Firm Profile > Cecil Abraham And Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cecil Abraham And Partners Offices
SUITE 12.01, LEVEL 12, MENARA 1MK
1, JALAN KIARA, MONT' KIARA
50480 KUALA LUMPUR
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Dispute resolution Tier 1
Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil W. M. Abraham leads the dispute resolution team at boutique firm Cecil Abraham And Partners. Handling contractual claims, fraud litigation, defamation, public and administrative law as well as constitutional matters, it counts Herbert Smith Freehills as a key client. It attracts work from Fortune 500 companies, media conglomerates, and PLCs while maintaining a specialist focus on construction cases (Aniz Amirudin is the name to note here). In addition Sunil Abraham and Rishwant Singh are respective experts in environment law disputes and civil/commercial cases.
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Cecil Abraham And Partners > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 11
LanguagesEnglish Malay Mandarin and main Chinese dialects Tamil
MembershipsIBA (International Bar Association) Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) ICCA ICC KLRCA Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
OtherContacts : Tan Sri Dato' Cecil W M Abraham Contacts : Rishwant Singh Contacts : Dato' Sunil Abraham Contacts : Aniz Ahmad Amirudin
The firm actively participates in the activities of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Inter-pacific Bar Association (IPBA), the International Association of Defence Counsel (IADC) and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
To this end, Dato’ Sunil Abraham is a member of the Legal Practice Division Council, having been the former Co-chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Forum of the IBA. Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham and Rishwant Singh are active members of the IPBA. In this regard, Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham is a past President of the IPBA. Dato’ Sunil Abraham is also a member of the IADC which is an invitation only organisation for defence counsel. Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham is a past member of the ICCA Governing Council and is presently an Advisory Board member of ICCA.
In 2019, Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham was recognised by Benchmark Litigation at its award ceremony in Hong Kong as the Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year for Malaysia. In addition, Cecil Abraham & Partners was named as Dispute Resolution Firm of Year for Malaysia and won the award for Dispute Resolution Case of Year 2019 at the same ceremony.
In 2020, Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham was recognised by Asian Legal Business as Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year for Malaysia whilst Cecil Abraham & Partners was recognised as Dispute Resolution Boutique Firm of the Year.
CLIENT: Andrew Arnold, General Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Lynas Corporation Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Lynas Corporation Limited is an ASX 200 company and the world’s second largest manufacturer of separated rare earth products. Lynas has engaged Tan Sri Dato Cecil Abraham and Dato Sunil Abraham on dispute resolution matters since 2012. We have found both Tan Sri Cecil and Dato Sunil to be excellent dispute resolution lawyers. In particular, we value their legal expertise in areas including administrative law, commercial law, and dispute resolution. They also have excellent advocacy skills, and their advice is always practical and timely. Lynas regards Tan Sri Dato Cecil Abraham and Dato Sunil Abraham as our preferred dispute resolution specialists in the Asia Pacific region.
CLIENT: Dato’ S. Satharuban, Managing Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Messrs Satha & Co
TESTIMONIAL:Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham is one of the foremost advocates of his generation, if not one of the finest Malaysia has produced. He is a force of nature and has tremendous instincts developed from years of experience. He remains the go-to-name on big complex cases. His ability to deliver results under pressure is unrivalled. Rishwant Singh is persuasive advocate who is not afraid to take on tough lines of argument. He is a formidable advocate. Dato’ Sunil Abraham is superb all-round. Excellent on paper and in court. Calm, intelligent and strategic, he is a pleasure to work with. Aniz Ahmad Amirudin has a broad and excellent skill set which he brings to bear in providing a high quality service particularly in construction disputes. He has superb analytical skills and good presentation skills with lay clients.
Cecil Abraham & Partners as a whole is at the forefront in dealing with complex commercial disputes be it before the court or in arbitrations. A true heavyweight firm. The firm has a great reputation, is user friendly and goes the extra mile in facilitating our requests as instructing solicitors and that of the lay clients wherever possible. Very much the go-to firm for complex disputes when the stakes are high.
CLIENT: Rohan Ashwin Sankey, General Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL:Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham is without a doubt, the leading name in Malaysia for dispute resolution of all forms. Not only hugely respected and regarded domestically, he also has an exceptional international practice. In particular, a very experienced practitioner in the field of international arbitration. His depth and breadth of knowledge of the law is second to none, and this provides the client with great confidence in being clear about their particular case. He has tremendous gravitas as an advocate and instantly commands the respect of the Court or tribunal. His practice is highly recommended.
Dato’ Sunil Abraham is an excellent lawyer, technically very sound. Has a very good range and depth of experience across all forms of dispute resolution. Well known and regarded both domestically and internationally. Extremely hard working and incredibly responsive to the client. Consistently goes the extra mile with dedication. He is extremely sharp and this is reflected in his excellent drafting skills. An excellent litigator who conducts himself well across the different dispute resolution forums. Clients can be fully assured of an excellent service from start to finish from a very good lawyer.
Aniz Ahmad Amirudin is extremely bright, has an excellent working knowledge of the law and is one of the most commercially-minded lawyers we have engaged. Good experience and knowledge across a range of commercial and civil matters. Very sensible, sound and exercise practical judgment. He is a pleasure to work with. Clear on which issues that matter and which don’t, with an eye on the client outcome at all times. Quick to pick up the key issues and never loses sight of them even though faced with voluminous documents in the large cases that he works on. Always well-prepared, a quick-witted and persuasive advocate. Highly recommended.
CLIENT: Martin Chen, Head of Legal
COMPANY/FIRM: Mtrustee Berhad and Hektar Asset Management Sdn Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham, is devastatingly effective in dealing with commercial disputes before the courts. He is very much the doyen of the legal profession in Malaysia. The standout litigator in Malaysia by far. Rishwant Singh has a strong reputation and is extremely eloquent in advancing arguments in court. Dato’ Sunil Abraham is sharp, intelligent and meticulous in his work as well as being a strong advocate. Aniz Ahmad Amirudin provides sound and practical advice to his clients. He is highly persuasive in his arguments, approachable and easy to work with.
Cecil Abraham & Partners has a great reputation, has the highest standards of work ethics and professionalism and this provides the client with great confidence in being clear minded about their particular case. Definitely the go-to firm for civil and commercial disputes as well as construction related arbitration disputes. Outstanding especially when the stakes are high.
CLIENT: Delithra Mohan, Head of Legal
COMPANY/FIRM: Evolution Wellness Holdings
TESTIMONIAL: Evolution Wellness Holdings is the Singapore based holding company for numerous fitness and wellness brands spanning 6 Asian jurisdictions, in particular Fitness First, Celebrity Fitness, C.H.I. Fitness, Fivelements Spa and Retreats, GO FIT, and Fire Fitness. Our Malaysian subsidiaries rely and seek the counsel of Rishwant Singh for varied reasons.
Through the years, we have been spared embroilment in legal suits, however as acquisitions increase, we were faced with one in recent times. As the company is owned by overseas based private equity firms, we sought to utilize the services of Rishwant Singh to represent us. Having put through the name of Cecil Abraham & Partners to our overseas owners, I was pleased to receive prompt acceptance in choice with acknowledgment that the firm is held in high regard for its strong advisory and dispute resolution work.
We have sought out Rishwant Singh in matters ranging from tenancy disputes, company law to consumer law matters. He displays strong knowledge in all recent case law and is able to always immediately advise on matters. We are a large organization with a c91,000 membership base in Malaysia, Rishwant displays keen understanding in legal matters affecting the business including reputational damage. His advice whilst displaying strong business acumen, strategic foresight and understanding of legal technicalities, is always presented in the most simplistic manner.
Opinions are well researched and the burden of disputes faced is removed with honest, uncomplicated advice and action. With sound counsel from Cecil Abraham & Partners, I am empowered to effectively carry out functions without burden. The wealth of knowledge is without comparison and I would strongly recommend Rishwant Singh.
CLIENT: Hodge Malek QC
COMPANY/FIRM: 3 Verulam Buildings
TESTIMONIAL:Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham is without doubt the best advocate in Malaysia in civil cases. I have seen him argue cases in court both at the High Court and the appellate levels. It is not just a question of how clearly and persuasively he argues cases, but the sheer effort and dedication he puts into every hearing. He always knows his brief backwards and is ready to deal with every eventuality and question in court. He has a strong court room presence. When he argues a case the judges listen.
He is a door tenant at my chambers at 3VB and is highly regarded by my colleagues. He is well known for international arbitration and acts both as an arbitrator and counsel in arbitrations even where they have no connection with Malaysia. This reflects his international standing.
I have known Dato’ Sunil Abraham for around a decade and seen him grown into a fine and strong advocate. He is fearless and will take on any difficult case. He is also very calm and measured in his approach. He is good with clients and they can be confident in his ability. He covers a wide range of commercial work ranging from commercial litigation to construction and judicial review disputes. He has a great deal of experience in arbitration.
I have worked closely with Aniz Ahmad Amirudin for the last two years in an international fraud case involving a large sum of money stolen from a bank in Malaysia. Aniz put the case together and managed for get Norwich Pharmacal and disclosure orders which enabled the proceeds of the fraud to be traced. He is good at disclosure and tracing of assets. He is very good with clients and is always available to deal with issues raised by clients. His technical legal knowledge is good and his written submissions for the court are to a very high standard.
Cecil Abraham & Partners is made up of a very experienced and dedicated team of commercial litigators. I doubt that any other firm in Malaysia has such depth of talent and focus. I have worked with the firm and its lawyers for some years now and they have never failed to deliver in terms of content or timing. The firm does a lot of international work and not merely work in Malaysia for international clients, but they also work on cases outside Malaysia, both in court cases but more frequently in international arbitration.
As can be seen below from my comments on three lawyers at the firm, the firm has depth so that if necessary two or more very experienced advocates can work on a case and cover for each other when necessary.
I am a QC practising at 3VB in London and whenever I have clients with a case in Malaysia, I invariably recommend the firm.