreements. Under her own practice, she went on to be amongst the pioneer advisors involved in the creation of the Private Financing Initiative (PFI) model concession agreement, which the 3PU (Public Private Partnership Unit) had adopted since 2010.
Falisa also advises on information technology (“IT”) contracts, namely, security/integrity IT projects. For several years, she was the advisor for a company involved in the provision of IT security services for the Federal Government. Between 2011 and 2014, Falisa advised the Perak State Agricultural Development Agency, seeing through its corporatisation exercise and implementation of post corporatisation initiatives. She left private practice for a year in 2015 to join the Legal Division under the Chief Executive Office of the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority.
Falisa led two ZRp teams which were dedicated to assist the internal legal department of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), where one team was for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) Project whilst the second team supported Petronas Group’s Legal Engineering and Project Delivery (LEPD) division. The two teams rendered advisory services on procurement/tenders, post-award (construction and maintenance) documentation and issues, and assisting in negotiations for resolution of claims. Falisa was also part of the LEPD team that had carried out a legal due diligence on one of Petronas’ Middle East projects.