22 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

22 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, corporate & commercial, tax & trust amongst others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with around 650 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

05 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 650 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

28 Apr 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Singapore Expands Team with Six New Hires

SINGAPORE, 28 April 2017 – Two prominent practitioners in ship finance and corporate practice and four lawyers, will be joining Rajah & Tann Singapore in a move by the firm to tap top talents for its growing regional practices.

Chua Choon King will come on board on 1 May 2017. He will be a Partner in the firm’s market leading Shipping and International Trade Practice. Rajah & Tann has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, shipping litigation teams in Singapore with about 30 lawyers. Mr Chua is joined by his colleagues, partners Jonathan Oon and Lim Chen Chen, and two associates.

In another significant appointment, Sandy Foo, a specialist corporate lawyer, will join as Partner from 1 May. Her appointment will be a boost to the firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice, which includes mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets practices.

Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC, said: “We welcome Choon King and Sandy to the firm. We are happy to be able to continue to draw the best and brightest in the profession, and that our regional network has been instrumental in appealing to lawyers in their prime who can advise on large-scale, complex cross-border transactions.”

Mr Chua said: “Rajah & Tann is the leader in the industry for shipping disputes. My team and I look forward to complementing them on the non-contentious side of the practice. Together, we believe we will be able to present an even more formidable proposition to clients.”

Mr Chua has been involved in a range of shipping-related transactions regionally. He has acted as lenders' counsel in a US$175 million loan to PetroVietnam Transportation Corporation to finance the acquisition of three tankers to be used at the Dung Quat Oil Refinery in Vietnam. He has also acted as Singapore counsel for State Bank of India on a billion dollar credit facility and for Fortis Bank on a US$450 million post-delivery financing to the Odfjell Group for chemical tankers.

Ms Foo has almost two decades of experience in corporate and financial services transactions, with particular focus on M&As. She has led numerous significant award winning M&A deals in the region, including Temasek’s acquisition and privatisation of SMRT, OCBC’s acquisition of ING’s private bank assets in Asia (now Bank of Singapore), Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology US$780 million general offer for STATS ChipPAC and the $13.1 billion cash offer to acquire Fraser And Neave by a consortium led by Overseas Union Enterprise. Ms Foo is also recognised and well regarded for her significant experience in project and acquisition financing.

Mr Chua and Ms Foo have also been lauded by independent legal media. In its latest 2017 edition, The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific described Mr Chua as ‘incisive and tirelessly determined’. Ms Foo has been recognised as a Leading Individual in Banking & Finance and Corporate M&A practices in both IFLR1000 and Chambers Asia Pacific. IFLR1000 praised Ms Foo as “an excellent technical lawyer but never takes overly technical points… and always works hard to find legally and commercially acceptable compromises, which is an essential part of being a good and experienced transactional lawyer."

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 650 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.