October 31, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat shared his views on “Opportunities amid the downturn” in this week’s Views from the Top

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat shared his views in this week’s topic in the Business Times’ weekly column, Views from the Top. This article was first published in The Business Times on 31 October 2016. Opportunities amid the downturn OCT 31, 2016 5:50 AM THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: What's the economic outlook for your business and industry? How is your firm responding to it? Tan Chong Huat Managing Partner RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP THE economic outlook for legal services and professional services is certainly challenging at this stage. However, having been through the Asian financial crisis, Sars, and global financial crisis, we know that only the fittest will survive when things go wrong with the economy. Here at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies, we see this as an opportunity to invest and build on what our core strengths are so as to ride out the recession and grow aggressively when the economy turns around. We have strong fundamentals, with a commitment to providing clients with innovative multi-disciplinary solutions, embracing technology and developing our human resources to the fullest potential. There will be opportunities globally, in the Asean region and beyond, where we are well placed with the right network and corporate structures. More importantly, we have the imagination, courage and determination to embrace new ways of doing things. Instead of being disrupted, we are playing the disruptor role and constantly thinking without any box. I am confident that we shall achieve business success despite the difficult economic outlook.
October 27, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner Napolean Koh featured in The New Paper

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner Napolean Koh was featured in The New Paper article titled "He stabs himself over 8 times then stabs tenant too". The article was first published in The New Paper on 26 October 2016. He stabs himself over 8 times then stabs tenant too Unemployed man stabs himself, calls police, then threatens his three flatmates Source: SPH Digital News © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 26 Oct 2016 Author: Shaffiq Alkhatib He called the police after attempting suicide by stabbing his chest and neck more than eight times with a knife. But in an apparent change of mind, Lay Chee Leong, 39, decided that police intervention was not needed any more. With blood flowing from his wounds, the unemployed man barged into a bedroom occupied by his parents' three tenants and told the terrified women not to open the door should police officers turn up. Lay, who has substance use disorder with symptoms of psychosis and depression, also threatened to blow up the flat if they disobeyed his orders. He told the three Chinese nationals: "Since I'm already like this, it does not matter if I kill another one or two." He then stabbed one of them, electronic component assembler Wang Aiyan, 27, in the neck when she made eye contact with him. Yesterday, Lay pleaded guilty in court to one count each of voluntarily causing grievous hurt and criminal intimidation. A second count of criminal intimidation and one count of attempting suicide will be taken into consideration during sentencing. Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Lim Yu Hui said Lay stabbed himself with the knife that had an 11cm-long blade in his parents' flat at Block 273, Yishun Street 22, at around 5.30am on March 23. He changed his mind after calling the police and entered the women's room after kicking the door several times. His mother, Madam Chia Mui Keow, 64, tried to stop him but he shouted at her and told her to return to her room. She did as she was told and called her younger brother, Mr Chia Ah Bah, 59, for help. While in the women's room, Lay ordered Ms Wang, Ms Liu Weina, 20, and Ms Li Hui, 35, to hand over their mobile phones, and they complied out of fear. APP Lim said: "He also threatened the victims and told them not to open the door for the police or he would detonate a bomb inside the flat. "He then directed the victims to clean up the blood stains which he had left on the floor of the room." When he saw a light flashing on Ms Wang's phone, he thought the women had alerted the police. He told the women that if they tried anything funny, he would fill the flat with gas and blow it up so they would all die together. EYE CONTACT Ms Wang nodded her head in response but when she made eye contact with him, Lay stabbed her on the left side of her neck before leaving the room. Mr Chia had arrived at the unit by then and saw his bloodied nephew holding the weapon. He took it away and tried to help him clean his wounds. The police arrived around 7.25am. Lay was taken to Changi General Hospital and discharged the same day, while Ms Wang was rushed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH). A medical report dated June 10 said her injuries were life-threatening and she was placed on medical leave for 92 days. Yesterday, APP Lim urged District Judge Low Wee Ping to sentence Lay to between three and 3½ years' jail. Stressing that the offences were serious, she said that Ms Wang now works in administration in her company as she is unable to carry heavy loads because of her injuries. She also draws a lower salary now compared with what she used to earn. She is still receiving treatment from KTPH, and has to pay for her own medical treatments such as CT scans. Lay had multiple superficial stab wounds on his neck and eight stab wounds on his chest. His lawyer, Mr Napolean Koh, pleaded for leniency and told the judge that his client should be referred to a prison psychiatrist while serving his sentence. The case has been adjourned for the prosecution to reconsider its sentencing options because of Lay's mental condition. He will be back in court on Dec 15. For voluntarily causing grievous hurt, he can be jailed up to 15 years and fined, or caned.
October 25, 2016

Clients pour in their well wishes for RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies at the 5th Anniversary celebration

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies thank all our esteemed clients and friends for their congratulatory messages as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary. We value each relationship and aim for greater success in the next five years and beyond.   It was an impressive display last night, not just of business achievement, but of comradeship among staff and Partners, which spoke well of good, well- balanced leadership. I was particularly touched by the emphasis on CSR. Dr Cheong Choong Kong, Former Chairman of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Former Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines Congratulations on five years and a wonderful evening to celebrate the occasion.  The quality of the organisation can be seen in how well the Partners, team, and guests all enjoyed themselves. It was a great evening.  Long lasting companies are founded on great people and RHTLaw Taylor Wessing clearly has that piece. Looking forward to celebrating with the Firm in the decades to come.  Here is to continued success, growth and longevity. Tim Egold, Managing Director, Firgun Pte Ltd I was privileged to be one of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s early client. I was very impressed with the quality of professional advice and responsiveness to client's needs.  Together with the partnership with Taylor Wessing, law firms in the Firm’s ASEAN Plus Group, and expanded capabilities within the Group of Companies, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has positioned itself well to be the go-to professional outfit for businesses. The electrifying atmosphere at the 5th Anniversary dinner and the abundance of energy felt amongst its partners and staff certainly augurs well for RHTLaw Taylor Wessing for the next five years and beyond! I offer my heartfelt congratulations to all at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and look forward to a closer working relationship with the group! Kelvin Tan, Former Independent Director, WE Holdings Pte Ltd I congratulate RHT on the remarkable and impeccable star performance in the five years since its founding. This inaugural period undoubtedly marks the group's development and entrenchment in the region as a top-notch, world class, one-stop corporate services provider. I wish RHT even greater success and achievements in the years ahead. Yang Sy Jian, Former Research Director, UOB Kay Hian The amazing atmosphere of excellent display of digital images and powerful presentations truly reflect the adventurous and futuristic spirit of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and its Group of Companies. In the short span of five years, it has transformed the traditional concept of a law firm without sacrificing its core value. Congratulations on the firm’s 5th Anniversary and, more importantly, for creating a business friendly one stop law firm. " Goh Yeow Tin, Independent Director, Lereno Bio-Chem Ltd. Congratulations to RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies for a very successful five years. Their growth has been truly astonishing, a testimony to the dynamism of their multi-talented team. I look forward to seeing the next five years, which I’m certain will be their most exciting yet. Yang Eu Jin, Executive Director & General Counsel, Overseas Education Limited I thank you very much for hosting me at your delicious gala dinner. Congratulations on the excellent organising at such a prestigious place. The short visit at the Museum was very interesting. I enjoyed a lot being part of this very special 5th Anniversary and discovering a bit more about the spirit and the essence of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. Wishing you all the best! Laurent Fabry, Director, Tereos Asia I would like to thank you for the invitation to join you celebrating five years of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing! Congratulations again – it was a wonderful event. It was with great pleasure meeting everyone. Katharina Ravens, Managing Director, German Centre for Industry and Trade Pte Ltd Congratulations on the 5th Anniversary of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the Gala Dinner Celebration. We were greatly honoured to be invited to join your celebration and to meet your colleagues and Senior Partners. We were very impressed by the tremendous growth and progress of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing in a short span of five years. May your Group continue to grow, expand and become a global leader in the near future. Datuk Robert Chua T. C., B.B.M., D.M.S.M., O.St.J. Member ASHRAE, Executive Chairman, EFL Group Congrats on the successful and wonderful 5th Anniversary dinner for RHT. It’s an excellent platform to showcase RHT capabilities and growth within such a short time frame and also gave a chance to meet people. The thought that went into this event really showed! Great conversations, great people and great food. I enjoyed the night and thank you for hosting this event. I enjoyed meeting new people and building bridges across different units and professionals. It was great. John Ng, Business Development Director, Swee Hong Limited A team that plays hard together will stick together because of the memories of the good time together. RHT would not be anything if it did not take that first step together, five years ago. Let’s run together as the journey promises many positive surprises for the team. Team RHT: one great team moving in unison onwards and upwards. Yeo Nai Meng, Owner, Strategic Planning Services It was so heart-warming to see all colleagues, from the top of the legal profession to the well-loved office tea lady, coming together to celebrate this milestone in the journey together. May the same spirit guide RHTLaw Taylor Wessing in continuing to break new grounds! Ho Kee Sin, Advisor, 1st an Idea LLP I'm proud to be associated with RHT. Good presentations at the 5th Anniversary celebrations! Ang Miah Kiang, Independent Director, Soo Kee Group It was a very entertaining and inspirational 5th Anniversary celebration. Well done, RHT!  Mike Sim, CEO & Executive Chairman, Sinwa Limited RHT’s 5th Anniversary celebration was an eye opener. It is hard to believe the progress RHT has achieved within such a short span of five years. Dr Low Seow Chay, Independent Director, Hai Leck Holdings Limited
October 24, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Deputy Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Nandakumar Renganathan featured in TODAY

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Deputy Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Nandakumar Renganathan was quoted in TODAY article titled “Google indicates it will apply for permit for next year’s Pink Dot event”. The article was first published in TODAY on 22 October 2016. Google indicates it will apply for permit for next year’s Pink Dot event   Source: 2016 © Mediacorp Press Ltd. Date: 22 October 2016 Author: Valerie Koh SINGAPORE — At least one regular sponsor of the annual Pink Dot event at the Speakers’ Corner, Google, has pledged its commitment to the event, by indicating that it would apply for a permit next year. “We’ve been proud supporters of Pink Dot since 2011 and we will continue to show our commitment to diversity and inclusion. So, we will apply for a permit to support Pink Dot in 2017 if required by this new regulation. We hope that these new rules will not limit public discussion on important issues,” said a Google spokesperson on Friday (Oct 21). Several of the 18 sponsors for this year’s event — including Bloomberg, Apple, Twitter and BP — declined to comment on the changes to the Public Order (Unrestricted Area) Order 2016, which will come into effect on Nov 1. The amendments, announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday, made it clear that foreign entities have to apply for a permit before “sponsoring, publicly promoting … or organising its members or employees to participate” in Speakers’ Corner events. A spokeswoman for JP Morgan, which has been sponsoring Pink Dot since 2013, said the bank is committed to promoting equality in the workplace, and encouraging a “supportive and inclusive” culture. “We believe in providing a work environment for our employees that is safe and free from discrimination regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation,” said Ms Li Anne Wong, declining to share whether the bank will apply for a permit next year. Lawyers told TODAY that the changes announced by the MHA were a reflection of the Government’s long-standing stance against foreign influence on domestic matters. Veteran lawyer Amolat Singh said: “It doesn’t come as something shocking, abrupt or out of the ordinary. It’s really an extension of the law we already have.” Although some might frown upon the changes, they fortify “the principle that Singaporeans must speak up”. “Some of these foreigners might have their own agenda to run”, he added. On Friday, the MHA also made clear the distinction between Singapore and foreign entities. It defines a Singapore company as an entity incorporated under the Companies Act here, controlled by a Singaporean majority. This distinction closes a loophole in the law, under which multinational corporations could argue that they are Singapore entities, simply because they have subsidiaries incorporated or registered locally, said Singapore Management University (SMU) law don Eugene Tan. “The second requirement under the new rules is that these entities have to be majority-owned by Singapore citizens — I see it as clarifying,” said Associate Professor Tan. The definition of a Singapore entity is consistent with other areas of the law, such as the Political Donations Act, said SMU’s Assistant Professor of Law Jack Lee. Moving forward, Mr Nandakumar Renganathan, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s deputy head (litigation and dispute resolution practice), urged companies to have clear guidelines on employee participation in such events. “To be safe, companies should make it clear that their employees should not use the company’s name as sponsors or supporters of such events, without the company’s consent from its management,” he said. Lawyers noted that should a foreign company run afoul of the law, its senior management is the one that is likely to be held accountable. Citing the flouting of tax regulations or employment laws, Mr Singh said that company directors are often the ones taken to court. Mr Nandakumar felt that management committee members, managers or chief executives could also be held responsible. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY NEO CHAI CHIN.