IFLR1000 (2023-2024)

Banking and finance - Tier 2
Capital markets: Debt - Tier 2
Capital markets: Equity - Tier 2
Mergers and acquisitions - Tier 1
Investment funds - Tier 2
Project development - Tier 1
Restructuring and insolvency - Tier 1

Leading Lawyers:
Anne Yeo (Highly Regarded) – Investment funds
Angela Lim (Highly Regarded, Women Leaders) – Banking, Project finance
Brian Ng (Highly Regarded) - Banking, M&A
Chia Kim Huat (Highly Regarded) – Capital markets
Chua Beng Chye (Highly Regarded) – Restructuring and insolvency
Cynthia Wu (Rising Star Partner) – Capital Markets
Danny Lim (Highly Regarded) – Capital markets : Equity, M&A
Eugene Lee (Highly Regarded) – Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity
Evelyn Wee (Highly Regarded) – Capital markets, M&A
Favian Tan (Notable Practitioner) – M&A
Hiroyuki Ota (Highly Regarded) – M&A
Ho Mei Shi (Notable Practitioner) – Banking and finance
Hoon Chi Tern (Notable Practitioner) – Capital markets, M&A
Howard Cheam (Notable Practitioner) – Capital markets: Debt, Capital markets: Equity, M&A
Jasmine Chew (Notable Practitioner) – Investment Funds
Kimberly Tho (Rising Star) – Project Development
Lawrence Tan (Notable Practitioner) – M&A
Lee Eng Beng – Restructuring and insolvency
Lee Xin Mei (Highly Regarded) – Capital markets
Lim Wee Hann (Highly Regarded) – M&A
Lee Weilin (Highly Regarded) - Banking
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
Philip Yeo (Highly Regarded) – Investment Funds
Raelene Pereira (Rising Star Partner) – Restructuring and insolvency
Raymond Tong (Highly Regarded) – Capital markets, Corporate and M&A
Regina Liew (Highly Regarded) – Banking and Finance
Sandy Foo (Highly Regarded, Women Leaders) – Project development, Banking, Project finance, M&A
Shemane Chan (Highly Regarded, Women Leaders) – 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 (Highly Regarded) – Restructuring and insolvency
Tan Mui Hui (Notable Practitioner) – Capital markets: Debt, Capital markets: Equity, M&A

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service firms in Singapore, founded in 1976. The firm 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 Rajah & Tann Asia, the largest southeast Asian network of law firms.

Focusses / specialisms
The firm provides 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 andv cross-border transactions such as real estate finance, project finance, acquisition finance, Islamic finance and structured finance transactions.

The firm has experience acting for issuers, issue managers, underwriters and originators on deals from across the spectrum of capital markets transactions, while the corporate team is experienced 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 advisers.

Key clients
Key clients include SAM Trade group, Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hong Kong), H&C S Holdings, Agritrade International, Vauld group, Hajime Shinji, REXLot Holdings, Eagle Hospitality REIT, Hyflux Group, Hontop Energy (Singapore), Cosco Shipping (Qidong) Offshore, Ezion Holdings and Swissco Group.

Research period review: 33 edition (2022/2023)
In the capital markets area, the firm advised on debt and equity transactions. On the debt side, it acted for issuer in bond issues. In a landmark mandate, the firm advised the issuer on a fixed rate note, which is the first bond in Singapore with a coupon step-down upon re-rating to investment grade. On the equity side it worked for issuers on IPOs.

The corporate team was very active in cross-border mergers, takeover offers, divestment and asset acquisition. The firm covered clients from different sectors including investment management, financial services, real estate, technology and telecommunications and logistics.

In the project space, the firm notably advised clients in energy, transport, technology and telecommunications, construction and materials, and industrials and manufacturing.

The firm promoted four partners in the capital markets team, including Janice Pui, Jasselyn Seet, Enoch Long and Dodo Lim, while partner Cheng Yoke Ping retired.

Deal highlights: 33 edition (2022/2023)
AustAsia Group’s IPO.
Cuscaden Peak’s S$6.6 billion ($4.9 billion) competing takeover acquisition offer.
GLL IHT’s S$3 billion multicurrency medium term note programme.
Lendlease Global Commercial REIT’s equity fund raising.
OUE CT Treasury’s S$100 million 4.20% fixed rate notes issuance.

Client feedback: 33 edition (2022/2023)
Asset finance
“They are responsive, thoughtful but able to remain pragmatic to adapt to business constraints.”

Banking and finance
“Detailed and prompt. Good understanding of the limited partnership structure and the intricacies involved.”
“Experienced and very ‘market’. Speed of reply and strong team is helpful.”
“Practical, solutions-oriented and customer centric.”

Financial services regulatory
“Client-first approach. Very responsive.”
“Very responsive when timing was critical. Very knowledgeable with regards to our regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore.”

“Market leaders, client-oriented, well regarded in Singapore.”
“Strong construction claim case knowledge.”
“Very knowledgeable, commercial and pragmatic.”

Investment funds
“Experienced, commercial.”
“Helpful, business oriented.”
“Responsive when necessary and providing good-quality work.”

Private equity
“Experienced, knowledgeable, commercial, prompt.”
“Our partnership with R&T has lasted for several years thus far. They are very aware of our needs/interests and take these to heart when providing recommendations during the review process. Their standard of work and deliverables are high and yet they do not charge exorbitantly.”

Project development
“They are very knowledgeable about the contract clauses and provided invaluable advice, including the drafting and proposed clauses, to close the issues with the counterparties.”

“R&T partners are highly competent, multi-disciplinary, responsive, fun to work with and provide commercially sensible advice and solutions to problems and situations.”

Adzfar Alami
“Adzfar is extremely dedicated, highly responsive and always goes the extra mile for clients. He is always kind and patient in taking the time to explain concepts to clients. His strong personal skills help him to connect well with clients. Adzfar is also very knowledgeable and able to deliver expert and tailored legal advice to help address legal and commercial issues. He is highly reliable and can always be counted on to deliver high-quality work even under compressed timelines.”

Patrick Ang
“Highly competent, responsive, knowledgeable and provides commercially sensible and practical advice.”

Shemane Chan
“Always ready to support us during the entire contracting phase.”

Mark Cheng
“Extremely knowledgeable, commercial and responsive.”

Jasmine Chew
“Clear, concise, able to provide customised insightful solutions to clients.”
“She is amongst the most knowledgeable lawyer we have worked with that has a strong understanding of Singapore's regulations and licensing. She is able to honestly project to us the possible risks that we may encounter and areas that we should focus on and recommends mitigation of those risks.”

Beng Chye Chua
“Great communication skills, extremely client-focused, technically strong, able to generate creative solutions.”

Chi Tern Hoon
“Practicable, patient, knowledgeable.”

Jasmine Thng
“She’s a very dedicated, hard-working and brilliant young lawyer.”

Weilin Lee
“Experienced and very market oriented. Speedy reply and strong leader.”
“Good appreciation of my business and our considerations. Able to recommend solutions and negotiate best terms on my behalf.”

Xin Mei Lee
“Practical, quick and solutions oriented.”
“Xin Mei is our go-to lawyer for highly structured and complex leveraged and acquisition financing. She is always able to quickly grasp the nuances in highly complex transactions and is extremely knowledgeable in both legal and commercial issues. She is extremely dedicated, always responsive and highly reliable – you can always count on her to deliver high-quality work even under compressed deadlines. She is also highly personable, connects well with her clients and demonstrates great leadership. She is solution-oriented and is always patient in taking the time to explain concepts to clients.”

Angela Lim

Raelene Pereira
“Very approachable and diligent.”

Avinash Pradhan
“He has deep knowledge in construction and is a very talented lawyer. In a very short time, he studied my legal case, cracked the high court judgment and won in appeal.”

Zixiang Sun
“Zixiang is very attentive and responsive to his clients’ needs. He's also very knowledgeable about fund investments, and his exposure and experience allow him to give a fair and balanced take on every scenario that comes up. He adopts a client-first approach and would actively advise clients on spotted issues even if unprompted.”

Arnold Tan
“Arnold is very responsive when the timing of advice is critical. Arnold is very knowledgeable when it comes to matters related to our regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore.”
“Very knowledgeable.”

Anne Yeo
“Experienced and patient.”
“Responsive, deep industry knowledge, willing to listen.”
“Very responsive, easily accessible. In-depth knowledge of regulatory matters. Provides innovative solutions.”

Philip Yeo

“Knowledgeable, hard-working, commercial, responsive.”