Authored Publications

Asian Legal Business: “Technology to Increase Transparency and Improves Public Service Delivery”

Partner Zacky Zainal Husein and Associate Aditya Rahman from the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice wrote an article in the November 2018 issue of the Asia edition of Asian Legal Business titled, “Technology to Increase Transparency and Improves Public Service Delivery”. The article explains how the use of technology in carrying out government services has helped increase transparency and efficiency in the delivery of public service. The application of technology, such as on-line systems and e-signature, offers a unique solution to deter corrupt practices and streamline procedures in obtaining documents from the government. While the branches of the government have been receptive to these technological developments, there is much more to be done before their use can yield the level of effectiveness and transparency that the government can be proud of.

INDONESIA

 

The International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Cybersecurity 2019

The publication covers common issues in cybersecurity laws and regulations, including criminal activity, applicable laws, specific sectors, corporate governance, litigation, insurance, employees, and investigatory and police powers – in 32 jurisdictions. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice and Associate Michael Chen. The publication was first published on 16 October 2018. Published by, and reproduced with permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

SINGAPORE

 

The International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Cybersecurity 2019

The publication covers common issues in cybersecurity laws and regulations, including criminal activity, applicable laws, specific sectors, corporate governance, litigation, insurance, employees, and investigatory and police powers – in 32 jurisdictions. The Malaysia chapter was contributed by Partner Deepak Pillai, and Senior Associate Yong Shih Han, both from the Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice group of the firm. The publication was first published on 16 October 2018. Published by, and reproduced with permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

MALAYSIA

 

Asian Legal Business: “The Current State of Commercial and Investment Arbitration in Vietnam”

Managing Partner Chau Huy Quang and Logan Leung wrote an article in the July 2018 issue of the Asia Edition of Asian Legal Business. In this article titled “The current state of commercial and investment arbitration in Vietnam”, Huy Quang and Logan highlight how commercial and investment arbitration have become increasingly popular in Vietnam as a result of the increased flow of foreign direct investment into the country. They then identify some challenges faced by arbitration practitioners, such as the recognition and enforcement of foreign awards (including investment awards) and the non-uniform approach by the local courts in handling arbitral awards. To address these concerns, the government is working with the judiciary to come up with internal guidance for dealing with arbitral awards. It has also organised high-level dialogues with the relevant ministries to discuss whether ratification of the ICSID Convention – which allows direct enforcement of an investment award – would be worthwhile.

VIETNAM

 

Asian Legal Business: “Transforming Legal Practice for Growth in the New Digital Economy”

Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, wrote an article in the August 2018 issue of the Asia Edition of Asian Legal Business. In this article titled “Transforming legal practice for growth in the New Digital Economy”, Rajesh relates how Rajah & Tann has tackled the challenges brought about by technological advancements in the firm’s day-to-day operations. Rajah & Tann was one of the early participants in Singapore Academy of Law’s Future Law Innovation Programme ("FLIP"), which aims to encourage and accelerate the adoption of legal technology among Singapore law firms. The firm has started migrating the firm’s servers and software capabilities onto the cloud since the latter part of last year. It has also adopted the UK-based Luminance’s artificial intelligence technology to enhance its due diligence process for mergers and acquisitions. In March this year, it launched a legaltech business initiative named “Rajah & Tann Technologies” to provide a holistic set of services to its clients to address their spectrum of technical and legal needs in the new digital economy.

SINGAPORE

 

GAR’s Construction Arbitration Know-How – Singapore

Global Arbitration Review (“GAR”) know-how provides reliable cross-jurisdictional insight to help cement the building blocks of international practice in construction law. The Singapore chapter of the publication was authored by Head of Construction & Projects Practice, Soh Lip San, and Shannon Tan. First published in July 2018. The whole publication is available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/know-how/topics/1000341/construction-arbitration-

SINGAPORE

 

The International Arbitration Review (Ninth Edition)

The publication provides an update on recent developments in international arbitration. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Partners Kelvin Poon and Paul Tan, and Senior Associate Alessa Pang from the International Arbitration Practice. The article was first published in July 2018. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd.

Singapore

 

The International Arbitration Review (Ninth Edition) 

The publication provides an update on recent developments in international arbitration. The Malaysia chapter was contributed by Partner Avinash Pradhan. The article was first published in July 2018. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd.

MALAYSIA

 

GAR’s Construction Arbitration Know-How – Malaysia

Global Arbitration Review (“GAR”) know-how provides reliable cross-jurisdictional insight to help cement the building blocks of international practice in construction law. The Malaysia chapter of the publication was authored by Avinash Pradhan. First published in July 2018. The whole publication is available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/know-how/topics/1000341/construction-arbitration-

MALAYSIA

 

The SME Magazine: "Before you Take the Keys"

Lina Chua from the Corporate Real Estate Practice wrote an article in the July / August 2018 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") of The Business Times. In the article titled “Before you Take the Keys”, Lina highlights the issues that tenants may wish to consider when entering into commercial leases. As a start, tenants need to bear in mind that different properties are approved for different uses. Once one has identified the suitable premises to rent, a title search should be conducted to verify the ownership and the right of the landlord to lease the property. Potential tenants need to read the lease agreement carefully and consider the terms and conditions set out in the agreement. Besides rent, tenants should also take note of other charges, contributions and taxes that are payable or subject to increase.

Singapore

 

Global Legal Insights - Banking Regulations 2018

This publication covers key topics including regulatory architecture, themes and developments, bank capital requirements, bank governance and internal controls, Fintech, rules governing banks’ relationships with their customers and other third parties in 29 jurisdictions. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Regina Liew and Larry Lim, Head and Deputy Head, respectively, of the Financial Institutions Group. The chapter highlights Singapore’s strong international presence as a key financial hub in Asia and its vision as a Smart Financial Centre with fintech developments continually transforming the delivery and transportation of financial services in the nation. In addition, the analysis on the latest regulatory landscape of Singapore and the multifaceted role of banks serves to provide readers a comprehensive view of the banking industry in Singapore. First published on 5 April 2018. Published by, and reproduced with permission from, Global Legal Insights.

Singapore

 

Lex Mundi ASEAN Intellectual Property Guide

This Guide provides an overview of regulatory framework for patent and trademark protection in the ASEAN countries. It is laid out in a Q&A format that allows for easy comparison of the law and related procedures in each jurisdiction. The Singapore chapter (pages 148-165) was co-authored by Head of Intellectual Property, Sports and Gaming Practice Lau Kok Keng, Partner Nicholas Lauw, and Associates Jiamin Leow and Olivia Wee. First published in May 2018. Copyright 2018 @ Lex Mundi.

Singapore

 

The SME Magazine: “Do’s and Don’ts of Disciplining Employees”

Jonathan Yuen, Head of the Employment & Benefits (Disputes) Practice, wrote an article in the May / June 2018 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") of The Business Times. In this article titled "Do's and Don'ts of Disciplining Employees", Jonathan shares his thoughts on disciplining employees, and offers three simple principles to adhere to when conducting an investigation at the workplace. First, fact find objectively. Second, be fair in engaging the employee who is the subject of the investigation. Third, if an offence has been committed, ensure that the response is legally consistent with the employee’s employment agreement and the law.

Singapore

 

International Insolvency & Restructuring Report 2018/19

Deputy Managing Partner Patrick Ang and Practice Trainee Lim Wee Teck Darren contributed the Singapore chapter of the International Insolvency & Restructuring Report 2018/19. The publication provides a global guide to the insolvency and restructuring marketplace, and covers recent developments in various jurisdictions such as Australia, Cayman Islands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, UK and the USA. Published by Capital Markets Intelligence Ltd.

Singapore

 

More holistic protection for consumers with new CCCS

Kala Anandarajah, Head of the Competition & Antitrust and Trade Practice, and Joshua Seet from the same Practice wrote an article in the 16 April 2018 issue of The Straits Times titled "More holistic protection for consumers with new CCCS". On 1 April 2018, the Competition Commission of Singapore ("CCS") expanded its role by taking on the consumer protection function that was previously under Spring Singapore. The new agency has been renamed Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore ("CCCS"). This consolidation of functions into one agency follows from similar practices in jurisdictions such as Australia and the United States through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Federal Trade Commission, respectively. The consolidation of the consumer protection and competition functions into one agency may perhaps be more forthright in addressing the different aspects of consumer interest.

Singapore

 

The SME Magazine: "Stay Safe"

Lionel Tan from the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice wrote an article in the March / April 2018 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") of The Business Times. In this article titled "Stay Safe", Lionel highlights that Singapore's SMEs are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks compared with their larger counterparts. This is because they often deploy less complex technologies to guard against cyber-attacks. Cyber breaches often lead to companies losing their customers' personal data. They put in place cyber security measures to prevent cyber-attacks from happening within their organisations. Implementing cyber security measures may seem burdensome in the short term. However, this may prove beneficial in the long run as the measures are intended to mitigate against the effects of a significant cyber breach and ensure business continuity.

Singapore

 

Medical fee guideline: a case of full circle

Kala Anandarajah, Head of the Competition & Antitrust and Trade Practice, and Joshua Seet from the same Practice, wrote an article in the 15 December 2017 issue of The Straits Times titled "Medical fee guidelines – a case of full circle?". The Ministry of Health announced in 2016 that it would introduce a set of medical professional fee benchmarks ("MOH fee benchmark") in 2017, a decade after the medical industry body, Singapore Medical Association ("SMA"), first decided to withdraw its guidelines on fees for doctors in private practice ("GOF") in 2007 amidst concerns that the GOF would breach Singapore's Competition Act ("Act"). Following a 1 ½ year-long review, the Competition Commission of Singapore ("CCS") confirmed that the GOF had the effect of restricting competition within Singapore. The SMA's appeal to the Ministry of Trade and Industry to exclude the GOF from the Act was also rejected. In this article, Kala and Joshua explain what MOH fee benchmark is, and what makes it different from the GOF such that it raises fewer competition concerns.

Singapore

 

The SME Magazine: "Behind the Warm Welcome"

Koh Tien Gui from the Hospitality Practice wrote an article in the January/ February 2018 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") of The Business Times. In this article, titled "Behind the Warm Welcome", Tien Gui provides a brief introduction to an essential component of the hotel industry - the hotel management agreement ("HMA"). Owing to the long-term impact of the terms and conditions of the HMA to the hotel owner and the hotel operator, he advised that businesses should negotiate carefully these terms and conditions before signing the same. 

Singapore

 

The SME Magazine: "Doing the right thing as an employer"

Jonathan Yuen, Head of the Employment and Benefits (Disputes) Practice, and Francis Chan from the same Practice, contributed an article in the November / December 2017 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") of The Business Times. In this article, titled "Doing the right thing as an employer", Jonathan and Francis explore the common employment pitfalls faced by SMEs in Singapore and provide pointers on how to navigate such pitfalls based on current legislation and best practices.

Singapore

 

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

This publication provides a practical cross-border insight into insurance and reinsurance law. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Elaine Tay. Published by, and reproduced with kind permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

Singapore

 

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

This publication provides a practical cross-border insight into insurance and reinsurance law. The Thailand chapter was contributed by Sui Lin Teoh and Saroj Jongsaritwang. Published by, and reproduced with kind permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

Thailand

 

The Sports Law Review (Third Edition)

This publication aims to provide an analysis of recent developments in sports law and their effects on the sports law sector in 23 jurisdictions. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Head of Intellectual Property, Sports and Gaming Practice Lau Kok Keng and Associate Chia T-Chien. First published in November 2017. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd.

Singapore

 

Global Legal Insights to: Employment & Labour Law 2018 (6th Edition)

This publication covers key topics including labour markets trends, legislative changes, recent court decisions, case law affecting employers’ decision-making over dismissals and redundancies, and likely or impending reforms in 29 jurisdictions. The Thailand chapter was contributed by Partners Teoh Sui Lin and Saroj Jongsaritwang. Published on 8 January 2018. Published by, and reproduced with kind permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

Thailand

 

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cybersecurity 2018

This publication provides a practical cross-border insight into cybersecurity work. The Malaysia chapter was contributed by Deepak Pillai. Published by, and reproduced with kind permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

Malaysia

 

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cybersecurity 2018

This publication provides a practical cross-border insight into cybersecurity work. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, and Associate Michael Chen. Published by, and reproduced with kind permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

Singapore

 

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cybersecurity 2018

This publication provides a practical cross-border insight into cybersecurity work. The Thailand chapter was contributed by Partners Sui Lin Teoh and Saroj Jongsaritwang. Published by, and reproduced with kind permission from, Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

Thailand

 

Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report: “Strengthening the Great Cyber-Wall of China – An Effort in Protecting the Masses in Cyberspace or Keeping Out the Foreigners?” 

This article, co-authored by Benjamin Cheong from the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, discusses China’s recently promulgated Anti-Terrorism Law, National Intelligence Law and Cybersecurity Law and how they are likely to be implemented. It addresses the impact of these laws and regulations for multinationals operating in or seeking to expand their footprint into China. Reproduced with permission from Privacy and Security Law Report, 17 PRA 194, 10/10/2017.  Copyright © 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) www.bna.com.

Singapore

  

The SME Magazine: "Monetising Myanmar’s Potential"

This article, penned by Co-head of Myanmar Practice Chester Toh, appeared in the September / October 2017 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) of The Business Times. In this article, Chester noted that the opening up of Myanmar has given rise to tremendous business opportunities especially in the information technology (“IT”) sector. Consequently, more investors and businesses flock the country to take advantage of the burgeoning IT sector. Entities looking to tap into the Myanmar market should balance the risks and rewards when approaching the opportunities on offer in Myanmar. 

Myanmar

 

The Consumer Finance Law Review – Edition 1

The Thailand chapter was contributed by Partners Teoh Sui Lin and Saroj Jongsaritwang. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. The e-book and the PDF of the publication can be accessed here. (Choose ‘Banking and Finance’ category and click on the title of the publication.)

Thailand

 

Thailand: Employment & Labour Law

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to employment and labour law in Thailand. The chapter was contributed by Partners Teoh Sui Lin, Supawat Srirungruang and Saroj Jongsaritwang, and Senior Associate Yingrak Treesaranuwattana.

Thailand

 

The Development of Technology and Cyber Laws in Malaysia

This article was authored by Deepak Pillai. It was first published in the August 2017 edition of the Asian Legal Business (legalbusinessonline.com).

Malaysia

 

International Arbitration Review (8th edition)

The publication provides an update in the international arbitration space in various jurisdictions. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Partner Paul Tan and Associate Alessa Pang. Published by The Law Reviews, August 2017. Copyright © Law Business Research.

SINGAPORE

 

International Arbitration Review (8th edition) 

The publication provides an update in the international arbitration space in various jurisdictions. The Malaysia chapter was contributed by Partner Avinash Pradham. Published by The Law Reviews, August 2017. Copyright © Law Business Research.

Malaysia

 

The SME Magazine: “Evolving with the AEC”

This article, co-written by Head of Integrated Regulatory Practice Chester Toh and Associate Tan Jen Lee, appeared in the July / August 2017 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") of The Business Times. In this article, the authors outline the evolution of the ASEAN Economic Community ("AEC"), and evaluate the goals of its 2025 Blueprint and their impact on private corporations and SMEs.

SINGAPORE

 

SICC News: "PRC Supreme People's Court Endorses Recognition of Singapore High Court Money Judgment" 

This article, written by Partner Tan Chuan Thye SC, was in the June 2017 issue of SICC News, a bi-monthly publication of the Singapore International Commercial Court ("SICC"). In this article, the author shares that the Supreme People’s Court of China ("SPC"), in the context of the People’s Republic of China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative, released on 15 May 2017 a list of 10 Chinese courts cases that promote the initiative. One of the cases referenced by the SPC was the Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court decision, Kolmar Group AG v Jiangsu Textile Industry (Group) Import & Export Co., Ltd (2016) Su01 Assisting Foreign Recognition No. 3 ("Nanjing IPC Decision"). The Nanjing IPC Decision recognised a Singapore High Court money judgment in favour of the plaintiff when the defendant failed to enter an appearance in the Singapore action.

SINGAPORE

 

The SME Magazine: "Dealing with Digital Disruption"

This article, penned by Partner Lionel Tan, appeared in the May / June 2017 issue of The SME Magazine, the bi-monthly publication for the small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") of The Business Times. In the article, Lionel reminds SMEs to be mindful of the regulatory constraints, data protection issues, intellectual property rights and legal risks associated with the use of social media platforms, before embarking on a strategy to adopt a disruptive model in their businesses.

SINGAPORE

  

GAR's The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2018

Global Arbitration Review’s ("GAR’s") The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2018 is a guide to arbitration with insights from practitioners across 11 jurisdictions in the region. The Malaysia chapter was contributed by Head of Rajah & Tann Singapore’s International Arbitration Practice Andre Yeap, SC and Avinash Pradham, who is also a Partner of Christopher & Lee Ong. Published on 23 May 2017. Copyright © Law Business Research.

Malaysia

 

Lex Mundi Global Data Privacy Guide

This Guide provides key data protection concepts and issues around the world. The Singapore chapter, contributed Deputy Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice Steve Tan, provides in a nutshell the key provisions of Singapore’s data protection legislation, the Personal Data Protection Act 2012, including relevant regulations on the use, disclosure, storage, and retention of personal data.

Singapore

 

Lex Mundi Global Gaming Law Guide 2017

This is a multi-jurisdictional Guide that addresses the most common topics of interest and concern to the gaming sector clients in a high-level Q&A format. The Singapore chapter (pages 105-113) was co-authored by Head of Intellectual Property, Sports and Gaming Practice Lau Kok Keng and Associate Chia T-Chien. First published in May 2017. Copyright © 2017 Lex Mundi and Inside Asian Gaming.

SINGAPORE 

 

Lex Mundi Global Gaming Law Guide 2017

This is a multi-jurisdictional guide that addresses the most common topics of interest and concern to the gaming sector clients in a high-level Q&A format. The Cambodia chapter (pages 20-26), which was prepared in collaboration with Rajah & Tann Singapore, was authored by Partners Tiv Sophonnora and Heng Chhay. First published in May 2017. Copyright © 2017 Lex Mundi and Inside Asian Gaming.

Cambodia

 

The Business Times: "Firms Must Put in Place Sufficient Cybersecurity Measures"

This opinion piece, written by Deputy Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice Steve Tan, appeared in the 9 May 2017 issue of The Business Times. In this article, the writer urges companies to have the necessary cybersecurity measures in place to combat large-scale and high-profile data breaches. He also provides tips on how an organisation can ensure compliance with prevailing legal regulations governing popular technology solutions.

SINGAPORE

 

Global Legal Insights to: Banking Regulation 2017

This publication covers key banking regulation topics including local banking regulations, bank capital requirements, governance and internal controls in participating jurisdictions. The Singapore chapter was contributed by Head of Financial Institutions Group Regina Liew and Deputy Head of the Group, Larry Lim. Copyright 2017 © Global Legal Group.

SINGAPORE

 

Global Legal Insights to: Banking Regulation 2017

This publication covers key banking regulation topics including local banking regulations, bank capital requirements, governance and internal controls in participating jurisdictions. The Malaysia chapter was contributed by Partner Fiona Sequerah and Associate Evelyn Ch'ng. Copyright 2017 © Global Legal Group.

Malaysia

  

Guide to Takeovers in Malaysia 

This guide, authored by Christopher & Lee Ong, outlines the laws and regulations, as well as key issues that businesses need to take note of with respect takeovers in Malaysia. The law referred to in this publication is correctly stated as at 1 December 2016.

Malaysia

 

Doing Business in Malaysia 

This publication, prepared by Christopher & Lee Ong, provides an overview of doing business in Malaysia. It includes topics on forms of business organisations, foreign investment and local equity participation requirements, and compliance with other regulatory requirements, amongst others. The law referred to in this publication is correctly stated as at 15 November 2016.

Malaysia

 

Getting the Deal Through: Oil Regulation 2016

The Malaysia chapter was contributed by Christopher Lee and Loy Ee Lin. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Oil Regulation 2016 (published in June 2016; contributing editors: Bob Palmer, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP). For more information, please visit www.gettingthedealthrough.com.

Malaysia