Local law firms continue to lead the legal industry in Singapore with only 9 foreign firms making the Top 25. According to a Singapore Business Review article in March 2014, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP was ranked 8th and had the third highest employment growth among local law firms in Singapore.
According to Tan Chong Huat, Managing Partner, “ We are delighted with this ranking. We are truly the leading local international law firm with expert area focus. The firm is recognised as a leader in our practice and industry areas. We have a group of talented and engaged people, a strong and trusted brand, a presence in 23 countries via our membership in Taylor Wessing the UK law firm of the year, a ASEAN PLUS focus, all of which differentiates us in the legal industry today. 2013 has been a year of growth and we see this continuing into 2014. As we pursue our mission and vision, we are confident that the strategic direction we have chosen will enable us to win in the market and achieve global leadership positions.”
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Eugene Quah as a Partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice with effect from 24 March 2013.
The firm also welcomes Mr Kenneth Fagan (foreign registered lawyer) as a Senior Consultant at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Banking and Finance Practice with effect from 19 February 2014. He takes on the role of Senior Consultant at RHT Compliance Solutions as well.
Eugene is a versatile lawyer with more than 16 years of legal experience across all areas of legal work, including dispute resolution, commercial transactions, in-house legal operations and government & regulatory affairs. Eugene was previously a Director in the Dispute Resolution department of one of the most prominent law firms in Singapore, and was Director, Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Thailand. He has acted for a wide spectrum of clients in numerous industries, including multi-national companies, public listed companies, private companies and private individuals. He currently practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. Some of the matters Eugene has handled include representing an Indian business tycoon in an international arbitration concerning the sale of a major Indian mobile telecoms company, with over US$300 million in issue, as well as acting for a Singapore public-listed company in a joint-venture dispute, with over US$100 million in issue.
Ken is a well-established banking lawyer and compliance professional with more than 30 years of experience, including almost 20 years’ experience in Singapore serving in senior legal and compliance positions in financial institutions with responsibility for Asian, Middle East and Central European markets. Having started his career in New York in private practice with an international focus, and having joined Citibank in New York in 1983, Ken relocated to Singapore in 1994 to serve as Citi's first dedicated regional counsel for its large consumer businesses and also served for several years as Citi's senior regional counsel for its corporate bank. In 2008 Ken joined DBS Bank Ltd as head of its Legal, Compliance and Secretariat function where for five years he managed a large regional compliance team responsible for AML, FCPA, UK Bribery Act, FATCA, Dodd-Frank and US and EU sanctions compliance as well as MAS, HKMA other regulatory relationships.
Leading Singapore law firm, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has expanded its regional footprint with the addition of PBC PARTNERS in Vietnam. The firm announced today that it has signed an exclusive agreement with PBC PARTNERS, a leading Vietnamese law firm with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. This arrangement will give RHTLaw Taylor Wessing access to 22 legal professionals in Vietnam. With this development, PBC PARTNERS will now be known as PBC PARTNERS & RHTLaw. This joint venture tie-up comes 4 months after RHTLaw Taylor Wessing announced its cooperation agreement with leading Indonesian law firm, Hanafiah Ponggawa and Partners.
This development is in line with RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s strategy to grow its “ASEAN+” legal practice throughout Asia. This joint venture will see both firms share knowledge, resources and best practices, enabling them to provide a seamless service to its clients across the region.
Head of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Corporate Practice, Azman Jaafar said, “The past year has been very eventful for us. We have ventured into new markets in Asia and our partnership with PBC PARTNERS & RHTLaw is one of the most significant and exciting since we embarked on our ASEAN+ drive. Our clients can now look forward to a more integrated team offering a wider range of services and industry specialisations across Asia. This adds tremendous value to our clients. We will continue to work hard to bring our best in Asia together into our family to provide a simple comprehensive service offering for the region.”
Benjamin Yap, Senior Partner, PBC PARTNERS & RHTLaw added: “We are honoured to be the partner for RHTLaw Taylor Wessing in Vietnam. Our partners have enjoyed a long-standing and solid relationship with the partners of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP. We are pleased to be in partnership together to offer our clients the added resources and expertise of a full-service international firm. Both our firms share common values and are committed to ensuring that great opportunities are created for our clients. We have no doubt that this partnership will give us a unique regional footprint and we are confident that this will open up considerable opportunities for our clients as we pool our expertise and experience together. I am confident that clients can expect greater things from us in the future.”
With the addition of PBC PARTNERS, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing offers clients access to more than 950 legal professionals across 23 offices in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
PBC PARTNERS is a legal firm founded by experienced Vietnamese lawyers in 2005. From the partnership of founding partners, the firm has placed its footprint in the legal map of Vietnam by the presence of two offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
The firm’s main practice covers inward & outward investment, trading & commerce, M&As, real estate and construction, banking & finance, international trade, telecommunication, taxation, employment, dispute resolution. The firm is also active in making contributions to the improvement and development of legal system of Vietnam.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP is based in Singapore and offers clients access to a network of over 950 legal professionals across 23 offices in Asia, the Middle East and Europe via membership with Taylor Wessing group. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP is also the Singapore member of The Interlex Group, a global network of leading law firms.
A committee comprising mental-health experts, judges and lawyers has been set up to review homicide laws and the treatment of mentally disabled offenders. Chaired by Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah, the 18-member committee will consider the definition of murder and how one should look at murder committed in the course of rape, violent sexual offences, or offences against very young people who are unable to protect themselves.
Other changes include the setting up of a third law school at SIM University and giving courts more discretion and flexibility in sentencing to ensure that the appropriate sentence is imposed in each case.
The committee, first mentioned during the Committee of Supply debate last year, is expected to make formal recommendations by June 2014.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Mr Subhas Anandan has been appointed to the 18-member committee.