Cecil Abraham & Partners comprises lawyers with experience in both domestic and international dispute resolution.

We offer clients a wide range of comprehensive legal solutions from strategic and preventive advice, to representation in court and in commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

At Cecil Abraham & Partners, we are committed to understanding our client’s unique challenges so that we may focus our experience and expertise in delivering solutions. We are well-equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes wherever parties may be based.  

Our knowledge extends beyond law.We are focused on the requirements of the business world.

We have worked with financial institutions, government agencies and many of the world’s leading multinational companies, resolving disputes and protecting business and other interests. Our services include highlighting opportunities and protecting against possible risks.

We enable clients to realise solutions by providing clarity of thought and advice, and delivering smart and efficient dispute resolution solutions.

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Accolades & Recognition

Cecil Abraham & Partners has been regularly recognised by Asia Law Profiles, Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, Global Arbitration Review, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Who’s Who Legal in the area of Dispute Resolution.

Benchmark Litigation

Asia-Pacific Awards 2021

Cecil Abraham & Partners is pleased to announce that the firm has once again being recognised by Benchmark Litigation for the year 2021 in respect of its work in Commercial Litigation, Construction Disputes and White Collar Crime.

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham and Rishwant Singh has been recognised as Litigation Stars whilst Dato’ Sunil Abraham and Aniz Ahmad Amirudin have been recognised as Future Stars.

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham also received ‘Malaysia Lawyer of the Year‘ award for Cecil Abraham & Partners at the prestigious 2021 Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards.

Chambers Asia Pacific

Leading Firm 2021

Boutique dispute resolution firm with a broad litigation and arbitration practice. Adeptly assists leading Malaysian and foreign clients with energy, land and construction disputes, as well as shareholder, joint venture, fraud and defamation cases. Noted for its representation of clients in high-stakes mandates, including in the appellate courts.

- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Top Tier 2021

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.

- Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Benchmark Litigation

Asia-Pacific Awards 2020

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham was the recipient of the “Hall of Fame” award at the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2020.

Asian Legal Business

ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2020

At the 7th annual ALB Malaysia Law Awards held virtually on 14 August 2020, our Senior Partner, Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham, received the “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” award whilst the firm received the “Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year” award.

Benchmark Litigation

Asia-Pacific Awards 2019

At the recent Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 held in Hong Kong on 19th September 2019, our Senior Partner, Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham, received the “Lawyer of the Year” award whilst the firm was recognised as the “Boutique Firm of the Year” and also received a special award for “Impact Case of the Year – Malaysian decision to widen the test for seeking to challenge an Arbitral Award.

The awards were given after an independent analysis and research of dispute resolution firms and lawyers across 12 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region. We are extremely grateful for the recognition and the support from our clients, without whom this would not have been possible.

Who’s Who Legal

Arbitration 2020, Litigation 2019

‘Cecil Abraham is “Malaysia’s leading international arbitrator“’, remark sources who applaud his experience. ‘(He has) sat on numerous investment treaty claims as arbitrator – be it under the ICSID Rules or the UNCITRAL Rules.’

Cecil Abraham is “a big name” in the region thanks to his extensive experience handling contentious proceedings before an array of courts, including appellate tribunals and the Supreme Court.

Cecil Abraham is among the most experienced commercial litigators in the market and sits among “the best of the best in Malaysia”.

- Who’s Who Legal 2017

Asia Law Profiles

Highly Recommended 2020

Cecil Abraham & Partners is a heavyweight. The new firm has hit the ground running,’ says one rival partner. Cecil Abraham and Sunil Abraham are representing Astro All Asia Networks, Maxis Communications, South-East Asia Entertainment Holdings, Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall in a charge sheet before the 2G special court in New Delhi. The prosecution alleges that Maxis’ acquisition of Aircel was approved by the then Minister of Communication in India, in return for Astro investing in his brother’s company, Sun Direct TV Private. Cecil Abraham & Partners is running the entire litigation process in India, the UK, Mauritius and Malaysia for the companies and advising on bilateral investment treaty claims against the government of India.

- Asia Law Profiles 2017

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Top Tier 2020

The highly regarded team handles complex, high–profile disputes across a broad range of industry sectors. Highlights included representing Petronas in a Federal Court dispute with the State of Kelantan government.

- Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

Chambers Asia Pacific

Leading Firm 2018

“The department earns plaudits for its smooth service and accessibility. Clients assert: “They are always well-prepared, efficient and have quick response times. Cecil Abraham is a renowned figure in the market, highly experienced in both litigation and arbitration and praised by clients as “clinically incisive” in his approach.

- Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Cecil Abraham has a ‘legendary reputation in Malaysia’ and handles a significant number of appellate and arbitration cases. He is also regularly involved in international disputes and investment arbitrations as an arbitrator. Clients particularly appreciate his ‘excellent legal knowledge and strategic guidance.

- Chambers Asia Pacific 2014

Global Arbitration Review

GAR 100 12th Edition, 2019

Arguably Malaysia’s most prominent international arbitrator, Abraham has sat on over 55 commercial cases. He is Malaysia’s appointee to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, and represents the state on the ICC Court and as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He is a member of the advisory boards of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA).

Asian Legal Business

 In 2016, Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil W. M. Abraham was named by Asian Legal Business as ‘Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year’. In the same year, Dato’ Sunil Abraham was named by Asian Legal Business in the Top 40 Under 40 Practitioners in Asia.

Our People

The firm leverages complementary skills of lawyers who specialise in a variety of disciplines and industry areas in order to provide a full range of resources and expertise to best support our clients.

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Our Expertise

At Cecil Abraham & Partners, we give you different options to match your requirements, making every effort to resolve and guard against legal disputes as efficiently and economically as possible.

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