Ian Johnson, the first UK partner to be recruited by big spending New York firm Chadbourne & Parke, is to head the firm's new Singapore branch.
Johnson, an oil expert, left Ashurst Morris Crisp's specialist energy and major projects group in November, and said that “oil law is becoming increasingly globalised”.
The US firm, which was reported to be seriously looking for a Singapore office late last year, will base one other lawyer alongside Johnson in the Asian city state.
Chadbourne and Parke is the seventh major New York firm to establish in Singapore, which is regarded as a “hot” location for new branches.
Jerome Katz, a New York-based partner, said that project finance was a major area of interest. The branch will also concentrate on capital markets.