[Webinar] Freelancing Law 101: Legal Guide for Malaysian Freelancers


It's clear that freelancing is a growing trend everywhere including Malaysia.

Join us on Zoom to get an overview of laws affecting freelancers, and we'll cover common legal issues faced by freelancers like managing expectations using contracts, choosing a legal entity, and other freelancing related matters.

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of the regulatory framework affecting freelancers in Malaysia and what type of laws may apply to freelancers
  • Legal structure: Should a freelancer form his or her own legal entity (like a private limited company) or as a sole proprietor?
  • Contract 101: What do freelancers need to know about contracts and common legal terms that freelancers should know
  • Employment vs independent contractor: What are the differences? And do employment laws apply to freelancers
  • Taxes and filings: How do taxes work for freelancers?
  • Intellectual property: What are my intellectual property rights as a freelancer?
  • Managing Disputes: How to manage and overcome disputes as a freelancer

Once we’ve covered the basics, we’ll walk you through the creation of a simple engagement letter that you can use when you onboard new clients and avoid nightmares when you have a good engagement contract in place. This will have you setting up your own freelancing gig in no time.

The session is complimentary.

About the Speaker

Izwan Zakaria is an experienced corporate/commercial and technology lawyer with over a decade of legal experience in commercial matters. He is the managing partner of Izwan & Partners, a commercial, technology and startup law firm in Kuala Lumpur.

Izwan has direct experience in acting for online and digital businesses like equity crowdfunding, peer to peer lending, ecommerce, and robo advisory platforms and other disruptive technologies. His involvement in the technology sector also extends to advising fintech clients on compliance matters relating to regulatory developments in the industry as set out by the Central Bank and the Securities Commission. Izwan has experience in venture capital fundraising having acted for startups and investors across sectors such as technology, media, e-commerce, fintech, fashion and agritech.

Izwan is a member of the Fintech Association of Malaysia and active in the Malaysian startup ecosystem, where he regularly mentors early-stage entrepreneurs and speaks at events on compliance and fundraising matters. He is currently a mentor at ScaleUp Malaysia (an incubator for tech startups) and Founder Institute (a pre-seed start-up accelerator with a presence in over 180 cities worldwide).


"When it comes to the fast-moving tech and startup scene, Izwan knows what he is talking about. Always ready to help and provides an excellent professional service. Having him by your side is an asset to your business." - Amine Fatah, Cofounder and CTO of Grainer

"Izwan has been, and still is, an invaluable partner as our legal counsel and friend, throughout our journey as an agritech startup in Malaysia and Singapore. It has always been sincere support through and through, across our fundraising, relevant business connections, legal contracts, understanding the fundraising landscape and helping us with our equity crowdfunding." - Kelveen Soh, CEO of Fefifo

"Izwan's experience, knowledge, perception and empathy were instrumental in guiding us at MercuryPay as we began our new startup. We would have made costly mistakes and stepped into several traps if not for the time and energy that Izwan put into counselling us. If I could advise other startups to just get one thing right, it would be to engage Izwan and Partners early on. It will save you a lot of pain and frustration. " - Joel Wijesuria, Founder and CEO of MercuryPay

"Izwan is an experienced fintech lawyer. He helped us close our seed angel round, and also connected us with useful connections to get our fintech startup off the group. I highly recommend Izwan as a lawyer." - Fumiko Inada, Founder of Bee Informatica

"Izwan Zakaria, the only name that pops up each time my tech startup friends ask me to recommend them a future-proof lawyer. He has the skills, knowledge and experience. His advice is sound and practical too." - Azleen Abdul Rahim, Cofounder of Marketing In Asia
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Mon Jun 22, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MYT
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