The Legal 500 Series is widely acknowledged as the world’s largest independent legal referral guide, where firms and individuals are recommended based on merit, with a focus on the strength in depth of the teams (practice and associates). More than 300,000 buyers of legal services are surveyed and interviewed globally each year.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific is published annually, providing insight into the legal marketplaces of 25 Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

This year, AmerBON, Advocates is once again recommended by The Legal 500 and ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 for dispute resolution (Malaysia).

The editorial commentary by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 is reproduced below and archived here.

AmerBON, Advocates


Made up of experienced litigators, AmerBON’s business and human rights group handles a range of corporate, commercial, family, construction, and real estate disputes, as well as criminal law issues. The group also handles public interest cases on a pro bono basis. Amer Hamzah Arshad and  Edmund Bon jointly head the team and focus on criminal and civil proceedings respectively.

Practice head(s): Amer Hamzah Arshad; Edmund Bon


“When handling our request demonstrated they are not only professional but also willing to go beyond and always try to find the best solutions.”

“AmerBON is professional in its dealings, patient in clarifying legal issues, and will verify and sieve through issues which are not so relevant to pursue the most practical approach.”

“Edmund Bon’s leadership is outstanding, he always responds in a timely manner with sensible judgement when giving advice to us. Very practical but at the same time politically sensitive.”

Key clients

Wu Sor Hwa, Artisan Persona Sdn Bhd, and Primary Capital Sdn Bhd

Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN)

Pahang Cement Sdn Bhd

Slag Cement (Southern) Sdn Bhd

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Work highlights

  • Represented Wu Sor Hwa, Artisan Persona Sdn Bhd, and Primary Capital Sdn Bhd in an action to enforce a buy-out clause against the defaulting party.
  • Acted for Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) in a judicial review application brought by Hatimuda Sdn Bhd following SPAN’s refusal to grant Hatimuda a renewal of a water supply and sewerage permit.
  • Defended Pahang Cement Sdn Bhd against an occupational safety and health prosecution following a fatality involving a contractor at the cement plant in July 2017.