16 May 2024

Rajah & Tann sweeps 10 awards including SE Asia Deal Firm of the Year and Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year at the ALB SE Asia Law Firm Awards 2024

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) emerged as the top winner at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) SE Asia Law Awards 2024, held on 16th May 2024, bagging a total of ten awards. These awards include six Law Firm of the Year awards, three individual accolades, and one Deal of the Year award.

R&T was awarded SE Asia Deal Firm of the Year and Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year, showcasing our leading expertise in both dealmaking and litigation across the region. The firm also won Firm of the Year awards in the following categories:

  • Maritime Law Firm of the Year
  • Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
  • Singapore Litigation Law Firm of the Year
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year

R&T’s Managing Partner and Vice-Chairman of Rajah & Tann Asia Patrick Ang was named Managing Partner of the Year, recognising his outstanding leadership of the firm.

Evelyn Wee, Deputy Head of the Corporate and Transactional Group and Head of the Capital Markets Practice, was named Dealmaker of the Year for her outstanding track record in dealmaking. 

Sheila Ng, Deputy Head of the Restructuring and Insolvency Practice, emerged as Young Lawyer of the Year, demonstrating her exceptional potential as a young talent in the legal industry.

One standout matter earned M&A Deal of the Year for the firm. Led by Partners Raymond Tong, Brian Ng, Jasselyn Seet and Goh Jun Yi, R&T acted for 17LIVE Inc. in its S$923 million business combination for Vertex Technology Acquisition Corporation Ltd, which was Singapore’s first acquisition of a target company by a SPAC transaction.

Organised annually by ALB, a subsidiary firm of Thomson Reuters, the esteemed awards honour outstanding achievements of both private practitioners and in-house counsel across Southeast Asia and beyond.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://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 more than 1,000 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.  

26 Jan 2024

Rajah & Tann Strengthens China Practice with Appointment of Four International Counsel

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has appointed a team of four international counsel to its China practice, effective from 1 January 2024. The team, based in China, includes Zheng Haotian, a home-grown lawyer who specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial and employment matters. The other three lawyers are Ma Tianyu, Andrew Lin, and Xing Chengdong, who bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise in international construction and managing complex and high-stakes arbitrations across various sectors and jurisdictions. Ma Tianyu, Andrew Lin, and Xing Chengdong will work together with Hew Kian Heong, a veteran China-based lawyer, who is leading the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction practice in China.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of R&T, said: “We are excited to welcome this team of international counsel to bolster our China practice. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills in international arbitration, construction and corporate matters, which will greatly enhance our ability to serve our clients in China and the region.

“Their addition reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence and capabilities in one of the most important and dynamic markets in the world."

Ma Tianyu, Andrew Lin and Xing Chengdong will advise clients on a range of dispute resolution matters, including commercial, investment, construction, and energy disputes. They will also represent clients before major arbitration institutions, such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Zheng Haotian joined the Shanghai Representative Office of Rajah & Tann Singapore in 2017 and is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial as well as employment matters. She has advised on numerous cross-border transactions involving Chinese and foreign companies. She has also assisted clients in regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.

Established in 2003, Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Shanghai Representative Office has played a key role in assisting foreign clients in their investment in China and linking Chinese clients with the vibrant Southeast Asian market. The firm’s outstanding performance in serving Chinese clients, including state-owned enterprises of China, resulted in its unique appointment as the legal advisor to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Singapore in 2016. This unprecedented appointment signified the growing trade, investment and exchange between Singapore and China. The firm’s multi-disciplinary China Practice is also a winner of the Shipping category at the China Business Law Awards 2023 and was the winner of the Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax categories of the same awards in 2022.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://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 970 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.  

18 Jan 2024

Top Asian Firm in Global Restructuring and Insolvency Ranking – Rajah & Tann Singapore makes the GRR 30 list for the 6th year in a row

Rajah & Tann Singapore has once again solidified its position as the top Asian firm for cross-border restructuring and insolvency work, ranking among the top 30 global law firms in the Global Restructuring Review's (“GRR”) annual listing for 2023. 

Placed 19th among the world's best firms in this field, this marks the 6th consecutive time that the firm has been featured in GRR's prestigious top 30 list of standout firms.  

GRR highlighted that “Rajah & Tann is one of only three firms that could be described as 'regional' in the GRR 30 this year due to their continued winning streak of never having left the GRR 30 since 2018.” 

Sim Kwan Kiat, Head of the Restructuring & Insolvency Practice said: “We are honoured and proud to be recognised by the GRR 30. This achievement reflects our commitment to excellence, our deep understanding of the complex and dynamic challenges faced by our clients, and our ability to provide them with strategic and practical advice in the most challenging situations. We thank our clients for their trust and confidence in us, and we look forward to continuing to serve them with the highest standards of professionalism and quality”.

The GRR 30 is an annual ranking of the top 30 law firms in the world for cross border restructuring & insolvency work, based on a range of criteria, including the size of their restructuring and insolvency team, the number of countries they serve, the hours billed, the types of clients they have, the value and volume of cases they have worked on, and the level of complexity and innovation required in individual cases.

Rajah & Tann boasts the largest dedicated Restructuring & Insolvency (R&I) practice in Asia and has established itself as a market leader in Singapore and the region. With a strong pedigree and brand recognition in the R&I space, the firm has been at the forefront of major banking and financing disputes, corporate insolvencies and rescues, workouts and debt restructurings, and the enforcement of creditors' rights.

The firm has been at the forefront of the most complex and high-profile cross-border insolvency and restructuring cases, including those of China Aviation Oil, Lehman Brothers, Nortel, MF Global, OW Bunker, Dynamic Oil, Torm A/S, Berlian Laju, Mercator Lines and Omni Shipping, and more recently Hyflux, Shanghai Huaxin, H&CS, Hanjin Shipping, Agritrade, and Vauld Group. 

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtann.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, providing legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 970 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

18 Jan 2024

Rajah & Tann Asia Defends Top Rankings in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024

The network achieves impressive results with more Tiers 1 and 2 rankings and lawyer recognition.

Rajah & Tann Asia ("RTA") has defended its top rankings in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024. The network has been awarded an impressive 80 department rankings and 315 lawyer recognition, with an increase in Tiers 1 and 2 rankings.

Lee Eng Beng, SC, Chairman of RTA, said: "We are delighted and honoured by the recognition from The Legal 500. On behalf of all the partners, lawyers and staff in Rajah & Tann Asia, I would like to express our deep gratitude to our clients and friends for their trust and support. We will continue to deliver the highest quality of service and value across the region, and build on our commitment to excellence and deep understanding of the markets and industries we serve."

Some of the highlights of RTA's performance in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024 are: 

  • Singapore – Rajah & Tann Singapore maintained all local rankings in Tiers 1 and 2, including Data Protection & Cybersecurity – a newly introduced practice area in this edition of the Asia Pacific guide. The firm also obtained 6 new lawyer rankings and 2 of its eminent practitioners ascended to the highest tier.
  • Indonesia – Assegaf Hamzah & Partners maintained its firm rankings with all ranked departments in Tiers 1 and 2, secured two new lawyer rankings and had one lawyer advancing into the next tier.
  • Malaysia – Christopher & Lee Ong’s Real Estate & Construction Practice improved from Tier 3 and now ranks in Tier 2. The firm maintained all other practice area rankings. Its number of lawyers ranked in the Hall of Fame increased by almost twofold, with five lawyers now acknowledged in this top tier. It also achieved six new lawyer rankings and one improved lawyer ranking.
  • Philippines – Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) elevated two practices, Banking & Finance and Corporate & M&A, up a tier this cycle, increasing its total percentage of departments ranked in Tiers 1 and 2 to 82%. The firm also has four new lawyer rankings.

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

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtann.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, providing legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 970 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.