Name: Robin Cheok Van Kee
Firm Name: Cheok Advocates & Solicitors
Country: Brunei
Expertise: Corporate Law

Telephone: +673 - 2339119
Fax: +673 - 2339499
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

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.

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