asialaw Analysis

General business law
Abrahams Davidson & Co

Established in 1986, Abrahams Davidson & Co remains one of the leading law firms in Brunei. The firm’s core practice areas are corporate, commercial, banking and finance, and property development. Managing partner Bernard Tan wins praise from clients and peers alike as a steady, knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who frequently leads the firm’s key cases and deals. Suan Chin Tan is another key partner for real estate, and banking and finance. Consultant James Chiew is known in the market for his securities and Islamic finance expertise. 

Work highlights 

Advised United Overseas Bank and several other financial institutions on regulatory aspects and cross-border commercial rules.   

Acted for a leading US investment bank on a derivative transaction with a local employee provident fund 

Provided counsel to EFG Bank on an analysis of Brunei laws with respect to Islamic credit and financing products.  

Key clients 

Amazon Web Services, Bank of China, Commerzbank 

CCW Partnership

A regular feature as an elite firm in the country, CCW Partnership has expertise in corporate and M&A, regulatory, banking and dispute resolution. The firm’s respected dispute resolution practice is led by managing partner Linda Lee Lian Khing, and includes Tang Weng Leong and On Hung Zheng. Harold Ng Hann Jaun is the key partner for corporate and banking. 

All reported transactional matters and clients for the past year are confidential, but the firm has been active on local investments, share sales, restructurings and asset financings 

Work highlights 

Defending local contractor Woo Construction in a dispute relating to alleged defentive paint jobs at three hotels. Expert evidence is expected to be called to determine the cause of the painting defects.  

Representing out-of-jurisdiction company officers who have been summoned by the Brunei courts in a first-ever case dealing with whether or not the local courts can issue summons to extra-jurisdictional individuals.