Linklaters has reshuffled its Asian team, moving Kevin Wong, the head of its Shanghai office, to Singapore
Taking resources out of greater China is an unusual move, but the firm said the reshuffle was driven in part by an upswing in work in South East Asia. Wong, a corporate lawyer and a native Singaporean, will start at the Singapore office this week. He will be replaced as head of the Shanghai office by Andrew Godwin. Zilli Shau, another partner in the firm's China practice, will spend more time in Shanghai, although he will still be based at the firm's Hong Kong office. Linklaters Asia managing partner Andrew Roberts said: "There's a lot of domestic demand driving growth in Asia, which you're not seeing elsewhere in the world." He added that South East Asia was generally very busy, citing periods of political calm in Indonesia and Malaysia as reasons for renewed growth. Lucien Wong, Roberts' co-chair of the Linklaters-Allen & Gledhill Singapore joint venture, said in a statement: "Kevin's track record in China is an important benefit to our clients in Singapore. Having built a successful office in Shanghai, he's uniquely positioned to advise Singapore corporates looking at investment in China and/or restructuring their existing investments." Although Wong's departure will temporarily deplete the China practice, the firm intends to continue to build up its North Asia operations. Roberts indicated that it would both relocate staff to China and make more lateral hires over the next few months.