Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing announced today the addition of Partner (Foreign Lawyer) Mr Gerallt Wyn Owen, Mr Ben Constance, and Foreign Lawyer Mr Gilad Shay. The new hires complement the Firm’s focus on developing industry-focused capabilities for clients and will help enhance a reputation for understanding clients’ businesses and for delivering innovative services that anticipate their needs. All three lawyers also have proficiencies in handling complex cross-border transactions. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Managing Partner Mr Tan Chong Huat commented, “We are excited to welcome our three new hires - all exceptional lawyers in their field. Their individual expertise will be a welcomed addition to our global team and will continue to strengthen the services that we can offer clients. They boast world class capabilities in their respective industries, blending well with the Firm’s vision of being an international law firm based in Asia. Gerallt, Ben and Gilad will contribute invaluably as expert legal advisors and will be seen as “go-to” industry practitioners by our clients. This is a significant addition to our bench strength.” Gerallt is a senior international corporate crime and regulation lawyer with more than 21 years of experience. His strengths are in domestic and international investigations, fraud, corporate and financial crime, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, disciplinary proceedings and regulation. Gerallt has previously been listed as one of 'The Lawyer - Hot 100'. He was also recommended by Chambers & Partners Global 2014 and 2015 for dispute resolution in both Singapore and the UK, in addition to being ranked by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top ten most highly regarded business crime defense lawyers in the world based outside the UK/US. Gerallt will be part of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice. Ben joins the Firm’s Corporate Practice, bringing with him close to 15 years of experience in handling matters relating to cross-border M&A, equity capital markets and general corporate law. He has advised on transactions in Asia, Australia and throughout the Middle East in various sectors including banking and financial services, hospitality, information technology and energy. Ben has written various articles for International Law Office, Dubai SME magazine, Allorya.com and Australian Business Council Dubai.With over 10 years of experience, Gilad is an addition to the Firm’s Capital Markets, Corporate and Intellectual Property & Technology Practices. He has extensive experience in cross-border commercial and technology-focused transactions, M&A deals, joint ventures and in advising on intellectual property matters. He is especially engaged in matters relating to Israel, Singapore and the ASEAN region and has advised Fortune 500 companies, investors and start-ups. Gilad was part of the professional team in the first Initial Public Offering of an Israeli technology company on the Singapore Stock Exchange in over a decade.---This press release is featured in the following news reports:"SG: RHTLaw adds Withers’ head of international regulatory" - Asian Legal Business, 7 February 2017
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 06 February 2017.Sharing insights and influencing peopleFEB 6, 2017 5:50 AMTHIS WEEK'S TOPIC: How should leaders - political or business - employ social media as strategic tools?Tan Chong HuatManaging PartnerRHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLPSOCIAL media's power to persuade and influence is clearly evident with the newly minted US president and his election campaign, and what a cracker of a week this has been. With Donald Trump getting Twitter-happy and running his country and conducting diplomacy with a press of a few buttons on his mobile phone, the time is right to look at social media etiquette for business establishments.First, remember there is nothing secret or sacred in the online space. Anything and everything you post can come to haunt you one day. Second, keep your views professional. Try and avoid personal takes. Third, be clear about the different platforms and what you want to use them for. Twitter is for short-burst teaser announcements like new product launches. Facebook is for longer posts that can elaborate on what you have tweeted. And finally, KISS...Keep It Short and Simple.The thing that got Mr Trump elected is not so much his shoot-from-the-hip style of tweeting but his data-driven approach to social media. His hiring of the digital agency Cambridge Analytica, the same agency that helped bring about Brexit, was the secret weapon that his uncouth communication style has successfully masked.The lesson here really is the use of the platforms as a treasure trove of user data and to strategically target them based on their bias and nuances. A wise man will make tools of what comes to hand...in this case the wisdom verdict is still out there.