Taylor Wessing’s Singapore sling

First it was Australia. Then came Casablanca. But Singapore is now flavour of the month when it comes to office openings.

While spring and summer of this year saw Eversheds, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and finally Norton Rose announce launches in the Moroccan city, now it’s the turn of Singapore to hoover up firms fed up of lagging behind the international big boys.

Olswang and Withers are at various stages in their plans to launch in the republic, with the city becoming a true hub for international firms (see feature), not least those with a private client focus (see feature).

Now Taylor Wessing has jumped on the plane to the Far East, as The Lawyer anticipated three weeks ago (see story). Today it revealed an alliance with recently-formed RHT Law, a spin-off of KhattarWong, Eversheds’ former alliance partner, that will see an exclusive referral relationship between the firms and a two-way secondment scheme starting at associate level (see story).

Taylor Wessing managing partner Tim Eyles sees the deal as the first step towards a full merger that would give his firm’s brand a foot on the ground in the exciting jurisdiction.

So much for Africa being the new Asia.