Shipping & International Trade

Our Capability

A Team of Experienced Lawyers with Regional Presence…

Our integrated Regional Shipping & International Trade Group stands ready to serve you throughout ASEAN and beyond. Combining the expertise of commercially and technically experienced lawyers based in our 10 offices strategically located throughout the region (Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and China), and with a longstanding tradition in this specialised field, we can support your business needs whether you require local expertise or cross-border advice.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Our Singapore office continues to dominate the Singapore maritime scene, consistently placing in the “top tier” and still ranked as a “band 1” shipping firm by multiple independent legal directories. We have, by far, the largest number of Senior Accredited / Accredited Specialists for Maritime and Shipping Law by the Singapore Academy of Law’s Specialist Accreditation Scheme.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Our Indonesian office is the largest domestic law firm in Indonesia, with two offices including one in the shipping hub of Surabaya. Led by seasoned practitioners, we are widely recognised as a leading full service maritime and shipping firm providing advice on all aspects of shipping law, regulatory matters, and related arbitration work.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Consistently ranked as a leading firm in shipping work by independent legal directories, the Vietnam office, boasts capabilities in both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm's leading dispute resolution practice is particularly active in wet shipping matters, covering areas such as vessel arrests, salvage, collisions and cargo damage claims.

Christopher & Lee Ong

Our Malaysia office is consistently recognised as a leading shipping firm and best known for our expertise in handling a full range of services extending to collisions and other casualties, cargo disputes, marine insurance claims, ship arrests, as well as ship finance.

R&T Sok & Heng Law Office

Our Cambodian office has a multitude of experience in providing insightful advice in relation to vessel registration, mortgage and ship arrests under the Cambodian law.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)

Our Philippines office offers invaluable insights and case-handling capabilities for International Group P&I Club members in the Philippines maritime labour courts, and regulatory advice for operating specialised vessels particularly for the oil and gas sector in the country.

R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited

We are proud to say our shipping law practice has come of age over the past decade. The practice is active across contentious work including conduct of collision actions in the local courts and security arrest work. It also has a vibrant shipping transactional portfolio that is known amongst Thai shipowners.

Rajah & Tann Myanmar Company Limited

Our Myanmar office has the expertise to advise on a variety of trade-related disputes, regulatory issues and marine casualties, including collisions, berth contacts, groundings, and wreck removal.

Rajah & Tann Shanghai Representative Office

We are highly adept in both the non-contentious and contentious shipping matters. Our strength in shipping and commodities is backed by institutional clients such as banks (both local and foreign) and an international clientele made up of P&I Clubs, shipowners, charterers and commodity houses.

A Seamless Service…

Across the contentious and non-contentious spectrum, be it collisions and marine casualties, international trade and cargo claims, transportation, sanctions, mortgage enforcement, marine insurance, charterparty and shipbuilding, to ship finance, trade finance and corporate shipping, we have the expertise that you need for an efficient and cost-effective solution.

The group is also equipped to advise on English law and able to handle arbitrations across major centres around the world including Badan Arbitrase Nasional Indonesia (BANI Arbitration Centre), Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), in addition to acting in specialist industry arbitrations such as LMAA, LCIA, GAFTA and Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia (PORAM) proceedings. 

We are the only shipping practice with a qualified Brunei legal practitioner, and we have advised extensively on shipping, maritime and international trade matters in the jurisdiction.

With our unique Regional Shipping & International Trade Group, we are confident that our combined international and local expertise is unrivalled by our competitors and our ability to deliver seamless advice in an integrated fashion across the region is unparalleled.

We hope this introduction to our Regional Shipping & International Trade Group has given you a flavour of what makes us different – and how that difference could give your business a real competitive advantage, across the region. If so, we’d love to talk. You may contact us via