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Singapore > Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a notable Singapore and regional reputation, landing it an impressive market share of merger and investigation engagements, including matters in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Its client base includes a number of major multinationals such as Coca-Cola and Willis Towers Watson, and it recently acted for DBS Bank in the joint development, with JP Morgan and Temasek, of a common and open industry platform for payments, trade and foreign exchange settlement through the use of blockchain solutions. Department head Kala Anandarajah continues to impress in merger notifications and regional matters, while Tanya Tang is the firm’s chief economic and policy advisor, noted for her experience in the technology and social media sectors. Dominique Lombardi has left the firm.
Other key lawyers:
‘The antitrust division of this firm has been led by excellent partners. In addition, this firm may cover almost all ASEAN countries. They can provide us a whole picture of ASEAN countries.’
‘I mostly work with Kala Anandarajah. the head of the team. She is very responsive. She listens to the intention of the clients very carefully and considers how to break through the practical difficulties. Thus her work becomes very creative.’
‘The team is able to match its legal knowledge with in-depth understanding of the industry, making their legal advice highly practical and useful. Always ready to take calls at short notice; and are brilliant in their delivery. Also highly notable is the development/succession planning of the team’s associates.’
‘Kala Anandarajah is a great person and a good lawyer!’
‘R&T’s competition team offers practical and commercial advice. They are quick, responsive and diligent.’
‘Kala Anandarajah is quick and practical – she has a wonderful understanding of Singapore and does not give overly conservative advice – she acts with the clients’ best interests at heart and while she is able to think like a regulator, she can cut through the weeds to really understand what the client wants to achieve.’
DBS Bank Ltd
Willis Towers Watson
Singapore Exchange Limited
Cuscaden Peak Pte. Ltd.
HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited
Sunseap Group Pte. Ltd.
Echo Healthcare Management Pte. Ltd.
- Acted on the proposed acquisition by the client Entegris of all shares of CMC Materials.
- Acted for DBS Bank on the joint development with JP Morgan and Temasek of a common and open industry platform for payments, trade and foreign exchange settlement, through the use of blockchain solutions.
- Acted for SK hynix on the notification to the CCCS of its proposed acquisition of the NAND flash memory and SSD business of Intel.
Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 1At Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, the banking and finance team provides advice that ‘is practical and solutions-oriented.’ Practitioners are seasoned in complex and high-value transactions across a variety of industries, and skilled at handling the full array of financing deals, ranging from real estate finance to syndicated lending, acquisition financing, Islamic finance, and sustainability-linked credit facilities. Acting for sponsors and lenders in the financing of renewable energy projects is another area of expertise for the group, which ‘is well versed in regional transactions throughout APAC.’ Dual qualified partner Angela Lim, who regularly advises on leveraged financing, greenfield project finance and debt restructuring in the region, jointly heads up the group with NG Sey Ming, another name to note for cross-border banking matters, including project, real estate and acquisition finance. Other key individuals include Lee Weilin, who is a trusted advisor for property funds, REITs and corporate financings, banking and capital markets partners Lee Xin Mei and Cheryl Tan, and Mei Shi Ho, who is proficient in REIT financing transactions and green loans.
Angela Lim; Ng Sey Ming
Other key lawyers:
Lee Weilin; Lee Xin Mei; Cheryl Tan; Ho Mei Shi
‘Extremely responsive and reliable. Advice is practical and solutions-oriented.’
‘The team is well versed in regional transactions throughout APAC.’
‘Sey Ming is responsive with good solution based advice provided. His understanding of client’s position is articulated in a clear and concise manner without overcomplicating matters.’
‘Speed, excellent understanding of market, highly diligent and strong expertise.’
‘Lee Weilin is very personable, a strong negotiator, has an excellent understanding of market, and is highly diligent.’
Sunseap Group Pte. Ltd.
BPH Propco LLP
OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust
Citigroup Global Markets Singapore Pte. Ltd.
BOFA Securities, Inc.
BS Bank Ltd.
Malayan Banking Berhad
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
United Overseas Bank Limited
CIMB Banking Berhad
Caterpillar Financial Services Asia Pte Ltd
TML Holdings Pte. Ltd.
China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited
RHB Bank Berhad, Singapore branch
- Advised Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, a special purpose vehicle in connection with a S$86.8m green loan from DBS Bank Ltd. and United Overseas Bank Limited.
- Assisted Citigroup Global Markets Singapore Pte. Ltd., BOFA Securities, Inc., andDBS Bank Ltd. in relation to credit financing by way of multicurrency syndicated senior unsecured term loan facilities, revolving loan facilities, letter of credit facilities andnswingline loan facilities extended to Digital Core REIT, and other groupbaffiliates of the USA data centre real estate trust, Digital Realty Trust Inc.
- Acted for BPH Propco LLP in relation to term and revolving facilities in an aggregate amount of S$633.8m arranged by DBS Bank Ltd.,Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited and MUFG Bank, Ltd., for the purpose of financing BPH Propco LLP’s acquisition of OUE Bayfront.
Singapore > Capital markets: structured finance, derivatives and securitisation: Local firms Tier 1Focused on financial services, derivatives and structured products, the team at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP handles the full range of transactional and regulatory matters. Standing out for its in-depth knowledge of regulations involving listed and unlisted derivatives and structured products, the practice is well positioned to advise on innovative, and often, novel issues in this space. Regina Liew has over 25 years of experience in the financial services and derivatives markets, advising banks, financial institutions and businesses on related disputes, transactional and regulatory issues. Larry Lim, who also advises on a wide range of fintech matters, digital currencies and crowdfunding, maintains a broad practice that covers regulatory compliance, clearances and product development. Benjamin Liew is a key contact for banks, fund managers, securities brokers, derivatives dealers and commodity trainers.
Regina Liew; Larry Lim
Other key lawyers:
Lion City Rentals Pte. Ltd and M&T Investments Pte. Ltd.
- Advised Lion City Rentals Pte. Ltd and M&T Investments Pte. Ltd. on the establishment of a S$500m secured medium term note programme and the issue of S$145m sustainability-linked notes by M&T Investments Pte. Ltd.
Singapore > Construction: Local firms Tier 1Since April 2022, Sim Chee Siong, who brings more than two decades of experience in dispute resolution for complex construction and engineering projects to the role, has been at the helm of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's practice. As well as its considerable contentious workload, the team continues to advise developers, contractors, engineers and governments from across the Asia Pacific region on the gamut of issues, from those arising at the earliest pre-construction phases through to completion and operation. Ng Kim Beng provides 'excellent strategic guidance and stewardship' on complex building and infrastructure projects, while Shemane Chan is recommended for her extensive knowledge of procurement platforms.
Sim Chee Siong; Ng Kim Beng
Other key lawyers:
Soh Lip San; Shemane Chan; Avinash Pradhan; Matthew Koh
‘Soh Lip San and his team are fast, responsive and sensitive to commercial practicalities.’
‘I believe that the Rajah & Tann team has some individuals in the firm who are well known and well regarded in the industry. The individuals that I have worked with or dealt with across the table are Ng Kim Beng and Shemane Chan. Ng Kim Beng is a very well-known and well-regarded disputes lawyer, especially in the field of construction and engineering. Shemane Chan is recommended for non-contentious construction work.’
‘R&T provides excellence at every level, bringing together individual stars to form a multi-faceted team who work brilliantly together for the good of the case.’
‘Ng Kim Beng provides excellent strategic guidance and stewardship.’
Sanofi Manufacturing Pte Ltd
Vim Engineering Pte Ltd
- Acting for Sanofi Manufacturing Pte Ltd in its S$638m investment in a production site in Singapore which will mainly supply the Asian region and complement existing manufacturing capacities in Europe and North America.
- Assisting Vim Engineering Pte Ltd in an appeal to the Singapore High Court (Appellate Division) against the decision of Andre Maniam JC, in proceedings between Vim and Deluge Fire Protection (SEA) Pte Ltd.
Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP possesses a ‘dedicated team overseeing complex and difficult issues’ in relation to dispute resolution and international arbitration. Clients are provided with a seamless experience thanks to the industry-specific expertise of the firm, which includes real estate, energy and resources, consumer goods, and shipping. They have steered some landmark cases for an illustrious list of clients, one of which recently raised novel law aspects; the firm’s defence of PwC was significant because it clarified that professional services firms do not generally owe a duty of care for findings that affect or even harm third parties. Practice head Francis Xavier, SC, PBM leads the dispute resolution team alongside the newly promoted Adrian Wong and Vikram Nair, with Kelvin Poon as deputy managing partner head of the international arbitration practice. Danny Ong and Jansen Chow also recently leveraged their ‘wealth of experience’ to successfully secure worldwide freezing orders against a first-of-its-kind cryptocurrency matter. Lee Eng Beng SC, Tan Chuan Thye and Murali Pillai are also names to note.
Francis Xavier, SC; Adrian Wong; Vikram Nair
Other key lawyers:
Lee Eng Beng SC; Jansen Chow; Danny Ong; Tan Chuan Thye; Murali Pillai; Kelvin Poon
‘We have been working with Danny Ong’s team for more than 1.5 years. They will always do their best to make themselves available when we call on them for help. They have been a calming influence during the stress of litigation.’
‘Danny Ong, Jason Teo and Chen Lixin provide very practical and commercial advice based on their wealth of experience.’
‘At all points in the work with the team they sought out and delivered practical and compelling solutions in a case that was appealed at all stages. Their advocacy skills have helped maintain the objective against a number of legal tactics and appeals.’
‘For disputes and advise on complex matters, we turn to Adrian Wong. Adrian Wong is clear, smart, knowledge of law is superb, able to breakdown complex matters in simple terms, commercial and a pleasure to work with. He is usually supported by Ang Leong Hao.’
‘This practice has a dedicated team overseeing complex and difficult issues of law – it is the unyielding commitment to service which sets them apart from other large practices.’
‘Great team-play, very efficient, target oriented and focused.’
Eagle Hospitality Trust
OUE Lippo Healthcare Limited
Senda International Capital Limited
Neil Wong Hou-Lianq
Prudential Assurance Co Singapore
World Fuel Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Keppel Fels Limited
Exklusiv Resorts Pte Ltd
- Advised OUE Lippo Healthcare Limited 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.
- Acted for the directors of Eagle Hospitality Trust in a civil claim brought in Singapore by an investor for breach of statutory duties.
- Advised Senda International Capital Limited in a complex dispute relating to its joint venture entity Dystar Global Holdings, with its Indian joint venture partner.
Singapore > Fintech and financial services regulatory: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has established a strong reputation in the Singapore legal market for financial services regulatory advice, where it acts for a variety of clients, including major banks, funds, payment services providers, digital asset exchanges and trading platforms, among others. The firm is a popular choice for fintech start-ups and more established players seeking specialised legal, regulatory, contract drafting and negotiation support in relation to crowdfunding and cryptocurrency platforms, digital assets, and BNPL businesses. Co-head Regina Liew stands out for her comprehensive knowledge of regulations affecting the financial services sector and involvement in the fintech segment; she maintains a broad practice covering advisory, transactional and enforcement matters. Rajesh Sreenivasan, who heads up the TMT group, draws upon his wealth of experience in technology, e-commerce and data protection to advise banks and other financial institutions in their move towards the digital age. Larry Lim, who has over two decades’ experience in the financial services arena, has been actively advising on a range of fintech matters, including the launch of cryptocurrencies, strategic investments, licensing and regulatory issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong team – deep knowledge, good MAS understanding, flexible and responsive. Engages in problem solving to generate creative solutions and structures. Understanding of technology is there as well.’
‘Regina Liew – knowledge, insight. Takes the time to understand what the issue really is and how to then position the response appropriately. Does not just quote the law but will look at how to structure in response.’
‘Experts in payment services financial regulations.’
‘Benjamin Liew is excellent, always prepared to work on clients’ matters at the drop of a hat, providing practical and insightful advice on thorny issues to navigate unchartered waters.’
ZhongAn Technologies International Group Limited
MB Technology Ltd
The World Bank / International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Avaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd
Singapore Life Singapore Telecommunications Limited
Pace Enterprise Pte Ltd
- Advising Pace Enterprise Pte Ltd on its payment services licence application with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
- Acting for Singapore Telecommunications Limited in relation to 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.
- Assisted Travelex Holdings (S) Pte Ltd in the preparation and negotiation of an asset purchase agreement (APA) to sell certain assets of its global wholesale banknotes business.
Singapore > Insurance: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has demonstrated deep commitment to the insurance and reinsurance field, handling a significant volume of contentious and non-contentious matters year-on-year. It continues to lead the market in corporate and regulatory matters, including insurance-linked securities, where it has worked on a series of catastrophe bonds and also represented a multilateral agency on the first-of-its-kind Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility in Asia. It also remains hugely active in insurance disputes. Simon Goh is hugely experienced in both contentious and non-contentious insurance with a big reputation locally, regionally and internationally. Elaine Tay is another experienced figure in property and energy insurance, and Wang Ying Shuang specialises in coverage disputes, recoveries, defence work and regulatory matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘The core strength of the team is in relation to Singapore insurance regulatory matters – in this aspect it is second to none.’
‘I have worked with all current members of the team. Simon Goh strikes me as an excellent mentor to the more junior members of his team, for which the quality shines through impeccably through their advice.’
‘Client relationship – very good client management skills.’
‘Wang Ying Shuang is a listener which enables her to work collaboratively with clients.’
‘The R&T insurance team is one of the strongest in Singapore, with extensive knowledge of local laws and regulations. Simon Goh and Wang Ying Shuang are one of the best in the country and have provided very strong and solid advice to us over the last few years.’
‘Wang Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable, and has a wealth of experience across the regulatory, commercial and dispute aspects of the insurance sector in Singapore. This has allowed us to get a well rounded view of opinions from her team, for various matters and challenges that we face in Singapore.’
Zenkyoren (the Japanese National Mutual Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives)
China Taiping Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd
AIG Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd
United Overseas Insurance Limited
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. Ltd
Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Limited
India International Insurance Pte Ltd
The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited
- Acted for a multilateral organisation in the first-of-its-kind Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (SEADRIF) in Asia.
- Acted for National Parks Board in claims for injuries sustained by members of the public in Singapore due to widely-reported wild boar attacks.
- Acted for a Singapore electricity transmission company in recovery proceedings against owners of a jack up construction vessel.
Singapore > Investment funds: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has an extensive practice, principally in the private funds segment. The team frequently advises new funds in the private credit, private equity and venture capital sectors, and has extensive knowledge in Singapore’s VCC regime. It is at the forefront of key trends such as the emergence of private credit, particularly in relation to Indonesia, and has a growing presence in single investment engagements for deals in India, China and ASEAN. It has a highly-rated partner group including the highly-acclaimed Arnold Tan, department head Anne Yeo, and emerging talents Jasmine Chew and Philip Yeo. The team was further enhanced by the arrival of Zixiang Sun, who returned to the firm from Simmons & Simmons JWS in 2022.
Anne Yeo; Jasmine Chew; Philip Yeo
Other key lawyers:
Arnold Tan; Zixiang Sun; Carmen Lee
‘Responsible, competent and detailed oriented.’
‘They offer a one-stop-shop solution from setting up a fund management company and obtaining the requisite licence to launching your funds under management. At each stage, you have the best of class personnel to assist and address any queries promptly.’
‘Jasmine Chew has an in-depth knowledge of the funds industry and has consistently provided us with sound and timely advice on both the fund management company level and the funds. Her unwavering support has been instrument in our success as a fund management company in Singapore.’
‘R&T is able to provide a standard of care and expertise that is on par with some international law firms.’
‘R&T’s new partner, Zixiang Sun has a long-lasting relationship with us. He’s very savvy in private equity funds investment work, and has acted for us in many deals. He is a very conscientious and hands-on counsel, and prefers to directly take the reins in running the file and working with us (as opposed to delegating the process to an associate).’
‘The Singapore regulatory advisory and fund formation team at Rajah & Tann has been a market leading team in Singapore for over a decade and a half. The team is well known for their Singapore regulatory and investment funds formation expertise. The team’s in depth knowledge of Singapore regulation for investment fund managers is market leading and the partners have deep experience.’
‘Arnold Tan, Anne Yeo, Jasmine Chew and Philip Yeo have been long standing partners in the industry and are well known in the market. They bring years of experience to the deals they work on, often meeting tight frames. Carmen Lee and Zixiang Sun are partners to watch.’
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
Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1Ius Laboris member Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a major focus on labour and employment law, fielding a substantial team of both contentious and non-contentious specialists. It has continued to work intensively in the creation of new remote working policies - carrying out compliance reviews and risk profiling programmes for clients - while in the disputes field, it has showcased its expertise in a series of high-profile cases, including those involving alleged breaches of contract and fiduciary duties, wrongful termination claims, and disputes over alleged breaches of non-compete clauses. It has also demonstrated its forte in restructuring programmes and retrenchment exercises. Desmond Wee leads the non-contentious employment team, while the ‘excellent, articulate counsel' Jonathan Yuen heads the employment disputes group. Muralidharan Pillai, SC is another leading disputes specialist.
Jonathan Yuen; Desmond Wee
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is experienced in the matter for which we engaged them and is able to break down complex legal issues for digestion by the board.’
‘Jonathan Yuen is very experienced in his field and able to relate to the issues and offers up very pragmatic solutions for his clients.’
‘Practical and pragmatic advice.’
‘Seamless service and depth on high-profile matters from associates through to senior partners.’
‘The team has a wealth of experience and top notch lawyers across the spectrum of work in the practice area. They tend to provide very practical, concise advice and not a regurgitation of law reports and pages of advice and able to convey the practical situation on the ground especially to stakeholders who are overseas or do not have a good grasp of the local and customary practices.’
‘Jonathan Yuen is an excellent, articulate counsel who is at ease with a broad spectrum of clients and stakeholders. He provides practical solutions and advice to difficult and complex situations and able to communicate in a manner which allows most non-legal clients and stakeholders to understand and hold their involvement in the discussions.’
Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Pte) Limited
Procter & Gamble International Operations
Two inter-dealer brokers working at ICAP Singapore
Global commodities and raw materials company
Head of Legal for Asia Pacific of a Canadian Bank
Mandiri Investment Management
Crocs Singapore Pte Ltd
Circulate Capital Management
B Capital Group
Vale International SA
Guzman y Gomez Singapore
Engie Energy Management SGP
- Advised and successfully acted for Prudential Assurance Company Singapore in High Court Suit 772 of 2016 against its former senior agency leader in relation to his breach of contract and fiduciary duties.
- Advised and successfully acted for the Singaporean and Malaysian Headquarters of a top 50 Fortune 500 Company against a former country director who had wrongfully exfiltrated nearly 1,400 pages of highly confidential documents, financial information, and business plans.
- Successfully acted for two inter-dealer brokers in a High Court Suit commenced by BGC Partners (Singapore) against the two brokers and ICAP Singapore, in a dispute on the validity of their endorsement on forward contracts.
Singapore > Private wealth and family law – local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP handles a growing volume of family office applications, continuing to represent a large number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in Asia and leveraging strong connections to private banks. The team has an extensive track record in succession planning and has deep tax expertise thanks to the presence of key partner Vikna Rajah. Chandra Mohan Rethnam co-heads the private client team and is noted for handling high-net-worth divorce proceedings and probate and trusts disputes. Kee Lay Lian leads the family law practice.
Vikna Rajah; Chandra Mohan Rethnam
Other key lawyers:
‘The responses from R&T are quick, concise and practical.’
‘Vikna Rajah is excellent in client management and he can make it simple and understandable for the client.’
‘Kee Lay Lian is a pragmatic problem-solver.’
‘Vikna Rajah and his team work with solution-oriented approach.’
‘Vikna Rajah. His knowledge on tax and legal matters is absolutely great. He doesn’t focus just on one aspect or element of the case or matter that goes to him. He looks at the overall case, advises the client and provides the right solutions in a short time.’
‘Their understanding of the Asian market and families is unique compared to other firms which gives them an edge in advising. They are very patient and invest deeply in relationships.’
‘We would like to give a big shout out to Mr Vikna Rajah whom we have worked very closely with at all times. His responsiveness and relentless support to our requests is always outstanding and exceptional. In one particular situation, Vikna poured his best view to us and this has better helped us in the compliance reporting for our clients. Vikna is great to work with and he also performed with a high level of professionalism. He explains everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience. Kudos to Vikna!’
Singapore > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has outstanding experience in complicated cross-border matters with expertise in regulatory work, sustainability and green projects. The team headed by Sim Chee Siong are also market leaders in power projects in Singapore such as Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd involvement in a S$45 million EPC project for the development and installation of two battery energy storage systems. Shemane Chan has experience in advising on various procurement platforms in industries including energy, oil and gas and aviation. Soh Lip San has expertise in high-value disputes in this space, while Larry Lim focuses on energy and commodities trading matters.
Sim Chee Siong
Other key lawyers:
‘Knowledgeable and commercial minded individuals to work with. Very important is that the team I worked with understand the goal and outcome we want to achieve.’
‘Shemane and her team worked tirelessly to provide advice on legal documents and compliance issues and meeting tight timeline. Shemane and her team protect our interest and she will not hesitate to let us know if we interpret issues incorrectly.’
Land Transport Authority of Singapore
Mitsubishi Corporation and Chiyoda Corporation
Skye Renewables Holdings Pte Ltd
Energy Market Authority of Singapore
I Squared Asia Advisors Pte Ltd
ComfortDelGro Engineering Pte Ltd
- Advised the Land Transport Authority of Singapore on the transition of the Downtown MRT Line to the new rail financing framework.
- Advised the Land Transport Authority of Singapore on its appointment of two separate private train operators for the upcoming Jurong Regional Line and Cross Island Line.
- Acted for the receivers in the S$331.45 million sale of power plant and associated assets of Tuaspring Pte Ltd to the subsidiary of YTL Power International Berhad.
Singapore > Real estate: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has an established presence in commercial transactions, including recent deals in the data centre and storage hubs sectors. The team represented the purchasers in the S$1.3bn acquisition of One George Street in the heart of the Singapore’s Central Business District. It has an experienced team led by seasoned real estate specialist Norman Ho. Frequently working alongside colleagues in the corporate, intellectual property and restructuring teams, the real estate group has also made a further impression in liquidations and scheme of arrangement transactions, a real forte for the firm as a whole. Elsa Chai is also enormously experienced, and Chou Ching, Benjamin Tay and Gazalle Mok are also key team members.
Norman Ho; Elsa Chai
Other key lawyers:
‘R&T’s Real Estate practice has deep knowledge and sound experience in property transactions and related matters including tax & stamp duty. Our Group has relied on team heads Norman Ho and Chou Ching for clear advice and directions on property purchases and disposals and have not engaged any other law firms for some years now. The practice has kept our group updated through heads-up emails followed with a detailed newsletter as soon as new, relevant laws come into force.’
‘We have only worked with Norman Ho and Chou Ching through the years. They are easily accessible through emails and even whatsApp where timely responses are critical. Even their support team has been quick to engage our Group in their absence.’
‘Chou Ching heads this RE team that we worked with and the team is very responsive to our requests. Responses are also detailed and specific, usually without the need for further clarification.’
‘Chou Ching is a partner that does the ‘dirty’ work herself. This does not mean the associates on the matter are not trusted, but it definitely helps the client because the matter does not ground to a standstill when the associate is on leave as Chou Ching will step in to do what is needed. Not every partner does this.’
Boustead Industrial Fund Management Pte. Ltd.
Lucas Real Estate Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Via IV (BVI) Holdco 2 Ltd
BreadTalk Group Pte. Ltd.
Hillcrest Investments Pte Ltd
Hong How Land Pte. Ltd.
Golden Paramount (BVI) Ltd.
Northernone Development Pte. Ltd.
ACREF SG 4 Pte. Ltd.
Ember Properties Pte. Ltd.
OneApex Development Pte. Ltd.
A38 Holdings Pte. Ltd.
Public Utilities Board
Kheng Leong Company (H.K.) Limited
- Acted for the purchasers in the S$1.3bn acquisition of the property known as One George Street and situated at 1 George Street, Singapore, a 23-storey Grade A office building located at the heart of the Singapore’s Central Business District.
- Acted for the owners of 22 lots at Thiam Siew Avenue in the S$815m collective sale of the 22 lots at Thiam Siew Avenue to Hoi Hup Realty Pte Ltd and Sunway Developments Pte Ltd.
- Acted for the purchaser in the acquisition of the property known as Cross Street Exchange and situated at 18, 20 and 22 Cross Street, Singapore (which includes the 4 retails units at 181 South Bridge Road, Singapore) from British and Malayan Trustees Limited.
Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has an outstanding record in the restructuring and insolvency field. It has a large team dedicated to the discipline, which routinely lands the major engagements in the market. It has wide regional coverage and a diverse client base of debtors, creditors, liquidators and other major stakeholders. It has consistently led the market in the shipping and offshore sector, along with the energy and oil and gas sectors. Commodities, consumer goods, engineering and financial institutions are also key industries for the practice, among others. Lee Eng Beng SC is an eminent figure in contentious insolvency, and Patrick Ang is widely recognised for corporate restructuring and insolvency. Sim Kwan Kiat, Chua Beng Chye, Sheila Ng and Mark Cheng are also key members of the team.
Sim Kwan Kiat; Chua Beng Chye; Sheila Ng
Other key lawyers:
‘Leading firm with a broad and excellent disputes and insolvency practice.’
‘Mark Cheng is an exceptional lawyer with excellent knowledge and commercial awareness. He is proactive and pragmatic.’
‘Regionally very strong with a strong team.’
‘Chua Beng Chye – Technically very strong.’
‘Largest law firm in Singapore with a very strong R&I department. Known for vast experience and involvement in most major restructuring in Singapore.’
‘Sheila Ng, young but very smart and way ahead of her peers. Strong legal knowledge and also very good commercial sense, always able to balance the 2 and provide commercially feasible legal solutions.’
‘R&T’s R&I practice is lead by very senior, experienced practitioners and at the same time have built up the next generation of their team. As R&I often involves other practice areas, the R&I team involves other specialist teams as required eg corporate, capital markets, real estate, shipping. 1 of their key differentiators is that they have a very strong shipping practice.’
‘Patrick Ang, Lee Eng Beng SC, Sim Kwan Kiat, Sheila Ng – all of them are top notch lawyers in the R&I field , very strong technically but also commercial. They also leverage on the breadth of expertise in their firm by bringing in the right teams as required.’
Hin Leong Group – Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd, Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd
Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hong Kong) Limited
H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd
Agritrade International Pte Ltd
SAM Trade group
Hontop Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Ryobi Kiso Holdings Ltd and its subsidiary, Ryobi Kiso (S) Pte Ltd
Ezion Holdings Limited
Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd
Tendcare Medical Group Holdings Pte Ltd
Nam Cheong Limited
Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd
- Advised Hin Leong Trading and Ocean Tankers on the $4.59bn debt restructuring exercise of Hin Leong group, one of Asia’s biggest oil traders, involving more than 23 creditors from multiple jurisdictions.
- Advised Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hong Kong) on its $14.5bn liquidation.
- Acted for H&C S Holdings in applying for an enhanced moratorium under Section 211B of Singapore’s Companies Act 2007.
Singapore > Shipping: local firms Tier 1Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP‘s shipping and international trade practice has earned many accolades over the years and continues to land many of the prime engagements in the market. It has a large team of specialist partners and associates, along with an in-house master mariner. It represents a range of banks, P&I clubs, shipowners, charterers and commodity houses. Like a number of the top firms in Singapore, it has made its mark in shipping restructurings, along with cargo and charterparty claims, collisions and marine casualties, and ship financings. Kendall Tan heads the team, which includes deputy head V Bala, Toh Kian Sing SC and Leong Kah Wah.
Kendall Tan; V Bala
Other key lawyers:
Toh Kian Sing, SC; Jainil Bhandari; Chua Choon King; Leong Kah Wah; Winston Kwek; Chua Choon King; Max Lim; Nathanael Lin
‘I believe that Leong Kah Wah is one of the best lawyers with whom I can consult on any legal matter. He has a lot of experience about the main shipping matters in Singapore. He always leads to the most efficient way to solve the problems, unfortunate accidents and legal disputes that our client faces.’
‘Rajah & Tann are my go-to firm in Singapore for complex, contentious matters involving shipping or offshore matters.’
‘We have worked heavily with Jainil Bhandari for the last two years on a range of dispute matters, from commercial contract disputes through to a significant offshore casualty and wreck removal matter. The combination of practical knowledge and legal analysis makes them an ideal fit for an insurer to work alongside.’
‘Kendall Tan is an individual I would recommend. Knowledgeable, highly able and very approachable. Good grasp of the law and issues involved and able to get to the central issues.’
‘Big law firm, global expertise, serious brand value to use in your legal arsenal.’
‘They are prepared to go the extra mile to get the job done well. Also practical in approach where required. The partners who in my view stand out the most are Kendall Tan and Max Lim.’
‘The team’s response time is commendable. They are also professional in terms of offering solutions and options to protect the firm’s interests. In addition, their reputation in the market is also good and hence, when engaging with counsels of other counterparties, they are able to engage professionally.’
‘I worked with Nathanael Lin of Rajah & Tann. He is very efficient in terms of turnaround and able to understand our requirements very quickly. He is professional in terms of dealing with counterparties and able to provide alternatives very quickly.’
Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd |Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd
Agritrade International Pte Ltd
Owners of the M/V Alnic MC, instructed by M/s Blank Rome LLP and M/s Incisive Law LLC
Roberto 16 Pte Ltd (Owners of “Di Matteo”) and the Standard P&I Club (as the shipowner’s P & I insurer)
ING Bank N.V.
Phillips 66 International Trading Pte. Ltd
Swiber Holdings Limited (“SHL”) and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd (“SOC”)
Malayan Banking Berhad
[Confidential] KT Japan Co., Ltd.
DBS Bank, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited and United Overseas Bank Limited (Confidential)
Allianz Australia Insurance Limited / XL Catlin
China-Base Group Co Ltd
Super Sea Cable Networks Pte Ltd
Bank in Singapore
- Advised Hin Leong Trading on its $4.59bn debt restructuring, involving more than 23 creditors from multiple jurisdictions.
- Advised the major creditors of Agritrade International in connection with a $1bn suspected massive fraud by Agritrade International.
- Advised the owners of the M/V Alnic MC in a dispute arising from a collision between USS JOHN S MCCAIN and ALNIC MC in the Westbound lane of the Singapore Traffic Separation Scheme.
Singapore > TMT: local firms Tier 1The TMT team at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has expertise in several areas including data breaches, cybersecurity and data centre projects. The practice is at the forefront of fintech developments such as blockchain-backed smart contract matters and telecommunication regulatory advice. Rajesh Sreenivasan has expertise in media and data protection matters and co-heads the team with data privacy expert Steve Tan and Benjamin Cheong. Lionel Tan frequently advises clients on cybersecurity law while Tanya Tang has competition and regulatory experience.
Rajesh Sreenivasan; Steve Tan; Benjamin Cheong
Other key lawyers:
Tanya Tang; Lionel Tan
‘R&T adopted a sensible billing rate while delivering top quality work. The team especially at partner level is very strong as well. The best is they have R&T technologies and Cybersecurity companies to provide support to the legal practice which then serves as a one stop shop.’
‘Steve Tan is probably the most knowledgeable practicing lawyer on Singapore PDPA. He always ensures that work delivered is of the highest quality without a single error or mistake. He achieved this by being hands on the file and vet the advice thoroughly before rendered to customer. This is a rare trait in today’s legal industry where partner just spent minimum attention on the file and leave the work to associate or senior associate.’
‘The team led by Steve Tan is the go to team for personal data protection matters.’
‘Steve Tan, the lead partner, provided us with strategic and practical solutions. Steve and his colleague, Justin Lee, are very responsive and we appreciated that we are able to reach out to them wherever and whenever. These are standout qualities.’
ByteDance Pte Ltd and TikTok Pte Ltd
The World Bank
Huawei International Pte Ltd
Singapore Life Pte Ltd
National Institute of Education
Housing and Development Board
Ant Financial Services Group
Development Bank of Singapore (DBS)
ZhongAn Technologies International Group Limited
Liberty Wireless (Circles Life)
Endurance International Group
Red Bull Media House Gmbh
NetLink Management Pte Ltd
Institute for Human Resource Professionals
Logan Property (Singapore) Company Pte. Limited
Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd
Yanlord Commercial Property Investments Pte Ltd
- Advised ByteDance and its subsidiaries in their expansion into South East Asia (SEA).
- Acted for DBS in its joint venture with J.P. Morgan and Temasek to develop a common and open industry platform for payments, trade and foreign exchange settlement through the use of blockchain solutions.
- Advised HMI Institute of Health Science on carrying out investigations into the cause of the ransomware attack and making relevant submissions to the PDPC in order to mitigate against the findings and financial penalties imposed.
Singapore > White-collar crime - Local firms Tier 1At the forefront of the white-collar crime and investigations market in Singapore, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has long-standing experience in the spectrum of defence, compliance and advisory work. Retained by household name companies, financial institutions and individuals, the firm is singled out for its proficiency in cross-border financial and regulatory crimes and offences, most notably cases involving securities fraud. Market manipulation and insider trading, as well as cybercrime, corruption, bribery and criminal breach of trust are core areas of activity for the practice, whose broad service offering has recently expanded to include crisis management. Fielding a dedicated regional group, made up of former prosecution lawyers and legal advisors to the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force, the firm is particularly well placed to provide guidance on to clients across the APAC region. The group is jointly headed by financial and regulatory crime specialist Thong Chee Kun and Jansen Chow. Former Deputy Senior State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Criminal Justice Division, Hamidul Haq has a wealth of experience in securities offences, corporate crime, anti-money laundering and asset seizure litigation. Also recommended, Josephine Chee acts for both corporations and individuals in criminal cases, and is also skilled at advising financial institutions on enforcement proceedings initiated by regulatory bodies.
Thong Chee Kun; Jansen Chow
Other key lawyers:
‘The R&T team has educated us on the process and the action to be taken in a very efficient way. We also have learnt that their analysis of the situation has always been either precisely or closely correct. The team also plays very well together and consults internally in an efficient manner.’
‘Chee Kun Thong is always available, manages the team very well and most importantly is able to think the case strategically. He also is very easy to approach and humble, so he is very pleasant to work with.’
‘Josephine Chee: Very capable and quick to react. She has the capacity to grasp complex transactions and evaluate these in light of the law. In other words, she is good at drawing a line between a crime and commercial dispute. She is very calm and considers matters thoroughly.’
Daewoo Construction & Engineering
- Acting for Wirecard AG in an ongoing high-profile internal inquiry with wide-ranging implications with its index shedding substantially in value since the fraud allegations.
Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2At Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, the capital markets team’s ‘strength comes from its well-rounded team of professionals‘ who handle the entire spectrum of debt, equity and hybrid instruments. Its diverse client roster is comprised of issuers, issue managers, underwriters and originators seeking advice on initial offerings, listing of companies, REITs and business trusts on the Mainboard and Catalist of the Singapore Exchange. Other areas of expertise for the group include first-of-their-kind catastrophe bond transactions in Singapore, cross-border deals covering the APAC region and beyond, as well as sustainability-linked bonds. An uptick in demands related to SPACs listings resulted in the creation of a SPACs multidisciplinary group, providing assistance in relation to SPAC structuring, financing arrangements for SPAC mergers and reporting requirements. Chia Kim Huat is a name to note for secondary and dual listings, while Evelyn Wee stands out for her wealth of experience in IPOs. Lee Xin Mei leads on debt transactions, while Tan Mui Hui is well versed in secondary and pre-IPO fund raising exercises. Chi Tern Hoon is regularly retained by SGX-ST listed issuers on continuing obligations and compliance issues. Raymond Tong ‘provides deep practical experience and know-how in ECM transactions‘.
Other key lawyers:
‘The capital markets teams led by Raymond Tong and Hoon Chi Tern respectively are experienced and practical in their structuring and solutions. They are committed to completing any one deal they are involved in.’
‘Raymond Tong and Hoon Chi Tern are approachable and readily available for any general queries we may have regarding capital markets. The same hospitality applies even for non-capital markets queries, whereby they would unhesitatingly refer us to the right lawyer to direct the queries we may have.’
‘Tan Mui Hui stands out for her ability to stay cool under fire. Poised and knowledgeable, you would want her on your side in any battle.’
‘It goes without saying that the ECM/ DCM teams in Rajah & Tann have the technical and practical expertise and know-how in capital markets matters. But what gives them an edge at present over the other big players in the SG legal market is a hunger to go out of the way to attract and serve clients. They want a bigger piece of the market share and are well poised to achieve this target. They have also shown a commitment to developing capabilities in technical law in areas such as block chain, AI, and growing a network in SEA legal partners in a way that is currently more obvious than the other bigger legal players.’
‘Raymond Tong (ECM) – senior partner who provides deep practical experience and know-how in ECM transactions. Lee Xin Mei (DCM) – approachable, helpful and shows great intuition in addressing clients’ needs. Tan Mui Hui (ECM) – commits time and effort to addressing clients’ queries, particularly in innovative areas such as security token offerings.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable, responsive and is willing to guide the client through the transaction and ensure that the transaction is completed successfully.’
‘Rajah & Tann’s strength comes from its well-rounded team of professionals who covers almost all aspect of the law, and all senior partners come with good regional experience.’
Bridgetown 2 Holdings Limited
Nanyang Technological University
Startree Investments Pte. Ltd.
DBS Bank Ltd.
TML Holdings Pte. Ltd.
PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia Tbk
Citigroup Global Markets Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited
OUE Lippo Healthcare Limited
CGS-CIMB Securities (Singapore) Pte Ltd
AEM Holdings Ltd.
Hong Leong Asia Investments Pte. Ltd.
United Overseas Bank Limited / UOB Kay Hian Private Limited
Leader Environmental Technologies Limited
BRC Asia Limited
Blumont Group Ltd.
CGS-CIMB Securities (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Koh Brothers Eco Engineering Limited
SAC Capital Private Limited
Trans-China Automotive Holdings Limited
Metech International Limited
- Advising Bridgetown 2 Holdings Limited, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by Pacific Century Group and Thiel Capital LLC, in respect of its proposed merger with PropertyGuru Pte. Ltd. into a combined company with an equity value of approximately US$1.78bn and the proposed listing of the combined company on the New York Stock Exchange.
- Advised Nanyang Technological University on the establishment of its S$1bn multi-currency medium term note programme , and its subsequent issuance of S$650m 2.185 per cent. sustainability-linked notes due 2036.
- Advised DBS Bank in respect of the renounceable underwritten rights issue of up to 18,833,468,826 new ordinary shares in the capital of Sembcorp Marine Ltd to raise gross proceeds of approximately S$1.5bn to strengthen its financial position and accelerate its pivot towards clean energy.
Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 2Particularly active on the cross-border front, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP oversees a plethora of transactions relating to China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and South Asia, among other jurisdictions. The practice enjoys especially strong connections within the insurance, technology, healthcare, telecommunications, banking and real estate industries and is headed by Chia Kim Huat, a specialist in multijurisdictional M&A and joint ventures, private equity investments and capital markets affairs. Sandy Foo , who previously practiced in London, is one of the market’s foremost names for blockbuster deals meanwhile Lim Wee Han is engaged by a number of biotech, health and pharmaceutical companies in respect of their cross-border divestments and acquisitions.
Chia Kim Huat; Sandy Foo; Evelyn Wee; Terence Quek; Tracy Ang
Other key lawyers:
‘As I think about the many outstanding things that Rajah & Tann bring to the table such as their outstanding pool of talent, their willingness to go the extra mile for their clients, their outstanding value proposition, the 2 key differentiators for me are their one-stop solution given their strong South-East Asian network and dedication to achieving the best results for their clients, no matter how big or small your matter may be.’
‘Rajah & Tann is one of the leading law firms in the ASEAN region with an impressive geographical footprint. The corporate/M&A practice provides superb transactional support on the most complex matters, particularly in the life sciences & healthcare sector.’
‘Wee Hann Lim is an outstanding corporate/M&A lawyer who is an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘Very hands on and commercial.’
‘Very competent. Well resourced and client comes first. Commercial advice.’
‘Sandy Foo. Commercially minded; great at pushing the deal forward. All round a great partner’
‘The team is extremely supportive in offering start-up friendly rates without compromising service and support.’
‘Terence Quek is excellent, offering a ready ear to bounce ideas with the client throughout a transaction at all hours of the day, offering insights and solutions. A true partner to the client to drive a deal to successful completion.’
Hong Leong Group
Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited
Salim Group conglomerate
Singapore Press Holdings
Temasek Holdings Limited
- Acted for Cuscaden Peak Pte. Ltd. on the acquisition for all the issued ordinary shares in the capital of Singapore Press Holdings Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement that values SPH at up to approximately S$3.9 billion, and is currently acting for Cuscaden on the proposed mandatory cash offer of all the issued and outstanding units in SPH REIT in accordance with the chain principle in Note 7 on Rule 14.1 of the Singapore Code on Take-overs and Mergers.
- Acted for Startree Investments Pte. Ltd., a substantial shareholder of Sembcorp Marine Ltd on the mandatory conditional general cash offer for all the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of Sembcorp Marine Ltd in accordance with Rule 14 of The Singapore Code on Take-overs and Mergers.
- Acting for DBS Trustee (in its capacity as trustee of MNACT) in the proposed merger of MCT and MNACT by way of an acquisition by MCT of all issued and paid-up units of MNACT held by unitholders by way of a trust scheme of arrangement. The acquisition is valued at approximately S$4.2bn.
Singapore > Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 2Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a well developed IP team led by the experienced Lau Kok Keng. The group is rated for IP matters linked to transactions and commercial agreements. The department has a particularly strong record in technology, new media, sports and gambling, along with consumer goods and electronics, food and beverages, hospitality, and transport and aviation. It has achieved further growth in cybersecurity and digital matters. Nicholas Lauw provides further senior expertise in technology, media and data privacy.
Lau Kok Keng
Other key lawyers:
‘I worked with Rajah & Tann on a potential sale of business and Trademark. The team is very knowledgeable in terms of local and international trademarks in relations to the valuation of the business, the timing and filing of trade marks, as well as the laws governing trademarks, as such defending one’s trade mark, etc.’
‘Lau Kok Keng (Partner of R&T) is my go-to person when it comes to advice on trademarks and related business dealings.’
‘Prompt and efficient.’
‘The team is extremely resourceful and has the ability to tap on its global network of contacts to provide jurisdiction-specific advice and IP search results.’
‘The team has tremendous experience in the copyright area and entertainment industry, which enables the team to balance the commercial interests and interests in litigation. It’s not easy to put their feet in client’s shoes all the time.’
‘I am impressed by the performance of Lau Kok Keng and Nicholas Lauw at the hearing. They are quite flexible, able to adjust their strategy promptly adapting to the changes in hearing.They transform the disadvantages to advantages.’
‘The team is familiar with the video game industry, and has better understanding than the opponent’s counsel on the law, the business practice of the industry. During litigation, the team develops effective strategy and they put a lot of effort into preparing the evidence and arguments. The outcome is satisfied, we are impressed.’
‘Mr. Lau Kok Keng develops good strategies and build up a very strong team. Mr. Nicholas Lauw is very good at communicating and persuading the judge.’
Asian Tour Limited
Kony Inc, Kony Services Inc
Singapore National Olympic Council
Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Corporation
Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG, Birkenstock Sales GmbH
Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore Ltd
Adecco Group AG
Alila Hotels & Resorts Pte. Ltd.
CWT Pte Ltd
The Bible Society of Singapore
Singapore Cricket Association
The Esplanade Co Ltd
Fokda Popo Pte. Ltd.
Ecospec Noveltech Pte. Ltd., Entropy Singapore NovelTech Pte. Ltd.
Stratech Systems Limited
Yitai (Shanghai) Plastic Co Ltd
Sansui Acoustics Research Corporation, TWD Industrial Company Limited
Netease Interactive Entertainment Pte Ltd
Singapore Pools (Private) Limited
Maxim’s Caterers Limited
Meta Performance Pte Ltd
Grain Holdings Pte. Ltd
Sgprotein Pte. Ltd.
- Represented Netease Interactive Entertainment in defending against a claim for copyright infringement and passing off brought by Riot Games.
- Advised Deloitte as liquidators of Phoenix Pte on the structuring of the proposed global sale of trade marks belonging to the Phoenix group of companies.
- Advised Microsoft Operations on its claim against a former management-level employee for breach of non-compete obligations and breach of non-solicitation obligations.
Singapore > International arbitration Tier 2Recommended as ‘one of the very best practices in Singapore’ the Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP practice ‘is strategic, highly responsive and understands the commercial and legal issues’, particularly in matters involving complex cross-border issues. Key areas of strengths for the firm are government work and oil & gas sector matters. Avinash Pradhan has broad experience in international arbitration, institutional and ad hoc, and frequently appears as counsel in the Singapore courts. He co-leads the team with Kelvin Poon, who covers commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitrations, international arbitration and infrastructure arbitration in Singapore and abroad. Another key name in the area is Andre Yeap, who ‘commands judicial respect’ and ‘stands out because he gives the best advice and not just the advice that a client wishes to read’.
Avinash Pradhan; Kelvin Poon
Other key lawyers:
Francis Xavier; Andre Yeap; Tan Chuan; Devathas Satianathan
‘The team led by Andre Yeap SC has serious sector expertise which makes Co-Counsel highly effective and highly rewarding. Rajah & Tann has a tremendous reputation and in the case of Mr Yeap it is absolutely correct and merited. The Team is strategic, highly responsive and understands the commercial and legal issues. Overall one of the very best practices in Singapore.’
‘Stand out Partner is Andre Yeap KC. He is unflappable; commands judicial respect; and has all the caselaw at his finger tips. Andre stands out because he gives the best advice and not just the advice that a Client wishes to read. This is a serious positive attribute and especially so in high value complex international arbitration.’
‘The team is very responsive, making us feel secure that all issues are handled timely.’
‘Andre Yeap – with his long standing reputation and experience, Andre correctly predicted our opponent’s strategies and prepare us with a suitable response. He is a no non-sense lawyer and very much straight forward, which helped us effectively manage our costs.’
‘Devathas Satianathan – Dev is responsive and quick witted. He could help us articulating our intention even when we aren’t sure about what we are saying.’
‘Rajah & Tann is a large firm with a strong and dedicated international arbitration practice.’
‘Amongst their substantial team I would single out: Andrew Yeap SC, Francis Xavier SC, Tan Chuan SC, and Kelvin Poon. They all have considerable experience and expertise and are dominant market players in Singapore and South East Asia.’
Large Indian conglomerate
The Republic of the Philippines
Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd (“Oxley Consortium”)
Phnom Penh SEZ Plc
- Representing the Republic of the Philippines (the Government) in ongoing arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The dispute centres on claims for breach of contract brought by two large multi-national oil and gas companies.
- Representing Vedanta in two matters relating to a Singapore seated treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from its claims, which are valued in the region of US$3.8 billion, 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.
- Acting for the Hilton group in this dispute involving the enforcement of a US$25 million ICC award in Singapore against the assets of Sun Travel who had breached a hotel management agreement.
Singapore > Tax: local firms Tier 2Full-service firm Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP brings multidisciplinary strength to its tax practice, enabling it to provide local and cross-border tax advisory, transactional tax and tax dispute expertise. Key areas of work include goods and services, stamp duty and property tax. Tax disputes specialist Vikna Rajah leads the team.
‘They are the best in the industry. Their ability to give complex advice in a simple manner is fantastic.’
‘Vikna Rajah is for sure the best tax advisor in Sinagapore.’
‘It is always the in-depth knowledge, solution provider and out of the box thinking that makes the day.’
‘Integrity, knowledge and speed of work.’
Singapore > Start-up and venture capital – Local firms Tier 2Combining ‘local knowledge with world class service‘, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s multidisciplinary start-up practice provides experience in structuring, preparing and executing private equity and venture capital transactions spanning asset classes and jurisdictions. The firm represents investors and start-ups in the tech space, with broad expertise including the fields of blockchain, crypto, foodtech and MedTech. M&A specialist Sandy Foo co-leads the practice with Tracy Ang, whose ‘experience is unparalleled’. Another key name in the team is Brian Ng, who is recommended as a ‘very experienced partner in VC deals’.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team was very helpful. Always prepared to help us out even at midnight when matters are urgent.’
‘Tracy Ang’s experience is unparalleled and it shows in her quick thinking and very practical advice which she offers.’
‘Tracy Ang is very patient and understanding when we don’t understand certain concepts. She breaks things down so we can better advise our internal stakeholders. She gives extremely practical advice and lets us know what is market practice and acceptable.’
‘Local knowledge with world class service.’
‘Brian Ng, very experienced partner in VC deals.’
‘Combines being knowledgeable with being available at all times.’
‘Extremely hardworking, willing to take on a broad range of work and pull in the right expertise as needed.’
‘Trustworthy – they give sensible advice to protect the client consistently, and are able to articulate the risks and potential issues. Good at follow up – this is especially important for smaller companies like us.’
Stamped.io Pte Ltd
Pluang Technologies Pte Ltd.
Trusting Social Group
iCart Group Pte. Ltd.
Credit Saison Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Pace Enterprise Holdings Pte. Ltd.
Rainforest Life Pte. Ltd.
Partners for Growth VI, L.P.
Quista Technology Pte. Ltd.
Next Gen Foods Pte. Ltd.
Founders of BLK J
Everblue Esports Ventures LLC
Economic Development Board
XM Studios Pte. Ltd.
SWAT Mobility Pte. Ltd.
- Advised Stamped.io, a Singapore-based SaaS platform enabling reviews and loyalty programmes on ecommerce platforms, on its sale of business and assets to WeCommerce Holdings, a Canadian listed company providing software and services to Shopify users, for up to US$110m.
- Acted for Pluang Technologies Pte Ltd in several rounds of its series financing.
- Advised Doctor Anywhere, a regional tech-led healthcare company, on its US$65.7m Series C fundraising round led by Asia Partners, with other investors including Novo Holdings, Philips and OSK-SBI Venture Partners and other existing investors.
Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3Singapore-headquartered firm Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP not only has arbitration strength in its home jurisdiction of the Little Red Dot, but can also call upon expertise elsewhere in South East Asia. In Singapore Avinash Pradhan and Kelvin Poon share leadership of the team which also includes eminent practitioner Andre Yeap SC, while Eri Hertiawan is a key name for international arbitration work in the firm’s Jakarta affiliate, while Chau Huy Quang is a key arbitration practitioner in the firm’s Vietnamese affiliate.
Laos > Leading firmsRajah & Tann (Laos) is well-placed to leverage the firm's network of offices and offer regional exposure, enabling the Laos team to advise across a range of foreign-Loas joint venture opportunities, regulatory compliance issues, project financing and foreign direct investments. The firm is noted for its business incorporation advice relating to financial regulation, and more broadly within the banking and finance sector. Clients benefit from the team’s local knowledge, combined with cross-border transactional experience. Finance and real estate expert Lee Hock Chye leads the practice alongside Khanti Syackhaphom, who handles foreign direct investments, and Singapore-based Brian Ng. Associate Suntisouk Vandala is another key member of the team.
Lee Hock Chye; Khanti Syackhaphom; Brian Ng
Other key lawyers:
EDL-Generation Public Company
Guthrie GTS Pte Ltd
Myanmar > Projects
Advising domestic and international energy companies on participations in energy projects is a key area of expertise for Rajah & Tann Myanmar Company Limited. In the firm’s Singapore office, Chester Toh advises foreign investors on regulatory issues and jointly leads the practice alongside Yangon-based Min Thein, who is a key contact for investment matters. The Singapore office is also home to Hiroyuki Ota, who assists Japanese investors in entering the South East Asia markets and advises on investment and joint venture projects, and Shemane Chan, who has demonstrable experience across the energy, transport and telecoms sectors.
Chester Toh; Min Thein
Other key lawyers:
- Acted for a consortium of investors from Japan, Singapore and Myanmar on Myanmar’s first transit-oriented development.
- Assisting Denko Trading and Denko Petrochemical in its proposed joint development with Tokai Corporation to develop an LPG plant in Thilawa.
Thailand > Banking and financeRajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s banking and finance team is led by Surasak Vajasit, who has demonstrable experience advising on corporate and financing transactions, including privatisations, securities transactions, loan facilities, project finance and bankruptcy-related work. The practice, which is noted for it capability in handling cross-border mandates, relies on the expertise of Piroon Saengpakdee, who focuses on project development and finance issues. Pakpoom Suntornvipat is another key contact in the team.
Other key lawyers:
- Assisting Krung Thai Bank PCL in a committed credit facility agreement whereby Krung Thai Bank PCL will provide financial support to a joint venture chemicals company (SCG Dow Group).
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|Technology, media and telecommunications||Rajesh Sreenivasan|
|Kala Anandarajah||Head, Competition & Antitrust and TradePartner, Competition & Antitrust and Trade, Employment…||View Profile|
|Patrick Ang||Deputy Managing Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency||View Profile|
|Abdul Jabbar Bin Karam Din||Head, Corporate & Transactional Group Partner, Banking & Finance, General Corporate Commercial, Employment &…||View Profile|
|Elsa Chai||Head, Corporate Real Estate||View Profile|
|Yoke Ping Cheng||Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Lee Fong Chia||Partner (Foreign Lawyer), Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Kim Huat Chia||Regional Head, Corporate & Transactional Group Partner, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions,…||View Profile|
|Terence Choo||Partner, Banking & Finance, Project Finance||View Profile|
|Beng Chye Chua||Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency||View Profile|
|Sandy Foo||Deputy Head, Corporate & Transactional Group Head, Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Cynthia Goh||Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Chi Tern Hoon||Deputy Head, Capital Markets Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Winston Kwek||Partner, Shipping & International Trade||View Profile|
|Weilin Lee||Partner, Banking & FinanceHead, Sustainability||View Profile|
|Eng Beng Lee, SC, PBM||Managing Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency, Appeals & Issues||View Profile|
|Kah Wah Leong||Head, Dispute ResolutionPartner, Shipping & International Trade||View Profile|
|Benjamin Liew||Partner, Financial Institutions Group||View Profile|
|Wee Hann Lim||Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Danny Lim||Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Larry Lim||Deputy Head, Financial Institutions GroupPartner, Energy & Resources Practice||View Profile|
|Angela Lim||Head, Banking & FinancePartner, Project Finance||View Profile|
|Danny Ong||Partner, Commercial Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency, International Arbitration, Fraud, Asset Recovery and…||View Profile|
|Murali Pillai||Partner, Commercial Litigation, Employment & Benefits||View Profile|
|Terence Quek||Deputy Head, Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Vikna Rajah||Head, Tax, Private Client||View Profile|
|Kwan Kiat Sim||Head, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice||View Profile|
|Lawrence Tan||Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Arnold Tan||Partner, Funds and Investment Management||View Profile|
|Chuan Thye Tan, SC||Partner, Appeals & Issues||View Profile|
|Ian Teo||Partner, Shipping & International Trade||View Profile|
|Kian Sing Toh, SC||Senior Partner and Head, Shipping & International TradePartner, International Arbitration||View Profile|
|Evelyn Wee||Deputy Head, Corporate and Transactional PracticeHead, Capital MarketsSenior Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions||View Profile|
|Desmond Wee||Head, General Corporate CommercialHead, Employment & Benefits||View Profile|
|Francis Xavier, SC, PBM||Regional Head, Dispute ResolutionPartner, International Arbitration, Treaty Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Banking &…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Yuen||Head, Employment & Benefits (Disputes)||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers in regional office : 600+ in this country : 300+
LanguagesBurmese English French German Hindi Indonesian Japanese Khmer Laotian Malay Malayalam Mandarin Punjabi Tagalog Tamil Thai Urdu Vietnamese various Chinese dialects
MembershipsRajah & Tann Asia Lex Mundi Network
OtherContacts : Lee Eng Beng SC (managing partner)
Christopher & Lee Ong strengthens its Capital Markets Practice19th January 2022 New partners Annette Soh and Daphne Lam join Christopher & Lee Ong’s Capital Markets Practice, with Annette to co-head alongside Managing Partner, Yon See Ting.
Christopher & Lee Ong strengthens its White Collar Crime & Investigations Practice19th January 2022 New partner Shanti Geoffrey joins to co-head Christopher & Lee Ong’s White Collar Crime & Investigations Practice alongside John Mathew
Christopher & Lee Ong strengthens its Restructuring & Insolvency Practice19th January 2022 New partner Chua See Hua joins to co-head Christopher & Lee Ong’s Restructuring & Insolvency Practice alongside John Mathew
- Legal market overview
- Antitrust and competition: local firms
- Banking and finance: local firms
- Capital markets: structured finance, derivatives and securitisation: Local firms
- Construction: Local firms
- Dispute resolution: local firms
- Fintech and financial services regulatory: local firms
- Insurance: local firms
- Investment funds: local firms
- Labour and employment: local firms
- Private wealth and family law – local firms
- Projects and energy: local firms
- Real estate: local firms
- Restructuring and insolvency: local firms
- Shipping: local firms
- TMT: local firms
- White-collar crime - Local firms
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms
- Corporate and M&A: local firms
- Intellectual property: Local firms
- International arbitration
- Tax: local firms
- Start-up and venture capital – Local firms