05 Jun 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann picked by Financial Times as amongst Top 25 Innovative Asia Pacific Headquartered Law Firms

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2017 – For the third consecutive year, Rajah & Tann Singapore has been named an “FT 25” Asia Pacific Headquartered Firm at the 2017 FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards.

This year, the FT 25 list comprises leading Asian firms from eight jurisdictions; seven each from Australia and India, three from South Korea, two each from China, Japan and Singapore and one each from Cambodia and Malaysia.

Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by the Financial Times. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues and our clients who have contributed to the growth of the firm. Rajah & Tann now competes with the best in Asia.

“Innovation is key to our success and this is especially so at a time of disruption brought about by technological advances. The legal industry is not spared and we believe that building an innovation culture will help us stay on top of the game in a dynamic, changing business environment.”

Rajah & Tann was recognised in two specific areas. In “Business of Law”, the firm was recognised for its “first of its kind” initiatives in launching a “Data Breach Readiness and Response Service” with both legal and technical capability to prevent, combat and respond to data breaches for businesses as well as a “Data Protection Officer Service” for clients to tap on in the mandatory appointment of data protection officers under the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act. Both client focused initiatives are timely in the wake of cyber security attacks and breaches to personal data protection.

In “Legal Expertise”, the firm was noted for its work in Marvellous Glory Holdings Ltd’s takeover of China Minzhong Food Corporation Limited (listed on SGX) valued at approximately S$786 million. The public M&A team was recognised for providing a new approach for an acquirer that wanted to privatise the target and meet the 90% share threshold required by Singapore regulations. This was in a situation where a selling major shareholder had desired to retain a 29% stake in the target. The cross-border deal highlighted the expertise of the firm's transactional practice in presenting sound, commercial and creative solutions in M&A transactions.

According to its website, FT received 502 submissions and nominations from 71 law firms and 90 in-house legal teams. After extensive research, 50 of the most innovative law firms to submit entries were ranked, along with 18 company legal teams (Rajah & Tann Singapore was the only Singapore firm to make the list).

Now in its fourth year, the Awards by the UK-based Financial Times recognises law firms behind the most transformational transactions in the region, the in-house legal teams that are adding the most value to business, and the most innovative individuals in the industry. The award was announced yesterday evening at a ceremony held at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre.

The countries that are covered in this year’s FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards are Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the members of ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. FT’s research partner, RSG Consulting, conducted hundreds of client, expert, and lawyer interviews to assess and rank the submissions.

Rajah & Tann Singapore was named 2016 FT Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN. It also recently won the Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year at the ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2017, Singapore’s National Law Firm of the Year award 2017 at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards, as well as the Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year 2017 award by the International Tax Review.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 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.

22 May 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Asia Bags Several ALB Awards

SINGAPORE, 22 May 2017 – Four member firms of Rajah & Tann Asia bagged several awards at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) South East Asia Law Awards 2017 on Thursday, 18 May. Rajah & Tann Singapore clinched the Corporate Citizenship law firm of the year award. The firm, together with R&T Asia (Thailand) and Malaysian partner firm Christopher & Lee Ong, received the Equity Market Deal of the year (premium) award for Top Glove's secondary listing on SGX.

Indonesian firm Assegaf Hamzah & Partners received the Debt Market Deal of the year (premium) award for Republic of Indonesia's sovereign sukuk issuance as well as the M&A Deal of the year (midsize) award for Go-Jek’s fundraising round.

Rajah & Tann Asia’s Chairman, Lee Eng Beng, SC said: “We are delighted that our network of law firms has won significant awards for outstanding work which has received recognition at the regional awards event. The awards would not have been possible without our clients’ belief in us and our commitment to provide the highest standard of legal excellence. Our regional capabilities are growing from strength to strength and our network firms in the region are well positioned to support the diverse needs of our clients across borders.”

The ALB Awards were announced at a black-tie dinner organised by Thomson Reuters held at The St. Regis Singapore. The awards recognise outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams that have significantly contributed to the evolving regional legal landscape.

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, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity 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.

22 May 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Singapore's Patrick Ang Named One of Top 25 Lawyers Globally for Restructuring & Insolvency

SINGAPORE, 20 March 2017 – Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Deputy Managing Partner Patrick Ang has been named as one of the top 25 lawyers globally in the restructuring and insolvency practice. He is the only Singaporean and one of two lawyers from Asia to be recognised in the list of Who’s Who Legal (WWL) Thought Leaders.

WWL describes Mr Ang as continuing to garner praise for his truly “outstanding expertise” in contentious and non-contentious restructurings and insolvencies. He emerged tops in an extensive research into the restructuring and insolvency legal markets around the world that saw a listing of 568 lawyers from 47 jurisdictions.

Thought Leaders are individuals who have received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsels, and other market sources which identify them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

WWL is a sister publication of Global Arbitration Review and Global Restructuring Review, under Law Business Research, an independent London-based publishing group, which provides research, analysis and reports on the international legal services marketplace. Subscribers include leading international corporations, government agencies, law firms and individual private practitioners.

Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC said: “Patrick is the pre-eminent authority in insolvency and restructuring and have advised on many high profile cases in this practice area in Singapore and the region. This recognition comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked with him for many years. His expertise and experience have been key to Rajah & Tann’s dominance in restructuring and insolvency.”

Mr Ang said: “I am extremely honoured to be listed as one of the 25 Thought Leaders in restructuring and insolvency by WWL, and thankful to my clients and colleagues who have supported and encouraged me along the way. Together with my colleagues at Rajah & Tann, we are committed to providing clients with legal work of the highest quality.”

Some of the high-profile restructuring and insolvency cases led by Mr Ang include advising in the Asia Pacific restructuring of Nortel Networks as well as advising the liquidators of various Lehman Brothers entities in Asia, the Judicial Managers of Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd, as well as the Interim Judicial Managers of Swissco Holdings Limited and Swissco Offshore (Pte) Ltd.

WWL also identified Mr Lee and commercial litigation partner Gregory Vijayendran as experts in restructuring and insolvency.

Rajah & Tann Singapore 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, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity 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.

05 May 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Singapore Wins Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

SINGAPORE, 5 May 2017 – Rajah & Tann Singapore has clinched the coveted Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year award by the International Tax Review.

The UK-based magazine’s Asia Tax Awards honour firms and individuals who have displayed outstanding achievement in advising clients on tax litigation and dispute resolution.The awards were judged according to the size, innovation, complexity, as well as impact of the cases handled in 2016. Under the country awards category, Rajah & Tann Singapore edged out four other firms to clinch the award.

Rajah & Tann Singapore has a track record of successfully resolving complex tax disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

Vikna Rajah, Head of the firm’s Tax practice said: “We are grateful for the trust our clients have placed in us, especially considering the complexity of the matters and the significant sums at stake, and are glad we were consistently able to assist them achieve favourable outcomes in disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.”

Mr Rajah received the award on behalf of Rajah & Tann at a ceremony at Goodwood Park Hotel last night.

Mr Rajah is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 and Chambers High-Net Worth Guide 2016 as a leading individual in tax where he was described ‘as an extremely intelligent man’ who ‘has a lot of experience in tax’. Another leading legal media, The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific states that he is an ‘experienced litigator’. He was also selected as one of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged under 40 in 2015 by the Singapore Business Review and won Private Client Lawyer of the Year 2017 at the Asia Legal Awards.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 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, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity 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.