Chambers Asia Pacific (2022)

R&T Sok & Heng - Cambodia

General Business Law - Band 1
Ranked Lawyers:
Heng Chhay - General Business Law (Band 2)
Sieng Deline - General Business Law (Up and Coming)
Sophonnora Tiv - General Business Law (Band 2)

What the team is known for
Working with the wider Rajah & Tann network, R&T Sok & Heng regularly advises an international clientele on domestic law. Retains a strong market reputation for work on cross-border transactions, including project finance and joint ventures, as well as banking and real estate matters. Its Phnom Penh office additionally handles dispute resolution. Also offers significant knowledge of Cambodian securities law, as well as e-commerce and data protection issues. Acts for a broad mix of Asian and global clients as well as domestic Cambodian corporations.

Strengths
One client says: "R&T Sok Heng has the depth and the breath of corporate expertise and experience to deliver cutting-edge legal solutions to help develop winning strategies to navigate through the most complex legal issues. Their internal processes are systematic, methodical and more importantly consistently high on delivery, which gives rise to excellent customer care."

Another client notes that the firm offers "reasonable billing rates for quality service" and "the lawyers are of very high quality and willing to listen to client concerns."

Work highlights
R&T Sok & Heng Law Office advised Soma Group Company on its joint venture with CP Group.

Notable practitioners
Heng Chhay covers a range of legal areas including commercial, real estate and finance. He also advises e-commerce companies on data privacy and other compliance matters.

Sieng Deline is a seasoned banking and finance lawyer with past experience as in-house counsel. He is regularly mandated by lenders and borrowers to handle financing and refinancing matters and praised by interviewees for the "good calibre" of his advice.

Tiv Sophonnora is experienced in a range of areas including finance, commercial and investment-related issues. One client says: "We are particularly impressed by his forthrightness, making plain his expert legal views so that customers can make clear, informed choices, his clarity of thought and his approach to problem solving."

 

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners - Indonesia

Banking & Finance - Band 2
Capital Markets - Band 1
Competition and Antitrust - Band 1
Corporate/M&A - Band 1
Dispute Resolution - Band 1
Employment - Band 1
Intellectual Property - Band 3
Projects & Energy - Band 2
Real Estate - Band 3
Tax - Spotlight
Technology, Media, Telecommunications - Band 1

Ranked Lawyers:
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf - Capital Markets (Eminent Practitioners), Corporate/M&A (Eminent Practitioners)
Ahmad Maulana - Employment (Band 1)
Asep Ridwan - Competition/Antitrust (Band 1)
Bono Adji - Capital Markets (Band 1), Corporate/M&A (Band 1)
Chandra M Hamzah - Dispute Resolution (Senior Statespeople)
Dewi Soeharto - Intellectual Property (Band 3)
Eko Basyuni - Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
Eri Hertiawan - Dispute Resolution (Band 1)
Farid Nasution - Competition/Antitrust (Band 1)
Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf - Banking & Finance (Band 2)
Kanya Satwika - Projects & Energy (Band 3)
Muhammad Iqsan Sirie - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Associates to watch)
Putu Suryastuti - Capital Markets (Band 2)
Rikrik Rizkiyana - Competition/Antitrust (Senior Statespeople)
Valerie Ngooi Ming Hui - Corporate/M&A: Foreign Legal Consultants (Band 2)
Zacky Z Husein - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is a notable full-service law firm in Indonesia, regularly advising borrowers and lenders on a broad range of conventional and Shari'a-compliant deals. Assists clients with acquisition, leveraged and structured financings, advising leading Indonesian and overseas banks, corporates, asset managers and government entities. Also well placed to handle project and infrastructure finance, fintech issues, restructuring and insolvency mandates and bank merger deals. Clients include Bank Central Asia, Bangkok Bank and DBS Bank.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners advised Bank Central Asia on the acquisition of 100% interest in Bank Rabobank International Indonesia.

Notable practitioners
Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf represents top Indonesian and international banks in a range of acquisition finance, project finance and refinancing deals, as well as debt restructuring.

Capital Markets

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners offers a full suite of legal services for capital markets, including advising on convertible and exchangeable bonds, IPOs and private placements in Indonesia. Additionally adept at advising on Shari'a-compliant sovereign debt issuances. Particularly active for issuers, advising several of Indonesia's largest corporates in the energy, mining and telecommunications sectors. Also represents government entities and financial institutions in capital markets transactions. Medco Energi, DCI Indonesia and Indointernet Indonesia are clients.

Strengths
A source comments: "Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is a safe pair of hands. They have done a lot of deals and seen all types of issues, and know what the typical things that need to be taken into account or checked before issuance. If they are running the deal, nothing will be missed and there won't be any last-minute surprises."

"We have been very happy with Assegaf Hamzah & Partners," attests another source.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners assisted Soho Global Health with its IPO, which included advising the convertible bond holders on selling bonds in conjunction with the IPO process.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf is a seasoned lawyer in Jakarta with a broad practice covering capital markets, M&A and finance. He is experienced in representing issuers on bond transactions.

Bono Adji is recognised by market commentators as a highly experienced and sought-after lawyer in Indonesia for capital markets and public M&A matters. He advises on both debt and equity deals.

Putu Suryastuti acts for issuers and joint lead managers on bond issuances and rights issues in Indonesia, and is notably active representing financial institutions in their capital-raising activities. Market sources note that she is "very active on capital markets transactions."

Competition and Antitrust

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners possesses expertise across a wide range of competition and antitrust legal matters, including representing clients in major cartel investigations before the Indonesian Competition Commission (KPPU). Also handles cartel and price-fixing cases, alongside merger notifications and competition audits. Entrusted by multinational and domestic clients from the automotive, technology, transportation and manufacturing sectors, among others. Its competition team includes former KPPU employees, providing additional regulatory expertise, and in-house economists. Clients include Meratus Line, Tirta Investama and Manunggal Adipura.

Strengths
A commentator observes: "I find that they are just the very best in the market. Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is reliable and works seamlessly with international counsel."
"They are knowledgeable about the regulations and have good understanding of business issues as well," according to a source.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners represented Meratus Line in its appeal to the District Court in relation to the KPPU's price-fixing decision against the client and three other shipping companies.

Notable practitioners
Asep Ridwan is recognised by commentators for his proficiency in handling contentious and non-contentious competition law matters in Indonesia. His expertise includes price fixing and discriminatory practice mandates.

Farid Nasution has an active practice in transactional and contentious competition law matters in Indonesia. He is able to draw on his experience working for the KPPU to assist clients.

Rikrik Rizkiyana is a highly respected competition lawyer who is noted for his experience in Indonesia. He has a broad practice encompassing merger control and KPPU investigations.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is a market-leading corporate law practice in Jakarta, active on some of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in the region. Advises major Indonesian clients and prominent international companies on joint ventures, foreign direct investment and private equity. Valued also for its work in real estate, particularly on development deals and lease agreements. Regularly handles acquisitions pertaining to industrial and retail properties, as well as construction issues. Clients include Pluang, Mandiri Sekuritas and Kalbe Farma.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners acted for Gojek on its merger with Tokopedia.

The team also assisted The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) with the implementation of Indonesia's Omnibus Law in the property sector.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf is an established figure in Jakarta's legal market. He is best known for handling notable transactions in the financial services and oil and gas sectors.

Bono Adji is a highly respected M&A lawyer in Jakarta. He has significant expertise in assisting major Indonesian, regional and international corporates with structuring transactions. He is described by market commentators as an active and hands-on partner.

Eko Basyuni handles M&A, foreign direct investment and restructuring deals in Indonesia. His experience spans technology and insurance deals.

Valerie Ngooi Ming Hui is an experienced foreign legal consultant within the Indonesian market, according to market commentators. She represents foreign investors and local clients in acquisitions, sales and joint ventures.

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners maintains an excellent reputation as a leading law firm in Indonesia for contentious matters, ranging from commercial disputes to competition litigation. Areas of focus include employment, land, transportation, natural resources and mining-related cases. Especially acts for leading domestic corporates, as well as foreign entities. Also active on complex arbitration, frequently appearing in BANI proceedings. Clients further benefit from the firm's membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia network, as well as its other practice area departments in Jakarta, which often work in conjunction with the disputes team. Counts Garuda Indonesia, Tirta Investama and Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines among its clients.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners represented Vale in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Lusiana Group Indonesia in the District Court of Palopo.

Notable practitioners
Chandra Hamzah is a co-founder of Assegaf Hamzah & Partners and a respected figure in Indonesia's legal community. He represents Indonesian and international clients in several high-profile matters, including in relation to shipping, broadcasting and anti-corruption.

Eri Hertiawan is a leading lawyer for litigation and arbitration in Indonesia, with expertise in such areas as aviation, natural resources and general contractual disputes. Market sources note that he is "very well connected" in Indonesia and a client highlights his "experience in arbitration" as a key strength.

Employment

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is recognised for advising an impressive range of domestic and foreign clients on a variety of employment law issues in Indonesia, including unfair dismissals, health and safety and retrenchment. Additionally offers expertise in immigration matters. Able to draw on the firm's expertise in M&A to advise on transactional employment matters. Clients include Clariant Plastics and Coatings, Tyco Electronics and Veritas Technologies.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners acted for Clariant Plastics and Coatings Indonesia on negotiations with its labour union, in relation to a dispute over employment transfer implementation arising from a global M&A deal.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Maulana handles the full range of employment law issues in Indonesia, from representing clients before the Industrial Relations Court to assisting with work permit issues. He is well-versed in resolving termination disputes with employees.

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is a full-service law firm in Indonesia with an emerging IP practice. Especially well versed in the negotiation of IP licensing agreements, including copyright and trade marks. Also active on trade mark registration and copyright infringement disputes. Able to leverage its strength in dispute resolution to assist clients with IP litigation. Represents global and Indonesian corporates from a range of sectors including TMT, retail, healthcare and banking, as well as individual clients. Clients include Petrokimia Gresik and Sekolah Cikal.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners advised Sumber Alfaria Trijaya and Midi Utama Indonesia on an appeal before the Supreme Court to defend allegations of copyright infringement by two individual plaintiffs.

Notable practitioners
Dewi Soeharto is well known for her trade mark legal practice in Indonesia. She also advises on copyright and IP licensing agreements and is especially noted for her representation of media companies.

Projects & Energy

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is noted for advising some of the region's largest energy and resources companies, as well as government entities and export credit agencies, on legal matters in Indonesia. Proficient in handling project-related transactions, financings and development in the oil and gas, renewable energy and petrochemical spaces, as well as mining, road and telecoms infrastructure developments. Frequently involved in cross-border matters for both lenders and project companies. Also able to handle contentious mandates in the projects and energy sector. Counts Star Energy Geothermal, Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia and Aneka Tambang among its clientele.

Strengths
A client says that Assegaf Hamzah & Partners provides "excellent service and has a good team for supporting clients."

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah advised Indonesia Asahan Aluminium on upgrades to the pot technology and supporting facilities for its aluminium smelter in North Sumatra.

Notable practitioners
Kanya Satwika has expertise in Indonesia's oil and gas and power space, including renewable energy, as well as infrastructure projects. She is credited by market sources for handling "lots of energy and projects work."

Tax

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has an established legal practice in Indonesia with a strong base in handling tax implications of transactions. Also represents clients in tax disputes regarding VAT. Regularly acts for technology and energy sector clients. Acts for clients in appeals before the Tax Court and the Supreme Court. Sarana Multi Infrastruktur, Bank Mandiri and Rukun Raharja are clients of the team.

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners advised Indonesia Infrastructure Finance on the tax aspects of a bond issuance.

Notable practitioners
Muslimin Damanhuri is the key contact point in Jakarta.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is a well-reputed legal team in Indonesia, routinely instructed by leading telecoms and technology companies on commercial and regulatory mandates. Often advises on cloud, e-commerce, OTT services and data centre mandates. Also demonstrates expertise in data protection and cybersecurity matters. Regularly works alongside its other practice area departments, including in relation to M&A, fundraising and tax issues within the TMT sector. Clients include Genomik Solidaritas Indonesia, Satelit Nusantara Tiga and DigiAsia.

Strengths
Market sources confirm that Assegaf Hamzah & Partners "appears frequently in this space and is respected."

Work highlights
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners acted for Satelit Nusantara Tiga on the development of a very high-throughput satellite to be used by the Indonesian government.

Notable practitioners
Muhammad Iqsan Sirie is a senior associate at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners in Jakarta. He is active on a range of TMT matters, including telecoms regulatory, cloud and OTT matters, as well as transactions.

Zacky Zainal Husein heads the TMT law team at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners in Jakarta. He has strong regulatory expertise across cloud, data protection, cybersecurity and OTT services.

 

Christopher & Lee Ong - Malaysia

Banking & Finance - Band 3
Competition/Antitrust - Spotlight
Corporate/M&A - Band 2
Intellectual Property - Band 4
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Band 1
Real Estate - Band 1
Shipping - Band 2
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Band 1

Ranked Lawyers:
Christopher Lee - Corporate/M&A (Band 2), Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 1)
Clive Navin Selvapandian - Shipping (Band 3)
Deepak Pillai - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)
Fiona Sequerah - Banking & Finance (Band 3)
Intan Haryati Mohd Zulkifli - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 2)
Jack Chor - Banking & Finance (Up and Coming), Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Up and Coming)
Kuok Yew Chen - Corporate/M&A (Band 4), Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 3)
Lee Hock Chye - Real Estate (Band 2)
Lim Hui Ming - Real Estate (Band 2)
Lim Siaw Wan - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Up and Coming)
Ng Kim Poh - Intellectual Property (Band 3)
Sri Sarguna Raj - Intellectual Property (Band 3)
Yon See Ting - Competition/Antitrust (Band 2), Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong has an established and experienced legal team in Kuala Lumpur handling a comprehensive range of finance matters, on behalf of both Malaysian and international banks. Often advises energy companies on project financing, while also handling syndicated loans, real estate finance and refinancing. Often handles deals in the telecoms, construction and real estate sectors. Conversant in both conventional and Islamic finance.

Notable practitioners
Fiona Sequerah is a partner at Christopher & Lee Ong in Kuala Lumpur. She is experienced in advising financial institutions on conventional and Islamic DCM, debt restructuring, term loans and asset finance.

Jack Chor is a partner who especially advises clients on project financing deals in Malaysia, acting for both lenders and borrowers. A client comments that "he is very good and will help deal with minor things and big issues. His opinion and views are always good."

Competition & Antitrust

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong ably assists clients with competition regulatory investigations, as well as often advising on company collaborations in the Malaysian legal market. Also has experience advising on merger control in the aviation and telecoms sectors. Represents Malaysian and international conglomerates across sectors that include insurance, food and beverages, financial services and manufacturing.

Strengths
A client of Christopher & Lee Ong says: "I know the work they do will be top-quality and efficient."
"They take the time to understand the intricacies of the industry," appreciates another source.

Work highlights
Christopher & Lee Ong represented two insurance companies in relation to a Malaysia Competition Commission investigation into trade discounts on automotive parts and labour rates.

Notable practitioners
Yon See Ting is a highly regarded competition lawyer who frequently advises on MyCC investigations, as well as resale price maintenance, merger control and competition compliance. A client comments: "Her ability to build an understanding and grasp of client needs is a key strength."

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong has a well-regarded team of corporate lawyers in Kuala Lumpur, advising clients on a broad range of transactional and regulatory issues in Malaysia. Acts for domestic and international clients on M&A, private equity deals and corporate restructuring, including cross-border transactions, for which it leverages its regional network. Especially active in the healthcare, manufacturing, technology and retail sectors. Maxis Broadband, Kenanga Investment Bank and Johnson Controls are examples of the team's clientele.

Work highlights
Christopher & Lee Ong advised Sun Energy Ventures on the disposal of its entire equity interest in project companies operating solar power plants with a 19 MW capacity.

Notable practitioners
Christopher Lee is a partner at Christopher & Lee Ong in Kuala Lumpur. He has particular expertise acting on acquisitions in the projects and infrastructure and healthcare spaces.

Yon See Ting is the managing partner at Christopher & Lee Ong in Kuala Lumpur. She has a robust practice advising conglomerates on joint ventures and M&A. An interviewee comments that "she is very sensible and a smooth operator. She is a pleasure to work with."

Kuok Yew Chen is a well-regarded partner at Christopher & Lee Ong in Malaysia, entering this year's rankings due to impressive recognition. A client finds him to be "so impressive" and someone who "really knows his stuff and explains things clearly. He comes across extremely well as a corporate lawyer."

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong advises on the full gamut of IP legal matters in Malaysia, from prosecution and litigation to advisory and enforcement. Its lawyers are often engaged on trade mark, patent and copyright infringement mandates. Assists multinational companies as well as domestic clients across sectors, including the aviation, technology, pharmaceutical, energy and retail industries. Able to leverage its affiliation with the Rajah & Tann regional network. Clients include AirAsia, Jyothy Laboratories and Powerscan.

Strengths
A client describes Christopher & Lee Ong as "versed in laws involving multiple jurisdictions, with the ability to engage well with foreign associates."

Work highlights
Christopher & Lee Ong acted for Powerscan on a patent infringement case made against it by Nuctech.

Notable practitioners
Ng Kim Poh has a broad practice for IP legal matters. He frequently represents clients in trade mark, copyright and patent litigation in Malaysia, as well as advising on IP registration.

Sri Sarguna Raj in Kuala Lumpur has a robust practice representing clients in trade mark and patent disputes and advising on prosecution. A client says: "He goes above and beyond by predicting our needs and offering value-added services for our consideration."

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong has a leading projects legal team in Malaysia, known in the market for its extensive regional expertise in power and infrastructure. Able to advise on both project finance and development, it frequently acts on renewable energy projects, including waste and solar energy, as well as infrastructure projects. Additionally well placed to assist clients with construction and O&M agreements. Represents both Malaysian and international clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Counts Solarpack Spain and Hanwha Energy among its clientele.

Work highlights
Christopher & Lee Ong advised Canadian Solar Energy Malaysia on the PPA, EPC and O&M contracts for its proposed sale of a solar power plant.

Notable practitioners
Christopher Lee is a partner at Christopher & Lee Ong and is based in Kuala Lumpur. A pre-eminent lawyer in this space, he advises on the financing, construction and development of projects in a range of sectors, including renewable energy and infrastructure. A source attests that "Christopher Lee is certainly a leading lawyer."

Jack Chor is a partner based in Kuala Lumpur. He has an emerging reputation in Malaysia's projects market, with notable expertise in renewable energy regulatory issues and project development. A clients appreciates that "his practical approach and ability to understand the viewpoints of multiple stakeholders also ensures that we are not caught in deadlock situations for lengthy periods of time, and allows us to make decisions efficiently."

Lim Siaw Wan is a partner based in Kuala Lumpur. She has a growing legal practice and is noted by market commentators for her expertise in this space. She has particular strength in project development, including for transportation infrastructure and power mandates.

Real Estate

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong in Kuala Lumpur is a member law firm of Rajah & Tann Asia Network. It houses an impressive team of dedicated real estate practitioners, regularly handling high-value transactions. Advises on the acquisition and development of residential, hotel, office and industrial properties. Frequently acts for leading property developers, as well as corporate investors from the finance industry.

Strengths
A client remarks that "Christopher & Lee Ong always understands the urgency and short deadlines we face, and provides their advice promptly to efficiently meet these timelines."

Notable practitioners
Lee Hock Chye is a partner at Christopher & Lee Ong in Kuala Lumpur. He has a robust practice advising on the sale and purchase of land, leases and development, in relation to hotel and residential projects.

Lim Hui Ming is a partner based in Kuala Lumpur. Her work encompasses advising on tenancy negotiations and property transactions, involving a range of office and industrial properties. A client comments that "she is an exceptional and attentive lawyer who is very pragmatic and knows what she is doing."

Shipping

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong offers significant cross-border capability owing to its membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia network. Frequently represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as handling ship arrests. Handles a range of collision, charter party and cargo cases. Also active on ship finance matters, including advising clients on restructuring and refinancing. Often acts for clients in the offshore energy and insurance spaces, as well as ship owners and banks. Clients include Marine & General and WK Webster.

Strengths
A clients notes that Christopher & Lee Ong is "very responsive."

Work highlights
Christopher & Lee Ong acted for WK Webster, Global Marine Surveying and EG i-solution in litigation concerning a three-vessel collision.

Notable practitioners
Clive Navin Selvapandian is a partner at Christopher & Lee Ong in Malaysia. He has an active practice advising clients on a broad range of contentious shipping matters.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Christopher & Lee Ong houses a pre-eminent team of lawyers in Kuala Lumpur for TMT work. Regularly instructed by leading international corporates, as well as domestic industry associations and mobile operators. Advises on a diverse range of matters, including data protection, cybersecurity, blockchain, fintech and IT contracts. Additionally has expertise in regulatory issues in the media space. Advises a range of clients from such sectors as banking, telecommunications and insurance. Leverages the Rajah & Tann regional network to advise on cross-border issues.

Strengths
A market source notes: "Christopher & Lee Ong has the largest TMT department in the country, and they have the expertise."

An interviewee comments: "They understand our needs and try their level best to safeguard their clients."

Work highlights
Christopher & Lee Ong advised a Malaysian universal bank on the adoption of electronic and digital signatures.

Notable practitioners
Deepak Pillai is a pre-eminent lawyer for technology matters in Malaysia, with strong expertise in data protection and cybersecurity matters. A client praises him for "always being precise, meticulous and conscientious."

Intan Haryati Mohd Zulkifli has a robust practice in the TMT space in Malaysia, with particular strength in data regulatory and cloud matters. She frequently advises clients on IT outsourcing contracts. A client attests: "We are truly happy working with her. She is very knowledgeable and well experienced."

Kuok Yew Chen has a strong TMT practice and is particularly active on regulatory matters for telecommunications clients in the Malaysian market. He is also noted for his expertise in the technology space.

 

Rajah & Tann Myanmar Company Limited - Myanmar

General Business Law: International Firms - Band 1

Ranked Lawyers:
Chester Toh - General Business Law: International Firms (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann provides a highly effective regional legal platform, with the ability to provide domestic and international law capabilities on matters in Myanmar. Often leads Myanmar matters from its Singapore office with support from its team based in Yangon. Particularly active in advising clients on M&A, banking and joint venture matters in Myanmar, as well as significant real estate and infrastructure projects. Represents an impressive array of Myanmar corporates as well as regional and global clients, including Ascent Myanmar Growth and OCBC.

Strengths
A client reports that Rajah & Tann's team "is very responsive and extremely knowledgeable," as well as being "very commercial in its thinking."

An interviewee says: "They help us to weigh up our options carefully and provide a measured and balanced viewpoint."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann advised Best Oil on franchise arrangement for its service stations across Myanmar.

Notable practitioners
Chester Toh in Singapore is highly praised by market sources for his expertise on corporate legal matters. He regularly acts on cross-border M&A and private equity investments, joint ventures and real estate development matters.

 

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) - Philippines

Banking & Finance - Band 3
Corporate/M&A - Band 2
Corporate/M&A: Real Estate - Band 2
Dispute Resolution - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - Band 2
Employment - Band 3
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Band 3
Tax - Band 3
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Spotlight

Ranked Lawyers:
Anthony Mark A Gutierrez - Tax (Band 2)
Ben Dominic R Yap - Dispute Resolution (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Spotlight)
Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr. - Employment (Band 3)
Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan - Corporate/M&A (Band 3), Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 3)
Jesus Paolo Protacio - Dispute Resolution (Band 3)
Norma Margarita B Patacsil - Corporate/M&A (Band 2)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a Philippines-based legal team that is noted for its project finance and general loan facilities work. Assists various foreign and domestic banks and corporate borrowers with transactions in the Philippines. Also active on fintech matters. Examples of the firm's clientele include Standard Chartered Bank and SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet.

Strengths
One source says that they "are very satisfied with the quality of service rendered by Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio."

Work highlights
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio assisted Lendable SPC and Lendable Asset Management with a USD15 million term loan to Uploan Asia.

Notable practitioners
Annalisa Carlota and Jaime Renato Gatmaytan are key points of contact for clients.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio provides extensive advice on foreign investments, share and asset acquisitions, as well as regulatory and compliance issues and divestments in the Philippines. Also experienced in assisting clients with the establishment of local businesses. Frequently advises on a range of corporate matters in the energy, aviation and technology industries. Clients benefit from its wide regional coverage and its experience handling cross-border matters. Additionally proficient in the real estate sector, often handling related disputes and tax matters, as well as M&A. Examples of the firms clientele include Stellar and TeaM Energy.

Strengths
One interviewee comments that Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio "stands out for its ability to communicate in a practical and commercial manner."

Another source appreciates the firm's "quick response times."

Work highlights
Assisted Stellar with the Philippines aspects of its merger with Probe.

Represented TeaM Energy in defence of executive orders imposed by the President of the Philippines relating to the reduction in real property tax of independent power producers.

Notable practitioners
Jaime Renato Gatmaytan heads the department and is experienced in equity investments and transactions. He often advises on matters in the projects and energy sector.

Norma Margarita Patacsil is known to be active on corporate work, whilst also being recognised for expertise in competition matters. One client describes her as "extremely practical and commercial in providing all services."

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio has a robust team of lawyers in the Philippines, able to advise on the full life-cycle of a dispute. Noted for arbitration expertise, assisting particularly frequently with international arbitration, and recognised for its representation of leading conglomerates. Well equipped to handle the full range of litigation matters, including contractual, medical malpractice, taxation and environment disputes, before local courts and the Supreme Court. Also experienced in conducting audits for compliance checks and leading internal investigations. Particularly active on energy-related disputes. Clients include Metro Rail Transit, TeaM Energy and STEAG State Power.

Strengths
A source values Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio's service, reporting: "Their advice is practical, well researched and aligned with the company's goals."

"Their pleadings are well drafted and the lawyers handling the case are always available for urgent and important calls and meetings," says an interviewee.

Work highlights
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio acted for Standard Chartered Bank on a PHP1.12 billion claim against a government-owned corporation, in relation to a guarantee agreement linked to a loan facility from the client and three other banks.

Notable practitioners
Ben Dominic Yap is active on international arbitration and Philippines litigation mandates, including for energy clients. An impressed source effuses: "Ben Yap is extremely switched on and a very strong technical lawyer."

Jesus Paolo Protacio is active on a range of commercial and employment disputes and has expertise in cases related to the energy and infrastructure sectors. A source comments: "He givesvery practical advice from both a business and legal perspective, and always looks out for the company’s best interests."

Employment

What the team is known for
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio's well-known team of lawyers in Manila regularly advises on employee misconduct, employee termination and the defence of discrimination cases. Well versed in advising on the employment implications of M&A transactions as well as collective bargaining agreements. Also handles employment matters for multinational corporates setting up business operations in Philippines. Acts for multinational clients in a range of sectors including technology, energy and finance.

Strengths
A source praises Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio's "ability to provide strategic advice and reliable risk assessments throughout."

Work highlights
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio advised an agro-industrial and food conglomerate on collective bargaining negotiations with a union representing 200 employees.

Notable practitioners
Cesar Santamaria is well versed in advising multinational corporations on a range of employment law issues in the Philippines, from advisory matters and collective bargaining negotiations to illegal dismissal complaints. One source praises him as "responsive and client-centric."

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

What the team is known for
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is recognised and respected in the legal market for its activity in the Philippines infrastructure and energy arenas. Well versed in project finance, including in the LNG and renewable energy sectors. Strong knowledge of the regulatory framework and contractual issues, including in relation to disputes work. It advises both public and private sector clients, including government bodies, significant financial institutions and major corporates, including STEAG State Power and Retail Electricity Suppliers Association.

Strengths
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is commended by an interviewee for its "prompt and high-quality legal services in tune with business needs."

Another source says: "Their quality of service is excellent and they have solid knowledge of the rules and regulations in the power industry."

Work highlights
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio advised FGEN LNG on an onshore and offshore LNG infrastructure development project in the Philippines, worth over USD1 billion.

Notable practitioners
Jaime Renato Gatmaytan is acknowledged for his expertise in projects in the Philippines. His work includes project-related financings in the power sector.

Tax

What the team is known for
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio continues to be prominent in tax disputes in the Philippines, with notable experience in challenging tax assessments. Offers considerable expertise in advising clients from the energy sector, such as TeaM Energy and STEAG State Power, as well as the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Significant activity on advisory matters, assisting clients with the tax aspects of transactional matters, including on cross-border aspects.

Strengths
An interviewee says: "Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio's work output is timely, accurate and responsive to our needs and requirements. Clients can take great comfort in their in-depth legal opinions."

"They are able to anticipate issues that we were not able to consider," appreciates another source.

Work highlights
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio represented TeaM Sual in court proceedings to cancel a USD7 million local business tax assessment by a local government unit.

Notable practitioners
Anthony Mark Gutierrez is highly active on tax work advising on a wide range of matters from tax disputes to tax restructuring. According to an interviewee, "he gives timely and well-considered legal advice that is relevant to business."

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a well-respected law firm in the Philippines for work in TMT. Advises international clients across the full scope of matters, particularly data privacy, OTT content, cloud services and telecoms infrastructure. Regularly seen on matters in such industries as media, e-commerce and IT.

Strengths
One interviewee states that Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is "a top-tier firm in the Philippines, and one upon which I would rely for advice in the Philippines market."

A source indicates: "A key strength is their responsiveness and good working knowledge of the local law."

Notable practitioners
Mary Thel Mundin is the leader of the firm's TMT practice, and is a key contact for clients.

 

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP - Singapore

Banking & Finance - Band 2
Banking & Finance: Regulatory - Band 2
Capital Markets - Band 2
Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives - Band 1
Competition/Antitrust - Band 1
Construction - Band 2
Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption - Band 1
Corporate/M&A - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Elite - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Band 1
Employment - Band 1
Insurance - Band 1
Intellectual Property - Band 3
Investment Funds - Band 1
Projects & Energy - Band 2
Real Estate - Band 2
Restructuring/Insolvency - Band 1
Shipping - Band 1
Startups & Emerging Companies - Band 2
Tax - Band 3
TMT - Band 1
India - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) - Desk Abroad - Band 4
Indonesia - Corporate & Finance (International Firms) - Desk Abroad - Band 4
South-East Asia - International Trade/WTO - Band 1
Asia Pacific Region - Arbitration (International) - Band 3
Asia Pacific Region - International Trade/WTO - Band 3
Asia-Pacific Region - Shipping: Finance - Band 3
Asia-Pacific Region - Shipping: Litigation - Band 3

Ranked Lawyers:

Andre Yeap SC - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 3)
Angela Lim - Banking & Finance (Band 2)
Anne Yeo - Investment Funds (Band 1)
Arnold Tan - Investment Funds (Band 1)
Brian Ng - Startups & Emerging Companies (Band 3)
Chia Kim Huat - Capital Markets (Eminent Practitioner)
Chua Choon King - Shipping: Finance (Band 2)
Danny Lim - Capital Markets (Band 4), Corporate/M&A (Band 5)
Danny Ong - Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: Domestic (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 4), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3)
Desmond Wee - Employment (Band 2)
Dominique Lombardi - Competition/Antitrust (Band 2)
Elaine Tay - Insurance (Band 2)
Evelyn Wee - Capital Markets (Band 4)
Francis Xavier SC - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 5), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 2)
Hamidul Haq - Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (Band 1)
Jainil Bhandari - Shipping: Litigation (Band 3)
Jasmine Chew - Investment Funds (Band 4)
Jonathan Yuen - Employment (Band 2)
Kala Anandarajah - Competition/Antitrust (Band 1), Employment (Band 3), South-East Asia: International Trade/WTO (Spotlight)
Kendall Tan - Shipping: Litigation (Band 2)
Lau Kok Keng - Asia-Pacific Region: Gaming & Gambling (Band 1), Intellectual Property: Litigation (Band 2)
Lee Eng Beng SC - Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 1), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Leong Kah Wah - Shipping: Litigation (Band 1)
Lionel Tan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 4)
Lionel Tay - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4)
Murali Pillai - Employment (Band 2)
Ng Kim Beng - Construction (Band 3)
Ng Sey Ming - Banking & Finance (Band 3), Banking & Finance (International Firms) - Expert Abroad (Indonesia) (Band 4)
Norman Ho - Real Estate (Band 2)
Patrick Ang - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Philip Yeo - Investment Funds (Band 4)
Rajesh Sreenivasan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)
Raymond Tong - Capital Markets: Domestic (Band 1), Capital Markets: International (Band 4)
Regina Liew - Banking & Finance: Regulatory (Band 1), Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives (Band 2)
Sandy Foo - Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
Shemane Chan - Construction (Band 4), Projects & Energy (Band 1)
Sim Kwan Kiat - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Simon Goh - Insurance (Band 1)
Soh Lip San - Construction (Band 2)
Steve Tan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 2)
Tan Chuan Thye SC - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 4), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4)
Terence Quek - Startups & Emerging Companies (Up and Coming)
Thong Chee Kun - Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (Band 3)
Toh Kian Sing SC - Shipping: Litigation (Band 1)
V Bala - Shipping: Domestic: Litigation (Band 4)
Vikna Rajah - Tax (Band 3)
Winston Kwek - Shipping: Litigation (Band 3)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore's lawyers are sought after by major banks and corporate borrowers, with an excellent track record in both large and mid-sized work, from traditional banking and syndicated lending to project and real estate finance. Capable of handling Shari'a-compliant financings and green financing. Additionally offers notable regulatory expertise regarding fintech issues and digital licence application mandates. Well placed to handle cross-border instructions due to its network of offices across the region, including in Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. Key clients of the department include Maybank and OUE Commercial REIT Management.

Strengths
A client says that "Rajah & Tann Singapore is an established law firm, which has experienced partners who are able to provide solution-based legal advice that meets our requirements."
Another source commends their "in-depth expertise."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore advised the senior lenders, which included HSBC, Bank of China and State Bank of India, on the restructuring of loan facilities that had been provided to Oxley Gem.

Notable practitioners
Angela Lim is a well-respected banking and finance lawyer in Singapore, offering specific infrastructure expertise. She also regularly advises on term and bridge loan facilities.

Regina Liew has a market-leading regulatory practice in Singapore. She has expertise across a wide range of issues, including digital banking and bank restructuring.

Ng Sey Ming has built a strong reputation for cross-border transactions and acts for major banks and companies. His areas of expertise include real estate finance and sustainability-linked facilities.

Capital Markets

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore offers legal expertise across both debt and equity capital markets and is recognised for being involved in many complex transactions in the market. Highly regarded for advising on IPOs and listings and rights offerings, alongside multicurrency debt issuances and convertible notes. Its client roster includes issuers as well as underwriters, with key names such as Credit Suisse and SMRT. A network of offices across ASEAN and beyond adds to the team's ability to handle cross-border work. Often assists clients with overseas listings, especially in Hong Kong.

Strengths
A client says that Rajah & Tann Singapore's team "is very responsive, reliable, commercially savvy and always working towards getting the best solution for clients."

Another source commends the team's "top-notch" legal services.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore acted for SMRT Capital and SMRT Corporation on an update of its SGD1.3 billion multicurrency guaranteed MTN programme, which provides for issuances under the SMRT Group Sustainability Bond Framework.

Notable practitioners
Danny Lim regularly advises clients including Singaporean and foreign listed companies on rights issues and share placements. A market source reports that "he is very commercial and attuned to clients' needs."

Evelyn Wee is well placed to assist clients with IPOs, follow-on offerings and other equity issuances. She has experience of handling deals in the life sciences and agribusiness sectors.

Chia Kim Huat is deeply experienced in capital markets transactions related to domestic listings and secondary issuances. He is also well versed in assisting Chinese clients with a wide range of listings and offerings.

Raymond Tong possesses over two decades of experience in the capital markets field. He regularly advises clients on ECM deals in particular, including IPOs, secondary listings and private placements. "His knowledge of deal structuring is very useful, especially when it comes to cross-border transactions," reports a source.

Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore commands an excellent reputation for advising on listed and unlisted derivatives and structured products, as well as for providing a full suite of regulatory counsel. Experienced advising on margin requirements for OTC derivatives covering a full range of asset classes, often in the energy and commodities sectors. Notably offers experience in the establishment of exchanges. Clients include high-profile banks, fund managers, regulators and exchanges.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore advised OUE Commercial REIT Management on derivatives hedging transactions linked to the grant of a SGD900 million loan with a greenshoe option.

Notable practitioners
Regina Liew possesses a strong reputation for her experience assisting financial institutions with a wide range of investment products, including securities, futures and derivatives. She often supports clients with regulatory and licensing issues as well as product structuring and documentation.

Competition/Antitrust

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore has a highly regarded team with in-depth experience advising international and local clients on merger control issues, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance matters. Often handles multi-jurisdictional merger control cases, in particular those relating to the ASEAN region. Boasts an impressive client list which includes major multinational corporates in the technology, manufacturing and food and beverage sectors.

Strengths
One source praises Rajah & Tann for its "knowledge of not only the antitrust regime in Singapore but also many other jurisdictions."

Another source remarks that the team's responses are "very prompt" and they are "generally reliable and resourceful."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore represented Toh Thye San Farm in a successful appeal against an infringement decision handed down by the CCCS for alleged price-fixing behaviour, achieving a 70% reduction in the original financial penalty.

Notable practitioners
Dominique Lombardi is a foreign-qualified antitrust lawyer with considerable knowledge of international merger filings and abuse of dominance investigations. "Her advice is always pragmatic and useful," explains one admiring market source.

Kala Anandarajah is a highly regarded antitrust lawyer based in Singapore who primarily represents clients facing abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. "She thinks creatively within the law, and provides useable advice for navigating difficult situations," reports one impressed interviewee.

Construction

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore is home to a respected disputes team with considerable experience advising on construction matters for project sponsors, developers and contractors. Has deep experience in negotiating EPC contracts for energy and infrastructure construction projects. Sought out for redevelopment mandates in real estate and infrastructure. Regularly acts on construction disputes across South-East Asia, including complex multiparty disputes. Dedicated construction project risk analysis and mitigation capability, able to assist in markets such as Malaysia and Taiwan. Recently active for clients on data centre construction projects. Clients include Teesta Solar, Shanxi Electric Power Engineering and Google Asia Pacific.

Strengths
Sources describe a "well-reputed construction practice" which stands out for "ability to draft well thought-out contracts and meet agreed timelines within fee scope."

A client says of Rajah & Tann: "Their standard of service is excellent."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann advised the master developer of the USD3.5 billion One Bangkok on the development of ICT and utilities infrastructure such as waste water treatment plant and district cooling plant.

Notable practitioners
Ng Kim Beng often handles construction and engineering disputes, including international arbitration. His experience spans power projects, data centres, public infrastructure and mixed-use buildings.

Soh Lip San is a respected lawyer in the market, acting on construction disputes involving projects in Singapore and abroad. One client says he "responds swiftly and has a deep understanding of the client's priorities while managing the legal dispute at hand."

Shemane Chan is an experienced construction lawyer in Singapore. She handles non-contentious construction matters, including in relation to hospitality, shopping centre, energy projects and data centre projects.

Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption

What the team is known for
Prominent team known for handling investigations in the energy and financial sectors, Rajah & Tann frequently assists with high-profile cases relating to fraud, bribery, asset recovery and market manipulation. Several members of the team offer the benefit of their former experience as government prosecutors. Involved in a wide range of cross-border investigations, drawing upon the support of the firm's network across South-East Asia.

Strengths
Market commentator observes: "They do a lot of white-collar litigation - lots of local Singapore enforcement activity."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann assisted Wirecard with an internal investigation into fraud.

Notable practitioners
Thong Chee Kun is especially knowledgeable in money laundering, fraud and financial investigation. A market source notes he is "very knowledgeable about the process to be followed and very tactical about how to achieve the desired outcome."

Danny Ong has a successful practice spanning white-collar crime investigations, restructuring and insolvency and litigation, with a particular focus on matters involving fraud and asset tracing. A client notes: "Danny's ability to understand the need to resolve matters instead of gearing up for litigation is most beneficial to us."

Hamidul Haq is considered an authority on white-collar criminal cases and anti-corruption mandates, frequently acting for both multinationals and private clients in litigation and investigation. He is often singled out for his prior experience at the AGC and the CAD. One market source states: "Haq has a great reputation in investigations" and another describes him as "a capable Singapore criminal law-facing guy, very impressive."

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore has a highly regarded team of lawyers, leveraging the strength of its network of Asian offices to handle complex cross-border M&A mandates. Active in a range of sectors, including property, manufacturing, education and healthcare, acting for major banks and corporate clients on public and private M&A transactions, including privatisations, as well as private equity deals. Further expertise handling REIT-related transactions. Effectively leverages the firm's wider practice areas on related issues, including capital markets, finance and real estate. Clients include Perennial Real Estate and Japfa.

Strengths
One interviewee praises Rajah & Tann Singapore for "being commercial and responsive, and anticipating client needs."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore advised CITIC Envirotech on its SGD1.34 billion selective capital reduction of shares following its delisting from the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading.

Notable practitioners
Danny Lim is recognised for his capabilities in both public and private M&A transactions, with particular expertise in corporate restructuring and exit offers. He is experienced in advising multinational companies, as well as Singaporean entities.

Sandy Foo is a lawyer in Singapore who regularly advises corporate clients from a wide variety of sectors on sophisticated commercial transactions, including real estate and healthcare. She is additionally experienced in supporting private equity funds with investments, including REITs. One client praises her advice as "clear and concise."

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The Elite

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann boasts an impressive line-up of experienced arbitration lawyers with deep connections throughout the Singapore and Asian markets. Very good slate of work in energy and shipping disputes, and recent involvement in BIT arbitration. Involved in UNCITRAL arbitrations in Singapore, as well as matters before the ICC and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Clients include companies, states and government-linked organisations. Firm's strong reputation for court litigation also makes the team a popular choice for arbitration-related litigation. Well placed to provide specialist advice on construction-related disputes. Vedanta and Oxley are clients.

Strengths
An industry commentator admires how Rajah & Tann "prepare thoroughly and in detail."
A client finds the advice is "very coherent," explaining: "You don't get different voices - it's one advice and one team from them."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann represented the Republic of the Philippines before the ICC in a breach of contract dispute brought by Shell and Chevron regarding the payment of income tax. The matter is valued at approximately USD15 billion.

Notable practitioners
Andre Yeap SC is recognised as a "a very good lawyer," and as "one of the leaders at the firm" according to sources. He has defended breach of contract arbitrations for sovereign states and also sits as an arbitrator.

Tan Chuan Thye SC is "a go-to lawyer if we have any complex cases," says one client, adding that he is "very sharp, astute and a fantastic strategist with excellent judgement." He has worked on ICC and SIAC arbitrations.

Francis Xavier SC is a well-respected lawyer who acts in commercial and investor-state arbitrations. He is well-versed in shareholder and construction disputes.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann's prolific litigation team offers plentiful expertise in big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes. Represents clients at all levels of the Singapore courts. Has particular experience in financial disputes, including those relating to cryptocurrencies, while it also possesses expertise in contentious joint venture, shareholder and insolvency matters. Well placed to act on multi-jurisdictional matters due to its network of offices and alliances in the wider region. Members of the team have notable expertise handling cases connected to the Indonesia, India and China markets. OUE Lippo Healthcare, Vedanta and Prudential Assurance are notable clients.

Strengths
Clients say: "The team is very prompt, professional, detailed and in-depth in analysis and creative in finding solutions."

An interviewee appreciates that Rajah & Tann is among a handful of firms who have "very seasoned senior counsel."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann represented White Energy in a damages action after winning a SGD1 billion dispute with PT Bayan for breaching joint venture obligations relating to a coal upgrading plant.

Notable practitioners
Andre Yeap SC has acted on cross-border issues before the High Court, including arbitral enforcement relating to investment treaties and against sovereign states. A market source says he "has a very good reputation" and also notes his activity in the construction space.

Danny Ong is someone clients turn to for advice on fraud litigation and breach of contract. He is particularly sought out by companies in the finance sector. One market source notes him as "strong and well regarded in recent years," while another commentator says he is a "very good lawyer."

Lee Eng Beng SC has long been an esteemed figure in the market. He is active on complex business law disputes before the Court of Appeal.

Francis Xavier SC has experience before the SICC and the Court of Appeal, acting on cross-border disputes concerning alleged breach of obligations. One market source attests to his well-honed skills in court: "He is an excellent litigator and brilliant cross-examiner and has good market reputation."

Employment

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore has a market-leading reputation for contentious employment law matters, with further expertise in non-contentious work. A large team able to provide a full-service offering, with notable expertise in handling company and internal investigations, trade union issues and workplace harassment cases. Well placed to assist with regional work due to the firm's network of offices throughout Asia. Acts for multinational corporations from a range of sectors, including technology, insurance, finance and manufacturing. Also advises clients on employment policies and contracts.

Strengths
"The work has been high-quality," reports one client of Rajah & Tann Singapore, who adds that "the written product has been good."

"They have lent a lot of confidence and support to us," says an interviewee.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore was mandated by Nomura Singapore to defend against a claim by an ex-employee for wrongful dismissal, breach of an implied term of mutual trust and libel.

Notable practitioners
Desmond Wee has a well-regarded practice handling non-contentious employment work in Singapore, with experience in multi-jurisdictional retrenchment exercises as well as formulating and implementing employment policies.

Jonathan Yuen is a contentious employment law specialist who represents corporate clients. One source remarks: "I think he is very practical and is able to give confident advice in terms of what might happen and the pros and cons of different decisions."

Kala Anandarajah is well known for the breadth of her practice, including employment law as well as competition and trade. One source explains that "Kala has been our go-to person for anything related to trade and employment matters."

Murali Pillai possesses a wealth of experience handling employment law disputes in Singapore, representing corporate clients from various industries. A source appreciates that "he goes the extra mile and provides very timely support."

Insurance

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann is a longstanding local firm with strength in both contentious and non-contentious insurance matters. The insurance and reinsurance team regularly acts for major international general and life insurers as well as domestic companies, and is especially active assisting clients with regulatory and corporate insurance work. Local law capability and rights of audience before Singapore courts allows for a full-service offering. China Taiping Insurance, AIG and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance are clients.

Strengths
Clients appreciate that Rajah & Tann's advice is plain and direct, with one noting: "Overall, R&T is an excellent law firm which provides practical, sensible and effective advice in a timely manner."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann acted as Singapore deal counsel for MS Amlin in an insurance-linked securities transaction which included a pan-Asian property catastrophe bond.

Notable practitioners
Elaine Tay is able to assist global insurers with a range of contentious matters, including financial lines and professional indemnity claims, and can also offer transactional and regulatory advice.

Simon Goh is head of the insurance & reinsurance practice group at Rajah & Tann. An influential senior adviser, he sits atop the Singapore insurance market with a broad practice encompassing claims work and insurance-related corporate matters. He is lauded for his robust sector-wide contributions by clients.

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore’s established IP law department is involved with contentious and non-contentious cases concerning patents, trade marks and copyrights. Well known for advising clients on IP licensing and brand protection, and advises on transactional deals in relation to the transfer and licensing of IP rights. Active across a wide range of sectors, such as manufacturing, media, technology and insurance. Examples of clients include Tokio Marine Insurance, Sony Interactive Entertainment and the Ministry of Education.

Strengths
A client praises the team at Rajah & Tann Singapore for the "excellent, timely and thorough analysis provided."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore advised Birkenstock on trade mark infringement and passing-off proceedings against its former distributors in Singapore and Malaysia.

Notable practitioners
Lau Kok Keng leads Rajah & Tann Singapore's IP department. His work includes trade mark infringement proceedings and enforcement.

Investment Funds

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann frequently provides advice to a variety of leading global funds groups that encompass a broad spectrum of strategies including hedge, venture capital, private equity and real estate funds. Adept in offering advice to major investment groups on corporate reorganisation and M&A. Particularly distinguished for its work on the creation and management of private funds. Particularly well placed to advise institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds. Regularly assist clients with Singapore-domiciled funds.

Strengths
A client appreciates that the team has "very close ties with the regulator and is a top name in the market."

Notable practitioners
Anne Yeo has a leading reputation in the investment funds space with a broad practice, often acting for sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors. One client highlights her "very patient, experienced, responsive" approach, while she is also praised for her strong regulatory expertise.

Arnold Tan is a pre-eminent investment funds lawyer who is particularly well placed to advise on the formation of major offshore funds as well as Singaporean-domiciled funds. As one source explains: "Arnold is a longstanding figure in the market. He is well known to all and the depth of his experience is second to none. He brings a lot to the table. His knowledge of the regulatory scene is unparalleled."

Jasmine Chew has a strong practice and regularly offers regulatory advice relating to MAS applications and listing funds under the VCC scheme. One source says: "Jasmine has significant experience and regulatory expertise. She has a commercial approach."

Philip Yeo has a broad funds practice with particular strength in venture capital mandates. He also has experience advising on private equity, real estate and private debt vehicles and is praised as being "very commercial in his dealings."

Projects & Energy

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore is well known for its comprehensive regional legal network, with an established presence in Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia. Highly sought after for its expertise in power and strong experience on PPP infrastructure projects. Also experienced in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Noted for its focus on the construction and development aspects of projects, with additional expertise regarding project finance.

Strengths
An interviewee says that "Rajah & Tann provides excellent attention and service, with the client's best interests always in mind."

"They are timely and commercial," says another source.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore advised Malaysia Airport Holdings on the grant of a concession to take over the operation, maintenance and upgrading of its district cooling and co-generation plant for Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Notable practitioners
Shemane Chan specialises in energy, utilities and infrastructure project development and SPAs, including on renewable energy mandates. An interviewee notes: "She is always very attentive and responsive and has been influential in getting our deal over the line. She demonstrates attention to detail and vast knowledge."

Real Estate

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore's corporate real estate team is noted for its deft handling of legal work for major developers, financial institutions and REITs. Covering the full suite of real estate issues, the team is adept at handling acquisitions, lease agreements and conveyancing issues for both domestic and foreign clients. Rajah & Tann is active on collective real estate sales and advice relating to data centre projects, and has experience in real estate financing. Counts Boustead Industrial Fund Management and Golden Compass among its clientele.

Strengths
A client reports that the team at Rajah & Tann Singapore "is professional, knowledgeable and provides good advice."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann acted for data centre business AirTrunk Singapore in the refinancing of existing banking facilities, linked to the acquisition of an 88% stake in AirTrunk by a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Notable practitioners
Norman Ho is well regarded for his experience handling a range of real estate transactions. He advises property developers, investors and institutions. One market source describes him as "a problem solver."

Restructuring/Insolvency

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore is a stellar legal practice based in Singapore, noted for its deep bench of lawyers. Assists clients involved in high-value judicial management and insolvency matters, including debtors, creditors, committees of noteholders and liquidators. Also well placed to advise on the enforcement of creditors' rights. Draws on its regional network to advise on cross-border matters, and offers specialist expertise from within the firm in areas such as shipping, construction and energy. Hin Leong, Hyflux and Ezion are the among the firm's clientele.

Strengths
Rajah & Tann is "a very professional, knowledgeable and proactive team," according to an interviewee.
A source says: "They understand the requirements and concerns of their clients."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tan acted for both Hin Leong Trading and Ocean Tankers, two companies within the Hin Leong group, on a debt restructuring process worth in excess of USD4.6 billion.

Notable practitioners
Tan Chuan Thye SC has a solid practice in the restructuring and insolvency sphere in Singapore, with experience acting for debtors on restructurings and liquidations. He is known broadly for his work in contentious insolvencies.

Danny Ong is described as "a very good lawyer" by a source. He has a robust practice in Singapore, with experience advising consortiums of banks and liquidators on contentious insolvency mandates.

Lee Eng Beng SC remains a market-leading figure with notable expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters in Singapore. He has particularly notable experience on restructuring litigation and arbitration mandates. He often works on behalf of creditors, as well as judicial managers and debtors.

Sim Kwan Kiat is a highly esteemed lawyer in Singapore, who is renowned for working on high-value restructurings. He acts on behalf of lenders, noteholders, judicial managers and liquidators.

Lionel Tay is an experienced lawyer in Singapore with a well-established contentious practice. He acts for steering committees of noteholders, judicial managers and lenders on insolvency proceedings.

Patrick Ang is a pre-eminent lawyer in Singapore with extensive experience acting for major banks and judicial managers on restructuring mandates. He is a highly regarded figure in the market, with one commentator describing him as "truly exceptional."

Shipping

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore's pre-eminent shipping law practice is renowned for the size and strength of its litigation team. Covers the full range of contentious matters, including ship arrests, bunker payment claims, vessel collisions and casualty dispute cases. Offers additional strength in ship financing as well as shipping-related restructuring, with clients benefiting from its regional network of offices in South-East Asia. Frequently advises international banks and commodity houses, as well as shipowners and judicial managers. Counts Hin Leong Trading, DBS Bank and Di Matteo among its clientele.

Strengths
One source praises Rajah & Tann Singapore for "advising us with innovative strategies." This source also commends its cross-border resources, adding: "Rajah & Tann is able to quickly engage and coordinate its network of firms."

Another interviewee agrees, commenting: "Rajah & Tann has been outstanding in its advancement of complex and novel issues, and is well-versed in handling cross-border issues."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore acted for Hin Leong Trading and Ocean Tankers on their debt restructuring process.

Notable practitioners
Chua Choon King has well-established experience in the area of shipping finance in Singapore, regularly acting for notable banks. He offers clients knowledge of ship sale and purchase agreements as well as leasing work. Market commentators note that "he has built a strong practice and formidable reputation in the Singapore market."

Jainil Bhandari is a distinguished lawyer in Singapore, and also has expertise in Malaysian shipping matters. He has substantial experience in shipping disputes, assisting clients with ship safety and cargo damage matters.

Leong Kah Wah is widely viewed as a prominent shipping litigator in Singapore. He assists clients with complex liability and salvage matters arising out of ship collisions and groundings. A source says: "He is a top-flight litigator who has shown a real zeal in understanding what drives his clients."
Kendall Tan has a wealth of experience in shipping disputes in Singapore, regularly advising clients on wet matters including shipping arrests and damages claims. He is praised by an interviewee for "going out of his way to help in every way he can."

Toh Kian Sing SC offers significant expertise in the full range of shipping disputes in Singapore, from charter party and enforcement cases to claims arising out of ship casualties and collisions. A client describes him as "a real expert in his field who cuts to the chase and grabs the key issues very quickly."

V Bala is praised by a source for having "vast experience" in shipping litigation and arbitration matters in Singapore. He is well versed in wet and dry shipping litigation, including restructuring and charter party disputes as well as ship arrests and collisions.

Winston Kwek offers clients a wealth of experience across a range of different matters in Singapore, including major restructuring-related litigation and fraud disputes. He regularly assists international banks and corporate clients in the shipping industry and also offers knowledge of tax matters. One source praises him for offering "practical and effective advice that works."

Startups & Emerging Companies

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore is a full-service law firm, well known for its activity in the startup space. Represents a range of VC funds and private equity investors in startup financing matters. Further capabilities acting for growth-stage companies on early-stage fundraising rounds, with particular expertise in technology-sector mandates, such as e-commerce. Clients also benefit from the firm's M&A, TMT and intellectual property practices as well as its extensive network of regional offices. Clients include Provident Capital Partners, Stamped.io and Synagie.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore acted for Quona Capital on Ula's USD20 million Series A financing round with B Capital.

Notable practitioners
Brian Ng is praised by a commentator as a "deal maker" who "knows exactly what to do and how to do it properly." He is Singapore law qualified and well versed in advising investors and VC funds on startup financing. He also has further experience acting for emerging companies on financing rounds.

Terence Quek is noted by market commentators as an up-and-coming lawyer in Singapore's startup space. He has experience acting for both investors and emerging companies on investment and financing mandates.

Tax

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore has a well-established tax group, providing assistance with tax elements of cross-border transactions, inbound and outbound investments and tax disputes. Offers wide sector expertise, having experience in tax issues in the financial services, insurance and technology sectors. Also able to execute tax-efficient capital markets transactions.

Strengths
"The overall service level is excellent and technically sound," confirms one satisfied client.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore advised the World Bank on the tax structuring aspects of the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility governed by Singapore law.

Notable practitioners
Vikna Rajah is the lead partner in Rajah & Tann's tax and private client team, with a significant tax litigation practice. He earns praise from across the market, with one source describing him as "highly professional, knowledgeable and able to think outside of the box."

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore fields a team with seasoned lawyers who are well placed to provide expertise on telecoms and technology regulatory matters as well as licensing, data protection and data centre projects. Acts for an impressive roster of high-end domestic and multinational social media, electronics and telecoms companies. Often provides advice in relation to cybersecurity issues, including drafting of cyber-breach readiness and response plans, and in ensuring compliance with the provisions of Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act. Well placed to handle cross-border mandates and offers clients support in the wider region through the firm's extensive network of offices and associated firms.

Strengths
One satisfied client compliments the team by saying: "They really seek to add value by providing commercial, sensible advice which is practical and realistic to implement."

"Rajah & Tann provides high-quality advice," a second happy client remarks.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore acted for Capgemini Singapore before the High Court of Singapore on a claim against it filed by Razer in relation to a data breach.

Notable practitioners
Lionel Tan is a well-regarded litigator with a solid TMT practice, often representing clients in data and IT disputes. He also advises clients on non-contentious fintech and cybersecurity issues. "He is very knowledgeable in his area," remarks one client.

Rajesh Sreenivasan is a pre-eminent TMT lawyer who is particularly adept at handling complex, multi-jurisdictional matters. He is best known for his work on cybersecurity and data protection. One client notes that "he is very knowledgeable in his area and is able to provide insights into the industry and value-added advice."

Steve Tan is a well-reputed lawyer who advises on data breaches, conducting investigations and internal audits of compliance with data protection law. One client says: "He is very responsive and a superb person."

India - Dispute Resolution (International Firms) - Desk Abroad

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann is a longstanding presence in both Singapore and regional South-East and South Asian disputes, handling both arbitration and litigation, with additional capabilities acting as arbitrator, securing interim measures and challenging or enforcing arbitral awards. Also well equipped to handle investment treaty arbitrations. Often acts for clients in the energy, tech and logistics sectors.

Strengths
A source states: "Rajah & Tann are a very well-established firm and have been operating a long time."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann represented Vedanta in two matters relating to a Singapore-seated UNCITRAL treaty arbitration claim for over USD3 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 gains taxes and interest in relation to certain sale proceeds.

Notable practitioners
Singapore-based Kelvin Poon is a key contact.

Indonesia - Corporate & Finance (International Firms) - Desk Abroad

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore leverages its network of law offices across the Asia-Pacific region to advise on a significant volume of cross-border mandates. Provides Indonesia law advice through its associate firm, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners. Expertise covers banking and finance, dispute resolution, M&A and projects. Possesses notable language capabilities in the group's Singapore office, including Indonesian.

Strengths
Clients appreciate that "Rajah & Tann Singapore is an established law firm, which has experienced partners who are able to provide solution-based legal advice that meets our requirements."

Notable practitioners
Ng Sey Ming is an active banking lawyer in Singapore. He is noted by market sources for having a "good Indonesian client following."

South-East Asia – International Trade/WTO

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann offers in-depth legal expertise in trade matters concerning South-East Asian countries. Excels in a range of areas, including anti-dumping, export controls, safeguards and the structuring of trade flows, as well as handling customs regulatory compliance for international companies operating across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in the technology, consumer goods and finance spaces. Also works on matters involving free trade agreements and tariffs. Maintains a strong reputation for its handling of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia-related matters.

Notable practitioners
Kala Anandarajah leads the competition and trade law department at Rajah & Tann Singapore. She advises extensively on customs issues and trade remedies across the region.

Melisa Uremovic demonstrates a strong South-East Asia-focused trade practice from her base in Thailand. Her recent work spans anti-dumping and customs issues as well as WTO proceedings.

Asia Pacific Region – Arbitration (International)

What the team is known for
A leading Singapore firm, Rajah & Tann is highlighted for its specialist arbitration practice and impressive regional range, extending to the Middle East, including especially notable coverage of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and maintaining an acknowledged profile in Philippines-related matters. Particularly noted for handling investor-state and energy cases, regularly instructed in matters involving the operations of Chinese companies in other Asian jurisdictions and highly active in disputes generated by regional construction projects. Additionally well placed to act on arbitration-related litigation in the Singapore courts, where it often provides assistance to international firms.

Strengths
An industry commentator admires how Rajah & Tann "prepare thoroughly and in detail."

A client finds the advice is "very coherent," explaining: "You don't get different voices - it's one advice and one team from them."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann represented the Republic of the Philippines before the ICC in a breach of contract dispute brought by Shell and Chevron regarding the payment of income tax. The matter is valued at approximately USD15 billion.

Notable practitioners
Andre Yeap SC is head of the firm's international arbitration department.

Asia-Pacific Region – Shipping: Litigation

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann has a pre-eminent shipping law practice in Singapore which is renowned for the size and strength of its litigation team. Covers the full range of contentious matters, including ship arrests, bunker payment claims, vessel collisions and casualty dispute cases. Offers additional strength in ship financing as well as shipping-related restructuring, with clients benefiting from its regional network of offices in South-East Asia. Frequently advises major banks and commodity houses as well as shipowners and judicial managers.

Strengths
One source praises Rajah & Tann Singapore for "advising us with innovative strategies." This source also commends its cross-border resources, adding: "Rajah & Tann is able to quickly engage and coordinate its network of firms."

Another interviewee agrees, commenting: "Rajah & Tann has been outstanding in its advancement of complex and novel issues, and is well-versed in handling cross-border issues."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann Singapore acted for Hin Leong Trading and Ocean Tankers on their debt restructuring process.

Notable practitioners
Leong Kah Wah and Kian Sing Toh SC are key contacts for the firm.

 

R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited - Thailand

Dispute Resolution - Band 3
Tax - Band 3
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Band 2

Ranked Lawyers:
Melisa Uremovic - South-East Asia: International Trade/WTO (Spotlight)
Supawat Srirungruang - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 2)
Surasak Vajasit - Dispute Resolution (Band 1)

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann is a regional firm with a solid reputation in the litigation space, regularly advising on a variety of corporate and administrative cases. Especially active on disputes involving customs and tax, employment and energy, on behalf of both domestic and international clients. Also handles contractual and shareholder cases, often representing clients before the Courts of Appeal and the Thai Supreme Court. Philip Morris, Honda and Glow SPP11 are notable clients.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann represented Gheco-One in a THB160 million claim against the Revenue Department concerning corporate income tax.

Notable practitioners
Surasak Vajasit has expertise in customs, energy, finance and shareholder disputes. He is highly respected, with one market source describing him as "a forceful personality in the market."

Tax

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann is a full-service law firm noted for its experience in handling customs disputes, often representing international and Thai corporates. Also active on income tax litigation, it has represented clients at various court levels, including the Central Tax Court and the Supreme Court. Its clientele includes companies in the consumer goods and energy sectors.

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann's team in Thailand acted for Gheco-One on its THB160 million claim for a corporate income tax refund against the Revenue Department.

Notable practitioners
Surasak Vajasit is a key contact within Rajah & Tann's tax team.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann's office in Bangkok has a notable TMT practice, frequently engaged by leading global and Thai clients in the technology and telecommunications sectors. Its lawyers are well placed to advise on regulatory issues involving e-commerce, OTT services, data privacy and cryptocurrency regulations. Also advises clients on telecommunications licensing requirements in Thailand. Operates as part of the regional Rajah & Tann network.

Strengths
A client describes the team's services as "extremely helpful."

Notable practitioners
Supawat Srirungruang is especially active on data privacy matters, as well as various other mandates such as cryptocurrency. "He understands what our management is looking for and steers his team in that direction," appreciates an interviewee.

 

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers - Vietnam

Corporate/M&A - Band 3
Dispute Resolution - Band 3
Employment - Band 2
Real Estate - Band 4
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Band 3

Ranked Lawyers: 
Chau Huy Quang - Dispute Resolution (Band 3)
Vu Thi Que - Corporate/M&A (Band 4), Employment (Band 2)

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann Singapore is a well-regarded law firm which combines local expertise with the support of the firm's network of offices in the region. Regularly assists foreign clients including MNCs and regional companies with their cross-border transactions. Especially adept in handling real estate, manufacturing and technology sector deals, including joint ventures and mergers. Some of its key clients include Mapletree Logistics Trust, Aura Private Equity and BioMar.

Strengths
A client observes that Rajah & Tann "has a knowledgeable team with practical experience."

Work highlights
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers acted for Broadtree Partners on its acquisition of Vital Care Industries.

Notable practitioners
Vu Thi Que is a partner at Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers. She is a well-regarded corporate lawyer who regularly assists foreign clients with acquisitions, as well as general commercial matters such as the setting up of company and other operational matters. A client explains: "She provides a lot of useful advice from a legal and business view."

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
The legal team at Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers in Vietnam advises on both international arbitration and domestic litigation, including in-depth experience of SIAC and ICC proceedings. Especially active for regional and international clients, often handling cross-border construction disputes. Also handles a range of real estate and shipping cases. Experienced in assisting foreign clients with the enforcement of arbitral awards in Vietnam.

Strengths
An interviewee appreciates that, "when communicating with clients, Rajah & Tann's very detailed explanations enable us to understand the analysis easily, even if we are not deeply specialised in law."

A source comments that "besides fluency in terms of knowledge, they are very strategic and articulate in their approach."

Notable practitioners
Chau Huy Quang is the managing partner at Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers in Vietnam. He regularly represents clients in both litigation and arbitration. He has experience acting for a range of international companies on arbitration matters, including in VIAC and ICC proceedings. A client comments that "he impresses with his management skill. While maintaining a tight schedule, he has been able to ensure his presence at the critical time of our case."

Employment

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers has an experienced team of lawyers working on terminations and labour litigation in Vietnam, alongside daily operational employment matters. Also shows expertise in workforce restructuring and retrenchment activities, as well as issues involving health and safety regulations. Represents many international clients in Vietnam across such sectors as finance, retail and technology.

Strengths
Rajah & Tann's team of lawyers is praised by a source, who comments that the team is able to "provide reliable advice that is beneficial to the client" and "explain matters clearly."

Notable practitioners
Vu Thi Que is a partner at Rajah & Tann LCT Vietnam. She handles terminations, drafting of employment contracts, changes to benefits packages and company-wide retrenchments, among other issues.

Real Estate

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers acts on a variety of real estate legal matters in Vietnam, including in relation to office, residential and industrial premises. Advises clients on construction agreements, property acquisitions and divestments, project development and land leasing matters. Its clients for real estate matters include companies in the hospitality and energy sectors, as well as property developers.

Strengths
A client observes that "Rajah & Tann's quality of service has met our high-level expectations. The firm has provided expert assistance at all stages."

Another source says that "they provide clear and concise advice."

Notable practitioners
Vu Thi Que is a key point of contact for Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers' real estate law practice.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers is a full-service law firm in Vietnam with significant experience assisting clients with regulatory issues such as technology licensing and agreements. Impressive client base comprising multinational technology companies, start-ups and investors seeking to invest in fintech and other technology companies. Particularly experienced in handling e-commerce, data protection and cryptocurrency matters.

Notable practitioners
Vu Thi Que and Logan Leung are key points of contact for clients.