23 Feb 2017

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann's Vikna Rajah wins Private Client Lawyer of the Year

SINGAPORE, 23 February 2017 – Rajah & Tann Singapore’s partner Vikna Rajah has won the Private Client Lawyer of the Year at The Asia Legal Awards 2017 held in Hong Kong yesterday.

The Asia Legal Awards is organised by New York-based ALM, which is the publisher of The Asian Lawyer, The American Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel. The Awards honour the best work in the region across various practice areas and disciplines that involved lawyers and parties in Asia.

Accepting the awards at the Four Seasons Hotel, partner Vikna Rajah said: “At Rajah & Tann, we strive to do the best for our clients and achieve new heights with them. This award is recognition of their support. I would like to extend my gratitude to the team for their passion and diligence which has allowed us to deliver the level of performance our clients expect from us.”

Mr Rajah, the only nominee from Singapore, beat four other leading international lawyers, including from China and India, to clinch the award. His practice includes advising ultra-high net worth families on succession planning and private wealth management. He also represents clients on complex income tax, GST, stamp duty, property tax and tax treaty issues, specializing in contentious civil disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, tax structuring, and criminal tax litigation.

Rajah & Tann also won the Finance Deal of the Year for Restructuring & Insolvency - Pacific Andes $1.5B liquidation. The firm was nominated for six other awards including Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year, Competition Lawyer of the Year, and M&A Deal of the Year: Private Equity & Venture Capital.

Rajah & Tann 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.rajahtann.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines 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. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage. 

29 Dec 2016

(MEDIA RELEASE) Leading Corporate Real Estate Lawyer Norman Ho Joins Rajah & Tann Singapore

SINGAPORE, 29 December 2016 – Leading corporate real estate lawyer Norman Ho will join Rajah & Tann Singapore as a Partner from 3 January 2017, and will help bolster the firm’s expanding corporate practice and add significant momentum to its growth strategy with a team of seven lawyers comprising himself, four partners and two associates.

Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC, said: “We are delighted to have Norman and his team join us at Rajah & Tann Singapore. He is an acknowledged leader in his field, having been involved in many of the major real estate transactions in Singapore and the region in the last three decades. Norman and his team were highly sought after by several law firms but they chose us because they share our values of professional excellence, responsiveness to clients’ needs and our collegiate, team-based approach to getting the work done.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Ho said: “My team and I are looking forward to being part of the Rajah & Tann family whose members are not only committed to the highest professional standards but also enjoy working together. Through Rajah & Tann Asia’s regional network, we will be able to serve our clients more extensively and seamlessly.”

Mr Ho has been involved in a wide spectrum of property-related transactions, including investment sales and purchase, collective sales, and project development transactions. He has represented owners and investors in commercial, retail, residential, and resort developments in Singapore as well as United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, and Australia.

He recently acted for all the 14 investors in City Developments Limited’s third profit participation securities platform involving the high-end freehold residential development known as Nouvel 18, situated at 16 and 18 Anderson Road, which raised $977.6 million through equity injection, issuance of notes and provision of credit facilities by two local banks.

His previous projects include the development and financing of major shopping cum office projects and the acquisition of large commercial buildings in Singapore Central Business District. He acted for major developers in large residential projects such as the Marina Bay Residences as well as in the acquisition, sale, and leaseback of industrial developments involving the Housing Development Board and Jurong Town Corporation.

Mr Ho is best known for his work in collective sales in Singapore. To date, he has acted for owners of over 200 developments, and has successfully completed over 120 of such transactions, including Farrer Court, the largest enbloc sales to-date of 618 units. For his expertise, he was selected to make representations to the Parliament’s Select Committee on amendments to the Land Titles (Strata) Act in 1999, and a review of enbloc legislation in 2007.

Mr Ho has been consistently lauded by independent legal media including Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific. In its latest 2017 edition, The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific describes Mr Ho as a lawyer who “decisively navigates through real estate issues”. In its 2016 edition, Chambers Asia Pacific recognises him as a “leading authority in the Singapore en bloc market. He gains praise from market sources for his creative problem-solving abilities.”

He is also the honorary legal advisor of REDAS, the representative body for the real estate industry in Singapore for more than 15 years.

Outside of law, Mr Ho has been an active volunteer of the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) since its inception in 1993. The Singapore-based charity saves the lives of patients suffering from blood diseases through facilitating bone marrow transplants. As the BDMP’s President, he has been instrumental in expanding the charity which now has more than 60,000 volunteer donors on its register.

The four partners in Mr Ho’s team are Chou Ching, Cindy Quek, Gazalle Mok, and Shijie Tan.

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, 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.rajahtann.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.

21 Dec 2016

Rajah & Tann Singapore partners recognised as Singapore's most influential lawyers in 2016

Ten partners from Rajah & Tann Singapore have been recognised for their outstanding level of leadership and influence in the legal industry, and have been named in Singapore Business Review's (SBR) 40 and Under Most Influential Lawyers 2016 report.

This report identifies Singapore's top lawyers who are thought leaders with the potential to guide future directions, influencers with organisational leadership and promising in their respective fields.

The Rajah & Tann Singapore partners recognised in the report are:

Leong Lu Yueh (Deputy Head, Funds and Investment Management)
Nicholas Lauw (Partner, Entertainment & Media and Intellectual Property)
Philip Yeo (Partner, Funds and Investment Management)
Shannon Tan (Partner, International Arbitration and Construction & Projects)
Jansen Chow (Partner, Commercial Litigation and Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations)
Luo Qinghui (Partner, Commercial Litigation)
Avinash Pradhan (Partner, International Arbitration and Construction & Projects)
Sheila Ng (Partner, Commercial Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency and Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations) 
Hoon Chi Tern (Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions)
Nathanael Lin (Partner, Shipping & International Trade)

This is the third consecutive time for Rajah & Tann Singapore partners to be named in SBR's 40 and Under Most Influential Lawyers report. A total of 26 Rajah & Tann Singapore partners have made it to the report in three years. Click here for the full report.

17 Oct 2016

C&G Law wins Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year at ALB Philippine Law Awards 2016

C&G Law has been named Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year at the inaugural Asian Legal Business (ALB) Philippine Law Awards 2016. It beat five short-listed firms to emerge winner in the coveted category. The award was announced last Friday at a ceremony at Fairmont Makati, Philippines. In addition to the award, C&G Law was a finalist for the following awards: Arbitration Law Firm of the Year, Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year, Project Finance Deal of the Year, Philippine Deal Firm of the Year and Philippine Law Firm of the Year.

The inaugural Asian Legal Business (ALB) Philippine Law Awards 2016 hosted a presentation of 20 awards in the Philippines legal industry, paying tributes to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams who have significantly contributed to the evolving legal landscape of the region. http://www.legalbusinessonline.com/awards/philippine-law-awards-2016

The full name of C&G Law is Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio. It was formerly known as Caguioa & Gatmaytan and continues to practise under the business style of “C&G Law”. C&G Law is a full-service law firm in the Philippines specialising in corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration, taxation as well as labour and employment.

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines (effective January 2017), Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The network of firms offers the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions. With the addition of C&G Law, Rajah & Tann Asia’s clients will enjoy seamless access to around 650 fee earners who are qualified to practise local law in nine countries in ASEAN.

All the individual firms of Rajah & Tann Asia are fully qualified to advise on and practise the laws of their respective jurisdictions, and will collectively have 12 offices in the major cities of Southeast Asia and Shanghai.