26 Jan 2024

Rajah & Tann Strengthens China Practice with Appointment of Four International Counsel

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has appointed a team of four international counsel to its China practice, effective from 1 January 2024. The team, based in China, includes Zheng Haotian, a home-grown lawyer who specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial and employment matters. The other three lawyers are Ma Tianyu, Andrew Lin, and Xing Chengdong, who bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise in international construction and managing complex and high-stakes arbitrations across various sectors and jurisdictions. Ma Tianyu, Andrew Lin, and Xing Chengdong will work together with Hew Kian Heong, a veteran China-based lawyer, who is leading the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction practice in China.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of R&T, said: “We are excited to welcome this team of international counsel to bolster our China practice. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills in international arbitration, construction and corporate matters, which will greatly enhance our ability to serve our clients in China and the region.

“Their addition reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence and capabilities in one of the most important and dynamic markets in the world."

Ma Tianyu, Andrew Lin and Xing Chengdong will advise clients on a range of dispute resolution matters, including commercial, investment, construction, and energy disputes. They will also represent clients before major arbitration institutions, such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Zheng Haotian joined the Shanghai Representative Office of Rajah & Tann Singapore in 2017 and is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial as well as employment matters. She has advised on numerous cross-border transactions involving Chinese and foreign companies. She has also assisted clients in regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.

Established in 2003, Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Shanghai Representative Office has played a key role in assisting foreign clients in their investment in China and linking Chinese clients with the vibrant Southeast Asian market. The firm’s outstanding performance in serving Chinese clients, including state-owned enterprises of China, resulted in its unique appointment as the legal advisor to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Singapore in 2016. This unprecedented appointment signified the growing trade, investment and exchange between Singapore and China. The firm’s multi-disciplinary China Practice is also a winner of the Shipping category at the China Business Law Awards 2023 and was the winner of the Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax categories of the same awards in 2022.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://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 970 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.