16 Sep 2020

Ranked Lawyers in the Best Lawyers (2021 Edition)

We are pleased to announce that 59 lawyers from Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP have been recognised in 25 practice areas by the Best Lawyers (2021 Edition).

In addition, three Partners have been named “Lawyer of the Year”. The recognition is allocated annually to the lawyer who has the highest overall peer-review feedback in a certain practice area for a particular geographic region.

2021 Lawyers of the Year
Lee Eng Beng SC – Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Simon Goh – Insurance Law
Rajesh Sreenivasan – Media Law

The ranked lawyers are listed below:

Practice Areas

Recognised Lawyers

Arbitration and Mediation

Andre Yeap SC

Avinash Pradhan

Chee Siong Sim

Francis Xavier SC

Kelvin Poon

Ng Kim Beng

Soh Lip San

Tan Chuan Thye SC

Toh Kian Sing SC

Banking and Finance

Angela Lim

Lee Eng Beng SC

Ng Sey Ming

Sandy Foo

Soon Choo Hock

Terence Choo

Capital Markets Law

Chia Kim Huat

Evelyn Wee

Larry Lim

Competition / Antitrust Law

Dominique Lombardi

Kala Anandarajah

Construction Law

Soh Lip San

Corporate Law

Brian Ng

Chia Kim Huat

Lawrence Tan

Loh Chun Kiat

Sandy Foo

Tracy-Anne Ang

Derivatives

David Yeow

Regina Liew

Information Technology Law

Lionel Tan

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Steve Tan

Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Chua Beng Chye

Danny Ong

Gregory Vijayendran SC

Lee Eng Beng SC

Lionel Tay

Patrick Ang

Raelene Pereira

Sim Kwan Kiat

Insurance Law

Elaine Tay

Simon Goh

Intellectual Property Law

Lau Kok Keng

Litigation

Andre Yeap SC

Chandra Mohan Rethnam

Francis Xavier SC

Hamidul Haq

Lee Eng Beng SC

Luo Qinghui

Tan Chuan Thye SC

Toh Kian Sing SC

Media Law

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Steve Tan

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Cheng Yoke Ping

Chia Kim Huat

Cynthia Goh

Lawrence Tan

Soon Choo Hock

Private Funds

Arnold Tan

Anne Wuan Ying Yeo-Leong

Project Finance and Development Practice

Sandy Foo

Real Estate Law

Elsa Chai

Gan Hiang Chye

Lee Lay See

Norman Ho

Regulatory Practice

David Yeow

Regina Liew

Shipping and Maritime Law

Chua Choon King

Jainil Bhandari

John Seow

Kendall Tan

Leong Kah Wah

Toh Kian Sing SC

Winston Kwek

Tax Law

Soon Choo Hock

Technology Law

Steve Tan

Telecommunications Law

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Trade Law

Chua Choon King

Venture Capital Law

Arnold Tan

 

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 over 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

27 Aug 2020

Rajah & Tann wins Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year

Rajah & Tann Asia amassed a total of eight awards at the third annual Asialaw Awards. Rajah & Tann Singapore was named Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year, the biggest prize at the event which recognises the leading law firms in the region.

The firm also took home trophies for Banking and Finance Firm of the Year, Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year, Insurance Firm of the Year, Singapore Firm of the Year, as well as two Impact Deals and Cases awards.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, a member of Rajah & Tann Asia’s network, won the award for Indonesia Firm of the Year.

The awards were announced on Tuesday (25 August) at the first-ever virtual awards ceremony by Asialaw, a Hong Kong-based provider of research and rankings in the legal industry. A majority of the awards were conferred based on deals and cases which broke new legal ground, defined new legal or regulatory framework, established new ways of collaborating across borders, and used innovative ways to overcome complex obstacles. The awards recognised Asia Pacific’s leading law firms in 10 practice areas, seven industries and 25 jurisdictions over the past 12 to 18 months.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, said: “Rajah & Tann is deeply honoured and grateful to receive the awards, in particular, the recognition as Asia-Pacific Law Firm of the Year.

“It affirms the dedication and high standards of my partners and colleagues in delivering favourable outcomes. We remain firmly committed to providing a full suite of premier services to our clients, whose support has been integral to Rajah & Tann’s success through the years. We would like to thank our clients for the continued trust and support that they have placed in us, without which all of our achievements would be meaningless.”

Rajah & Tann Singapore clinched the award for Singapore Firm of the Year for acting on behalf of RHB Bank in a $300 million deal with Royal Group – one of the world’s largest Islamic bilateral hotel financing transaction – for five-star hotel SO Sofitel Singapore. The firm also clinched one of its two Impact Deal and Case trophies for this transaction, with the other for helping Facebook acquire its $1.4 billion first-in-Asia data centre in Singapore.

Rajah & Tann Singapore received the Insurance Firm of the Year award for completing Singapore’s first insurance-linked securities transaction, a catastrophe bond issued by the first special purpose reinsurance vehicle licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

The firm also clinched the Banking and Finance Firm of the Year accolade and won the Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year award for acting in Singapore’s first legal dispute involving cryptocurrency bitcoins, which raised novel issues as to the nature of the virtual currency.

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 and commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with over 800 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 over 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

07 Aug 2020

Rajah & Tann Asia wins FT Innovative Lawyers Award 2020 for leadership in IT strategy and recognised among Top 20 most innovative firms in Asia Pacific

Rajah & Tann Asia (RTA) has won the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2020 award for its RTA DNA project, a massive undertaking that successfully aligned baseline IT standards and support across 10 law firms in ASEAN’s largest legal network. Rajah & Tann Singapore was also ranked among the top 20 most innovative firms in Asia Pacific, the only Southeast Asian practice on the list. This is the seventh consecutive year that the firm has made it to the FT list of most innovative firms in Asia Pacific.

The award was announced Thursday (6 August) evening at a live virtual event. RTA was one of five finalists in the category on “law firm strategy.” A total of 28 law firms in the region competed in six categories of awards that honour firms that successfully use technology and data to modernise, stay relevant and make an impact.

The RTA DNA project was borne out of the need to ensure that as the 800-fee earners in the RTA network collaborate more intensively, they are able to maintain the same high quality of service standards across different jurisdictions despite the fact that member firms are independently constituted and separately regulated.

The quest was for a unified network with DNA (device, network and applications) in sync and a holistic approach to addressing issues concerning security, data access control, hardware infrastructure software applications and firm policies across the RTA network.

“It is uncommon for a legal network of independent firms to embark on a project that contemplates a comprehensive road map to unify baseline standards. This requires stakeholder approvals on financial, legal and technical compliance at various levels,” RTA said in its submission.

A cross-border technical team worked together to conduct a complete study of IT support functions across RTA and proposed a road map for the ambitious journey.

The outcome: it is now easier and quicker to roll out new tech-enabled solutions, increase mobility of documents as well as remodel methods of reaching out to clients. For example, within weeks of the Covid-19 outbreak, R&T was in a position to launch several initiatives to facilitate work from home arrangements. These included automated digital invoices, a new platform for clients to sign e-contracts, and another one to allow support staff to access documents and files remotely. RTA also succeeded in getting legal software compliance for all 10 countries.

Making his pitch in the final round of the competition, RTA Vice-Chairman Patrick Ang noted that “whatever we say about technology, about AI, at the end of the day people is still key to our business.”

He added that lawyers in RTA are increasingly having to learn to work with non-lawyers, more so after Rajah & Tann Technologies bought into a technology firm as part of a wider strategy to stay relevant in a digital economy and provide client with tech-enabled solutions.

Mr Ang who is also Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, explained: “What has changed in our strategy and approach is that we are learning to think less like lawyers, act less like lawyers and be prepared to take some risks.”

The change has not been easy since lawyers are by training, “people who work on precedents, based on what has happened in the past and are averse to risk. We thus have to take what we know about law and integrate it with technology,” he said.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Award is an extension of a 15-year collaboration between London’s Financial Times and RSG Consulting to produce special reports that rank and award the legal profession, both law firms and corporate law departments, on innovation. The 2020 reports for Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, look more closely at leadership, the future of work, the client-lawyer relationship and social responsibility.

Previous FT award winners from Rajah & Tann include Rajesh Sreenivasan, Partner and Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications, who was voted one of the top 10 pioneering legal tech innovators in the region in 2018, and Steve Tan, Partner and Deputy Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications, who won in the same category the following year. Rajah & Tann Singapore was also named the 2016 FT Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN and ranked among the top 25 most innovative law firms in Asia-Pacific in 2019, while Rajah & Tann Technologies won for being most innovative in the business of law in 2018.

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 over 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

29 Jul 2020

Rajah & Tann Asia raises US$40,000 for Habitat for Humanity at an Inter-Galaxy Virtual Event

Close to 700 participants attended Rajah & Tann Asia’s inaugural virtual fund raiser event A New Hope – Happy Hour with RTA.

The Star Wars themed event featured song and dance performances by multi-talented lawyers, including a live art auction to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, a global non-profit housing organisation working in local communities with a vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Audiences were treated to an hour of entertainment which features the RTA Courtyard Band that comprises Senior Counsel Francis Xavier (Regional Head of Disputes) on drums, Partners Danny Ong (Singapore) as vocalist, Steven Cheok (Malaysia) on keyboard and Jeremy Gan (Singapore) on bass, and lawyers from across the Rajah & Tann Asia network on vocals and guitars. There was also a live solo song performance by Emily Cheah, an associate from the Kuala Lumpur office, Christopher & Lee Ong. Others took part in an upbeat music video, performing to a special COVID-19 ABBA mash up.

The highlight of the event was an art auction with art pieces created and generously donated by Dr. Quang Chau Huy, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers (Vietnam). This series of art pieces was painted during the lockdown in Vietnam in COVID-19 times. All proceeds from the Live Art Auction has been matched dollar-for-dollar by the Rajah & Tann Foundation. Collectively, Rajah & Tann Asia is pleased to have raised US$40,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Lee Eng Beng, SC, Chairperson of Rajah & Tann Asia said: “These are challenging times. To show solidarity with those who are impacted by the pandemic, through this event, we hope to bring some warmth and light-hearted entertainment to our clients and friends, while doing our bit for the community.”

Rajah & Tann Asia is grateful to all who have attended and participated in the event. With the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, Habitat for Humanity’s work is critical. All funds raised for Habitat for Humanity will go towards providing more needy families with decent housing solutions and we are pleased to play our part in this movement.

 

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 over 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.