RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat on being listed as a Client Choice 2016 winner under the category of “General Corporate”. Chong Huat was recognised for his excellent client care and quality of service. A factor contributing to this ranking was based on clients’ testimonials, indicating his ability to add real value to their business above and beyond the other players in the market. Client Choice research begins with a readership survey of in-house counsel subscribers to International Law Office and Lexology, but they also gather feedback at several international in-house counsel events and via the Client Choice website. Clients are asked to rate individual lawyers and law firms on the following client service criteria: quality of legal advice, commercial awareness, industry knowledge, strategic thinking, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, value for money, responsiveness, effective communication, clarity of documentation, sharing of expertise, appropriate staffing, project management, use of technology, loyalty and ethics. To ensure that the results cannot be influenced, law firms were not informed when this initial round of research was conducted. The full rankings can be viewed here.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Erwan Barre as a Registered Foreign Lawyer with effect from 2 February 2016.
Focused on corporate transactions, Erwan has extensive experience representing clients across many industries, with an emphasis in the Technology and Life Science industries.
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 50 deals, representing in the aggregate more than US$20 billion. 15 of his deals exceeded US$ 500 million in value with several in excess of US$ 1 billion. 60% of his transactions involved TMT (telecommunications, media and technology) and life science companies. He has also represented clients in other industries, including aerospace, real estate, hospitality and energy.
His clients include blue chip names as well as promising start-ups and several leading investment banks. He also has management experience, being a co-founder of Vaximax, a biotech company.
He has been regularly recognized as a leading practitioner in his field by professional publications, such as Chambers and Legal 500.
Erwan holds an MBA from the Neoma (ESC Reims) Business School in France (1990), a pre-doctoral degree (DEA) in business law from the Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris I) University (1993), and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University in the US (1996). Erwan has worked in Singapore, Paris, New-York and London and is a member of the Paris and New York Bars.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been ranked the 2nd largest law firm by lawyer headcount in the Southeast Asian region in a recent report published by The Lawyer entitled “South East Asia Elite 2016”.
The increase in headcount was contributed by the firm’s regional initiatives and commitment to the ASEAN Plus Group (APG); a working network of 8 law firms, which was launched in August 2014.
The APG is a group of full-service law firms that blends the best of knowledge, culture and international expertise. With the APG, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing offers clients access to over 337 lawyers including 96 partners and has a regional footprint that spans across six ASEAN countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia; as well as leading law firms from South Korea and Taiwan.
Azman Jaafar, Deputy Managing Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the Chairman of the APG said, “We are pleasantly surprised by this development. This prestigious ranking reflects our determination to lead in Asia. ASEAN Plus is a group of full-service and well established law firms, with strong local knowledge and international expertise. Collectively, our group represents some of the top Asian corporations. We are able to handle the most complex cross-border transactions; giving our clients seamless access to integrated legal service in this region.”
This second edition of The Lawyer’s South East Asia Elite report highlights the most active law firms in the ASEAN region and is the result of a survey conducted in late 2015 which mainly focused on the firms’ lawyer and partner headcounts, regional footprints, depth of resources, key markets, sector and practice focuses, main clientele and growth strategies.
The ASEAN Plus firms are:
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, Singapore
Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP), Indonesia
PBC Partners & RHTLaw, Vietnam
Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law Firm), the Philippines
Siam City Law Offices Limited (SCL), Thailand
Azmi & Associates, Malaysia
DR&AJU, South Korea
Lee & Li, Taiwan