22 Jul 2021

Rajah & Tann Asia to host global event on Southeast Asia business and politics post-pandemic

Singapore’s Education Minister Chan Chun Sing will deliver the keynote speech at Rajah & Tann Asia’s inaugural global event on post-pandemic politics and business opportunities in Southeast Asia.

Beyond Pandemic & Politics: Behold Southeast Asia & The World” will be a hybrid conference to be livestreamed on Monday, 26 July at 3.30pm. Mr Chan will also participate in a fireside chat with Parag Khanna, Founder & Managing Partner, FutureMap.

More than 1,000 global thinkers, decision makers and business leaders are expected to join the event to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical issues on businesses looking to expand in Southeast Asia, as well as mega trends such as digital transformation, sustainability and energy diversification as countries move towards a new normal.

In addition, the event organised by Rajah & Tann Asia, Southeast Asia’s leading legal network, will touch on the special role Singapore plays as a safe harbour and springboard for companies to expand their businesses into the region.

Rajah & Tann Asia said the event aims to help its clients better navigate global challenges such as a surge in Covid-19 cases, trade wars that have disrupted global supply chains, and the growing number of free trade agreements being negotiated by countries.

Lee Eng Beng, SC, Chair of Rajah & Tann Asia, said: “Southeast Asia has been one of the fastest growing regions in the world because of its young population, rising middle class and rapid urbanisation. It is expected to remain so despite the impact of the pandemic on business activities.

“Amid rising US-China tensions, the region has seen a surge in Chinese investments, especially by Chinese tech giants, as they seize opportunities in developing markets and gain global competitive edge.

“This marquee event by Rajah & Tann Asia hopes to shine the spotlight on the various challenges and opportunities for businesses in Southeast Asia as it continues to play an important role economically, geographically and politically in a post-pandemic world.”

Other notable speakers at the main event include Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group; Aw Kah Peng, Chairman, Shell Group of Companies in Singapore; Caesar Indra, President of travel booking site Traveloka; and Chia Kim Huat, Regional Head, Corporate and Transactional Group, Rajah & Tann.

Among the topics to be discussed include how the role of Southeast Asia in the new world order of competing superpowers will impact regional trade security and sustainability, opportunities in digital transformation for businesses, and long-term investment strategies and trends specific to fundraising, investments, and mergers and acquisitions in the region.

For more information, visit https://globalevent.rajahtannasia.com/

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

21 Jul 2021

Rajah & Tann Singapore recognised as a Top 100 International Arbitration Practice Worldwide by The Global Arbitration Review 100 (GAR 100) for 13 Consecutive Years

For the 13th consecutive year, Rajah & Tann Singapore’s International Arbitration practice has been recognised as one of the top 100 international arbitration practices worldwide in the prestigious GAR 100 survey. Among Asian law firms, Rajah & Tann Singapore has the most number of pending cases as counsel (100 cases) and highest value of pending counsel work (US$40.8 billion).

Highlights of our recent matters include successfully defending Vedanta Resources against attempts by India to compel cross-disclosure of documents between two investment treaty arbitrations, and enforcing a US$400 million ICSID award against Venezuela in the Singapore courts for the Dutch subsidiary of US bottle maker Owens-Illinois.

The GAR 100 is an annual guide to 'approved' for international arbitration firms around the world.

The survey points readers to dependable counsel, offering extensive qualitative analysis of arbitration practices around the world. Led by International Arbitration Head Andre Yeap, SC and Deputy Head Kelvin Poon  and anchored by leading arbitration practitioners, Lee Eng Beng, SC, Toh Kian Sing, SC, Francis Xavier, SC and Tan Chuan Thye, SC, our International Arbitration practice team is well respected for delivering quality service and providing clients with practical, effective and even out of the box solutions.

More information on Rajah & Tann’s International Arbitration practice can be found 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, 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 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

28 May 2021

Rajah & Tann wins multiple Benchmark Litigation awards including Firm of the Year in Singapore and Indonesia

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has won multiple awards at Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2021 yesterday. They included Firm of the Year in Singapore for two years running, Shipping Firm of the Year and two Impact Case awards, one of which involved the first-ever recognition of Singapore’s moratorium law in a landmark ruling by a UK court.

R&T was also named Runner Up for Competition/Antitrust Firm of the Year and Second Runner Up for White-Collar Crime Firm of the Year. Andre Yeap, SC, Head, International Arbitration and Partner, was named Second Runner up for International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year.

In addition, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (AHP) in Indonesia, part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network, also won Indonesia Firm of the Year for the second consecutive year, with Eri Hertiawan, Joint Head, Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Partner, named Lawyer of the year for Indonesia while Chandra Hamzah, Partner and Co-founder of the firm, named Runner up in the same category.

Chau Huy Quang, Managing Partner from Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers in Vietnam, was also recognised as Lawyer of the Year for Vietnam.

The case which won an Impact Case award started in 2019 was a boost for debt workouts across different jurisdictions and Singapore’s ambition to become Asia’s debt restructuring hub. It saw the High Court of England and Wales for the first time recognising the moratorium relief granted by the Singapore court to Rajah & Tann’s client H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd under Section 211B(1) of the Companies Act (Cap. 50) as foreign main proceedings under the UNICITRAL Model Law.

In addition to the H&C S Holdings case, Rajah & Tann also won an Impact Case award for its Sanum investments v St Group case involving parties in Laos. This is a landmark case where R&T successfully argued that an award from a wrongly-seated arbitration cannot be enforced. In this rare decision by the Singapore Court of Appeal, it is expected that the seminal decision will provide helpful guidance to courts around the world when faced with a similar issue. Parties to commercial arbitrations are also now apprised of the significance of their choice of seat, and arbitral tribunals around the globe have now been advised that wrongly seating an arbitration will result in an award that cannot be enforced.

Benchmark Litigation, which honours excellence in disputes and litigation practice in the Asia-Pacific market, announced the awards at a virtual ceremony held on 27 May.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner at Rajah & Tann, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by Benchmark Litigation for numerous achievements and are grateful to our clients for their constant support of our work, and all my colleagues for their hard work and dedication.

“The Impact Case award for securing the first-ever recognition of Singapore’s moratorium law by the UK court was particularly significant as it highlighted the strength of our restructuring regime and the talent pool we have in corporate restructuring.”

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtann.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 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

 

14 May 2021

Rajah & Tann among Top 25 most innovative law firms in FT’s Asia-Pacific awards

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has been recognised among the top 25 most innovative law firms at the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific awards 2021, for the eighth year running.

Ranked 21st on the list, the highest among South East Asian law firms, the award recognises “future-ready” law firms which embrace digital transformation and sustainability.

R&T was also shortlisted for the“Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year” and the “Practice of Law: Digital Advisers” categories for the launch of its subsidiary, RTCyber, the first one-stop legal and cybersecurity ecosystem that provides a full suite of technical services to prevent or respond to cyber-attacks.

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. The awards were announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 13 May.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner at Rajah & Tann, said: “It is a singular honour for Rajah & Tann to be recognised as one of top 25 most innovative law firms in the region by an esteemed publication like the Financial Times.

“The accolade underscores our commitment to  leveraging new technologies to drive efficiencies for clients in a fast-changing digital economy. Rajah & Tann will continue to invest and embed innovation across our practice areas as we seek to deliver excellent services to our clients.”

The latest recognition comes after R&T Asia won law firm of the year awards for Singapore and Indonesia, and two impact case awards by Benchmark Litigation Asia.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtann.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 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.