Simmons grows SG, HK offices with laterals, relocation
UK law firm Simmons & Simmons has beefed up its partner strength in Asia by hiring Terence Seah in Singapore from Stephenson Harwood and Jeffrey Friedenberg as the head of its private funds practice in Hong Kong, and also relocating disputes partner Steven Kaye to Singapore from London.
Malaysia’s Naqiz merges with RHT member firm
Malaysian law firm Naqiz & Partners has merged with Esther Hor, Mohanthas, Scully (HMS), the local member firm of RHTLaw Asia. The merged firm will retain the Naqiz name and take over HMS’ membership in the RHT-led legal network known as the ASEAN Plus Group.
5 firms act on $5.9 bln Japan-Australia chip industry deal
DLA Piper, Covington & Burling and Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu are advising Japanese automotive chipmaker Renesas on its planned A$9.1 billion ($5.9 billion) acquisition of Australian electronics design firm Altium, which is being represented by King & Wood Mallesons and Reed Smith.
MoFo, Davis Polk lead on Ascendent’s $1.66 bln take-private bid for Hollysys
Morrison & Foerster and Zhong Lun Law Firm have advised Hong Kong-based private equity firm Ascendent Capital on its $1.66 billion bid to take Chinese automation control system provider Hollysys private. The latter is being represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell and Haiwen & Partners.
Clifford Chance, Nishimura, MHM lead on CVC’s $1.2 bln acquisition of Sogo Medical Group
Clifford Chance and Nishimura & Asahi have acted for private equity firm CVC Capital Partners on its 17-billion-yen ($1.2 billion) acquisition of Sogo Medical Group, Japan’s fifth-biggest pharmacy by store numbers. Sogo was represented by Mori Hamada & Matsumoto.
RANKING: ALB Singapore Firms to Watch 2024
Singapore’s dynamic legal landscape is witnessing a surge in boutique firms that have distinguished themselves from the pack. These firms are challenging traditional models by offering specialised expertise, personalised service, and innovative approaches to legal challenges, making them ones to watch in the years to come. Like in previous years, ALB continues to highlight impactful boutique firms that have carved their own niches and made waves in the market. The list is in alphabetical order and some firms have been profiled.