IFLR 1000 (2021) 

Banking and finance - Tier 1
Capital markets: Debt - Tier 2
Capital markets: Equity - Tier 2
Investment funds - Active
M&A - Tier 2
Project development - Tier 1
Restructuring and insolvency - Tier 1

Leading Lawyers:
Angela Lim (Highly regarded) - Banking, Energy and infrastructure, Project finance
Chia Kim Huat (Highly regarded) - Capital markets
Chua Beng Chye (Highly regarded) - Restructuring and insolvency
Danny Lim (Notable practitioner) - Capital markets : Equity, M&A
Danny Ong (Highly regarded) - Restructuring and insolvency
Evelyn Wee (Highly regarded) - Capital markets, M&A
Ho Mei Shi (Rising star) - Banking and finance
Hoon Chi Tern (Rising star) - Capital markets, M&A
Howard Cheam (Notable practitioner) - Capital markets : Debt, Capital markets : Equity, M&A
Lawrence Tan (Notable practitioner) - M&A
Lee Eng Beng, SC (Highly regarded) - Restructuring and insolvency
Lee Xin Mei* (Highly regarded) - Capital markets
Lim Wee Hann (Highly regarded) - M&A
Mark Cheng (Highly regarded) - Restructuring and insolvency
Ng Kim Beng (Highly regarded) - Project development
Ng Sey Ming (Highly regarded) - Banking, Capital markets: Debt
Patrick Ang (Market leader) -Restructuring and insolvency
Raelene Pereira (Rising star) - Restructuring and insolvency
Regina Liew (Highly regarded) - Banking and finance
Sandy Foo (Highly regarded) - Banking, Energy and infrastructure, M&A, Project development, Project finance
Shemane Chan* (Highly regarded) -Project development
Sim Chee Siong (Highly regarded) - Project development
Sim Kwan Kiat (Highly regarded) - Restructuring and insolvency
Soh Lip San (Highly regarded) - Project development
Tan Chuan Thye, SC (Highly regarded) - Restructuring and insolvency
Tan Mui Hui (Notable practitioner) - Capital markets : Deb, Capital markets : Equity, M&A

Founded in 1976, Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service firms in Singapore and is regarded as one of the jurisdiction’s elite firms, dubbed the “big four”. The firm, led by Managing partner Patrick Ang and deputy managing partner Rebecca Chew, extends its presence throughout the region with the Rajah & Tann Asia, the largest Southeast Asian network of law firms.

The firm provides top quality advice in banking and finance, project development and restructuring and insolvency and has formidable capital markets and M&A practices.

The banking team acts for domestic and international banks, financial institutions, and corporates on a wide variety of instruments and cross border transactions such as real estate finance, project finance, acquisition finance, Islamic finance and structured finance transactions.

In capital markets work the firm has experience in acting for issuers, issue managers, underwriters, and originators on deals from across the spectrum of capital markets transactions.

The corporate team is experienced on in acting for both acquirers and sellers across a variety of sectors.

The firm’s restructuring team was the first dedicated restructuring and insolvency practice group in Singapore and has acted for a wide range of clients, including creditors, debtors, liquidators, judicial managers, receivers, and financial advisors.

Key clients
Key clients include Malayan Banking, H&C S Holdings, Shanghai Huaxin Group, One Bangkok, Resorts World Sentosa, Neste Singapore, Linde Gas Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, Merrill Lynch, and OUE Hospitality REIT Management.

Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)
In banking work the firm was recently active for borrowers and lenders on transactions such as refinancing and acquisition financing and was also advised on regulatory compliance matters.

The capital markets team often acted for issuers on debt issuances, rights issues, overseas listings, and share placements. The team was also active on several confidential mandates in the structured finance space, often acting for foreign clients.

On the M&A side the firm was notably active in the real estate sector. A newsworthy deal saw the firm advising the mangers on the merger of OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust and OUE Hospitality Trust.

On the projects side an eye-catching deal saw the firm assist the developer of the largest private sector property development initiative undertaken in Thailand. Another high-value projects mandate saw the firm advising Resorts World Sentosa on the redevelopment and expansion of its resort infrastructure and facilities.

In restructuring work the firm was active for the largest single secured creditor in high profile restructuring of Hyflux Group.

The corporate team welcomed new partner Loh Chun Kiat from WongPartnership, while the capital markets team was boosted by the addition of partner Eugene Lee from Prolegis.

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

  • Ascott Residence Trust / Ascendas Hospitality Trust merger
  • Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust / Frasers Commercial Trust merger
  • Hyflux debt restructuring
  • Mercuria Asia Group Holdings and Mercuria Energy Trading $1.2 billion financing
  • One Bangkok
  • OUE Commercial REIT / OUE Hospitality Trust merger
  • Resorts World Sentosa redevelopment
  • Shanghai Huaxin Group liquidation

Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)

“R&T has a mid-sized law firm feel with large-size firm professionalism. This means clients get good coverage directly from the partner in charge and a very hands-on attitude to project execution.”

“Very client-focused and commercial. Able to provide practical and innovative solutions.”

Capital markets : Debt
“Promptness and adaptability.”

“The law firm is one of the best we have worked with. This law firm remains as the market leader in Singapore with the sheer depth and strength of the practice.”

“Client-focused, pro-active, flexible, and extremely talented team which consistently goes above and beyond to ensure the best results.”

Project development
“They understand the local laws well. Very thorough and detailed.”

“Excellent knowledge and client focused.”

Restructuring and insolvency
“Technical skill, proactive, personable and reactive.”

“Highly responsive and commercially minded with in-depth analysis.”

“Very responsive, strategically minded and assertive in setting forward and advocating for their client's position. Thoughtful work product, quick turnaround, and always available.”

Abdul Jabbar Bin Karam Din
“Very prompt and reasonable. Always prepared to assist and meet tight deadlines”

Angela Lim
“Very solution and client-focused, and energetic approach to problem-solving. Very familiar with twists and turns dealing with emerging and frontier markets transactions.”

“Very commercial and client-focused. Highly responsive and able to provide practical solutions.”

Danny Ong
“Proactive, engaged, interested in solving the problem and putting forward thoughtful and strategic suggestions for resolution. Available on short notice to discuss issues - which is particularly helpful working across timezones.”

Harish Kumar
“Smart, engaged, and responsive.”

Shemane Chan
“She has good adaptation and flexibility during negotiations with tough clients.”

“Very diligent and knowledgeable. Provides excellent solutions and recommendations.”

Wee Hann Lim
“Client-focused, Pro-active and flexible. Consistently goes above and beyond to ensure the best results.”

Wern Jhien Yam
“Proactive, engaged, interested in solving the problem and putting forward thoughtful and strategic suggestions for resolution. Available on short notice to discuss issues - which is particularly helpful working across timezones.”

Xin Mei Lee
“Xin Mei has been professional, prompt, very commercially minded, solution-oriented, and always provided robust legal advice even when in very complex situations. And she is extremely pleasant to work with.”