17 Sep 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Thea Raman appointed Co-Chair in the Young International Construction Practitioners Group

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s partner Thea Raman has been appointed as the first woman co-chair of an under-40 group, known as Young International Construction Practitioners (YConstruction). She is the first woman and fourth co-chair to be appointed, as YConstruction aims to expand its reach in Asia.

With close to 10 years of dispute experience in the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction & Projects Practices, Thea has acted for and advised a broad range of clients, including developers, specialist contractors and various government bodies in Singapore and across Asia.

On her appointment as co-chair at YConstruction:

“Technology has changed the way lawyers and law firms operate. As a young practitioner who grew up with technology and social media, we are hoping YConstruction will create a helpful and attractive platform for young practitioners to come together socially and professionally. I believe my peers and I are in a unique position to shape the future of the construction industry for young practitioners today and I am excited to lead the charge in Asia, where construction arbitration has been and continues to be fast-expanding.”

For more information on Thea’s appointment, please click here.

Founded 4 months ago,YConstruction is a circle of young lawyers and other construction professionals (including engineers, quantity surveyors, delay experts, and project/contract managers) with an interest in international construction arbitration.

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, Philippines 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 over 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.  

27 Jun 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore named top 30 global restructuring and insolvency practices at GRR Awards

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been named a top 30 leading cross-border restructuring and insolvency practice in the world by Global Restructuring Review (GRR), a leading UK-based information service website providing cross-border insolvency and restructuring news.

The firm was recognised at the 2nd Annual GRR Awards Ceremony held in London last evening where it was named in the GRR30 list, which ranks the top 30 firms in a list of 100 firms identified by GRR in its guide to the world’s approved cross-border insolvency and restructuring law firms. 

Rajah & Tann Singapore was selected based on its track record, value of current cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases and the number of such active matters handled in the last two years.

The firm’s work on Seadrill’s restructuring involving the Bermuda-based offshore drilling contractor and 85 other debtors domiciled across 18 different countries, won the Most Significant Litigation Award for restructuring or insolvency-related cases.

Seadrill’s US$20 billion restructuring of contract and debt obligations comprised an amended Chapter 11 plan which was approved by Judge David Jones in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plan led to several outcomes: a global settlement with major creditors in February 2018; a series of ring-fencing transactions to protect non-consolidated businesses from bankruptcy including in Brazil and Mexico; banking facility amendments; Bermudian provisional liquidation proceedings and schemes of arrangement; a Chapter 15 case; the recognition of the Chapter 11 in Bermuda; and out-of-court restructurings for four corporate sub-groups – one of which was still ongoing when nominations for the GRR Awards 2018 were submitted. The result was a much simplified corporate structure and over US$1 billion in new money for the Seadrill group, recoveries for all creditor constituencies and equity holders, and a resolution of US$1.8 billion in contingent liabilities from the construction of new drillships.

Patrick Ang, Deputy Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, said: “Rajah & Tann is very honoured to be ranked among the top 30 restructuring and insolvency practices globally. As our award-winning Seadrill case shows, the real satisfaction in our practice comes from knowing that we were able to deliver the best outcome for our clients.

“The latest endorsement is a step forward for our ambition to be the restructuring and insolvency team of choice for businesses in Asia. To this end, my partners and colleagues will continue to adhere to the high standards of excellence and integrity that have served us well.” 

Rajah & Tann Singapore is a leading full-service law firm in Singapore and one of the largest in 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.

11 Jun 2018

14 Rajah & Tann Partners Named Leading Litigators by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific

Fourteen partners of Rajah & Tann Singapore have received accolades for being the leading litigators in their practice areas in the latest recognition of dispute resolution “stars” by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific.

The New York-based publisher is a specialist information provider that is reputedly the definitive guide on dispute resolution and litigation in the international and regional markets.

With 10 partners named as “Dispute Resolution Stars” and four as “Future Stars,” Rajah & Tann leads Singapore law firms in having the most number of star lawyers in Benchmark’s latest publication.

“Dispute Resolution Stars” describe partners who are recognised for their work and expertise in their respective practices while “Future Stars” are mostly younger lawyers who are emerging in the market and earning an increasing level of recognition to the point where they could foreseeably be successors to some of the more established names within the rankings.

Benchmark also conducts similar surveys for the legal industries in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Benchmark identifies leading attorneys by conducting extensive interviews with dispute resolution specialists and litigators, and their clients. It also examines recent casework handled by law firms and gather professional opinions on practitioners within their jurisdictions and practice areas across the region.

The Rajah & Tann partners who were recognised in the latest Benchmark publication are:

Dispute Resolution Stars                                    Future Stars

  1.       Lee Eng Beng SC                                        1. Mark Cheng
  2.       Patrick Ang                                                   2. Chua Beng Chye
  3.       Francis Xavier SC                                        3. Danny Ong
  4.       Andre Yeap SC                                            4. Paul Tan
  5.       Tan Chuan Thye SC
  6.       Toh Kian Sing SC
  7.        Leong Kah Wah
  8.       Kelvin Poon
  9.       Sim Kwan Kiat
  10.       Adrian Wong

Rajah & Tann, part of Rajah & Tann Asia, Southeast Asia’s largest legal network, has the capability to seamlessly support multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution; the network’s lawyers are qualified to practise local law and appear in local courts in the region including China, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Benchmark classified Rajah & Tann as a Tier 1 firm in four practice areas: International arbitration, commercial & transactions, shipping, as well as insolvency. The firm’s construction practice was ranked as Tier 2.

Rajah & Tann Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng SC said: “We are honoured by the multiple accolades from Benchmark Litigation whose surveys are well followed by the industry. We owe our success and achievements to our clients for the opportunities and support they have given to us to prove our mettle in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts.

“I am particularly pleased to see four of our younger partners recognised as “Future Stars”. Their nominations show that Rajah & Tann’s dispute resolution practice is poised to achieve even greater heights in the years to come.”

In 2017, Rajah & Tann had the highest number of hearings in the Singapore Supreme Court – a total of 922 cases. It also chalked up the most number of trial days – 142 – as well as the highest total hours of hearing – 18.5 – before the Singapore Court of Appeal.

Rajah & Tann has also successfully acted in a large proportion of cases before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). As of June 2018, we have been involved in 12 out of 24 judgments listed on the SICC website.

The firm’s lawyers have been involved in an array of complex local and cross-border issues which spanned multiple jurisdictions. These included representing The Republic of the Philippines, Port Authority of Singapore, Judicial Managers of Swiber Holdings Limited, Liquidators of Dynamic Oil Trading (Singapore), Interim Judicial Managers of Swissco Holdings Limited, The Kingdom of Lesotho, Standard Chartered Bank,Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, as well as Sunseap Leasing.

Rajah & Tann’s partner firms in the region were also recognised by Benchmark. Indonesia’s Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ dispute resolution practice was ranked Tier 1. Partners Chandra Hamzah and Eri Hertiawan were named Dispute Resolution Stars while Yogi Sudrajat Marsono and Ahmad Maulana were recognised as Future Stars.

Vietnam’s Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ commercial and transactions and energy and construction practices were ranked Tier 2. Quang Chau Huy was recognised as a Dispute Resolution Star and Khoa Quach Vu An as a Future Star.

Malaysia’s Christopher & Lee Ong’s commercial and transactions practice ranked Tier 3.

Rajah & Tann 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.

08 Jun 2018

Rajah & Tann named Most Innovative Law Firm in the Business of Law for new business and service delivery models

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been named Most Innovative Law Firm in the category of Business of Law - Business and Service Delivery Models - for Rajah & Tann Technologies Pte Ltd (RTT) at the Financial Times (FT) Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, while the firm’s legal tech partner, Rajesh Sreenivasan, was recognised in the regional top 10 pioneer list of standout legal sector innovators. The event was held in Hong Kong last evening.

RTT, a separate company set up by the firm, offers multi-disciplinary solutions including data breach readiness and response, cybersecurity, a virtual law academy, as well as other legal tech services to clients. It was launched early this year to help clients meet the demands and challenges of the digital economy where big data and artificial intelligence are changing the way services and products are delivered to end consumers.

Receiving the awards on behalf of the firm, Deputy Managing Partner Rebecca Chew, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by the Financial Times for our achievements through innovation. It affirms our partners’ resolve to embrace the upside of disruption so that we can remain relevant to clients and help them maximise the potential impact of new technologies.

“We continue to learn and push ourselves to effect change. It is always a struggle to shed legacy assets and change mindsets, so these awards will encourage all of us to press on to make ourselves and our clients digitally adept and disruption ready.”

Mr Sreenivasan, Head of Rajah & Tann’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice, is leading the firm’s digital drive. In addition to launching RTT, Rajah & Tann has also rolled out data protection officer services to help clients tackle cyber threats and security issues.

Mr Sreenivasan said: “I am very humbled to be recognised for doing something that is very close to my heart. It is both an honour and a privilege. Truth be told, my job was made easier because of the strong commitment given by the Rajah & Tann leadership to building an innovation-driven organisation, and the enthusiastic support of our IT team and the rest of my colleagues. This award belongs as much to them.”

Now in its fifth 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.

This year’s awards attracted 550 submissions and nominations from 65 law firms and 34 legal company teams operating in Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Ranked 8th this year, Rajah & Tann Singapore was named 2016 FT Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN and has been listed in its top FT25 list since the inaugural award event in 2014.

Other recent awards include 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 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.

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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, 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.