11 Jun 2018

20 Rajah & Tann Asia Lawyers Named Leading Litigators by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific

Twenty lawyers of Rajah & Tann Asia in three countries have been recognised as leading litigators in their practice areas by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific.

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.

Thirteen partners were named “Dispute Resolution Stars” and seven lawyers (partners and associate) as “Future Stars” in Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2018 survey of dispute resolution and litigation practices and practitioners.

“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 Rajah & Tann Asia lawyers who were recognised in the latest Benchmark publication are:

Dispute Resolution Stars                                    Future Stars

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners                                  Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

  1. Chandra Hamzah                                             1. Yogi Sudrajat Marsono
  2. Eri Hertiawan                                                    2. Ahmad Maulana

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers                                    Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

  1. Quang Chau Huy                                              3. Khoa Quach Vu An

Rajah & Tann Singapore                                         Rajah & Tann Singapore

  1. Lee Eng Beng SC                                             4. Mark Cheng
  2. Patrick Ang                                                       5. Chua Beng Chye
  3. Francis Xavier SC                                             6. Danny Ong
  4. Andre Yeap SC                                                 7. Paul Tan
  5. Tan Chuan Thye SC                                            
  6. Toh Kian Sing SC                                                
  7. Leong Kah Wah                                                   
  8. Kelvin Poon                                                         
  9. Sim Kwan Kiat                                                     
  10. Adrian Wong                                                       

Rajah & Tann Asia, Southeast Asia’s largest legal network, 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 the region including China, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Benchmark classified Rajah & Tann Singapore as a Tier 1 firm in four practice areas: International arbitration, commercial and transactions, shipping, as well as insolvency. The firm’s construction practice was ranked as Tier 2.

Indonesia’s Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ dispute resolution practice was ranked Tier 1. Vietnam’s Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ commercial and transactions and energy and construction practices were ranked Tier 2, while Malaysia’s Christopher & Lee Ong’s commercial and transactions practice ranked Tier 3.

Rajah & Tann Asia Chairman Lee Eng Beng SC said: “We are honoured by the multiple accolades from Benchmark Litigation whose surveys are well followed by the industry. We owe our success and achievements to our clients for the opportunities and support they have given to us to prove our mettle in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts.

“I am particularly pleased to see seven of our younger lawyers recognised as “Future Stars”. Their nominations show that Rajah & Tann Asia’s dispute resolution practice is poised to achieve even greater heights in the years to come.”

In 2017, Rajah & Tann Singapore had the highest number of hearings in the Singapore Supreme Court – a total of 922 cases. It also chalked up the most number of trial days – 142 – as well as the highest total hours of hearing – 18.5 – before the Singapore Court of Appeal.

Rajah & Tann Singapore has also successfully acted in a large proportion of cases before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). As of June 2018, we have been involved in 12 out of 24 judgments listed on the SICC website.

The firm’s lawyers have been involved in an array of complex local and cross-border issues which spanned multiple jurisdictions. These included representing The Republic of the Philippines, Port Authority of Singapore, Judicial Managers of Swiber Holdings Limited, Liquidators of Dynamic Oil Trading (Singapore), Interim Judicial Managers of Swissco Holdings Limited, The Kingdom of Lesotho, Standard Chartered Bank,Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, as well as Sunseap Leasing.

Rajah & Tann Asia is of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with around 650 fee earners. 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.

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

08 Jun 2018

Rajah & Tann named Most Innovative Law Firm in the Business of Law for new business and service delivery models

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been named Most Innovative Law Firm in the category of Business of Law - Business and Service Delivery Models - for Rajah & Tann Technologies Pte Ltd (RTT) at the Financial Times (FT) Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, while the firm’s legal tech partner, Rajesh Sreenivasan, was recognised in the regional top 10 pioneer list of standout legal sector innovators. The event was held in Hong Kong last evening.

RTT, a separate company set up by the firm, offers multi-disciplinary solutions including data breach readiness and response, cybersecurity, a virtual law academy, as well as other legal tech services to clients. It was launched early this year to help clients meet the demands and challenges of the digital economy where big data and artificial intelligence are changing the way services and products are delivered to end consumers.

Receiving the awards on behalf of the firm, Deputy Managing Partner Rebecca Chew, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by the Financial Times for our achievements through innovation. It affirms our partners’ resolve to embrace the upside of disruption so that we can remain relevant to clients and help them maximise the potential impact of new technologies.

“We continue to learn and push ourselves to effect change. It is always a struggle to shed legacy assets and change mindsets, so these awards will encourage all of us to press on to make ourselves and our clients digitally adept and disruption ready.”

Mr Sreenivasan, Head of Rajah & Tann’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice, is leading the firm’s digital drive. In addition to launching RTT, Rajah & Tann has also rolled out data protection officer services to help clients tackle cyber threats and security issues.

Mr Sreenivasan said: “I am very humbled to be recognised for doing something that is very close to my heart. It is both an honour and a privilege. Truth be told, my job was made easier because of the strong commitment given by the Rajah & Tann leadership to building an innovation-driven organisation, and the enthusiastic support of our IT team and the rest of my colleagues. This award belongs as much to them.”

Now in its fifth year, the awards by the UK-based Financial Times recognises law firms behind the most transformational transactions in the region, the in-house legal teams that are adding the most value to business, and the most innovative individuals in the industry.

This year’s awards attracted 550 submissions and nominations from 65 law firms and 34 legal company teams operating in Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Ranked 8th this year, Rajah & Tann Singapore was named 2016 FT Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN and has been listed in its top FT25 list since the inaugural award event in 2014.

Other recent awards include the Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year at the ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2017, Singapore’s National Law Firm of the Year award 2017 at Chambers Asia Pacific Awards, as well as the Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year 2017 award by the International Tax Review.

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 some 650 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, 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 around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

31 May 2018

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners expands Intellectual Property practice

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (AHP) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Intellectual Property (IP) practice through a merger with IP boutique firm, Dewi Soeharto Law Partnership (DSLP). The merger will take place on 5 June 2018 and it will pave the way for AHP to become the new IP market leader in Indonesia. With the combined strong resources of AHP's IP litigation team and DSLR's IP team, we are confident to deliver an excellent full range of IP legal services to our clients.

AHP is the largest law firm in Indonesia, with approximately 130 lawyers including 22 partners. We are recognised for our Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Finance & Projects, Capital Markets, Competition, Dispute Resolution and Telecommunications, Technology and Media practice groups. We hope to continue to deepen our practice in all areas. This merger is a strategic move of our firm to expand and strengthen our IP practice, as we successfully did 5 years ago with our competition practice by teaming up with an elite competition firm.

DSLP is one of the most sought-out boutique law firms in IP practice. The firm was established in 1996 and has focused its practice in IP law since 2007. It provides full IP services, which include: copyrights, trademark, patent, industrial design, layout design of integrated circuit, plant variety protection and trade secret. Its selective practice and high ability to serve clients has made numerous prominent blue-chip companies and social institutions select and continue to use them over the years.

The founder and managing partner of DSLP, Mrs. Dewi Soeharto, will become our partner and the co-head of the IP practice, together with AHP's co-head, Mr. Chandra Hamzah, a well-respected litigator.

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 capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

11 May 2018

Rajah & Tann Asia Clinches Several Awards at Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2018

Rajah & Tann Asia has won several awards in the firm, deals and individual categories at the 2018 Asian Legal Business SE Asia Awards.

Rajah & Tann Singapore was named Labour and Employment Firm of the Year, Maritime Law Firm of the Year and Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year. The firm was also recognised for its work in the US$4.5 billion Bumi Resources’ Global Debt Restructuring, one of the largest and most complex restructuring completed in South East Asia and the privatisation of Global Logistic Properties, valued at close to US$12 billion.

Mr Chau Huy Quang from Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers (Vietnam) beat six nominees to take home the Regional Managing Partner award.  

Now in its 14th year, the Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of private practice law firms and in-house counsel to the legal landscape of the region. The Awards took place yesterday evening at a gala dinner held at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.

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 capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.