DLA Piper recruits Motorola’s Asia GC for tech push

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has tempted another in-house lawyers back into private practice with the hire of the Asia Pacific general counsel of Motorola.

Jeffery Tan, who was also the president of Motorola Singapore, joins the firm’s Singapore practice as a partner and will manage the corporate technology practice in South East Asia.

Desmond Ong, DLA Piper’s Singapore managing partner, said: “With Jeff on board, we are better able to exploit the full potential of our Silicon Valley strength in Asia and meet the expectations of our global venture and technology clients.”

Tan joins DLA Piper following 12 years at telecommunications company Motorola, where as president he was based in the Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore and was responsible for overseeing all of Motorola’s businesses in the region.

As assistant secretary and head of Motorola’s Asia Pacific legal department Tan also had management responsibility for all legal support throughout Asia. He established and led a team of 26 attorneys, seven paralegals and 16 support staff.

Nick Seddon, Asia managing director said: “Jeff’s appointment strengthens DLA Piper’s position as a leading corporate and technology practice in Asia.”