13 Jan 2023

Rajah & Tann Asia secures top rankings and reaches new heights in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023

Rajah & Tann Asia drives its outstanding track record of top rankings into yet another edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific publication, with a total of 79 practice areas ranked across nine Southeast Asian jurisdictions. The network also saw a record number of 296 lawyers recognised or mentioned in the 2023 guide.

With 87% of ranked practice areas placed in Tiers 1 and 2, and three additional ranked areas alongside 16 newly recognised lawyers, the regional network’s performance demonstrates not merely its commitment to excellence, but also continuous enhancement and expansion of its offerings and standards.

Leading the pack, Rajah & Tann Singapore has been ranked in Tiers 1 and 2 in all 21 domestic categories with a total of 16 Tier 1 appearances. The firm also sits at Tier 2 in its newly ranked area of Start-up and Venture Capital.

Similarly, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has also displayed their formidable strength as a top firm, appearing in all 14 domestic categories, of which 12 areas are ranked Tier 1 and the remaining two in Tier 2.

Christopher & Lee Ong shares the network’s stellar achievements with over half of its ranked practices in Tier 1 and five new practitioners joining fellow colleagues in the rankings as leading or next generation lawyers. The firm is also newly ranked for Capital Markets.

In the Philippines, C&G Law sees its Dispute Resolution and Labour and Employment practices both moving up to Tier 1. The fast-growing firm has also seized a new spot in Immigration.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers continues to be ranked in Tier 1 in Vietnam for Data Protection, Real Estate and Construction, Shipping and Aviation, Tax and TMT.

Our offices in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand have held on to leading firm standings in their respective locations.

This year, clients continue their high praises for Rajah & Tann Asia for its “unyielding commitment to service which sets them apart”, where the network “provides excellence at every level” and “[brings] together individual stars to form a multifaceted team who work brilliantly together for the good of the case”.

Published annually, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific provides unbiased commentary and insight into the legal marketplaces of 25 Asia Pacific jurisdictions. The rankings reflect the results of detailed analysis of law firm submissions and thousands of interviews with GCs and private practice lawyers.

View our full rankings here: https://www.rajahtannasia.com/accolades/2023-accolades/the-legal-500-asia-pacific

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About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

10 Jan 2023

Rajah & Tann Singapore Partners Recognised as Newly Accredited Specialists in Data and Digital Economy and Building and Construction

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has added several Accredited Specialists under the Specialist Accreditation Scheme, administered by the Singapore Academy of Law, which recognises lawyers who have demonstrated a high level of expertise in specific areas of law.

In Data and Digital Economy Law, R&T now has the most Senior Accredited Specialists among Singapore law firms with the addition of four lawyers from the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Practice, including Head Rajesh Sreenivasan, Deputy Heads Benjamin Cheong and Steve Tan, as well as Partner Lionel Tan. Partner Justin Lee from the TMT Practice has also been named an Accredited Specialist in Data and Digital Economy Law.

Ching Meng Hang, Partner in the International Arbitration and Construction & Projects practice is a newly Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law. He joins Deputy Managing Partner Ng Kim Beng, Head of Construction & Projects Sim Chee Siong and partners Avinash Pradhan and Soh Lip San who have also been recognised in earlier batches for Building and Construction law under this scheme.

Commenting on the accreditations, Managing Partner, Patrick Ang expressed that: “We are proud to have such a talented group of lawyers with specialised expertise in these important areas. These accreditations reflect our dedication to value-adding to clients by staying at the forefront of legal developments.”

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

09 Jan 2023

Rajah & Tann Singapore Deputy Managing Partner Kelvin Poon appointed Senior Counsel

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) announced today that Kelvin Poon, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Practice, has been appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore. With Kelvin's appointment, the firm now has eight Senior Counsel, strengthening its position as the firm with the most number of Senior Counsel in Singapore.

Senior Counsel ­are a select group of advocates who have demonstrated top-tier advocacy skills, professional integrity, and a thorough knowledge of the law. Appointees are announced by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening of each legal year. Kelvin is among the two Senior Counsel appointees of the legal year 2023.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of R&T, said: “We are immensely proud of Kelvin being appointed as Senior Counsel, which testifies to his exceptional legal skills as well as his commitment to mentoring his younger colleagues. On behalf of everyone at the firm, I would like to extend my congratulations to Kelvin on this well-deserved appointment.”

Kelvin has over 20 years of practice in the areas of international arbitration, construction, and general commercial litigation. He has acted in numerous high-profile domestic and international arbitration cases and has been recognised as a leading lawyer in these areas by legal directories such as Benchmark Litigation and The Legal 500. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the ICC Commission for Arbitration and ADR.

Kelvin said: “I am deeply honoured to be conferred the title of Senior Counsel. While the rank is in my name, it is in truth a testament to the hard work and dedication of my mentors and colleagues who have supported and guided me throughout my career.

“I am grateful to be a part of such a talented and respected team at Rajah & Tann, and I look forward to guiding my younger colleagues as they journey in their careers.” 

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

29 Dec 2022

Rajah & Tann Managing Partner Patrick Ang conferred Public Service Star (COVID-19)

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, has been conferred the Public Service Star (COVID-19) by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for his contributions towards Singapore’s fight against the pandemic. 

The Public Service Star (COVID-19) is the second highest honour of The National Awards (COVID-19) and“is awarded to individuals who contributed valuable public service for the good of the people of Singapore amid the pandemic. They showed care for the well-being of their community and led major efforts that contributed significantly to the successful management of the impact of COVID-19 on Singapore,” according to the PMO. 

A total of 32 individuals were recognised for the Public Service Star (Covid 19) award, and they are among 9,500 individuals and 480 teams receiving awards in nine categories. 

Mr Ang sat on the Committee that conceptualised the framework and drafted the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill which was instrumental in ensuring the government could provide emergency legislative relief to businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic. Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam noted in April 2020 that the Bill was put together very quickly as the government saw that the situation was deteriorating. The experience and wisdom of Committee members from the private sector was invaluable in the process. “They attended meetings almost daily, gave their comments. Their views helped shaped key points in the Bill.” 

The Minister singled out Mr Ang and another lawyer, and said they were among the leading experts in their fields, and together with the Attorney-General, the government was “fortunate to have the three of them helping us, almost full time throughout the process.” 

Commenting on his award, Mr Ang said: “It was my privilege to be able to contribute my experience and expertise to my country in a time of great need. To be recognised for it with a state award is a double honour. 

“I was especially inspired by the leadership and dedication shown by our public servants and especially by the whole-of-government effort that went into tackling the pandemic. I have never been more proud of being a Singaporean having seen how everyone came together in a most selfless manner to get our country safe and sound through the global pandemic.”

R&T is one of the largest full-service law firms in Southeast Asia, with market-leading corporate and dispute resolution practices. It is a member of Rajah & Tann Asia, one of the largest legal networks in Southeast Asia with over 800 fee earners. It is among the region’s most highly regarded law firms with international legal journals and surveys consistently rating the firm and many of its lawyers as among the best in their practice areas.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.