Anandarajah takes pride in ensuring that every piece of work she undertakes is targetted and focussed, addressing the specific need of the client in a practical business oriented manner – hence the accolades. That has kept her interest in the law ignited.
Anandarajah heads the Competition & Antitrust and Trade Practice and leads the Corporate Governance Practice. Always a forerunner in niche areas of the law, her key practice areas are Competition and Trade (including consumer protection), with strong secondary practices in Employment, Environmental (EHS), Corporate Governance and Telco/Media Laws, where she has formidable accolades. She advises multinational corporations as well local companies across the region on such matters. She has had many firsts in her career, handling difficult and complex matters, demystifying and simplifying issues to achieve the clients’ aim.
Lauded by clients for being "very dedicated, very quick and precise," as noted by Chambers Asia 2019, described as “super switched-on” by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and one with “very wide vision” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017, and most recently as a Thought Leader for competition by GCR and Worldwide Leading Lawyers, Anandarajah has received many accolades. One client comments: "She has impressed us with her legal knowledge, business acumen and also understanding of the Commission and the legal arena, which makes her a dream for anybody looking to engage competition lawyers". Chambers further lauds Anandarajah for her “solid, can-do attitude and excellent client management skills … She is top-notch in competition law matters and is very good at working out a strategic solution to a legal problem ... one of the few practitioners who is truly at the cutting edge …” Clients give her exceptional praise, deeming her “superbly responsive, very hard-working, solution-oriented and reliable.” AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers says that she “is the complete package for all competition issues in ASEAN”. Anandarajah has also received numerous accolades and awards for her work in not just competition law, but also trade law, employment, corporate governance, and environment.
Anandarajah sits on various boards, including Building and Construction Authority, Singapore Institute of Legal Education; and is a member of the External Review Panel of Safety in SAF, the Appeal Board - Council of Estate Agents, and the Committee for Professional Training of Lawyers formed by the Chief Justice of Singapore, whose report will shape legal practice in the coming years. Anandarajah was in 2014 awarded the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) which is conferred by the President of Singapore.
Competition & Antitrust
On Competition & Antitrust, Anandarajah has been involved in major cartel / abuse investigations, cross-border mergers / other notifications, leniency applications, and also handles dawn-raids, complaints, consultation, counselling, compliance, training and implementation of competition laws across the region. She has handled numerous multi-jurisdictional merger notifications across the world. Some of the major matters that she has been involved in include:
- Merger clearances:
- CMA CGM/NewHoldCo
- MHE / Konecranes
- Quest / Innovative / TPG
- DKSH / Auric
- Essilor / Luxottica
- Wilhelmsen / Drew Marine
- Sinochem / Halcyon
- Global Logistics / Government of Singapore Corporation
- Moog / Singapore Airlines Engineering
- Holcim / Lafarge
- Emperador / Beam Suntory
- GDF Suez / International Power Plc
- FMC / Asia Renal Care
- Chartered Semiconductor / Hitachi Semiconductor
- Major public investigations:
- Sibor price rigging, involving several major banks
- Chicken l
- Freight forwarders
- Bus agencies
- Financial advisers
- Hotels information exchange
- Bid-rigging in F1
- Food delivery
- Ball bearings
- A career highlight, amongst many, includes:
- Nominated Regional Lawyer of the Year by Legal 500
- Cited as Top 100 Women in Antitrust in the World by the Global Competition Review
- Winner of Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards Twice
- Commended External Counsel of the Year 2016 by the Inhouse Community.
- Awarded Best Lawyer in Competition & Antitrust in Singapore by Best Lawyers 2015 and identified by Best Lawyers since 2013 to date
- The win for “Behavioural Matter of the Year – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa” category – Global Competition Review Awards 2013 for her work for Coca Cola (Singapore) Beverages Pte Ltd, a ground-breaking matter.
On Trade Law, Anandarajah has been involved in advising multinational corporations on trade agreements between governments, handled export and import permit applications and clearances involving strategic and various other regulated and prohibited goods, advises extensively on strategic and controlled goods, advised and assisted with voluntary disclosure programmes, dealt with product recall matters, advised and drafted warehousing and other logistics agreements and more. Product liability is a key area of this practice, touching on a range of products from electronics to motor vehicles to food as well as telecommunication products.
She also advises regularly on anti-dumping matters, and further has had to advised on the TPP, AEC and other trade treaties. As part of this practice, she advices on all aspects of regulatory issues relating to starting a business, where there is a cross-border of movement of goods or services involved, and has been at the cutting edge in dealing with autonomous and electric vehicles amongst others.
She is experienced in managing the advisory process in multiple stakeholder scenarios where the deliverables will have significant impact on trade. Additionally, Anandarajah has also conducted extensive training on competition policy, WTO and FTA and other trade related issues across ASEAN countries for regulators to enhance trade understanding, including in relation to working with ITIS and other bodies in Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam, amongst other countries. She advises multinational corporations plus local companies across the region. She is perhaps the only Singapore lawyer cited as a leading Trade lawyer by international legal ranking journals. The practice she leads has recently been cited as a Band 1 practice for South East Asia Trade / WTO by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016. Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 specifically notes that "the firm's responsiveness and communications have been top-notch. They combine deep knowledge of the law with an awareness of commercial realities and the market. Their general operations are very smooth and seamless."
On Employment Law, she is described as “responsive, helpful and commercial” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Anandarajah advises a number of multinational corporations on a regular basis in relation to their employment concerns, including employment agreements, executive compensation benefits payable, including options of differing forms such as ESOPs and LTIPs, termination and termination benefits, non-compete, restraints, implementing and reviewing employment handbooks and manuals, employment transfer issues, whistleblowing policies and implementation and more.
Her team also coordinates employment law advice across the region for clients frequently. Anandarajah has been cited as a leading Employment & Labour lawyer by international peer review legal ranking journals.
Regulatory – Environmental, Health & Safety
Kala has been involved in a number of advisory and due diligence projects, including in relation to the sale of the three Electricity Generation Companies in Singapore. She also advises extensively in a variety of matters involving EHS matters, from poisons to hazardous substances, from facility permits and licensing requirements to all forms of air, water, land and noise pollution issues, including advising Boards on such regulatory matters. Her experience in this area extends to advising on specific health product licensing requirements, liaising with regulators on a variety of issues, and generally assisting with structuring transactions to ensure compliance. She also regularly advises on the regulatory and licensing requirements in relation to food products. Increasingly carbon emissions and trading issues are an area that she touches on. Kala is only one of a very select few who has been repeatedly cited as a leading Environmental lawyer by international legal ranking journals.
Corporate / Corporate Governance
On corporate governance, Anandarajah is a clear leader advising boards and corporates on multiple issues. Some of the major matters she advised on include China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Limited, setting up the Financial Industries Disputes Resolution Centre, the umbrella body that handles disputes from the banking, insurance and securities industries, the Investor Relations Officers Association (Singapore), and the dispute resolution scheme for no injury accident claims for the General Insurance Association of Singapore. She also drafted the CG Code of the Maldives and continues to advise corporations in Singapore and across the region on governance and director issues. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific notes that “Kala Anandarajah… is a leading authority in corporate governance, compliance and competition issues…” and is “responsive, helpful and commercial”. The Who’s Who of Leading Practitioners Singapore describes her as “highly active and very good” and an “acknowledged authority in this field” who holds a “number of very high-profile positions”.
Anandarajah also conducts board training often, including the LCD Module on Director Duties, which is a requirement for all new directors. She is cited as amongst the Best of the Best – Women in Business Law for a number of years now for her work in Antitrust and Competition Law and for Corporate Governance.
Anandarajah is a prolific writer and is widely published, with many of her books being first publications in Singapore and the region and now leading texts relied upon by many lawyers, other professionals and businessmen. She has written over half a dozen legal books on Corporate Governance, Competition and Antitrust, Trade, Bills of Sale, Bankruptcy, Auditors and more. Her recent books include ASEAN Competition Law, which she is Co-General Editor of and Corporate Governance – Practice & Issues, which she is sole author of. The latest edition of her book, Corporate Governance – Practice & Issues will be released soon. Anandarajah has conducted a number of lectures internationally, including the UK, the US, South Africa, Austria, Japan, China, India, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Maldives in her areas of expertise.