Chambers Asia Pacific (2017 Edition)

The rankings and editorials on R&T Sok & Heng Law Office released by the Chambers Asia Pacific are highlighted below.

General Business Law (Band 2)

Ranked Lawyers: Heng Chhay (Band 1), Sophonnora Tiv (Up & Coming)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for
Impressive Phnom Penh-based team working with the wider Rajah & Tann network. Regularly advises international clientele on domestic law. Retains a strong market reputation for work on cross-border transactions, including project finance and joint ventures. Banking and real estate sectors constitute key areas of expertise.

"They perform very well. They are very efficient, experienced and creative in dealing with issues. It is a very slick and well-optimised practice. They're quite good at keeping clients informed about legal developments in Cambodia as well."

"Their commercial awareness of the local environment outclasses any other local or international law firm I have encountered in Cambodia thus far."

Work highlights
Acted for Donaco International on its USD360 million acquisition of Star Vegas Resort & Club, advising on due diligence and transactional documentation, as well as the registration and security for the financing by Mega International Commercial Bank. 

Assisted Sunrise Healthcare Service with its application for investment and tax incentives from the Royal Government of Cambodia. Also provided advice on the construction and financing of the client's hospital project.

Significant clients
E.Sun Commercial Bank, HAGL Group, Malayan Banking, S&P International Foods, Thai Samsung Electronics.

Notable practitioners
Managing partner Chhay Heng focuses his practice on banking and finance, M&A and real estate mandates, and is particularly skilled in project finance. Work highlights include advising Teho International on its USD500 million real estate development. He attracts praise from clients for his "professional skill, communication and intuition" as well as "the calibre of his character, which plays a pivotal role in galvanising his team and staff."

Sophonnora Tiv comes recognised by peers as "definitely an up-and-comer in this space." He handles a range of work covering M&A, financing and real estate projects. In a highlight, he assisted TA Corporation with its real estate development project 'The Gateway', including advice on tax issues.