BRIEFS: SE Asia poised for robust M&A year as tech, energy sectors drive dealmaking

by Sarah Wong |

With global businesses and investors growing weary of China's anaemic economic rebound and geopolitical upheaval, Southeast Asia has continued to solidify its standing as a key regional destination for dealmaking. While 2023 didn't match the highs of 2022, either in terms of deal value ($129.8 billion versus $90.6 billion) or volume (1,278 versus 933) – as per research from Mergermarket, White & Case, and ION Analytics) – last year dwarfed 2021 in terms of number of deals, and beat both 2019 and 2020 in terms of total amount.

BRIEFS: Singapore looks to take lead in ethical AI governance

by Sarah Wong |

Ever since generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) took large parts of the world by storm last year, policymakers and regulators globally have been playing catch-up with the rapidly evolving technology that is poised to reshape existing ways of work and life.

Q&A: 'To adapt to these changes, lawyers must reinvent themselves'

by Sarah Wong |

Lisa Sam, who founded and runs her own law firm in Singapore, was recently elected as the first female president of the Law Society of Singapore in two decades. Sam shares with ALB her plans for promoting the organisation and enhancing the profession as well as how to nurture the best talent to serve Singapore's legal industry.

Another partner exits McDermott SG as energy veteran joins WFW

by Mari Iwata |

U.S. law firm McDermott Will & Emery is down to a single partner in Singapore after energy expert Merrick White joined Watson Farley & Williams.

KWM expands SG office with addition of former Shearman banking partner

by Nimitt Dixit |

King & Wood Mallesons has bolstered its banking practice in Singapore with the addition of Gary Hamp, who was previously an independent consultant in London. Hamp is KWM’s first Asia partner hire in 2024.

K&L Gates Straits Law continues growth with MoFo funds expert

by Mari Iwata |

K&L Gates Straits Law, the Singapore office of U.S. law firm K&L Gates, has hired investment funds specialist Jason Nelms as a partner from Morrison Foerster.

SG: Tang Thomas splits from Wee Swee Teow after less than 2 years of merger

by Mari Iwata |

Singaporean boutique Tang Thomas has separated from Wee Swee Teow (WST) less than two years after the two firms merged, with partners Cynthia Tang and Raj Joshua Thomas exiting along with three associates.

Singapore’s A&G enters China with new office in Shanghai

by Mari Iwata |

Singapore Big Four law firm Allen & Gledhill has opened a new office in Shanghai, its first office in the PRC as well as outside the ASEAN region.

SG: Bird & Bird arbitration partner leaves to set up own firm

by Mari Iwata |

Disputes expert Jonathan Choo, who was most recently a partner at Bird & Bird, has left to launch his own practice in Singapore.

WongP makes 1st partner hire in a year with addition of disputes specialist from Dechert

by Mari Iwata |

Singapore Big Four law firm WongPartnership has made its first lateral partner hire in about a year after welcoming disputes expert Daniel Gaw as a partner from Dechert, where he was a senior associate.