Lai Swee Sim
He is presently the Managing Director of MainStreet Advisers Sdn Bhd. A finance professional with over 30 years of working experience with advisory/consultancy companies, public listed companies and international auditing firm.
He started his career as an auditor in 1990 with Arthur Andersen & Co. He served with Sateras Resources Berhad and later with Sapura Group where he spent 13 years, ended his time as the Head of Business Planning in SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd. He joined Perisai Petroleum Teknologi Bhd in 2012 as Head of Corporate Planning. He founded SRD Services offering consultancy services after he left Minda Global Berhad where he was the Group Chief Financial Officer.
He is a Certified Public Accountant with Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) as well as a Chartered Accountant registered with Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a Fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Abd Ghafar Hamzah
Ghafar is currently the Director of MainStreet Advisers Sdn Bhd. He has over 20 years of experience in the capital market industry. He holds a Capital Markets Services Representative’s License for advising on corporate finance with the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”).
He started his career with Kassim Chan & Co., as an auditor. His exposure in corporate finance began in 1997 with the SC and two (2) local investment banks, Alliance Investment Bank Berhad and Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad. During his tenure with the SC, he was involved in the review and evaluation of various corporate proposals submitted by both listed and unlisted companies for the consideration of the SC. While attached to the investment banks, he was involved in the evaluation and execution of various corporate proposals, including IPOs, fundraising exercises and other corporate exercises.
He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) from Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Dato' Siow Kim Lun
Dato' Siow has considerable experience in investment banking and securities market regulation. He started his career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 1981 and had served as a Manager in its Corporate Finance Division. In 1985, he moved on to join Permata Chartered Merchant Bank (now known as Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad) as Manager of Corporate Finance. He later became the Divisional Head of its Corporate Finance Division.
Between 1993 and 2016, Dato' Siow was with the SC and had served as the Director of its Issues & Investment Division and the Market Supervision Division. He has also served as a member of the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia from May 2007 to May 2009.
Dato' Siow is currently a Director of RHB Investment Bank Berhad, Eita Resources Berhad, Hong Leong Assurance Berhad, Sunway Construction Group Berhad, Eco World International Berhad and Radiant Globaltech Berhad.
Dato' Siow holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (Honours) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a Master degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 1997, he attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Dato' Siow also holds a Capital Markets Services Representative's Licence for advising on corporate finance issued by the SC.
Azhar started his career with a local merchant bank in 1991, followed by corporate planning work with a local group of companies. He subsequently joined the SC in 1995 and left in early 2008, with his last position there as Head of Securities Issues Department.
During his tenure with the SC, Azhar was involved in the review and evaluation of various corporate proposals submitted by both listed and unlisted companies for the consideration of the SC.
Azhar holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance (Honours) from Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and a Master degree in Law (Business Law Executive) from International Islamic University, Malaysia. He is also a Chartered Accountant under the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He also holds a Capital Markets Services Representative's Licence for advising on corporate finance issued by the SC.
Other Team Members
MainStreet Advisers Sdn Bhd's management team is supported by a team of professionals with relevant backgrounds and industry knowledge.