IEL Elite

Rajah & Tann

Eminent regional player



The well-regarded employment team at Rajah & Tann offers an impressive footprint across Asia, and a broader global reach as the Singaporean and Thai members of the Ius Laboris alliance.

Key contacts for the group in Singapore are Jonathan Yuen for contentious matters, and Desmond Wee for non-contentious matters. Wee is also the main contact for Ius Laboris.

A further key name in the team is Kala Anandarajah in Singapore, who was singled out in IELs 2022 Women Leaders survey.


The department services both employers and c-suites across the gamut of HR issues, and acts for a host of public and private companies.

Advisory work for the group spans corporate operations (such as restructuring, M&A, and joint ventures), outsourcing arrangements, immigration, and union certification and collective bargaining.

The team is also adept at handling contentious work. This includes supporting clients with litigation over breaches of contractual agreements (such as non-solicitation, non-competition clauses, or confidentiality agreements), and claims relating to discrimination, sexual harassment, employment terms, dismissals, salary claw-backs, bonuses, and stock options.

In addition, members of the team offer expertise in benefits (notably, post-merger harmonisation).

Other key names

  • Cesar E Santamaria Jr (Philippines) 
  • Jesus Paolo U Protacio (Philippines)
  • Yu Zheng (China)
  • Jonathan Yuen (Singapore)
  • Ahmad Maulana (Indonesia)
  • Desmond Wee (Singapore)
  • Khanti Syackhaphom (Lao PDR)
  • Krida Phoonwathu (Thailand)
  • Han Li Meng (Malaysia)
  • Luo Qinghui (Singapore)
  • Lester Chua (Myanmar)
  • Chau Huy Quang (Vietnam)
  • Hout Sotheary (Cambodia)  
  • Vu Thi Que (Vietnam)

Experts based in…

Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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