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Los Angeles-headquartered O'Melveny & Myers is to open an office in Singapore after taking two finance and restructuring partners from White & Case.
Bertie Mehigan and Huey Yann Thong, who were based in White & Case's Singapore office, will lead the O'Melveny team along with transactions partner David Makarechian and counsel William Miller, who will relocate from the US.
The move will be a further blow for White & Case's Asia practice, which also recently lost senior restructuring partner Mark Fairbairn to O'Melveny in Hong Kong.
The new Singapore group will focus on finance, restructuring and distressed investment, private equity, M&A and capital markets.
O'Melveny chairman Arthur Culvahouse said: "Singapore is one of the most important financial and commercial centres in Asia.
"The combination of our existing leadership in China and Japan with a strong practice in Southeast and South Asia marks a significant milestone in the realisation of O'Melveny's vision for Asia."
The new office adds to the firm's outlets in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.