Nabarro adds partner to Singapore office

Nabarro has added a Hogan Lovells senior associate and former GDF Suez energy counsel, Adrian Wong, as a partner in its Singapore office as it continues expanding in the region.

The firm moved to a new office in Singapore in November 2013 after first setting up there in 2010 (20 September 2010) in what was a strategic U-turn for the formerly UK-focused firm.

Wong will start in the first week of February and his appointment marks a bid to beef up the firm’s current focus on the region where it has a foreign law licence to practice construction, engineering and international arbitration.

He will take the Singapore team to a total of five partners, four associates and three support staff.

In November senior partner Graham Stedman said the firm was looking at options for expansion in the region which could take the form of hiring more transactional lawyers or looking at a Singapore alliance.

He said: “I think what we’ve managed to do is find a bit of a niche in Asia, you have lots of firms in Hong Kong that do what we do but precious few in Singapore who actually say to the world ‘we are specialist infastructure teams, this is what we do and we know your industry.’”

While panel appointments are harder to come by in Singapore, the firm was appointed to energy and project services contractor Clough’s legal panel in 2011 and continues to work for the company.

Construction partner Emerson Holmes was appointed head of the office when it was launched.