01 Dec 2022

Rajah & Tann appoints Thong Chee Kun and Jansen Chow as co-heads of Fraud, Asset Recovery & Investigations practice

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) has named Thong Chee Kun and Jansen Chow as co-heads of the firm’s Fraud, Asset Recovery & Investigations practice, with effect from 1 December 2022.

Wielding deep expertise and wide experience in high-profile market leading cases, Mr Thong will oversee the criminal aspects and Mr Chow, the civil.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of R&T, said: “Chee Kun and Jansen have vast experience in many high-profile, complex and multi-jurisdictional investigations and fraud cases, and we are delighted that they have agreed to take up the mantle of co-heads of one of Rajah & Tann’s key practice areas.  This appointment is part of our policy of grooming the next generation of lawyers and giving them a longer runway to nurture those below them. We are confident they will be able to build on the strong foundation already established by their senior mentors.”

Mr Thong, a well-known white-collar crime specialist, focuses in financial and regulatory crimes and offences, and has advised clients in offences ranging from corporate and compliance breaches, criminal breach of trust, corruption and cybercrimes to market manipulation and securities fraud. He has also represented many individuals and corporations in enforcement proceedings initiated by local and overseas regulators and agencies. He was also involved as one of the lead lawyers relating to the recent case involving German payment services provider Wirecard as well as 1MDB.

A former Deputy Public Prosecutor before joining R&T in 2007, Mr Thong was recognised as one of the world’s leading business crimes defence lawyers by Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2022. In addition, he has been acknowledged by leading legal publications such as Chambers, The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation as a prominent litigator in the areas of corporate investigations, anti-corruption and white-collar crime.

Mr Chow is a leading practitioner in anti-corruption investigations and international fraud disputes, with a growing specialism in cryptocurrency. He acted in a highly publicised corruption scandal in Brazil, which won R&T the “Boutique or Regional Practice of the Year” at the Global Investigations Review Awards in 2018. Most recently, Mr Chow acted successfully in Singapore’s first reported case of a worldwide mareva injunction against “Persons Unknown” and disclosure orders against third party exchanges in relation to stolen crypto assets. The case has been widely reported for the novel legal and jurisdictional issues involved.  

Mr Chow is a contributor at Chambers Global Practice Guide on International Fraud and Asset Tracing. He has been ranked by Singapore Business Review as one of the country’s most influential lawyers under 40 and acknowledged as a key lawyer by The Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution.   

R&T is one of the largest full-service law firms in Southeast Asia, with market-leading corporate and dispute resolution practices. It is a member of Rajah & Tann Asia, one of the largest legal networks in Southeast Asia with over 800 fee earners. It is among the region’s most highly regarded law firms with international legal journals and surveys consistently rating the firm and many of its lawyers as among the best in their practice areas.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms 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. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.