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King & Spalding recruits high-profile arbitrator in Singapore

King & Spalding has recruited King & Wood Mallesons Melbourne co-head of arbitration Peter Megens as a partner in its Singapore office.

Megens, a senior construction partner, is King & Spalding’s third Singapore lateral hire in under a year. Clifford Chance oil and gas partner Merrick White joined the firm in October of last year, shortly followed by project finance partner Kelly Malone from Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein in December.Malone was previously head of his firm’s global projects team.

According to King & Spalding’s head of global disputes, Reggie Smith, the hire fits in with the firm’s strategy to boost its arbitration and international construction offering.

‘Our firm has made a strategic decision to invest further in our marquee international arbitration practice, and especially in our international construction disputes capability,’ said Smith.

‘Peter’s stature as an outstanding construction disputes lawyer fits this bill, and nicely complements our world-class commercial and investment treaty arbitration practice serving the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore.’

Megens has over 30 years of experience representing clients in disputes arising out of construction, energy, mining and infrastructure projects. His cases have included arbitrations relating to projects throughout Southeast Asia, as well as claims in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

‘We’re delighted to welcome Peter to the firm,’ said John Savage, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Singapore office. ‘He’s a senior statesman at the construction arbitration bar and the sort of tough, no-nonsense litigator our clients want on their side. We’re very fortunate he agreed to join us.’

Megens is expected to arrive at King & Spalding in July.