Firm Profile > Cecil Abraham And Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cecil Abraham And Partners

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dispute resolution boutique Cecil Abraham And Partners handles a range of both arbitration and litigation with experience in contractual, tortuous, privacy and breach of confidence claims, white collar crime and corporate governance disputes as well as contentious public and administrative issues. Cecil Abraham heads the practice and boasts a breadth of expertise.

The firm: Cecil Abraham & Partners acts in a broad range of civil, commercial and construction disputes. Its practice varies from court and arbitration appearances to advice – both strategic and preventative – in the areas of practice referred to above. The members of the firm have significant court and arbitration (including investment treaty) experience. In recent years, clients have come to the firm for assistance in a wide range of matters including those relating to commercial disputes, fraud litigation, extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters.

Areas of practice: In 2019, the firm was involved in a number of major disputes.  Particularly noteworthy, the firm successfully acted for Ireka Engineering & Consultants Sdn Bhd in landmark appeals before the Federal Court of Malaysia, that concerned the construction industry. The apex court in reversing several earlier decisions, ultimately held that the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (“CIPAA”) is to be applied prospectively. This decision will have significant ramifications for the construction industry moving forward. In addition, the firm successfully represented  Triumph City Development Sdn Bhd in enforcing and registering an arbitral award in excess of RM200 million against the Selangor State Government.

On going notable disputes that the firm is involved include acting for Petrochemical Commercial Company International Ltd in a large and complex commercial fraud claim in the region of USD$76 million where monies misappropriated from Malaysia has so far been traced to various jurisdictions including United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, Germany, Australia, Cyprus, Portugal and Iran. A worldwide freezing injunction was granted by the High Court of Malaya and has since been enforced in Canada, Cyprus and Australia and Bankers Trust Orders were issued in various jurisdictions including Canada, Australia, Cyprus, Singapore and Portugal in order to trace the missing funds. There are various interlocutory applications pending before the courts in Malaysia including applications to cross-examine defendants from Canada and Iran. The firm is presently acting for the Council of Regency of the State of Terengganu  in opposing a claim by Tengku Abdul Halim in a constitutional matter relating to succession to the throne of the Sultan of Terengganu that is currently pending before the Federal Court of Malaysia. In addition, the firm is also presently acting for Dream Property Sdn Bhd in the continuing dispute with Atlas Housing Sdn Bhd, in which the Federal Court in a landmark decision  laid down the principles relating to unjust enrichment . This dispute is now at the assessment of damages stage involving a claim of approximately RM400 million. On the environmental and public administrative law front, the firm is acting for Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, one of the world’s largest rare earth producers in respect of claims by several environmental activists seeking to quash the full operating licence granted to the company to operate its rare earth plant in Gebeng, Pahang. The firm is also acting for Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of the Malton Group of Companies) in the much publicised judicial review proceedings filed by a residents’ association to quash a perceived controversial development order granted to this developer.

Also to be noted, is the fact that the firm is acting for Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd in opposing an appeal before the Federal Court of Malaysia brought by Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, where the law relating to reportage will be visited for the first time in Malaysia.

The firm continues to advise MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd, the main turnkey contractor in so far as the LRT 3 Project in Malaysia is concerned.

Finally, Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham continues to be the only Malaysian to continue to sit as arbitrator in investment treaty claims.




Department Name Email Telephone
Administration and probate Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Administration and probate Dato' Sunil Abraham
Arbitration Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Arbitration Aniz Ahmad Amirudin
Banking and insurance Rishwant Singh
Banking and insurance Dato' Sunil Abraham
Capital markets and securities disputes Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Capital markets and securities disputes Rishwant Singh
Defamation and media Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Defamation and media Rishwant Singh
Contractual and commercial disputes Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Contractual and commercial disputes Dato' Sunil Abraham
Private breach of confidence Rishwant Singh
Private breach of confidence Dato' Sunil Abraham
Clubs and unincorporated associations Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Clubs and unincorporated associations Aniz Ahmad Amirudin
Construction and infrastructure Aniz Ahmad Amirudin
Construction and infrastructure Dato' Sunil Abraham
Corporate and commercial Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Corporate and commercial Dato' Sunil Abraham
Land and general property Rishwant Singh
Land and general property Dato' Sunil Abraham
Civil and commercial litigation Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Civil and commercial litigation Rishwant Singh
Mutual assistance and extradition Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
Mutual assistance and extradition Dato' Sunil Abraham
Public and administrative law Dato' Sunil Abraham
Public and administrative law Rishwant Singh
White-collar and corporate governance Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham
White-collar and corporate governance Rishwant Singh
Number of lawyers : 11
Mandarin and main Chinese dialects
IBA (International Bar Association)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
Contacts : Tan Sri Dato' Cecil W M Abraham
Contacts : Rishwant Singh
Contacts : Dato' Sunil Abraham
Contacts : Aniz Ahmad Amirudin