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Morrison & Foerster has recruited two corporate partners, Jake Robson and Adam Summerly, for its relaunched Singapore office.
It is the first major hires for the US firm since it reopened in the jurisdiction with the relocation of two partners from its Tokyo office last October (23 October 2012).
Robson and Summerly both join from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Singapore office, where they were partners.
They both focus on corporate, M&A and asset-based transactions across Asia. Robson joined Norton Rose in London in 1998 and moved to Singapore in 2005. In 2009, he advised HSBC on its acquisition of Indonesia’s PT Bank Ekonomi Raharja Tbk for $607m.
Summerly, who has been practising in Singapore for 14 years, joined Norton Rose from in 2008 from Duane Morris & Selvam (21 April 2008), where he helped launched the Philadelphia-headquartered firm’s Singapore office in January 2007. He also previous worked at Jones Day’s Singapore office. One of his recent deals include advising Indonesian private equity group Saratoga on its investment in PT Mandala Airlines.
“As more multinational companies expand in the region, Singapore has continued to grow as a key financial and economic center. The surge of corporate deal making in South and Southeast Asia has created a significant demand for high-quality legal services,” said Eric Piesner, Morrison & Foerste’s managing partner for Asia based in Singapore.
The departure of the two partners in Singapore comes following a team of eight partners and 14 lawyers left Norton Rose Fulbright to join Baker Botts in Dubai and Riyadh (16 July 2013).