Kala Anandarajah spearheads the antitrust practice at RAJAH & TANN, assisted by three additional partners and seven associates. Joshua Seet rejoined as a senior associate in August 2022 after a stint at Fangda Partners and was promoted to partner in January 2023. The firm advised HSBC on a debt financing joint venture with Temasek, which closed in March 2023. Rajah & Tann also steered Mandarin Self Storage through the CCCS’s review of its sale to StorHub Venture, securing an unconditional clearance in November 2022. The firm’s confidential docket is also heavy on the deal work side, but includes a couple of complex behavioural matters.
|Head(s) of competition
|No. WWL nominees
|Rajah & Tann
|4 partners, 7 associates
|Entegris, Cuscaden Peak, HSBC, Sunseap Group, Echo Healthcare Management, Mandarin Self Storage, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, City Energy, Link Asset Management, Tata Sons/Air India
A Powerhouse in Competition & Antitrust work led by Kala Anandarajah BBM, Rajah & Tann’s practice is one of the largest and focused competition practice in Singapore. It is the largest dedicated full-service practice and the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia with local expertise on the ground. The dedicated practice comprises lawyers and economists across several countries, some who have worked with the competition regulators in various countries. Being local means that we have a unique understanding and ability to approach the local regulators to ensure that the best solutions can be achieved for the benefit of our clients.
The Practice has been recognised among the world’s top 100 competition practices byGlobal Competition Review(GCR)100for nearly a decade and ranked at the top of our game too by both theLegal 500andChambers Asia Pacific. Key members of our Team are highly ranked by major ranking journals, and identified as thought-leaders, elite and outstanding, with Team Head recognised as Most Highly Regarded in Southeast Asia by Who’s Who Legal.
We are a solution-oriented market centric Team which has solid experience in ensuring the most efficient and effective results for clients and instructing counsel. The Team handles high end complex transactions across the fullrange of competitionmatters including merger filings in multiple jurisdictions, filings for decisions, investigations, leniency, and general compliance and trainings. We are at the cutting edge, working on matters in the evolving world, including ecommerce, bid data, AI, sustainability and more. We are passionate and driven for excellence, never settling, and always pushing boundaries in a changing world.
On mergers, the Team has been involved in practically all the complex transactions notified in Singapore, directly or indirectly, including those moved into Phase 2. We have successfully negotiated remedies in many. Yet, as Singapore is a voluntary regime, we are careful not to mandate notifications, unless necessary. Our aim is always to take a business-centric risk management approach as suits particular clients. Hence, our reputation for being practical business solutions providers. We are pragmatic, work intimately with the parties to achieve workable ends as best meets their needs.
On cartels and dominance investigations, we are unsurpassed in Singapore and the region. In Singapore, we have acted in every international cartel investigated and were the first to successfully overturn liability on appeal in a cartel case. We have also successfully reduced penalties payable by clients; indeed, arguing the first appeal in Singapore and substantially reducing penalties. Notably, we have been successful in avoiding liability in dominance investigations and were the first to obtain a winning solution through commitments, even before the regime existed, thus avoiding substantial penalties. Our aim as we approach matters is to acquire a thorough understanding of the facts and issues at hand and best work through solutions practically, whilst avoiding any disruptions to business.
We are particularly astute in handling leniency applications and settlements, having closed off numerous investigations over the years. On leniency, we pay particular attention to document flow and responses provided to manage accuracy and consistency across jurisdictions. Additionally, with leniency, settlements and fast-tracks, attention is paid to implications that follow, including ensuring investigations are ring-fenced without triggering other investigations, and avoiding third-party actions.
We are regular participants at the Competition Commission’s Roundtables, and involved in market studies undertaken by the regulators, including in the more cutting-edge ones. We have assisted with drafting new or amendments to competition regulations in several of the countries. Several of us are appointed non-governmental advisors by the national competition regulators.
Our stellar client base includes businesses across all industries, such as food & beverage, technology, aviation, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and power. Our clients include referring law firms from across the world, who we are particularly grateful to and always ensure we work to support them.
We get you AND get you what you want. We are here. Always. Ready.