Channel NewsAsia announced today that RHTLaw Taylor Wessing plans to list its professional services arm, RHT Holdings, on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) by the first quarter of 2016.
Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat was quoted as saying, “It does validate the model that a Singapore firm does not need only to focus on law businesses to grow, and that adjacent business opportunities can also be captured by subsidiaries. “The move to list is partly driven because of the competition out there. A few major international law firms are already ahead in setting up non-law professional outfits to support their legal business – so we intend to stay ahead of the competition.”
RHT Holdings Limited (“the Company”), the leading professional services group in Asia, is pleased to announce that the Company has commenced initial procedures for a proposed listing on the Singapore Exchange Catalist Board, scheduled for Q1 2016 or earlier.
The Company is the holding company for RHT Compliance Solutions Pte. Ltd., RHT Corporate Advisory Pte. Ltd., RHT Capital Pte. Ltd. and RHT Management Services Pte. Ltd. ("Proposed Listed Group"). The Proposed Listed Group is part of the RHT Group of Companies ("RHT Group"), which is owned by the equity partners of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP, currently the eighth-largest law firm in Singapore.
Founded in 2011, the RHT Group has grown rapidly since inception to become a leading professional services group in Asia with a suite of services to cater to growing economies in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the region.
In ASEAN, the Group is already a leader in the areas of regulatory and compliance solutions, and is expanding into increasingly complex and diversified professional services. Amongst other services, 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.
To date, the RHT Group provides such services to numerous financial institutions, fund and asset management companies, over 100 listed companies on the Singapore Stock Exchange, as well as to over 700 private companies.
RHT Holdings has already appointed Hong Leong Finance Ltd. as the Company’s financial advisor and sponsor for the proposed listing.
The proposed listing will provide funds for the Group’s international aspirations.
RHT Holdings Non-Executive Director Mr. Tan Chong Huat said, “The inception of RHT Holdings and our decision to list on the SGX Catalist Board is a reflection of our longstanding success and our international ambitions. In three short years, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP and the RHT Group have become premier names in Singapore for legal and professional consulting services respectively. We now wish to tap into capital markets to accelerate growth both in Singapore and internationally.”
“With continued success in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as a rapid and sustainable growth strategy throughout the ASEAN region, RHT Holdings looks forward to communicating this unique investment opportunity to stakeholders in the coming months."
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been recognised as a firm set on giving back to society in Asian Legal Business (ALB) 2015 Inaugural CSR List.
As our nation’s 8th largest law firm, we are thrilled to celebrate the Singapore spirit of resilience and our collective sense of identity. Like our island nation, we have grown from strength to strength.
To mark SG50, the Firm has launched the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, named after our Senior Partner, where all CSR efforts will be channelled from. The Foundation seeks to achieve three goals:
To support the educational pursuits of underprivileged children
Offer assistance to disadvantaged groups
Support environmental conservation efforts
In addition, to show our appreciation for our fellow Singaporeans, we are pleased to kick off a year-long of community engagement programmes:
Engaging our Community
Free legal clinics in the heartlands of Singapore. Provide pro-bono services to charities and non-profit organisations.
Helping our Youth
Education fund for underprivileged Singaporean school children.
In line with our ASEAN Plus Group strategy, we have mission trips planned to the ASEAN region to embark on poverty alleviation projects.
A firm believer that CSR is an integral function of a law firm, Chief Operating Officer Jayaprakash Jagateesan commented, “We have a responsibility to the community that we belong to. It is our duty to inculcate the spirit of generosity among our people. Years ahead, we want to not only be recognised for being a great law firm, but also remembered for the good we have done. We realise that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean but if the drop was not there, the ocean will be missing something.”
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Chua Eng Hui as a Partner in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice with effect from 5 February 2015.
Eng Hui started his legal career in the Attorney General’s Chambers where he served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor for 5 years from 1987 to 1993. In 1993 he was transferred to the judicial service where he served as a District Judge for just under a year before moving on to private practice.
Eng Hui has extensive experience in Criminal legal practice, having handled numerous crime law cases all the way up to Court of Appeal level.
Eng Hui is also the Chairman of Institutional Discipline Advisory / Review Committee 6 (IDAC/IDRC IV). This is one of 6 sub-committees formed under the Singapore Prison Service that renders an opinion to the Director of Prisons on whether the corporal punishment ordered by a Superintendent on any inmate for committing an institutional offence in penal institutions / DRCs is excessive.
Besides criminal practice, Eng Hui who also has a degree in Civil Engineering is also familiar with construction law and claim disputes. He is also experienced in private prosecution in Copyright and Trademark infringement matters.