Subramaniam, who also spent several years at Freshfields, joined Reed Smith in 2008 from Clyde & Co (3 April 2008).
Watson Farley managing partner Michael Greville said: “Aviation and rail fit in naturally with our shipping and general asset finance practices and whilst we have some expertise in these sectors we don’t have a well-developed practice.
“The recruitment of this team takes us straight into these markets at a level which is complementary to our other practices, including strong relationships with a number of financial institutions which are already important clients of WFW, and offers tremendous scope for development in our offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.”
The Reed Smith associates joining Watson Farley are Andrew Harper, Karine Oates and Jahnavi Ramachandran.
In a statement Reed Smith said: “We wish Rex and Siva all the best in their future endeavours.”