October 27, 2017

ASEAN Plus Group congratulates Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners for Winning Three Asian Legal Business Indonesia Law Awards 2017

The ASEAN Plus Group (APG) congratulates Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) for winning three prestigious Asian Legal Business (ALB) Indonesia Law Awards 2017. Under the firm categories, HPRP was awarded by ALB in the following areas: Maritime Law Firm of the Year Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year Under the deal categories, HPRP was awarded by ALB in the following area: Project Finance Deal of the Year The Project Finance Deal of the Year was awarded for the Palapa Ring Project East Package led by Partner Chadri Jurnalis. In addition to the above, HPRP was the finalist for other categories including Banking & Finance, Litigation, Project Energy Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Technology, Media and Telecommunications. The ALB Indonesia Law Awards recognize outstanding in-house teams from Indonesia’s top corporations, market-leading private practice firms and rising law firms as well as exceptional individual lawyers from Indonesia’s legal community. The fourth annual award ceremony took place at a black-tie gala at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski in Jakarta. To view the full list of the ALB Indonesia Law Award 2017 winners, please visit the Asian Legal Business website.
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.