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 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 Deutsche Bank on the distribution of Islamic structured products in Brunei.

Assisted Gulf Capital with marketing relevant financial products in Brunei.

Acted for EQT Fund Management on its global marketing survey.

Key clients

Ampol Management Services, Bank of China, Brunei Darussalam, HSBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank

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. The practice also includes Tang Weng Leong and On Hung Zheng. Harold Ng Hann Jaun is the key partner for corporate and banking.

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

Work highlights 

Cheok Advocates & Solicitors

Cheok Advocates & Solicitors has been noted by peers to be active in the disputesarea, in addition to its banking and corporate transactions. Last year, the firm has kept busy with international corporate work, deepening its expertise in the media, marketing, pharmaceuticals and financial securities sectors. Managing partner Robin Van Kee Cheok is a well-known name. He leads the firm along with partner Christina Li Hui Lim.

Work highlights

Successfully represented an individual in a long-running contract dispute over the purchase of landed properties. The individual had the claims against him dismissed at the end of last year.