March 9, 2017

International law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing strengthens Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice with new Partner hire

Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has boosted its commercial and construction litigation capabilities with the appointment of Mr Sivakumar Vivekanandan Murugaiyan as Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice with effect from 1 March 2017. Sivakumar has an impressive track record in commercial and construction litigation and arbitration, having acted as both Counsel and Arbitrator for arbitration cases. He brings with him an extensive 28 years of experience, advising and representing a wide range of clients including individuals, local businesses, international corporations and financial institutions on civil and commercial arbitration and disputes matters. Sivakumar focuses principally on building contract and construction disputes, banking litigation, company disputes, minority shareholder claims, claims relating to breaches of fiduciary duties, defamation and insolvency-related litigation. The addition of Sivakumar to the team highlights the Firm’s commitment to grow and strengthen its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in line with the Government’s push to reinforce Singapore’s position as a dispute resolution hub. Commenting on Sivakumar’s appointment, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat said, “We are delighted to welcome Sivakumar to our Firm. With Singapore becoming the preferred centre for international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, Sivakumar’s extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation will strongly bolster our litigation and dispute resolution offering to potential clients.” Senior Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Mr Roderick Martin, S.C. added, “The work Sivakumar undertakes will be in line with the Firm’s momentum for its lawyers to be seen as industry experts in their various fields of litigation and dispute resolution. His multifaceted background will add depth to the Practice which will provide a tremendous amount of value to our clients.” Sivakumar graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1987 and did his Bar Finals at the Inns of Court School of Law in 1988 before commencing his practice in 1989. He has served as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Law Society and on various committees including the Ethics Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee as well as the Inquiry Panel. In addition, he also served for many years on the Board of Commissioners & Notaries Public of the Singapore Academy of Law. --- This press release is featured in the following news reports: "RHTLaw lands SG dispute resolution partner from Straits Law" - Asian Legal Business, 9 March 2017
March 1, 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Award Supports Pro Bono Initiatives By NUS Law Students

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Founder-Senior Consultant Mr Rajan Menon presents the NUS Criminal Justice Club with the 2017 RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award at the NUS Pro Bono Awards ceremony, Wednesday 1 March 2017. Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce that it has awarded the NUS Criminal Justice Club (“CJC”) the RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award (“the Award”) at the NUS Law Pro Bono Awards Ceremony 2017. The Firm’s Founder-Senior Consultant Mr Rajan Menon presented the Award to the CJC at the event today. The RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award seeks to encourage NUS Law students to embrace the pro bono spirit and to be torchbearers of pro bono work. It provides S$25,000 over a period of five years from 2016 to 2020, to fund worthy pro bono projects initiated by NUS Law students. Into its second year, the Award was launched in 2016 as a tribute to the late Mr Subhas Anandan, Singapore’s most outstanding criminal lawyer and a Senior Partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. Mr Anandan was a champion of pro bono work and a tireless supporter of a fair and just society, whose legacy the Firm is continuing to honour and celebrate. Set up to raise awareness about criminal law in Singapore and to inspire positive change within the criminal law scene, the CJC best reflects Mr Anandan’s own advocacy for the criminal justice system in Singapore. The Club has helped provide recourse for individuals who believe they have been wrongfully convicted of crimes and led efforts in exploring potential improvements to the military justice system. To this end, the Firm is pleased to present the CJC the RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award for the second year running. Commenting on the value of pro bono work in a speech delivered to NUS Law students at the event, Mr Rajan Menon, Founder-Senior Consultant of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing said, “For lawyers getting into or just starting out in their careers, pro bono work provides exposure to a broad spectrum of legal work that they might otherwise not encounter in their practice. Many of our volunteer lawyers have also found their lives enriched by a sense of fulfilment in knowing their pro bono work has directly touched someone’s life in a meaningful and lasting way.” “We look forward to seeing many more good works done by you in the coming years. As students on the cusp of entering the legal profession, we hope that you will continue to embody and strengthen the pro bono spirit even as you progress through your careers,” Mr Menon added. The importance of pro bono work, and of giving back to the community, has always been part of the RHTLaw Taylor Wessing culture. The RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, set up to enable the Firm and the RHT Group of Companies to contribute to charitable endeavours, has raised more than S$400,000 over the past two years for beneficiaries including The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the National Galley Singapore and the Red Cross Home for the Disabled. Volunteer lawyers from the Firm are regularly involved in pro bono work as well, participating in legal clinics and the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) and assisting the Action Community for Entrepreneurship Ltd as the legal service provider to the start-up community at JTC LaunchPad@one-north. --- The RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award is featured in the following news reports: "Pro bono award winners lauded for making a difference" - The Straits Times, 2 March 2017
February 7, 2017

International law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing announces new Partner and Foreign Lawyer hires

Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing announced today the addition of Partner (Foreign Lawyer) Mr Gerallt Wyn Owen, Mr Ben Constance, and Foreign Lawyer Mr Gilad Shay.  The new hires complement the Firm’s focus on developing industry-focused capabilities for clients and will help enhance a reputation for understanding clients’ businesses and for delivering innovative services that anticipate their needs. All three lawyers also have proficiencies in handling complex cross-border transactions.  RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Managing Partner Mr Tan Chong Huat commented, “We are excited to welcome our three new hires - all exceptional lawyers in their field. Their individual expertise will be a welcomed addition to our global team and will continue to strengthen the services that we can offer clients. They boast world class capabilities in their respective industries, blending well with the Firm’s vision of being an international law firm based in Asia. Gerallt, Ben and Gilad will contribute invaluably as expert legal advisors and will be seen as “go-to” industry practitioners by our clients. This is a significant addition to our bench strength.”  Gerallt is a senior international corporate crime and regulation lawyer with more than 21 years of experience. His strengths are in domestic and international investigations, fraud, corporate and financial crime, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, disciplinary proceedings and regulation. Gerallt has previously been listed as one of 'The Lawyer - Hot 100'. He was also recommended by Chambers & Partners Global 2014 and 2015 for dispute resolution in both Singapore and the UK, in addition to being ranked by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top ten most highly regarded business crime defense lawyers in the world based outside the UK/US. Gerallt will be part of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.  Ben joins the Firm’s Corporate Practice, bringing with him close to 15 years of experience in handling matters relating to cross-border M&A, equity capital markets and general corporate law. He has advised on transactions in Asia, Australia and throughout the Middle East in various sectors including banking and financial services, hospitality, information technology and energy. Ben has written various articles for International Law Office, Dubai SME magazine, Allorya.com and Australian Business Council Dubai. With over 10 years of experience, Gilad is an addition to the Firm’s Capital Markets, Corporate and Intellectual Property & Technology Practices. He has extensive experience in cross-border commercial and technology-focused transactions, M&A deals, joint ventures and in advising on intellectual property matters. He is especially engaged in matters relating to Israel, Singapore and the ASEAN region and has advised Fortune 500 companies, investors and start-ups. Gilad was part of the professional team in the first Initial Public Offering of an Israeli technology company on the Singapore Stock Exchange in over a decade. --- This press release is featured in the following news reports: "SG: RHTLaw adds Withers’ head of international regulatory" - Asian Legal Business, 7 February 2017
December 8, 2016

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Celebrates the Spirit of Giving at the Red Cross Home for the Disabled

With warm smiles, sweet carols, and holiday gifts, a 20-strong team of volunteers from the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation spent an afternoon spreading festive cheer to residents at the Red Cross Home for the Disabled yesterday. The Christmas visit is part of the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation’s yearly Christmas outreach programme to give back and bring joy to the local community. Decked out in Santa hats, volunteers regaled the residents with Christmas classics such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”. There was even a RHT Santa Claus dressed up to further spread the festive joy. With Santa making his rounds, the volunteers also presented the residents with Christmas gifts. Reflecting on the Christmas celebration with the residents, RHT Rajan Menon Foundation’s Chairman, Tan Chong Huat, said, “The RHT Rajan Menon Foundation’s vision is to actualise philanthropic activities into meaningful programmes for our donors and staff to participate and contribute to. The visit to the Home allows staff from RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies to carry out a meaningful activity together. The Foundation’s tagline “Our Success, Our Responsibility” carries the message of how we want to take our success responsibly. In this festive season of giving, I hope to encourage everyone to think beyond themselves, think beyond business, and to spare a thought for the disadvantaged. Let me also take this opportunity to wish all our beneficiaries a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”. The volunteers also brought smiles and laughter to the residents at mealtime when they had the opportunity to befriend and spend time with the residents while helping out during their feeding programme. The Red Cross Home for the Disabled is a residential home for those with multiple disabilities and operates a Day Activity Centre providing day care services.