White & Case drops friend to go it alone in Singapore

White & Case drops friend to go it alone in SingaporeWhite & Case has split with Singapore ally Venture Law as it prepares to launch its own office on the island.

The US firm was one of just six foreign firms to win a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licence from ;the ;Singapore ­government in December last year, following a move to liberalise the jurisdiction’s legal market.

A ;White ;& ;Case spokesperson said: “We’ve agreed with Venture Law to bring our Singapore formal law alliance with them to an end. Our commitment to Singapore, and our plans for the QFLP licence that we were recently awarded, are unchanged.”

Singapore is seen as a strategic base in Asia for work coming out of India, which is closed to foreign law firms.

White & Case’s move mirrors that of Clifford Chance, which broke from its joint venture with Singapore firm The Wong Partnership last year to launch its own office.