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Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
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MARINE ONE WEST TOWER #06-07
SINGAPORE 018937
Singapore

Singapore > Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP handles an impressive mix of contentious and non-contentious matters. It handles an impressive range of cases in the areas of merger notification and competition investigations. The team played significant roles in a series of headline mergers and cartel investigations. It also has an excellent record in regional roles beyond Singapore. Kala Anandarajah has an outstanding reputation and leads the team, having influential roles on many of Singapore’s key merger notifications and is noted for her expertise in regional matters. Dominique Lombardi has unique experience in both European Union and ASEAN matters. Tanya Tang is the firm’s chief economic and policy adviser and has a particularly strong record in the TMT sector. Phang Hwee Guang is a talented senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The wise and strong leaders’ leadership, Kala Anandarajah and Dominique Lombardi, make this firm’s practice unique. They listen to the clients’ voices very carefully and they provide very practical solutions. Although I did not have direct experience on their innovations, I heard that this firm is very eager to introduce legal technology at early stages.’

‘The team is always available and provides real commercial advice – not overly theoretical advice – they are pragmatic and even though they worked on the Singapore aspects of a transaction we instructed them on, they could appreciate the global big picture and the impact of actions and strategy in Singapore on the broader deal.’

‘Expertise in the field of competition law, and breadth of their practice/network, enables them to provide cohesive and practical advice across multiple jurisdictions. It saves clients time and effort, as the firm can provide a one-stop-shop for advice across various markets, instead of clients going market-by-market. ’

‘Kala Amandarajah and Dominique Lombardi are very responsive.’

‘Kala Anandarajah and Phang Hwee Guang have been excellent partners in navigating the complex competition laws and regulations within the Asia Pacific. They are knowledgeable in their chosen field, and are also able to appreciate the commercial realities for the business units and the industry at large. Their advice is grounded, practical, yet succinct, and they are immensely helpful in responding to any follow-up inquiries.’

‘I worked with Kala Anandarajah and Dominique Lombardi. Both individuals are very responsive and live to the commercial and political sensitivities at play when providing their advice. They are well connected with regulators and given their extensive experience, they are able to provide examples of similar concerns in other deals. Both Kala and Dominique are such a delight to work with not only because of their legal knowledge but they are both so lovely and charming.’

Key clients

Toh Thye San Farm (TTS)

Emeritus Institute of Management

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP houses a practice that combines transactional experts, led by Angela Lim with financial services regulatory lawyers, headed by Regina Liew, enabling it to provide a one-stop-shop to banks and financial institutions. Areas of transactional expertise include acquisition, trade, project, structured and property finance, in addition to Islamic banking structures. On the regulatory side, the team is deeply involved in the fintech sector, as well as advising on financial products and services offerings. Qualified in Singapore, England and Malaysia, Sey Ming Ng is a transactional finance lawyer with extensive cross-border experience. Cheryl Tan is a specialist in acquisition and venture debt financing deals; Mei Shi Ho is increasingly active in the green and sustainability-linked finance space.

Practice head(s):

Angela Lim; Regina Liew

Other key lawyers:

Sey Ming Ng; Larry Lim; Lee Xin Mei; Lee Weilin; Terence Choo; Cheryl Tan; Mei Shi Ho

Testimonials

‘R&T has been very responsive, commercial in structuring solutions acceptable to both lender and borrower.’

‘Ng Sey Ming was very hands-on and proposed novel solutions to bridge my credit requirements vs a very strong borrower with very pro-borrower financing terms. Available for discussions at any time.’

‘Excellent law firm which is reassuring, articulate, knowledgeable and effective.’

‘The team is very responsive and has a wide team covering different aspects of funds, real estate, arbitration. Able to provide an all round view.’

Key clients

DBS Bank Ltd.

Malayan Banking Berhad

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

United Overseas Bank Limited

CIMB Banking Berhad

Caterpillar Financial Services Asia Pte Ltd

OUE Commercial REIT Management Pte. Ltd

TML Holdings Pte. Ltd.

China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited

RHB Bank Berhad, Singapore branch

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to DBS Bank Ltd. and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited as joint lenders and sustainability coordinators in relation to the first sustainability linked loan in Singapore’s energy sector.
  • Acted for CapitaLand Treasury Limited as Borrower and CapitaLand Limited as Guarantor in relation to the largest bilateral sustainability linked loan in Singapore’s real estate sector to date.
  • Acted for Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited in a S$300m sustainability-linked loan to DBS Trustee Limited (in its capacity as trustee of Mapletree Industrial Trust (MIT). This is MIT’s first ever sustainability-linked credit facility.

Singapore > Capital markets: structured finance, derivatives and securitisation: Local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP brings together banking and finance and financial institutional regulatory experts to take on transactions involving listed and unlisted derivatives and financial products. The group is known for its regulatory prowess and its ability to handle novel issues, such as blockchain-related products. Jointly taking the lead are Regina Liew , head of the financial institutions group and expert in financial services laws and regulations; and Larry Lim  who is increasingly active in the fintech and digital currencies space. Benjamin Liew is recommended for his regulatory and licensing expertise.

Practice head(s):

Regina Liew; Larry Lim

Other key lawyers:

David Yeow; Xin Mei Lee; Benjamin Liew; Cheryl Tan

Singapore > Construction: Local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has an illustrious record in complex construction disputes, coupled with a strong presence in infrastructure and power projects in Southeast Asia, South Asia and North Asia. The firm has acted for clients in a series of disputes relating to the construction of data centres and landmark projects in Thailand, Singapore and elsewhere. Clients include a range of developers and contractors. Soh Lip San and Ng Kim Beng both have more than two decades of experience in construction disputes and transactions. Shemane Chan and Sim Chee Siong are prominent figures in construction contracts and procurement platforms.

Practice head(s):

Andre Yeap, SC; Soh Lip San

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I worked with Sim Chee Siong. He is responsive and practical in his advice which I find him different from other lawyers in other firms.’

‘Precise insight to judge the situation and give valuable suggestions to guide the things in following the initial target and finally achieving it.’

‘The Team has strong knowledge in construction law including technical knowledge. They are well structured and well informed on the latest cases both in arbitration and in the courts, including but not limited to the authorities’ regulations. They are able to give advice including strategising the approach to defend and putting forward the case to the other parties. Other firms may have the legal expertise but not the technical aspects.’

‘The individuals work as a team and the communication between them is well informed. You can talk to anyone in the team, and they are able to update their team members timely. The knowledge of the individuals plays an important part in understanding the issues raised.’

‘A silver-service team of star individuals who work perfectly together to provide the best advice, draftsmanship and advocacy in the region. R&T are adept at dealing with fact-heavy and technically difficult disputes.’

‘Ng Kim Beng gives sagacious advice and is a pleasure to work with, getting the very best out of this team. Alessa Pang readily masters the detail of even the most complex disputes.’

Key clients

One Bangkok Co Ltd

Teesta Solar Limited

Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd

Shaw Towers (Realty) Pte Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bangkok Smart Power Co,. Ltd and Bangkok Smart DCS Co,. Ltd on the appointment of two EPC contractors to construct certain district cooling and power infrastructure for One Bangkok and two O&M contractors to operate and maintain the district cooling plant and power infrastructure.
  • Advised Teesta on the structuring and drafting of the project documentation relating to the engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of a solar PV plant project.
  • Acted for Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd who has been appointed as the EPC contractor to construct a 60MWp floating solar farm in Singapore.

Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's ‘approachable and commercial team covers a wide range of disputes with a vast team of specialists in industries such as real estate, energy, finance, military, and shipping. The team is experienced in representing clients before Singapore courts. Lee Eng Beng SC’s recent success before the Court of Appeal concerned the application of the restitutionary rule in a matter where multiple defendants are held jointly at trial; the team also included Jansen Chow. Francis Xavier and Alina Chia are experienced in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, including cases before the new SICC. Danny Ong, Tan Chuan Thye, and Murali Pillai are experts advising financial institutions on contentious regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Francis Xavier; Leong Kah Wah; Adrian Wong

Other key lawyers:

Lee Eng Beng SC; Jansen Chow; Alina Chia; Danny Ong; Tan Chuan; Thye; Murali Pillai

Testimonials

‘Rajah & Tann continues to play a key role in a multi-faceted, complex and rare international personal insolvency engagement.’

‘Rajah & Tann do not flinch when challenged with difficult legal obstacles, instead overcoming such challenges with resilience. Their approachability combined with commerciality and super-efficient delivery of impeccable advice should be revered. Rajah & Tann’s key distinguishing factor is the offer of greatest flexibility to their client and thorough explanation of options, making the decision-making process for their client simpler than is often usual.’

Key clients

White Energy Company Ltd

OUE Lippo Healthcare Limited

Prudential Assurance Co Singapore

Senda International Capital Limited

Borrelli Walsh

Vedanta Limited

Alfa Bank of Russia

World Fuel Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd

ERC Holdings Pte Ltd

Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd

Hin Leong Group

Eagle Hospitality Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for White Energy Company in seeking damages following latest win in S$1 billion dispute coal dispute against PT Bayan for breaching joint venture obligations, which was the first case heard by the newly established SICC.
  • Successfully represented OUELH in a landmark decision by the Court of Appeal on how the restitutionary rule should apply in a case where multiple defendants are held jointly and severally liable at trial, but only a few succeed on appeal.
  • Successfully acted for Prudential Assurance Co Singapore against its former Group Financial Services Director for breach of contract and fiduciary duties involving a mass departure of close to 250 advisors to a competitor.

Singapore > Financial services regulatory: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's practice revolves around advising financial institutions on regulatory issues relating to financial products, including listed and unlisted derivatives. The group is also increasingly active in the payment services space, recently advising Singapore Telecommunications on a multijurisdictional matter relating to its proposed cross-border payments system. Regina Liew  leads the group alongside her deputy Larry Lim . Benjamin Liew is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Regina Liew; Larry Lim

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Acting for Singapore Telecommunications in relation to providing multi-jurisdictional legal and regulatory analysis in Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia on the company’s proposed cross-border payments system that will allow users of an e-wallet provider in their home country to make payments to merchants acquired by e-wallet providers in foreign countries by way of a central transaction switching and financial clearing house entity in Singapore.

Singapore > Insurance: local firms Tier 1

At Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, lawyers are well equipped to handle contentious and non-contentious insurance matters, with strong regulatory capabilities, and rights of audience before courts at all levels in Singapore. In terms of disputes, lawyers act for both claimants and insurer clients, with a particular specialism in personal injury and workplace injury cases. The group can also handle asset recovery, investigations and crisis management matters. Non-contentious specialisms include insurance-sector M&A and restructuring. Simon Goh heads the team, and handles contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as regulatory issues. Elaine Tay has developed expertise in property and energy insurance issues, including in relation to coverage issues. Ying Shuang Wang is noted for both regulatory matters and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goh

Other key lawyers:

Ying Shuang Wang; Elaine Yan

Testimonials

‘Our firm works closely with Ying Shuang Wang (who is a partner in R&T’s insurance litigation department). She has been excellent to work with – very strong industry knowledge, gives practical advice, and is very responsive. ’

Rahah & Tann clearly work as a team in a coordinated and efficient way. It is possible to work through one person knowing that they will organize themselves efficiently and effectively to deliver a premium experience to their clients.’

I have worked directly with  Ying Shuang Wang who is always responsive, thoughtful and pragmatic in her advice and approach. She is client focused, often supporting us on short notice and at awkward times of the day. She is not afraid to take a view in ambiguous situations and draws on her and her colleagues experience in framing her advice.’

The team has strong insurance expertise and knowledge and given that they advise many insurers in the market, can share real industry related knowledge and examples too.’

Ying Shuang Wang is an excellent lawyer, knowledgeable and capable.’

Key clients

Prudential Assurance Co Singapore

Hannover Reinsuance

Swiss Reinsurance

MS Amlin

Aon plc

China Taiping Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd

AIG Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd

United Overseas Insurance Limited

Liberty Speciality Markets Singapore Pte Limited

Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted as Singapore deal counsel to MS Amlin in a historical Asia Pacific focused Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) transaction.
  • Advising a multilateral organisation on the legal structure for the South East Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (“SEADRIF”), starting with its first product, a regional catastrophe risk insurance program with Lao PDR, Myanmar and possibly, Cambodia as the initial beneficiary countries.
  • Acted as Singapore deal counsel to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance on an Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) transaction – the US$100 million Akibare Re Pte Ltd (Series 2020-1) which closed in March 2020 within a very challenging project timetable to secure in-principle approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore for a Special Purpose Reinsurance Vehicle (SPRV) licence.

Singapore > Investment funds: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a principle emphasis on private funds, most notably funds formation and regulatory engagements. It is at the forefront of the trend to bring funds onshore into Singapore. It has experienced further growth in private equity funds, along with an increase in M&A and joint-venture arrangements. Arnold Tan has an outstanding reputation in the market, thanks to his experience and commitment to the investment funds segment. Anne Yeo is also highly rated, particularly for her regulatory expertise. Jasmine Chew and Philip Yeo are key names amongst the next generation.

Practice head(s):

Arnold Tan; Anne Yeo

Other key lawyers:

Jasmine Chew; Philip Yeo

Testimonials

‘Hard working, always busy, the go-to guys for fund establishment in Singapore. A very good blend of both understanding the regulatory and technical aspects of fund structuring and also the practical aspects.’

‘The investment funds team is highly professional and technically proficient. Despite the pandemic, they continue to provide timely updates on regulatory changes and are readily available for advice.’

‘They are commercially-minded and provide comprehensive advice when required.’

‘Arnold Tan – Hard working, switched on, innovative, creative and just happens to be a super nice guy.’

‘Arnold Tan – a clear leader in the field. His knowledge, experience and expertise are market leading and he has earned a reputation in the field of being a leader of the industry and is well trusted by clients. Arnold’s experience is second to none.’

‘Anne Yeo is a thorough and dedicated legal advisor who has a deep understanding and experience in the industry as a Singapore legal and regulatory adviser. She is well known by the market and is a leader in her field.’

‘Anne Yeo – the queen of the regulatory world.’

‘Jasmine Chew – Jasmine is an experienced practitioner with a commercial approach to matters. Jasmine has deep knowledge of the Singapore legal and regulatory framework and provides added value to her clients.’

Key clients

Havenport Asset Management Pte Ltd

Tahan Capital Management Pte Ltd

Amansa Capital Pte Ltd

New Silk Road Investment Pte Ltd

Unison Capital Management Pte Ltd

RV Capital Management Pte Ltd

Nuvest Capital Pte Ltd

Mizuho Asia Partners Pte Ltd

Griha Pte Limited

Beenext

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a large team of employment experts, covering the full spectrum of non-contentious and contentious matters. The firm has impressed in advisory matters, including employment policies and incentive plans, along with restructuring and retrenchment exercises, big-ticket employment disputes (including wrongful dismissal claims), and investigations. Desmond Wee is a leader in retrenchment exercises, employee terminations and incentive plans. Jonathan Yuen and Muralidharan Pillai, SC are at the forefront of employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Yuen; Desmond Wee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘R&T support all our employment work in Singapore. They know the law, have practical advice on how to manage issues, provide clear advice and do so in an efficient manner.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They take a commercial viewpoint as well as a legal one and act as a true partner to the businesses they support. They are extremely easy to work with and build trust and rapport quickly with their clients. We have worked with a few legal practices in Singapore and they are by far the best we have ever come across.’ 

‘Their knowledge, responsiveness, passion for what they do and ability to make fast decisions on the right course of action. They are extremely personable, go out of their way to support their clients and build up a great rapport with those they work with. The individuals we have worked with have had a really positive approach, but a no-nonsense one at the same time and that is very refreshing.’

‘Jonathan Yuen knows all there is to know about the law, provides clear and helpful advice, and is responsive. For any employment law support, we only consult Jonathan.’ 

‘Jonathan Yuen has great commercial acumen, understands clients’ needs immediately, and is prompt in his responses.’

Key clients

Turner & Townsend

Engie

Sennheiser

The Japan Research Institute, limited

AXA Insurance Pte Ltd

Ermenegildo Zegna

Daiwa Bank

Cloudflare, Inc

Credit Agricole

Allfunds Bank

Marriott International Asia Pacific

Work highlights

  • Acted for a leading international bank in Singapore against a wrongful termination suit brought by an ex-employee; and responding to a concurrent Monetary Authority of Singapore inquiry as to the dispute
  • Acted for Nomura Singapore Limited in an employment dispute involving an ex-employee.

Singapore > Private wealth and family law – local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP continues to up its emphasis on private wealth work, particularly in light of the growing number of engagements coming from ultra high net-worth families in India, China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. The team has an especially strong record in tax structuring thanks to the presence of Vikna Rajah, who has excellent connections to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Economic Development Board. Chandra Mohan is an experienced name in matrimonial and trusts disputes.

Practice head(s):

Vikna Rajah; Chandra Mohan

Singapore > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

Sponsors, contractors, service providers, financiers and government regularly instruct the team at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP to advise them on the full gamut of projects issues, particularly those concerning energy and resources, across the Asia-Pacific region. The practice, under the leadership of Soh Lip San, is especially well regarded for its dispute resolution expertise in the projects space. On the non-contentious side, Shemane Chan is the name to note for issues relating to procurement, while Larry Lim is a noted advisor on energy and commodities trading. In other key developments, Matthew KohAlessa Pang and Devathas Satianathan all made partners in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Practical and commercially minded. Understands the client’s requirements.’

‘Ng Kim Beng has a practical and “to the point” approach to legal issues.’

‘This team is very strong and is just that, a team, both internally and also working with the client and external experts or other counsel. Very impressive.’

‘Ng Kim Beng is the partner I know best. He is an extremely good and contentious lawyer, with very clear thinking on strategy and tactics.’

‘Alessa Pang is a very strong litigator with a great ability to assimilate detail and reframe it for the fight!’

Key clients

Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd

Linde Gas Singapore Pte Ltd

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad

TRX City Sdn Bhd

Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co., Ltd /One Bangkok

Development Management

Beximco

SA Corporation

Neste Singapore Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad on the grant of an exclusive concession to a new company to take over, operate, maintain and upgrade its existing district cooling and co-generation plant, which provides chilled water and electricity to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport complex as well as the surrounding facilities.
  • Advising the receivers (appointed by Maybank) on the proposed sale of the power plant and associated assets of Tuaspring to a subsidiary of YTL Power International Berhad.
  • Advising Teesta on the structuring and drafting of documentation relating to the engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of a solar plant project.

Singapore > Real estate: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP continues to make an impression in major commercial and residential real estate transactions, along with collective real estate sales and real estate financings. It represents an impressive number of corporates, developers and investment funds, among others. While Singapore deals remain its core focus, the firm is increasingly active in other markets such as Cambodia and Myanmar. Norman Ho is one of the most experienced real estate specialists in the market, while Elsa Chai is another with an established record in conveyancing. Benjamin Tay now leads many of the firm’s key deals.

Practice head(s):

Norman Ho; Elsa Chai

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Tay; Gazalle Mok

Testimonials

‘I’ve observed great teamwork and strong dedication from the team to provide adequate support to clients like us.’

‘Highly experienced individuals with lots of business sense.’

Key clients

GCREF Acquisitions XVIII Limited

AirTrunk Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Golden Compass (BVI) Ltd.

OUE Hospitality REIT Management Pte. Ltd. OUE Hospitality Trust Management Pte. Ltd

Boustead Industrial Fund Management Pte. Ltd.

Mediacorp Pte. Ltd.

Lucas Real Estate Singapore Pte. Ltd.

BreadTalk Group Pte. Ltd.

Eu Realty (Singapore) Private Limited

United Overseas Insurance Limited

Kims Land Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted as Singapore local counsel for Sydney-based hyperscale data centre provider AirTrunk relating to Singapore real estate matters in relation to the S$1.4bn refinancing of its existing banking facilities.
  • Acted for Golden Compass (BVI) Ltd in the S$700m  acquisition of the balance issued and paid-up share capital of Oxley Beryl Pte. Ltd., the registered proprietor of the now strata-subdivided 32-storey commercial tower of the property known as Oxley @ Raffles.
  • Acted for Boustead Industrial Fund Management (as fund manager) in Boustead Industrial Fund’s S$422m million acquisition of a portfolio of real estate assets and interests comprising investments in business parks, logistics and industrial properties.

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP‘s large and established team is highly rated for restructuring and insolvency. It has acted for key parties in a large proportion of major restructuring and insolvency matters involving the Singapore profession. It has recently cemented its standing with a series of headline engagements in the maritime and offshore sector, with Asia network chair Lee Eng Beng SC and Singapore managing partner Patrick Ang acting for the Hin Leong group, one of Asia’s largest oil traders, on a cross-border billion-dollar debt restructuring. Sim Kwan Kiat, Mark Cheng and Tan Chuan Thye SC are standout figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sim Kwan Kiat; Mark Cheng; Chua Beng Chye

Other key lawyers:

Lee Eng Beng, SC; Sheila Ng

Testimonials

‘The practice has multiple respected and experienced partners who are highly competent and recognised in their respective fields. The partners are well supported by a team of well-trained lawyers. The practice has also a decent connectivity in the region. All in all, the above enables the practice to support their clients in diverse, complex and cross-border requirements.’

‘Clearly, the leading insolvency team in Singapore with a proactive and commercial approach.’

‘Very well dedicated teams and knowledge. Diverse know-how and great partners.’

‘The team led by Sim Kwan Kiat has in-depth technical knowledge and valuable legal expertise. Their extensive regional network of lawyers help to provide a more holistic understanding of various challenges from these insolvency regimes.’

‘Sim Kwan Kiat is commercial minded, highly analytical and helpful. Besides strong technical knowledge, his ability to see through complex restructuring and understand the landscape among various stakeholders, serves as a cutting-edge tool for lenders.’

‘Lee Eng Beng, SC – very sound technically, gives clear commercial advice and proposes innovative solutions. Sim Kwan Kiat – technically very sound, pleasure to work with and commercial. Sheila Ng – very responsive, good commercial awareness and drafting skills.’

‘Mark Cheng is a dynamic and knowledgeable partner, combining legal acumen with commercial awareness.’

Key clients

Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd

Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd

Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hong Kong) Limited

H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd

ING Bank N.V. (Singapore Branch), MUFG Bank Ltd (Singapore Branch), Natixis (Singapore Branch), Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft (Singapore Branch), Indian Overseas Bank, CTBC Bank Co Ltd (Singapore Branch), Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank Co Ltd (Singapore Branch), Union de Banques Arabes et Francaises (Singapore Branch), Indian Bank (Singapore Branch), Bank of Baroda, Emirates NBD Bank P.J.S.C. (Singapore Branch), UCO Bank (Singapore Branch), State Bank of India (Singapore Branch), Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Cp Ltd (Singapore Branch), United Overseas Bank Limited

REXLot

Cosco Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Co. Ltd

PSA Corporation

Eagle Hospitality REIT

Borrelli Walsh, Liquidators of Torque Group

Malayan Banking Berhad (Singapore Branch)

DBS Bank, CIMB Bank Berhad, Singapore Branch and Natixis

Ryobi Kiso Holdings Ltd and its subsidiary, Ryobi Kiso (S) Pte Ltd

Phua Yong Tat, Phua Yong Pin and Golden Hill Capital Pte Ltd

FTI Consulting, Judicial Manager of Tendcare Medical Group Holdings Pte Ltd, appointed by Singapore High Court

Jurong Aromatics Corp Pte Ltd (receivers and managers appointed), Cosimo Borrelli and Jason Kardachi

DBS Bank Ltd. / OCBC Bank / CIMB Bank Berhad / Malayan Banking Berhad / Caterpillar Financial Services Asia

Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd

Judicial Managers of Swissco

Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd and Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd in the high-profile $4.59bn debt restructuring exercise involving more than 23 creditors from multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acted for Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hongkong) Ltd (In Liquidation) in its claims against various entities for the recovery of receivables, which form a substantial component of the company’s assets.
  • Successfully assisted steel producer H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd with applying for the enhanced moratorium under section 211B of Singapore’s Companies Act 2017.

Singapore > Shipping: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is a t the forefront of maritime disputes, offering a sizeable team of shipping experts, many of which have many years of experience. The focus on marine and international trade includes an in-house Master Mariner, while its international client base features banks, shipowners, P&I Clubs, charterers and commodity houses. The firm has landed a series of headline engagements in shipping sector restructurings, liquidations, allegations of fraud, and instances of judicial management. Toh Kian Sing SC and Leong Kah Wah have outstanding reputations in shipping and international trade disputes.

Practice head(s):

Toh Kian Sing, SC; Jainil Bhandari; Chua Choon King

Other key lawyers:

Leong Kah Wah; Winston Kwek; Chua Choon King; Kendall Tan; Max Lim

Testimonials

‘This team has been nothing but amazing, supporting my career. I’ve known the team for almost ten years and we have worked on so many deals together. The team is constantly there for me even to the extent of providing free advice, by being someone to chat with and discuss legal strategies.’

‘Collaboration is their big strength. From top to bottom they have knowledgeable, bright and well-disciplined team members who all contribute to the winning outcome.’

The team has hands-on knowledge and always make themselves available.’ 

‘Kendall Tan and Max Lim are outstanding for their breadth and depth of knowledge and the speed and accuracy with which they apply it.’

‘Kendall Tann and Max Lim. They give importance to detail and try to find a solution to a problem, rather than focusing on the problem.’

Key clients

Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd and Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd

Phillip 66 International Trading Pte Ltd

Hai Jiang 1401 Pte Ltd

National Bank of Fujairah

Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd

Malayan Banking Berhad

DBS Bank, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited and United Overseas Bank Limited (Confidential)

China-Base Group Co Ltd

Cepheus Ltd

Grand Famous Shipping Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd and Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd in a high profile $4bn debt restructuring exercise involving more than 23 creditors.
  • Acting for a group of banks in Singapore, who are major creditors of Agritrade International Pte Ltd, in relation to over a $1bn suspected fraud.
  • Successfully acted for DBS Bank Ltd as creditor in its involvement in the global restructuring of Bourbon Maritime.

Singapore > TMT: local firms Tier 1

Its breadth of expertise marks out the practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP; data protection issues, fintech developments, regulatory matters, disputes and green technology projects all make up key parts of the firm’s regular workload. Rajesh Sreenivasan heads up the department, ably supported by deputy Steve Tan – the two also play key roles in Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity, a one-stop shop which combines legal and technical expertise to allow clients to mitigate against cyber attacks, minimise disruptions from security breaches and deal effectively with such incidents. Other core team members include Lionel Tan, who is regularly involved in cases dealing with internet defamation, fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information. Transactional specialists Benjamin Cheong and Tanya Tang hold extensive regulatory experience, making them well placed to advise on competition and policy issues.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The TMT team understands the business structure, products and needs. The advice is clear, straightforward, easy to understand, and they really seek to value-add by providing commercial, sensible advice which is practical and realistic to implement. Another notable strength is that they are able to coordinate and obtain advice from their regional South East Asia offices. Their turnaround time is also fast and fees are very reasonable and fair.’

‘Benjamin Cheong is the partner we liaise with. He is responsive, commercial-minded, and offers practical solutions. He also takes the effort and understands the tech and regulatory landscape in this space very well.’

‘The firm took us on and moved the process authoritatively and painlessly for us in record time. They never second-guessed us at any time and have always provided us the pros and cons.’

‘The partners who worked with us from day one are, in my view, the most professional and pleasant lawyers I have worked with. Responses to our queries are very well researched and they are very much up to date with issues that are relevant to us and our requirements.’

‘Rajah & Tann is definitely one of the leading data privacy practices in SEA. I have sought their advice on many legal issues in Singapore and other SEA countries. Often, they were able to provide very detailed analysis that left no stone untouched. Their assessments addressed the right concerns of the customers and were able to be implemented. The billing is reasonable and affordable.’

‘Steve Tan has always displayed himself standing among the top of the data protection practice. His knowledge on the topic is immense and extensive, he is well-liked and trusted by his customers. His sense of professionalism and responsibility is at the highest level expected by any client. Besides just understanding the law, Steve will spend time to understand the business, the issues that need to be addressed and also the technological implications. I will highly recommend him to anyone.’

Key clients

Facebook Inc

Splunk

American Express

ByteDance Pte Ltd and TikTok Pte Ltd

DBS Bank

OCBC Bank

M1 Limited

The World Bank / International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Huawei International Pte Ltd

Singapore Life Pte Ltd

National Institute of Education

Housing and Development Board

Ant Financial Services Group (formerly known as Alipay)

Development Bank of Singapore (DBS)

ZhongAn Technologies International Group Limited

Liberty Wireless (Circles Life)

Sephora Asia Pte Ltd, Sephora Singapore Pte Ltd, Sephora Digital SEA Pte Ltd

Volkswagen S.A.

Endurance International Group

Red Bull Media House Gmbh

NetLink Management Pte Ltd (in its capacity as trustee of NetLink Trust)

Electrolux

Engie SA (formerly GDF Suez SA)

ABS-CBN Global, Ltd

Institute for Human Resource Professionals

Logan Property (Singapore) Company Pte. Limited

Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd

Yanlord Commercial Property Investments Pte Ltd

Capgemini Singapore

Work highlights

  • Advised Coupang Corporation, South Korea’s biggest e-commerce retailer, on the multi-million dollar acquisition of the technology assets of Hooq Digital.
  • Assisted Bayer with the development and launch of its highly innovative digital agriculture and sustainability initiatives across the South-East Asian region.
  • Advised M1 on its formation of a joint-venture consortium with StarHub and the submission of a joint bid for 5G spectrum rights.

Singapore > White-collar crime - Local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s white-collar crime portfolio spans an extensive spectrum of white-collar defence, fraud investigations and advisory work, with the team widely recognised for its expertise in advising corporations and individuals in complex, and often multijurisdictional matters. It also has extensive experience in advising clients in major cases involving securities fraud such as market manipulation and insider trading, cybercrime, as well as corruption-related offences and criminal breach of trust and cheating offences. Hamidul Haq has previously completed stints at the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Commercial Affairs Department and is noted for his work in securities offences, business crimes, anti-money laundering, fraud and asset seizure litigation. Thong Chee Kun has extensive experience acting for clients in cases involving corporate and compliance breaches, corruption offences, and tax-related offences.  

Practice head(s):

Hamidul Haq; Thong Chee Kun

Other key lawyers:

Josephine Chee

Testimonials

‘This team has such a diversity that it can robustly analyse any problem and work with its clients to find the optimal solution.’

‘Chee Kun Thong and Josephine Chee are a dynamic due who work so well together. They each have a great network of contacts and ability to identify the real issues in a case.’

‘Chee Kun Thong: realistic views on Singapore police behaviour and way of operating. Strategic and well-balanced in his views, any contribution always very well considered. Josephine Chee: very diligent and hard-working, great attention to detail. Always very prompt in responses.’

‘The team is very engaged in the assignment and has pristine expertise on how the police view the case. They are very candid in their advice, i.e. advise in a constructive way if their view differs from our views. The team plays well together and combines junior and senior expertise in an efficient way.’

Key clients

Wirecard AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wirecard AG in an ongoing high-profile internal inquiry that has wide-ranging implications with its index shedding substantially in value since the fraud allegations.
  • Representing two Korean nationals in criminal proceedings in the State Courts of Singapore in relation to a high-profile investigation by the Singapore authorities into their alleged corruption of Henry Foo for the purposes of furthering Daewoo’s business interests with LTA.
  • Acting for a financial institution in an internal investigation into allegations of securities market manipulation involving various accounts maintained with a financial institution.

Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP‘s capital markets group is known for its expertise across the waterfront of equity and debt transactions, and hybrid instruments. The group has significant experience in cross-border transactions, utilising the firm’s regional office network, with recent deals including listings on the Hong Kong stock exchange main board. In 2020, debt-side specialists acted in a number of ground-breaking catastrophe bond transactions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. In February 2021, the team benefitted from the arrival of Raymond Tong from Clifford Chance, who is a veteran of equity deals across south east Asia. Kim Huat Chia  is the corporate and transactional group regional head and has experience in Singapore listings and take-private transactions. Evelyn Wee  coordinates the capital markets group, known for advising listed companies on compliance issues and their transactions.

Practice head(s):

Evelyn Wee

Other key lawyers:

Kim Huat Chia; Raymond Tong; Danny Lim; Sandy Foo; Lee Xin Mei

Testimonials

The team is experienced and well-versed in the pitfalls of the sector. Delivery and turnaround time is excellent, feedback is good. Always available for discussions and open communication.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited

G.H.Y Culture & Media Holding Co., Limited

Hannover Ruck SE

Japfa Ltd

Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte. Ltd.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd.

OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

SMRT Capital Pte. Ltd. and SMRT Corporation Ltd

TML Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted as Singapore counsel to Lufax Holding Ltd in connection with its US$2.36bn initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, with an over-allotment option for the underwriters to purchase an additional 26,250,000 American depository shares.
  • Acted for DBS Trustee Limited (in its capacity as trustee of OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust) and OUE CT Treasury Pte. Ltd. in the establishment of a S$2bn multicurrency debt issuance programme.
  • Acted for G.H.Y Culture & Media Holding Co., Limited in relation to its initial public offering listing on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 2

Clients note Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP as ‘one of the most impressive law firms across the Asia-Pacific through its strong ASEAN footprint.’ The firm has offices in China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viternam, among other locations, and is geared to handle all manner of transactions, from acquisitions, divestments and takeovers to mergers, de-mergers and restructurings. Lawrence Tan  possesses an extensive track record in competing takeover offers of public-listed companies while Wee Hann Lim ’s practice often sees him engaged on multi-jurisdictional transactions involving biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. The duo jointly head the practice which is also active in the banking, real estate, technology, insurance and telecommunications fields and includes Sandy Foo, a lawyer who complements her M&A knowhow with banking and finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘One of the most impressive law firms across the Asia-Pacific through their strong ASEAN footprint. ’

‘Wee Hann Lim is a true star. His ability to cut through the nitty gritty makes him standout as a leader in his field.’

‘The firm is very diverse in its range of disciplines and, importantly, maintains a consistently high standard across all. This is helpful because as a growing startup, Rajah & Tann is able to see us through various stages of growth.’

‘Effective, efficient and fully met our needs.’

‘A regional practice. Very important for cross-border M&A and  due diligence efforts. Highly responsive and competent. ’

‘Brian Ng – technically very competent – regional experience (Southeast Asia) particularly in the emerging markets – extremely resourceful and street smart.’

 

Key clients

Bank of China Limited

CITIC Limited

Hong Leong Group

Japfa Limited

Kuok Group

OUE Limited

Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited

PSA Group

Salim Group conglomerate

Singapore Press Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited in the voluntary conditional cash offer by United Overseas Bank Limited and DBS Bank Limited, for and on behalf of Primero Investment Holdings Pte. Ltd., to acquire all of the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited. The offer values Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited at approximately S$1.579bn.
  • Advised CITIC Envirotech Ltd. in its selective capital reduction of shares subsequent to its delisting from the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited in January 2020. Based on the offer price of S$0.55 per share, CITIC Envirotech group is valued at S$1.34bn.
  • Acted for SB REIT Management Pte. Ltd., in its capacity as manager of Soilbuild Business Space REIT, in the acquisition of all the issued units in Soilbuild Business Space REIT by Clay Holdings III Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement. The acquisition values Soilbuild Business Space REIT at approximately S$700m.

Singapore > Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a strong focus on the areas of technology, new media, sports and gambling. The IP group operates at the more premium end of the market, notably in software licensing agreements and domain name disputes with a lesser of an emphasis on trade mark and patent registrations. Department head Lau Kok Keng is a leading name in the sports and gambling sectors, both in disputes and transactions. Nicholas Lauw is a key figure in technology, media and data privacy; this includes licensing and software agreements, and patent and copyright disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lau Kok Keng

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, able to turn around quickly to meet tight deadlines, deep knowledge of the law, practical.’

‘The firm is professional, and was forthcoming with recommending better solutions.’

‘Nicholas Lauw is very responsive and is able to provide pragmatic and commercial advice for our business.

‘Nicholas Lauw has more than often achieved the outcome that our company was looking for. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs sound legal advice for patent litigation cases.’

‘Lau Kok Keng from Rajah & Tann has rich knowledge in IP and was able to help us very well with agreements that involve IP matters, such as performance agreements that involve content creation.’

Key clients

Adobe Systems Inc.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Microsoft Corporation

Singapore Pools (Private) Limited

Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, Sunseap Energy Pte Ltd, Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd

Sunstar Inc.

Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Singapore National Olympic Council

NTUC Foodfare Co-operatives Pte. Ltd.

Nanyang Technological University

Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd

Phenomenon Agents Limited

Foresight Metal Engineering Pte Ltd

The Coca-Cola Company and Honest Tea, Inc

JERA Global Trading

Daimler South East Asia Pte. Ltd.

Alila Hotels & Resorts

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Fujitsu Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

SEA Limited

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Singapore Sports Council

Youngjoy Technology Limited

EW Cinemas Pte Ltd

Public Utilities Board

Express Food Group Co., Limited

Archroma Singapore Pte Ltd

Penta Ocean Construction Co, Ltd.

Software One Pte Ltd

Kopitiam Investment Pte Ltd

Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore Ltd

Birkenstock GMBH & Co

Ministry of Education

The Bible Society of Singapore

TWD Industrial Company Ltd

Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd

Denise Keller

Yitai (Shanghai) Plastic Co. Ltd

PharmaCare Laboratories Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Birkenstock on claims for trade mark infringement and passing off against former distributors in Singapore and Malaysia.
  • Engaged by the Ministry of Education to conduct a training course on copyright issues in the digital educational landscape for teachers and personnel of Government schools.
  • Acted for a prominent local media personality against an individual for infringement of copyright relating to the use of certain photos and videos on social media.

Singapore > International arbitration Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP‘s international arbitration practice group combines strong regional coverage across South East Asia with local law capabilities. It has a particular reputation for handling disputes involving States and those within oil and gas sector, as well as arbitration-related litigation. Senior partner Andre Yeap leads the practice alongside Kelvin Poon who counts India-related disputes, construction and projects arbitrations among his areas of specialism. Other key contacts include Francis Xavier for investment-related claims and the ‘strategicNg Kim Beng for disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Andre Yeap SC; Kelvin Poon

Other key lawyers:

Francis Xavier SC; Ng Kim Beng; Tan Chuan Thye SC; Avinash Pradhan

Testimonials

‘We were very impressed with both the legal advice provided as well as the way the team interacted with us. They were proactive and professional and very personable at the same time. The preparation of our witnesses in the arbitration hearings were detailed and done in a very diligent manner. We would highly recommend working with this practice again.’

‘The team I worked with is the construction disputes team – they were very communicative with the client and highly service oriented. The advice is practical and makes a lot of business sense to me. ’

‘ Ng Kim Beng stands out. His thinking is strategic and quick. He is apt to view the whole picture of a complex situation and understands how to navigate through complicated situations. He is a great lawyer.’

‘Overall a professional team with strong legal background combined with a personable approach.

Tan Chuan Thye and Avinash Pradhan are very experienced, calm and balanced, excellent communicators.

‘ The important point that makes this practice unique is the capability of the teamwork, they are working professionally and timely manner. ’

‘The most differential from other competitor is that their quality of works and timing, as well as the way they deliver their useful and practical advice’.

Key clients

Republic of the Philippines

Vedanta Limited

China New Machine Company

Hilton

Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd

The Government of an Asian country

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of the Philippines (the Government) in ongoing arbitration proceedings before the ICC brought by Chevron and Shell against the Government in relation to Claimants’ liability to pay income taxes due to the Government.
  • Representing Vedanta in two matters relating to a Singapore-seated treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from its $3.8bn claims against the Republic of India under the United Kingdom-India Bilateral Investment Treaty arising from India’s retrospective usage of legislation to impose capital gain taxes and interest in relation to certain sale proceeds.
  • Representing China New Machinery Energy Company in $1.2bn proceedings to set aside a final award of the International Chamber of Commerce over a dispute of a power plant in Guatemala.

Singapore > Tax: local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP cemented its position as a leader in tax dispute resolution with the hire of Foo Hui Min, the former head of IRAS’s law division. She has joined the leader of the tax department Vikna Rajah, who himself has a background with IRAS and has had a pivotal role in elevating the firm’s status in the tax disputes arena over the last few years. This has led to a significant increase in engagements from large multinationals. Aside from disputes, the department has a flourishing advisory and transactional practice, including a significant uptick in the establishment of family offices in Singapore. It is also known for tax-driven capital markets transactions, including catastrophe bonds.

Practice head(s):

Vikna Rajah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team’s strength is knowledge. The partner, Vikna Rajah, has good knowledge on Goods and Services Tax.’

‘The partner, Vikna Rajah, had extensive experience starting from being the legal counsel for the government authority before being a partner at Rajah & Tann.’

‘The team consistently delivers excellent results within a reasonable fee.’

‘Apart from the technical knowledge and ability, the ability to plan the strategy to handle the issue and know what is to be expected in the case is the biggest strength. The team under Vikna Rajah has that unique ability.’

‘I have worked closely with the Private Wealth practice and Tax practice, both headed by Vikna Rajah. What makes this practice unique is the exceptional level of service and knowledge combined that makes the client journey comparable to no other firm. This is just the best of the best. I personally have been extremely satisfied, as have the clients I have referred to Vikna Rajah.’

‘Vikna Rajah. He is just simply exceptional. Razor-sharp mind. Able to cut directly to the issue, analyse the problems from novel angles and identify the most relevant solution, which is consistently brilliant, to say the least. Just amazing.’

‘The team lead is important. I work with Vikna and find him to be open, collaborative and easy to work with. I am also impressed with the care and time he invests with clients/potential clients to understand and resolve issues.’

Key clients

The WorldBank

Sibghatullah s/o Mohammed Akhtar and Mohammed Abdullah

Work highlights

  • Assisted Worldbank on the set up of a first of its kind Singapore law governed trust structure for the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility

Singapore > Legal market overview

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a strong reputation for investor-state disputes and energy sector international arbitration; it is regularly instructed on China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines related multimillion-dollar arbitrations. Practice heads Andre Yeap and Kelvin Poon are key contacts in Singapore, as is the regional head of dispute resolution group Francis Xavier, SC, while in Vietnam Chau Huy Quang is noted for investor-state disputes. It counts construction and healthcare disputes among its other areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Andre Yeap SC; Kelvin Poon

Other key lawyers:

Chau Huy Quang; Francis Xavier SC; Ng Kim Beng

Myanmar > Projects

Rajah & Tann Myanmar Company Limited advises on the full-lifecycle of projects from construction to contractual matters across Myanmar and Southeast Asia. The team is active in government-related work; including advising on multi-million-dollar public housing projects in Yangon and on landmark railways projects. Chester Toh is the name for regulatory issues and Min Thein handles investment matters. Construction and infrastructure disputes feature in the caseload. Also in Singapore is Shemane Chan who has strength in the energy, transportation, and telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive, and provide a measured and balanced viewpoint. Instead of simply stating the law, they help us to weigh our options carefully and also advise us against taking certain actions which our management are keen on.’

Key clients

Dagon International Limited

BASF Corporation

Best Oil and PT Power

Denko Trading

CNQC

NS Bluescope

Liberty Global Transaction Solutions

Myanma Apex Bank Limited

KT Group

PTT

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Lender in the granting of banking facilities of up to $30m for the development of a subsea cable from Myanmar to Singapore.
  • Advised Liberty Global Transaction Solutions on Myanmar law aspects of the second-largest deal ever involving Myanmar assets – the sale of privately-held Irrawaddy Green Towers.
  • Assisting Best Oil Company Limited with the structuring of a petroleum franchise.

The firm: Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia. The firm has been at the leading edge of law in Asia, having worked on many of the biggest and highest profile matters in the region.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia. Launched in 2014, it is one of the largest regional networks that brings together leading law firms and over 700 fee earners in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand 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. The firm’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Japan and South Asia. Further, as the Singapore member firm of the Lex Mundi Network, it is able to offer clients access to legal support in over 100 countries around the globe.

Rajah & Tann Singapore understands the legal, cultural and business environment in Asia. Its leading practices are highly attuned to market developments and the firm has strong expertise to advise on all aspects of a transaction or matter. The firm’s cross-border expertise is augmented by Rajah & Tann Asia, where it works closely with member firms to deliver complete solutions to complex multi-jurisdictional deals. Rajah & Tann Singapore has the largest litigation practice in Singapore and South East Asia with outstanding expertise in dispute resolution and it is the only Singapore law firm with the capability to seamlessly support multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution, as lawyers in the network are qualified to practise local law and appear in local courts in the region.

As a reflection of the pursuit for excellence, the firm has been named Singapore National Law Firm of the Year’ at Chambers Asia Awards 2013,
2015 and 2017. It has also been consecutively ranked as a top FT25 Asia-Pacific headquartered firm, having been named at Financial Times’ FT
Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers awards for its work in legal expertise and business of law in the region. In 2016, the firm clinched the ‘Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN’ award. In 2018, it was recognised as an innovative law firm for launching Rajah & Tann Technologies, a new business and service delivery model.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Angela Lim
Capital markets Evelyn Wee
Competition, antitrust and trade Kala Anandarajah
Construction and projects/energy Soh Lip San
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Abdul Jabbar
Dispute resolution Leong Kah Wah
Employment and benefits Desmond Wee
Financial services regulatory Regina Liew
Intellectual property, gaming and sports Lau Kok Keng
International arbitration Andre Yeap SC
Investment funds Arnold Tan
Private wealth Vikna Rajah
Real estate Elsa Chai
Restructuring and insolvency Sim Kwan Kiat
Shipping and international trade Toh Kian Sing SC
Tax Vikna Rajah
Technology, media and telecommunications Rajesh Sreenivasan
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Kala Anandarajah, PBM  photo Kala Anandarajah, PBM Head, Competition & Antitrust and TradePartner, Competition & Antitrust and Trade, Employment…
Patrick Ang  photo Patrick Ang Deputy Managing Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency
Abdul Jabbar Bin Karam Din  photo Abdul Jabbar Bin Karam Din Head, Corporate and Transactional PracticePartner, Banking & Finance, General Corporate Commercial, Employment & Benefits, Mergers…
Elsa Chai  photo Elsa Chai Head, Corporate Real Estate
Yoke Ping Cheng  photo Yoke Ping Cheng Partner
Lee Fong Chia  photo Lee Fong Chia Partner (Foreign Lawyer), Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
Kim Huat Chia  photo Kim Huat Chia Regional Head, Corporate & Transactional PracticePartner, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Hospitality
Terence Choo  photo Terence Choo Partner, Banking & Finance, Project Finance
Beng Chye Chua  photo Beng Chye Chua Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency
Sandy Foo  photo Sandy Foo Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Banking & Finance
Cynthia Goh  photo Cynthia Goh Partner
Chi Tern Hoon  photo Chi Tern Hoon Partner, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
Winston Kwek  photo Winston Kwek Partner, Shipping & International Trade
Weilin Lee  photo Weilin Lee Partner, Banking & FinanceHead, Sustainability 
Eng Beng Lee, SC, PBM  photo Eng Beng Lee, SC, PBM Managing Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency, Appeals & Issues
Kah Wah Leong  photo Kah Wah Leong Head, Dispute ResolutionPartner, Shipping & International Trade
Benjamin Liew  photo Benjamin Liew Partner, Financial Institutions Group
Angela Lim  photo Angela Lim Head, Banking & FinancePartner, Project Finance
Larry Lim  photo Larry Lim Deputy Head, Financial Institutions GroupPartner, Energy & Resources Practice
Danny Lim  photo Danny Lim Partner, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
Wee Hann Lim  photo Wee Hann Lim Co-Head, Mergers & Acquisitions
Dominique Lombardi  photo Dominique Lombardi Deputy Head, Competition & Antitrust and Trade
Danny Ong  photo Danny Ong Partner, Commercial Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency, International Arbitration, Fraud, Asset Recovery and…
Murali Pillai  photo Murali Pillai Partner, Commercial Litigation, Employment & Benefits
Terence Quek  photo Terence Quek Partner
Vikna Rajah  photo Vikna Rajah Head, Tax, Private Client
Kwan Kiat Sim  photo Kwan Kiat Sim Head, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice
Arnold Tan  photo Arnold Tan Head, Funds and Investment Management
Lawrence Tan  photo Lawrence Tan Co-Head, Mergers & Acquisitions
Chuan Thye Tan, SC  photo Chuan Thye Tan, SC Partner, Appeals & Issues
Ian Teo  photo Ian Teo Partner, Shipping & International Trade
Kian Sing Toh, SC  photo Kian Sing Toh, SC Senior Partner and Head, Shipping & International TradePartner, International Arbitration
Evelyn Wee  photo Evelyn Wee Deputy Head, Corporate and Transactional PracticeHead, Capital MarketsSenior Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions
Desmond Wee  photo Desmond Wee Head, General Corporate CommercialHead, Employment & Benefits
Francis Xavier, SC, PBM  photo Francis Xavier, SC, PBM Regional Head, Dispute ResolutionPartner, International Arbitration, Treaty Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Banking &…
Jonathan Yuen  photo Jonathan Yuen Head, Employment & Benefits (Disputes)
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