Cecil Abraham is a top name in the Malaysian arbitration space, recognised by numerous sources for his outstanding work regarding banking, environmental and maritime disputes.
Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham is the senior partner at Cecil Abraham & Partners. His career at the Bar spans 49 years. Within that time, he has appeared in all the High Court divisions, as well as before the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Special Court and the Privy Council on a regular basis. He has over 250 reported decisions of note to his name. He is first and foremost an advocate and is regarded by his peers and clients alike as one of Malaysia’s leading counsel, known to be devastatingly effective in court. He has a strong reputation for dealing with complex disputes where the stakes are high and is known to work hard to achieve a satisfactory result for his clients.
As counsel, he has in recent times argued the leading cases in Malaysia; for example, on unjust enrichment, on the doctrine of separate legal entities, on equitable fraud, on the powers of liquidators, on the exercise of royal prerogative powers, and on the applicable test relating to the setting-aside of an arbitration award under the Arbitration Act, to name but a few.
He holds of the distinction of having acted for the former prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, and several prime ministers of Malaysia.
He is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitrations, having sat in excess of 100 arbitrations, and is the only Malaysian to be regularly appointed as an arbitrator in investment treaty disputes.
Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham’s practice covers a wide breadth of areas, including corporate and commercial, environmental, banking and securities, insurance, maritime, and competition law, as well as international arbitration.
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.
Tan Sri Cecil Abraham is senior partner at Cecil Abraham & Partners. He has 50 years of legal experience.
He has over 270 reported decisions of note. His peers and clients regard him as one of Malaysia’s leading counsel, known to be devastatingly effective in Court. He has a strong reputation for dealing with complex disputes where the stakes are high and is known to work hard to achieve a satisfactory result for his clients.
Tan Sri Cecil Abraham’s practice covers a wide breadth of areas that includes corporate and commercial, environmental, banking and securities, insurance, shipping, and competition law as well as arbitration. He has in recent times argued the leading cases in Malaysia on unjust enrichment, the doctrine of separate legal entities, defamation and the law of reportage, enforcement of arbitration awards and the exercise of royal prerogative powers, to name but a few.
Tan Sri Cecil Abraham is an advisory member of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Governing Board and a panel arbitrator of institutions such as ICSID, SIAC, HKIAC and AIAC, to name but a few.
Tan Sri Cecil Abraham graduated with an LLB (Honours) from Queen Mary College, University of London and was called to the English Bar. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in February 1970. He is a fellow of Queen Mary College, University of London, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. He is a chartered arbitrator and also a Bencher of Middle Temple.
He is regularly appointed as arbitrator in domestic and in international commercial as well as investment treaty arbitrations. He also acts as counsel for investors in several investment treaty disputes.