RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Erwan Barre and Mr Mark Jacobsen as Partners (Foreign Lawyers) in our Corporate Practice with effect from 2 June 2016. Erwan Barre joined RHTLaw Taylor Wessing after practicing for sixteen years with Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul Hastings, two leading US law firms, in Paris and New York. Focused on corporate transactions, Erwan has extensive experience representing clients across many industries, with an emphasis in the Technology and Life Science industries. He also has management experience, being a co-founder of Vaximax, a biotech company. Erwan has been involved in many M&A, joint venture, capital markets and financing projects in Asia, Europe and the US, including several game changing transactions. Most of these deals were cross-border. His transactional expertise is based on leading over 60 deals, representing in the aggregate more than US$20 billion. Erwan is admitted in France (1996) and New York (1998). Mark Jacobsen advises financial institutions, technology companies, funds (both VC and PE), and other corporate clients on private and cross-border investments and other corporate/commercial matters. He has counselled on issues as diverse as structuring, investment channels, securities, marketing and distribution, operations, and best practices. Prior to coming to Singapore, Mark was in association with three global top 25 law firms in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, San Francisco and New York, worked at the U.S. SEC in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Division of Corporation Finance, clerked for the presiding judge (Sir Richard May) in the Slobodan Milosevic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mark is admitted in California (2006).
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Ms Kong Seh Ping as a Partner in our Intellectual Property & Technology Practice with effect from 23 May 2016. Seh Ping specialises in corporate and commercial transactions across sectors and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on the technology and telecommunications sectors. She regularly advises start-ups on financing, investments, joint ventures, general employment law, and commercialisation of intellectual property rights in the Asia Pacific region (including licensing, franchising and technology transfer). In addition, Seh Ping has extensive experience in cross border M&A transactions, FDIs and joint ventures in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. She was ranked as a leading lawyer in the M&A category by the AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2013. Some of her notable transactions include: Advising Grey Orange Pte Ltd, a Singapore technology company which caters to warehousing and automation space in providing disruptive technology to make innovative products for efficient logistics and distribution, in connection with a Series A funding round from Tiger Global, Blume Ventures, Alok Rawat (President of FG Wilson FZE), Dileep Nath (co-founder Kanbay acquired by CapGemini) and other angel investors; Advising MoneyMax Financial Services Ltd in respect of its first overseas investment to hold the majority stake, through a own wholly-owned subsidiary, in a network of Malaysian pawnshops; and Advising Omya AG, one of the largest calcium carbonate producers in the world, in respect of its acquisition of chemicals distribution businesses in Indonesia and the Philippines respectively, and on mining related acquisitions and joint ventures in Bhutan, Malaysia and the Philippines respectively.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been shortlisted as Visionary Law Firm of the Year by In-House Community 2016. The In-House Community Research team have set the challenge for New Silk Road-based legal service providers to demonstrate that they can truly stand inside the shoes of their clients and proffer inspiring service. The team canvassed 100 legal providers and asked them to provide examples of the following: budget-orientated project management for a client
advice to a client regarding productivity and efficiency
exceeding client expectations (inclusive of client testimonials) The winner will be decided solely by independent judges.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been nominated as a finalist in eight categories by Asian Legal Business Southeast (ALB SE) Asia Law Awards 2016. The nominated categories are: Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Matrimonial Law Firm of the Year
Managing Partner of the Year Asian Legal Business is hosting the presentation of 36 awards before Southeast Asia's legal circle. This black-tie banquet will be graced by illustrious members of the bench, legal associations and business circles, law firms, in-house departments, and the legal academe from across Southeast Asia.