Chambers Asia Pacific (2020)

R&T Sok & Heng - Cambodia

General Business Law - Band 2
Ranked Lawyers: 
Heng Chhay (Band 2), Sophonnora Tiv (Band 3)

What the team is known for
Impressive Cambodian team working with the wider Rajah & Tann network, regularly advising international clientele on domestic law. Retains a strong market reputation for work on cross-border transactions, including project finance and joint ventures, as well as banking and real estate matters. Its Phnom Penh office additionally handles dispute resolution. Also offers significant knowledge of Cambodian securities law and franchising. Acts for a broad mix of Asian and global clients as well as domestic Cambodian corporations.

Work highlights
Advised Oriental Payment Group on the Cambodian law aspects of its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners
Heng Chhay advises on general corporate, M&A and real estate matters, as well as disputes. Market sources describe him as a "very dedicated lawyer who puts his all into work."

Tiv Sophonnora is well known for handling capital markets deals, while he also assists foreign clients with regulatory, insurance and market entry issues in Cambodia. A source says he is "a very bright and talented lawyer with a super work ethic."

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners - Indonesia

Banking & Finance - Band 2
Capital Markets - Band 1
Competition and Antitrust - Band 1
Corporate/M&A - Band 1
Dispute Resolution - Band 1
Employment - Band 1
Projects & Energy - Band 2
Real Estate - Band 2
Technology, Media, Telecommunications - Band 1

Ranked Lawyers:
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf - Capital Markets (Band 1), Corporate/M&A (Band 1), Projects & Energy (Band 2)
Ahmad Maulana - Employment (Band 2)
Asep Ridwan - Competition/Antitrust (Band 2)
Bono Adji - Capital Markets (Band 1), Corporate/M&A (Band 1)
Chandra M Hamzah - Dispute Resolution (Senior Statespeople)
Eko Basyuni - Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
Eri Hertiawan - Dispute Resolution (Band 2)
Farid Nasution - Competition/Antitrust (Band 2)
Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf - Banking & Finance (Band 2)
Putu Suryastuti - Capital Markets (Band 2)
Zacky Z Husein - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Notable full-service firm, regularly advising borrowers and lenders on a broad range of conventional and Shari'a-compliant deals. Assists clients with acquisition, leveraged and structured financings, regularly assisting leading Indonesian and overseas groups. Strong client base includes government entities, private equity firms and overseas banks. Also well placed to handle project and infrastructure finance, as well as restructuring and insolvency mandates. Has recently handled bank merger deals, as well as non-performing loan transactions.

Strengths
A client states that "it is an excellent and highly professional" team, adding: "They provide an overview of what you are heading for, and what the options are."

Another interviewee says: "They work so hard to enable us to meet deadlines."

Work highlights
Acted for Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional on its merger with Bank Sumitomo Mitsui Indonesia.

Notable practitioners
Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf often advises major Indonesian and global banks on loan facilities, as well as refinancing and non-performing loan transactions. An interviewee commends his "cool and very professional" approach to matters, noting that "the way he talks is very comforting to clients."

Capital Markets 

What the team is known for
Offers a full suite of services, including advising on convertible and exchangeable bonds, IPOs and private placements. Additionally adept at advising on Shari'a-compliant sovereign debt issuances. Particularly active for issuers, advising several of Indonesia's largest corporates in the energy, mining, retail, insurance and telecommunications sectors. Also represents government entities and financial institutions.

Strengths
One interviewee declares: "They are very professional and know what they are doing, providing solutions rather than a conservative reading of the law."

"They are ready at any time when we ask for their opinion or advice," according to a client.

Work highlights
Assisted the Republic of Indonesia with its issuance of government samurai bonds worth a total value of JPY100 billion.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf has extensive experience of representing leading corporates and government entities in bonds, IPOs and rights issuances. One interviewee says: "He brings a lot of gravitas and has a great depth of experience in different areas. He is very thoughtful, incisive and good at seeing the big picture while remaining on top of the details."

Bono Adji is a renowned practitioner handling bonds, IPOs and rights issuances in sectors such as mining, energy and telecoms. He is described by one commentator as "very smart, practical and hard-working."

Putu Suryastuti is recognised by market commentators for her busy ECM practice. Also able to handle DCM deals, she advises issuers in the infrastructure, finance, retail and insurance industries, among others.

Competition and Antitrust

What the team is known for
Possesses expertise across a wide range of competition and antitrust work, including representing clients in major cartel investigations before the Indonesian Competition Commission (KPPU). Also handles abuse of dominance and price-fixing cases, alongside merger notifications and competition audits. Entrusted by multinational and domestic clients from the automotive, technology, finance and manufacturing sectors, among others. Also advises on merger control matters.

Strengths
Sources emphasise the firm's knowledge of the market and the law, with one client commenting: "They provide the client with a good picture of the economic market and legal point of view. They also have a good network within the antitrust community and academia."

Work highlights
Assisted Nokia in preparing and submitting a post-merger notification to the KPPU relating to its acquisition of Comptel.

Advised Indonesia Entertainment Group on post-completion notification matters relating to its acquisition of Sinemart Indonesia.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Chandra Hamzah is the main contact for clients.

Corporate & Finance (Expertise Based Abroad)

What the team is known for
Leverages its network of offices across the Asia-Pacific region to advise on a significant volume of cross-border mandates. Provides Indonesia law advice through its associate firm, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners. Expertise covers banking and finance, dispute resolution, M&A and projects. Possesses notable language capabilities in the group's Singapore office, including Bahasa Indonesia.

Strengths
Market sources opine that the firm stands out among Singapore firms for possessing "strong relationships with Indonesian conglomerates based in Singapore."

Notable practitioners
Ng Sey Ming is a contact for the practice.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Market-leading corporate practice, active on some of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in the region. Advises major Indonesian clients and prominent international companies on joint ventures, foreign direct investment and private equity. Valued also for its work in real estate, particularly on hotel development deals and lease agreements. Regularly handles acquisitions pertaining to industrial, retail and residential properties.

Strengths
A client enthuses: "They really think outside the box and are good at coming up with innovative solutions."

Another interviewee reports: "I would recommend them for sure. They are available and their English is really good."

Work highlights
Acted for Mitra Pinasthika Mustika on the USD436 million divestment of its 100% stake in motorcycle lubricant manufacturer Federal Karyatama to Esso Petroleum and ExxonMobil UK.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf regularly advises local and domestic clients on acquisitions and divestments in sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing and technology. "He brings a lot of gravitas and has a great depth of experience in different areas. He is very thoughtful, incisive and good at seeing the big picture while remaining on top of the details," a source says.

Bono Adji comes highly recommend by market commentators, who describe him as "a very smart, practical and hard-working lawyer." He acts for leading Indonesian corporates and global investors on high-value M&A and joint venture deals in a range of sectors.

Eko Basyuni is a well-regarded corporate lawyer, especially acting for international clients on FDI in Indonesia. He handles transactions in a range of areas, such as manufacturing and real estate.

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Maintains an excellent reputation for handling a diverse range of contentious matters, from commercial disputes to competition litigation. Areas of focus include employment, land, transportation and finance-related cases. Especially acts for leading domestic corporates, as well as foreign entities. Clients further benefit from the firm's membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia network. Also active in complex arbitration, frequently appearing in both local and foreign-based proceedings.

Strengths
A client lauds the team's "world-class lawyers," adding: "They are smart, ready almost 24 hours a day, and really knowledgeable about Indonesian law."

Another interviewee comments that "they respond very well" and provide "an international-standard quality" of service.

Work highlights
Represented the defendant Aneka Tambang in an IDR107.9 trillion claim by Perusahaan Toradja, concerning the historical transfer of a mine site to Aneka Tambang, as well as a concurrent defamation claim.

Notable practitioners
Chandra Hamzah is a highly respected name in the market, particularly for his knowledge of anti-corruption issues. He regularly advises Indonesian and foreign clients on both litigation and arbitration, including international proceedings.

Eri Hertiawan comes highly recommend by clients and market commentators, and handles a wide variety of disputes. He undertakes both litigation and arbitration, including cases relating to aviation, shipping, competition law and land law.

Employment 

What the team is known for
Recognised for advising an impressive range of domestic and foreign clients on a variety of employment issues, including unfair dismissals, fraud and retrenchment. Also handles matters relating to trade union issues, employee handbooks and benefit packages. Additionally offers expertise in expatriate matters. Able to draw on the firm's expertise in M&A to advise on transactional employment matters.

Strengths
An interviewee says: "They definitely know their law and their response times are good, especially if it is urgent."

A source indicates that "they demonstrate a deep knowledge" and provide "commercial advice."

Work highlights
Advised CGS-CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia on an internal investigation relating to alleged employee manipulation of its trading system.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Maulana "considers both the legal and practical viewpoints with the aim of providing solutions to clients," a source says. He has a wide range of expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, including those relating to employee fraud, labour unions, expatriate workers and employee benefits.

Projects & Energy

What the team is known for
Noted for advising some of the region's largest energy and resources companies, including government entities and export credit agencies. Proficient in handling project-related transactions, financings and development in the renewable energy space, as well as rail and telecommunications infrastructure developments. Frequently involved in cross-border matters for both lenders and project companies. Also able to handle contentious mandates in the projects and energy sector.

Work highlights
Advised onshore consortium contractor Meindo Elang Indah on issues relating to the EPC contract, towards the development of the USD1.8 billion Jawa-1 gas power plant project.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf has considerable experience of handling project finance and capital markets deals in the energy sector. Of late, he has handled transactions relating to the coal plant, geothermal and mining sectors.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Well-reputed team routinely instructed by leading telecommunications and technology companies on commercial and regulatory mandates in this space. Often advises on internet connectivity, mobile applications, e-commerce and data centre establishment matters. Has particular expertise relating to OTT media services. Also demonstrates expertise in data privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters.

Strengths
An impressed client says: "They are smart, ready almost 24 hours, and really knowledgeable about Indonesian law."

Another interviewee remarks: "We are very pleased with their support so far. They are very professional and personal."

Notable practitioners
Zacky Husein has considerable experience of advising leading Indonesian and global clients on such issues as data protection, OTT services, Internet of Things, blockchain and telecoms regulations. An impressed client appreciates his "very proactive" approach.

Christopher & Lee Ong - Malaysia

Banking & Finance - Band 3
Corporate/M&A - Band 3
Intellectual Property - Band 4
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Band 1
Real Estate - Spotlight Table
Shipping - Band 2
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Band 1

Ranked Lawyers:
Christopher Lee - Corporate/M&A (Band 3), Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 1)
Clive Navin Selvapandian - Shipping (Up and Coming)
Deepak Pillai - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)
Fiona Sequerah - Banking & Finance (Band 3)
Jack Chor - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Up and Coming)
Lee Hock Chye - Real Estate (Spotlight Table)
Lim Hui Ming - Real Estate (Spotlight Table)
Ng Kim Poh - Intellectual Property (Recognised Practitioner)
Yon See Ting - Competition/Antitrust (Band 3), Corporate/M&A (Band 4)

Banking & Finance 

What the team is known for
Established and experienced team handling a comprehensive range of finance matters, on behalf of both Malaysian and international banks. Often advises energy companies on project financing, especially relating to solar power plants. Also handles syndicated loans, acquisition and asset finance, and restructuring. Conversant in both conventional and Islamic finance, with additional expertise regarding DCM and fintech.

Strengths
A client appreciates that the firm provides the services of "a working business partner."

Work highlights
Advised CIMB Investment Bank, HSBC Bank Malaysia, HSBC Amanah Bank Malaysia and Maybank Investment Bank on a MYR60 billion joint conventional and Islamic MTN programme, which was issued by Cagamas.

Notable practitioners
Fiona Sequerah is well regarded by market sources for her experience of banking and finance transactions in Malaysia. She has notable expertise in handling syndicated loan arrangements, aviation financing and conventional and Islamic banking.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Robust corporate team, advising on a broad range of transactional and regulatory issues. Acts for domestic and international clients on M&A, private equity deals and corporate restructuring, including cross-border transactions. Especially active in the manufacturing, consumer goods and retail sectors. Also handles equity capital market offerings, including overseas listings.

Strengths
One client enthuses: "They have excellent legal knowledge and ability in a broad range of legal areas, including below partner and senior associate level, as well as an international network."

Another source adds: "They are extremely good at explaining core issues to people with little or no legal background, and their accessibility is also a particular strength."

Work highlights
Represented CITIC Capital Partners Management and Fountainvest Partners in the USD359 million acquisition of a 33% stake in China Merchants Loscam.

Notable practitioners
Christopher Lee has a well-regarded corporate practice with notable experience of advising clients on M&A and joint ventures, with particular expertise in the infrastructure space. Clients comment: "He is very hands-on and his advice is focused and commercially driven."

Yon See Ting is acknowledged for her experience in handling M&A transactions, as well as corporate restructuring and ECM deals. A client observes that "she is excellent in terms of client relationship management, responsiveness and accessibility," as well as "her commercial approach and problem solving."

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for
Advises on the full gamut of IP work, from prosecution and litigation to advisory and enforcement. Often engaged on trade mark, patent and copyright infringement mandates. Assists multinational companies as well as domestic clients. Able to leverage its affiliation with the Rajah & Tann regional network.

Strengths
One client comments: "They are go-getters and strong team players." This interviewee adds that "they put in the effort to know exactly what the customer wants."

A further source reports that "their responses are always quick and easy to understand."

Work highlights
Acted for the defendants, which included Skyworld Holdings, against a plaintiff claim for trade mark infringement, passing off and unlawful interference with trade action.

Notable practitioners
Sri Sarguna Raj and Ng Kim Poh are key points of contact.

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

What the team is known for
Leading projects team, known in the market for its extensive regional expertise in power and infrastructure. Able to advise on both project finance and development, it frequently acts on renewable energy projects, including waste and solar energy, as well as infrastructure projects. Additionally well placed to assist clients with construction and O&M agreements. Represents both Malaysian and international clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Strengths
Clients comment: "They have excelled in delivering services to our company. Their lawyers are skilled and proficient with a depth of industry knowledge and understanding."

Another interviewee praises the team for being "practical, flexible and knowledgeable, acting more as a working colleague than as counsel."

Work highlights
Advised MSR Projects on EPC and O&M contracts for the development of a 29.99 MW solar power plant in Terengganu state.

Notable practitioners
Christopher Lee is considered by market sources to be a leading practitioner for major infrastructure projects in Malaysia, with extensive experience of advising on financing, as well as construction contracts. A client reports that "he has very good market knowledge" and provides "crucial advice towards us making decisions."

Jack Chor has a growing reputation for his handling of renewable energy matters, especially relating to solar power. Clients say: "He is able to think outside the box and is practical, flexible and knowledgeable."

Shipping

What the team is known for
Offers significant cross-border capability owing to its membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia network. Frequently represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as handling ship arrests. Handles a range of collision, charter party and cargo cases, as well as maritime insurance and ship finance matters. Often acts for clients in the offshore energy and insurance spaces, as well as ship owners.

Strengths
One client states: "They are extremely good at explaining core issues to people with little or no legal background, and their accessibility is also a particular strength."

Notable practitioners
Clive Navin Selvapandian advises clients in relation to shipping disputes, including collision, charter party and cargo cases. One client attests: "He makes the effort to explain issues in depth to us."

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Pre-eminent TMT group in Malaysia, regularly instructed by leading international corporates, as well as domestic industry associations and mobile operators. Advises on a diverse range of matters, including data protection, cybersecurity, fintech and IT contracts. Additionally has expertise in regulatory issues in the media space. Advises a range of clients from such sectors as banking, telecoms and insurance.

Strengths
A client praises the team's "effective and solution-oriented" approach, adding: "They take the time and effort in getting to know us."

An interviewee notes: "They are committed to servicing their clients."

Work highlights
Advised a Malaysian bank on the replacement of its core IT system.

Notable practitioners
Deepak Pillai has a market-leading reputation for his handling of technology matters, especially IT and data protection issues, including Internet of Things and cloud matters. One client remarks: "His advice is of a high quality and provides great value to us."

 

Rajah & Tann Myanmar Company Limited - Myanmar

General Business Law: International Firms - Band 2

Ranked Lawyers:
Chestor Toh - General Business Law: International Firms (Band 2)

General Business Law

What the team is known for
Highly effective regional platform able to provide domestic and international law capabilities. Often leads Myanmar matters from its Singapore office with support from its team based in Yangon. Particularly active in advising clients on market entry, banking and joint venture matters in Myanmar. Also handles significant real estate and transport infrastructure projects. Represents an impressive array of Myanmar corporates as well as regional and global clients.

Strengths
An impressed client asserts that "it is a very strong firm."

Work highlights
Advised Sol Partners on its sale of a minority stake in Mandalay Yoma Energy Company to the ENGIE Group.

Notable practitioners
Chester Toh acts for both Myanmar and foreign corporates on acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and regulatory issues. He is especially noted for his government connections in Myanmar.

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

Corporate/M&A - Band 2
Dispute Resolution - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - Band 1
Employment - Band 3
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Band 3
Tax - Band 3

Ranked Lawyers:
Anthony Mark A Gutierrez - Tax (Band 2)
Ben Dominic R Yap - Dispute Resolution (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 2)
Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan - Corporate/M&A (Band 3), Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 3)
Jesus Paolo Protacio - Dispute Resolution (Band 3)
Norma Margarita B Patacsil - Corporate/M&A (Band 3)

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Talented team concentrating on foreign investments and share and asset acquisitions, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. Also experienced in assisting clients with the establishment of local businesses. Frequently advises on a range of corporate matters in the energy, technology and mining sectors across multiple jurisdictions, including the EU, Japan and Mexico. Clients benefit from its wide regional coverage and its experience in handling cross-border matters.

Notable practitioners
Jaime Renato Gatmaytan demonstrates good capacity for advising foreign clients investing in the Philippines. He has a particular focus on acquisition finance, regulatory compliance and corporate advisory matters.

Norma Margarita Patacsil advises on acquisitions, M&A-related competition matters and buyouts. A client says that they are "happy with her advice and service" and that she is "excellent."

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Robust team able to advise on the full life-cycle of a dispute. Noted for arbitration expertise, assisting particularly frequently with ICC-administered arbitrations, and recognised for its representation of leading conglomerates. Well equipped to handle the full range of litigation matters, including contractual, medical malpractice, taxation and environment disputes, before local courts and the Supreme Court. Also experienced in conducting audits for compliance checks and leading internal investigations.

Strengths
A client commends the team's diligence and hard work protecting clients' interests.

Work highlights
Successfully represented Viacom International in a claim against the Philippines Tourism Promotions Board valued in excess of USD2.8 million.

Notable practitioners
A highly satisfied client says that Ben Dominic Yap is "experienced, gives a positive impression and is a great guy to work with." He frequently represents financial institutions, manufacturers and green power suppliers.

Jesus Paolo Protacio "is a very good litigator and writes pleadings well" and "has a good understanding of Philippine laws, particularly on procedures," an impressed client remarks. Another source notes that "he gives excellent pre-dispute advice and analysis." He advises a number of high-profile clients from the utility, financial and transportation sectors.

Employment

What the team is known for
Well-known team that regularly advises on employee misconduct, employee termination and the defence of discrimination cases. Acts for clients in a range of sectors including technology, energy and finance. Handles employment matters for multinational corporates setting up business operations in Philippines.

Strengths
A client describes the team as a group of "very smart lawyers providing good and balanced legal advice."

Another notes that the team is "responsive and efficient."

Work highlights
Advised China National Offshore Oil on employment issues regarding its plan to develop, install, own and operate an LNG facility.

Notable practitioners
Cesar Santamaria is the main contact of the firm.

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

What the team is known for
Recognised and respected in the market for its activity in the infrastructure and energy arenas. It is particularly highlighted for its project finance know-how along with its noteworthy experience in PPP projects. Strong knowledge of the regulatory framework and contractual issues. It advises both public and private sector clients, including government bodies, significant financial institutions and major corporates. Also acts for domestic businesses on outbound investments in the region.

Strengths
One source singles it out for its "expertise and experience," while another states: "They are very dependable, responsive and proactive."

Work highlights
Advised CNOOC Gas and Power on the development, installation, ownership operation and maintenance of an LNG receiving, storage and regasification facility.

Notable practitioners
Jaime Renato Gatmaytan advises on project development and financial arrangements, as well as structuring investments and acquisitions. He is particularly well regarded for regulatory matters, with one source stating: "He's good on regulatory and legislative insight. He gives good advice and responses."

Tax

What the team is known for
Continues to be prominent in tax disputes, with notable experience in challenging tax assessments. Offers considerable expertise in advising clients from the energy, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Significant activity on advisory matters, assisting clients with the tax aspects of transactional matters, including on cross-border aspects.

Strengths
A pleased client attests to the team's "expertise in taxation," adding: "They are responsive to our requirements – that's the thing I value most."

Work highlights
Advised Sanofi Pasteur on a disputed assessment by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, involving value-added tax, income tax and withholding tax.

Notable practitioners
Anthony Mark Gutierrez is well known for his tax appeals work. He is a specialist in both tax and litigation, and he advises clients on tax assessments. Significant experience acting on appeals against the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP - Singapore

Banking & Finance - Band 2
Banking & Finance: Regulatory - Band 2
Capital Markets - Band 2
Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives - Band 1
Competition/Antitrust - Band 1
Construction - Band 2
Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption - Band 1
Corporate/M&A - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Band 1
Employment - Band 1
Insurance - Band 2
Intellectual Property - Band 2
Investment Funds - Band 2
Projects & Energy - Band 1
Real Estate - Band 2
Restructuring/Insolvency - Band 1
Shipping - Band 1
Tax - Recognised Practitioner
TMT - Band 1
South-East Asia – International Trade/WTO – New - Band 1
Asia Pacific Region – Arbitration (International) - Band 3
Asia Pacific Region – International Trade/WTO - Recognised Practitioner

Ranked Lawyers:

Andre Yeap SC - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 4), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 3)
Angela Lim - Banking & Finance (Band 2)
Anne Yeo - Investment Funds (Band 2)
Arnold Tan - Investment Funds (Band 1)
Chia Kim Huat - Capital Markets (Eminent Practitioner)
Chua Choon King - Shipping: Finance (Band 2)
Danny Lim - Capital Markets (Band 3)
Danny Ong - Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 4), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3)
Desmond Wee - Employment (Band 2)
Dominique Lombardi - Competition/Antitrust (Band 3)
Elaine Tay - Insurance (Band 2)
Evelyn Wee - Capital Markets (Band 3)
Francis Xavier SC - Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 3)
Hamidul Haq - Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (Band 1)
Jainil Bhandari - Shipping: Litigation (Band 3)
Jasmine Chew - Investment Funds (Band 4)
Jonathan Yuen - Employment (Band 2)
Kala Anandarajah - Competition/Antitrust (Band 1), Employment (Recognised Practitioner), South-East Asia: International Trade/WTO (Spotlight Table)
Kendall Tan - Shipping: Litigation (Band 3)
Larry Lim - Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives (Recognised Practitioner)
Lau Kok Keng - Asia-Pacific Region: Gaming & Gambling (Band 2), Intellectual Property: Litigation (Band 2)
Lawrence Tan - Corporate/M&A (Band 5)
Lee Eng Beng SC - Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 1), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Lee Weilin - Banking & Finance (Recognised Practitioner)
Leong Kah Wah - Shipping: Litigation (Band 1)
Lionel Tan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Recognised Practitioner)
Lionel Tay - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3)
Murali Pillai - Employment (Band 2)
Ng Kim Beng - Construction (Band 3)
Ng Sey Ming - Banking & Finance (Band 3)
Norman Ho - Real Estate (Band 2)
Patrick Ang - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Paul Tan - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 4)
Philip Yeo - Investment Funds (Band 4)
Rajesh Sreenivasan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)
Regina Liew - Banking & Finance: Regulatory (Band 1), Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives (Band 2)
Sandy Foo - Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
Shemane Chan - Construction (Band 4), Projects & Energy (Band 1)
Sim Kwan Kiat - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Simon Goh - Insurance (Band 1)
Soh Lip San - Construction (Band 2)
Steve Tan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 2)
Tan Chuan Thye SC - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 4), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3)
Terence Choo - Banking & Finance (Band 4)
Thong Chee Kun - Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (Recognised Practitioner)
Toh Kian Sing SC - Shipping: Litigation (Band 1)
Vikna Rajah - Tax (Band 3)
Winston Kwek - Shipping: Litigation (Band 2)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Sought after by major banks and corporate borrowers, with an excellent track record in both large and mid-size work, from traditional banking and syndicated lending to project and real estate finance. Capable of handling Shari'a-compliant financings, with recent experience advising on murabaha financings. Additionally offers notable expertise regarding fintech issues. Well placed to handle cross-border instructions due to its network of offices across the region, including in Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. Team roster also includes a high number of foreign jurisdiction experts.

Strengths
Clients value the commercial advice the team provides, reporting: "They provided very sound advice and were most helpful in providing a solution. They took the time to explain to us the risk for each part of the transaction and offer advice on how such risk can be mitigated."

Work highlights
Acted for RHB Bank on its SGD300 million commodity murabaha term financing facilities provided to Royal Group, relating to its acquisition of Sofitel So Hotel.

Notable practitioners
Angela Lim is a seasoned practitioner who has a stellar reputation for her work on cross-border transactions, from acquisition and leveraged financings to project and real estate financings. Clients praise her efficient handling of matters, with one noting: "Turnaround time is the most important aspect for us and she is able to turn it around in good time, ensuring that the deal meets our parameters, which is obviously key."

Regina Liew is a distinguished practitioner with substantial experience in both transactional and regulatory matters. She has particularly in-depth knowledge of fintech regulations, with clients remarking upon the "helpful and succinct advice" she provides. One interviewee reports: "She is my first port of call due to her regulatory expertise. She is definitely a leading light in that area and is very responsive and insightful in the way she responds to queries."

Ng Sey Ming is admired for his adept handling of high-value cross-border financings relating to Indonesia, frequently acting for a range of major regional banks. One client states: "We work extensively with him and would rate his contribution as excellent."

Terence Choo is an established practitioner who attracts praise for his handling of real estate and project financing matters as well as corporate restructurings.

Capital Markets

What the team is known for
Offering expertise across both debt and equity capital markets, the team is recognised for being involved in many complex transactions in the market. Highly regarded for advising on IPOs and listings, as well as rights offerings and hybrid issuances. Its client roster includes issuers as well as underwriters. A network of offices across ASEAN and beyond adds to the team's ability to handle cross-border work in jurisdictions such as Vietnam, Japan and Myanmar. The team harbours particular proficiency in Indonesia-related work.

Strengths
Clients report that they have had "very good experience working with Rajah & Tann in Singapore."

Work highlights
Acted for the issuer, Koufu Group and the vendor, Jun Yuan Holdings, on the SGD350 million IPO of Koufu on the main board of the Singapore Exchange.

Notable practitioners
Danny Lim is "highly regarded" in the market, according to interviewees. His areas of expertise include IPOs, rights issues and placements.

Evelyn Wee's practice is focused on equity capital markets and she regularly advises on IPOs, follow-on offerings and placements. She offers notable experience advising REITs and business trusts.

Chia Kim Huat offers considerable experience advising on IPOs and private placements as well as corporate transactions. He is particularly well placed to act for Chinese clients.

Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives

What the team is known for
Commands an excellent reputation for advising on listed and unlisted derivatives and structured products, as well as for providing a full suite of regulatory counsel. Experienced advising on margin requirements for OTC derivatives covering a full range of asset classes. Regularly assists with bespoke and innovative solutions. Notably offers experience in the establishment of exchanges. Clients include high-profile banks, clearing houses, regulators and exchanges.

Strengths
One client appreciates the team's "accurate and commercial" advice, explaining that "the team seeks to understand how institutional investors like us operate and find something that works which we can meaningfully implement."

Notable practitioners
Interviewees say Regina Liew has "extensive knowledge of the financial industry and local law and regulations," adding that she possesses "the long background necessary for understanding the regulator's expectations." She is best known for her expertise in the licensing of derivatives investments and the establishment of investment platforms.

Competition/Antitrust

What the team is known for
Highly regarded team with in-depth experience advising international and local clients on merger control issues, cartel investigations and market studies. Increasingly involved in multi-jurisdictional merger control cases, in particular those relating to the ASEAN region. Boasts an impressive client list which includes major multinational corporates in the technology, manufacturing and food and beverage sectors. The team also advises on compliance and provides training to clients.

Strengths
One satisfied client finds the team "very responsive, quite practical and able to give advice on short notice."

A further source notes that the firm offers "top-notch client service and commercial awareness" and is "very in touch with the latest developments in competition law."

Work highlights
Acted as Singapore joint-counsel for Essilor and Luxottica on its merger notification to the CCCS. This was the first conglomerate merger to be reviewed by the CCCS under a phase two review.

Notable practitioners
Dominique Lombardi is known for her expertise on EU competition and antitrust matters, including advising on compliance and merger filings. She is applauded by a client for being "very experienced in all antitrust matters" and possessing the ability to "guide the client in an efficient manner."

Kala Anandarajah is described by a client as "pragmatic and well respected as one of the top people in the market," while another source appreciates that she is "extremely commercially minded." She advises clients across the region on merger filings, cartel investigations and advisory work.

Construction

What the team is known for
Respected disputes team with considerable experience advising on construction matters for project sponsors, developers and contractors. Has deep experience in negotiating EPC contracts for energy and infrastructure construction projects. Sought out for redevelopment mandates in real estate and infrastructure. Regularly acts on construction disputes across South-East Asia, including complex multiparty disputes. Dedicated construction project risk analysis and mitigation capability, able to assist in markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and China.

Strengths
Clients praise the team's availability, with one noting: "The team has been very proactive, as well as willing to work weekends and late through the night with us. They're generally good on all fronts."

Another client states: "The firm responds quickly and is able to provide legal solutions and commercial insights into issues. They offer practical solutions and are eager to assist in commercial negotiations."

Work highlights
Advised One Bangkok as developer on concessions for the construction of utilities as part of a private sector property development in Thailand.

Notable practitioners
Ng Kim Beng is well known for handling EPC contracting in relation to major project developments in Singapore and the wider region. "He's a really fine lawyer," remarks one interviewee.

Sought after by clients, Soh Lip San is described by one source as "very hands-on and commercially astute." He advises on major contentious and non-contentious construction matters for high-profile clients.

Shemane Chan "has an intensive practice in traditional front-end construction," asserts one commentator. An established name in the market, she often advises on redevelopment and construction relating to real estate and infrastructure.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Highly regarded team that leverages the strength of its network of Asian offices to handle complex cross-border mandates, particularly takeovers of Singapore-listed companies, whether hostile, contested or uncontested. Active in a range of sectors, including banking, insurance and healthcare, it acts for major banks and corporate clients on public and private M&A transactions as well as privatisations.

Strengths
Clients say: "The team is responsive, prompt and very adaptable. They are also willing to work with the client to go the extra mile."

Work highlights
Acted for Singapore Press on its USD1.4 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in M1 making the offer through Konnectivity, a joint venture with Keppel and Singapore Press.

Notable practitioners
Lawrence Tan has a broad practice encompassing mergers, takeovers and capital markets transactions. He regularly acts for corporate investors and major financial institutions.

Sandy Foo is well regarded by market commentators for her transactional practice. She acts for major clients including financial institutions and private equity firms on complex cross-border transactions.

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

What the team is known for
Impressive line-up of experienced arbitration practitioners with deep connections throughout the Singapore and Asian markets. Very good slate of work in energy and shipping disputes, and recent involvement in BIT arbitration. Clients include states, government-linked organisations and major international oil companies. Firm's strong reputation for court litigation also makes the team a popular choice for arbitration-related litigation. Well placed to provide specialist advice on construction-related disputes.

Strengths
Clients find that the individual practitioners "work very well as a team and provide in-depth analysis of a matter."

Market sources acknowledge that the firm is "one of the biggest operators in Singapore."

Work highlights
Acted for the Republic of the Philippines in an arbitration concerning breach of contract claims concerning tax payables connected to an oil and gas concession brought by Chevron and Shell.

Notable practitioners
Andre Yeap SC is noted by sources for his long-standing reputation. His diverse practice includes international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Market sources say Tan Chuan Thye SC is a "well-known and high-profile" counsel in the commercial arbitration field. Clients also benefit from his experience as an arbitrator.

Paul Tan is "extremely smart and a very good operator." Interviewees also note that he "has a good reputation for arbitration-related litigation." He regularly handles commercial and investor-state arbitration and is particularly active on breach of contract disputes.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

What the team is known for
Prolific litigation team with plentiful expertise on big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes. Represents clients at all levels of the Singapore courts with particular experience in financial disputes, though it possesses additional expertise in contentious joint venture, shareholder, insolvency and shipping matters. Well placed to act on multi-jurisdictional matters due to its network of offices and alliances in the wider region. Members of the team have notable expertise handling cases connected to the Indonesia, India and China markets.

Strengths
Clients are highly satisfied with the service provided by the team and highlight practitioners' "strong analytical and advocacy skills."

A further source sums up: "They're fantastic, responsive, well organised and a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights
Represented Deloitte, the liquidators, in a suit against the executive chairman, an executive director and the senior projects manager of Poh Lian Construction, the company in liquidation.

Notable practitioners
Andre Yeap SC has extensive experience in the dispute resolution field having handled shareholder and securities disputes as well as fraud and estate matters. He is well regarded by the market for his handling of complex disputes.

Danny Ong handles investigations and litigation arising from the financial services sector. Clients remark: "He is extremely effective in that he is able to turn on the dial where he has to be more assertive but is also attuned to the commercial realities such that he effectively advises us on the most advantageous position."

Lee Eng Beng SC is renowned for his long career and impressive track record in handling commercial and insolvency litigation. Market sources speak well of him, with one commenting: "He is very smart and has a good corporate background as well, which comes in handy."

Francis Xavier SC is a well-known name in the market with significant experience representing listed companies and high net worth individuals in commercial disputes.

Paul Tan is commended for being "really user-friendly and down to earth." Another market commentator notes: "He isn't flamboyant but is effective in his own way." He has a broad dispute resolution practice including litigation and arbitration.

Employment

What the team is known for
Market-leading reputation for contentious employment matters, with further expertise in non-contentious work. A large team able to provide a full-service offering, with notable expertise in trade union issues and experience handling workplace harassment cases. Well placed to assist with regional work due to the firm's network of offices throughout Asia. Acts for multinational corporations in a range of sectors, including technology, insurance, finance and hospitality.

Strengths
The team is praised for its client-oriented approach: "The client service from the team is top-notch. They take the time to understand the facts and issues. I don’t ever feel that I’m just another client," an interviewee states.

Sources also highlight the team's ability to find solutions to the issues at hand, with one saying: "Their advice is realistic and resolution-centric."

Work highlights
Acted for Marriott in a dispute with a senior ex-employee relating to allegations of wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and defamation.

Advised Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices on employment training for a range of officials, including representatives from the Ministry of Manpower.

Notable practitioners
Murali Pillai acts for clients in a wide range of employment disputes, regularly advising major financial institutions and insurance companies on executive recruitment and terminations. "He is generous with his time despite his busy schedule," a client reports, adding that he is "not one to shy away from taking a position."

Desmond Wee is well versed in non-contentious employment matters and attracts praise from clients for his "fast responses" and "reliable" assistance.His practice encompasses a range of employment questions, from negotiations with trade unions to HR policies and performance plans.

Insurance

What the team is known for
Market-leading reputation for contentious employment matters, with further expertise in non-contentious work. A large team able to provide a full-service offering, with notable expertise in trade union issues and experience handling workplace harassment cases. Well placed to assist with regional work due to the firm's network of offices throughout Asia. Acts for multinational corporations in a range of sectors, including technology, insurance, finance and hospitality. Also advises clients on employment policies and contracts.

Strengths
A pleased client notes that "their work is clear, precise and efficient."

Another client appreciates the team's "quick turnaround and great technical skills."

Work highlights
Advising Prudential Assurance Company Singapore in action against a former employee for breach of contract and fiduciary duties.

Notable practitioners
Desmond Wee is recognised as a non-contentious employment specialist. One client notes: "He is one of the best employment practitioners we have dealt with and a consistent go-to person for employment matters. He is able to give us clear, quick and practical advice and does not overcomplicate matters." He acts on matters ranging from redundancies to audits of employment practices.

Jonathan Yuen is known for his employment disputes work. A pleased client notes that "he is not just good technically, he is also very savvy and understands international companies." He frequently acts on wrongful termination claims and sexual harassment matters.

Murali Pillai is known by sources as an excellent litigator. He has experience advising on a range of employment litigations involving matters including unfair dismissal, misappropriation and breach of duty.

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for
The firm’s IP department is involved with contentious and non-contentious cases concerning patents, trade marks and copyrights. Well known for advising clients on IP licensing and brand protection, and advises on transactional deals in relation to the transfer and licensing of IP rights. Demonstrates strong knowledge of media, sports and technology industries through multi-jurisdictional IP litigation cases.

Strengths
A client notes that “the firm has been responsive and prompt to respond to our requests for assistance, sometimes at very short notice,” also praising its ability to provide “invaluable strategic and business advice and legal assistance whenever needed.”

Work highlights
Acted for the clean energy provider Sunseap Group in an application to strike out the defendants’ counterclaim seeking revocation of the patent. Successfully defended against the plaintiff before the Assistant Registrar and subsequently before the Court of Appeal.

Notable practitioners
Lau Kok Keng heads the department and focuses on IP litigation, particularly in the sports, media and gaming industries. He handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. One client appreciates “his deep domain knowledge of IP matters," while another adds: "He is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned."

Investment Funds

What the team is known for
Frequently advises a variety of leading global funds groups that encompass a broad spectrum of strategies including hedge, private equity and real estate funds. Adept in offering advice to major investment groups on corporate reorganisation and M&A. Particularly distinguished for its work on the creation and management of private funds.

Strengths
A client notes this is “a great firm with great people – very long term in their approach and excellent client service especially if course adjustments are required in a given transaction.”

A further interviewee reports: "For me what matters the most is they are able to give very sound advice from an investor's point of view as well as fund manager's point of view and will share with me what the pros and cons are. The partners at Rajah & Tann have enough exposure and obviously the know-how to be able to give good advice."

Notable practitioners
Anne Yeo frequently engages with fund managers on the full gamut of investment funds work, including fund formation, restructuring and advisory arrangements for hedge, private equity, venture capital and real estate funds. Clients include institutional investors operating in multiple jurisdictions in the real estate and private equity space. A client notes she is “very commercial, so provides a great blend of advice.”

Arnold Tan is well versed in providing advice to clients on hedge, private equity and real estate funds. His work includes assisting with compliance and regulatory obligations. A market commentator says that “his knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Singapore is very strong.”

Jasmine Chew acts on a wide range of matters, most notably investment advisory operations in Singapore. Active in the formation and restructuring of investment funds, including hedge and hybrid funds and related regulatory issues. A client says she has “a lot of experience on the regulatory side,” adding: “She is someone who does not hesitate to put her point of view very clearly.”

Philip Yeo is known for advising on the formation of Singapore and offshore funds in addition to assisting with licensing obligations of Singapore-based fund managers. A client says Yeo is “quick in understanding and astute in framing the problem.”

Projects & Energy

What the team is known for
Well known for its comprehensive regional network, with an established presence in Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia. Often instructed on notably unique deals in the Singapore market. Highly sought after for its expertise in power and strong experience on PPP infrastructure projects. Also experienced in the oil and gas sector. Noted for its focus on the construction and development aspects of projects, with additional expertise regarding project finance.

Strengths
Commentary highlights the team's diligent guidance, with one client noting: "They were immaculately patient and instrumental in the negotiation and execution of documentation. Without their help we would have faced tremendous difficulties completing the project financing documentation. They painstakingly guided us through the treacherous and confusing regulations and negotiated tirelessly in order to secure the best position for us."

Another client says: "The partners have good commercial awareness, are quick to respond to queries and are contactable at all times. They have a great deal of experience in dealing with projects in the region, and are able to provide sound advice involving parties from various jurisdictions."

Work highlights
Advised Facebook on its SGD1.4 billion investment in a project to construct a data centre in Singapore.

Notable practitioners
Shemane Chan impresses with her considerable experience acting on Singapore projects and energy matters. "She's responsive, contactable and willing to accommodate clients’ timelines," says a client.

Restructuring/Insolvency

What the team is known for
Stellar practice, noted for its deep bench of lawyers. Assists clients involved in high-value restructuring matters, including debtors, creditors, judicial managers and liquidators. Also well placed to advise on the enforcement of creditors' rights. Draws on its regional network to advise on cross-border matters, and offers specialist expertise from within the firm in areas such as shipping and financial services.

Strengths
One client highlights the firm's broader depth as an important strength, saying: "The firm has specialisations in different areas of practice and hence is able to tap into its partners in other areas whenever required."

Another client praises the team's focus on achieving solutions: "The one thing I find about them which I value is that they're very results-oriented, they're not just trying to extend the bill."

Work highlights
Acted for the judicial managers of Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction with regard to various issues relating to the company's judicial management.

Notable practitioners
Tan Chuan Thye SC maintains a broad practice in the restructuring and insolvency sphere and is particularly known for his work on insolvency disputes. He has experience assisting debtors on debt restructuring and liquidations.

Danny Ong has an established practice acting on contentious insolvency matters, representing banks and insolvency appointees. "Danny has a great breadth of experience and is very well connected in the region," comments one client. "He is a pleasure to work with and always bends over backwards to provide the right advice."

Lee Eng Beng SC is praised for his "very practical commerciality" by one market commentator. Distinguishing himself in the realm of contentious insolvency cases, an interviewee comments of him: "Lee Eng Beng is singularly the most impressive counsel I have seen in court on matters relating to restructuring and insolvency."

Sim Kwan Kiat acts for debtors, creditors and appointees on a variety of insolvency and restructuring issues and is particularly noted for his experience operating on matters in the shipping space. A client praises his aptitude for providing clear and straightforward assistance, noting: "He's very good at just providing short and succinct pieces of advice that we can use in a practical way. We're not lawyers so being able to synthesise things in a simple way is really helpful."

Lionel Tay is described as "a veteran in this field" by one client who goes on to add: "He's very amiable with a fantastic personality. When it comes to getting fair advice he's very helpful and he's able to be very commercial and take a commercial view of matters." He acts for creditors and borrowers in distress and can handle both formal insolvencies and informal restructurings.

Patrick Ang is a revered figure in the market, one client commenting: "As an individual his reputation really precedes him in the restructuring and insolvency space. He's built up quite a regional practice, and being able to provide that advice which reflects the region is really helpful." His clients include distressed companies, major banks and judicial managers.

Shipping

What the team is known for
Pre-eminent shipping practice which is renowned for the size and strength of its litigation team. Covers the full range of contentious matters, including ship arrests, bunker payment claims, vessel collisions and casualty dispute cases. Offers additional strength in ship financing as well as shipping-related restructuring, with clients benefiting from its regional network of offices in South-East Asia. Frequently advises major banks and commodity houses as well as P&I clubs, ship owners and charterers.

Strengths
A client appreciates that the "depth and breadth of knowledge is unsurpassed," another describing the team as "highly knowledgeable and professional people who are sharp in their advice and aggressive in litigation."

The team is also noted for its "sound legal analysis coupled with practical insights on the industry and practices."

Work highlights
Acted for OCBC against the owners of the vessel 'Yue You 902' in a cargo misdelivery claim.

Notable practitioners
Chua Choon King is noted for his activity on ship finance matters and other corporate shipping issues. He has expertise in ship sale and purchase agreements as well as leasing matters, often advising banks on such matters.

Jainil Bhandari is described by a source as "very diligent in his work and a go-to man in Singapore." He is regularly involved in shipping disputes and has experience on pollution-related matters as well as cargo damage and ship safety matters.

Leong Kah Wah is a prestigious figure in the market, frequently advising on shipping disputes in the Singapore courts as well as on arbitrations. He is experienced in both wet and dry disputes. A client commends his clear analysis and advice, while another describes him as "a results person."

Kendall Tan regularly acts on shipping disputes, including on recovery claims and wet disputes. A client testifies to his "merits as an astute legal professional with outstanding and practical commercial understanding."

Toh Kian Sing SC is described by a pleased clients as the "foremost legal mind on maritime and related banking issues," while another adds that he "continues to be a shipping stalwart, and our first port of call for shipping matters." He is experienced in shipping disputes ranging from bills of lading disputes, to smuggling and ship sale and purchase litigation. Another source notes that he is involved in all of the big matters in Singapore.

Winston Kwek is known for his "in depth-industry expertise," according to interviewees. He regularly advises banks on litigation related to restructurings in the shipping industry. He also has experience in tax-related disputes as well as wet shipping matters.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Highly regarded outfit, well placed to provide expertise on telecoms and technology regulatory matters, as well as licensing, data protection, broadcasting and distribution issues. Acts for an impressive roster of high-end domestic and multinational social media, electronics and telecoms companies. Increasingly sought after to provide advice in relation to cybersecurity issues, including drafting of cyber-breach readiness and response plans, and in ensuring compliance with the provisions of Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act. Offers clients support in the wider region through the firm's extensive network of offices and associated firms.

Strengths
Members of this team are variously complimented by interviewees as being "at the top of their game," "very responsive, practical and able to give advice at short notice," and the beneficiaries of "an exposure to many different organisations globally."

Work highlights
Advised Facebook with regard to the SGD1.4 billion development of its first data centre in Asia in Tanjong Kling.

Notable practitioners
Practice head Rajesh Sreenivasan maintains a comprehensive TMT practice, focusing principally on transactional and regulatory mandates and acting for a variety of leading domestic, regional and international companies, government entities and influential industry bodies. Particularly well known for his handling of cybersecurity and data protection issues, he is acknowledged by market sources as a prominent figure on the TMT scene.

Steve Tan operates in many areas of TMT work, notably including those concerning data protection issues, the development of innovative technology or the digital media entertainment sphere, bringing to his mandates the insights which come from having worked within the commercial IT sector. A client who enthuses: "He is fantastic," goes on to emphasise that one of his key strengths lies in his ability to "explain things concisely and accurately, ensuring that it will be understood by people who haven't had legal training."

South-East Asia – International Trade/WTO

What the team is known for
Offers in-depth expertise in trade matters concerning South-East Asian countries. Excels in a range of areas, including anti-dumping, export controls, safeguards and the structuring of trade flows, as well as handling customs regulatory compliance for international companies operating across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in the hi-tech, healthcare and agrifood spaces. Also works on matters involving free trade agreements and tariffs. Maintains a strong reputation for its handling of Thailand and Malaysia-related matters.

Strengths
Clients report: "They are very service-oriented, and they understand the needs of the client; their advice is clear and practical. We never had to go back to ask for clarification and to challenge it. They give good, practical advice."

Notable practitioners
Kala Anandarajah is adept at handling customs issues, as well as advising on matters related to trade remedies and import and export. A source reports that she "has a broad knowledge of both trade and competition law, and is geographically knowledgeable, so she knows both what is happening in Singapore and in the region."

Asia Pacific Region – Arbitration (International)

What the team is known for
Leading Singapore firm, highlighted for its specialist arbitration practice and impressive regional range, extending to the Middle East, including especially notable coverage of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and maintaining an acknowledged profile in Philippines-related matters. Particularly noted for handling investor-state and energy cases, regularly instructed in matters involving the operations of Chinese companies in other Asian jurisdictions and highly active in disputes generated by regional construction projects. Additionally well placed to act on arbitration-related litigation in the Singapore courts, where it often provides assistance to international firms.

Strengths
Market commentators name Rajah & Tann as a firm with one of the region's "bigger and stronger" practices in this space.

An interviewee observes that practice members "work very well as a team and provide in-depth analysis of a matter."

Work highlights
Acted for the Republic of the Philippines in the ICC arbitration of claims by Shell and Chevron that the client breached the terms of an oil and gas service contract which obliged it to pay their relevant income tax obligations, valued in excess of USD15 billion.

Notable practitioners
Andre Yeap SC is head of the firm's international arbitration department.

R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited - Thailand

Dispute Resolution - Band 3
Tax - Recognised Practitioner
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Band 2

Ranked Lawyers:
Surasak Vajasit - Dispute Resolution (Band 1)
Melisa Uremovic - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Recognised Practitioner)

Dispute Resolution 

What the team is known for
Regional firm with a solid reputation in the litigation space, regularly advising on a variety of corporate and administrative cases. Especially active on disputes involving customs and tax, employment, telecommunications and restructuring, on behalf of both domestic and international clients. Also handles professional negligence and shareholder cases, as well as regulatory investigations. Regularly instructed on Thai Arbitration Institute proceedings.

Strengths
An interviewee lauds the team's "mastery of the laws and local environment in Thailand," adding that "they can translate Thai laws and practices for clients."

Work highlights
Successfully defended Sermsuk against an unfair dismissal claim brought by 45 former employees, which related to the company's reorganisation.

Notable practitioners
Surasak Vajasit is noted for his extensive experience and handles both litigation and arbitration. Often involved in disputes in the energy and tax spaces, he is also instructed as an arbitrator in ICC cases.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Notable TMT practice, frequently entrusted by leading global and Thai clients in the technology and telecommunications sectors. Well placed to advise on regulatory issues involving e-commerce, OTT services and data privacy, it also handles related disputes. Also has expertise in relation to cryptocurrency regulations. Often instructed on inbound acquisitions and joint venture investments in the technology sector.

Notable practitioners
Melisa Uremovic, Supawat Srirungruang and Saroj Jongsaritwang are main points of contact.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers - Vietnam

Corporate/M&A - Band 4
Dispute Resolution - Band 3
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Recognised Practitioner

Ranked Lawyers: 
Chau Huy Quang - Dispute Resolution (Band 2)

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Well-regarded firm that combines local expertise with the support of the firm's network of offices in the region. Regularly assists foreign clients in setting up companies in Vietnam. Especially adept in handling real estate, manufacturing and technology sector deals, including joint ventures and mergers. Also has competition law capabilities within the team.

Work highlights
Acted as Vietnamese counsel for CITIC Capital on its acquisition of a 33% equity interest in China Merchants Loscam from Sinotrans.

Notable practitioners
Vu Thi Que is a key point of contact for clients.

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Advises on both international arbitration and domestic litigation, including in-depth experience of SIAC proceedings. Especially active for regional and international clients, often handling cross-border construction disputes. Also handles a range of real estate, tax and shipping cases. Experienced in assisting foreign clients with the enforcement of arbitral awards in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners
Chau Huy Quang especially represents international clients in a range of disputes, often in the construction, real estate and shipping sectors. He handles both litigation and arbitration.