03 May 2019

Ong Chee Kwan accepts JC appointment, Yon See Ting to be sole Managing Partner of Christopher & Lee Ong

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 3 May 2019 – Christopher & Lee Ong (CLO), a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, today announced that Yon See Ting will be sole Managing Partner from 3 May 2019 following the departure of Joint Managing Partner Ong Chee Kwan who has been called to the Bench.

Mr Ong has accepted the appointment of Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya. John Mathew who has over 30 years’ experience and has an active practice in general civil and banking litigation, will take over as head of dispute resolution.

Mr Lee Eng Beng, Chairman, Rajah & Tann Asia, said: “We congratulate Chee Kwan on his appointment as Judicial Commissioner and will miss working with and learning from him. Chee Kwan is an acknowledged leader in shipping law and is also highly regarded for his strong expertise and experience in commercial disputes. We have no doubt he will have much to contribute to the Malaysian Bench.

“See Ting is a very accomplished practitioner, and has shown formidable leadership skills as well as a deep commitment to bringing both the firm and the network forward. She will continue to build and strengthen the firm and take it to the forefront of all established and emerging areas of legal practice in Malaysia.”

Ms Yon has over 25 years of experience as a corporate lawyer in Malaysia focusing on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and competition law. She is ranked in Chambers & Partners for both Corporate/M&A and Competition and listed in Global Competition Review 100 for Competition. She is also a member of Bursa’s Listing Committee, a committee of the Board of Bursa Malaysia with oversight on compliance with the listing requirements.

Ms Yon said: “On behalf of everyone at Christopher & Lee Ong, we congratulate Chee Kwan on his appointment as Judicial Commissioner. We are sad to see him leave but glad that it is for a worthy cause.

“We wish Chee Kwan the very best as he embarks on the next phase of his career.”

Ms Yon said Mr Mathew’s years of experience and active practice, focussing on general civil litigation and banking litigation, will put him in good stead to build on the firm’s solid foundation in litigation.

Mr Mathew was named among the Commended External Counsel of the Year 2018 in Malaysia by the In-House Community and was recognised for his knowledge in different areas of law and for being meticulous in his legal analysis.

He sits on the Board of Malaysia Smelting Corp Berhad, one of the world’s largest producer of tin metal and tin based products. He is a panel arbitrator with the Asian International Arbitration Centre and was a member of the Compensation Committee of Bursa Malaysia. 

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

03 May 2019

Rajah & Tann Asia recognised among Top 25 innovative firms in FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2019

Rajah & Tann Asia’s member firms made the top FT25 list of Asia-Pacific Headquartered firm in a report released at the Financial Times (FT) Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers annual event, held recently in Hong Kong.  

Debuted at 19th position, Indonesia’s Assegaf Hamzah & Partners was the only Indonesian law firm that made this year’s list. The firm was highly commended for the category of “Legal expertise - Accessing New Markets and Capital” for its work on the issuance of the world's first sovereign bond that is compliant with shariah finance as well as environmental ethical standards. In addition, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners was commended for “Business of law - New Products and Services” for the launch of its Competition Audit, a service to advise clients on risks and strategies in response to new Indonesian competition law.

Rajah & Tann Singapore was listed in the top FT25 list for the sixth consecutive year since the inaugural event in 2014. Ranked 12th, the firm was commended for the categories of legal expertise and business of law.

Rajah & Tann Asia Vice-Chairperson, Patrick Ang, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by FT once again. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Rajah & Tann, whether it is researching that elusive case law for clients, changing our business approach to empower young lawyers, or deploying the latest digital tool to transform our processes. Our culture of innovation stems from our commitment to delivering excellence to our clients whose unstinting support has led to this recognition.”

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s ground-breaking A$75 million catastrophe bond for Insurance Australia Group was commended for “Legal Expertise - Accessing New Markets & Capital category”. This deal marked the first insurance-linked securities transaction in Singapore. The firm was also recognised in the same category for “Enabling Business Growth and Transformation” for client in the Viva Industrial Trust’s merger with ESR-Reit using a trust scheme of arrangement, which was a first for Singapore.

Rajah & Tann Singapore was commended for “Business of Law - New Business and Service Delivery Models” for its acquisition of Legal Comet, a specialist legal tech company which focusses on e-discovery.

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Deputy Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Steve Tan, was identified as one of the “Top 10 legal innovators for Asia-Pacific region” for his work in data protection and cyber-security, having launched a new practice area in data protection law, and quickly establishing Rajah & Tann as the undisputed leader in this area at a time when Singapore was mulling data protection legislation.

He saw the advantage of being a first mover in the field and launched new services for clients including end-to-end multi-phase Personal Data Protection Act compliance programmes, externalised data protection officer services and the data breach readiness and response services to help organisations cope with the new legislation.

In addition, Mr Tan was the co-founder of Rajah & Tann Technologies, which sought to deliver new methods of providing integrated legal and technical services to clients.

Mr Tan said: “It is an honour for me to be recognised for work that is very close to my heart and that I enjoy doing. We are the go-to legal team for data protection and cybersecurity in Singapore because of our ability to understand clients’ needs as they transform themselves to embrace technology and navigate the digital economy, as well as our unwavering pursuit of quality and efficiency in our services.

“My colleagues and I are most excited about the technological changes sweeping through our profession as well as those of other industries. We want to be at the vanguard of such changes so that we can keep ourselves relevant to our clients’ needs. I will also continue to mentor young lawyers, equip them with solid and relevant skills and shape their thinking to become lawyers of the future.”

The 2019 FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, by the UK-based Financial Times celebrates the most innovative legal work in the region from both international and Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms and in-house legal teams. This year, 70 firms were shortlisted in one or more award category.

Last year, Rajah & Tann Technologies was named the 2018 Most Innovative Law Firm in the Business of Law for new business and service delivery models, and the 2016 FT Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN. It has been listed in its top FT25 list since the inaugural award event in 2014.

Other recent awards include the SE Asia Deal Firm of the Year, Law in Order International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year and Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year at the ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2019, and Impact Case of the Year and Asia-Pacific CSR and Innovation Award at the Managing Intellectual Property Asia-Pacific Awards 2019.

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 and commercial, technology, media and telecommunications, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with over 750 fee earners.

 

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

 

 

02 May 2019

Rajah & Tann Asia makes significant strides in the latest rankings by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific (2019)

Rajah & Tann Asia’s leading dispute resolution practice makes significant strides in the latest rankings by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific (2019) which saw a marked increase in the number of countries, leading lawyers and practice areas ranked.

The network saw vast improvements in the number of ranked offices from four to six this year. More practice areas have also been recognised, from nine to 28 this year, almost a 70% jump from the previous year.

There has also been an increase in ranked lawyers with 25 partners named as “Dispute Resolution Stars” and six lawyers as “Future Stars” in Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2019 survey of dispute resolution and litigation practices and practitioners.

The New York-based publisher is a specialist information provider that is reputedly the definitive guide on dispute resolution and litigation in the international and regional markets.

“Dispute Resolution Stars” describe partners who are recognised for their work and expertise in their respective practices while “Future Stars” are mostly younger lawyers who are emerging in the market and earning an increasing level of recognition to the point where they could foreseeably be successors to some of the more established names within the rankings. Benchmark also conducts similar surveys for the legal industries in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Benchmark identifies leading attorneys by conducting extensive interviews with dispute resolution specialists and litigators, and their clients. It also examines recent casework handled by law firms and gather professional opinions on practitioners within their jurisdictions and practice areas across the region.

The latest Benchmark rankings are as follows:

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, Indonesia

Rankings

Commercial and Transactions – Tier 1

Insolvency – Tier 1

Intellectual Property – Other notable firms

Labour and Employment – Tier 1

Leading Lawyers


Ahmad Maulana, Future Star (Commercial and Transactions, Labor and Employment)

Chandra Hamzah, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Insolvency, International Arbitration)

Eri Hertiawan, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration)

Yogi Sudrajat Marsono, Future Star (Aviation, Commercial and Transactions, Construction)

 

Christopher & Lee Ong, Malaysia

Rankings

Commercial and Transactions – Tier 3

Construction – Tier 4

Intellectual Property – Tier 3

Labour and Employment – Other notable firms

Shipping – Recommended

 

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law), Philippines

Rankings

Commercial and Transactions – Tier 2

International Arbitration – Recommended

Labour and Employment – Tier 2

Tax – Recommended

Leading Lawyers

Anthony Mark Gutierrez, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Tax)

Ben Dominic Yap, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration)

 

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, Singapore

Rankings

 

Commercial and Transactions – Tier 1

Construction – Tier 2

Family and Matrimonial – Tier 2

Insolvency – Tier 1

Intellectual Property – Tier 2

International Arbitration (Domestic firms) – Tier 1

Private Client – Recommended

Shipping – Tier 1

White Collar Crime – Recommended

Leading Lawyers

Adrian Wong, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration)

Andre Yeap SC, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Construction, Insolvency, International Arbitration)

Chua Beng Chye, Dispute Resolution Star (Insolvency)

Danny Ong, Future Star (Commercial and Transactions, Insolvency)

Francis Xavier SC, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration)

Hamidul Haq, Dispute Resolution Star (White Collar Crime)

Kee Lay Lian, Dispute Resolution Star (Family and Matrimonial, Private Client)

Kelvin Poon, Dispute Resolution Star (Construction, International Arbitration)

Lau Kok Keng, Dispute Resolution Star (Intellectual Property)

Lee Eng Beng SC, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Insolvency)

Leong Kah Wah, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Shipping)

Mark Cheng, Future Star (Insolvency, International Arbitration)

Patrick Ang, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Insolvency)

Paul Tan, Future Star (Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration)

Sim Kwan Kiat, Dispute Resolution Star (Insolvency)

Tan Chuan Thye SC, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Insolvency, International Arbitration)

Thong Chee Kun, Dispute Resolution Star (White Collar Crime)

Toh Kian Sing SC, Dispute Resolution Star (International Arbitration, Shipping)

Vikna Rajah, Dispute Resolution Star (Private Client)

Winston Kwek, Dispute Resolution Star (Shipping)

 

R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited, Thailand

Rankings

Commercial and Transactions – Tier 3

Labour and Employment – Recommended

Trade and Customs – Tier 2

Leading Lawyers

Krida Phoonwathu, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration)

Surasak Vajasit, Dispute Resolution Star (Government and regulatory, Insolvency, International Arbitration)

 

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers, Vietnam

Rankings

Commercial and Transactions (Domestic firms) – Tier 2

Energy and Construction (Domestic firms) – Tier 2

Intellectual Property (Domestic firms) – Tier 2

Leading Lawyers

Chau Huy Quang, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Construction)

Logan Leung, Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration)

Khoa Quach Vu An, Future Star (Commercial and Transactions)

 

Rajah & Tann Asia, one of Southeast Asia’s largest legal networks, has the capability to seamlessly support multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution; the network’s lawyers are qualified to practise local law and appear in local courts in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

More information on Benchmark can be found 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, 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 750 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

15 Apr 2019

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

For the 11th consecutive year, Rajah & Tann Singapore’s International Arbitration practice has been recognised as a top 100 international arbitration practice worldwide in the prestigious GAR 100 survey, released on 5 April 2019. 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$34.7+ billion). Highlights of our recent matters include successfully acting for The Kingdom of Lesotho in two precedent-setting wins in the first investor-state US$1.8 billion arbitral award set aside in Singapore; the matter was also shortlisted in the “Most Important Decision” category at the GAR Awards 2019; acting in a US$1.2 billion setting-aside challenge on behalf of a Chinese company in relation to a construction and financial dispute over a power plant in Guatelama and acting on behalf of the Philippine government in 3 arbitrations worth over US$17 billion against Shell and Chevron (in relation to a gas service contract), and two water concessionaires (in relation to the authority’s decision not to allow increases in water prices). 

GAR100 is a guide to law firms 'approved' for international arbitration. The survey points readers to dependable counsel, offering extensive qualitative analysis of arbitration practices around the world.

Led by Andre Yeap, SC 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 750 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.