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As part of a major expansion initiative in South East Asia, Watson Farley & Williams has undertaken a management reshuffle in its Singapore office.
As of today (1 October), litigation partner Peter Flint is the new head of the office. Flint takes over from Nigel Thomas, who will return to London. The firm operates its overseas postings on a three-year basis and Thomas has come to the end of his tenure. Partner Chris Low has also relocated to the Singapore office to take up a new role as head of the international finance group. Flint was previously based in the firm's London office. He said: "It's certainly a challenge to have the headship of a relatively small office in a developing region. From a career perspective, it means that I move onto the management board of the firm as a whole. I also intend to spend a significant amount of my time on fee-earning work." Watson Farley has targeted the pan-Pacific region as a potential growth area for the firm. Flint said: "The firm is focusing very keenly on South East Asia and the Far East as part of our plans for expansion. We are already pretty well represented in other major financial centres in the world, so the obvious direction in which to move is east." Last month, the firm opened its Bangkok office, adding support to its principal base in Singapore. Flint said that in addition to attracting new clients with its increased presence in South East Asia, the firm already had a number of clients already operating there. He said: "We have a well-established business and client base in the region. We act for the majority of the European, Scandinavian and US banks that are active here." Flint said that there are no immediate plans to open another office as clients could be serviced from Singapore and Thailand. Following Thomas' return to London, the Singapore office will house four partners. With growth ambitions driving the firm, Flint said: "As the business develops we will be both moving people out of London and recruiting laterally to the firm."