On 10 September 2012, the Corrs Sydney office and The Crescent Club co-hosted a cocktail event with Premier Barry O’Farrell as guest speaker.

The event attracted professionals from the Australian-Muslim community and Corrs was represented by Partners, Robert Regan and Michael Chaaya, Associate, Hilda Wehbi and Lawyer Tamim Rahman. Corrs Partner, Michael Chaaya welcomed guests, followed by an official welcome by Talal Yassine, Managing Director of Crescent Wealth and co-founder of the Crescent Club.

Samier Dandan, President of the Lebanese Muslim Association introduced Premier Barry O’Farrell who spoke about current reforms proposed by his Government, including reforms to the education system. The Premier highlighted that cuts to education will be borne by both the independent/private and public school sectors and spoke about the challenges that these reforms pose for the NSW Government. He also discussed the NSW Government’s transport master plan.

During question time, the Premier addressed queries relating to the proposed education reforms, whether the Government had considered the issue of “Sukuks” (Islamic bonds) and infrastructure in superannuation. The Premier spoke of his trip to the UAE as the leader of the Government’s delegation to explore regulatory and legal issues with the Dubai Export Development Corp (including exploring Islamic finance opportunities).

Corrs was delighted to co-host the event and congratulates The Crescent Club on another successful networking event.

About the Crescent Club

The Crescent Club is a non-partisan and non-sectarian group dedicated to expanding business and social opportunities within the Muslim Australian and broader community. Bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim business people, entrepreneurs and young professionals, The Crescent Club is active in helping to develop business and networking contacts for our members and friends.

The mission of the Crescent Club is to promote a place where there is an opportunity to meet others, learn from Australian thought leaders in a warm business and social environment and to keep its members informed on vital issues and work for the betterment of the entire community.


Left to right: Michael Chaaya, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Premier Barry O'Farrell, Hilda Wehbi, Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Premier Barry O'Farrell

Michael Chaaya, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Left to right: Premier Barry O'Farrell, Robert Regan, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Bill Yassine, Bert Noah, Fujitsu.

Left to right: Premier Barry O'Farrell, Robert Regan, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth


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