Legal 500 Asia Pacific recognises Rajah & Tann's lawyers and practices

9 practices from Rajah & Tann secured ranking in the top 2 tiers, with 4 of them in tier 1.
The editorial on Rajah & Tann released by the Legal 500 is highlighted below.

Restructuring and Insolvency (Tier 1)
Leading Individuals: Patrick Ang

Rajah & Tann LLP’s Lee Eng Beng SC, Sim Kwan Kiat and Ryan Loh act for a syndicate of banks regarding the insolvency and restructuring of Korea Line Corporation. Lee Eng Beng SC and Lynette Koh acted for creditors in the $100m restructuring of companies in the Drydocks World group. Lee Eng Beng SC’s team successfully represented the liquidators of Progen Engineering Pte and TT International in two significant Court of Appeal decisions.

Shipping: Local firms (Tier 1)
Leading Individuals: Winston Kwek, Toh Kian Sing

Rajah & Tann LLP’s 27-lawyer team, led by Toh Kian Sing SC, was strengthened by the launch of the firm’s Vietnam office and the hire of two Malaysian-qualified lawyers. The firm advises on all areas of shipping and ship finance. Highlights included acting as external counsel on shipping issues when BHP Billiton declared force majeure at Haypoint Terminal, Queensland in December 2010. Winston Kwek and Leong Kah Wah are leading names. Clients value Ian Teo’s ‘timely, practical advice’.

International arbitration (Tier 1)

Clients rate Rajah & Tann LLP as ‘best in class’. Chong Yee Leong and his ‘prompt, thorough’ team acted for an Indian satellite company against a Bermudan company in a $311m ICC arbitration. Chong Boon Leong represented a German company against a Cayman Island company in an SIAC arbitration.

TMT: Local firms (Tier 1)
Leading Individuals: Lau Kok Keng, Andrew Ong, Rajesh Sreenivasan

Rajah & Tann LLP’s Rajesh Sreenivasan and his team advised CIMB Bank Berhad on an agreement for the $364m development and implementation of a unified regional core banking platform, acted for Encompass Digital Media on its $113m acquisition of Ascent Media Corporation’s global content distribution business, and advised on the world’s first national electric vehicle charging infrastructure. High-profile clients include Amazon Web Services and Salon Films. Steve Tan focuses on IT-related matters.

Corporate and M&A: Local firms (Tier 2)
Leading Individuals: Goh Kian Hwee

Clients recommend Rajah & Tann LLP’s ‘sound business acumen, quick turnaround time and excellent client service’. Goh Kian Hwee acted for RHC Healthcare and Fortis Global Healthcare in the competing general offer for Parkway Holdings, and Chia Kim Huat advised Hyflux on the formation of joint venture company Galaxy NewSpring, its acquisition of four water treatment plants from Hyflux and the delisting and subsequent acquisition of Hyflux Water Trust.

Dispute resolution: Local firms (Tier 2)
Leading Individuals: Lawyers: Francis Xavier SC, Andre Yeap SC

Clients recommend Rajah & Tann LLP’s ‘robust, responsive’ team. Andre Yeap and Danny Ong are representing the liquidators of Lehman Brothers entities across Asia in several prominent cases. Practice head Francis Xavier acted for Holcim in an appeal against the High Court decision relating to the 2007 Indonesian Sand Ban.

Intellectual property: Local firms (Tier 2)
Leading Individuals: Lau Kok Keng

Rajah & Tann LLP advises local and international clients on trade mark registration and patent infringements with particular expertise in sports work, advising on issues arising out of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Lionel Tan obtained damages for the rights holders of on-line Japanese anime series. Practice head Lau Kok Keng successfully represented MFM Restaurants against Fish & Co. Clients include the Singapore Sports Council, Sony Computer Entertainment and Philips Electronics.

Projects and energy: Local firms (Tier 2)

Chong Yee Leong and his team at Rajah & Tann LLP focus on construction and heavy engineering, advising Jurong Aromatics on its $2.4bn Jurong Island project. Soh Lip San represented an international mining and construction company in disputes with an Indonesian coal producer.

Real estate and construction: Local firms (Tier 2)
Leading Individuals: Construction: Chong Yee Leong

Clients recommend Chong Yee Leong’s team at Rajah & Tann LLP, which handles regional and international construction disputes and complex, high-value domestic mandates, notably advising Jurong Aromatics on disputes relating to its $2.4bn integrated petrochemical complex.

Banking, finance: Local firms (Tier 3)
Leading Individuals: Soon Choo Hock

At Rajah & Tann LLP, Soon Choo Hock, Terence Choo and Rebecca Chew advise local and international banks and corporates, recently advising OCBC banking on S$532m secured credit facilities for a residential, retail and hotel project. Clients appreciate Angela Lim’s ‘strong technical skills and practical approach to negotiation’.

Capital Market: Local firms (Tier 3)
Leading Individuals: Chia Kim Huat, David Yeow

Rajah & Tann LLP’s Chia Kim Huat and his ‘excellent, responsive’ team advised on rights issues, dual listings and privatisations, assisting Sateri with its HK$430m IPO, and advising SGX-ST-listed China Animal Healthcare on preparations for its dual primary listing on the SEHK. Goh Kian Hwee advised GuocoLand on its rights issue.