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Wotton + Kearney opens Singapore office with new hires

Wotton + Kearney is the first major Australian insurance and risk firm to establish a significant office in Singapore, which will open in June

Watson Farley adds project development veteran in Singapore

Watson Farley & Williams has strengthened its energy offering in Singapore with the addition of project development and finance veteran, Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi, as a partner from McDermott Will & Emery

K&L Gates Straits Law adds investment funds partner

K&L Gates Straits Law, the Singapore outpost of the global firm K&L Gates, recruits Jason Nelms as a partner in the AMIF practice

Direction corrections on Singapore tax

By Eugene Lim, Christine Schwarzl and Mei Yeo, WTS Taxise in Singapore

The island nation is ringing in tax changes to keep it competitive, pay for an energy transition, and align with new international standards

Singapore, China officials at launch of A&G’s Shanghai office

Allen & Gledhill has officially launched a representative office in Shanghai, marking the Singapore firm’s first overseas presence outside Southeast Asia

K&L Gates boosts finance practice in Singapore with new hires

K&L Gates has expanded its finance practice with the addition of two partners, Samuel Kolehmainen and Duc Nguyen, in Singapore

Nominate now! Singapore top lawyers 2024

Asia Business Law Journal seeks input to identify top lawyers in Singapore from global in-house counsel and professionals

Ashurst assists on Singapore JV’s new lifestyle space

Ashurst ADTLaw advises Sunray Group and The Lo & Behold Group on joint venture for Singapore lifestyle destination, opening Q2 2024

Shook Lin & Bok expands real estate practice with fresh talent

Shook Lin & Bok expands corporate real estate practice, appoints partners Kenneth Szeto and John Tan, along with their team of associates and paralegals

Reed Smith welcomes Asia investment fund star Han Ming Ho

Reed Smith has appointed Han Ming Ho, a prominent figure in the Asia investment funds market, as a partner in its global corporate group and Singapore office

DLA Piper reinforces Singapore office leadership

DLA Piper appoints Vincent Seah as co-country managing partner for its Singapore office, fortifying the island-state branch’s leadership structure

DBS completes acquisition of Citi’s consumer banking in Taiwan

Clifford Chance and Lee & Li advised Citibank on the sale of its consumer banking business in Taiwan to Singapore’s DBS Bank

Baker Botts advises LNG Japan on Australian gas field stake

Baker Botts represented LNG Japan Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary LJ Scarborough to acquire a 10% stake in Woodside Energy’s Scarborough Joint Venture

Baker McKenzie adds M&A lawyer in Singapore

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, a member firm of Baker McKenzie in Singapore, has hired Theodore Heng as the principal of its M&A group

Full speed ahead

India Business Law Journal is pleased to present its selection of the top 15 foreign law firms for India-related work

Expansive counsel

Regional in-house counsel reveal top tips on managing legal teams, networking, and assisting foreign investment

Keeping up to speed with Singapore ESG regulations

By Lynette Koh, Helmsman in Singapore

Maples expands in Singapore with new partner

Maples Group has hired Ian Clark, formerly a partner at Harneys in Hong Kong since 2022, as a partner

Rajah & Tann names Paul Ng to advance aviation expertise

Rajah & Tann has appointed industry expert Paul Ng as a partner to head the firm’s aviation practice in Singapore

A regional comparison of ESG regulations

Growing awareness of the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards is pushing companies around the globe

Han Kun lands in Singapore, opening first office outside China

Han Kun Law Offices has set up in Singapore, the firm’s first branch outside China and the second overseas premises after its Hong Kong arm qualified to practice in November last year

Singapore, China agreement on BRI disputes

By Una Khng, Helmsman in Singapore

Stephenson Harwood’s PE expert moves to Morgan Lewis in Singapore

After almost eight years as a Stephenson Harwood partner, corporate and private equity lawyer George Cyriac is set to join Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Singapore

Singapore litigator joins HSF alliance to launch dispute practice 

Litigator Daniel Chia joins Prolegis, a HSF alliance law firm in Singapore, as a director and head of litigation, and brings on board a trio of lawyers from his previous firm, Morgan Lewis

International arbitration expert strengthens Rajah & Tann

International arbitration expert Vanina Sucharitkul joins Singapore’s Rajah & Tann as a partner in the firm’s regional international arbitration practice

Mayer Brown’s new Singapore chief focuses on energy disputes

Mayer Brown’s head of international arbitration in Asia, Tay Yu-Jin, succeeds Pieter de Ridder as the new managing partner of its Singapore office

SCCA moves office to Maxwell Chambers

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has moved its office to Maxwell Chambers from its previous location at Riverside Point joining other prestigious organisations and key local institutions

DLA Piper grabs tax and renewable energy experts in Singapore and Tokyo

DLA Piper has hired international tax lawyer Barbara Voskamp and energy expert Peter Armstrong as partners in its Singapore and Tokyo offices, respectively

Asia the focus at INTA 2023 annual meeting in Singapore

Registration is open for the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) 2023 Annual Meeting Live+, featuring an in-person event at Singapore’s Sands Expo & Convention Centre on 16-20 May

Nishimura & Asahi’s Singapore arm allies with Malaysian firm

Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi through its Singaporean arm has established a strategic alliance with Malaysian counterpart, WM Leong & Co, to strengthen its presence in Southeast Asia

K&L Gates Straits adds dispute partner in Singapore

K&L Gates Straits Law, the Singapore office of K&L Gates, has strengthened its litigation and dispute resolution practice with the hiring of Joan Lim-Casanova as a partner

Rajah & Tann refreshes fraud and asset recovery heads

Rajah & Tann Singapore appointed Thong Chee Kun and Jansen Chow as new co-heads of its fraud, asset recovery and investigations practice, with Kun overseeing civil aspects and Chow criminal ones

Clifford Chance and Romulo secure Japanese investment for RCBC

Clifford Chance has advised RCBC on the international aspects of SMBC investment, increasing SMBC’s stake in the Philippines bank from 5% to 20%

Settling cross-border commercial disputes in Singapore

By Una Khng, Helmsman in Singapore

Connectivity, an efficient legal system and a plethora of choice are making Singapore increasingly popular for resolving international disputes

AKSET co-founder opens new firm, inks Mori Hamada alliance

Former founding partner of Indonesian firm AKSET Law, Abadi Abi Tisnadisastra, has set up ATD Law in Jakarta and established an alliance with Japanese law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Paul Tan moves to Gibson Dunn as new arbitration head

Singapore’s international arbitration expert Paul Tan has moved to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as a partner and head of international arbitration practice in Asia

Mayer Brown forms joint venture with Singapore’s PK Wong & Nair

Global law firm Mayer Brown has entered a JLV with Singapore firm PK Wong & Nair to establish Mayer Brown PK Wong & Nair to provide clients with an integrated service, offering seamless advice on international and Singapore law

Linklaters assists Thai power company in Taiwan wind farm investment

Linklaters advised Thai utility provider GPSC in acquiring a 25% stake in the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm in Taiwan from local shareholders, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, for a USD500 million investment

Goodwin’s new Singapore office targets growing tech business

Goodwin opens its second Asian shop in Singapore with the relocation of Hong Kong-based private investment funds partner Gregory Barclay to lead the new office to assist clients in raising, deploying and lending capital in the region

Bird & Bird flies higher with new aviation partner in Singapore 

Aircraft leasing and financing specialist Niel Liebenberg has left his role as general counsel at China Aircraft Leasing Company to join Bird & Bird as a partner in its aviation team in Singapore

Clifford Chance promotes partner as new Singapore head

Corporate partner Valerie Kong’s career at will come full circle when she takes up her appointment as the Singapore office managing partner effective from 1 October, succeeding Kai-Niklas Schneider who had been at the helm since 2016

Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers 2022

Following an extensive nomination process, Asia Business Law Journal unveils its top performers of the country’s legal profession

Alvin Yeo leaves lasting impression

Alvin Yeo, senior partner and co-founder of one of the largest law firms in Singapore, WongPartnership, died on 30 July at the age of 60 after a two-year battle with cancer

Hospitality veteran heads BH2I in Singapore

Real estate and hospitality law firm BH2I has hired Michael Evanoff as senior counsel to lead its Singapore office

Trio in Fullerton Healthcare’s high-profile merger

Singapore-headquartered healthcare service provider Fullerton Healthcare has completed a merger led by Hong Kong-headquartered private equity firm RRJ Capital with an equity injection and a senior loan totalling SGD390 million (USD283 million)

White-collar investigator joins Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance hired white-collar expert Vasu Muthyala as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice in Singapore.

White-collar specialist returns to Sidley

After moving from Hong Kong to lead the new Singapore office of McDermott Will & Emery as the managing partner and Asia-Pacific head last March, white-collar expert Yuet Ming Tham has returned to Sidley Austin as a partner and global co-chair of the white-collar: government litigation and investigations practice

IHCF and SIAC ink collaborations

The In-House Counsel Forum (IHCF) of Korea signed an MoU with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) on 18 July to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution for resolving global disputes

Mishcon lands aviation lawyer in Singapore

Mishcon de Reya has beefed up its transactional team in Singapore with the addition of aviation lawyer Ethan Tan as a partner

Carey Olsen lures funds lawyer to Singapore

Carey Olsen has hired funds lawyer Rebecca Lee as an of counsel in its corporate and investment funds team in Singapore

Dentons Rodyk re-hires senior partner from EY

Dentons Rodyk, the Singapore office of multinational law firm Dentons, has hired corporate lawyers Evelyn Ang as a senior partner in its M&A practice

SCCA starts new chapter with fresh leaders

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has named Renita Sophia Crasta and Daniel Choo as co-presidents for 2022-2024, starting from June

SNG inks pact with R&P to widen geographical reach

Mumbai-based SNG & Partners and southern-based firm R&P Partners have created a pan-India presence after establlishing a joint venture

JunHe steers Publicis’ acquisition to power up digital business

JunHe advised the largest French communications giant Publicis Groupe on its China branch’s acquisition of a digital product consultancy Wiredcraft

Allen & Gledhill brings Phuong home to Vietnam

Phuong Tran has joined Allen & Gledhill as a partner in Ho Chi Minh City

HSF assists BP in renewable-energy hub stake

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) advised British oil and gas company BP in acquiring a 40.5 per cent stake and the operatorship of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) project

HKIAC: Changes at the top

Having served as the secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) since 2016, Sarah Grimmer will be stepping down in August to be succeeded by Mariel Dimsey

Global network for judicial dispute resolution is born

Judiciaries from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Britain and the United States have established the International Judicial Dispute Resolution Network 

HK Justice Secretary: arbitration fee shake-up a win-win

The Hong Kong SAR Government has submitted an amendment bill to the Legislative Council to propose three new fee agreements to allow lawyers to charge arbitration cases by the principles of "no win, no fee" and "no win, low fee"

In-house Counsel Awards revealed

After months of intensive surveys, we reveal the winners of our In-house Counsel Awards 2021-22

The art of bridge-building

Hang Dongxia, board secretary at Huarui Bank, shares her strategies for working with external lawyers

Regulating crypto assets

The past decade has seen extraordinary growth in technological innovation

Hong Kong and Singapore in lockstep for regtech adoption

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has launched Regtech Knowledge Hub to heighten awareness of regulatory compliance in fintech-related fields and encourage the sharing of expertise

Addleshaw to close Hong Kong office

Addleshaw Goddard has announced the closure of its Hong Kong office when the current lease expires in September

HSF sets construction disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

Herbert Smith Freehills has opened a construction and infrastructure disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

SCCA, Law Society hold women’s networking event

Welcoming a “post-pandemic” re-opening, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA)’s Women Chapter kicked off an in-person networking event on 17 May to catch up with fellow women lawyers from the Law Society of Singapore's Women in Practice Committee

Aftershocks

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

NIO plugs into Singapore Exchange

Chinese electric carmaker NIO debuted on Singapore Exchange by way of introduction without raising funds to become a triple-listed company in Singapore, the US and Hong Kong

Shukla, Chak made partners in HSF India practice

Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted Siddartha Shukla and Dhananjaya Chak to the partnership of its India practice

In her words

Senior women lawyers across Asia describe their journeys to success and share words of wisdom for aspiring juniors in the profession. Vandana Chatlani reports

Pinsent Masons makes Lui head of China

Pinsent Masons has made financial services partner Kanyi Lui the firm’s head of China. Lui replaces Sam Boyling who relocates to the Singapore office

Indonesia’s top 100 lawyers 2022

After experiencing its first economic contraction in two decades, Indonesia’s strong rebound was interrupted by the spreading delta variant of covid-19 in 2021

Khaitan appoints Singapore disputes partner

Kartikey Mahajan has been named as a partner at Khaitan & Co’s Singapore office dispute resolution practice

TMT and IP expert joins Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has hired Wang Yingyu as a partner in its technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) and IP practice in Singapore

AllBright to open office in Haikou

AllBright Law Offices has won approval to open a branch office in Haikou as the Hainan provincial capital grows as a global financial centre

Global arbitration lawyer boosts King & Spalding

King & Spalding has hired international arbitration lawyer Nils Eliasson as a partner in its trial and global disputes practice group in Singapore

Markets expert joins Baker in HK

Baker McKenzie has added senior capital markets specialist Thomas Tarala as partner to commit its strategic development for SPAC listing regimes in Hong Kong bond markets and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investments

Investigation specialist bolsters Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co strengthened its regulatory and investigations offering with the hire of Tan Weiyi as a partner in Singapore. Tan joined from Singapore’s law firm Harry Elias Partnership where she was a partner for more than two years

Project dispute specialist moves to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance hired major projects and contentious construction specialist Spencer Flay as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice in Perth

Funds lawyer and litigator join Carey Olsen in Singapore

Carey Olsen’s Singapore office has added investment funds specialist Tom Katsaros to its investment funds offering as a consultant, and experienced litigator Helen Wang to its litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice as a counsel

Squire assists Seaspan in innovative structured financings

Squire Patton Boggs has advised independent containerships owner Seaspan Corporation on securing two separate export credit agency (ECA)-backed Japanese Operating Lease with Call Options (JOLCOs) totalling USD838 million and USD1.4 billion

Shearman hires energy counsel

Shearman & Sterling has hired Ong Kok Jin as a counsel in its global M&A practice in Singapore

Pinsent Masons names new Singapore head

Mohan Pillay, the head of Pinsent Masons MPillay in Singapore, is stepping down after leading the firm for 12 years to be succeeded by partner Ian Laing

International A-List 2022

India Business Law Journal reveals the top 100 legal experts around the world who are leading the field with their work on the international aspects of india-related matters

Dispute resolution risks for overseas investment

Chinese enterprises should fully understand the risks of overseas investment and formulate countermeasures to protect their own interests

CFAs add to Singapore’s legal hub status

By Vikram Nair and Avinash Pradhan, Rajah & Tann

India and Singapore relax over stressed assets

By Dhananjay Kumar and Surbhi Pareek, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Hot seat

Parties should clearly specify the seat of arbitration as this can be a hotbed of contention when international disputes emerge, writes Tata Capital’s Rohan Thacker

Tech challenges in Singapore, Thailand shipping sector

By Murali Pany and Warinbhorn Benjasak, JTJB

Shareholder disputes cannot exclude right to arbitration

By Kelvin Poon and Avinash, Rajah & Tann

SPACs on the rise in Asia

By Matt Roberts, Maples Group

Lessons for APAC de-SPACs

By Derek Liu, Michelle Heisner, Derek Poon, and Ashok Lalwani, Baker McKenzie

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