Rajah & Tann refreshes fraud and asset recovery heads

From left to right: Jansen Chow and Thong Chee Kun

Rajah & Tann Singapore appointed Thong Chee Kun and Jansen Chow as new co-heads of its fraud, asset recovery and investigations practice, with Kun overseeing civil aspects and Chow criminal ones.

“This appointment is part of our policy of grooming the next generation of lawyers and giving them a longer runway to nurture those below them,” said Patrick Ang, managing partner of Rajah & Tann. “We are confident they will be able to build on the strong foundation already established by their senior mentors.”

Thong specialises in financial and regulatory crimes and offences. He is experienced in corporate and compliance breaches, criminal breach of trust, corruption, cybercrimes, market manipulation and securities fraud, and enforcement proceedings.

He was one of the lead lawyers in cases involving the 1MDB scandal that exposed the embezzlement of the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund and the insolvent German payment processor Wirecard.

Chow has a wealth of experience in anti-corruption investigations and international fraud disputes, with a growing focus on cryptocurrencies.

He was recently involved in the world’s first freezing order case related to stolen crypto assets, which was reported for its novel legal and jurisdictional issues in March this year.

The plaintiff, an American entrepreneur, commenced an action to trace and recover his cryptocurrency assets, worth about USD7.08 million at the time, that were misappropriated from him by unknown individuals.