Channel Islands firm Collas Crill opens in Singapore

Newly merged offshore firm Collas Crill is opening in Singapore later this year.

Both Conyers Dill & Pearman and Walkers are already present in Singapore, but no other Channel Islands-headquartered firms have offices in the city.

Collas Crill is relocating partner Sean Cheong from Guernsey to head the new office, which will practise both Guernsey and Jersey law.

The firm said the move into a new jurisdiction was in response to demand from Asian institutional and private clients for Channel Islands legal services, particularly in corporate, funds and trusts.

The Singapore office will also offer Guernsey fiduciary services through Guernsey Trust Company, which is majority owned by the partners of Collas Crill.

Collas Crill was formed in April this year through the merger of Guernsey’s Collas Day and Jersey’s Crill Canavan (2 December 2010).