Ashurst appoints new head of Singapore office

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Ashurst has appointed finance partner Jean Woo as the managing partner of the Singapore office, succeeding Rob Palmer, who was at the helm for four years. Palmer will continue his role as a dispute resolution partner at the firm.

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Jean Woo

Woo joined the firm as an associate in the Singapore office in 2010 and rose through the ranks to become a partner in 2017. She specialises in international banking and finance transactions and has nearly 15 years of experience in the financing space covering a wide range of bank lending areas.

“Our top priorities are our clients and our people,” Woo told Asia Business Law Journal. “We believe that the people who work for the firm are key to our success and we understand that the pandemic has transformed people’s mindsets. As such, we want to build a sustainable workforce and workplace that is able to thrive in a post-pandemic environment.”

Woo added that client satisfaction was the best way to improve a firm’s visibility and branding in a competitive market. So the firm will continue investing in areas and markets that are vital for clients to support their business.

“We believe that banks and private capital, digital economy, energy and resources, infrastructure and real estate sectors will be most active in Singapore,” said Woo.

Jini Lee, Ashurst’s head of region for Asia and global co-head of finance, funds and restructuring in Hong Kong, said the firm’s corporate, finance, funds and restructuring practices at the regional level continued to thrive.

“The key is to keep close to our clients as they continue to seize opportunities in this volatile market,” said Lee.

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