Datuk Seri Dr Nik Norzrul Thani

Chairman and Senior Partner
Zaid Ibrahim & Co.(a member of ZICO Law)
d.+603 2087 9887f.+603 2094 4888


Datuk Seri Dr. Nik advises clients on a wide range of legal matters incorporating Islamic finance, banking, offshore finance, debt restructuring, international, corporate and commercial law. He has also advised clients on debt and corporate restructuring transactions, and on the issuance of private debt securities including Islamic financial instruments (domestic and international). He has been legal counsel for several mergers and acquisitions and advises generally on regulatory and compliance issues.


Prior to joining Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICO Law), Datuk Seri Dr. Nik was with Baker & McKenzie (International Lawyers), Singapore. Previously he was working in an accounting firm and at a bank.

Datuk Seri Dr. Nik was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School from 1996 to 1997, and a Chevening Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University (2004 to 2005).  He was also formerly the Acting Dean/Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.


  • Advocate and solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  • Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom
  • LL.M, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Law degree, University of Buckingham, United Kingdom
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Shariah Law and Practice (with Distinction), International Islamic University, Malaysia
  • A Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA)
  • A member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (United Kingdom)
  • Listed in the Panel of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • A Practising Member of the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals Malaysia (CIIF)


  • Written a chapter entitled “The Effectiveness of the Legal Framework for the Islamic Financial Services” in the book entitled “Surveys on Legal and Shariah Issues in Islamic Financial Services” which was published by Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), 2008
  • Written a chapter entitled “Development and Impact of Islamic Finance on Southeast Asia” in Islamic Finance in Southeast Asia – Local Practice, Global Impact published by The National Bureau of Asian Research Publication (NBR), Washington, 2008
  • Co-written an article entitled “Insolvency in relation to Islamic Finance: Malaysian Law and Shariah Perspective”, INSOL, 2011
  • Co-written a chapter entitled “Islamic Securities Exchanges: Principles and International Developments” in the book entitled “Financial Markets and Exchanges Law” which was published by Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Co-written a chapter in the first edition of a “Getting the Deal Through series on Islamic Finance & Markets”, 2013
  • Author of the book entitled “Legal Aspects of the Malaysian Financial System”, Sweet & Maxwell , 2001
  • Co-author of “Law and Practice of Islamic Banking & Finance”, Sweet & Maxwell, 2003 (First Edition), 2010 (Second Edition) and 2015 (Third Edition)
  • Co-author of “An Introduction to Islamic and Conventional Corporate Finance”, Sweet & Maxwell, 2012
  • Presently completing a book “Corporate Governance and Ethics in Malaysia” (to be published by Thomson Reuters Asia Sdn Bhd)