May 31, 2017

Head of Regulatory Practice Nizam Ismail quoted in The Edge article titled “1MDB Case: Will Malaysia, Abu Dhabi settlement deter Singapore” on how offences committed within Singapore will be assessed under Singapore laws

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Head of Regulatory Practice Nizam Ismail was quoted in The Edge article titled “1MDB Case: Will Malaysia, Abu Dhabi settlement deter Singapore”. The article was first published in The Edge Singapore on 1 May 2017. The article discussed about the agreement between Malaysia and Abu Dhabi to settle a dispute involving billions of dollars’ worth of bonds issued by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Nizam commented that “the settlement between Malaysia and Abu Dhabi will have no bearing on cases of individuals being prosecuted in Singapore. Instead, the key factors are what acts took place, the state of mind of the persons involved in these acts at the material time, and the events that happened at the time.” He went on to share that “Singapore authorities will make the assessment, under Singapore laws, as to whether any offence has been committed within Singapore.” The full article dated Monday 1 May 2017, can be found in The Edge Singapore.
May 29, 2017

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation raises $264,000 for beneficiaries at its third annual Charity Golf event 2017

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2017 was featured in The Straits Times article titled “Charity Golf tournament raises $264,000 for beneficiaries”. The article was first published in The Straits Times on 26 May 2017. Charity golf tournament raises $264,000 for beneficiaries Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 26 May 2017 Author: Aaron Chan SINGAPORE - Over a quarter of a million dollars was raised on Friday (May 26), at RHT Rajan Menon Foundation's third annual golf charity event held at the Singapore Island Country Club. A total of 40 companies and individuals donated $264,000, which will go towards two primary beneficiaries - The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Singapore Management University Pro Bono Centre - as well as two selected organisations, namely the Singapore Red Cross Society and National Gallery Singapore. Over three years, the foundation has raised more than $600,000. One of its key donors is Qilin World Capital, who has been a supporter since 2015. Qilin's co-managing partner, Mr Raymond Lau, said: "Both the primary beneficiaries were set up to support children and youth from less fortunate circumstances. (Our company) believes that the right financing tools can help cultivate a culture of socially responsible individuals and provide educational development to the next generation." RHT Holdings's chief executive Mr Jayaprakash Jagateesan, who was speaking at the event's gala dinner on Friday said:"As leaders of the corporate world, we have the influence to inculcate the spirit of giving within our organisations, encouraging fellow colleagues and friends to behave in a socially responsible manner." The RHT Rajan Menon Foundation was established in 2015 and supports a variety of causes.
May 17, 2017

“Motherhood is more than just a Sunday in May”, Family and Matrimonial Law Partner Michelle Woodworth shares 5 tips with divorced mothers for Mothers’ Day

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Family and Matrimonial Law Partner Michelle Woodworth wrote an article published in AsiaOne titled “The divorced mum's guide to surviving Mothers' Day”. The article was first published in the 12 May 2017 edition of AsiaOne. The divorced mum's guide to surviving Mothers' Day Source: AsiaOne Date: 12 May 2017 Author: Michelle Woodworth Mother's Day is when most families look forward to celebrating their mothers, but for divorced mums, commemorating motherhood in the void of a family nucleus may not be a jubilant Sunday. As a family lawyer, I've had clients tell me that their first few Mothers' Days post-divorce were the most difficult. "A sad and lonely time", as one client described it. On a day where social media feeds boast pictures of intact-family celebrations, typically orchestrated by dads taking charge of helping to pick out presents, flowers or surprising mum with breakfast in bed, divorced mums can feel as though they are missing out. Being a mother takes an inexplicable amount of sacrifice, courage and strength - regardless of marital status. That deserves to be celebrated, affirmed and appreciated. As a mother who adores her daughter and as a daughter who admires her mum, I understand that motherhood is more than just a Sunday in May. Here are five tips to celebrating you: 1. Remember that you have a cause to celebrate Take charge to make this day special by planning the day to make it meaningful. Consider roping in your own mum, sisters, aunts and have a multigenerational celebration. Celebrate the day Singapore-style with food, food, food! Prepare ahead by pre-arranging with your ex for your children to spend Mothers' Day with you if arrangements dictate otherwise. 2. Set aside time for your children Remember that you can make this day about celebrating your children in as much as it is about celebrating you. Step out of the day-to-day routine and do something different with your children. Take your younger kids to the beach or even to a trampoline park. If your children are older, share life experiences over a drawn out meal. 3. Relinquish old expectations and create new family traditions It may be challenging to celebrate Mothers' Day without a spouse's help, but things can get easier. Establish new traditions with your children so that they will look back with fondness when they are older. Over and above all else, do not feel guilty about the divorce. 4. Connect socially through a support group Mothers' Day may be a good time to look out for other divorced mums who may be spending the day alone. Make plans with them, be it over coffee, sharing stories, or exchanging tips on juggling home and work lives. Encourage one another! 5. Love yourself Reflect on and recognise your achievements, notwithstanding the inevitable struggles in raising your children. Avoid comparing yourself with other mums. Be optimistic and keep your chin up! Know that you are unique; yesterday, today, tomorrow and always! And to all mothers out there, a very happy Mothers' Day! Michelle Woodworth is a Partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, Court-appointed Child Representative, Senior Mediator under the Law Society Mediation Scheme, and an IMI and SIMI certified Mediator.
May 12, 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing ranked in Asian Legal Business Intellectual Property 2017 for fifth consecutive year

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been recognised in Asian Legal Business (ALB) Intellectual Property (IP) Rankings 2017 in the practice areas of Patents and Copyright/Trademark for the fifth consecutive year. This year’s list featured the best IP firms in Asia and covered jurisdictions including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. ALB’s extensive research process comprised going through firms’ submissions, conducting interviews, editorial resources and market suggestions to identify and rank the top IP firms in Asia.