Latham & Watkins relocates London partners to strengthen Singapore offering

Latham & Watkins has relocated corporate partners Rod Brown and Luke Grubb from London to Singapore in a bid to increase its English law capability in South East Asia.

Brown is experienced in cross-border, public and private M&A, takeover offers, restructuring and joint ventures. Grubb’s corporate practice has a focus on outsourcing and technology transactions. The recent relocations will push the total number of resident partners in the firm’s Singapore office to nine.

“The two new partners will increase our English law offering and technology expertise for corporate and M&A transactions in the region,” said Singapore managing partner Stephen McWilliams. “In certain jurisdictions, such as India, Malaysia and Singapore, clients have a preference for English law as the governing law in cross-border transactions. They will help close the gap on the ground.”

As one of six firms currently holding a Qualified Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) license, Latham & Watkins is also growing its Singapore law capability. The firm has recently recruited its first Singapore-qualified finance lawyer, who will join the firm as a senior associate from Singaporean firm Allen & Gledhill.

The firm’s relocations coincide with the Singapore government’s recent announcement that it will hand out more QFLP licences to international firms. The applications for the second round of QFLP licences will close on 31 August (29 May 2012).