After a gruelling year that called for resolve and resilience, AmerBON, Advocates is once again recommended by and ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 for dispute resolution.

The Legal 500 Series, now in its 34th year, is widely acknowledged as the world’s largest legal referral guide, with a focus on the strength of teams (practice and associates). More than 300,000 buyers of legal services are surveyed and interviewed globally each year for the guide.

The editorial commentary by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 is reproduced below and archived here.

AmerBON, Advocates


Amer Hamzah Arshad and Edmund Bon coordinate the dispute resolution team at AmerBON. Recent work for the firm has included corporate fraud, white-collar crime and prosecutions for money laundering. Associate New Sin Yew is described as “outstanding” and complements the offering with experience in capital markets, constitutional and commercial law. A recent highlight concerns its representation of Tan Sri Musa Aman in a case concerning AMLA legislation. Notably, the firm maintains a dedicated “business and human rights” unit which promotes UN Guiding Principles.  

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


“Be it a pro-bono or paid case, poor or rich clients, the lawyers in AmerBON put in the time, commitment and effort to assist their clients. These are some qualities that differentiate them from other firms and lawyers. They also have been advisers to human rights cases and have significantly helped civil society in public litigation campaigns. Their experience and personality situate them as among the top human rights lawyers.”

“Very responsive and always provide relevant advice beyond routine parameters.”

“The team led by Mr Edmund Bon Tai Soon has demonstrated professional practice beyond normal expectations. They have rich experience in handling politically sensitive issues in a legal context, especially those related to social compliance, human rights and forced labour.”

Key clients

Low Thiam Hock

Saw Lee Nen

Koh Chee Chong

Poh Gaik Lye

Siow Chung Peng

P Tech Resources Sdn Bhd and one of its directors, Sim Wei Der

Faekah binti Haji Husin & 6 Ors

Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara (National Visual Arts Gallery)

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman (former Chief Minister of Sabah)

Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) (National Water Services Commission Malaysia)

Pahang Cement Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted and represented Tan Sri Musa Aman pertaining to allegations of bribery under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA).
  • Represented Poh Gaik Lye with a securities offence under section 87A(a) of the Securities Industry Act 1983 (SIA) for using a scheme to defraud Liqua Health Corporation Berhad (LHCB) of RM12 million.
  • Acted for P Tech in their civil and criminal suit against P Tech and its directors including the Government of Malaysia and the State Government of Johor on environmental pollution issues where it was alleged to have been caused by illegal chemical waste dumping at the Kim Kim River in Pasir Gudang of Johor Malaysia.