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Philip Jeyaretnam, SC succeeds Helen Yeo as Managing Partner of Rodyk & Davidson

Change comes in time for Firm's 150th Anniversary celebrations in 2011

SINGAPORE, 27 July 2010 - Rodyk & Davidson, Singapore's oldest law practice, is pleased to announce its leadership change, to take effect on 1 January 2011.

Managing Partner Helen Yeo, who has served in this role for eight years since she merged HelenYeo & Partners with Rodyk in 2002, will step down at the end of December this year as she will have reached the contractual retirement age of 60 for equity partners in the firm. From next year, in her new role as Senior Consultant, Mrs. Yeo will continue to look after valuable key client relationships that she has built for the firm and assist in developing new business.

Mrs. Yeo will be succeeded by Mr. Philip Jeyaretnam, Senior Counsel.

Mr. Jeyaretnam has worked for more than 18 years with her, from just before the founding of HelenYeo & Partners in 1992.

Of her successor, Mrs. Yeo says, "Philip has the leadership and vision to take Rodyk to new heights. He has built an impressive track record, including having shaped Rodyk's dispute resolution practice. I had believed in his potential from when he joined me at age 27. He has one of the finest minds in the profession."

Mrs. Yeo's partners credit her with raising Rodyk's profile significantly, infusing vitality and giving this venerable name a contemporary branding.

Looking back, Mrs. Yeo says, "I have built for Rodyk a strong team of partners, a culture of teamwork and accountability, and a highly efficient back office."

Since its merger with HelenYeo & Partners, Rodyk has grown to its current strength of more than 150 lawyers and 170 other professionals and staff.

Mrs. Yeo played a significant role in building Rodyk’s leading corporate real estate and banking practices, as well as sharpening its regional focus. Beyond Singapore, the firm has a strong presence in China and Indonesia. HelenYeo & Partners, the first Singaporean firm to open in Shanghai in 1996, had brought into Rodyk a track record of regional expansion.

Mr. Jeyaretnam says, "Helen's success as Managing Partner has been founded on three principles - setting clear, strategic directions, working round the clock to get the execution right, and nurturing talent. I have been deeply fortunate to have her as a mentor, and I am delighted that she will continue with the firm, for us to continue to benefit from her experience, skills and excellent judgment."

"The firm is well-placed to build on Helen's success, with many talented and experienced lawyers, and a sterling reputation for quality work. Rodyk will continue to strengthen and deepen our talent pool, in order to serve clients fully and effectively. We will also leverage on our regional strengths," he adds.

The leadership succession comes at a significant time in its history: Rodyk celebrates its 150th year in 2011.

The year-long celebrations will kick off in January 2011 with the launch of a book on Rodyk's 150 years. The book will, among other things, capture Rodyk's origins in the 1860s with Carr Woods, (who also founded The Straits Times), Bernard Rodyk and James Guthrie Davidson, and Rodyk's contribution to the Singapore success story.

Mr. Jeyaretnam says, "Rodyk will take the opportunity of our 150th anniversary not only to thank our clients and associates, but to also acknowledge our role in the legal profession's contribution to Singapore's progress. As we celebrate this important milestone, we will continue serving the business community here and regionally, with a first-rate team of lawyers, including Helen in her new capacity as Senior Consultant."

 

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About Rodyk & Davidson

Rodyk & Davidson LLP, established 1861, enjoys the distinction of being Singapore's first and oldest law practice and will celebrate its 150th year as one of Singapore's largest full service law firms in 2011. Rodyk's team of about 150 lawyers serves clients in the practice areas of corporate, finance, litigation & arbitration, real estate, intellectual property and technology. Rodyk is headquartered in Singapore with an office in Shanghai and an associated office in Jakarta.

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Adelind TAY
Rodyk & Davidson
T: 6885-3986
E: adelind.tay@rodyk.com