DLA Piper’s Glynn becomes third partner to quit Singapore in a year

DLA Piper’s former Singapore managing partner Matthew Glynn has resigned from the firm, making him the second former office leader to leave so far this year.

Glynn relocated from Dubai to Singapore to take on the role as Singapore managing partner in 2011, succeeding Martin David who recently joined Ince & Co’s Singapore office to lead the firm’s Asia energy practice (9 May 2013). 

His practice focuses on the commercial and regulatory aspects of the IT, telecommunications and media sector (TMT). He first joined DLA Piper in Dubai from Linklaters’ Singapore office in January 2006.

DLA Piper’s Singapore office, currently consists of six partners, is headed by managing partner John Goulios who took over the role from Glynn in February 2013. Goulios was formerly the head of litigation and regulatory in Melbourne and relocated to Singapore in 2012 to perform the same role in Singapore.

Goulios confirmed Glynn’s departure in a statement and said: “DLA Piper is committed to the strategic growth of our Singapore office and with the onset of the economic community in ASEAN in 2015, Singapore and South East Asia are of crucial importance to our firm.”

Glynn, who handed in his resignation last month, noted that the main reason for his move was to explore entrepreneurship. He is likely to stay in Singapore for his next move.

“I’m going to take up an entrepreneurial opportunity within the legal industry. A lot of things are happening in the market and there is a mismatch between client demands and service supplies,” said Glynn. “To find a middle ground and meet clients’ needs, we need to think outside of the box.”

DLA Piper has gone through a regional shake-up in Asia Pacific following former UK head Andrew Darwin’s relocation to Australia as country managing partner (17 January 2013) and former EMEA finance and projects group head Bob Charlton’s relocation to Hong Kong as Asia Pacific managing director (3 April 2012).

The firm’s co-head of global arbitration, Justyn Jagger, left the Singapore office last year to join local firm Stamford Law (1 August 2012).

According to DLA Piper’s 2011/12 LLP filings, the firm’s Asia Pacific revenue was £202.3m, accounting for 14.4 per cent of its global total turnover which stood at £1.4bn for that year (1 March 2013).