The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021 for Dispute Resolution (Malaysia)

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’.

  • 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
  • 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.

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2021

Malaysia > Dispute Resolution > Ranked Individuals:

Edmund Bon Tai Soon has a diverse practice acting on commercial litigation, fraud and human rights matters. He is “an efficient and all-around knowledgeable person whose strengths are his willingness to take up new challenges and think outside of the box,” according to one client. Another interviewee appreciates that he “is well known with the judges in the courts and is able to present our arguments effectively.”


The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Leading Firm 2020 for Dispute Resolution (Malaysia) — The Client’s Guide To Law Firms

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 is 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.‘

  • 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)
  • 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.

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020

AmerBon Advocates is renowned for its civil and human rights, and criminal litigation practices. Particularly, its specialist business and human rights (BHR) team has been advocating with the Malaysian government to formulate a national action plan on business and human rights (NAP). The firm is also experienced in handling advocacy on a wide range of other legal issues, from international law, and constitutional and administrative law, to commercial and corporate disputes, and construction and land claims. The firm currently operates as a chambers where clients and solicitors can directly engage the team for expert advocacy in the courts. The firm spends nearly 40% of its time and income to pro bono work in public interest cases. 

Co-founders and partners Amer Hamzah Bin Arshad and Edmund Bon are leading and respected figures in the market, particularly for criminal law and human rights law, respectively.  

In an ongoing case before the court of appeal, Bon represented Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN), the National Water Services Commission Malaysia, in its battle against Hatimuda over the refusal of a renewal application for a water supply and sewerage permit. Bon also recently advised and successfully represented Pahang Cement against a prosecution by the department of occupational safety and health relating to the death of a contract worker at its plant. This case will serve as precedent in providing clarity and as guidance to the responsibilities of the employers and the corresponding duties on the employees to ensure their own safety and wellbeing at the workplace. 

Client feedback:
“Had a professional approach in reviewing the case, good presentation in the court and good feedback to us.” – Commercial and transactions

“AmerBon is passionate about human rights and freedoms. They are knowledgeable about the laws in this area and they are well-connected to the rest of the industry and NGO groups.” – Government and regulatory

Edmund Bon: “Impressive depth of knowledge and strong court presentation skills.” 

New Sin Yew: “Good experience and knowledge of my case and the laws involved.” 

Noted for:
Commercial and Transactions

Highly Recommended for:
White-Collar Crime


The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Leading Firm 2019 for Dispute Resolution (Malaysia) — The Client’s Guide To Law Firms

AmerBON is an advocacy boutique that specialises in criminal and civil cases. Edmund Bon acted for Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in a tort of misfeasance dispute, and represented the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) in employment- and governance-related cases. Amer Hamzah bin Arshad is the firm’s criminal law expert.

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019

AmerBON Advocates’ dispute resolution practice has been active in the last year. The firm represents clients in all areas of litigation, but best known for its works in commercial and transactions, construction, labour and employment, tax and white-collar crime. The firm is operating as chambers where clients and other solicitor firms would engage them for their expert advocacy in the courts. Both Edmund Bon and Amer Hamzah are key figures within the firm for commercial disputes and white-collar crime.

During the research period, the firm represented Khalid Ibrahim, the former Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of the State of Selangor, on a striking out application. In another employment dispute case, the firm represented National Union of Bank Employees, a notable trade union on a judicial review case. The firm also advised Georg Fischer on a judicial review against the Industrial Court’s decision and sought an order for a higher court to review the decision. 

Notable clients of the firm include Georg Fischer and National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE).

Noted for:
Commercial and Transactions
Labour and Employment

Recommended for:
White-Collar Crime


The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Leading Firm 2018 for Dispute Resolution (Malaysia) — The Client’s Guide To Law Firms

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2018

Edmund Bon Tai Soon of AmerBON Advocates is noted for his experience in human rights and public interest litigation, while he also takes on corporate, land, defamation and matrimonial cases. Of late, he acted for Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara on a dispute over the capital contribution to be paid by Khean Soon Construction, in relation to an industrial development project.

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Leading Firm 2017 — The Client’s Guide To Law Firms

Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2017, awarded by Asian Legal Business (ALB)’s Malaysia Law Awards

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2017

Edmund Bon Tai Soon of AmerBON Advocates is especially noted for his expertise in the human rights sphere and also acts prominently on company law and construction disputes. Praised by sources as “a very eloquent advocate who delivers clear and precise arguments,” he recently acted on a complex and high profile divorce action with an estimated GBP220 million at stake.

Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2016, awarded by Asian Legal Business (ALB)’s Malaysia Law Awards

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2016

Edmund Bon Tai Soon of AmerBON Advocates is a well-known litigator, highlighted for his involvement in high-profile human rights and other public interest cases. Clients praise him as a “great strategist” who “seems to have a natural ease in skill and astuteness in handling some of the most difficult situations in our courts today”.