Wikborg Rein bucks the trend as its Singapore alliance ends

Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein’s five-year formal law alliance (FLA) with boutique Singaporean firm Pan Asia has come to an end. The two firms have bucked a wider trend by withdrawing from the relationship, a move believed to have been triggered by “divergent views and interests”.

Many more international firms are moving into Singapore using a FLA structure, most recently Stephenson Harwood embarked on a relationship with local firm Virtus Law.

Yun Kriegler

Several other UK firms, including Clifford Chance , Clyde & Co and Ince & Co , also have a FLA or joint law venture (JLV) in Singapore.

However, a break-up between long-established international and local allies are not a rarity. Just two years ago, Allen & Gledhill and Linklaters ended their decade-long JLV.

It is easy for international firms to find a partner in Singapore, but there is a challenge in maintaining a long and happy marriage.

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