Our
Year in Review
2021

Lee Eng Beng, SC

Chair, Rajah & Tann Asia
2021 was another year of braving the pandemic.  In Rajah & Tann Asia, we continued to build and capitalised on our resilience, and embraced the enhancements we made in digital resources and platforms.  We were able to improve our service and offerings in these challenging times, and had a busy and successful year.

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What’s New for Our Clients

Celebrating Milestones

Our Sustainability Framework

We recognise that climate change and environmental protection are existential issues. Our unrivalled regional footprint and client base in Southeast Asia give us the opportunity to change something bigger than ourselves. Our sustainability vision involves a commitment to integrate climate positive best practices into our decision-making and business activities. 

 

We have developed a Sustainability Framework that will allow us to lead the charge in improving and tracking our network’s sustainability journey in an authentic and progressive manner. This framework also ensures that our activities are aligned with and supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as well as other local ESG focused frameworks, prioritising areas where we can make the greatest contribution.

Through our market-leading Sustainability Practice, we have our leading lawyers support clients in their own sustainability journey. Through an effective partnership, we can manage the risks and opportunities stemming from ESG issues to ultimately optimise business value and build resilience in our clients’ business models and supply chains.

 

 

We invite you to work with Rajah & Tann Asia to explore ways to progress your own sustainability journey and help protect our planet for future generations.

ESG Resources for Our Clients

Guide on Sustainable Financing in Southeast Asia

Guide on Sustainable Financing in Southeast Asia

Adequate funding is important to support the achievement of sustainability and ESG targets. To this end, there has been a global push for financing products that incorporate elements of environmental protection and performance-based sustainability linked targets. In this publication, we provide an overview of sustainable financing options across Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Sustainability Investing – What to Look Out For?

What is ESG investing? What should investors look out for in ESG investing? What factors can further drive the sustainability investing trend forward? Lee Weilin, Head of Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Sustainability Practice speaks with Jaclyn Seow, Vice President of ESG & Impact of Openspace Ventures, a venture capital firm investing exclusively in Southeast Asia, to get a better sense of ESG investing as well as the various considerations and concerns surrounding it.

ESG in infrastructure projects

ESG in Infrastructure Projects

With ESG themes becoming more central in infrastructure projects, our Partners Lee Weilin and Soh Lip San explore the ESG issues in infrastructure projects by speaking with Seth Tan, Executive Director of Infrastructure Asia, on his views on green and sustainable infrastructure and ESG factors for bankable projects in the region.

Whistleblower Protection Act 2010: Sustainable a Decade On?

Environmental, Social & Governance (“ESG”) is increasingly gaining traction as the buzzword in 2021 and more stakeholders are sitting up and taking notice when corporate governance matters are discussed. Stakeholders understand that good corporate governance has a real impact on the sustainability and long-term prospects of businesses, and are receptive to methods of improving corporate governance. To this end, a good whistleblowing policy is no longer just “nice to have”, but is an integral part of a business’ long-term strategy. This article seeks to shed light on the efficacy of the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 in Malaysia in improving corporate governance.

Compliance with Environmental Laws: Road Towards Achieving a Healthy and Sustainable Triple Bottom Line

Recently reported events have demonstrated an increasing shift in investors’ investment criteria and objectives, that place
significant emphasis on ESG policy disclosures and compliance with the law in assessing how well the investment will fair in the market.
We see companies faced with compliance issues being adversely affected financially, resulting in the loss of goodwill from the negative media coverage given the growing investor sentiment wary of ESG risks. In this Update, we take a closer look at some of the environmental law compliance issues frequently encountered in Malaysia.

ESG Deals

Southeast Asia's first Sustainable Bonds in the Agrifood Industry

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners and Rajah & Tann Singapore advised leading integrated agri-food company PT.Japfa Comfeed Indonesia on their issuance of US$350 million sustainability linked-bonds, also Southeast Asia’s first sustainable bonds in the agrifood industry.

The first ever 30-year, and the longest Green Sukuk issuance in the world

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners acted as the Indonesian legal counsel to Lead Managers and other Managers on the issuance of US$ 1.25 billion 5-year, US$1billion 10-year, and US$750 million 30-year (Green) Reg S/144A Trust Certificate.

Floating solar farm in Singapore

Floating solar farm in Singapore

Rajah & Tann Singapore is acting for the EPC contractor to construct a 60MWp cutting edge floating solar farm in Singapore that incorporates smart technologies into the system. The floating solar farm is expected to generate enough energy to power about 16,000 four-room public housing flats in Singapore.

Bayer’s development and launch of highly innovative digital agriculture and sustainability initiatives

Bayer’s development and launch of highly innovative digital agriculture and sustainability initiatives

Rajah & Tann Singapore is acting for Bayer in relation to its development and launch of highly innovative digital agriculture and sustainability initiatives across the South-East Asian region.

Teesta’s solar plant in Bangladesh

Teesta’s solar plant in Bangladesh

Rajah & Tann Singapore is advising Teesta, the project owner of a 280 MWp / 200 MWAC solar PV plant in Bangladesh on the structuring and drafting of the project documentation relating to the engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the project. Teesta has signed a power purchase agreement with the Power Development Board, the public sector organization responsible for the power sector in Bangladesh. 

World's first publicly offered sustainability-linked bonds by a university

Rajah & Tann Singapore advised Nanyang Technological University on the establishment of its S$1 billion multicurrency medium term note programme, and its subsequent issuance of S$650 million 2.185% sustainability-linked notes. 

Diversity & Inclusion

We celebrate the unique perspectives and limitless potentials of our diverse team and it remains our privilege to nurture and spotlight the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Expert Guides – Women in Business Law 2022

Eleven female Partners from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand have been recognised in Legal Media Group's Women in Business Law Guide 2022 Banking & Finance - Fiona Sequerah (Malaysia), Angela Lim (Singapore) Competition & Antitrust – Kala Anandarajah(Singapore), Tanya Tang(Singapore) Corporate Governance – Kala Anandarajah(Singapore) Corporate/M&A - Yon See Ting (Malaysia), Norma Margarita B. Patacsil (Philippines) , Sandy Foo (Singapore) Financial Services Regulatory – Regina Liew (Singapore) Insurance & Reinsurance – Elaine Tay (Singapore), Wang Ying Shuang (Singapore) Trade – Melisa Uremovic (Thailand) Restructuring & Insolvency - Raelene Pereira (Singapore)

IFLR1000 Women Leaders 2022

Partners Angela Lim, Sandy Foo, and Shemane Chan from Rajah & Tann Singapore, as well as Kanya Satwika from Assegaf Hamzah & Partners have been named as IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2022. The fifth edition of IFLR1000 Women Leaders features an exclusive group of prominent female lawyers with outstanding transactional reputations for consistently leading complex, novel or innovative deals. Lawyers may also hold high status within their market for their leadership abilities

International Employment Lawyer’s Women Leaders

We are pleased to share that partner Kala Anandarajah has been recognised in International Employment Lawyer’s Women Leaders thought-leadership survey. As a long-standing practitioner of employment law, Kala shares her insights on discrimination and harassment issues arising in local workplaces and her take on how the laws could better address such matters. As one of the 2 Singaporean lawyers recognised in the survey, Kala is amongst the collection of 50 leading female law firm partners practising labour and employment law from 20 countries across the globe discussing key developments, challenges, and innovations within trending areas of practice. Read Kala’s article here: https://www.internationalemploymentlawyer.com/surveys/women-leaders/kala-anandarajah

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation 2022

Our sincere congratulations to Partner Kee Lay Lian on being recognised in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation 2022! Lay Lian stands as one of the most distinguished women in the world of litigation, with over three decades of experience in commercial litigation where she regularly acts in contentious probate, trusts and succession disputes. The Benchmark Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation research involves investigations into practitioners’ professional activities, client feedback surveys and one-on-one interviews to discover leading female litigators who hail from widely different practice areas but share the distinction of being top players in their fields.

Council for Board Diversity Singapore’s Inspiring Women Leaders Series

Featured as part of Council for Board Diversity Singapore’s Inspiring Women Leaders Series, Sandy Foo (Head of M&A at Rajah & Tann Singapore) shares her experience growing into a top M&A lawyer by staying the course, and how she pushed through challenging moments in her career (the secret: a deep sense of duty and responsibility, and relishing the thrill of difficult deals). A “cool head and a warm heart” and believing that “the grass is not greener somewhere else – it is greenest where you water it” characterises her leadership and mentoring creed. “Collaborative and constructive” describes her dealmaking style. Those interviewed about Sandy for the feature share that “she has a razor-sharp mind and is quick to grasp the commercial terms and repercussions at every twist and turn”; and “she has endeared herself to her clients for her reliability, responsiveness and ability to understand complex situations and provide practical and commercial solutions. I strongly believe that … you would find it a joy working with her, as I did over the last few years.” Click here to read the full interview: https://www.councilforboarddiversity.sg/inspiring-women-leaders-sandy-foo/

Our Regional Deals

Landmark Investments
& Transactions

US$22 billion Gojek-Tokopedia merger to form biggest Indonesian tech group

US$22 billion Gojek-Tokopedia merger to form biggest Indonesian tech group

US$22 billion Gojek-Tokopedia merger to form biggest Indonesian tech group

US$1.78 billion PropertyGuru’s SPAC merger

US$1.78 billion PropertyGuru’s SPAC merger

US$1.78 billion PropertyGuru’s SPAC merger

Acquisitions by Malaysia’s AirAsia from Gojek of its Thai business

Acquisitions by Malaysia’s AirAsia from Gojek of its Thai business

Acquisitions by Malaysia’s AirAsia from Gojek of its Thai business

Five-way merger involving Philippines’ largest land developer, Ayala Land, Inc

Five-way merger involving Philippines’ largest land developer, Alaya Land, Inc

Five-way merger involving Philippines’ largest land developer, Ayala Land, Inc

First of its kind precision farming joint venture between Cambodia’s Soma Group and Thailand’s CP Group

First of its kind precision farming joint venture between Cambodia’s Soma Group and Thailand’s CP Group

First of its kind precision farming joint venture between Cambodia’s Soma Group and Thailand’s CP Group

India’s ITNL International divestment minority stake in Chongqing Yuhe Expressway

India’s ITNL International divestment minority stake in Chongqing Yuhe Expressway

India’s ITNL International divestment minority stake in Chongqing Yuhe Expressway

Acquisition of Viet-Uc’s shrimp-feed business by Danish group BioMar

Acquisition of Viet-Uc’s shrimp-feed business by Danish group BioMar

Acquisition of Viet-Uc’s shrimp-feed business by Danish group BioMar

Enviro-Hub acquisition of Malaysia’s Pastel Glove

Enviro-Hub acquisition of Malaysia’s Pastel Glove

Enviro-Hub acquisition of Malaysia’s Pastel Glove

S$700 million acquisition and privatisation of Soilbuild Business Space REIT

S$700 million acquisition and privatisation of Soilbuild Business Space REIT

IDR 1.9 trillion asset acquisition of AEON Mall Sentul City

IDR 1.9 trillion asset acquisition of AEON Mall Sentul City

IDR 1.9 trillion asset acquisition of AEON Mall Sentul City

Philippine-based Metro Pacific Investments loan from Japan bank

Philippine-based Metro Pacific Investments loan from Japan bank

Boustead Industrial Fund’s S$422.4 million acquisition of real estate assets and interests

Boustead Industrial Fund’s S$422.4 million acquisition of real estate assets and interests

Blackstone’s acquisition of Lucasfilm’s iconic The Sandcrawler building

Blackstone’s acquisition of Lucasfilm’s iconic The Sandcrawler building

Blackstone’s acquisition of Lucasfilm’s iconic The Sandcrawler building

Acquisition of stake in Indonesia’s Matahari Department Store

Acquisition of stake in Indonesia’s Matahari Department Store

Acquisition of stake in Indonesia’s Matahari Department Store

Significant
Fund Raising

US$6.7 billion Largest Rights Issues in Southeast Asia by Persero

US$ 6.7 billion Largest Rights Issues in Southeast Asia by Persero

US$6.7 billion Largest Rights Issues in Southeast Asia by Persero

Largest IPO in Indonesia Stock Exchange and first Indonesian startup unicorn to go public – Bukalapak’s IPO

Bukalapak’s IPO

Largest IPO in Indonesia Stock Exchange and first Indonesian startup unicorn to go public – Bukalapak’s IPO

Largest seed financing round globally in the plant-based meat space

Largest seed financing round globally in the plant-based meat space

Largest seed financing round globally in the plant-based meat space

One of the largest private funding rounds ever raised by a HealthTech company in Southeast Asia

One of the largest private funding rounds ever raised by a HealthTech company in Southeast Asia

One of the largest private funding rounds ever raised by a HealthTech company in Southeast Asia

Thailand’s Don Muang Tollway’s IPO

Thailand’s Don Muang Tollway’s IPO

Financing for broadband network expansion in Myanmar

Financing for broadband network expansion in Myanmar

Financing for broadband network expansion in Myanmar

Indonesia government’s issue of Japanese Yen Samurai Bonds

Indonesia government’s issue of Japanese Yen Samurai Bonds

Indonesia government’s issue of Japanese Yen Samurai Bonds

Indonesian tech start-up Ula’s Series A financing round with Indian investors

Indonesian tech start-up Ula’s Series A financing round with Indian investors

Indonesian tech start-up Ula’s Series A financing round with Indian investors

Indointernet’s IPO

Indointernet’s IPO

Indointernet’s IPO

Leading Indonesian Data Centre PT DCI Indonesia Tbk’s IPO

PT DCI Indonesia Tbk’s IPO

Leading Indonesian Data Centre PT DCI Indonesia Tbk’s IPO

High Profile
Dispute Matters

Joint venture dispute between a Chinese and Indian company, both among the world’s leading and largest dye manufacturers

Joint venture dispute between a Chinese and Indian company, both among the world’s leading and largest dye manufacturers

US$14.5 billion debt restructuring of Shanghai Huaxin Group

US$14.5 billion debt restructuring of Shanghai Huaxin Group

Dispute involving an Indian electricity company in alleged breach of non-disclosure agreements in respect of a mining concession in Russia

ndian electricity company in alleged breach of non-disclosure agreements in respect of a mining concession in Russia

Dispute involving an Indian electricity company in alleged breach of non-disclosure agreements in respect of a mining concession in Russia

Philippines’ biggest conglomerates challenging the legality of a local government unit’s ordinance imposing franchise tax on shopping malls

Five-way merger involving Philippines’ largest land developer, Alaya Land, Inc

Philippines’ biggest conglomerates challenging the legality of a local government unit’s ordinance imposing franchise tax on shopping malls

Collapse of crypto firm Torque Trading

Collapse of crypto firm Torque Trading

Collapse of crypto firm Torque Trading

Successfully represented OUE Lippo Healthcare to strike out an appeal against the setting aside of a voluntary arrangement, bringing closure to a long-running 5-year dispute

OUE Lippo Healthcare to strike out an appeal against the setting aside of a voluntary arrangement, bringing closure to a long-running 5-year dispute

Successfully represented OUE Lippo Healthcare to strike out an appeal against the setting aside of a voluntary arrangement, bringing closure to a long-running 5-year dispute

High court issues largest award for fraudulent trading in Singapore

High court issues largest award for fraudulent trading in Singapore

High court issues largest award for fraudulent trading in Singapore

Construction disputes involving a mixed-use development in Phnom Penh

Construction disputes involving a mixed-use development in Phnom Penh

Construction disputes involving a mixed-use development in Phnom Penh

Successfully represented Prudential Singapore in a landmark lawsuit involving mass poaching and solicitation of insurance agents

Successfully represented Prudential Singapore in a landmark lawsuit

Successfully represented Prudential Singapore in a landmark lawsuit involving mass poaching and solicitation of insurance agents

US$3 billion claims against the Republic of India arising from India’s retrospective usage of legislation to impose capital gain taxes and interest

US$3 billion claims against the Republic of India arising from India’s retrospective usage of legislation to impose capital gain taxes and interest

US$3 billion claims against the Republic of India arising from India’s retrospective usage of legislation to impose capital gain taxes and interest

Claim against Capgemini Singapore in relation to Razer’s data breach

Defending Capgemini Singapore against a claim which resulted in Razer’s data breach

Claim against Capgemini Singapore in relation to Razer’s data breach

One of the first few cases involving provisions of the Protection from Harassment Act

Protection from Harassment Act

One of the first few cases involving provisions of the Protection from Harassment Act

Birkenstock’s claims for trade mark infringement and passing off

Birkenstock’s claims for trade mark infringement and passing off

Birkenstock’s claims for trade mark infringement and passing off

Philippine’s biggest conglomerates challenging the legality of a local government unit’s ordinance imposing franchise tax on shopping malls

Five-way merger involving Philippines’ largest land developer, Alaya Land, Inc

Philippine’s biggest conglomerates challenging the legality of a local government unit’s ordinance imposing franchise tax on shopping malls

Significant decision that examines principles governing the grant of freezing injunctions against foreign defendants in a cross border insolvency and asset recovery claim

Successfully represented clients in a significant decision that examines principles governing the grant of freezing injunctions against foreign defendants in the context of a cross border insolvency and asset recovery claim

Significant decision that examines principles governing the grant of freezing injunctions against foreign defendants in a cross border insolvency and asset recovery claim

Expertise in Projects &
Regulatory Work

Tik Tok’s business operations in Cambodia

Tik Tok’s business operations in Cambodia

US$1.5 billion Indonesia’s First Multifunctional Satellite Project

US$1.5 billion Indonesia’s First Multifunctional Satellite Project

US$1 billion LNG infrastructure development project in the Philippines

US$1 billion LNG infrastructure development project in the Philippines

US$600 million project financing of a 700MW Cambodian coal power plant

US$600 million project financing of a 700MW coal power plant in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province

US$600 million project financing of a 700MW Cambodian coal power plant

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Learning course on Digital Identity for Trade and Development

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s learning course on Digital Identity for Trade and Development

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Learning course on Digital Identity for Trade and Development

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero) upgrade of pot technology project

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)’s upgrade of pot technology project

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero) upgrade of pot technology project

Multi-jurisdictional legal and regulatory analysis for Singtel in Southeast Asia for proposed cross-border payments system

Multi-jurisdictional legal and regulatory analysis for Singtel in SE Asia

Multi-jurisdictional legal and regulatory analysis for Singtel in Southeast Asia for proposed cross-border payments system

Worldwide brand protection strategy and portfolio to expand the scope of protection of the ALILA

Worldwide brand protection strategy and portfolio to expand the scope of protection of the ALILA

Worldwide brand protection strategy and portfolio to expand the scope of protection of the ALILA

Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s district cooling and co-generation plant

Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s district cooling and co-generation plant

Awards & Accolades

Top 25 Most Innovative Law Firms in Asia Pacific

Financial Times’ list of most innovative law firms in Asia Pacific 2021

For the 8th consecutive year, Rajah & Tann is delighted to be among the Top 25 most innovative law firms in Financial Times’ list of most innovative law firms in Asia Pacific 2021.

Ranked 21st on the list, the highest among South East Asian law firms, the award recognises “future-ready” law firms which embrace digital transformation and sustainability.

The firm was also shortlisted for the “Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year” and “Practice of Law: Digital Advisers” categories for the launch of our subsidiary, Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity (RTCyber), the first one-stop legal and cybersecurity ecosystem that provides a full suite of technical services to prevent or respond to cyber-attacks.

Most Innovative National Law Firm of the Year - Indonesia

IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has won the Most Innovative National Law Firms of the Year - Indonesia at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021. 

Wins six awards including “Indonesia Firm of the Year” and “Singapore Firm of the Year”

asialaw Awards 2021

Rajah & Tann Asia clinched multiple accolades at the asialaw Awards 2021 including Singapore and Indonesia Firm of the Year.

Rajah & Tann was also recognised as the Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year, Aviation and Shipping Firm of the Year, and Insurance Firm of the Year for the Asia-Pacific region.

A sixth award involved Thai Airways’ US$12.9 billion debt restructuring, which received asialaw’s Editor’s Choice Impact Deal and Case Award.  R&T Thailand was one of the firms involved in the negotiations to help Thailand’s flag carrier emerge from bankruptcy.

Rajah & Tann Singapore clinched asialaw’s Singapore jurisdictional award for the second year running while Assegaf Hamzah & Partners won the Indonesia award for the third straight year.

Banking and Finance Team of the Year

The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 20/21

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Banking & Finance Practice emerged as the Winne for Banking and Finance Team of the Year at The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 20/21 while Assegaf Hamzah & Partners’ Capital Markets team has been Highly Commended.

Kala Anandarajah from Rajah & Tann Singapore beat 20 other finalists from across the region to be Highly Commended as “Lawyer of the Year in Private Practice”

“Indonesia Firm of the Year” and “Singapore Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2021

For the 2nd year running, Rajah & Tann Singapore and Assegaf Hamzah & Partners have won the Firm of the Year awards for Singapore and Indonesia respectively at the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2021.

Rajah & Tann Singapore also won Shipping Firm of the Year and two Impact Case awards, one of which involved the first-ever recognition of Singapore’s moratorium law in a landmark ruling by a UK court. The firm was named Runner Up for Competition/Antitrust Firm of the Year and Second Runner Up for White-Collar Crime Firm of the Year.

“Indonesia Domestic Firm of the Year”

Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific Awards 2021

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has won the Indonesia Domestic Firm of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific Awards 2021.

The award recognises a law firm’s pre-eminence in key jurisdictions in the region. They also reflect achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service, based on the research for the recent edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Top Law Firm in Singapore

The Straits Times – Singapore Best Law Firms 2022

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been voted as the overall best law firm in Singapore and is the only firm that has been recognised in all 16 local categories of The Straits Times Best Law Firms 2022 survey.
The Firm has topped the charts as best Singapore law firm in 8 out of 16 categories:

  • Arbitration, mediation & dispute resolution
  • Banking & finance law
  • Company & commercial
  • Inheritance & Succession, Private Wealth Management
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Maritime law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate law

Rajah & Tann Singapore is also highly ranked in the categories of Charities & Pro Bono, Conveyancing, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Intellectual Property Law, Negligence and Technology, Media, Telecommunication. Read more about the firm’s rankings here.

“Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year” and “Deal of the Year”

Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2021

Rajah & Tann Singapore has won Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year at the 17th Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2021. Together with Christopher & Lee Ong, the RTA network also won the Equity Market Deal of the Year (Midsize) award for GHY Culture and Media’s IPO.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has won Project Finance Deal of the Year for the financing of the 2,000MW Jawa 9 and 10 power project in Indonesia.

“Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year”

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2021

The TMT Team from Christopher & Lee Ong has won the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year at the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2021.

Regional & Specialist Law Firm for India-related work

Indian Business Law Journal 2021

Rajah & Tann is once again featured as a Regional & Specialist Law Firm for India-related work in 2021 by India Business Law Journal.

"Thailand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year"


International Tax Review Asia-Pacific Tax Awards 2021

R&T Asia (Thailand) won Thailand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year award at the ITR (International Tax Review) Asia-Pacific Tax Awards 2021.

Best Overall Firms for Client Service Excellence in Indonesia and Singapore

Asialaw Client Service Excellence 2021 Report

Rajah & Tann Singapore and Assegaf Hamzah & Partners have been recognised as best overall firms in the Asialaw Client Service Excellence 2021 report.

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been named best overall firm for quality of service in the fields of Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Insurance and Investment Funds.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, has also been also recognised as best overall firm in the fields of Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A.

Band 1 in Chambers Asia Pacific

Chambers Asia Pacific 2022

Rajah & Tann Asia garners the most number of accolades across South East Asia in Chambers Asia Pacific 2022

Rajah & Tann Asia upheld a strong performance with over 100 lawyers recognised as leading practitioners and 41 practices ranked in Bands 1 and 2. Out of the 66 firm rankings achieved, the largest number amassed in South East Asia, we are proud to report a 12% improvement in overall firm rankings.

According to the publication, Rajah & Tann is praised for “well placed to handle cross-border instructions due to its network of offices across the region” and equipped with a team that “is very responsive, reliable, commercially savvy and always working towards getting the best solution for clients”.

The Chambers Asia-Pacific rankings are based on in-depth analysis, facilitated by a team of experienced researchers. Chambers rankings offer reliable recommendations on the best law firms and lawyers in Asia-Pacific.

Practices and individuals with a Band 1 ranking are recognised by the guide for achieving the highest "technical legal ability, client service, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, value for money, depth of team, and other qualities most valued by the client."

Click here for the full rankings: https://www.rajahtannasia.com/accolades/2022-accolades/chambers-asia-pacific 

Top Tier in The Asia Pacific Legal 500

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

Congratulations to the nine offices of Rajah & Tann Asia (RTA) and 280 of its lawyers who have been recognised in the 2022 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500. Close to 90% of RTA's ranked practices have been recognised in Tiers 1 & 2.

Click here for the full rankings: https://www.rajahtannasia.com/accolades/2022-accolades/the-legal-500-asia-pacific

Top Tier in IFLR1000

IFLR1000 2022

Rajah & Tann Asia continues to be recognised as leading firms across Southeast Asia according to IFLR1000. The network has maintained a strong performance across the region.

Click here for the full rankings: https://www.rajahtannasia.com/accolades/2022-accolades/iflr-1000

Outstanding in asialaw Profiles 2022

asialaw Profiles 2022

Rajah & Tann Asia has maintain its top ranked position across Southeast Asia in the latest edition of Asialaw Profiles and Leading Lawyers 2022.

The network has amassed a total of 103 rankings across 9 jurisdictions and 23 industries. A total of 58 ranked lawyers have also been identified as Leading Lawyers with over 80% ranked in the “Outstanding” or “Highly Recommended” categories.

Click here for the full rankings: https://www.rajahtannasia.com/accolades/2022-accolades/asialaw-profiles

Top Tier - Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific

Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2021

Congratulations to the six offices of Rajah & Tann Asia and 32 of its leading litigators who have been recognised in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific. All its ranked offices have been recognised in Tiers 1 and 2 in the practice areas covered by the guide.

Benchmark Litigation provides a definitive guide to Asia-Pacific’s leading dispute resolution law firms and lawyers based on extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients as well as analysis of the market’s most important cases and firm developments.

Who's Who Legal: Southeast Asia 2021

Rajah & Tann Singapore is pleased to be among the Top 3 Standout Firms in Southeast Asia, in the inaugural Who's Who Legal: Southeast Asia 2021 guide. The firm has achieved a total of 60 listings across 20 practice areas and has proven itself to be a dominant player in M&A, Litigation and Capital Markets.

Employer of Choice

ALB Employer of Choice 2021

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners and Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers have been named the “Employer of Choice” by Asian Legal Business.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has been named “Employer of Choice” in the Indonesia market for two consecutive years.

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

Rajah & Tann's Private Client team continues to be highly ranked in the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Singapore.

Chambers and Partners FinTech Guide

Rajah & Tann continues to be highly ranked in the Chambers and Partners FinTech Guide for FinTech Legal in Singapore.

Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 100

Since 2008, Rajah & Tann Asia has been consistently ranked in the GAR 100 rankings by the Global Arbitration Review (GAR). The GAR 100 is an annual survey of the leading international arbitration practices around the world.

Global Competition Review (GCR) 100

Rajah & Tann's regional Competition & Antitrust and Trade team has been consistently recognised among the world’s top 100 competition practices doing the most impressive competition work.

For nine consecutive years, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has been named in the “Elite” category in the GCR 100 rankings by the Global Competition Review (GCR). Rajah & Tann Singapore has also been recognised in the “Elite” category for seven consecutive years while Christopher & Lee Ong has been named as a “Recommended” firm for two consecutive years.

With an elite, diverse team that works closely with offices across the Southeast Asian region, Rajah & Tann is routinely tapped by major international companies and law firms when they need assistance on competition matters.

The GCR 100 is a comprehensive listing of the world’s top competition practices, providing a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the law firms and economic consultancies doing the most important antitrust work around the world.

Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 30

Rajah & Tann retains its position as the only Asian law firm to be recognised among the world’s top 20 list of cross-border restructuring and insolvency firms in the 2021 edition of the widely-followed Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 30. This is also the fourth time that the firm has been featured in the prestigious top 30 list of standout firms in the world working on restructuring and insolvency matters.

GRR is a leading UK-based information service website providing cross-border restructuring and insolvency news. The GRR 30 table is a ranking of the standout firms in the GRR 100 where Rajah & Tann was selected based on the size of its restructuring and insolvency team, number of countries served, hours billed, types of clients, the value and volume of cases worked on, and the level of complexity and innovation that was required in individual cases.

Rajah & Tann has been involved in nearly all the major insolvencies and restructurings in Singapore in recent years.

Click here to find out more about the Restructuring & Insolvency practice.

Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100

For the 6th straight year, Rajah & Tann is recognised among the top 100 firms from around the world to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations by the Global Investigations Review (GIR).

The GIR 100 is an annual guide to the world’s leading practices.

ALB M&A Rankings 2021

Rajah & Tann Asia’s offices across six countries have been recognised in ALB M&A Rankings 2021.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, Christopher & Lee Ong and Rajah & Tann Singapore have been ranked Tier 1 while C&G Law and Rajah & Tann LCT lawyers have been ranked in Tier 2. Rajah & Tann Thailand has also been named as a notable firm.

World Trademark Review (WTR1000)

Christopher & Lee Ong and Rajah & Tann Singapore have been recognised in the World Trade Review (WTR1000) 2021.

Impact Deal of the Year: I-Admin v Hong Ying Ting

Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2021

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been awarded the Impact Deal of the Year at the Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2021. The firm was recognised for its work done in I-Admin v Hong Ying Ting, where our partners, Lee Eng Beng, SC and Sheng Rong Tng successfully represented I-Admin in their claims for breach of confidence against their former employees. The case also highlighted a modified approach for Breach of Confidence claims.

Asia IP Rankings 2021

Rajah & Tann Asia’s offices across six countries have been recognised in the Asian Legal Business (“ALB”) Asia IP Rankings 2021. All its ranked offices have achieved either Tier 1 or Tier 2 rankings in the categories of Patents as well as Copyright and Trademarks.

MIP: IP Stars 2021/22

Christopher & Lee Ong and Rajah & Tann Singapore have been ranked in for Copyright & Related Rights, Patent Contentious and Trade mark Contentious in the MIP:IP Stars 2021/22 rankings.

Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year (Singapore)

The Lawyer Network Annual Awards 2021

Rajah & Tann Singapore has won “Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year (Singapore)” award at the Lawyer Network Annual Awards 2021.

5-Star Insurance Law Firm

Rajah & Tann Singapore, as well as Simon Goh and Elaine Tay have been recognised as among Asia’s Top Insurance Law Firms and Lawyers in Insurance Business Asia’s first ever 5-Star Insurance Law Firms and Lawyers report.

The report features law firms and individuals who have performed to an exceptional standard in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many were faced with issues relating to business interruption policies and the legalities of a pandemic.

Top Tier in Doyle’s Guide

Rajah & Tann Singapore and its lawyers have been ranked as first tier in Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping and Employment & Labour in the Doyle’s Guide 2021. The firm is also recommended for Family & Divorce.

Best Employment Law Firm 2021

Rajah & Tann won the Five Star Excellence Award by Human Resources Director (HDR) Asia. The research was conducted via in-depth phone interviews with hundreds of HR professionals and employment lawyers regionwide to compile this list. The firm is one of the law firms that has been rated the best for its quality of work, specialist expertise and client services.

Hukumonline: Top 100 Indonesian Law Firms 2021

For the 4th consecutive year, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners has been recognised as the largest law firm in an overall category – corporate and litigation by Hukumonline.

Best Lawyers in Singapore 2022 Edition

64 lawyers from Rajah & Tann Singapore have been recognised in the Best Lawyers (2022 Edition)

In-House Community Firms of the Year

Christopher & Lee Ong, Rajah & Tann Singapore and Rajah & Tann Thailand have been recognised as Winners in the In-House Community Firms of the Year 2021.

Media Law International 2021

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners, Christopher & Lee Ong, Rajah & Tann Singapore and R&T Thailand have been ranked in Media Law International 2021.

WorldECR Awards 2021

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s trade practice group has won an Honourable Mention on the World ECR Awards 2021 for Export Controls/Sanctions Law Firm of the Year – Rest of the World.

Our Publications

Training & Upskilling

2021 has been an amazing year for the RTA Academy and our local training teams. Adopting various tech tools, our legal and business professionals across the network underwent over 290 hours of training.

 

 

Beyond legal and technical skills, our learning programmes also included coaching on leadership, business communications, social media and legaltech adoption and its practical applications.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Our Regional Events

While social distancing kept us physically apart, our teams from across our regional offices connected virtually with the industry and with each other in meaningful discussions.

Omnibus Law: Impact on Foreign Businesses and Investors

Omnibus Law: Impact on Foreign Businesses and Investors

Construction Disputes in a Disruptive Pandemic

Construction Disputes in a Disruptive Pandemic

Beyond Pandemic & Politics: Behold Southeast Asia and the World

Beyond Pandemic & Politics: Behold Southeast Asia and the World

Regional Competition Law Update

Regional Competition Law Update

New Partners 2021/22

It is our pleasure to announce our new partners, whose distinguished leadership abilities and dedication to excellence will fuel our future growth and continued success as a network.
All Partners

Andrea Tan

Singapore

Annette Soh

Malaysia

Chelsea Chan

Malaysia

Chua See Hua

Malaysia

Daphne Lam

Malaysia

Daryl Sim

Singapore

Davis Tan

Singapore

Doreen Chia

Singapore

Duc Trinh

Vietnam

Ho Zi Wei

Singapore

James Chan

Singapore

John Rolan

Malaysia

Law Jun Chin

Malaysia

Loh Yong Hui

Singapore

Looi Zhi Min

Malaysia

Priscilla Soh

Singapore

Raymond Tong

Singapore

Sanjeve Prakasam

Malaysia

Shanti Geoffrey

Malaysia

Sriram Chakravarthi

Singapore
Sun Zixiang

Sun Zixiang

Singapore

Tao Tao

Singapore

Andrea Tan

Singapore

Annette Soh

Malaysia

Chelsea Chan

Malaysia

Chua See Hua

Malaysia

Daphne Lam

Malaysia

Daryl Sim

Singapore

Davis Tan

Singapore

Doreen Chia

Singapore

Duc Trinh

Vietnam

Ho Zi Wei

Singapore

James Chan

Singapore

John Rolan

Malaysia

Law Jun Chin

Malaysia

Loh Yong Hui

Singapore

Looi Zhi Min

Malaysia

Priscilla Soh

Singapore

Raymond Tong

Singapore

Sanjeve Prakasam

Malaysia

Shanti Geoffrey

Malaysia

Sriram Chakravarthi

Singapore

Tao Tao

Singapore
Corporate & Transactional

Anette Soh

Malaysia

Chelsea Chan

Malaysia

Chua See Hua

Malaysia

Daphne Lam

Malaysia

Duc Trinh

Vietnam

James Chan

Singapore

Law Jun Chin

Malaysia

Looi Zhi Min

Malaysia

Raymond Tong

Singapore

Sanjeve Prakasam

Malaysia

Sriram Chakravarthi

Singapore
Sun Zixiang

Sun Zixiang

Singapore

Anette Soh

Malaysia

Chelsea Chan

Malaysia

Chua See Hua

Malaysia

Daphne Lam

Malaysia

Duc Trinh

Vietnam

James Chan

Singapore

Law Jun Chin

Malaysia

Looi Zhi Min

Malaysia

Raymond Tong

Singapore

Sanjeve Prakasam

Malaysia

Sriram Chakravarthi

Singapore
Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Andrea Tan

Singapore

Daryl Sim

Singapore

Davis Tan

Singapore

Doreen Chia

Singapore

Ho Zi Wei

Singapore

John Rolan

Malaysia

Loh Yong Hui

Singapore

Priscilla Soh

Singapore

Shanti Geoffrey

Malaysia

Tao Tao

Singapore

Andrea Tan

Singapore

Daryl Sim

Singapore

Davis Tan

Singapore

Doreen Chia

Singapore

Ho Zi Wei

Singapore

John Rolan

Malaysia

Loh Yong Hui

Singapore

Priscilla Soh

Singapore

Shanti Geoffrey

Malaysia

Tao Tao

Singapore
2021 was another year of braving the pandemic.  In Rajah & Tann Asia, we continued to build and capitalised on our resilience, and embraced the enhancements we made in digital resources and platforms.  We were able to improve our service and offerings in these challenging times, and had a busy and successful year.  What was sorely missed, though, was the same level of personal interaction and social exchanges with our clients and colleagues that we had taken for granted before the Covid-19 outbreak. 

We also longed for more of that buzz of being in the office for collaboration, brainstorming or simply being around the team.  Hopefully, 2022 will be the year in which we have a bit more in-person engagement and a bit less talking to pixelated images!

Even as we battle the pandemic, the global issue of sustainability stayed centre stage in many business considerations. Amidst rising ESG compliance in the region, we formally launched our Sustainability Practice group to help our clients stay ahead and navigate the increasingly complex regulatory and legal frameworks.

Headed by Lee Weilin, Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, and supported by lawyers from across our network, this new practice group attests to our multi-disciplinary capabilities and responsiveness to critical changes worldwide.

In the quest to rethink the driving forces that will shape our future, we also organised a global hybrid event, “Beyond Pandemic & Politics: Behold Southeast Asia and the World”. Graced by Singapore’s Minister Chan Chun Sing, the session brought together global thinkers and business leaders to share their strategies and insights into how businesses can navigate the pandemic and tap on the opportunities in Southeast Asia – one of the world’s fastest growing economic regions.

Singapore has become a preferred home for many high-net-worth clients and their families. With many high-net-worth individuals moving their assets to Singapore, we were excited to introduce our new Private Client microsite which grants one-stop service specifically to high-net-worth clients in Singapore. The site details local and regional insights on private wealth and is also available in Chinese.

Our Arbitration Asia website went live in August, laying out deep analysis on the latest arbitration-related developments across Rajah & Tann Asia’s geographical footprint in the region.

Leveraging on our growing expertise in integrating legal services and technology, we collaborated with Fundnel Limited, Southeast Asia’s largest private investment technology platform, to make strategic business advice readily accessible to the startup ecosystem.

We were also honoured to host the first Asia-Pacific office of the US-based Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) in Singapore. With data breaches surging globally, this partnership underscores our commitment to support clients as cybersecurity mandates become a rising legal risk. In the vein of data protection, we are also proud of our Indonesia member firm for successfully being ISO 27001 certified, highlighting the rigorous risk management controls in place.

We hold deep passion in modelling the future of legal technology and have not forgotten to bring the empowerment back to our people. With the National University of Singapore School of Computing, we curated the R&T x NUS Programme in Legal Innovation & Technology to ready a new generation of lawyers capable of rethinking, transforming and digitalising workflows with disruptive technologies through expressing their ideals in technical terms.

Most of all, I wish to offer congratulations to Rajah & Tann Singapore, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners and R&T (Asia) Thailand on their 45th, 20th and 10th year anniversaries respectively. Thank you all for the years of excellence, your strong commitment and valuable contributions to the RTA network.

Let us look forward to conquering new challenges in 2022. Stay safe and bright!

Lee Eng Beng, SC

Chair, Rajah & Tann Asia