Jones Day has installed its first overarching Asia management role with the appointment of David Carden as partner-in-charge of Asia.
Carden rejoins the firm after a three-year stint as the United States’ first Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). He will be based in Singapore for the new role.
Prior to his public sector appointment in March 2011, Carden was a partner in Jones Day’s New York and the firm’s securities litigation and SEC enforcement co-head.
During his term as the US Ambassador, Carden oversaw the US’s broadening engagement in South East Asia, which included the Obama Administration’s 2011 “pivot” or “rebalance” to the region. He was based in the US Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta, but travelled regularly throughout ASEAN’s ten Member States and Asia. His responsibilities included engaging with and supporting ASEAN as it moves toward economic integration in 2015, and addresses the many issues on its broad and ambitious agenda.
“In addition to his direct dealings with the 10 ASEAN nations, he gained experience across Asia, where he is broadly recognized for his effective and creative diplomacy. As such, David will be a great asset, not only to Jones Day, but to our clients across the region,” said Jones Day managing partner Steven Brogan.
Jones Day’s Singapore office, which was opened in 2000 (30 October 2000), has seen strong growth in the past two years (12 October 2012). It won one of the four qualifying foreign law practice (QFLP) licences granted by Singapore’s Ministry of Law in February 2013 (19 February 2013).