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 a Japanese company offering and managing entertainment facilities on Brunei law concerning the protection of personal information.  

Advised Polygon on its launch of an online comic platform. 

Advised an American biopharmaceutical company on different scenarios involving import and labelling requirements of pharmaceutical products according to Brunei laws. 

Key clients 

Barclays Bank, HSBC Insurance Singapore, Mitsubishi Electric, Singapore Airlines. 


HEP Law is the Brunei arm of Singapore law firm Harry Elias Partnership and it has been present in the market for nearly a decade. The firm is able to leverage its transactional expertise thanks to its Singapore parent and has been deepening its Bruneian footprint in recent years. The firm sits on the legal advisory panels of numerous government-linked companies and ministries, and is regularly involved in the development of key government projects. Corporate and commercial partner Roslyna Latif is one of the main contacts. Neilia Tan departed the firm on sabbatical during the research cycle. 

Work highlights 

Advised a property management company on matters relating to tenancy agreement and template agreements for their retail units. 

Advised the Brunei branch of an international multi-level marketing company on its purchase of two properties in Brunei for their flagship store and headquarters. 

Assisting a government-linked company in reviewing human resources policies to ensure that it adheres to the Employment Order.