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April 1, 2015

RHT Digital & Media launches in Singapore – Company is the first in Singapore to offer strategic media consulting services supported by market-leading legal and professional services practices

The RHT Group of Companies (“the Group”) – the leading professional services group in Asia – is proud to announce the successful launch of RHT Digital & Media, a strategic communications consultancy. RHT Digital & Media focuses on strategic communications consulting services in the areas of branding, corporate public relations, investor relations, media training for top executives, crisis management, strategic PR counsel, digital competency and compliance training. The company is a part of the RHT Group of Companies, which comprises 12 professional services companies affiliated with RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP, currently the eighth-largest law firm in Singapore. In addition to the legal services provided by RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP, the Group offers continuing sponsorship, post-listed compliance and secretarial services, corporate governance advisory, share registration, compliance solutions, data analytics, as well as professional training and development. RHT Digital & Media offers strategic communications consulting services in alignment with the Group’s other market-leading professional services, to meet the increasing demands for integrated professional services, and to provide counsel in areas in which professional and media issues intersect. RHT Digital & Media comprises a team of some of Singapore’s most accomplished media professionals, with decades of experience in print, broadcast and digital journalism. Former CEO of MediaCorp News Mr. Woon Tai Ho is Chief Executive Officer of the company, and brings with him a deep knowledge of traditional and digital media with first-hand media and marketing experience working across Asia, principally Southeast Asia, India and China. Mr. Woon is best known for starting the Asian-wide news channel, Channel NewsAsia in 1999, and was an instrumental figure in the creation, production and marketing of award-winning broadcast channels, programmes and documentaries. Commenting on the launch of RHT Digital & Media, Mr. Woon said, “We are a group of veteran media strategists backed by a visionary professional services firm, the RHT Group of Companies. This is strategic because many media issues today have legal and other professional implications; conversely, winning in the court of law or any forum is only complete when you can also win in the court of public opinion.” RHT Digital & Media already represents a portfolio of public and private clients, supported by the RHT Group of Companies. The company is fully operational as at 1 April 2015.
March 27, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing holds memorial ceremony in honour of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP (“the Firm”) held a memorial ceremony for Singapore’s Founding Father, the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. The memorial tribute brought together the entire firm’s staff to pay their respects. A minute of silence was held, which allowed members of the Firm and group of companies to honour the First Prime Minister. Guest speakers included Members of Parliament Mr. Yeo Guat Kwang (Ang Mo Kio GRC) and the now retired Dr. Low Seow Chay, who touched upon Mr. Lee’s pragmatism as a leader and his place in history as a great man. Speaking on behalf of the Firm during the ceremony, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP Senior Partner Mr. Rajan Menon said, “The RHT family is deeply saddened to have lost a remarkable leader and our founding father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Mr. Lee will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and for his lasting contributions, both to Singapore and to the region. As such, the Firm will strive to continue to uphold his legacy for years to come.” RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP Managing Partner Mr. Tan Chong Huat said, “RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP will honour the spirit of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew by embracing ‘Singapore's destiny’ – the legacy that Mr. Lee had tirelessly strived for in his life's work. We shall do well to imbibe his wisdom to heart as we move forward as a nation.” Following the memorial ceremony, the Firm’s staff departed to attend the Lying in State at the Parliament House to bid one last farewell to the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP will also present a commemorative book to the Lee family, signed with notes of condolences by the Firm’s staff.
March 17, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing shortlisted for the WealthBriefingAsia Singapore Awards 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, a leading Singaporean law firm with international capabilities, has been shortlisted for the WealthBriefingAsia Singapore Awards 2015. Showcasing ‘best of breed’ providers in the global private banking, wealth management and trusted advisor communities, the awards were designed to recognise companies, teams and individuals which the prestigious panel of judges deemed to have ‘demonstrated innovation and excellence during 2014’.  Commenting on the firm’s shortlisting, Tan Choon Leng, Head of Private Wealth, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing said: "Our clients’ needs are our priorities and satisfaction comes when we know that their expectations have been exceeded. The team understands the value of providing frequent updates to clients which has been key to long-lasting relationships. We are delighted to have been shortlisted and this is testament to the hard work the team has put in over the last 12 months.”   ClearView Financial Media’s CEO, and Publisher of WealthBriefingAsia, Stephen Harris, was first to extend his congratulations to the shortlisted firms. He said: “The firms who have been shortlisted in these awards are all worthy competitors, and I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations. These awards are judged solely on the basis of entrants’ submissions and their response to a number of specific questions, which had to be answered focusing on the client experience, not quantitative performance metrics.  That is a unique, and I believe, compelling feature. These awards will recognise the very best operators in the private client industry, with ‘independence’, ‘integrity’ and ‘genuine insight’ the watchwords of the judging process - such that the awards truly reflect excellence in wealth management. Our aim is to make these annual Awards one of the brightest, and keenly contested highlights in the wealth management calendar.” Winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner which will be held in Singapore on 16 April 2015 at Raffles Hotel.
March 4, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s article titled “Getting the formula for CEO pay right” featured on The Business Times

An opinion piece by Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat, Partner Ch’ng Li-Ling and Senior Legal Counsel Dr Tan Lay Hong was published on 4 March 2015 in The Business’ Times Opinion section. The commentary, titled “Getting the formula for CEO pay right”, suggested that based on a 2013 SID survey, companies may be moving away from a profit-based metric as the sole determinant of CEO pay. 81% of the respondents cited the roles and responsibilities of the executive director as a factor in determining compensation, as compared to the second most popular factor “results achieved” (68%). The commentary asked if this could be a sign of growing dissatisfaction with a profit-based metric for CEO pay To read the full article, please click here.