14 Jan 2019

Rajah & Tann Singapore Partners Recognised as Accredited Specialists

Ten Partners from Rajah & Tann Singapore, a record number from any firm, have been recognised as Accredited Specialists in Maritime and Shipping, as well as Building and Construction Law by Singapore Academy of Law’s Specialist Accreditation Scheme. The Scheme serves to develop a register to provide these industries with a reliable platform to identify and gain access to specialist lawyers who have proven themselves in these practice areas. The newly-minted accreditations were announced at the opening of the Legal Year 2019 following a stringent year-long assessment process conducted by an independent selection committee, comprising judges and senior industry representatives.

The following partners have been appointed as Accredited Specialists:

Maritime and Shipping

1. Toh Kian Sing, SC  Senior Accredited Specialist
2. Leong Kah Wah    Senior Accredited Specialist 
3. Jainil Bhandari  Senior Accredited Specialist
4. Winston Kwek      Senior Accredited Specialist
5. Kendall Tan      Senior Accredited Specialist
6. Ian Teo            Senior Accredited Specialist
7. V Bala            Accredited Specialist
8. Jonathan Oon      Accredited Specialist

 

Building and Construction

9. Sim Chee Siong  Senior Accredited Specialist
10. Thea Raman    Accredited Specialist

 

The accreditation scheme serves as a mark of recognition for legal practitioners who have gained professional excellence in their specialised areas of practice. It also promotes continued development and improvement of standards, quality and delivery of legal services, among other objectives.

The accreditation reinforces the firm’s pre-eminent Shipping & Maritime Trade practice for having “a deep understanding of the industry, offering advice that is commercial but sound legally”, according to Chambers Asia Pacific (2019). Managing a complex portfolio of high-end shipping work throughout the region, in both “wet” and “dry” contentious matters, as well as in ship finance and other non-contentious matters, the team has consistently been placed in the “top tier” and ranked as a “Band 1” shipping firm by independent legal directories.

The firm’s Construction & Projects practice has also garnered praise for “advising on high-value infrastructure projects, oil and gas developments and public private partnerships as well as complex litigation and arbitration proceedings”, according to The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018). Partners Soh Lip San, Ng Kim Beng and Avinash Pradhan were recognised for Building and Construction Law in the inaugural batch of lawyers recognised under this scheme last year.

For more information about the Scheme, please click here.

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From left: Ian Teo, V Bala, Jainil Bhandari, Jonathan Oon, Toh Kian Sing SC, Leong Kah Wah and Kendall Tan. Not pictured: Winston Kwek.

For more information about the firm’s Shipping & International Trade practice, please click here.

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From left: Ng Kim Beng, Sim Chee Siong, Thea Raman, Soh Lip San and Avinash Pradhan.

For more information about the firm’s Construction & Projects practice, please click here

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage. 

 

07 Jan 2019

Rajah & Tann Singapore and Enterprise Singapore sign MOU to assist start-ups venturing out into South East Asia

Rajah & Tann Singapore is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Enterprise Singapore to provide legal guidance and consultation services to start-ups in various growth and expansion phases across the major cities in South East Asia.

Under the terms of the MOU, various member firms under the Rajah & Tann Asia network in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, conduct regular in-market pro bono legal workshops and clinics to Singapore start-ups via its regional specialist Regional Venture, Growth and Acceleration Practice Group.

The signing of the MOU underscores the commitment of Rajah & Tann Asia to support initiatives that promote Singapore’s position as a leading global hub for start-ups.

Rajah & Tann Asia is honoured to be able to share its experience and expertise with Singapore start-ups in addressing wide-ranging legal issues, from incorporation to taxation and fund-raising, which they may encounter but lack the requisite resources or knowledge to address, thereby contributing to their growth and development.

For information about the regional specialist Regional Venture, Growth and Acceleration Practice Group, please contact partners Brian Ng, Terence Quek and Paul Ng

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

07 Jan 2019

Rajah & Tann Singapore partner Gregory Vijayendran appointed Senior Counsel

Gregory Vijayendran, a partner in Rajah & Tann Singapore, was today appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Mr Vijayendran, 50, is also the incumbent President of the Law Society of Singapore.

His appointment was made public by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon today at the opening of the Legal Year 2019. It brings the total number of Senior Counsel in Rajah & Tann Singapore to six, the most of any law firm in Singapore.

Senior Counsel – Singapore’s equivalent of Britain’s Queen Counsel - are an elite group of advocates who have top-tier advocacy skills, professional integrity and are learned in the law. They have a duty of leading and being an example to the rest of the Bar, especially younger members.

Rajah & Tann’s Managing Partner Lee Eng Beng, SC, said: “All of us at Rajah & Tann are absolutely delighted with Greg’s appointment as Senior Counsel.  Greg is an outstanding lawyer with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.  He is also imbued with exceptional leadership qualities, and is a true gentleman with a very big heart.

“Greg and his colleagues in Rajah & Tann’s commercial litigation department have been recognised for some of the major and complex commercial disputes in Singapore and the region, and will continue to serve our clients well with their considerable expertise and experience.”

Mr Vijayendran has been in practice for 26 years and has been involved in civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. His areas of specialisation include banking and corporate insolvency, contract, tenancy, land laws, employment law, defamation, negligence, etc. He is also a recognised expert in charities governance.+

Mr Vijayendran has been recognised by Best Lawyers in Singapore (2019) for Insolvency and Reorganisation law, as well as Who’s Who Legal (2017) as an expert for restructuring and insolvency.

Commenting on his Senior Counsel appointment, Mr Vijayendran said: “This is an exceptional badge of distinction that is both humbling and honouring. The tribute for this goes out to all my mentors (past and present) including Lee Eng Beng SC, our managing partner. Their tutelage and coaching have guided me to this point. My fellow partners, colleagues and mentees in Rajah & Tann have been a bedrock of strong assistance, support and encouragement. It is this great teamwork that makes our dreams work. I am sincerely grateful too to our firm’s clients whose support for my outstanding colleagues and I have given us invaluable opportunities to practise with quality.

“As Senior Counsel, I will continue to devote my utmost effort and skill to serve our clients’ needs and the legal profession with excellence and exemplary ethics. In addition, like other Senior Counsel and senior partners in the firm, we recognise our heavy but deeply fulfilling responsibility of being a strong role model to younger members of the Bar and our firm.”

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with over 700 fee earners.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage. 

 

30 Nov 2018

Rajah & Tann Asia garners the most number of accolades in South East Asia in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

The newly released Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 rankings saw Rajah & Tann Asia garnered the most number of accolades in South East Asia; close to 100 lawyers were recognised and over 50 practices were ranked. Clients have commented that our lawyers “truly understand clients’ needs” and “their professionalism is simply exceptional.”

Notable matters that we have acted in include advising one of the most significant and high profile judicial management cases in recent years involving Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction; acting for B2C2 in one of Singapore’s first bitcoin dispute; and acting as Singapore legal counsel to GIC Private Limited in the acquisition of all the issued ordinary shares in the capital of Global Logistics Properties by Nesta Investment by way of a scheme of arrangement

For more information, please click here.

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About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.