19 Nov 2015

Rajah & Tann Singapore wins ALM’s Emerging Market Law Firm Leader of the Year and Maritime Lawyer of the Year awards

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng was named the Emerging Market Law Firm Leader of the Year while Partner Leong Kah Wah won the Maritime Lawyer of the Year award by a prestigious US-based legal media group.

The two awards were given at The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards ceremony and dinner held at The Four Seasons hotel in Singapore last night.  The awards honour top lawyers and firms servicing India and the ASEAN region. They aim to identify those who have emerged as the most knowledgeable and trusted advisors across a range of practice areas in the region.

The winners were picked by New York-based ALM, publisher of The Asian Lawyer, The American Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel. ALM is a global leader in specialised business news and information serving the legal, real estate, consulting, insurance, and investment advisory industries.

Mr Lee, who is also the Chairman of Rajah & Tann Asia, a network of leading local law firms in South-East Asia, said: “I am very honoured to be given this award, which has to be shared with all our partners and colleagues in Singapore and Rajah & Tann Asia. They have put in many hours of hard work and without their efforts, Rajah & Tann Asia would not be where it is today.

“We believe that Rajah & Tann Asia is South-East Asia’s “home team” of lawyers who have the best expertise, ground knowledge and connections to serve clients doing business or having disputes in this very diverse and heterogeneous region.”

This is the second time Mr Lee has won a prestigious leadership award. In 2012, he was awarded Managing Partner of the Year by ALB SE Asian Law Awards.

Commenting on his award, Mr Leong said: “Our clients have been really supportive, entrusting us with their legal concerns in challenging market conditions, and for that, we are truly grateful. Credit must also go to my shipping colleagues at R&T. Their willingness to go the extra mile has kept us ahead and this award is a team effort.”

In addition to the ALM awards, Rajah & Tann Singapore clinched Chambers Asia Pacific’s top national law firm award for Singapore this year, the second time since 2013. It is only one of two law firms in the Republic to have won it twice.

Rajah & Tann Singapore also won at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2015 for Singapore’s Law Firm of the Year recently. Who's Who Legal is published by Law Business Research Limited, an independent London-based publishing group, which provides research, analysis and reports on the international legal services marketplace.