Linklaters boosts India practice by strengthening Singapore

Linklaters has underscored its commitment to India with the transfer of London-based India group partner Arun Balasubramanian to Singapore.

The transfer is part of a firmwide strategy to offer an Indian legal capability from multiple jurisdictions and follows the relocation of banking and finance partner Narayan Iyer to Singapore earlier in the year. India practice head Sandeep Katwala transferred from London to Hong Kong last year to build the team more locally.

Capital markets specialist Balasubramanian said that, while the firm remains committed to its London-based India group, his transfer to Singapore is very much client-driven, with a growing number of corporate and banking clients based in the region.

His posting to Singapore will allow Linklaters to better cater for deals that involve bank lending that stems from Singapore, he added.

Currently Linklaters’ Singapore office has six partners, with Balasubramanian’s addition taking the number to seven. The firm also has a joint venture with local firm Allen & Gledhill.

Linklaters’ India group has 15 lawyers in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, with more than 150 lawyers having worked on India-related matters. It is supported by Indian ally Talwar Thakore & Associates.