07 Nov 2018

Rajah & Tann Technologies acquires LegalComet

Rajah & Tann Technologies (R&T Technologies), a unit of Singapore’s leading law firm, Rajah & Tann Singapore, has acquired LegalComet in a major step forward in using technology to deliver legal services at unprecedented value and efficiency to clients.

Helmed by legaltech veteran Michael Lew, LegalComet offers clients legaltech advisory services including electronic discovery (e-discovery), forensic technology and data governance. The company’s artificial intelligence driven solutions allow litigators and arbitrators managing large amounts of evidence to speedily and conveniently sieve and extract specific data from mountains of documents.

The acquisition positions Rajah & Tann Singapore among the first in Asia to launch a full service e-discovery practice at a time when technology is rapidly disrupting large swathes of industries and the way goods and services are delivered to customers.

LegalComet provides complementary forensic technology services which includes data acquisition and preservation, recovery of deleted data and passwords, cyber breach investigation, as well as mobile and cloud forensics.

R&T Technologies Director Rajesh Sreenivasan, who is also Rajah & Tann’s Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications, said: “Michael is a former colleague and a leading e-discovery practitioner in Asia and we are excited to have him back at Rajah & Tann.”

“Rajah & Tann Technologies recognises that advances in technology have enabled lawyers to do many mundane, repeatable tasks at incredible speed and accuracy.”

“Michael and his team at LegalComet will help Rajah & Tann Technologies to make a leap forward in delivering legaltech services and solutions to clients across the region, and in strengthening our market position.”

LegalComet was founded by Mr Lew who has over 17 years’ experience in technology risk management, forensic technology and e-discovery consultancy with top legal and advisory firms, including his previous role as the head of discovery for a Big Four advisory firm before striking out on his own. He is also a qualified digital forensics investigator who had provided expert testimonies in several high-profile cases and is the immediate past president of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, HTCIA (Singapore Chapter).

Mr Lew graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Information Systems. He started his career at a Barristers Chamber in Lincoln’s Inn, before joining Rajah & Tann in the year 2000, where his role was to identify better ways to manage and review electronic evidence.

LegalComet has a diverse team of e-discovery consultants, legaltech lawyers as well as a data science advisor. They have combined experience of over 40 years in legaltech advisory services and solutions.

Mr Lew said: “The legal industry is traditionally seen to be slow to embrace technological innovation because a lawyer’s competitive edge is supposedly built on his or her ability to consume, synthesise and analyse vast amounts of complex information; so it is refreshing and exciting to be part of a leading law firm that believes technology in general and artificial intelligence in particular, can work with lawyers to achieve high-value outcomes for clients.”

“We are confident that the expertise and experience that the LegalComet team has built up over the years will help Rajah & Tann to also be at the cutting edge of technology.”

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.

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. It is a new vehicle for Rajah & Tann Asia to adapt itself and provide new legal delivery models and deliverables to meet clients’ demands in the digital 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. 

02 Nov 2018

Rajah & Tann Asia maintains strong performance in IFLR1000 (2019)

The newly released IFLR1000 legal directory (2019) saw Rajah & Tann Asia maintain a strong performance with 29 practice areas and 43 lawyers being ranked in the region.

Our consistent rankings across all our South East Asian firms demonstrates the strength of our regional network to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions. These include advising one of Singapore’s leading unicorn start-ups on its IPO and listing on the NYSE; our advice for the Republic of Indonesia in the country’s first green sukuk issuance; and our advice for Valeo in the acquisition of the entire and issued paid-up share capital of Precico Electronics.

Clients have praised our lawyers for “delivering definitive advice in a considered and timely manner” and for having “extensive industry sector knowledge (and) deep legal expertise”.

IFLR1000 has also ranked three of our lawyers as ‘Market Leaders’ – a prestigious ranking conferred on the true leaders in their field who have a track record of advising on high profile innovative deals and are recognised as standout performers in their country or practice area. They are Fikri Assegaf (Assegaf Hamzah & Partners), Christopher Lee (Christopher & Lee Ong) and Patrick Ang (Rajah & Tann Singapore).

The IFLR1000 legal directory ranks law firms and lawyers on the basis of financial and corporate transactional work through interviews and surveys conducted with clients, peers, and other in-house counsel.

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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.

26 Oct 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore recognised at the fourth annual GIR Awards 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore has received the “Boutique or Regional Practice of the Year” award at the fourth annual Global Investigations Review (GIR) Awards 2018, which took place in Washington, DC, on 25 October 2018. The firm beat four other nominees from Brazil and France in the category to clinch the coveted prize, putting the Asian law firm on the world stage.  

In its coverage on the 2018 winners, GIR stated that Rajah & Tann guided ship-builder Keppel Offshore & Marine to a foreign bribery settlement with authorities in Singapore as part of a global resolution that also included Brazil and the US. The US$422 million settlement was unique, as it involved not only the regulators and authorities in three jurisdictions - Brazil, Singapore and the US (in most cases, such settlements would only involve one or two jurisdictions) - it was the first time that the Singapore authorities have entered into such a settlement deal and led to the Singapore Parliament changing the relevant legislation to better facilitate such settlements in the future. The Keppel settlement was also nominated in the category of “Most Important Development of the Year”.

For the third consecutive year, Rajah & Tann was recognised as one of top 100 firms from around the world that are able to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.

Our Fraud, Asset Recovery, Investigations & Crisis Management (“FICM”) team includes former prosecution lawyers and legal advisers to the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force. With the wealth of experience gathered by our partners in dealing with complexcross-border government-led and internal investigationsacross a multitude of industries ranging from banking and finance, shipping, building and construction and natural resources, we are dedicated to delivering the very highest standards of service.

For more information about our Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations Practice, please click here.

For more information about the GIR Awards 2018, please click 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, 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.

17 Sep 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Thea Raman appointed Co-Chair in the Young International Construction Practitioners Group

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s partner Thea Raman has been appointed as the first woman co-chair of an under-40 group, known as Young International Construction Practitioners (YConstruction). She is the first woman and fourth co-chair to be appointed, as YConstruction aims to expand its reach in Asia.

With close to 10 years of dispute experience in the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction & Projects Practices, Thea has acted for and advised a broad range of clients, including developers, specialist contractors and various government bodies in Singapore and across Asia.

On her appointment as co-chair at YConstruction:

“Technology has changed the way lawyers and law firms operate. As a young practitioner who grew up with technology and social media, we are hoping YConstruction will create a helpful and attractive platform for young practitioners to come together socially and professionally. I believe my peers and I are in a unique position to shape the future of the construction industry for young practitioners today and I am excited to lead the charge in Asia, where construction arbitration has been and continues to be fast-expanding.”

For more information on Thea’s appointment, please click here.

Founded 4 months ago,YConstruction is a circle of young lawyers and other construction professionals (including engineers, quantity surveyors, delay experts, and project/contract managers) with an interest in international construction arbitration.

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.