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October 16, 2017

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation proud to sponsor the construction of bridges in Lombok, Indonesia

14 October 2017 marked a momentous occasion in the calendar of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”) as its representatives travelled to Lombok, Indonesia, to participate in an opening ceremony of three bridges totalling 49 metres, sponsored by the Foundation. This is the Foundation’s first corporate social responsibility project out of Singapore. Why are we doing this? Who are we helping? Helping the disadvantaged is one of the goals of the Foundation. A rural village in Lombok had to rely on makeshift bridges to get across different river sections from their village to the mainland. These bridges were unstable and collapsed at each monsoon season, presenting dangerous situations for both adults and children. After various discussions with both Singaporean and Indonesian contacts, the Foundation was pleased to support the construction of the bridges, benefitting 15 farmers and 75 of their family members whose main source of income come from the farming of chillis, vegetables and rice. The objectives of this project are to: Present safety passage for the villagers to cross from their village to the mainland Allow mini trucks to travel across the sturdy bridges, opening up economic opportunities for the villagers and future generations Allow the villagers to earn an income even during the monsoon season The Foundation’s Associate Director Christabel Lim was in Lombok and in her opening remarks said, “We are very happy to be here in this beautiful country and hope the bridges will be a blessing to you and your families. Now that the bridges are built on strong foundations, you can travel to and fro your village and the mainland with a peace of mind. Thank you to everyone who helped to build the bridges under the hot sun, sometimes working late into the night as well. Your skills and perseverance to complete the bridges in a short span of time before the monsoon season are admirable.”
October 13, 2017

Official Launch of SMU Pro Bono Centre, supported by RHT Rajan Menon Foundation featured on Channel NewsAsia

The official launch of SMU Pro Bono Centre, supported by RHT Rajan Menon Foundation was featured on Channel NewsAsia’s PrimeTime Asia segment on 6 October 2017. This feature included the unveiling of the Centre’s signage by Chan Sek Keong, Former Chief Justice and current Advisor for SMU Pro Bono Centre; Tan Chong Huat, Chairman of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation and Senior Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing; Rajan Menon, Founder-Senior Consultant of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing; Professor Lily Kong, Provost of Singapore Management University; Goh Yihan and Rathna Koman, Associate Professors of Law, Singapore Management University. Please watch the video for the full interview.
October 12, 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing bolsters Private Wealth Practice with appointment of new Partner

Mr Benjamin Szeto’s specialist knowledge in Private Wealth management underscores the Firm’s emphasis on leveraging demand for legal advice on cross border investments and transactions Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing bolsters its Private Wealth Practice with the appointment of Mr Benjamin Szeto as a Partner and Deputy Head of the Private Wealth Practice, effective 1 October 2017. Benjamin joins RHTLaw Taylor Wessing from Savoir LLC, a bespoke law practice that specialises in crafting structures and solutions for a select clientele, which he founded in 2014. He brings with him almost 20 years of experience in advising high net worth clients, business owners, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, listed entities and Fortune 500 corporations on a wide range of transactions. Some of these dealings span diverse jurisdictions and include trusts, wealth and legacy planning, investments, real estate matters, acquisitions and divestments, and deal documentation. Over the years, Benjamin has advised clients from Singapore, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Benjamin is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the worldwide association for professionals in asset protection, family inheritance and succession planning as well as an author for LexisNexis Practical Guidance Singapore on various Trusts topics. Mr Tan Chong Huat, Co-Head of Private Wealth and Senior Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing commented, “We are delighted to welcome Benjamin to the Firm. With his years of experience working with high net worth clients and extensive knowledge in private wealth, I am certain his addition will strengthen the Firm’s Private Wealth position as a premium choice to clients and organisations. Benjamin’s cross-border capabilities are congruent with our ASEAN Plus Group strategy as we recognise the importance of being able to service clients in regional matters.” “As Singapore positions itself to be the private wealth management hub for the region, we observe a number of high net worth individuals and families, who want their accumulated wealth to be safe and well managed, moving their funds to Singapore. With Benjamin on board, we are in an even stronger position to assist our clients in Singapore and the region.” Benjamin attained his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Birmingham in 1996. He was called to the Bar as a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) (1997) and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore (1998). In 2008, he attained his Master of Science (Real Estate) from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a STEP Diploma in International Trust Management (Distinction) and a Diploma in Financial Management from the ACCA. --- This press release is featured in the following news reports: “Law Firm Adds to Asian Wealth Practice”  - FInews.asia, 13 October 2017 "RHTLaw appoints private wealth practice partner in SG" - Asian Legal Business,  13 October 2017 "Weekly roundup of people moves, Oct 13" - Asian Investor, 13 October 2017 "Corporate Moves" - The Edge, 6 November 2017
October 9, 2017

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Chairman Tan Chong Huat shares about an Eldercare Project the Foundation is collaborating with SMU Pro Bono Centre to empower elderly Singaporeans to take charge of their future affairs

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Chairman Tan Chong Huat shares about an Eldercare Project the Foundation is collaborating with SMU Pro Bono Centre to empower elderly Singaporeans to take charge of their future affairs. This article was first published in TODAY on 6 October 2017. SMU law students to help empower the elderly Source: TODAY © Mediacorp Press Ltd. Date: 6 October 2017 Author: Koh Swee Fang Valerie SINGAPORE – Law students from the Singapore Management University (SMU) will gain exposure to the legal needs of an ageing population under a new project of the university’s Pro Bono Centre. Part of a tie-up with the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, the Eldercare Project will see the students assisting lawyers in the drafting of wills and Lasting Power of Attorney documents. It will begin in the next two months. A S$300,000 donation by the foundation will fund manpower costs -- such as the hiring of an executive to oversee the project and other new programmes of the SMU Pro Bono Centre. A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows one to appoint others to make decisions on his behalf should he lose mental capacity. A five-year partnership between the centre and the foundation announced on Friday (Oct 6) will have lawyers from RHTLaw Taylor Wessing working with the People’s Action Party Community Foundation to reach out to the elderly, to teach them about legal matters related to financial planning and personal affairs. This would empower some elderly Singaporeans to take charge of their future affairs, said RHT Rajan Menon Foundation chairman Tan Chong Huat. “It’s very easy to say Singapore has a (rapidly) ageing population, but it’s only when you’re actually dealing with the situation that you realise the ramifications it has on society,” said the centre’s director Rathna Koman. “And when you give a student that kind of learning experience, it really adds to their growth.” The SMU Pro Bono Centre began in 2013 and all SMU law students are required to do at least 20 hours of pro bono work before they can graduate. The average student clocks 37 hours. Students serve at the centre’s three-hour legal clinic on Friday nights. They support lawyers who help individuals involved in physical violence and other criminal matters, or who are involved in divorce. Other cases involve contract issues relating to employment, for example. One to two lawyers are typically on duty each time and see about six cases a night. The centre has handled more than 600 cases so far. The clinics are held at the Pro Bono Centre, which moved from SMU’s Administration Building to its School of Law at Armenian Street in February. Former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong was at the centre’s official launch on Friday and urged students to volunteer their services. He is an advisor to the centre. SMU law dean Goh Yihan said pro bono work would allow students to graduate with not only a solid grasp of the law, but also “soft skills”. They would learn the practice of law is not about themselves, and is more than the drafting of legal documents in a posh Raffles Place office, he said. Third-year student Niranjanaa Ram, 21, said volunteering at the centre has helped her to apply textbook knowledge. “As students, all we see are readings or words and it doesn’t come alive until you see people having the same disputes and same worries -- and then you realise how important it is, what you’re studying,” she said.