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Duane Morris and Selvam Managing Partner Arfat Selvam Receives 2015 C C Tan Award from The Law Society of Singapore

November 20, 2015

Arfat SelvamSINGAPORE, November 20, 2015—Duane Morris LLP and Duane Morris & Selvam LLP are pleased to announce that Singapore managing partner Arfat Selvam is the recipient of The Law Society of Singapore’s C C Tan Award for 2015. Mrs. Selvam, who was president of the Law Society in 2003only the second woman to have ever held the office—received the award at the Law Society’s Annual Dinner & Dance held on November 13, 2015, at the Marina Mandarin in Singapore.

The C C Tan Award was created in 2003 to recognize members of the Singapore Bar who have displayed throughout their careers “the highest ideals of the professionhonesty, fair play, courtesy and personal integrity.” It is named for the late Tan Chye Cheng, or C C Tan, the first elected president of the Law Society.

Mrs. Selvam has more than 40 years of experience in corporate finance, having been at the forefront of the development of the financial services market in Singapore. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures, takeovers, funds raising in the capital markets, privatizations, financial services, cross-border investments, financial services and international joint ventures. Mrs. Selvam has been involved in several landmark transactions, such as DBS Bank’s acquisition of POSB and the merger of Keppel Bank with OCBC, as well as the initial public offerings of Singapore Airlines, Neptune Orient Lines and Creative Technology.

Mrs. Selvam has been closely involved in the changes driving the legal financial services sector in Singapore. She was a member of the Company Law Reform Committee, which made major recommendations affecting the companies and securities laws in Singapore. 

Mrs. Selvam was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1969 and is a former director of the Stock Exchange of Singapore Limited. She was also a member of the Senate of the Academy of Law and the Board of Legal Education and was formerly on the board of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). Mrs. Selvam is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a director of JurongHealth Fund Limited.

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Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is the joint law venture between Duane Morris LLP and Selvam LLC, with its headquarters in Singapore. Its global platform and extensive range of legal services position the firm to help companies conduct business in and out of Asia, the United States, Latin America, the United Kingdom and beyond. In addition to the excellent skills of its lawyers, clients benefit from the cultural fluency and key relationships that the firm has developed over many years of practicing law throughout the region. The firm has a presence in the key markets of Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon, as well as an office in Shanghai, China. Supporting these regional offices, the firm operates a series of country desks for India, Indonesia, Nepal, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Australia, as well as an alliance in Sri Lanka. It is regularly ranked among Singapore’s leading law firms by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000.