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Asia: Nabarro hires Clyde & Co senior disputes partner to head Singapore office

Joining the spate of firms to bolster their offering in Singapore in recent months, Nabarro has today (30 April) announced the appointment of senior disputes partner Steven Lim, the founder and managing director of Clyde & Co’s joint venture partner Clasis, to head its Singapore office.

Lim is set to play a ‘central role’ in developing the firm’s Asia-Pacific hub for the disputes, infrastructure, construction and energy practices. The firm said in a statement it will complement the strategy for the Dubai office which sees a large focus placed on arbitration. Lim currently sits on the panel of arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Recommended by The Legal 500 and described as ‘inventive’ and a ‘very impressive advocate’, Lim joined Clyde & Co from the Hong Kong office of Baker Botts in 2010, and subsequently co-founded the joint law venture of Clyde & Co with Singapore constituent firm Clasis in 2013.

Senior partner Graham Stedman said: ‘This is a high profile appointment, commensurate with our ambitions for the Singapore office. Steven will lead a team with a mandate to grow our international work in the region, enhance our reputation for advising clients on complex, international arbitration. He will also seek to develop our Singapore platform within the regulatory structures available to international firms in this important Asia Pacific legal hub.’

King & Wood Mallesons secured a licence to operate in Singapore in February while Morgan Lewis & Bockius teamed up with Stamford Law to enter the market last month.