Norton Rose Singapore buoyed by City, HK gains

Norton Rose has boosted its Singapore practice by relocating two partners to the country.

Jill Gauntlett

Jill Gauntlett

London corporate ­partner Jill Gauntlett has already moved to the office, while Hong Kong-based finance partner Yu-En Ong is to relocate shortly. Ong
is both Hong Kong and ­Singapore-qualified.

Norton Rose was one of six international firms handed licences in ­December to practise in ­Singapore.

The firm is planning to grow its Islamic finance, competition, renewables and energy practices under office chief Guy Spooner.

The other UK firms given licences by the Singapore government are Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith. A&O merged with local firm and former White & Case ally Venture Law in June this year.

A spokesman for Norton Rose said the Singapore practice was a vital part of the firm’s Asia expansion plans, following its tie-up with Australian firm ­Deacons earlier this year.

He added: “The moves are further building blocks in the firm’s growth ­strategy in the Asia-­Pacific region.”

Last year Gauntlett advised a Deutsche Bank and Lloyds TSB-led ­consortium on the £2bn acquisition of Porterbrook Leasing from Abbey. She also counts Aer Lingus among her clients, having ­represented the airline on Ryanair’s £1bn takeover bid in 2006 ­alongside corporate finance partner Mark Bankes.