Advisors


Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham practices as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator. He is a Senior Partner with Cecil Abraham & Partners, Malaysia.

Tan Sri Dato' is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom), the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Insttute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Mediation Centre, and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Limited.

He was elected a Fellow of Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London in 1990. He is a member of several professional bodies including the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration. He is a founding member of the International Maritime Conciliation and Mediation Panel (IMCAM), which is set up to deal with mediation on maritime disputes.

He is the chairman of the ADR Committee of ICC Malaysia, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham is a Past Vice President of Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG), Past Vice Chair of Committee D (which is the Arbitration and ADR Section of the IBA), Past Deputy President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, Past Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Malaysia Branch (CIArb), Past President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Past Member of the Malaysian Bar Council, and Past Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee.

He has edited a number of volumes of the Malaysian Court Forms, and the Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on Practice & Procedure, and has contributed chapters to several reputed publications, and presented papers on various aspects of arbitration at the International Bar Association, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, UNCITRAL, LawAsia, Asean Law Conference and other regional conferences.

As an advocate, Tan Sri Dato’ has appeared before the High Courts of Malaya and Sabah & Sarawak, Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, and the Privy Council. He has acted as counsel in a number of landmark cases of a commercial nature involving banks, finance companies and multi-nationals listed in the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. Over 220 of his cases are reported in the local law reports.

Tan Sri Dato' has an extensive arbitration practice: he has sat as chairman, sole-Arbitrator and co-arbitrator in over 55 commercial arbitrations held in India, France, Taiwan, Switzerland, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Malaysia, amongst others, under the SIAC, LCIA, ICC, KLRCA, and ICSID Rules. He was a counsel for the Government of Malaysia in an investment arbitration held under the International Convention for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and sits on the panel of arbitrators of several arbitration centres all over the world.

Tan Sri Dato' Abraham graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the Queen Mary College, University of London in 1968. He was called by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple as a Barrister at Law in May 1969, and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in February 1970.


Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi is a Malaysian Professor of Law who has served Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam, Selangor in various capacities from 1971 onwards. He served as the Head of the Diploma in Law programme (1979–1984), as Assistant Rector (1996–1999), Assistant Vice-Chancellor (1999–2001) and Legal Advisor (1996–2006, 2010–present).

He has also served on the faculties of law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, part time at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a visiting professor/Honorary Legal Adviser/Holder of the Tun Sambanthan Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

At the international level Dr. Shad Faruqi has served as a consultant to many countries including Maldives, Fiji, Timor Leste, Afghanistan Iraq and Sudan, advising them on their constitutional documents.[citation needed] In 1991 as part of an Asia Foundation Project he drafted the constitution of the Republic of Maldives. He was a one-time member and Secretary-General of the Manila-based Congressional Research and Training Services that conducted several institutional efficacy courses for legislators from many third world countries. He has presented seminar papers in the USA, UK, Germany, Iran, Kenya, Sudan, Maldives, India, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. He has helped to draft several international documents including the Kuala Lumpur Declaration to Criminalize War and a document for the UN on Protection for Places of Worship. He is a sitting Judge on the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. He is an Executive Council member of the Kuala Lumpur based International Centre for Law and legal Studies.

At the national level, he has been called upon on several occasions to draft national legislation. On behalf of Institut Teknologi MARA he drafted the Institut Teknologi MARA (Amendment) Bill 1996 that went on to become an Act of Parliament. In 1999 he drafted the Universiti Teknologi MARA (Amendment) Bill that was enacted by Parliament as Act A1073. The Act converted Institut Teknologi MARA into a full-fledged university.

At the end of 2004, the Barisan Nasional Back-Benchers Club of the Parliament of Malaysia appointed him as a consultant to advise them on reforming and empowering Parliament in the face of the executive branch's dominance of the Malaysian government.

In 2006 the Minister of Education appointed him Chairman of a Committee to propose amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act 1972 [Act 30]. The Committee's recommendations were adopted as law in early 2009. In 2008 he drafted the new 'Apex Constitution' of Universiti Sains Malaysia. In 2010 he was reappointed to a committee to review the Universities and University Colleges Act [Act 30]. He is also a member of the Apex University Initiative; a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Studies; and one-time member of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission's Education Sub-Committee.

Dr Shad is the author of Human Rights, Globalisation and the Asian Economic Crisis, Islam International Law and the War Against Terrorism, Islam, Democracy and Development,Document of Destiny: The Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia and "The Bedrock of Our Nation: Our Constitution". He is the co-author of Media Law & Regulations in Malaysia and Co-editor of "Decolonising Our Universities – Towards a Non-Eurocentric Paradigm". He has contributed over 350 articles to legal periodicals, anthologies and newspapers and has presented over 300 seminar papers in 15 countries including the US, UK, Australia, Germany and Japan.


Mathew Thomas Philip is the managing partner of Thomas Philip, a firm which specializes in dispute resolution. His extensive experience is centered on civil and commercial litigation, notably in corporate/ shareholder disputes.

Mathew graduated with a double degree in Economics and Law from the University of Adelaide in 1991.


Dr. Veerinderjeet Singh is the Chairman of Taxand Malaysia Sdn Bhd. He has extensive experience in tax matters having been a Tax Partner in international accounting firms and having worked with the Malaysian Inland Revenue Department. He has advised on a wide range of tax matters affecting cross-border investments, corporate restructuring, financial institutions, multi-national entities, listed entities and government and quasi government entities and projects.

Dr. Singh is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) as well as CPA Australia.

He was elected as the president of CTIM for a 3-year term starting from mid-June 2007, and was a member of the Council of CTIM. He is also the Chairman of the International Fiscal Association (Malaysia Branch). He was a member of the Labuan IOFC Tax Consultative Committee set up by the Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority.

He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Malaya, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Taylors Business School. Dr. Singh has over 100 publications including books as well as articles in local and international tax, law and accounting journals and in local newspapers.


Dato’ Shankar has served as a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal for 15 years. He was in active legal practice for over 25 years prior to his appointment as a Judge. Dato’ Shankar is well-versed in the various areas of the law, especially in the areas of commercial and trade law, and human rights.

He has been a member of the Malaysian Bar Council for several years, and was appointed a member of the National Goodwill Council in 1969. He was Royal Commissioner in 1971 for the Reform of the Laws of Marriage and Divorce in Malaysia and for many years was a member of the Legal Qualifying Board established under the Legal Profession Act. In 1998, he was appointed a member of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the injuries sustained by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim whilst in police custody.

He has had extensive experience in the field of domestic and international Arbitration in Malaysia, Singapore, and London.

In the field of legal education, he was also involved as a visiting professor to the University of Malaya in 1998 and as an associate of the College of Law in Sydney Australia for their course on Advocacy for post graduate students in Kuala Lumpur. For over a decade he has been Co-chairman of the Olympia College and the Raffles Business Centre.

He has been a keynote speaker in many conferences involving matters relating to legal issues in commercial law and arbitration.

Dato' Shankar is one of the founder members of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia which was established in 1999. He is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International and was recently nominated by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia as its Advisory Jurist for the Asia Pacific Forum where he served till 2006.

He has been the founder President of the Medico Legal Society of Malaysia.


Dato' Azmi Mohd Ali is the Senior Partner of Azmi & Associates.

As a corporate lawyer, his extensive expertise cuts across the areas of banking and finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, privatization and energy, oil and gas. He has been consistently recognized by reputed international publications (including Legal 500 and Asia Law Profiles) as a leading corporate lawyer in Malaysia.

He has represented several corporations including multinational Malaysian companies in cross border transactions involving companies from the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and other countries.

Dato' Azmi is a fellow of the Centre of International Legal Studies (based in Salzburg) and was also appointed by Bank Negara Malaysia to sit as a member of the legislative review committee to facilitate the further advancement of Islamic Banking in Malaysia. Besides, he is also a council member of Gerson Lehrman Group.

Dato' Azmi sits on the boards of Pernec Corporation Berhad, Fitos Sdn Bhd, PINS, Pernec Advanced Network Sdn Bhd, mySPEED.COM Sdn Bhd and Investment Committee of Pernec Corporation Berhad.

Dato' Azmi has written and spoken extensively. Some of his articles have appeared in World Energy Yearbook 2000, published by Petroleum Economist and Ernst & Young, and Fundamentals of the Global Power Industry, Yearbook 2000 published by Arthur Andersen and Petroleum Economist, Fundamentals of the Global Offshore Industry, Yearbook 2001 and International Power Finance 2002/2003.

Prior to joining private practice, Dato' Azmi spent 7 years as an in-house counsel of PETRONAS.


Beng Chai is a Kuok Foundation scholar, graduated with an LL.B (Hons) (Second Upper) from the National University of Singapore in 1985. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1986 and the High Court of Malaya in 1989. He conducts competition law compliance programmes for clients, advises businesses and speaks regularly on the topic. Beng Chai and his team have been retained in major cases before the Malaysian Competition Commission including those in the airline and steel industries

Beng Chai is the Firm's Managing Partner and heads the Firm's Corporate and M & A practice. He is also engaged in private equity, capital markets and restructuring work. He has been consistently rated as a Leading Individual in Corporate / M & A in Malaysia by the Asia Pacific Legal 500. He brings extensive experience to all matters related to foreign investments in Malaysia and is actively involved in many cross-border transactions. He is the Vice President of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He is also a founding partner of ATMD Bird & Bird LLP.


Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai was called to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-Law in 1971 and to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 1972.

In 1973 Dato’ Mah joined the Judicial and Legal Services of Malaysia and held, inter alia, the posts of Magistrate, President of the Sessions Court and Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court. He also served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Federal Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Dato’ Mah obtained his Master of Laws degree with Honours in 1985 from the University of Sydney, Australia and in 1999 was appointed a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney.

He left the Judicial and Legal Services in 1985 and commenced private practice as an advocate and solicitor as the principal of Mah Weng Kwai & Associates.

Dato’ Mah is a past-President of the Malaysian Bar and of LAWASIA, the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific. He was also a member of the Legal Profession Qualifying Board and the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board both established under the Legal Profession Act 1976.

On 4.1.2010 Dato’ Mah was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya and on 10.8.2011 a Judge of the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal, Malaysia on 21.9.2012.

Dato’ Mah returned to MahWengKwai & Associates as a Consultant after his retirement as a Court of Appeal Judge in February 2015. He is on the KLRCA’s panel of arbitrators and is certified as a mediator by the Malaysian Mediation Centre.


Professor Dr. Choong Yeow Choy is a professor with the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.

He is also the chairman of Board of Governors of the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), a trustee of Yayasan Tun Suffian, and an executive council member of the ASEAN Law Association of Malaysia. Prof. Choong is an Advisory Board Member of the International Law Education and Internationalization of Law at Syiah Kuala University, Aceh (Indonesia), and a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board.

He was the Malaysian representative to the ASEAN Law Schools Association, and the chairman of its standing committee on International Friendship and Goodwill (1993-1999). Professor Choong was also an examiner for several bodies including Malaysian Qualifying Board, Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (MAICSA), the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (CACA), the Malaysian Association of Certified Publc Accountants (MACPA), and the Malaysian Association of Accounting Administrators (MAAA).

Prof. Choong has published extensively. He is the author of Law of Limitation (Butterworths Asia, 1995) and Default Judgment: Principles and Procedure (LexisNexis, 2006). He has contributed chapters to numerous academic publications. He has also written several articles for legal journals including Malayan Law Journal, Current Law Journal, Commonwealth Judicial Journal, The Company Lawyer, The Australian Journal of Asian Law and the Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law. Some of his recent articles include Andre Ravindran S Arul v Duli Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj: Renewing the Interest on the Duration and Renewal of a Writ (2005, Malayan Law Journal), Time for Setting Aside a Default Judgment: The Justice of Technicalities in the Malaysian Context (2006, Civil Justice Quarterly), Contra Bonos Mores: Religious Tenets and National Philosophy as the Yardstick for Determining Public Policy (2007, The Australian Journal of Asian Law).

He was awarded Democratic Pacific Union’s 2007 Fellowship (2007), Melbourne International Research Scholarship (1999), Fulbright Research Scholar Award (1994/5). He was also a recipient of the Asia Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship (1988/9), and Friendship programme for the 21st Century Award (1992). He obtained his LLB from University of Malaya, Masters in Laws from the Harvard University, and PhD in Laws from University of Melbourne.

He has represented the University of Malaya and Malaysia in the 1985 and 1986 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in New York and Washington DC respectively, and won second and third places for the Best Written Memorial Competition in the International Division in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He was a visiting Fulbright Scholar, Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.


Su Tiang Joo is a senior partner with Cheah Teh & Su.

He is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1983 as a Barrister of Gray’s Inn and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1984.

As the Senior Lead Partner of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Group, he has appeared in courts at all levels. He regularly appears as lead counsel in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court. He is also experienced in arbitration including cross-border disputes involving ICC Rules and has conducted numerous trials in wide ranging areas with subject matters of high value.

His areas of practice include property disputes, land acquisition, contentious sale and purchase/joint-venture agreements, caveats, strata titles, disputes in the administration of sub-divided buildings e.g. composition of common area, foreclosure actions, administration of estates and trust, industrial relations/employment, disciplinary proceedings, commercial and corporate and shareholders’ dispute. He is conversant in pre-emptive strikes including prohibitory and mandatory injunctions, stay orders, Mareva and anti-suit injunctions.

Su has recently acted as a counsel in proceedings with leave secured from the Federal Court to appeal and to challenge amongst others the constitutionality of the ouster of appeal provisions and to determine the extent of the [judicial] roles of the High Court Judge and assessors under the Land Acquisition Act.

He is, amongst others, a Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths, Registered Trademarks Agent, Former Board Member of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board (2007-2011), Former Deputy Chairman of the Law Reform and Special Areas Committee of the Bar Council Malaysia and Former Committee Member of the Standing Committee [of the Bar Council Malaysia] to Review the Legal Profession Act, and a Member of Consulegis. He is currently the Vice President of the Malaysian Chapter of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Su Tiang Joo has widely published. Some of his recent contributions include Land Acquisition Act, 1960 (Act 486) – the right of appeal, if any pursuant to s. 49 and the role of assessors in land reference proceedings, Litigation and Dispute Resolution 1st Edition 2012 (Global Legal Insight) and the Malaysian Chapter in The Dispute Resolution Review 6th Edition (2014) (Law Business Review).