Southeast Asian firms Rajah & Tann and JSA have both recently appointed new leadership teams.
Rajah & Tann, one of Singapore’s Big Four law firms, has appointed Ng Kim Beng and Kelvin Poon as joint deputy managing partners. Both succeed Rebecca Chew, who was appointed in 2016. Chew will now oversee the firm’s corporate social responsibility program as chairperson.
Ng specializes in international arbitration, particularly on disputes involving major construction projects. Poon, who has practiced at Rajah & Tann for over 14 years, was the head of the firm’s international arbitration practice and the South Asia desk.
Four other partners, Sim Kwan Kiat, Tracy Ang, Vikna Rajah and Shuhei Otsuka, have also been added to the firm’s executive committee, helmed by managing partner Patrick Ang, who was appointed in 2019.
All four partners hold concurrent head of department roles within the firm. Sim leads the restructuring and insolvency practice, Ang is the co-deputy head of the mergers and acquisitions practice, Rajah heads the tax, trusts and private client practice while Otsuka leads the firm’s Japan desk.
Other practice heads have also appointed in the reshuffle. Adrian Wong, who has been with Rajah & Tann for almost two decades, has been promoted as the firm’s head of disputes. Wong was deputy to shipping and international trade specialist, Leong Kah Wah, before. Vikram Nair, who moved to Rajah & Tann in 2014 from legacy Norton Rose, is now deputy head of disputes.
For the corporate practice, Sandy Foo, who joined the firm from Drew & Napier in 2017, is appointed co-deputy head. She will be working with fellow co-deputy Evelyn Wee in supporting corporate practice head, Abdul Jabbar.
“The new practice and sector leadership comprises partners in their 40s who are able to inspire their colleagues towards shared goals, most important of which is to deliver consistently high levels of service to clients,” said Ang.
In India, local firm JSA has also refreshed its executive committee.
The firm has added partners Rupinder Malik and Varghese Thomas to management via a vote. The two partners will join three others – Amit Kapur, Vivek Chandy and Dina Wadia – on the executive committee.
Based in Gurugram, Malik has spent over a decade at JSA advising on corporate, M&A, private equity, and white-collar crime natters. Thomas is based in Mumbai and primarily handles matters related to the insolvency and bankruptcy, and debt recovery. The two partners are replacing disputes partner Amar Gupta and corporate partner Upendra Sharma on the five-member committee, which has a three-year tenure.
JSA has also re-elected Kapur and Chandy as joint managing partners. They were last appointed in 2019 and their new term will last another three years.
JSA currently counts approximately 350 lawyers across seven national offices.