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Cecil Abraham And Partners
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Senior Partner


Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham’s practice covers a wide breadth of areas that includes Corporate and Commercial, Environmental, Banking and Securities, Insurance, Maritime, and Competition Law as well as Arbitration.

In 2017 alone, he has appeared as lead counsel for Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) in a major dispute with the government of a constituent state of Malaysia relating to a claim for royalty payable for oil won and saved in the continental shelf off Malaysia.

He also acts for Tenaga Nasional Berhad in on-going disputes with YTL Power Generation Sdn Bhd in relation to the construction of lease agreements pertaining to the operation of several independent power plants.

He is presently engaged as counsel for the present-day Prime Minister of Malaysia in several disputes wherein allegations of misfeasance in public office have been made. To date, in one of the suits, the High Court has struck out the claim and the matter is presently on appeal.

He has also been instructed as counsel for the Majlis Ugama Islam Pahang in respect of appeals brought by Far East Holdings Berhad wherein the applicable test relating to the setting-aside of an arbitration award under Section 37 and Section 42 of the Arbitration Act 2005 along with the power of an arbitral tribunal to award pre-award and post-award interest are being determined for the first time by the apex court in Malaysia.

More recently, he has been engaged to act as counsel in a pending appeal before the Court of Appeal for a large firm of accountants in a dispute instituted by bondholders for negligence wherein judgment in excess of RM150 million has been obtained before the High Court against the lead arranger, the trustee and the said accounting firm.

He has authored the following:

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham has contributed to the following publications:

(i) the Malaysian chapter on arbitration in the book Commercial Arbitration Law In Asia And The Pacific, which is an ICC Publication edited by Simmonds Hill Jarvin;

(ii) the Malaysian Chapter on arbitration in a publication entitled Arbitration in Asia which is published by Butterworths. The editor of the book is Michael J Moser of Freshfields;

(iii) the Malaysian Chapter on arbitration for the Global Legal Group entitled Questions for the International Comparative Legal Guide: International Arbitration 2003;

(iv) the International Bar Association publication Civil Appeal Procedures Worldwide edited by Charles Platto;

(v) the Malaysian Chapter in the book Cargo Claims by William Tetley;

(vi) the Malaysian Chapter in the International Bar Association publication Judicial Sales of Vessels and Priority of Claims, published by Kluwer;

(vii) the Chapter on the “Role Played by the Party-Appointed Arbitrator” in The Asian Leading Arbitrators Guide to International Arbitration;

(viii) the Malaysian Chapter in Arbitration World, 4th Edition;

(ix) the Malaysian Chapter on Arbitration in World Arbitration Reporter; and

(x) the Malaysian Chapter in Asia Arbitration Guide; and

(xi) Chapter on State Approval in South East Asian Bilateral Investment Treaties in Investor-State Arbitration – Lessons For Asia (HKIAC Special Publication Series No. 1).




• Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom
• Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
• Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
• Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Limited
• Member of the Advisory Council of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
• Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court representing Malaysia
• Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration
• Member of the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions.
• Member of the Advisory Panel of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)


• LLB. Hons. Queen Mary College, University of London
• Fellow (Faculty of Law) Queen Mary College, University of London
• Barrister at Law of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple
• Bencher of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple
• Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

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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.