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Kala Anandarajah, PBM

Head, Competition & Antitrust and Trade
Lead Partner, Corporate Governance
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Practice Area:

Competition & Antitrust and Trade
Employment & Benefits
Corporate Governance

LLB (Hons) National University of Singapore, 1989
MBA (Banking & Finance) Nanyang Technological University, 1997
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

T +65 6232 0111
E kala.anandarajah@rajahtann.com

Described as “super switched-on” by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and one with “very wide vision” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017, Anandarajah has received many accolades.  Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 notes that Anandarajah is lauded by clients for being "very dedicated, very quick and precise." One client comments that "she has impressed us with her legal knowledge, business acumen and also understanding of the Commission and the legal arena, which makes her a dream for anybody looking to engage competition lawyers".

Anandarajah is also an Asian Legal Business (ALB) SE Asia Law Awards Nominee 2017; a Commended External Counsel of the Year 2016 by the Inhouse Community, recognised by Best Lawyers (2020) for Competition & Antitrust, cited as Top 100 Women in Antitrust in the World by the Global Competition Review 2013, winner of Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia’s Women in Business Law Awards for Competition & Antitrust. Chambers Asia Pacific further lauds Anandarajah for her “solid, can-do attitude and excellent client management skills… She is top-notch in competition law matters and is very good at working out a strategic solution to a legal problem...one of the few practitioners who is truly at the cutting edge…” Clients give her exceptional praise, deeming her “superbly responsive, very hard-working, solution-oriented and reliable.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific asserts that Anandarajah is a “strong leader” who is a “pioneer of international competition law throughout South East Asia”Asialaw Leading Lawyers  notes that “Kala is the complete package for all competition issues in ASEAN”

Anandarajah was in 2014 awarded the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) which is conferred by the President of Singapore.

Anandarajah heads the Competition & Antitrust and Trade Practice and leads the Corporate Governance Practice. Anandarajah has over two decades of experience. Always a forerunner in niche areas of the law, her key area of practice is Competition and Trade, areas which she has been involved in from inception. Her other areas include Aviation, Corporate Governance, Employment, Environmental (EHS) and Telco/Media Laws, where she has formidable accolades. She advises multinational corporations as well local companies across the region on such matters. She has had many firsts in her career, handling difficult and complex matters, demystifying and simplifying issues to achieve the clients’ aim.

Competition & Antitrust  

On Competition & Antitrust, Anandarajah has been involved in major cartel / abuse investigations, cross-border mergers / other notifications, leniency applications, and also handles dawn-raids, complaints, consultation, counselling, compliance, training and implementation of competition laws across the region. She has handled numerous multi-jurisdictional merger notifications across the world. Major matters that she has been involved in include:

  • Merger clearances:
    • Essilor / Luxottica
    • Wilhelmsen / Drew Marine
    • Sinochem / Halcyon
    • Global Logistics / Government of Singapore Corporation
    • Moog / Singapore Airlines Engineering
    • Holcim / Lafarge
    • CMA-CGM/NOL
    • Emperador / Beam Suntory
    • GDF Suez / International Power Plc
    • FMC / Asia Renal Care
    • Chartered Semiconductor / Hitachi Semiconductor
  • Major investigations:
    • Coca-Cola
    • Sibor price rigging, involving several major banks
    • Chicken cartel
    • Auto-parts
    • Freight forwarders
    • Lifts
    • Bus agencies
    • Financial advisers
    • Hotels information exchange
    • Capacitors
    • Bid-rigging in F1
    • Food delivery
    • Ball bearings
    • Ticketing
  • A career highlight, amongst many, includes the win for “Behavioural Matter of the Year – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa” category – Global Competition Review Awards 2013 for her work for Coca Cola (Singapore) Beverages Pte Ltd, a ground-breaking matter.
  • Another major matter that Anandarajah was involved in was in successfully acting for the immunity applicants, JTEKT Corporation and its Singapore subsidiary, Koyo Singapore Bearing (Pte) Ltd, in the first international cartel decision issued by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS).
Trade

On Trade Law, Anandarajah has been involved in advising multinational corporations on trade agreements between governments, handled export and import permit applications and clearances involving strategic and various other regulated and prohibited goods, advises extensively on strategic and controlled goods, advised and assisted with voluntary disclosure programmes, dealt with product recall matters, advised and drafted warehousing and other logistics agreements and more. She also advises regularly on anti-dumping matters, and further has had to advised on the TPP, AEC and other trade treaties.

She is experienced in managing the advisory process in multiple stakeholder scenarios where the deliverables will have significant impact on trade. Additionally, Anandarajah has also conducted extensive training on competition policy, WTO and FTA and other trade related issues across ASEAN countries for regulators to enhance trade understanding, including in relation to working with ITIS and other bodies in Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam, amongst other countries. She advises multinational corporations plus local companies across the region. She is perhaps the only Singapore lawyer cited as a leading Trade lawyer by international legal ranking journals. The practice she leads has recently been cited as a Band 1 practice for South East Asia Trade / WTO by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 specifically notes that "the firm's responsiveness and communications have been top-notch. They combine deep knowledge of the law with an awareness of commercial realities and the market. Their general operations are very smooth and seamless."

Employment

On Employment Law, she is described as “responsive, helpful and commercial” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Anandarajah advises a number of multinational corporations on a regular basis in relation to their employment concerns, including employment agreements, executive compensation benefits payable, including options of differing forms such as ESOPs and LTIPs, termination and termination benefits, non-compete, restraints, implementing and reviewing employment handbooks and manuals, employment transfer issues, whistleblowing policies and implementation and more.

Her team also coordinates employment law advice across the region for clients frequently. Anandarajah has been cited as a leading Employment & Labour lawyer by international peer review legal ranking journals.

Corporate / Corporate Governance

On corporate governance, Anandarajah is a clear leader advising boards and corporates on multiple issues. Some of the major matters she advised on include China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Limited, setting up the Financial Industries Disputes Resolution Centre, the umbrella body that handles disputes from the banking, insurance and securities industries, the Investor Relations Officers Association (Singapore), and the dispute resolution scheme for no injury accident claims for the General Insurance Association of Singapore. She also drafted the CG Code of the Maldives and continues to advise corporations in Singapore and across the region on governance and director issues. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific notes that “Kala Anandarajah… is a leading authority in corporate governance, compliance and competition issues…” and is “responsive, helpful and commercial”. The Who’s Who of Leading Practitioners Singapore describes her as “highly active and very good” and an “acknowledged authority in this field” who holds a “number of very high-profile positions”.

Anandarajah also conducts board training often, including the LCD Module on Director Duties, which is a requirement for all new directors. She is cited as amongst the Best of the Best – Women in Business Law 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 for her work in Antitrust and Competition Law and for Corporate Governance.

Other Accomplishments

Anandarajah is a prolific writer and is widely published, with many of her books being first publications in Singapore and the region and now leading texts relied upon by many lawyers, other professionals and businessmen. She has written over half a dozen legal books on Corporate Governance, Competition and Antitrust, Trade, Bills of Sale, Bankruptcy, Auditors and more. Her recent books include ASEAN Competition Law, which she is Co-General Editor of and Corporate Governance – Practice & Issues, which she is sole author of. The latest edition of her book, Corporate Governance – Practice & Issues will be released soon. Anandarajah has conducted a number of lectures internationally, including the UK, the US, South Africa, Austria, Japan, China, India, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Maldives in her areas of expertise.

Anandarajah also sits on various boards, including the Building and Construction Authority, the Workplace Safety and Health Council (of which she is the Deputy Chair), and the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.

Separately, she is a member of the Appeal Board of the Council of Estate Agents, as well as a Lay-person representative on the Transplant Ethics Committee. She was also appointed to the Committee for the Professional Training of Lawyers formed by the Chief Justice of Singapore to review the entire practice training scheme for lawyers in Singapore.