24 Feb 2021

Rajah and Tann Singapore expands corporate practice, hires leading lawyer Raymond Tong

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) is expanding its corporate practice with the appointment of Raymond Tong, widely regarded as one of Singapore’s leading lawyers, as a Partner in the Capital Markets / Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, effective 15 February.

Mr Tong, who is also ranked by Chambers, the global legal guide, as a Band 1 leading lawyer in the Asia-Pacific region, was until recently a partner in the capital markets group at a leading international law firm. He has extensive experience advising clients on fund raising, having acted in some of the most high-profile equity capital markets deals across South East Asia. 

They included the US$1.68 billion IPO of NetLink, US$813 million IPO of Prime US REIT, US$394.6 million IPO of United Hampshire US REIT, RM1.03 billion IPO of Leong Hup International, S$2.1 billion rights issue by Sembcorp Marine, Petronas’ sell down in MISC and KLCCP, and Aabar Investments PJS’ sell down in RHB Bank Berhad.

Another new hire, Sriram Chakravarthi, joined R&T as Counsel of Funds and Investment Management, in January to enhance the firm’s South Asia Desk, focusing on India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann, said: “We are pleased to welcome high-calibre lawyers like Raymond and Sriram to Rajah & Tann. Their joining will further expand and grow our regional capabilities with Raymond’s experience in transactions throughout the region and with Sriram’s focus and experience in South Asia.

“We look forward to them adding to the bench strength at a time when the corporate capabilities of the Rajah & Tann Asia network have given us an edge in cross-border transactions.”

Mr Tong said: “I am delighted to be joining a distinctly Asian law firm that is able to offer a one-stop, seamless service to multinational clients across the ASEAN region. Rajah & Tann’s excellent reputation gives me a strong foundation to work on and I am looking forward to helping my colleagues bolster Rajah & Tann Asia’s offerings during one of the most dynamic times in capital markets.”

Mr Chakravarthi added: “It’s exciting to join Rajah & Tann, especially at a time when the deal flow between South Asia, and in particular, India and ASEAN, is set to grow. With its deep capabilities across the ASEAN region, the firm presents a compelling value proposition to South Asian clients looking to do business in ASEAN and beyond. I look forward to further strengthen and enhance the firm’s client reach in South Asia.”

Rajah & Tann Asia is highly rated for its corporate work, with most of its regional offices being recognised in Bands 1 or 2 for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Investment Funds and M&A, by legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.

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.