18 May 2022

Rajah & Tann ranked most innovative Southeast Asian law firm at FT’s Asia Pacific Awards

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has come in top among Southeast Asian law firms and is the second-highest ranked Asian firm at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia Pacific 2022.

Notably, R&T has placed 11th on the list of the most innovative law firms, up 10 spots from last year on this prestigious list. This is the ninth consecutive year that the firm has been recognised among FT’s topmost innovative law firms in Asia Pacific, since its inaugural report on Asia Pacific in 2014.

The firm was also shortlisted for Innovation in the Business of Law: New Solutions, for hosting the Asia-Pacific branch of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) – a think-tank in Singapore – providing the organisation with operational resource support, such as IT infrastructure.

R&T was also one of seven finalists in the category of Innovation in People and Skills, for partnering with the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Computing to train lawyers in areas such as design thinking, financial technology, robotic process automation and blockchain.

Adding to the accolades received, Partner Kala Anandarajah was among the top 10 individuals featured for having looked beyond their specialisms to solve client demands and for taking ideas across different disciplines, to deal with clients’ increasingly fast-changing challenges.

The awards celebrate legal innovation and showcase how lawyers, law firms and in-house legal teams are adapting to the increasing importance of sustainability, the unpredictability caused by Covid-19 and the accelerating digital transformation of business.

Patrick Ang, R&T’s Managing Partner, said: “We are honoured to be ranked top amongst our Southeast Asian peers by the Financial Times and 11th on the list of most innovative law firms in the Asia Pacific region. Innovation is part of our DNA and will continue to play a crucial role in our long-term growth strategy.”

R&T is one of the largest full-service law firms in Southeast Asia, with market-leading corporate and dispute resolution practices. It is a member of Rajah & Tann Asia, one of the largest legal networks in Southeast Asia with over 800 fee earners. It is among the region’s most highly regarded law firms with international legal journals and surveys consistently rating the firm and many of its lawyers as among the best in their practice areas.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific is an annual ranking, report and awards scheme for lawyers based in the region by London-based Financial Times and its research partner RSG Consulting.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

09 May 2022

R&T Asia (Thailand) launches Intellectual Property practice headed by new partner Nuttaphol Arammuang

R&T Asia (Thailand) announced today the launch of an Intellectual Property (IP) practice which will serve clients across a comprehensive spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters arising out of Thailand and the region.

The new IP practice will be led by Mr Nuttaphol Arammuang, who is well reputed as one of Thailand’s leading Intellectual Property lawyers with over 20 years of experience exclusively in IP. Mr Nuttaphol, who is also ranked by leading legal publications such as Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500, and World Trademark Review, and recognised by Asia IP as an “IP Expert” for his all-encompassing expertise in disputes and transactional work, was until recently the Managing Partner of a full-serviced law firm in Thailand.

This IP practice will assist local and regional clients in the full suite of IP services from prosecution to commercialization and dispute resolution. Mr Nuttaphol’s experience covers a wide range of IP dispute matters including pharmaceutical patent litigation; patent infringement; design, trade mark and trade dress infringement; passing off; trade mark invalidation; copyright litigation relating to new media and technology; and obtaining preliminary injunction and Anton Piller orders. He will also lead the team in advising clients on licensing and franchising; IP portfolio management; patent drafting and searching; freedom to operate report and analysis; trade secret management; and data protection issues.

Mr Nuttaphol said: “R&T Asia (Thailand) is a well-established and leading firm which has seen considerable growth in recent years as part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network. I am honoured to be part of this team and look forward to building a leading practice to serve our Thai, Asian and global clients, supported by the many talents in the firm and network.”

The launch of the new IP practice in Thailand is in line with Rajah & Tann Asia’s strategy of enhancing its full-service capabilities to support clients and enable stronger regional collaboration with its nine other offices across the network.

Mr Surasak Vajasit, Managing Partner of R&T Asia (Thailand) said: “We are delighted to welcome a senior practitioner such as Khun Nuttaphol to augment our service offerings to our clients. His vast expertise in the practice area and experience in management will strengthen our team as we embark on the journey of enhancing our IP-related service offerings and building a full-service firm.”

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

05 May 2022

Rajah & Tann marks 45th anniversary with $450,000 donation to two charities, unveils book on firm’s history
  • The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Dementia Singapore each receive $225,000 at a celebratory dinner
  • “Duty of Care+” traces Rajah & Tann’s growth from two-man entity to Southeast Asian legal powerhouse

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) celebrates its 45th anniversary today with a $450,000 donation to two charities – The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Dementia Singapore – as well as a commemorative book that traces the firm’s growth from a two-man partnership to Southeast Asia’s legal powerhouse.

The two charities each received $225,000 from Managing Partner Patrick Ang and Chairperson of Rajah & Tann Foundation Rebecca Chew at a celebratory dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel this evening.

Mr Ang said: “The spirit of caring and giving back to society is part of R&T’s DNA which we inherited from our founders T T Rajah and Tann Wee Tiong. We are delighted to support The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Dementia Singapore, which have helped thousands of people over the years.

“In addition, the book we are launching today, “Duty of Care+,” traces the improbable beginnings of Rajah & Tann and how it has survived the vicissitudes of time to chart a unique path to regional leadership.

“The R&T story is essentially about how a group of talented lawyers came together to build a top-rated indigenous Singapore law firm while holding fast to the principle of excellence with heart in the way they practised law and cared for others.”

Former Managing Partners VK Rajah and Justice Steven Chong, former Deputy Managing Partner Justice Quentin Loh, Deputy Managing Partners Ng Kim Beng and Kelvin Poon, and Benjamin Tann, son of co-founder Tann Wee Tiong, unveiled the book alongside Mr Ang and Ms Chew.

R&T was founded in 1976 by TT Rajah and Tann Wee Tiong, who were deeply involved in Singapore’s fight for independence. Both men were also heroes to the ordinary people, many of whom they defended without being paid. Through the rough and tumble of politics and the practice of law, they became the best of brothers.

VK Rajah, Mr TT Rajah’s son, took over the reins of R&T in 1986 and ushered in a period of hyper growth and inflow of top talents. Among its notable alumni are Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, former Attorney-General and current Judge of Appeal Justice Steven Chong and current Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Quentin Loh. The firm also has the most number of senior counsels.

Mr Ang said “Duty of Care+” was commissioned partly for the benefit of younger partners, associates and staff who have often asked questions about the firm’s origins and its famous founders. The “+” sign in the title of the book signifies the firm’s long-held mission of going beyond the legal duty of care to clients to caring for colleagues and the community.

“We wanted “Duty of Care+” to remind everyone of the firm’s core values and culture, and to reinforce the idea that Rajah & Tann isn’t just a business. I hope this sense of stewardship that is a hallmark of our past leaders will always be the defining quality that guides R&T now and in the future.”

In a foreword for the book, Mr VK Rajah, who was Attorney-General from 2014 to 2017 and a former Judge of Appeal, wrote that a crucial reason for R&T’s success is its leadership. “They inspired and continue to inspire one another. Trust from colleagues had to be earned and not demanded. Its leaders while they hold office see themselves as stewards of that trust. Leadership is viewed as service and not as a platform for personal advancement and enhancement.

“Sundaresh inspired his colleagues to excel and regionalise. Steven stabilised the practice and untiringly led by example. Eng Beng and Patrick weathered the constant changes and have creatively collaborated in reshaping R&T and innovating its practice.

“Above all, R&T is what it is today because of the collective effort of all who have been part of its family. It exemplifies the placing of collective interests above the self.”

Please click here for a soft copy of “Duty of Care+” and here for its summary.

 

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

18 Apr 2022

Rajah & Tann Singapore ranked in Best Lawyers 2023 Edition

Rajah & Tann Singapore is pleased to share that 68 of our lawyers have been ranked in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Singapore.

In particular, four of our partners have also been named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas. This recognition is awarded annually to the lawyer with the highest overall peer review feedback in their practice area and geographic region.

 Our ranked lawyers are listed below.

Practice Area

Lawyer

Arbitration and Mediation

Andre Yeap SC

Avinash Pradhan

Chee Siong Sim

Chuan Thye Tan SC

Francis Xavier SC, PBM, FCIarb, C.A

Kelvin Poon

Kian Sing Toh SC

Kim Beng Ng

Lip San Soh

Banking and Finance

Angela Lim

Choo Hock Soon

Eng Beng Lee SC

Sandy Foo

Sey Ming Ng

Terence Choo

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Eng Beng Lee SC

Capital Markets Law

Evelyn Wee

Kim Huat Chia

Larry Lim

Lorena Pang

Raymond Tong

Competition / Antitrust Law

Dominique Lombardi

Kala Anandarajah PBM

Construction Law

Kim Beng Ng

Lip San Soh

Shemane Chan

Corporate Law

Brian Ng

Chun Kiat Loh

Kim Huat Chia

Lawrence Tan

Sandy Foo

Tracy-Anne Ang

Wee Hann Lim

Criminal Defense

Chee Kun Thong

Hamidul Haq

Defamation Law

Mark Cheng

Derivatives

David Yeow

Regina Liew

Information Technology Law

Lionel Tan

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Steve Tan

Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Beng Chye Chua

Chuan Thye Tan SC

Danny Ong

Eng Beng Lee SC

Gregory Vijayendran SC

Kwan Kiat Sim

Lionel Tay

Patrick Ang

Raelene Pereira

Insurance Law

Elaine Tay

Simon Goh

Intellectual Property Law

Kok Keng Lau

Labor and Employment Law

Desmond Wee

K. Muralidharan Pillai SC

Litigation

Andre Yeap SC

Chandra Mohan Rethnam JP

Chuan Thye Tan SC

Danny Ong

Eng Beng Lee SC

Francis Xavier SC, PBM, FCIarb, C.A

Gregory Vijayendran SC

Hamidul Haq

K. Muralidharan Pillai SC

Kah Wah Leong

Kian Sing Toh SC

Qinghui Luo

Media Law

Lionel Tan

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Steve Tan

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Choo Hock Soon

Cynthia Goh

Kim Huat Chia

Lawrence Tan

Sandy Foo

Wee Hann Lim

Yoke Ping Cheng

Private Funds

Anne Wuan Ying Yeo-Leong

Arnold Tan

Project Finance and Development Practice

Sandy Foo

Real Estate Law

Benjamin ST Tay

Ching Chou

Elsa Chai

Hiang Chye Gan

Lay See Lee

Norman Ho

Regulatory Practice

David Yeow

Larry Lim

Regina Liew

Shipping and Maritime Law

Choon King Chua

Jainil Bhandari

John Seow

Kah Wah Leong

Kendall Tan

Kian Sing Toh SC

V Bala

Winston Kwek

Tax Law

Choo Hock Soon

Technology Law

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Telecommunications Law

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Trade Law

Choon King Chua

Trusts and Estates

Chandra Mohan Rethnam JP

Vikna Rajah

Venture Capital Law

Arnold Tan

 

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.