Clifford Chance has hired technology partner Luke Grubb in Singapore in support of the firm’s strategy to grow its technology practice in the region.

Grubb was previously a partner of Latham & Watkins’ Singapore office, where he headed the US firm’s technology, media and commercial practice in Asia.

He has been involved in technology-related transactions for more than 20 years, and have also advised on intellectual property, data privacy, cyber security, fintech and payment systems.

Recently, he led a team acted for Chinese technology giant Tencent on the acquisition of the exclusive internet rights to ESPN reporting.

Grubb relocated from London to Singapore in 2012 to launch Latham’s outsourcing and IP practice in the city state. Qualified in England and Wales, he had been a partner of Latham for over 14 years.

“Technology is having a transformative effect for our clients across the region and globally, as demonstrated by much of our recent work,” said Geraint Hughes, Clifford Chance Asia Pacific regional managing partner. “The addition of Luke shows our continued commitment to invest to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

Clifford Chance has been involved in a growing number of technology related transactions in Asia Pacific in recent years, including advising Chinese AI firm SenseTime Group on its $410m investments by private equity funds and institutional investors and Menulog Group on its A$855m acquisition by Just Eat.