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Rajah & Tann adds four new lawyers to its stable

This follows on the heels of many high-level moves in the legal industry
Business Times

FOLLOWING a series of recent high-level movements among law firms, Rajah & Tann (R&T) has strengthened its practice with four new senior additions to its team from a rival firm.

The R&T recruits are leading telecommunications and information technology lawyer Andrew Ong, mergers and acquisitions lawyer Christina Ng, finance and securities lawyer Evelyn Wee and medical science lawyer Lim Wee Han.

R&T has recently been beefing up its practice with high-level additions to its firm. Former High Court judge Sundaresh Menon re-joined the firm last month, along with 12 other lawyers from international law firm Jones Day.

The firm’s four new lawyers are expected to join in the third quarter of the year.

The four are directors of a 32-member board at Drew & Napier (D&N), each with a long career at the firm.

According to D&N’s website, Ms Ng joined D&N in 1990 and heads its Indonesian and Thai desks, and Ms Wee joined D&N in 1989. Mr Lim joined D&N in 1992 and co-heads its medical science practice group.

Mr Ong, who heads the info-communications and technology business group at D&N, said yesterday in a statement: ‘I am extremely privileged to have been a part of Drew & Napier’s renown. After so many delightful years at Drew, I leave behind many good friends and colleagues as well as the fondest memories one could hope for.’

Yesterday, managing director of corporate and conveyancing David Ang said that despite the departures, Drew ‘will grow from strength to strength’.

He said of his departing colleagues: ‘We fully understand their plans to pursue their careers elsewhere. We will remain friends.’

D&N has itself just admitted four lawyers to its board from within the firm and is poised for further growth.

The new lawyers are Cheryl Tan, Adrian Tan, Kelvin Tan and Valerie Kwok.

There have been many high-level movements in the legal industry recently. It was reported last month that top criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan is leaving Harry Elias Partnership (HEP) for KhattarWong while Singapore’s first specialist judge Tan Chee Meng and co-managing partner of HEP is also leaving the firm for personal reasons.

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