RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies commemorated their fifth anniversary yesterday, 17 October 2016, with a Gala dinner at the Asian Civilisations Museum for their honourary guests, business partners, clients, lawyers and staff to celebrate the firms’ achievements and recognise the efforts of all who contributed towards their continued success. The Singapore event is part of a larger Asian success story, where celebratory events are also held in the same week in Shanghai to commemorate 20 years in China and in Hong Kong to mark the law firm’s first year there. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing – Boldly Seizing Opportunities in a Connected and Seamless Asia Pacific Century Commenting on its fifth anniversary, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat said, “What began five years ago as a vision has now become a remarkable story, as we are now ranked the 2nd largest international law firm in Southeast Asia, and a top six law firm in Singapore with leading expertise in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate, Intellectual Property & Technology, Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Real Estate. During these five years, we have worked to become a unique law firm: one that offers streamlined, efficient and global solutions to our clients in an increasingly interconnected world. The milestones we have achieved in this short span of time would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and the trust shown by our clients. While we acknowledge our accomplishments over the past five years, we are by no means satisfied in stopping here and plan to do much more in the future. We will continue in our regional endeavours, as we are actively pursuing relationships throughout ASEAN and North Asia through our ASEAN Plus Group strategy. Our vision is to be the leading law firm in Asia. We have exceptional leadership, staff that is unequalled in its dedication to excellence, and we have a mission that defines us, inspires us, and makes us unique. I am convinced we have everything in place to reach new heights, break records and drive long term sustainable growth,” Mr Tan Chong Huat emphasised. Founded in May 2011, the law firm was established by a group of lawyers led by founding fathers Rajan Menon, Tan Chong Huat and Subhas Anandan (1947-2015) who took the bold decision to form RHTLaw LLP. The firm achieved a significant milestone in March 2012, joining Taylor Wessing, an international group of member firms comprising separately registered law practices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Representative Offices in China. The firm’s name was consequently changed to the present day RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. To support its clients with businesses and transactions in the ASEAN region, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing established the ASEAN Plus Group strategy in 2014. ASEAN Plus Group is made up of leading firms in eight countries, offering clients access to 950 lawyers in the opportunity-rich ASEAN region and beyond. Comprising associations with top firms in Indonesia, South Korea, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, and alliances with market-leading firms in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan, the ASEAN Plus Group has the capacity to handle the most complex regional cross-border transactions. A recent development was the merger between RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP and PBC PARTNERS to form RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Vietnam. RHT Group of Companies – Embracing an International Multi-Disciplinary Future RHT Holdings and the RHT Group of Companies is a Singapore headquartered integrated leading professional services company that has over the years devised effective multidisciplinary business solutions for clients and helped shape the face of businesses. The vision is to be the leader in the provision of professional services in Asia. RHT Holdings and the RHT Group of companies started in 2011 with two companies but today has over 26 companies in four holding groups. Articulating this bold vision, RHT Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer Jayaprakash Jagateesan said, “We operate at the heart of our clients’ businesses, helping address their most complex, mission-critical issues. Our guiding strategy focuses on quality, excellence, delivering distinctive value and continuously striving to perform at the highest levels. It is built on the understanding that quality is the cornerstone of our profession. We have a broad regional footprint aligned around the growth markets of ASEAN and the wider Asia region. We are both extremely global, serving our clients consistently anywhere they operate, and extremely local, bringing local execution and market relevance. This will allow us to be in a good position.” In conjunction with its anniversary year, the RHT GOCs underwent a brand refresh and unveiled new logos that reflect the progressive approach in charting the way forward. Giving back to the community Central to the corporate ethos of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and RHT Group of Companies is the passion and commitment to give back to the community. The RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, named after RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Founder-Senior Consultant Rajan Menon, was established in 2015. The Foundation acts as a vehicle through which RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies contribute to their charitable endeavours, specifically with education, community development and the environment in mind. In May this year, the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2016 raised more than S$260,000 in support of WWF Singapore, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and National Gallery Singapore. The Foundation was successfully registered as a charity in Singapore effective from 16 September 2016. Recently, the Singapore Red Cross - RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2016 raised close to S$170,000 in support of the Singapore Red Cross local humanitarian services.
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 17 October 2016. A global pushback OCT 17, 20165:50 AM THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: What would be the impact on business of a growing backlash against globalisation in the major economies? How should policymakers respond? Tan Chong Huat Managing Partner RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP EXPANDED global trade has raised incomes around the world. Unfortunately, as the Brexit vote demonstrated, the backlash against globalisation is real. It is increasingly clear that policymakers have underestimated the rise of nationalism and the sentiment of having been left behind felt by sections of society. Policymakers need to help workers affected by globalisation to retrain and get back into the labour force quickly. Economies like Singapore need to remain open and embrace globalisation. This is the only way to create jobs and raise incomes. For example, Singaporean businesses must press on in the Asean markets. At RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of companies, we are actively growing our external wing through our Asean Plus initiative. This is evidenced by the recent launch of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Vietnam.