Baker & McKenzie poaches from Deweys

Baker & McKenzie has taken a London-based Dewey Ballantine partner for its South East Asia and Indian major projects practice.

William Abraham has been poached from the US-based firm for a November start in Baker & McKenzie's Singapore office. Abraham will join Baker & McKenzie's regional and global projects practice as a local partner.

Graeme Johnston, head of banking and project finance in Singapore, says: “William will add to the current capabilities and complement the regional team in Asia.

“His reputation in India and Europe, combined with his experience in the Asia Pacific, further strengthens and enhances our position as leaders in the provision of quality legal services in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, backed by a real understanding of the global issues.”

Abraham has acted for both banks and developers on major power, telecommunication and transport projects.

Before joining Dewey Ballantine he practised at Freshfields and advised on commercial and project financing transactions in India, China, Thailand and Taiwan.

Abraham has also worked on project financings in Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Mauritius.