07 Jan 2020

Rajah & Tann Singapore partner Murali Pillai appointed Senior Counsel

Murali Pillai, a partner at Rajah & Tann Singapore, has been appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Mr Pillai is also a Member of Parliament (MP) of Bukit Batok SMC.

His appointment was made public by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening ceremony of the new Legal Year 2020. It brings the total number of Senior Counsel in Rajah & Tann Singapore to seven, the most of any law firm in Singapore.

Senior Counsel – Singapore’s equivalent of Britain’s Queen Counsel – are an elite group of advocates who have top-tier advocacy skills, professional integrity and are learned in the law. They have a duty of leading and being an example to the rest of the Bar, especially younger members.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann, said: “On behalf of all my colleagues at Rajah & Tann, I extend my heartiest congratulations to Murali Pillai on his appointment as Senior Counsel. We are very happy for him for this well-deserved appointment.

“He is an excellent role model, an outstanding practitioner who achieves successful outcomes for clients, a dedicated mentor to young lawyers and a public servant who tirelessly works to improve lives in the community.”

Mr Pillai has been in commercial and white collar crime litigation practice for 24 years and has handled cases in employment, fraud and directors’ disputes, and financial services. He also advises financial institutions on contentious regulatory matters. Prior to pursuing a career in law, he served as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Singapore Police Force.

Commenting on his Senior Counsel appointment, Mr Pillai said: “This appointment as Senior Counsel is an honour which I share with my clients and colleagues. They have been instrumental in shaping my practice and I am indebted to them for their support and guidance.

“As Senior Counsel, I will continue to devote my skills and effort to serve clients’ needs with excellence and exemplary ethics. To the young lawyers who may wonder if it is all worth it, the hard slog, long hours, I wish to say, ‘yes, lawyering is deeply fulfilling because we serve the cause of justice and the public good. Also, please do contribute to the community that we serve too’.”

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 750 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 750 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

14 Nov 2019

Rajah & Tann Technologies, Singapore Institute Of Management partner Jyvaskyla Technology Group and Finnish university JAMK University of Applied Sciences to raise cybersecurity capabilities in Singapore

At a time of heightened global concern over cybersecurity, Rajah & Tann Technologies (RTT) and the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) have inked a proposed collaboration with leading Finnish institutions, JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMK), and Jyvaskyla Technology Group (JTG – JAMK’s sole and exclusive Singapore-based partner), to help build capacities and capabilities for addressing cybersecurity risks in Singapore.

Under the MOU signed today, the partners will explore both the provision of sophisticated cybersecurity simulation services to businesses and companies as well as the offering of higher education programmes and training to boost the knowledge and competencies of cybersecurity professionals. The provision of cyber exercises, simulation and/or training services or products will be done through the setting up of a state-of-the-art cyber range to meet emerging and increasing national and transnational cybersecurity needs of the private and public sectors. SIM, Singapore’s leading institution in private education and executive training, will also explore introducing degree programmes and professional training to elevate the standard of cybersecurity expertise.

The Finnish university JAMK besides being known for its state-of-the-art academic programmes in the field, also operates Finland’s National Cyber Range through its cybersecurity research, development, and training center, JYVSECTEC - Jyväskylä Security Technology. It is well known for its cyber exercises which help organisations to integrate people, processes and technology to protect their critical information, services and assets. These exercises take place in JAMK’s Realistic Global Cyber Environment (RGCE), a next-generation, hyper-realistic live cyber range environment where cyberattacks are simulated.

The collaboration comes in the wake of several high-profile cyber-attacks in Singapore, highlighting the need for organisations to remain vigilant and strengthen their cybersecurity defences to combat increasingly targeted and sophisticated threats.

Her Excellency Katri Kulmuni, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Finland, was the Guest-of-Honour at the MOU signing. The event was also attended by His Excellency Antti Vanska, Ambassador of Finland to Singapore, and representatives from the Embassy of Finland.

Mr Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, said: “We are excited to be working with some of the leading academic and technology organisations in the world to provide solutions that address real-world needs of our clients.

“We are confident that the expertise and experience that our Finnish partners have built up over the years will help Rajah & Tann to be at the cutting edge of technology for cybersecurity simulation training and education.”

Mr Steve Tan, Director at RTT, said: “This proposed partnership will enhance our suite of offerings to clients who are concerned about mitigating cybersecurity risks and minimising disruptions to their business. Cybersecurity simulation exercises and training are a much needed service for organisations operating in a digital economy while navigating compliance with data protection and cybersecurity laws.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Seah Chin Siong, SIM’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The proposed collaboration is significant in that it offers a holistic approach to addressing increasingly sophisticated cyber security threats. Besides the technical and practical aspects of helping companies bolster their security, it is critical that we build and maintain a constant pipeline of cybersecurity talent through education and training. Finland is a reputed pioneer in both the education and innovation of smart technologies, particularly in information and cyber security. We are very proud to be partnering its leading institutions, JAMK and JTG in this important initiative.”

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

About Rajah & Tann Technologies – www.rttechlaw.com

Rajah & Tann Technologies, a unit of law firm Rajah & Tann Singapore, provides tech-enabled services including electronic discovery, cybersecurity, data breach readiness and response, and other legal tech and regulatory technology services, to clients and the member firms of the Rajah & Tann Asia network.

 

07 Oct 2019

Rajah & Tann wins Singapore Health Award 2019

We are pleased that Rajah & Tann Singapore is the only law firm among 169 organisations honoured by the Health Promotion Board (“HPB”) for our health initiatives in the workplace. At the Singapore HEALTH Awards 2019, we were given the Merit Award in recognition of our commitment to drive health programmes that would help our employees lead healthy and vibrant lives.

This award recognises the top 50 organisations with commendable Workplace Health Promotion programmes. A special thanks and appreciation to our HR colleagues who worked very hard to drive the health programmes and to all who have participated actively in the firm’s health programmes.

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07 Oct 2019

Rajah & Tann moves to Marina One office

Rajah & Tann Singapore announced today that it has begun operations from its new office at Marina One in the Marina South financial district. The move is part of the firm’s transformation strategy which includes investments in digital tools and capabilities, creating a new business in legal technology, and the redesign of its work space.

The 70,000 square feet office, over two floors at Marina One, will house about 80% of the firm’s 1,000 employees including fee earners and support staff who used to be spread out over 11 floors at MYP Centre in Raffles Place.

Mr Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, said: “We are delighted to relocate to our new office at Marina One. The move heralds a new era of transformation for the firm. The design of our physical space has been conceptualised to change the way we work; promoting more integration and enhancing collaboration. The move has also given us the opportunity to significantly invest in technology to position ourselves for a digital future.

“Rajah & Tann has been at the vanguard of digital transformation in an industry that has not always been keen to embrace change. We were one of the first, if not the first, to set up a legal tech subsidiary to help clients deploy advanced technologies to do more with less, and also to future-proof our practice throughout the region.”

The Marina One office utilises technologies that minimise paper usage, improve business processes and workflow efficiencies. The physical space is configured for easier interaction and closer engagement among the lawyers. For example, partners no longer work in their enclosed rooms but in semi-open modular pods. Free and ready access is available to all lawyers to shared resources and common spaces, including large conference rooms and 45 collaboration rooms for smaller group meetings. In an era of integrated legal services, this design concept seeks to encourage more interaction, a flatter organisation, and greater optimisation in planning and organising resources.

The new office features state-of-the-art technologies such as smart digital blackboards in every meeting room for lawyers to instantly sync presentations to the cloud, enhanced video conferencing facilities and generally to operate in a wireless, connected environment.

These technologies support the mobility of lawyers who practise in Southeast Asia’s largest legal network and who are encouraged to telecommute one day each month.

To promote networking across the firm, the Marina One office also features a large courtyard which can accommodate up to 210 people. Communal events and gatherings will be regularly organised, and employees are given monthly credits through an app, which they can use to pay for food and beverages at the courtyard.

Mr Ang added: “With the new office, we now have the supporting infrastructure and hardware to better optimise our resources, build strong relationships within the firm and with our clients, and be more agile and efficient in the way we work.”

About 200 other employees from centralised and corporate services, the firm’s legal tech subsidiary Rajah & Tann Technologies (R&T Tech), and its specialised practice for SMEs, Rajah & Tann Legal Basix, will be based in another new office at 120 Robinson Road. R&T Tech also has a second office at DUO Tower in Bugis.

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, technology, media and telecommunications, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with over 750 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 750 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.