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Ince & Co Singapore exits continue as energy head departs for Bakers

Ince & Co’s departures continue in Singapore with energy head Martin David being the latest to leave the firm, joining Baker & McKenzie as a partner in its Singapore energy practice.

The news comes as Ince’s Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell, and the head of its local alliance firm Mohan Subbaraman departed the firm to join Reed Smith – a move that left Ince’s own Singapore law alliance at risk, with further exits expected from the alliance.

The firm’s London-based global head of shipping Faz Peermohamed has also resigned from the firm after 20 years to become the chief executive of Ince’s long-standing shipping client Norwegian Hull Club in January 2016.

David has a particular focus on projects and project finance in the onshore energy and infrastructure sectors, while Ince’s offering focuses particularly on the offshore energy sector.

A qualified engineer, David has over 20 years’ experience advising on private and public construction and infrastructure projects, including major PPPs with knowledge of the power industry in Asia.

He leaves Ince 18 months after joining in May 2013, and was managing director at DLA Piper Singapore for almost three years. Before this, David served at Linklaters for nearly 13 years, where he made partner.  

‘We can confirm that Martin David has resigned from the Ince partnership and wish him the very best for the future,’ said a spokesperson for the firm.

The firm, which recently made plans to reduce its London office space by almost half, is now considering an ABS structure to offer its clients other services.

A spokesman said: ‘Consistent with our agreed strategy of growing our transactional capability in our chosen industry sectors in order to complement our reputation in dispute resolution, we are considering additional product lines that we could offer to our clients under an ABS. While our discussions are ongoing, the additional services that we are considering would utilise our depth of market expertise and contacts to enhance our offering to our clients.’