The South Asia Desk comprises lawyers with substantial legal practice experience in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh—including leading practitioners in arbitration, corporate, shipping and construction.

Commended for having service of “global quality” standards, the firm has been ranked Band 1 for our International & Cross-Border Capabilities by Chambers Global (2021). In addition, our lawyers are also lauded for their notable expertise with handling cases connected to the India market in Chambers Asia-Pacific (2021). We have also been consecutively featured as a leading Regional & Specialist firm for our work in the region by India Business Law Journal in 2020 and 2021.

The South Asia Desk is a market leading practice in Singapore. Through years of extensive exposure to the South Asian markets, our team is able to combine commercial and legal experience with local knowledge of the region’s businesses, languages and cultures. This distinctive combination of skills enables our team to offer a complete solution, as well as provide area-specific and value-added support to meet the requirements of our clients.

We believe that we are uniquely placed to assist our clients on South Asia-related matters for the following reasons:

Experience advantage

Rajah and Tann is a full-service firm with integrated practices. This allows the South Asia Desk to leverage on the all-round professional abilities available in the firm. Our set-up facilitates client access to the experience and skills of Rajah & Tann’s lawyers across the spectrum of legal practices. 

Local knowledge

Through years of extensive exposure to the South Asian markets, our team has acquired local knowledge of the region and surrounding markets, and thus is able to combine this local knowledge with legal and commercial skills to provide area-specific and value-added support to meet the requirements of our clients.

Full-service expertise

Our strength is built upon an in-depth knowledge of the legal and business environments in which we operate.

We act for a large range of clientele, including:

  • Banks
  • Funds & asset managers
  • Property developers
  • Ship owners / traders
  • Companies raising private equity

We also have considerable experience in assisting Indian organisations arbitrating in Singapore. We have been involved in a variety of complex disputes governed by various bodies of law in a multitude of sectors.

Co-ordination with local counsel

Our practice has established strong links with a range of leading firms in South Asia. Our clients benefit from our ability to find the right lawyers from the region, and to co-ordinate and ensure accurate and timely advice on transactions and disputes.

Exceeding expectations

In addition to the quality of our service to clients, we are business-orientated in our approach and constantly endeavour to link our clients with each other if they have corresponding objectives that mutually benefit them.


Contentious and non-contentious experience

Our team is able to synergise across practice groups as well as with our other regional teams specialising in China, Japan and the ASEAN markets. In relation to South Asian markets, we are involved in a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the following practice areas:

  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Derivatives & Commodities Trading
  • Information Technology & Intellectual
  • Property (including outsourcing arrangements)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Projects & Infrastructure (including Construction)
  • Real Estate & Funds
  • Regulatory & Licensing
  • Shipping