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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its international expansion, doubling its Singapore office through the hire of a team from Holman Fenwick & Willan.
The firm has recruited corporate lawyer Alistair Duffield along with five other lawyers.
Duffield, a mining and natural resources expert, will become managing partner of BLP’s Singapore office. He has 20 years’ experience in the region, particularly in Indonesia, and has also worked at White & Case and Deutsche Bank.
BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The appointment of Alistair and his team will significantly increase the breadth and depth of service we can offer clients based in South East Asia and those investing into the region.”
BLP’s Singapore office opened in 2007. It is one of a network of offices the firm holds in emerging markets. Other jurisdictions in which it has a presence are Russia and Abu Dhabi.
The firm opened in Moscow in 2009 with a team of 70 lawyers from Russian firm Pepeliaev Goltsblat & Partners and opened in Abu Dhabi in 2008.
Holman Fenwick managing partner Greg Gray said: “Alistair and a small group of associates will be leaving us next year. The Singapore corporate and mining practice will continue with partners James Donoghue and Lian Yok Tan.”