The Legal 500

Rajah & Tann LLP

9 BATTERY ROAD, #25-01, STRAITS TRADING BUILDING, SINGAPORE 049910, SINGAPORE
Tel:
Work +65 6535 3600
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www.rajahtann.com
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Singapore, Bangkok

Singapore

Top-tier recommendations

  • Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency > Local firms

Recommendations

  • Singapore: Real estate and construction > Local firms

Singapore

Within International arbitration, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

Rajah & Tann LLP’s arbitration team has a ‘high level of expertise’, and is noted for its ‘depth and work ethic’. Its very busy practice acts not only for a range of multinationals, but also across sectors from shipping to telecommunications. Andre Yeap SC leads the department and Francis Xavier SC ‘speaks with authority’. The team recently lost five partners to Allen & Gledhill LLP.

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Within Foreign firms Leading individuals

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Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

Rajah & Tann LLP’s banking practice ‘goes the extra mile to understand the client’s perspective’. Angela Lim heads the department, which counts Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation and DBS Bank among its active clients. It recently advised on a HK$12.15bn syndicated facility for the acquisition of a retail mall in Hong Kong.

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Singapore: Capital markets

Within Foreign firms Leading individuals

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Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

Rajah & Tann LLP’s recent work includes advising GuocoLand on a multi-currency medium term note and perpetual securities programme, and Religare Health Trust on its S$510m IPO. Kim Huat Chia leads the sizeable, 16-partner team.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

Rajah & Tann LLP’s large corporate team advised OCBC Bank and its insurance arm Great Eastern on the sale of a minority stake in Fraser & Neave and Asia Pacific Breweries to Thai Beverage. It was also one of the firms involved in AXA’s acquisition of HSBC’s global insurance business. Howard Cheam and Kim Huat Chia are recommended.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

Rajah & Tann LLP’s sizeable disputes caseload included successfully recovering damages against Deutsche Bank for a private customer. The committed team includes Andre Yeap SC and Adrian Wong; both are ‘thorough, smart, and responsive’.

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Singapore: Employment

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a first tier firm,

The ‘very professional’ and ‘responsive’ team at Rajah & Tann LLP is led by Francis Xavier SC and Desmond Wee, and represents a diverse range of clients. Yew Fei Lai is representing Commerzbank against claims made by ten former employees. The team also has transactional and advisory capabilities.

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Singapore: Intellectual property

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

In recent work, Rajah & Tann LLP’s practice head Kok Keng Lau and newly promoted partner Nicholas Lauw organised an IP enforcement and anti-ambush marketing programme for UEFA. Lionel Tan is currently advising the local subsidiary of a Korean entertainment company in a case relating to the assignment of trade mark rights. New client wins include Verizon Global and Tiong Seng Holdings.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a first tier firm,

Rajah & Tann LLP’s ‘excellent’ projects practice numbers 11 partners and is co-led by Andre Yeap SC and Lip San Soh. Shemane Chan is also recommended and recently advised a major independent power producer on all aspects of a 1000MW coal fired plant project in Malaysia.

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Singapore: Real estate and construction

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

Despite the loss of Yee Leong Chong and four other partners in early 2013, Rajah & Tann LLP’s construction team continues to handle large construction projects as well as disputes surrounding delays, defects and warranties. The real estate practice handles the full range of real estate and conveyancing matters. Shemane Chan and ‘excellent strategist’ Kelvin Poon are recommended.

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Within Foreign firms Leading individuals

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Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a first tier firm,

With an extensive network of offices, Rajah & Tann LLP has a strong regional presence. The team represented the liquidators of a major clothing manufacturer whose operations were conducted primarily through a Cambodian subsidiary. Leading figures include department head Kwan Kiat Sim, the ‘knowledgeable’ Eng Beng Lee SC and Patrick Ang who ‘always provides sound advice’.

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Singapore: Shipping

Within Foreign firms Leading individuals

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Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a first tier firm,

Rajah & Tann LLP acts for local and foreign clients at the High Court and Court of Appeal. Kah Wah Leong and Ian Teo represented a client in a case which clarified the standard of proof and 'merits' test in the High Court (Admiralty Jurisdiction) Act. Winston Kwek and new recruit Juliana Yap focus on non-contentious matters. PY Kueh and Chuen Yee Chee left the firm.

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Singapore: TMT

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a first tier firm,

Offering ‘prompt’ and ‘on-point’ advice, the team at Rajah & Tann LLP enjoys a particularly good reputation for technology work. Steve Tan and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Rajesh Sreenivasan assisted the Government of Bangladesh in reviewing its ICT Act and e-Signature Guidelines. The team also has strong expertise in data protection law and advised Aviva on its data protection compliance programme. New client wins include Facebook, Lucasfilm and Konami Gaming.

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Singapore: Tax

Within Local firms, Rajah & Tann LLP is a second tier firm,

Led by Ronald Choo, the tax practice at Rajah & Tann LLP provides ‘a very thorough service’ to its clients, which include multinational companies, banks and individuals. The team handles tax litigation and advisory work on matters such as stamp duty, tax treaties and trust management. Irving Aw was recruited, and Jimmy Oei left the firm.

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