Rajah & Tann Singapore clinched eight Band 1 rankings in the 2016 Chambers Asia Pacific's Client's Guide to Leading Lawyers for Business. We achieved Band 1 rankings for three new practice areas - Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives, Competition/Antitrust, SE Asia - International Trade/WTO, while maintaining our rankings for Employment, Private Client/Wealth Management, Projects & Energy, Restructuring/Insolvency and Shipping. Forty of our lawyers were also ranked, with an addition of seven new partners to the list. 

Editorial & Rankings

The relevant extracts are as follows: 

Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives (Band 1)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for advising on derivatives matters, providing the full suite of regulatory advice as well as counsel on futures and securities. Clients include financial institutions, regulators, clearing houses and corporate investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know their stuff, they've been in the business a long time!" 

Notable practitioners  

Regina Liew and Larry Lim are the key contacts.

Significant clients Energy Market Company, Citibank, Philips Futures, Senoko Energy, Development Bank of Japan.

 

South-East Asia – International Trade/WTO (Band 1)

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners

What the team is known for Offers in-depth expertise on trade matters concerning South-East Asian countries. Excels in handling customs regulatory compliance for international companies operating in the high-technology sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm's responsiveness and communications have been top-notch. They combine deep knowledge of the law with an awareness of commercial realities and the market. Their general operations are very smooth and seamless."

Notable practitioners

Kala Anandarajah leads the team from Singapore.

 

Employment (Band 1)

Ranked Lawyers: Desmond Wee (Band 2)

What the team is known for 

Has a leading reputation for contentious employment matters, and is also well regarded for non-contentious work. Notable experience in handling trade union issues. Additionally well placed to handle regional work due to its network of offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Provides great advice and is very sharp in negotiations."

"They are very professional, responsive and offer great advice."

Work highlights 

Representing AXA Life Insurance Singapore in a suit brought by an ex-employee claiming defamation and breach of duty of care during his employment.

Worked with UST Global following an asset acquisition, advising on employment due diligence and transfer of employees.

Notable practitioners  

Desmond Wee comes recommended by clients for his "pragmatic, commercial advice" and responsiveness. Focusing on the non-contentious side of employment law, he advises on matters such as the structuring of employment agreements, terminations of employment and trade union law.  

Significant clients 

Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, MF Global Singapore, Thomson Reuters, Julius Baer. 

 

Private Client/Wealth Management (Band 1)

Ranked Lawyers: Ronald Choo (Band 1)

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners

- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Well reputed for its impressive depth of knowledge regarding trust work. A go-to firm for private client disputes, and also offers advice to high net worth individuals on immigration, residency issues and tax matters. Additionally commended for its considerable cross-jurisdictional experience.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I have been impressed with them; the work is timely and the pricing is fair."

"We have a good relationship with them and they have been very professional."

"They are always very accommodating with giving us preliminary advice that gives us a starting point." 

Notable practitioners 

Ronald Choo is considered by market sources to be "one of Singapore's leading experts on trust law." Clients appreciate his "impressive drafting skills" as well as his "friendly disposition and practical advice." Choo regularly advises banks, trust companies and private individuals on a range of wealth management issues.

 

Projects & Energy (Band 1)

Ranked Lawyers: Shemane Chan (Band 2)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for

Well known for its comprehensive regional network, with an established presence in Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia. Comes recommended for handling mandates involving the oil and gas and power sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very professional and accommodating. No doubt I will go back to them."

"I was impressed with their services in terms of their professionalism and thoroughness."

Work highlights 

Acted for Panca Amara Utama regarding the development of an USD800 million ammonia plant in Indonesia. The team supported PAU on a number of aspects of the project including procurement and financing.

Assisted CITIC on its bids for infrastructure projects in Myanmar following the Myanmar government's issuance of requests for proposal of projects in the Bay of Bengal for a deep sea port facility, industrial park and residential area.  

Notable practitioners  

Shemane Chan is well regarded for acting on infrastructure projects and construction matters, including acting for developers 1MDB Real Estate on the Tun Razak Exchange, a financial district to be built in Kuala Lumpur. She frequently advises clients in Malaysia and Indonesia and is praised by interviewees as "very dedicated to supporting us, very client-focused and very confident in her knowledge."

Significant clients 

Government of Myanmar, IMDB Real Estate, BG Group, Panca Amara Utama, KrisEnergy.

  

Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)

Ranked Lawyers: Eng Beng Lee (Band 1), Patrick Ang (Band 1), Lionel Tay (Band 2), Kwan Kiat Sim (Band 2), Chuan Thye Tan (Band 2), Danny Ong (Up and Coming)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Offers expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, and has been involved in many of Singapore's most prominent restructurings. Experience advising on liquidations, judicial managements and complex schemes of arrangement. Particularly well regarded for work in the shipping and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A local firm with a true Asia-wide footprint."

"It's a known fact that it is considered a market leader in banking and accounting circles."

Work highlights Advised liquidators in the USD300 million liquidation of Dynamic Oil Trading, a subsidiary of OW Bunker.

Represented Bumi Resources in the restructuring of roughly USD1 billion of bonds and notes in Singapore.

Notable practitioners  

Department co-head Lee Eng Beng is described by impressed clients as "always two steps ahead: he can envisage what the opponent is thinking." He picks up accolades for his work on contentious insolvencies. He advised TT International in its restructuring, which concerned debts of almost SGD500 million, and entailed a landmark ruling in the Court of Appeal.

Patrick Ang is "known to be a leader in the industry," offering a range of expertise and experience. One interviewee is particularly impressed: "He's very careful - he thinks through everything." He has acted on a string of high-profile restructurings, advising creditors and distressed companies. Lately, he has advised the liquidators through the winding down of certain entities and assets of Lehman Brothers.

Sim Kwan Kiat co-heads the restructuring team and is regarded in the market as "very senior and experienced." He is praised by one source as "a technically very sound guy who knows his stuff." Recently, he has been advising Bumi on its USD1 billion restructuring.

The "user-friendly" Danny Ong is hailed by interviewees as "a great person to work with: he's extremely responsive" and "good when you need someone to fight your corner." He has acted on a number of high-value insolvencies, including representing the liquidators in the winding down of DOT, which was connected to the restructuring of OW Bunker. 

 

Tan Chuan Thye is widely recognised as a key practitioner in this field with 25 years' experience under his belt. His expertise covers in-court proceedings as well as arbitration. His work on restructuring has seen him acting for receivers, liquidators and judicial managers.

Lionel Tay has a great deal of experience advising financial institutions and accounting firms on high-value insolvencies. Acknowledged by interviewees as "a go-to person and trusted adviser," he is "quick to respond and pragmatic." Recently, he advised the liquidators of MF Global Singapore, including regarding the recovery of USD400 million of proprietary funds.

Significant clients 

Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Standard Chartered, Maybank, PwC.

 

Shipping (Band 1)

Ranked Lawyers: Kah Wah Leong (Band 1), Kian Sing Toh (Band 1), Winston Kwek (Band 1), Ian Teo (Band 3), Jainil Bhandari (Band 3), Kendall Tan (Band 3)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Standout team highly recommended for its deep bench and impressive contentious capabilities. Expert at handling both litigations and arbitrations involving collisions, charter party disputes and cargo claims, especially those with a cross-border element. Growing strength in financing matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"For maritime matters they are second to none. The depth and breadth of their knowledge and service is not easy to surpass."

"They are very client-oriented." 

"They provide commercial solutions to resolve claims." 

Work highlights 

Instructed by a P&I Club on claims arising from a collision between a crude oil carrier and a bulk carrier in disputed territorial waters, with the claims totalling approximately USD20 million.

Advised various creditors and debtors regarding the collapse of O.W. Bunker, including cross-border issues relating to ship arrests and title clause retention.

Notable practitioners  

Toh Kian Sing is widely renowned for his vast experience handling matters across the contentious spectrum, ranging from bills of lading to charter party disputes. Interviewees enthuse that he is "an outstanding shipping lawyer." He recently acted for China Shipping Container Lines on unpaid bunker charges relating to the collapse of O.W. Bunker.

Winston Kwek is praised by clients for his tenacious litigation style and regularly acts on disputes involving marine insurance, restructuring and enforcement work. He recently represented the Meranti Group as an expert witness in the South African courts, where the court set aside the arrest of the 'Agatis' following false claims by the managers.

Leong Kah Wah is highly experienced in shipping and trading disputes, including acting for Transocean Oil in the striking out of a claim for unpaid bunkers and the setting aside of an arrest warrant. Clients enjoy working with him, one stating that "he is a smart lawyer - he knows his stuff when it comes to the legal side and I also appreciate his practicality."

Ian Teo garners extensive praise from his clients, who suggest:"He has the ability to think outside the box and his legal advice is sound." He is highly active on a variety of shipping litigations and arbitrations, particularly those in the dry sector. He recently acted on a substantial charter party dispute.

Kendall Tan's practice covers the full spectrum of wet and dry work ranging from bills of lading to wreck removal. In a recent case he represented the owners of 'Pacific Intrepid', a vessel damaged by an allision. Interviewees are impressed by his "amazing tenacity and stamina in prying apart the complexities in any matter.

Malaysia and Singapore-qualified lawyer Jainil Bhandari is recommended for his handling of matters as diverse as cargo damage, groundings and oil pollution. Clients rate him highly, one describing him as "my go-to man in Singapore." He was recently instructed by an energy company in a dispute over an undersea oil pipeline that burst during power plant construction works.

Significant clients 

American President Lines, BP, Britannia, Itochu, UK P&I Club.

 

Competition/Antitrust (Band 1)

Ranked Lawyers: Kala Anandarajah (Band 1), Dominique Lombardi (Band 3)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 1 principal economist
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Highly reputed team that advises multinational and local clients on competition issues, with regular involvement in landmark decisions. Recognised for its prowess on behavioural work, and also very active on merger filings before the CCS.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are extremely flexible and responsive - an excellent firm."

"Very client-oriented, resourceful and knowledgeable." 

"They acted very quickly and were able to liaise effectively with the local authority."

Work highlights 

Advised Yusen Logistics, and its Singapore subsidiary, in a cartel investigation in the air freight forwarding sector.

Advised Lafarge S.A. and Holcim on their merger notification to the CCS.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Kala Anandarajah offers exceptional depth of expertise for competition issues, including acting in a number of high profile cartel investigations. In one such matter she advised Yusen Logistics in an air freight forwarding cartel investigation. Clients give her exceptional praise, deeming her "superbly responsive, very hard-working, solution-oriented and reliable."

EU-qualified Dominique Lombardi is praised by sources as "a skilled professional with a pragmatic approach." She draws upon a wealth of experience relating to European and ASEAN region competition issues, including acting for Nippon Express in the recent air freight forwarding cartel investigation.

Associate Kimberly Tan comes recommended by clients, one of whom reports they were "very pleased with her work," and her ability to "focus on the key points." She has played an important role in the firm's work for Nippon Express, Lafarge and Daifuku Group amongst others.

Significant clients 

Jtekt, Koyo Singapore, Coca-Cola, Yusen Logistics, Nippon Express Singapore.

 

TMT (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Rajesh Sreenivasan (Band 1), Steve Tan (Band 3)

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

An experienced ensemble especially well versed in personal data protection compliance issues in Singapore for both domestic and international clients. Also adept at advising on IT outsourcing and regulatory advice in the telecoms and media spheres. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good, very professional, and advice-wise, they know what they are talking about."

"They have the local expertise and are willing to give the necessary attention to their clients." 

Work highlights

Advised Wing Tai Holdings on complying with the Personal Data Protection Act across their various business operations.

Assisted Fitness First in setting up a personal data protection compliance program throughout their clubs in Singapore.

Notable practitioners  

Partner Rajesh Sreenivasan is co-head of the TMT department, whose recent work illustrates a specialisation in data protection and IT outsourcing. He comes recommended by peers and clients alike and attracts praise among sources for being "a commercial lawyer who understands where our business is coming from and can give practical advice" as well as being "very professional and easy to work with."

Co-head of the TMT team Steve Tan offers experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters in this sphere. His workload of late points to operational and regulatory issues in the media industry and data protection issues as core areas of strength.

Significant clients 

Xiaomi Singapore, Red Bull Media House, Google Asia Pacific, Avaloq Evolution, Essilor Amera.

 

Capital Markets (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Chia Kim Huat (Eminent Practitioner), Evelyn Wee (Band 3), Danny Lim (Band 4)

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Robust offering across debt and equity capital markets with a good deal of recent activity in IPOs, including Catalist work. Often involved in bond deals and MTN programmes. A spread of offices across ASEAN and beyond adds to the team's ability to handle cross-border work. 

Work highlights 

Advised Japfa on its SGD1.38 billion IPO on the SGX-ST.

Acted as Singapore counsel on Accordia Golf Trust's IPO, working with Citigroup Global Markets Singapore and Daiwa Capital Markets Singapore as the joint global coordinators, bookrunners, underwriters and issue managers.

Notable practitioners  

Chia Kim Huat heads the regional corporate team and is especially well regarded for his experience working with PRC clients. He often advises on IPOs, dual listings and de-listings. Chia gains praise from market sources for his commercial attitude to transactions.

Head of capital markets Evelyn Wee is adept at handling equity capital markets matters, including considerable experience on IPOs. In a highlight she led the team advising Japfa on its IPO on the SGX-ST.

Danny Lim is noted for his work on IPOs, de-listings and fundraisings, and is also known for his work acting for PRC clients. Recently, he worked with Super Group on its issuance of SGD2.17 billion of shares.

Significant clients 

Gallant Venture, OCBC, GuocoLand, KMP Private, Fortis Healthcare Group.

 

Corporate/M&A (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Goh Kian Hwee (Band 1), Serene Yeo (Band 4)

Basic facts about the department
- 31 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Strong showing for both public and private M&A, acting for major banks and corporate clients. Active in a range of sectors, including banking, insurance and healthcare. A network of offices across Asia ensures the firm is well placed to handle cross-border matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Client focused, good knowledge of Singapore market and South East Asia."

"They go the extra mile." 

Work highlights 

Represented Goodpack Holdings on its SGD1.39 billion acquisition by IBC Capital, including its delisting from the Singapore Exchange.

Advised the Lee Rubber Companies on the sale for SGD450 million of shares in Anson Company to Halcyon Rubber Company.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Goh Kian Hwee is "a stalwart, a go-to guy for M&A who has a wealth of experience." He is active on major transactions, and in a recent highlight advised KMP Private on its acquisition of a stake worth USD37 million in Vietnamese company Hiep Thanh Group.

Serene Yeo has more than 25 years of experience in M&A and corporate financing. Peers laud her as "the technical expert putting things together" on transactions.

Significant clients 

OCBC, Salim Group, GuocoLand, CIMB Bank, Religare.

 

Dispute resolution: Arbitration (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Chuan Thye Tan (band 2), Andre Yeap (Band 4), Paul Tan (Up and Coming)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners 
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Robust and expanding team of arbitration specialists handling a huge caseload of matters before tribunals in Singapore as well as across Asia and Europe. Very good slate of work in energy disputes, and recent involvement in BIT arbitration. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Very big in international arbitration. They're certainly amongst the leaders in Singapore."

"A firm that I highly appreciate." 

What's new? 

Tan Chuan Thye joined the firm as senior counsel in April 2015.

Notable practitioners 

Sources confirm that Tan Chuan Thye has an established name for cases in the banking, construction and energy spheres. Commentators give a positive evaluation of his capabilities, one explaining "I found him quite impressive, he absorbs things quickly." He is also frequently in demand as an arbitrator.

Andre Yeap is heavily focused on arbitration work and is especially active in the areas of commercial and project-related disputes. He is hailed by a source as "an impressive person, very mature, a good tactician and a very capable advocate."

Interviewees single out Paul Tan as a rising star in commercial arbitration, with notable expertise in the construction and energy industries. One source found him "really excellent and certainly as good as anybody I'd worked with in Singapore before," whilst another said he was "diligent and always available to provide opinion and recommendations."

Significant clients 

Sinopec International, Dynamic Oil Trading Middle East, Thiess, Courts Madagascar SARL, Republic of Indonesia.

 

Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Eng Beng Lee SC (Band 1), Francis Xavier (Band 2), Andre Yeap (Band 3), Danny Ong (Band 4), Chuan Thye Tan (Other Noted Practitioners) 

Basic facts about the department
- 34 partners 
- 52 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Prolific litigation team with plentiful expertise on big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes. Especially well versed in financial, shareholder and joint venture cases. Well placed to act on multi-jurisdictional matters due to its network of offices and alliances in the wider region. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"It's an outstanding firm."  

"It's doing big disputes and it is very active." 

Work highlights 

Represented White Energy in a USD750 million joint venture dispute concerning a coal upgrading plant in Indonesia.

Defended AXA Life Insurance against allegations of defamation, malicious falsehood and breach of duty of care regarding reference check responses for an ex-financial services director.

Notable practitioners 

Lee Eng Beng has a notable specialism in financial and insolvency disputes including acting for Equatorial Marine Fuel in its USD22 million bunker claim against MISC Berhad. As one client stated: "He's very, very strong technically and always goes down the route of the law."

Francis Xavier concentrates on corporate and commercial disputes, especially in the banking, property and investment funds industries. He has led many of the firm's top matters including acting for EHPL and its subsidiary EPL in an investment dispute against seven defendants, including parties from Australia and Malaysia.

Andre Yeap is a highly experienced litigator with a standout practice in banking, securities and shareholder disputes. In a highlight, he advised the liquidators of MF Global Singapore regarding issues around customers' claims for profits from OTC-leveraged foreign exchange and bullion transactions.

Danny Ong has a prominent name in the area of Singapore insolvency litigation, and also handles a range of other corporate and commercial cases. His business awareness is noted by sources who say, "he's very commercial, he knows when he has to be aggressive and commercially aware at the same time." In a highlight, he acted for the liquidators of Dynamic Oil Trading in a high-profile insolvency case.

Significant clients 

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, American Express, Genting Group, BHP Billiton, Hewlett-Packard.

 

Insurance (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Simon Goh (Band 1), Elaine Tay (Band 3)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Well-established firm with recognised expertise across a variety of transactional and contentious insurance issues. Offers extensive courtroom experience and a deep understanding of both local and international insurers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a multitude of specialists within the firm and are able to easily tap into each other's expertise."

"They have in-depth understanding of the insurance market and regulatory requirements in the region and are highly commercial in helping clients find solutions."

Notable practitioners  

Simon Goh is held in high esteem by peers, who describe him as"a class act." Clients praise him as a "very attentive, approachable and well-informed" practitioner and point to his commerciality and client care as other key strengths. He handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has an impressively broad knowledge of the Singapore regulatory regime.

Clients appreciate Elaine Tay's ability to take a balanced view and "provide commercially viable advice." They enthuse: "She is meticulous yet doesn't lose focus - she provides attention to detail but also keeps the big picture in mind at all times." Her previous experience as a construction lawyer affords her good insight into property-related insurance matters.

Significant clients 

Great Eastern Life Assurance, MSIG Insurance (Singapore), QBE, Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore, United Overseas Insurance.

 

Investment Funds (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Arnold Tan (Band 1), Anne Yeo (Band 2), Lu Yueh Leong (Band 3)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Well-respected practice offering expertise in the formation of various investment structures including hedge, private equity and real estate funds. Caters to an impressive list of both international and domestic fund managers. Also frequently advises on regulatory developments and licensing matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The firm has a deep bench of talent."  

"The advice has been detailed, thorough and delivered within stipulated deadlines."

Work highlights 

Assisted Longlead Capital Partners with the formation of the Longlead Market Neutral Fund.

Acted for the trustee manager in the formation and listing of the Religare Health Trust.

Notable practitioners 

Arnold Tan is lauded by commentators as "one of the brightest minds in the local funds market." Numerous clients are quick to highlight his "familiarity with industry trends" along with his"commercial approach and good relationship with the MAS."

 

Anne Yeo has an excellent reputation in the offshore funds space. Interviewees enthuse about her "extensive experience" as well as her "deep understanding of the Singapore regulatory framework." She regularly advises on the establishment of private equity and hedge funds. 

Leong Lu Yueh is frequently mandated on fund formation and regulatory matters. Sources report that she is "well versed in local law and MAS regulations." She has recently been active in the hedge space, advising on the formation of master and macro funds.

Significant clients 

Longlead Capital Partners, Mizuho Asia Partners, New Silk Road Investment, Nuvest Capital, Tahan Capital Management.

 

Banking & Finance (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Angela Lim (Band 2), Terence Choo (Band 3)Sey Ming Ng (Band 4), Regina Liew (Band 1 – Banking & Finance – Regulatory)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 8 associates 

What the team is known for 

Sought after by major banks and corporates for a range of finance transactions, extending into mandates covering banking regulation. Impressive ability to handle cross-border transactions as a result of the firm's expanding network of offices across the region, including in Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and China.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very experienced, and they give a simple, common sense approach."

"They are very thorough, as well as being able to meet the urgent timelines we give them."

Work highlights 

Advised Genting Singapore's Resorts World at Sentosa on a SGD2.27 billion syndicated financing for refinancing and general corporate purposes.

Represented a syndicate of major banks, including Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and Citibank among others, on a SGD2.1 billion loan to Singtel Group Treasury.

Notable practitioners  

Angela Lim leads the banking and finance group and is widely regarded as a "true blue banking lawyer." Clients note that she was "very calm, very composed right through the negotiation, and very professional - she was quite firm but polite in conveying our position." She advised Panca Amara Utama on its USD800 million financing to build an ammonia production plant in Indonesia.

Terence Choo has a wide-ranging practice, covering trade, project, property and acquisition finance. He is also adept at handling restructurings.

Ng Sey Ming is well-versed in cross-border financings, with a particular focus on transactions involving China and Indonesia. He additionally maintains an emphasis on property and acquisition financing.

Regina Liew is highly regarded for her work in the regulatory space, with sources commending her as "one of the leading authorities on Singapore banking regulatory matters." She is recommended for advising on transactional and enforcement matters for banks and other financial institutions.

Significant clients 

DBS Bank, OCBC, Gallant Venture, Standard Chartered Bank, CIMB. 

 

Intellectual Property (Band 3)

Ranked Lawyers: Lau Kok Keng (Band 3)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners 
- 4 associates

What the team is known for 

Fields an experienced team with broad capabilities across both contentious and non-contentious issues. Particularly active on trade mark and copyright infringement mandates, frequently assisting clients from the technology sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Commerciality is a key strength. I can be confident I will get solutions that are practical and executable."

Work highlights 

Advised ABS-CBN Global on IP rights and regulatory issues concerning the production and promotion of live entertainment events.

Acting for the Singapore Sports Council on matters concerning the SEA Games 2015, including related trade mark registrations and copyright ownership issues. 

Notable practitioners   

Lau Kok Keng receives praise from clients for his "excellent command of the law and ability to turn that into client-focused solutions." He frequently acts for clients from the sports, technology and gambling industries and, in a recent highlight, he advised FIFA in relation to multiple rights enforcement matters associated with the 2014 World Cup.

Significant clients 

Adobe Systems, Lenovo Singapore, RMS Titanic, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong, ST Electronics.

 

Asia Pacific Region – Arbitration (International) (Band 3)

What the team is known for 

Leading Singapore firm, acclaimed for its specialist arbitration practice and impressive regional range, with especially notable offerings in or covering Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Further noted for handling investor-state, construction and energy cases and regularly instructed in matters involving the operations of Chinese companies in South-East Asian jurisdictions.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very big in international arbitration and certainly amongst the leaders in Singapore. In many firms, the litigators will do arbitration, but Rajah & Tann have a dedicated international arbitration team." 

"They do a good range of international arbitration work." 

What's new? 

Senior counsel Tan Chuan Thye recently joined the Singapore practice in a lateral hire from Morgan Lewis Stamford.   

Notable practitioners  

Andre Yeap SC is the firm's head of international arbitration.

Significant clients 

Courts Madagascar, Dynamic Oil Trading Middle East, Republic of Indonesia, Sinopec, Thiess.

 

Construction (Band 3)

Ranked Lawyers: Sop Lip San (Band 2)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for 

Respected team of disputes experts with considerable experience advising on construction matters for project sponsors, developers and contractors. Regularly acts on mandates across South-East Asia, and also handles non-contentious construction work.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the ability to put us at ease and take us through the steps to help us prepare."

"Pleased with their performance and the outcome they delivered."

Work highlights 

Assisted PEC with the EPC contract, procurement structure and subcontract agreements for its SGD300 million tender for oil storage facilities in the United Arab Emirates.

Notable practitioners  

Sources appreciate that Soh Lip San is able to see "the big picture, is exceptionally knowledgeable and patient and makes things simple and precise." He is also recognised as "pragmatic and action-oriented. He doesn't show off with legal knowledge, but looks at how he can apply it in an effective way." He has extensive experience acting on large energy and infrastructure project disputes, and also has an established front-end practice.

Significant clients 

Obayashi Corporation, Siemens, Johnson Controls, Genting Oil & Gas, Marubeni.

 

Tax (Other Noted Firm)

Ranked Lawyers: Vikna Rajah (Other noted practitioners)

 

Real Estate (Other Noted Firm)

 

Gaming & Gambling - Asia-Pacific Region 

Ranked Lawyer: Lau Kok Keng (Other Notable Practitioner)