01 Jul 2022

Rajah & Tann Singapore among Top 2 Leading Firms in Southeast Asia in Who’s Who Legal: Southeast Asia 2022 Guide

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been identified as among the top two leading firms in Southeast Asia according to the Who’s Who Legal: Southeast Asia 2022 Guide. The firm achieved 65 listings across 20 practice areas – an improvement of five additional listings from last year.

The WWL: Southeast Asia publication is a comprehensive guide to the region’s legal market, providing an in-depth report on 40 areas of business law, and pinpointing the most highly regarded firms and individuals in Southeast Asia.

The guide acknowledged Rajah & Tann as a “well-established law firm” that “enjoys a prominent position” in the region and highlighted that its M&A team “continues to be a dominant player in the market” with eight lawyers listed in the M&A chapter. According to the guide, the M&A team’s “first-rate work on portfolio management also distinguishes the firm from the lot”.

Litigation is also recognised as another core strength of the firm, with six practitioners recommended for their impressive dispute resolution practice.

Market sources also commend the excellence of the firm’s labour and employment practice, where it sees four practitioners listed.

The guide also spotlighted outstanding partners for remarkable performances in their respective practice areas. Standout names include Danny Ong with “his impressive commercial disputes practice”, and Hamidul Haq who is “held in high esteem for his white-collar crime practice”. Simon Gohstands out for his incisive handling of complex insurance and reinsurance issues” and Patrick Ang is a “dynamic lawyer with an excellent debt restructuring practice”. There is also Lim Wee Hann who “maintains a world-class life science practice”.

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.

30 May 2022

Rajah & Tann wins 5 top Benchmark Litigation awards including Singapore Firm of the Year, Asia-Pacific Insolvency Firm of the Year

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has bagged five top wins at the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2022 including Singapore Firm of the Year for the third consecutive year, Asia-Pacific Insolvency Firm of the Year, and three Impact Case awards.

The annual awards recognise excellence in litigation and disputes practices across the region, and were announced on 26 May 2022 by the leading New York-based magazine on the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, part of the Rajah & Tann Asia (RTA) network, won Indonesia Firm of the Year for the third consecutive year as well as two Impact Case awards, while R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited came in third in the Thailand Firm of the Year category.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner at R&T and Vice-Chairman of RTA, said: “We are truly humbled to be recognised by Benchmark Litigation as top firms in multiple jurisdictions. These awards are a testament to our dedication to excellence in all that we do for our clients.

"I am also grateful to my colleagues for their hard work, as well as to our clients who have entrusted to us some of the most high-profile dispute cases in Asia. We will continue to bring the firm’s best talents and technology to bear in serving them.”

One of the three Impact Case awards was for R&T’s role in advising Hin Leong Trading and its judicial managers following the Asian oil trading giant’s collapse in 2020, which was one of the world’s largest involving an oil trader.

The other Impact Case awards were for representing Mr Mustaq Ahmad, founder of Mustafa Centre, in one of the largest minority oppression cases to be brought before the Singapore Court; and for the landmark Prudential Assurance Company case involving the mass poaching of over 240 insurance agents. The court’s ruling in favor of Prudential served as a reminder to financial institutions to review and ensure that their agency agreements and employment contracts make provisions for general duty of good faith and fidelity, as well as for clauses for non-solicitation obligations.

AHP’s Impact Case awards were for their work on flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s proposed restructuring and China State Construction and its Sino-Indonesian affiliate's contract dispute with engineering and building construction company Mahkota Sentosa Utama.

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.

27 May 2022

Rajah & Tann Singapore named SE Asia Law Firm of the Year for the third time, clinches ESG and Sustainability Law Firm of the Year and Woman Lawyer of the Year awards at Asian Legal Business Awards 2022

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has won three top awards at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) SE Asia Law Awards 2022. The firm clinched the coveted SE Asia Law Firm of the Year award for the third time and has also bagged the inaugural award for ESG and Sustainability Law Firm of the Year.

Veteran lawyer Rebecca Chew, who is Co-Head of the China-Related Investment Dispute Resolution practice, head of the Medical Law practice at R&T, and the Chairperson of the firm’s philanthropic arm, R&T Foundation, was named Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm).

Organised annually by ALB, the subsidiary firm of Thomson Reuters, the prestigious awards recognise the exceptional performance of private practitioners and in-house counsels in Southeast Asia.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, part of the Rajah & Tann Asia (RTA) network, also won two Deal of the Year (Premium) Awards, one for Indonesia’s triple tranche sukuk offering, and another for the merger of two Indonesian unicorns, the multi-service platform Gojek and e-commerce company Tokopedia.

Lee Eng Beng, SC, RTA’s Chairperson, said: “We are thrilled to receive these awards, as they are a testament to the quality, professionalism and commitment of our teams across all the RTA network firms.

“Rajah & Tann Asia constantly strives to be the premier legal service provider of choice in Southeast Asia and provide seamless access to the best legal advice and representation in our markets. We are honoured that these awards recognise our achievements in this regard.”

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.

18 May 2022

Rajah & Tann ranked most innovative Southeast Asian law firm at FT’s Asia Pacific Awards

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has come in top among Southeast Asian law firms and is the second-highest ranked Asian firm at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia Pacific 2022.

Notably, R&T has placed 11th on the list of the most innovative law firms, up 10 spots from last year on this prestigious list. This is the ninth consecutive year that the firm has been recognised among FT’s topmost innovative law firms in Asia Pacific, since its inaugural report on Asia Pacific in 2014.

The firm was also shortlisted for Innovation in the Business of Law: New Solutions, for hosting the Asia-Pacific branch of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) – a think-tank in Singapore – providing the organisation with operational resource support, such as IT infrastructure.

R&T was also one of seven finalists in the category of Innovation in People and Skills, for partnering with the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Computing to train lawyers in areas such as design thinking, financial technology, robotic process automation and blockchain.

Adding to the accolades received, Partner Kala Anandarajah was among the top 10 individuals featured for having looked beyond their specialisms to solve client demands and for taking ideas across different disciplines, to deal with clients’ increasingly fast-changing challenges.

The awards celebrate legal innovation and showcase how lawyers, law firms and in-house legal teams are adapting to the increasing importance of sustainability, the unpredictability caused by Covid-19 and the accelerating digital transformation of business.

Patrick Ang, R&T’s Managing Partner, said: “We are honoured to be ranked top amongst our Southeast Asian peers by the Financial Times and 11th on the list of most innovative law firms in the Asia Pacific region. Innovation is part of our DNA and will continue to play a crucial role in our long-term growth strategy.”

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.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific is an annual ranking, report and awards scheme for lawyers based in the region by London-based Financial Times and its research partner RSG Consulting.

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.