Robin Cheok Van Kee

Robin Cheok is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Brunei on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Robin directly using the contact details listed above.

Robin obtained a II.i Honours Law Degree from the University of Essex in 1993. In 1994, Robin attended seminars on Advocacy conducted by Jonathan Goldberg, Q.C. covering Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. In that year, he also attended a course on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Negotiation, Techniques in Advocacy conducted by Professor John Warwick Montgomery M Phil In Law (Essex), Ph.D. (Chicago), Th.D. (Strasbourg), Barrister at Law of the Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, Member of the CA, WA, VA, DC and US Supreme Court Bars, Principle Lecturer in Law, Advocate (Angleterre, Pays de Galles Et Les E-u) Professor De Droit. He became a member of the Inner Temple and was called therein as a Barrister-at-Law, England and Wales in 1995. He was also called to the Brunei Bar in 1995. In 1996 he attended a seminar on Overview on Islamic Banking and Finance by Dato Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Rahman, Managing Director, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad and Shariah Decision Making Process by Mohd. Bakir Hj. Mansor, Shariah Coordinator of BIMB Institute of Research and Training Sdn Bhd (BIMB).

Robin was made a Commissioner for Oaths in Brunei in 2000. In the same year Robin attended a seminar on Legal Framework of Islamic Banking conducted by Fadzil Yusof, GM, Legal and Secretarial Division (BIMB).

In 2003, Robin attended a seminar on Corporate Governance conducted by Eur Ing Professor Andrew D Chambers, BA, FFCA, FCA, CEng, FBCS, FRSA, FIIA, Chartered Information Systems Engineer, covering issues on Director Duties & Responsibilities, Effective internal auditing, Developments in corporate governance, Development in audit committee practices, the effective board and the effective director, serving boards well. Difficulties in observing the best practice for small/family owned conducted by Mr Kaka Singh, Directors Duties and Responsibilities conducted by Ahmad Basuni Bin Hj Abas.

In 2005, Robin attended the Euromoney Legal Training – course on Due Diligence Course – Expert Course Director, Jorge Guira and also the Euromoney Legal Training, Private Equity and Venture Capital Course conducted by the Course Director, Dr. Jorge Guira. In 2006 Robin became a Euromoney Legal Training Trainer and Speaker on Brunei Asset and Fund Management – Securities Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Issues and has remained an annual trainer for the course.

In 2008 Robin attended a Workshop on Islamic Financing and Contracts conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid. Robin is also the author for the Brunei chapter of the international directory “Getting the Deal Through – Mergers and Acquisitions 2008 and 2009”, the first editions of the Brunei chapter.

In 2010 whilst in active practice, Robin obtained his Masters in Islamic Banking, Finance and Management and Finance from the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management, University of Brunei Darussalam.

Robin was a panel speaker for Redmoney Group in their Islamic Finance News road show in Brunei for 2008, 2009, 2010 a moderator for Singapore 2010.

Robin is one of the youngest Brunei lawyers to be first ranked in Brunei by Chambers and Partners since 2009. The Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific guide describes that Robin “advises on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, and is identified for his experience in Islamic finance”. In 2010, the Chambers Asia Pacific reported that Robin is specialise mainly in corporate and finance work, as well as in funds and financial services regulatory advice. Robin was reported as respected as an expert in corporate law, and in addition handles conveyancing work in the Chambers Asia Pacific, 2011. Market commentators recognise Robin for his handling of corporate matters, while he is also active on real estate. Additionally, he has considerable expertise relating to Islamic finance as mentioned by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020.

Robin is ranked on Asialaw Profiles as one of the Leading Lawyers for Banking and Finance in Brunei, where his specialist areas and expertise are also described in an analysis by Asialaw Profiles.

Robin Cheok is being awarded as the ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020. He is also ranked as the ‘Top Tier’ 2020 of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Robin is also formally trained as an international and national arbitration lawyer in July 2016, where he attended a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) accredited course in International Commercial Arbitration conducted by the ASEAN Legal Alliance and Arbitration and the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. In 2019, Robin was invited by the Bali International Arbitration & Medication Centre (BIAMC) to attend the “Advanced International Arbitration Certification Course”. The five-days training course is strategically designed to address advanced topics in arbitration from the perspectives of arbitrators and counsel, including litigators and in-house counsel. It delivered a sophisticated understanding of the most challenging and recurrent issues in international commercial arbitration. Robin having passed the examination after the course is now qualified to apply for fellowship status.

Shariq Barmaky

Shariq Barmaky has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting in the United Kingdom and Singapore. He has extensive experience in the audits of multinationals and local companies in various industries, as well as due diligence and public listings of equities and commercial paper.

Shariq acts as audit partner for entities in the pharmaceutical, trading and distribution, manufacturing, oil and gas, shipping and telecommunications sectors.

Shariq regularly provides his views on topical accounting and auditing issues to the media and professional publications. He is a regular speaker and delivers presentations at conferences and events on Financial Reporting Standards and Standards on Auditing.

He is actively involved within the accounting profession in Singapore: he is the Chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Committee of the Singapore Institute of Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and a member of the Practice Monitoring Sub-Committee (PMSC) of ACRA. He also chairs ISCA’s working groups on FRS 115 Revenue from Contracts with Customers and the recently issued Enhanced Auditor’s Report.

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Philip Fong is the Managing Partner of Eversheds Harry Elias and heads the Litigation Practice Group in Singapore.

Philip’s extensive experience in civil litigation includes disputes in or over contracts, shares, companies, property, professional negligence, trusts and wills. He is consistently identified as a leading business crime lawyer in directories such as Who’s Who Legal, having represented many clients in securities and corruption cases.

Philip’s career started with the Commercial Affairs Department, the specialist enforcement agency which prosecutes white collar crimes. Philip was the first head of the agency’s Anti-Money Laundering unit.

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Philip has been highly recommended as a star name and leading lawyer by independent publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Asian Business Legal, The Straits Times, The Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Law Firms, TODAY Paper, The Business Times and Channel News Asia.

Philip speaks regularly at business forums and seminars on securities laws, corruption, enforcement actions of government agencies, issues relating to directors’ duties, white collar crimes and legal issues in medical practice.

Philip was called to the Singapore Bar in 1995. He is a Bachelor of Laws of the University of London and an alumnus of the University of Adelaide where he obtained an Economics Degree (major in Accounting) under a Singapore Government scholarship.

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