Norton Rose in ascendant with FLA in Singapore


Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced a formal law alliance (FLA) with Singapore law practice Ascendant Legal. The alliance, Norton Rose Fulbright Ascendant, was created following approval from the Singapore Ministry of Law.

The establishment of Norton Rose Fulbright Ascendant will enable the expansion of the current Singapore law practice, particularly in the areas of litigation and arbitration, financial restructuring and regulation and investigations, Norton Rose said in a statement.

The Singapore practice will benefit from additional Singapore law expertise in the areas of fraud and asset tracing, criminal litigation and white-collar criminal defence, employment disputes, data protection, privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, shipping, real estate, and antitrust and competition.

Ascendant Legal was set up in 2016 and is led by managing director Chew Kei-jin, who has more than 20 years’ experience of handling complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes and restructuring matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s heritage in Singapore spans more than 35 years; the office opened in 1982, and with more than 60 lawyers, it is currently one of the largest international law firms in Singapore.

Under Singapore’s Ministry of Law regulations, an FLA allows a Singapore law practice and a foreign law practice to collaborate while remaining freestanding practices.