05 Jun 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann picked by Financial Times as amongst Top 25 Innovative Asia Pacific Headquartered Law Firms

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2017 – For the third consecutive year, Rajah & Tann Singapore has been named an “FT 25” Asia Pacific Headquartered Firm at the 2017 FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards.

This year, the FT 25 list comprises leading Asian firms from eight jurisdictions; seven each from Australia and India, three from South Korea, two each from China, Japan and Singapore and one each from Cambodia and Malaysia.

Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by the Financial Times. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues and our clients who have contributed to the growth of the firm. Rajah & Tann now competes with the best in Asia.

“Innovation is key to our success and this is especially so at a time of disruption brought about by technological advances. The legal industry is not spared and we believe that building an innovation culture will help us stay on top of the game in a dynamic, changing business environment.”

Rajah & Tann was recognised in two specific areas. In “Business of Law”, the firm was recognised for its “first of its kind” initiatives in launching a “Data Breach Readiness and Response Service” with both legal and technical capability to prevent, combat and respond to data breaches for businesses as well as a “Data Protection Officer Service” for clients to tap on in the mandatory appointment of data protection officers under the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act. Both client focused initiatives are timely in the wake of cyber security attacks and breaches to personal data protection.

In “Legal Expertise”, the firm was noted for its work in Marvellous Glory Holdings Ltd’s takeover of China Minzhong Food Corporation Limited (listed on SGX) valued at approximately S$786 million. The public M&A team was recognised for providing a new approach for an acquirer that wanted to privatise the target and meet the 90% share threshold required by Singapore regulations. This was in a situation where a selling major shareholder had desired to retain a 29% stake in the target. The cross-border deal highlighted the expertise of the firm's transactional practice in presenting sound, commercial and creative solutions in M&A transactions.

According to its website, FT received 502 submissions and nominations from 71 law firms and 90 in-house legal teams. After extensive research, 50 of the most innovative law firms to submit entries were ranked, along with 18 company legal teams (Rajah & Tann Singapore was the only Singapore firm to make the list).

Now in its fourth year, the Awards by the UK-based Financial Times recognises law firms behind the most transformational transactions in the region, the in-house legal teams that are adding the most value to business, and the most innovative individuals in the industry. The award was announced yesterday evening at a ceremony held at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre.

The countries that are covered in this year’s FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards are Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the members of ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. FT’s research partner, RSG Consulting, conducted hundreds of client, expert, and lawyer interviews to assess and rank the submissions.

Rajah & Tann Singapore was named 2016 FT Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN. It also recently won the Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year at the ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2017, Singapore’s National Law Firm of the Year award 2017 at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards, as well as the Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year 2017 award by the International Tax Review.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 650 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

05 May 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Singapore Wins Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

SINGAPORE, 5 May 2017 – Rajah & Tann Singapore has clinched the coveted Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year award by the International Tax Review.

The UK-based magazine’s Asia Tax Awards honour firms and individuals who have displayed outstanding achievement in advising clients on tax litigation and dispute resolution.The awards were judged according to the size, innovation, complexity, as well as impact of the cases handled in 2016. Under the country awards category, Rajah & Tann Singapore edged out four other firms to clinch the award.

Rajah & Tann Singapore has a track record of successfully resolving complex tax disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

Vikna Rajah, Head of the firm’s Tax practice said: “We are grateful for the trust our clients have placed in us, especially considering the complexity of the matters and the significant sums at stake, and are glad we were consistently able to assist them achieve favourable outcomes in disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.”

Mr Rajah received the award on behalf of Rajah & Tann at a ceremony at Goodwood Park Hotel last night.

Mr Rajah is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 and Chambers High-Net Worth Guide 2016 as a leading individual in tax where he was described ‘as an extremely intelligent man’ who ‘has a lot of experience in tax’. Another leading legal media, The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific states that he is an ‘experienced litigator’. He was also selected as one of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged under 40 in 2015 by the Singapore Business Review and won Private Client Lawyer of the Year 2017 at the Asia Legal Awards.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 650 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

28 Apr 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Singapore Expands Team with Six New Hires

SINGAPORE, 28 April 2017 – Two prominent practitioners in ship finance and corporate practice and four lawyers, will be joining Rajah & Tann Singapore in a move by the firm to tap top talents for its growing regional practices.

Chua Choon King will come on board on 1 May 2017. He will be a Partner in the firm’s market leading Shipping and International Trade Practice. Rajah & Tann has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, shipping litigation teams in Singapore with about 30 lawyers. Mr Chua is joined by his colleagues, partners Jonathan Oon and Lim Chen Chen, and two associates.

In another significant appointment, Sandy Foo, a specialist corporate lawyer, will join as Partner from 1 May. Her appointment will be a boost to the firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice, which includes mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets practices.

Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC, said: “We welcome Choon King and Sandy to the firm. We are happy to be able to continue to draw the best and brightest in the profession, and that our regional network has been instrumental in appealing to lawyers in their prime who can advise on large-scale, complex cross-border transactions.”

Mr Chua said: “Rajah & Tann is the leader in the industry for shipping disputes. My team and I look forward to complementing them on the non-contentious side of the practice. Together, we believe we will be able to present an even more formidable proposition to clients.”

Mr Chua has been involved in a range of shipping-related transactions regionally. He has acted as lenders' counsel in a US$175 million loan to PetroVietnam Transportation Corporation to finance the acquisition of three tankers to be used at the Dung Quat Oil Refinery in Vietnam. He has also acted as Singapore counsel for State Bank of India on a billion dollar credit facility and for Fortis Bank on a US$450 million post-delivery financing to the Odfjell Group for chemical tankers.

Ms Foo has almost two decades of experience in corporate and financial services transactions, with particular focus on M&As. She has led numerous significant award winning M&A deals in the region, including Temasek’s acquisition and privatisation of SMRT, OCBC’s acquisition of ING’s private bank assets in Asia (now Bank of Singapore), Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology US$780 million general offer for STATS ChipPAC and the $13.1 billion cash offer to acquire Fraser And Neave by a consortium led by Overseas Union Enterprise. Ms Foo is also recognised and well regarded for her significant experience in project and acquisition financing.

Mr Chua and Ms Foo have also been lauded by independent legal media. In its latest 2017 edition, The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific described Mr Chua as ‘incisive and tirelessly determined’. Ms Foo has been recognised as a Leading Individual in Banking & Finance and Corporate M&A practices in both IFLR1000 and Chambers Asia Pacific. IFLR1000 praised Ms Foo as “an excellent technical lawyer but never takes overly technical points… and always works hard to find legally and commercially acceptable compromises, which is an essential part of being a good and experienced transactional lawyer."

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 650 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

27 Mar 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Singapore wins Chambers’ National Law Firm of the Year Award

SINGAPORE, 27 March 2017 – Rajah & Tann Singapore has been awarded Singapore’s National Law Firm of the Year Award at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017, a prestigious event that honours the leading law firms in the Asia-Pacific region.

Rajah & Tann Singapore beat five other firms to clinch the accolade at the award ceremony, held at The Fullerton Hotel last Friday. The firm last won the award in 2013 and 2015, and is the only law firm in the Republic to have won it thrice since the inception of the awards in 2012.

Rajah & Tann Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC said: “We are honoured to be recognised by Chambers, whose awards are widely respected in the legal industry. This award is testament of the quality and range of our services to our clients in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

On behalf of all my colleagues at Rajah & Tann, I would like to thank our clients and business partners for their support over the years, without which we would not have come this far in our professional achievements.

We will continue to grow our regional capabilities and provide the best services to support the diverse needs of our clients in this region.”

The awards recognise domestic and international law firms’ pre-eminence in key practice areas and notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. The award is given to the leading domestic and international law firm in each country surveyed, based on research for the 2017 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, corporate & commercial, tax & trust amongst others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with around 650 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

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