11 Jun 2018

14 Rajah & Tann Partners Named Leading Litigators by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific

Fourteen partners of Rajah & Tann Singapore have received accolades for being the leading litigators in their practice areas in the latest recognition of dispute resolution “stars” by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific.

The New York-based publisher is a specialist information provider that is reputedly the definitive guide on dispute resolution and litigation in the international and regional markets.

With 10 partners named as “Dispute Resolution Stars” and four as “Future Stars,” Rajah & Tann leads Singapore law firms in having the most number of star lawyers in Benchmark’s latest publication.

“Dispute Resolution Stars” describe partners who are recognised for their work and expertise in their respective practices while “Future Stars” are mostly younger lawyers who are emerging in the market and earning an increasing level of recognition to the point where they could foreseeably be successors to some of the more established names within the rankings.

Benchmark also conducts similar surveys for the legal industries in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Benchmark identifies leading attorneys by conducting extensive interviews with dispute resolution specialists and litigators, and their clients. It also examines recent casework handled by law firms and gather professional opinions on practitioners within their jurisdictions and practice areas across the region.

The Rajah & Tann partners who were recognised in the latest Benchmark publication are:

Dispute Resolution Stars                                    Future Stars

  1.       Lee Eng Beng SC                                        1. Mark Cheng
  2.       Patrick Ang                                                   2. Chua Beng Chye
  3.       Francis Xavier SC                                        3. Danny Ong
  4.       Andre Yeap SC                                          
  5.       Tan Chuan Thye SC
  6.       Toh Kian Sing SC
  7.        Leong Kah Wah
  8.       Kelvin Poon
  9.       Sim Kwan Kiat
  10.       Adrian Wong

Rajah & Tann, part of Rajah & Tann Asia, Southeast Asia’s largest legal network, has the capability to seamlessly support multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution; the network’s lawyers are qualified to practise local law and appear in local courts in the region including China, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Benchmark classified Rajah & Tann as a Tier 1 firm in four practice areas: International arbitration, commercial & transactions, shipping, as well as insolvency. The firm’s construction practice was ranked as Tier 2.

Rajah & Tann Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng SC said: “We are honoured by the multiple accolades from Benchmark Litigation whose surveys are well followed by the industry. We owe our success and achievements to our clients for the opportunities and support they have given to us to prove our mettle in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts.

“I am particularly pleased to see four of our younger partners recognised as “Future Stars”. Their nominations show that Rajah & Tann’s dispute resolution practice is poised to achieve even greater heights in the years to come.”

In 2017, Rajah & Tann had the highest number of hearings in the Singapore Supreme Court – a total of 922 cases. It also chalked up the most number of trial days – 142 – as well as the highest total hours of hearing – 18.5 – before the Singapore Court of Appeal.

Rajah & Tann has also successfully acted in a large proportion of cases before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). As of June 2018, we have been involved in 12 out of 24 judgments listed on the SICC website.

The firm’s lawyers have been involved in an array of complex local and cross-border issues which spanned multiple jurisdictions. These included representing The Republic of the Philippines, Port Authority of Singapore, Judicial Managers of Swiber Holdings Limited, Liquidators of Dynamic Oil Trading (Singapore), Interim Judicial Managers of Swissco Holdings Limited, The Kingdom of Lesotho, Standard Chartered Bank,Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, as well as Sunseap Leasing.

Rajah & Tann’s partner firms in the region were also recognised by Benchmark. Indonesia’s Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ dispute resolution practice was ranked Tier 1. Partners Chandra Hamzah and Eri Hertiawan were named Dispute Resolution Stars while Yogi Sudrajat Marsono and Ahmad Maulana were recognised as Future Stars.

Vietnam’s Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ commercial and transactions and energy and construction practices were ranked Tier 2. Quang Chau Huy was recognised as a Dispute Resolution Star and Khoa Quach Vu An as a Future Star.

Malaysia’s Christopher & Lee Ong’s commercial and transactions practice ranked Tier 3.

Rajah & Tann is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, corporate & commercial, tax & trust amongst others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with around 650 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 around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.