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

Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1

Led by Kala Anandarajah, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP advises on mergers and acquisitions, Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) investigations, and the lodging of complaints with CCCS. Anandarajah has a broad knowledge of antitrust law, while Dominique Lombardi is knowledgeable in both EU and Southeast Asian competition law. Tanya Tang is both a partner and chief economic and policy advisor in the team; her clients include private companies involved in mergers and investigations, as well as sectoral regulators.

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Testimonials

‘This firm covers most Asian jurisdictions. This helps us a lot when we have cross-border matters/cases/investigations. Once we asked the Singapore head office of this firm, they arranged the work necessary in the relevant jurisdictions in Asia swiftly.’

‘Kala Anandarajah is a good leader in competition and trade law. She is very clever, able to grasp the essence of the matter/case, and is very responsive. Her advice is very clear-cut and easy to understand.’

‘Dominique Lombardi is a good partner. She is very active and swiftly understands the relevant situations of the matter.’

Key clients

Toh Thye San Farm

Pathology Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd. (part of TPG Group)

DKSH Holding Ltd and DKSH Holding (s) Pte Ltd

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

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a formidable reputation in the regulatory field. It has extensive experience with listed and unlisted derivatives and other structured products. The firm has worked closely on changes to the OTC derivatives regime in Singapore and frequently advises clients on structuring their derivatives transactions. Regina Liew is a prominent regulatory specialist in derivatives, securitisation and other structured products. Larry Lim is also highly rated in this sector.

Construction: Local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has top-tier experience advising on construction matters for project sponsors, developers, and contractors, ranging from project feasibility, financing to contract drafting across a range of large scale projects in the region, such as its involvement with 'One Bangkok' the largest private sector development in Thailand. The Andre Yeap and Soh Lip San led group is also routinely advised on real estate redevelopments and EPC contracts for energy and infrastructure projects. Soh is sought after for his broad contentious and non-contentious expertise. Ng Kim Beng for disputes, Shemane Chan and Chee Siong Sim for procurement are also of note.

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Facebook, Inc

One Bangkok Co Ltd

Resorts World Sentosa

Ikano Group

Wintree Investment Pte Ltd

SpaceDC Pte Ltd

Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd (Judicial Mangers appointed)

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP 'offers diverse and practical solutions' led by industry specialists in company law, shipping, real estate, and criminal investigations representing at all levels of the Singapore courts. In banking disputes, Lee Eng Beng SC successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal in a landmark case to recognize the Brickenden rule as part of Singapore law and to affirm the scope of its application for equitable claims involving breaches of fiduciary duties. Department head Francis Xavier specialises in international arbitration and cross-border commercial litigation, and is supported by 'a skilled and synergetic team' comprising of Andre Yeap, Kelvin PoonAdrian Wong, and Paul Tan. Danny Ong is highlighted for his experience in fintech and financial sector disputes.

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‘We have worked with a number of key members of the Rajah & Tann team,  each contributing unique yet complementary strengths, culminating in a vastly skilled, responsive, and synergetic team. Danny should be recognised for his agility of thought in problem-solving, clearly drawing this from his multi-jurisdictional experience’. 

‘The team is able to offer diverse and practical solutions, responds promptly to timelines, and is always well-prepared. It is reassuring to have matters placed in the hands of the team as it is able to dedicate resources to study the issues and offer solutions.’

Key clients

Prudential Assurance Co Singapore

White Energy Company Ltd (Australia)

Vedanta Limited

Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd

B2C2 Ltd

AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Alfa Bank of Russia

ST Group Co Ltd

OUE Lippo Healthcare Limited

M Development Limited

World Fuel Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Kong Hoo (Pte) Ltd

BHP Billiton Marketing AG (Singapore Branch) and BHP Billiton Marketing Asia Pte Ltd

China Medical Technologies Inc

Oxley Holdings Limited

Financial services regulatory: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a longstanding specialist team with extensive experience in listed and unlisted derivatives, and other financial products. The firm, which is highly credible in both transactions and advisory matters, has also successfully targeted new economy areas such as digital tokens, initial coin offerings (ICOs), payment systems, and digital banking licences. Moreover, it has a long track record in regulatory advice linked to the establishment and operation of exchanges. Regina Liew is very experienced in this area, notably in the regulation of derivatives and securitisation. Larry Lim is further noted for fintech-related matters, including cryptocurrencies.

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‘Good breadth of work with other industry banks and thus able to give a good perspective on legal issues in the industry.’

‘Always able to pick up the phone and reach the legal partners for a discussion. Regina Liew is very approachable.’

Insurance: local firms Tier 1

Reputable local firm, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP prides itself as Singapore's full licence firm with a dedicated insurance department, led by Simon Goh. The team is equally at well versed in transactional, regulatory, and contentious aspects and is particularly known for its handling of employment and insurance intermediary issues. The firm also undertakes work relating to fraud, asset recovery, investigations, and crisis management. Other key partner Elaine Tay advises insurers and brokers on licensing, restructuring, transfers, and compliance issues.

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Prudential Assurance Co Singapore

Hannover Re

Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation and Security First Insurance Company

American Integrity Insurance Company

Professional Investment Advisory Services Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Aviva Limited

China Taiping Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Investment funds: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has 'extensive experience and in-depth understanding of the hedge fund space from a legal, regulatory and operational perspective' and is a renowned practice for the establishment and management of private funds. Aside from the core aspects, the team is distinguished for its expertise in corporate reorganisation and M&A transactions involving Singapore-based managers and investment funds and the fund related aspects of M&A deals. Arnold Tan is a renowned figure in the private investment funds space. Anne Yeo has a strong relationship with fund managers in the formation, restructuring, and advisory arrangements for hedge, private equity, venture capital, and real estate funds. Jasmine Chew specialises in the formation of onshore and offshore investment vehicles. Carmen Lee joined from a leading global mutual funds group in March 2020.

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‘Extensive experience and in-depth understanding of the hedge fund space from a legal, regulatory, and operational perspective (both at the fund and fund manager level).’

‘Jasmine Chew is always available no matter how busy she is or can be. I can count on her for sound advice and guidance especially when there are new regulations or inquiries from investors.’

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

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1

Top tier firm, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP displays strong depth in contentious employment matters, with further expertise in non-contentious work such as employment contracts and restructuring and retrenchment exercises, handled primarily by Desmond Wee. Jonathan Yuen and Murali Pillai SC specialise in litigation, regularly representing banks, public health institutions, technology, and insurance companies in matters such as unfair dismissal, breach of duty, enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants, and preserving confidentiality.

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‘Depth of capability across the firm, strong commerciality and responsiveness makes them stand out in the market. I wish I could use this team for my disputes in other jurisdictions!’

Key clients

Grab

Turner & Townsend

InfraCo Asia

Church’s

The Japan Research Institute, limited

AXA Insurance Pte Ltd

Infineum

Publicis Sapient

Evolve MMA

Danone

Private wealth and family law – local firms Tier 1

Tax lawyer and accountant Vikna Rajah is the key partner in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's private client practice, where he is sought after for his expertise in estate planning, particularly in structuring tax-efficient cross-border multi-generational family trusts.

Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is known for the broad reach of its projects and energy practice, as it advises on projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. In addition to handling energy projects, the team also advises on real estate, waste management, data centres, and transportation projects. As well as advising on financing and development, the team also advises master developers on procurement. Practice head Soh Lip San has experience in both contentious and non-contentious projects and energy work, while Shemane Chan is noted for her work on procurement. Larry Lim is known for his experience in energy markets.

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Facebook, Inc.

Neste Singapore Pte Ltd

One Bangkok Co Ltd

Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad

Linde Gas Singapore Pte Ltd

Singapore Institute of Technology

Real estate: local firms Tier 1

The full-service real estate team at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is 'knowledgeable about their work and go the extra mile' in acquisition and disposition of commercial and residential properties, as well as handling innovative share sale arrangement and REIT mergers. Norman Ho spearheads the practice and routinely advises property developers, investment fund trustees, and financial institutions on all real estate aspects. For conveyancing, Elsa Chai is the go-to contact and for collective purchases and development work, Gazalle Mok is recommended.

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‘Extremely efficient, and competent.’

‘The entire team from partners to associates is very responsive and efficient. They are knowledgeable about their work and go the extra mile each time if required. Make clients feel they are in good hands, and good trust.’

Key clients

GCREF Acquisitions XVIII Limited

Golden Compass (BVI) Ltd.

Carmel Development Pte. Ltd.

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

AirTrunk Singapore Holding Pte. Ltd.

Glopeak Development Pte. Ltd.

SRIF Pte. Ltd.

First Meyer Development Pte Ltd

Landmark JV Pte. Ltd.

Arch Capital Management

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 1

The top-tier restructuring group at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP 'are commercial, responsive, and very effective' with a stellar track record acting on the largest and most complex mandates in Singapore and the region. The practice is particularly dominant in offshore, shipping, and energy sectors, and is currently working on the $1.2bn restructuring of Ezion Holdings involving multiple Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. 'Leading restructuring lawyer' Sim Kwan Kiat heads the department and is assisted by litigators Lee Eng Beng SC, Patrick AngDanny Ong, and Mark Cheng.

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‘I’m deeply impressed with Sim Kwan Kiat. After working with him for a decade, Kwan Kiat continues as a leading restructuring lawyer who is technically sound, commercial-minded, and provides practical insights in cross-border issues.’

‘They are commercial, responsive, and very effective.’

‘Rajah & Tann is one of the largest law firms in Singapore yet the services are delivered with flexibility. They provide a wide range of services covering various industries with strong resources. Their regional presence is another huge advantage when it comes to regional work.’

‘The partners and teams in Rajah & Tann provide advice to suit your needs. They are flexible, resourceful, and responsive to meet the clients’ requests. This is particularly so for the restructuring and insolvency team, Sim Kwan Kiat, Chua Beng Chye, Raelene Pereira, Cherie Tan, and their entire team.’

Key clients

Hin Leong Group – Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd, Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd

Hyflux Group

H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd

Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hong Kong) Limited

Agritrade International Pte Ltd

Hanjin Group

Hontop Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd

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

Jurong Aromatics Corp Pte Ltd

Ezra Group

Ezion Holdings Limited

Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd

Tendcare Medical Group Holdings Pte Ltd

Swissco Group

Nam Cheong Limited

Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd

Miclyn Express Offshore Limited

Shipping: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's market-leading shipping department is renowned for its strong reputation handling the most significant maritime disputes, for example, representing China-Base Group in Singapore's first case where a permanent anti-suit injunction was granted against ST Marine. Practice head Kian Sing Toh, SC, and Leong Kah Wah are leading advocates in shipping and commodities disputes. Wet shipping specialist Kendall Tan has 'a strong grasp of strategy and determination'. Winston Kwek is recommended for marine insurance and ship construction, as is Chua Choon King, who heads the corporate shipping and finance side.

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Testimonials

‘The team comprises highly competent individuals but who function as a fully integrated unit, such that each component is interchangeable – if I need to know where matters stand on any particular case I can speak to any team member and get an answer. That is rare in my personal experience’

‘The individuals are very knowledgeable on both law and practice. The lead partner, Kendall Tan, is an impressive manager of his team with a strong grasp of strategy and a determination to identify the evidence required and to track it down. The level of service is very high. The people we work with in R&T are always reachable and available at any time. Highly knowledgeable and professional people. Sharp in their advising, aggressive in litigation. Not cheap but worth the money.’

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

FIMBANK p.l.c.

China-Base Group Co Ltd

Cepheus Ltd

Grand Famous Shipping Limited

TMT: local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is a highly regarded practice for local, regional, and international TMT mandates. Known for his expertise in cybersecurity and data protection, Rajesh Sreenivasan recently worked with the World Bank’s engagement with Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria in the strengthening of their respective national digital identification systems. Steve Tan, 'a leading expert in data privacy', is frequently engaged by blue-chip clients to assist on data misuse issues, data storage, and data protection drafting. Lionel Tan advises on contentious issues involving internet fraud and breaches of confidential information. Benjamin Cheong and Tanya Tang are also highly sought after for their experience in a broad range of advisory and transactional mandates.

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‘They have good expertise in a wide range of practices’

‘Benjamin Cheong. He is personable and can engage well with the business units.’

‘Steve Tan – exceptional PDPA experience, good insights as to how the PDPC works, heads up on forthcoming changes to the PDPA, easy to work with, professional yet friendly, reasonable rates, good referrals, and recommendations to his colleagues in other departments.’

‘Subject matter experts – particularly in the data privacy arena. Possess great commercial sense and able to provide practical advice. Always reliable and consistently delivers first-class work.’

‘Steve Tan – he is an icon in the data privacy arena. Has a great depth of knowledge as the subject matter expert and one of the sought after authorities in this field. very Is responsive and able to provide quick, practical advice.’

‘Steve Tan and his team are highly engaged and responsive. They are good with client and matter management in their role as lead counsel. They deliver good quality advice in a timely manner’.

‘Steve Tan is a leading expert in data privacy and has provided us valuable insights and recommendations managing the matters which he was engaged by Sephora. Steve is candid and firm in his advice, yet finds flexibility and takes time to understand his clients’ needs. He has a good level of engagement with the legal team as well as other business teams.’

Key clients

Facebook Inc

ByteDance Pte Ltd and TikTok Pte Ltd

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)

Ascendas-Singbridge Pte Ltd

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)

Hangzhou Tigermed Consulting Co., Ltd

Beijing Tourism Group

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

White-collar crime - Local firms Tier 1

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has an outstanding reputation in the white-collar crime field, noted for its expertise in money laundering, market misconduct, data breaches, and fraud investigations, along with sanction violation investigations. The department features a number of former prosecutors. Hamidul Haq is widely regarded as the leading figure in the market amongst Singapore law firms, having previously completed stints at the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Commercial Affairs Department. Thong Chee Kun has an extensive record in compliance breaches, corruption offences, fraud, cybercrime, and securities fraud.

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Testimonials

‘I have found them to be extremely professional, diligent and with sound judgement.’

‘They have greater capabilities to deal with multi-jurisdictional matters compared to other firms.’

‘They have a team comprised of former prosecutors, which gives them an advantage over other firms, as their knowledge and experience is significantly greater than other competitors.’

‘Thong Chee Kun is calm under pressure, and provides clear advice on complex matters. He is diligent and responsive, everything you need in an overseas counsel when working on complex cross-border cases.’

Key clients

Wirecard

Asiaciti Trust Singapore

Banking and finance: local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP continues to be recognised for cross-border deals, including financings that involve Southeast Asia jurisdictions where the firm has a presence. Key fortes range from real estate to energy and acquisition finance. Project finance, green loans, and hospitality sector financings are also areas of strength. It advised on the first green loan in ASEAN for a portfolio of rooftop solar projects, compliant with the Green Loan Principles issued in 2018 by the Loan Market Association and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association. The firm continues to make an impression in financial services regulatory matters, notably in fintech and digital currencies. Regina Liew is a leader in financial services regulatory matters, while Angela Lim is noted for cross-border finance, including acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, and structured financings.

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‘The R&T team is very much in tune with market developments and is always able to advise on the market practice/standard to client.’

‘Exceptionally professional and time effective team that is willing to go the extra mile in the best interests of their clients.’

‘Angela Lim stands out as one of the serious banking and finance practitioners in the region.’

‘Ng Sey Ming  has valuable experience in cross border transactions involving Indonesian borrowers. His legal work is delivered in a prompt and effective manner. He provides ad-hoc legal advice above and beyond the current scope of engagement.’

‘Ho Mei Shi is extremely knowledgeable and always provides good legal advice in banking deals.’

‘Chor Zhi Chao is an outstanding lawyer who anticipates his clients’ needs. He is very proactive in getting matters resolved.’

‘Lee Xin Mei demonstrates good compassion for clients, great communication skills, strong legal knowledge, and is also commercially savvy of M&A and financing transactions.’

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has an extensive record in Singapore equity and debt offerings, while its international outlook has brought it a considerable share of cross-border deals. It has advised a long list of foreign issuers on their offerings in Singapore, and has assisted a series of Singapore clients on Hong Kong capital markets deals; among a number of transactions, it provided Singapore counsel to Edvance International Holdings on its HK$691m transfer from GEM to the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. In addition, the firm is at the forefront of burgeoning areas such as catastrophe bonds and continues to be part of the REIT and business trust market. Chia Kim Huat leads the corporate practice and is noted for capital markets deals, while Evelyn Wee heads the capital markets team. Lee Xin Mei and Eugene Lee have become key figures in the team, advising on a series of high-profile deals; Lee has extensive international capital markets experience.

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OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust

SPH REIT

Singapore Press Holdings

Credit Suisse (Singapore)

Maybank Kim Eng Securities

Zhenjiang Transportation Industry Group

Jefferies

Mizuho Securities

Swiss Reinsurance America

Edvance International

Japfa

K2 F&B

Guan Chao

Safepoint Insurance Company

Alliance Mineral Assets

CGS-CIMB Securities (Singapore)

Informatics Education

Darco Water Technologies

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is a major player in Singapore takeovers, while its dynamic regional and international profile has enabled it to land a high market share of cross-border deals, particularly in Southeast Asia; Myanmar is one particular jurisdiction where the firm has advised on a series of headline transactions. The firm has achieved further prominence in REITs and trusts M&A. Healthcare, banking, and insurance M&A are also fortes for the Singapore team. The firm has an outstanding record in public M&A and competing takeovers. Sandy Foo is rated for high-value M&A and private equity transactions.

Testimonials

‘Familiarity with the REIT and M&A environment and demonstrated in-depth knowledge.’

‘Commercially-minded, well-experienced, and a dedicated team that can help guide the client to navigate through the legal and regulatory framework/requirements. The team was also very conscious and constantly had their eyes on the project timeline.’

‘Easy access to the team including the partners.’

‘We work closely with both Lim Wee Hann Lim and Abdul Jabbar bin Karma Din who are both a strong corporate and M&A lawyers. They are also both highly personable and a delight to work with. Both Wee Hann and Abdul Jabbar deliver high quality commercial advice tailored to the sectors of their clients.’

‘Sandy Foo is a safe pair of hands. She is someone we can go to easily whenever we need to cross legal hurdles or to bounce ideas around. When faced with difficult questions from the board, she is able to calmly and convincingly address those concerns and put to bed issues. Sandy is very committed and dedicated, working across different time zones. Her wealth of experience was very assuring and something we could always tap on during the project.’

Key clients

GCREF Acquisitions XVIII

Merrill Lynch (Singapore)

OUE Hospitality REIT Management and OUE Hospitality Trust Management

CKM (Cayman), CITIC Envirotech

Perpetual (Asia)

Ascendas US Fund Management

GIC (Realty)

Elec & Eltek International Company

Health Management International

Hoi Hup Realty

BreadTalk Group

Meghmani Organics

Japfa

Poh Tiong Choon Logistics

Jebsen & Jessen

Hong Leong Asia

PSA Marine

PT Power and Best Oil Company

PT Bintan Alumina Indonesia

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance

Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's intellectual property practice handles the full gamet of matters in this area, including IP registration, protection, and commercialisation. The team's client base includes government entities as well as companies in the energy, food and beverage, media, and technology sectors. The team is led by the highly experienced Lau Kok Keng, whose practice particularly focuses on the sports, media, and gaming industries. Elsewhere, Nicholas Lauw is noted for his work on IP matters in the technology sector.

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‘They have specialised knowledge in IP, contracts, and digital/tech-related law. A lean team but highly experienced and responsive.’

‘Nicholas Lauw has been very supportive and responsive to all my queries. He is able to scale different areas of law quickly and is a good fit for my business He also works well independently which is what I appreciate.’

‘The reason for engaging Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is their presence in most Asian countries where such coverage is important for us. RT’s comprehensive coverage in most practice areas (in particular TMT) makes it stand out from other firms.’

‘I have worked with Nicholas Lauw and impressed with his prosaic and erudite counsel. The matter requires in-depth knowledge of both commercial and technical aspects of cloud computing where Nicholas has provided effective and valuable advice which led to a satisfactory resolution.’

‘Commercially savvy and have a high ability to communicate and breakdown extremely complex litigation cases into effective legal solutions for the clients.’

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

Monster Tune LLP

International arbitration Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's international arbitration team fields 'an excellent team with strength in depth at all levels of seniority'. It assists corporates in commercial disputes, with particular experience in the oil and gas sector and is also well-adept at acting for governments in arbitrations. The 'experienced, clever and very commercially attuned' practice head Andre Yeap SC and Chuan Thye Tan SC both have broad experience, while Kelvin Poon is noted for India-related arbitration and Ng Kim Beng specialises in project disputes. The group is also praised for its 'extensive off-shore offices in Asia', with affiliate offices in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, which it can rely on in multijurisdictional issues - including in parallel litigation. Paul Tan joined Cavenagh Law LLP.

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An excellent team with strength in depth at all levels of seniority, R&T’s international arbitration team represents the gold standard in the region for advice, strategy and representation.

Kim Beng Ng provides excellent strategic advice and guidance.

Avinash Pradhan thinks around corners to chase down every avenue of attack.

The firm is in the top tier in Singapore. It is also the only Singapore firm with extensive off-shore offices in Asia.

Andrew Yeap SC is experienced, clever and very commercially attuned.

Francis Xavier SC is well-known in international arbitration and highly respected.

Kelvin Poon is a standout arbitration practitioner in a market that is heavily saturated. He remains calm and in control even at the most unexpected of developments. A deep thinker with a solution-oriented approach to his strategizing makes him a welcome co-counsel and opponent in even the most contentious of cases as no time is wasted ‘shadow boxing’ on ultimately irrelevant issues. His sound ethics and gentlemanly behavior in the conduct of the proceedings make him a stellar example for younger practitioners to emulate.

Key clients

Republic of the Philippines

Kingdom of Lesotho

Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company

Tan Chong Group

China New Machine Company

Hilton

Oxley Holdings

Tax: local firms Tier 2

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's 'experienced and pragmatic tax lawyers' are very visible in tax litigation and building a strong transactional tax offering, strengthened by multidisciplinary expertise in the insurance, capital markets, banking, and technology sectors. The practice is led by Vikna Rajah who is 'well versed with the GST legislation in Singapore'. He also has a good track record in disputes against the tax authorities.

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‘The Indirect tax partner has great experience, coming from IRAS’s tax litigation team and having been in practice for a number of years. The team has a wealth of clients and good coverage within South East Asia.’

‘Primarily with Vikna Rajah. He has a great CV, lots of confidence, and a good way with clients. His experience, coming from IRAS and now in practice makes him a great client advisor, one of very few in the Singapore market with sufficient credibility to be relevant in the MNC tax litigation space.’

‘The stand-out partner is Vikna Rajah. He is well versed in the GST legislation in Singapore and also has knowledge of the issues faced by businesses. What makes him different is that I do not need to spend much time explaining the issue and the GST legislation that affects the issue on hand. He is able to grasp these quickly and we can then move on to how to bring up the case to a higher level.’

‘The team in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP comprised of experienced and pragmatic tax lawyers, which understand the issues in-depth and able to comprehend our clients’ tax problems. This leads to clients’ confidence in engaging them to deal with tax advisory and tax dispute resolutions.’

‘The team leads by Vikna Rajah, who is always pro-active, quick in his response and has the ability of hands-holding approach. This gives our clients the comfort that their tax matters are in good hands of the Senior Partner of the department.’

Key clients

The World Bank

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s international arbitration team is headquartered in Singapore and excels in commercial and construction disputes. Andre Yeap SC, Francis Xavier SC and infrastructure-disputes expert Ng Kim Beng remain key contacts while Paul Tan moved to Cavenagh Law LLP. The group also benefits from several affiliated offices in the region, at which Chau Huy Quang in Vietnam, aviation expert Eri Hertiawan in Indonesia and Han Li Meng in Malaysia are other names to note.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 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…
 Yoke Ping Cheng  photo Yoke Ping Cheng Partner
 Kim Huat Chia  photo Kim Huat Chia Regional Head, Corporate & Transactional PracticePartner, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Hospitality
 Lee Fong Chia  photo Lee Fong Chia Partner (Foreign Lawyer), Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
 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 & Finance
 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)
Number of lawyers in regional office : 600+
in this country : 300+
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English
French
German
Hindi
Indonesian
Japanese
Khmer
Laotian
Malay
Malayalam
Mandarin
Punjabi
Tagalog
Tamil
Thai
Urdu
Vietnamese
various Chinese dialects
Rajah & Tann Asia
Lex Mundi Network
Contacts : Lee Eng Beng SC (managing partner)