Mayer Brown has poached a five-person team from Bryan Cave in Singapore to set up an Asia-focused consulting arm in the city-state.
Headed by CEO Cecil Leong, who held the same role at Bryan Cave International Consulting, Mayer Brown Consulting (Singapore) will advise on issues such as international trade policies, customs, export controls and anti-dumping investigations.
Leong, who spent nine years at Bryan Cave, where he led a team of more than 40 people working across seven countries, also previously worked at White & Case and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He has brought with him to Mayer Brown Greater China managing director Flora Sun, senior director Anthony Kerr, director Wong Chian Voen and senior advisor Zhao Jun.
According to Mayer Brown’s government and global trade co-head Duane Layton, Leong and his team will work on a range of joint projects with lawyers from the firm’s offices in Brussels, Washington, Beijing, Vietnam and Brazil.
Leong said he decided to make the move from Bryan Cave to Mayer Brown because the latter has “many world-class professionals, not only in international trade but across a variety of practice groups”.