RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Erwan Barre and Mr Mark Jacobsen as Partners (Foreign Lawyers) in our Corporate Practice with effect from 2 June 2016. Erwan Barre joined RHTLaw Taylor Wessing after practicing for sixteen years with Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul Hastings, two leading US law firms, in Paris and New York. Focused on corporate transactions, Erwan has extensive experience representing clients across many industries, with an emphasis in the Technology and Life Science industries. He also has management experience, being a co-founder of Vaximax, a biotech company. Erwan has been involved in many M&A, joint venture, capital markets and financing projects in Asia, Europe and the US, including several game changing transactions. Most of these deals were cross-border. His transactional expertise is based on leading over 60 deals, representing in the aggregate more than US$20 billion. Erwan is admitted in France (1996) and New York (1998). Mark Jacobsen advises financial institutions, technology companies, funds (both VC and PE), and other corporate clients on private and cross-border investments and other corporate/commercial matters. He has counselled on issues as diverse as structuring, investment channels, securities, marketing and distribution, operations, and best practices. Prior to coming to Singapore, Mark was in association with three global top 25 law firms in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, San Francisco and New York, worked at the U.S. SEC in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Division of Corporation Finance, clerked for the presiding judge (Sir Richard May) in the Slobodan Milosevic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice. Mark is admitted in California (2006).
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Ms Kong Seh Ping as a Partner in our Intellectual Property & Technology Practice with effect from 23 May 2016. Seh Ping specialises in corporate and commercial transactions across sectors and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on the technology and telecommunications sectors. She regularly advises start-ups on financing, investments, joint ventures, general employment law, and commercialisation of intellectual property rights in the Asia Pacific region (including licensing, franchising and technology transfer). In addition, Seh Ping has extensive experience in cross border M&A transactions, FDIs and joint ventures in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. She was ranked as a leading lawyer in the M&A category by the AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2013. Some of her notable transactions include: Advising Grey Orange Pte Ltd, a Singapore technology company which caters to warehousing and automation space in providing disruptive technology to make innovative products for efficient logistics and distribution, in connection with a Series A funding round from Tiger Global, Blume Ventures, Alok Rawat (President of FG Wilson FZE), Dileep Nath (co-founder Kanbay acquired by CapGemini) and other angel investors; Advising MoneyMax Financial Services Ltd in respect of its first overseas investment to hold the majority stake, through a own wholly-owned subsidiary, in a network of Malaysian pawnshops; and Advising Omya AG, one of the largest calcium carbonate producers in the world, in respect of its acquisition of chemicals distribution businesses in Indonesia and the Philippines respectively, and on mining related acquisitions and joint ventures in Bhutan, Malaysia and the Philippines respectively.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and RHT Holdings (“RHT”) today hosted the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2016, raising S$265,200 in support of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Singapore (WWF-Singapore), The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and National Gallery Singapore. Into its second year, today’s event drew sponsorships that more than doubled the funds raised during the inaugural event last year. Guest-of-Honour Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, Patron of the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, was on hand to grace this year’s charity golf event. “For many years, community development goals were philanthropic activities that were seen as separate from business objectives. This is now changing. At RHT, we recognise that cutting-edge innovation and competitive advantage can result from weaving social and environmental considerations into business strategy. The RHT Rajan Menon Foundation is a serious and committed catalyst that hopes to inspire mindset change in the wider business community,” said Mr Tan Chong Huat, Chairman of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation and Managing Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP. Sponsorships for this year’s event were gathered from a wide spectrum of organisations. Key sponsors comprised Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (Singapore), Qilin World Capital Ltd, Smartflex Technology Pte Ltd, Metropolitan Machinery Pte Ltd, Ascendas Singbridge Pte Ltd, Hanwell Holdings Limited, Dyna-Mac Engineering Services Pte Ltd and Union Steel Holdings Limited. Concluding with his comments on the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2016, Jayaprakash Jagateesan, CEO of RHT Holdings, remarked “The success of the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation’s fundraising comes down to our donors’ willingness and enthusiasm in stepping forward with their donations and sponsorships. Giving back to the community has always been at the heart of RHT’s mission. Today’s beneficiaries are part of the Foundation’s long term goal to widen our corporate social responsibility contributions from the community to the environment and to the arts. We hope the charity golf event will be a spark to light the passion for doing good.” Today’s charity golf event drew over 130 golfers and 210 participants who came together for the Gala Celebrations Dinner which included a charity auction. The RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf is a key charitable endeavour in the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation’s annual philanthropic calendar. The RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Charity Golf 2016 was featured in the 28 May 2016 edition of The Straits Times.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been shortlisted as Visionary Law Firm of the Year by In-House Community 2016. The In-House Community Research team have set the challenge for New Silk Road-based legal service providers to demonstrate that they can truly stand inside the shoes of their clients and proffer inspiring service. The team canvassed 100 legal providers and asked them to provide examples of the following: budget-orientated project management for a client
advice to a client regarding productivity and efficiency
exceeding client expectations (inclusive of client testimonials) The winner will be decided solely by independent judges.