Hunton & Williams has taken a six-lawyer, multi-office team from White & Case to bolster its international trade practice, bringing capability to Asia for the first time.
Partner Edmund Sim heads the team of movers, and will be based in Hunton’s Singapore office.
Sim brings with him two associates into the Singapore office, while other associates join in the Bangkok, Beijing and Washington DC offices.
The hires give Asian capability to the firm’s rated international trade practice group, which had previously only been active in Brussels and DC.
Hunton Asia managing partner Edward Koehler said: “Asia exporters and governments face increasingly complex trade issues that require continuing onsite assistance. Ed’s internationally recognised trade group provides this assistance.”
Sim and his team have previously represented exporters and governments in international trade disputes between Asia and Africa, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the US, as well as within Asia itself.
Sim is a specialist in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Countervailing duties are taxes assessed to counter the effects of foreign governments’ subsidies provided to goods exported to the US.