New hire with specialist knowledge underscores Firm’s emphasis on leveraging the demand for legal advice on cross border transactions with both Chinese and Asian clients
Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing strengthens its Corporate Practice with the appointment of Mr Wee Jee Kin as a Partner, effective 4 July 2017.
Jee Kin joins RHTLaw Taylor Wessing from a China-based oil and gas / infrastructure conglomerate where he served as Group Head of Legal overseeing a team comprising lawyers from China, France and Singapore. Prior to his five-year stint in the China-based company, he was Head of Group Legal & Company Secretary of public-listed company, Hanwell Holdings Limited.
With a legal career spanning 25 years, Jee Kin has substantial merger and acquisition (M&A) experience in the international arena, and also has significant expertise in commodities, healthcare, petroleum products, technology and telecommunications. Many transactions he has handled were cross-border with geographical coverage in Asia, United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also experienced in corporate governance and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) Listing rules.
Azman Jaafar, Head of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Corporate Practice and also its Deputy Managing Partner, added, “Jee Kin’s addition to the Corporate Practice is in line with our strategy of diving deeper into Greater China. Not only does he have fundamental credentials in the region, he brings with him the added perspectives of how business owners operate having headed various in-house legal teams. I look forward to working with Jee Kin as we continue to expand our presence in Asia. With his unique skill sets, Jee Kin will be an important asset for our ASEAN Plus M&A team as demand for legal services in cross-border transactions grow this year.”
Jee Kin has a broad range of experience in investment and development projects in China. He has acted as a point of liaison for Chinese subcontractors including State Owned Enterprises on infrastructure contracts for Africa, and led negotiations on property and commercial acquisitions in China. He has also been a Director of a China-based company, ASA Holdings Ltd since 2011.
Jee Kin’s arrival follows the appointment of Ben Constance and Gilad Shay, who joined the Firm’s Corporate practice in February 2017.
Jee Kin graduated from University of Hull in the United Kingdom in 1989. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Bar in Singapore in 1991. In 2003, he obtained his LL.M in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in the United Kingdom and was called to the Bar in Queensland, Australia in 2004.
This press release is featured in the following news reports:
"RHTLaw plucks corporate partner from oil and energy MNC" - Asian Legal Business, 1 August 2017
"Corporate Move" - The Edge, 14 August 2017
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Senior Partner Tan Chong Huat on his appointment as Deputy Chairman of Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) Disciplinary Committee.
Chong Huat will be joined on the committee by senior executives with experience in corporate finance, legal, accounting, directorship and market experience whose skills, expertise and knowledge provide sound and authoritative decision-making. The committee is established to enforce the highest standards in regulation and governance in Singapore’s capital markets.
As a front-line regulator of Singapore’s capital markets with a duty to operate fair, orderly and transparent markets, SGX relies on its independent Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee to adjudicate on breaches of SGX’s listing, trading and clearing rules governing the activities on SGX’s markets. The members of the Disciplinary Committee are appointed by SGX, in consultation with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Ch’ng Li-Ling, Head of the Firm’s Capital Markets, said of Chong Huat’s appointment, “I’m delighted to congratulate Chong Huat on this appointment. It demonstrates the high regard in which Chong Huat is held within our legal profession and among our regulators, and is also a testament to the unique mix of business savvy, intellectual contribution and professional integrity that he brings to the wider business community.”
Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has boosted its commercial and construction litigation capabilities with the appointment of Mr Sivakumar Vivekanandan Murugaiyan as Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice with effect from 1 March 2017.
Sivakumar has an impressive track record in commercial and construction litigation and arbitration, having acted as both Counsel and Arbitrator for arbitration cases. He brings with him an extensive 28 years of experience, advising and representing a wide range of clients including individuals, local businesses, international corporations and financial institutions on civil and commercial arbitration and disputes matters. Sivakumar focuses principally on building contract and construction disputes, banking litigation, company disputes, minority shareholder claims, claims relating to breaches of fiduciary duties, defamation and insolvency-related litigation.
The addition of Sivakumar to the team highlights the Firm’s commitment to grow and strengthen its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in line with the Government’s push to reinforce Singapore’s position as a dispute resolution hub.
Commenting on Sivakumar’s appointment, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat said, “We are delighted to welcome Sivakumar to our Firm. With Singapore becoming the preferred centre for international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, Sivakumar’s extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation will strongly bolster our litigation and dispute resolution offering to potential clients.”
Senior Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Mr Roderick Martin, S.C. added, “The work Sivakumar undertakes will be in line with the Firm’s momentum for its lawyers to be seen as industry experts in their various fields of litigation and dispute resolution. His multifaceted background will add depth to the Practice which will provide a tremendous amount of value to our clients.”
Sivakumar graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1987 and did his Bar Finals at the Inns of Court School of Law in 1988 before commencing his practice in 1989.
He has served as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Law Society and on various committees including the Ethics Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee as well as the Inquiry Panel. In addition, he also served for many years on the Board of Commissioners & Notaries Public of the Singapore Academy of Law.
This press release is featured in the following news reports:
"RHTLaw lands SG dispute resolution partner from Straits Law" - Asian Legal Business, 9 March 2017