Slaughters, A&G advise on Aviva’s $1.98 bln sale of SG business

BY Aparna Sai |

Slaughter and May has advised British insurer Aviva on the S$2.7 billion ($1.98 billion) sale of majority shares in its Singapore business to a consortium led by Singapore Life (Singlife). Allen & Gledhill advised on the Singapore law aspects of the transaction.

MBS hires Davinder Singh Chambers to investigate $1 bln of suspicious transfers: report

BY Aparna Sai |

Marina Bay Sands (MBS), the Singapore casino owned by Las Vegas Sands, has hired law firm Davinder Singh Chambers to investigate the alleged transfers by employees of more than $1 billion of gamblers’ money to third parties, a media report has said.

Mishcon adds disputes partner to recently opened Singapore office

BY Aparna Sai |

UK firm Mishcon de Reya has hired disputes specialist Gavin Margetson as a partner in its recently opened Singapore office. He joins from local boutique Sharpe & Jagger.

SG: Oon & Bazul nabs corporate partner from RHT

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore law firm Oon & Bazul has added corporate specialist Ng Yi Wayn as a partner from local rival RHTLaw.

K&S snaps up Shearman energy duo

BY Aparna Sai |

U.S. firm King & Spalding has strengthened its Singapore office with the hire of energy partners Anthony Patten and Lachlan Clancy from Shearman & Sterling. Clancy will relocate to Tokyo shortly.

SG: Rajah & Tann welcomes private wealth lawyer from offshore firm

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore Big Four firm Rajah & Tann has hired private-wealth specialist Craig Paynter as a partner from offshore law firm Bedell Cristin, where he was senior associate.

India’s Kochhar gets new resident partner in Singapore

BY Aparna Sai |

Indian law firm Kochhar & Co has hired Richa Chaturvedi as the resident partner in its Singapore office. She was most recently a foreign lawyer at local IP boutique Yusarn Audrey.

Difficult Conversations

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As the pandemic drags on, redundancies as a result of COVID-19 have begun to rise in the region, with Zoom, Skype or email used at times to deliver the bad news. But employers must be careful to ensure they don’t cross the line or skip necessary steps during these extraordinary times. Lawyers around Asia weigh up the risks and considerations that firms should bear in mind.

ALB Conversations: Jeffery Tan, Jardine Cycle & Carriage

BY Aparna Sai |

Jeffery Tan, group general counsel at Jardine Cycle & Carriage, talks to ALB about how lawyers should leverage their networks and connections to be at the forefront of CSR initiatives, how the pandemic is spurring the need for advice beyond the law, and the golden rule he lives by.

Obituary: Harry Elias, founder, Harry Elias Partnership

BY Aparna Sai |

Harry Elias, one of Singapore’s best-known trial lawyers and the founder of Harry Elias Partnership (HEP), passed away on Aug. 26. He was 83.

Withers makes another disputes hire in SG with Eversheds partner

BY Aparna Sai |

UK firm Withers has appointed international arbitration expert Shaun Leong as a partner in Singapore from Eversheds Sutherland.

Eversheds adds Singapore firm to APAC alliance

BY Aparna Sai |

Eversheds Sutherland has added Singapore boutique GT Law as a member of its Asia-Pacific alliance.