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

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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.

28 Nov 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore debuts tops in Chambers Fintech 2019

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been ranked Band 1 by Chambers Fintech 2019 in its inaugural coverage of Singapore and the region. The firm’s multidisciplinary FinTech Practice is led by a team of highly experienced partners, each recognised as a leading lawyer in their respective fields of expertise. 

The team is praised for its expertise and reliability;  “Rajah & Tann gives us a kind of confidence. We can trust them and rely on them since you know you are getting a good opinion.”; “…In addition to providing legal support, they were curious and shared our vision in a way that no other lawyers have.”

Current notable matters include acting for a leading cryptocurrency market maker B2C2 in its proceedings against a major cryptocurrency exchange operator, Quoine (led by partner, Danny Ong, who specialises in financial fraud and disputes) and counselling an insurtech startup, Singapore Life, on technology procurement agreements for the establishment of the client’s online life insurance platform (led by partner, Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice).

Regina Liew, the head of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group, is ranked Band 2. She is named as a corporate lawyer with decades of experience advocating for players in financial services industry whose expertise is sought after for intricate Singapore financial regulatory matters. Regina is said by sources to be “fully fluent in the financial sector” as well as “very good at listening to and understanding clients.”

An independent legal directory, Chambers and Partners’ assessment of the quality of law firms and lawyers are based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service and commercial astuteness, among others.  

The Fintech team at Rajah & Tann Asia is at the forefront of developments in the FinTech sector in South East Asia. Drawing on the expertise of lawyers across Rajah & Tann Asia, we provide clients with bespoke innovative and sophisticated legal solutions that are tailored to the needs of every stakeholder in this industry.

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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, 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.

16 Nov 2018

Rajah & Tann Asia Launches Legal Technology Business

Rajah & Tann Asia, one of Southeast Asia’s largest legal networks, has officially launched Rajah & Tann Technologies (R&T Technologies), a company set up in response to the impact of technology on the way legal services will be delivered in the digital economy.


R&T Technologies offers technology-enabled legal solutions including electronic discovery (e-discovery), cybersecurity, data breach readiness and response, and other legaltech and regulatory technology services, to clients and the member firms of the Rajah & Tann Asia network.


R&T Technologies, located at Collision 8 in High Street Centre, is led by Rajesh Sreenivasan and Steve Tan, both partners in Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. They are supported by Chief Operating Officer Michael Lew, who has extensive consulting experience in technology risk management, cyber forensics, electronic discovery and legal artificial intelligence, Technical Director Wong Onn Chee, who specialises in information leakage protection, web security and security strategy, and Chief Technology Officer Ong Ba Sou, who has expertise in executing and driving technological change for multinational companies.


Rajah & Tann Asia Chairman Lee Eng Beng SC said: “R&T Technologies is the clearest statement yet of how all 700 fee earners in the Rajah & Tann Asia network intend to use technology to evolve our practice and help our clients meet the demands and challenges of the new economy.


“The technology will not replace our lawyers and other fee earners. It will, instead, enable them to work at unprecedented speed and scale, and to tap other disciplines to solve complex legal challenges for clients. The future is exciting and we believe our investments in R&T Technologies will help us stay at the vanguard of change in a rapidly changing world.”


Mr Sreenivasan said: “Lawyers are often accused of being digital dinosaurs. With R&T Technologies, we show that we can take bold steps to harness advanced technologies in multiple and innovative ways, such as how we interact with clients, automate processes, analyse and extract data or help clients manage cyber and regulatory risks.

“We believe R&T Technologies will show how lawyers, instead of being disrupted by technology, can be part of the disruption. It will pave the way for lawyers who want to be part of the legaltech transformation to pursue new career paths.”


To this end, the first initiative by its virtual law academy is a training and certification programme that the firm will be launching, in partnership with Singapore Academy of Law Ventures. The Certified E-Discovery Management Specialist professional qualification allows lawyers and non-lawyers looking to specialise in e-discovery to be trained and certified for the purpose.


R&T Technologies Director Steve Tan said: “Through Rajah & Tann Technologies, we move away from just traditional legal services to multi-disciplinary services that would be of immense value to a client in operating in a digital world.
“It is about the value we are able to bring to a client that allows them to better operate amidst the myriad of regulations, in a connected digital world.”


In another initiative, R&T Technologies last month acquired LegalComet, a firm which offers various legaltech advisory services including e-discovery, forensic technology and data governance. LegalComet, founded by Mr Lew, provides AI-driven solutions that allow litigators and arbitrators managing large amounts of evidence to speedily and conveniently sieve and extract specific data from mountains of documents.


Other initiatives include a one-stop shop client portal for an array of services – legal documentations, correspondences, working drafts, and invoices, among them. The portal, made available on mobile devices and web browsers, will also offer relevant e-learning modules containing training, seminars, and workshops for various legal issues.

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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 around 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage. 

 

16 Nov 2018

Rajah & Tann Technologies and SAL Ventures launch first e-discovery certification in Asia

Rajah & Tann Technologies (R&T Technologies) and SAL Ventures, a subsidiary of the Singapore Academy of Law, have agreed to launch a certification programme for e-discovery management for lawyers and non-lawyers, the first of its kind in Asia.

The Certified E-Discovery Management Specialist (CEMS) programme is a part-time continuing education course for those who wish to be trained to use legaltech tools to conduct discovery, an essential pre-trial procedure in a lawsuit in which each party, following the law of civil procedure, can obtain evidence from the other party by requesting answers to interrogatories, release of documents or taking of depositors.

Traditionally a labour-intensive process involving many lawyers and man-hours, discovery can now be done electronically by machines trained to identify and extract mountains of relevant information in a matter of hours rather than months.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed at a cocktail tomorrow to launch R&T Technologies, the latter will develop and deliver the course, which will comprise four modules including the fundamentals of e-discovery processes, e-discovery readiness, project management, and hands-on training on legal analytics and artificial intelligence. It will involve classroom theory sessions, self-study e-learning lessons, and practical workshops on navigating various legaltech tools.

This practical skills-based programme will give participants the knowledge and expertise to work across boundaries and position Singapore as a regional hub for e-discovery projects.

R&T Technologies Director Rajesh Sreenivasan said: “E-discovery increases speed and efficiency and reduces costs. There is little choice for lawyers serving clients in a digital economy except to turn to legal tech tools like e-discovery to get the job done.

“But even as technology disrupts the way legal services is delivered, programmes like CEMS will help create a new career path for lawyers threatened by technology as well as those who have left the profession.”

SAL Chief Operating Officer and SAL Ventures Executive Director Paul Neo said: “Sharpening our human capital through continuing professional development is key to helping our legal professionals stay ahead of the game and increase their value-add to clients. In this regard, SAL has launched the LIFTED competency framework and Specialist Accreditation Scheme to help lawyers build domain expertise for the future. This partnership with R&T Technologies to launch Asia’s first certified e-discovery management programme builds on these efforts and is also aligned with SAL Ventures’ focus on supporting the development of “future law” enterprises.”

R&T Technologies Director Steve Tan said: “With the need to be ever more time and cost efficient, e-discovery will eventually become de rigueur in the discovery process. It would be unthinkable when that happens to proceed by way of traditional discovery methods just like it is unthinkable now to utilise a typewriter as your default tool, as opposed to a word processing software on one’s computer.”

The e-discovery market in Asia is poised for strong growth. According to a 2017 report by US research firm Global Industry Analysts, the worldwide e-discovery market is expected to be worth $11.6 billion by 2020, with much of the growth coming from Asia Pacific. Between 2015 and 2020, the region is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 22.5%, making it the fastest in the world.

The partnership with SAL Ventures is the second initiative for R&T Technologies after its acquisition of LegalComet, an AI driven e-discovery solutions and legaltech start-up providing advisory services including e-discovery, forensic technology and data governance.

The CEMS training programme, expected to commence in the second quarter of 2019, will tap on LegalComet Founder and R&T Technologies Chief Operating Officer Michael Lew’s in-depth expertise in e-discovery consultancy and his credentials as a co-author of the book – A Practical Guide to E-Discovery in Asia.

LegalComet Founder and R&T Technologies Chief Operating Officer Michael Lew said: “E-discovery multi-lingual managed review is possibly one of the fastest growing areas in legal gig economy that offers unprecedented flexibility and rewarding income while working from virtually anywhere at any time.”

The CEMS programme will be offered under SAL’s Legal Industry Framework for Training & Education (LIFTED), which aims to make continuing education relevant and accessible.
R&T Technologies offers multidisciplinary solutions including data breach readiness and response, cybersecurity, a virtual law academy, as well as other legaltech services and solutions.

SAL Ventures was founded as a subsidiary of the Singapore Academy of Law in 2017. It runs the Future Law Innovation Programme, a strategic initiative to create a legaltech ecosystem in Singapore and to help the legal community innovate new ways of delivering legal services in the future economy.

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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 around 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.