October 27, 2017

ASEAN Plus Group congratulates Partners from its member firms on being ranked in Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 list

The ASEAN Plus Group (APG) congratulates Partners from our member firms on making the Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 list. APG congratulates: Melinda Marie D’Angelus, Partner, Azmi & Associates Hendra Ong, Partner, Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) Melinda was recognised for her work in the labour and employment as well as litigation and arbitration areas. In particular, Melinda acted for an oil and gas company in an unfair dismissal claim brought by a former employee in the Industrial Court of Malaysia. Additionally, she provided legal advice on employment law and practices in Malaysia to two individuals for an ongoing arbitration in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Hendra has been distinguished for his experience in the resources and infrastructure practices. He acted on the restructuring of PT Mandala Airlines and represented Garuda Indonesia Airlines on its purchase of 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s aircrafts, valued at $4.9 billion at 2014 list prices. Moreover, he provided legal assistance to the Lonza Group on its $5 billion acquisition of Capsugel as well as to Sriwijaya Air on its IPO plan preparation. The Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 list shines light on 40 outstanding legal professionals in Asia under the age of 40 who have worked on significant deals and disputes in the past year and have earned accolades from their peer, superiors and clients. The full ranking can be viewed in the October 2017 issue of the Asia Edition of Asian Legal Business.
October 23, 2017

Deputy Managing Partner Azman Jaafar appointed to the National Arts Council

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Deputy Managing Partner Azman Jaafar on his recent appointment to the National Arts Council (“NAC”). The NAC champions the creation and appreciation of the arts locally and promotes Singapore arts overseas. The NAC is led by a team representing a broad cross-section of top management of corporate Singapore. The NAC was formed in 1991 from the amalgamation of the Singapore Cultural Foundation, Cultural Division of Ministry of Community Development, Festival of Arts Secretariat and the National Theatre Trust. Azman grew up immersed in the arts. His late father, Jaafar A. Latiff, was one of Singapore’s pioneer artists. His paintings, both batik and acrylic, adorn the walls of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s office. Azman is honoured by the appointment and looks forward to playing his part as a council member of the NAC.
October 20, 2017

Singapore Red Cross – RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2017 celebrates “Together for Humanity”

Singapore Red Cross (“SRC”) and RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”) celebrated “Together for Humanity” at the annual Singapore Red Cross – RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2017. Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, Patron of the Foundation, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour. The Foundation was honoured to be the title sponsor for this event whereby more than $118,000 was raised for Singapore Red Cross local humanitarian services TransportAid, FootAid, ElderAid, HoME+ and the Red Cross Home for the Disabled. This strongly resonates with the Foundation’s goal of offering assistance to disadvantaged groups. Mr Tan Chong Huat, Chairman of the Foundation and Senior Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, said in his welcome address, “For many years, community development goals were philanthropic activities that were seen as separate from business objectives. But I think that is changing. What many of the organisations that are represented here today are realising is that competitive advantage can result from weaving social considerations into business strategy.”  The charity golf event drew over 140 golfers and 190 participants in the charity golf dinner which included a charity auction, live performances and prize presentation.
October 19, 2017

Senior Partner Mr Roderick Martin SC is on the Disciplinary Tribunal appointed for a case of breach of confidentiality, as published in The Straits Times

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Senior Partner Mr Roderick Martin SC was featured in The Straits Times article titled "Lawyer faces fine for leaking client data to lover". The article was first published in The Straits Times on 19 October 2017. Lawyer faces fine for leaking client data to lover Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 19 October 2017 Author: K.C. Vijayan A lawyer who leaked confidential client information to his then lover admitted to professional misconduct before a disciplinary tribunal, which has called for him to be fined. Mr Ryan Lin, an associate director at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC at the time, had communicated with the woman via WhatsApp from October 2015 over two months, which formed the subject of 14 charges against him. The Disciplinary Tribunal (DT), comprising Senior Counsel Roderick Martin and lawyer Tan Gee Tuan, noted in its report issued in August that this appeared to be the first case involving breach of confidentiality to have reached the tribunal. It recommended that Mr Lin pay a penalty of between $15,000 and $20,000 for all the charges. The amount is to be decided by the Law Society's governing council. According to the DT report, the pair entered into an intimate relationship after they met through Tinder, an online dating mobile application, in October 2015. The woman complained to the Law Society in February last year about his disclosures after the tryst ended. A few months later, Mr Lin's employer, Morgan Lewis Stamford, followed suit. Given that the two complaints arose from the same facts, the Law Society pressed charges against Mr Lin, who is in his 30s, based on the woman's complaint. The DT said Mr Lin was fortunate there was no evidence that any of the clients whose confidential information was passed had suffered loss or damage. It found that the disclosures were restricted to personal communication, which meant negligible likelihood of damage or loss, and that there was no fraudulent or dishonest conduct by Mr Lin. "(He) was a foolish young man who has, in the pursuit of a woman, forgotten his duty to keep matters of his professional engagements confidential," said the DT. Among other breaches, Mr Lin sent to the woman a photograph of a draft circular to shareholders on Nov 13, 2015, in relation to the proposed disposal of companies to an entity. The proposed disposal by a client of the law firm had not then been made public. Like the other charges, the disclosure of the draft circular amounted to misconduct unbefitting of a lawyer, said the tribunal. Lawyer Sanjiv Kumar Rajan, in prosecuting for the Law Society, did "not seek the harshest of determinations but measuredly" argued that Mr Lin should be punished with a substantial fine and pay legal costs. Defending Mr Lin, lawyer Sim Chong pointed out at the hearing in June that the woman was "his closest confidante" when they were in a relationship and the information, being part of ongoing text messages, was not data that either could profit from or meant for such purpose. He argued that references by Mr Lin to his clients were made in the context of him sharing his day with the woman or to justify to her why he could not see her. Said the DT: "(It was) something which a solicitor would do without batting an eyelid when informing his wife that he is not able to go back for dinner because of some client or other... "Alas, (the woman) was not (Mr Lin's) wife and what could happen has happened when the falling out occurred." It ordered Mr Lin to pay $7,000 in costs to the Law Society. A spokesman for parent firm Morgan Lewis, which is based in the United States, declined comment when contacted via e-mail last week. Mr Lin, who began practising in 2008, is understood to be no longer with the law firm.