‘Established where we need it’: Singapore tie-up sees Watson Farley & Williams round off standout year  

‘Established where we need it’: Singapore tie-up sees Watson Farley & Williams round off standout year  

Watson Farley & Williams has capped off an impressive year of financial growth with international expansion, securing a formal law alliance (FLA) with Singaporean firm Wong Tan & Molly Lim (WTL).

The tie-up, which will be known as WFW & WTL, will allow WFW integrated marketing, billing, client and legal services thanks to the FLA. The FLA structure was introduced by the Singapore government to allow greater flexibility between local firms and their international colleagues. Continue reading “‘Established where we need it’: Singapore tie-up sees Watson Farley & Williams round off standout year  “

A new venture: Ashurst replenishes Singapore offering with alliance

A new venture: Ashurst replenishes Singapore offering with alliance

After losing three partners in Singapore last year, Ashurst has launched a formal alliance with local law firm ADTLaw following approval from regulators.

Last month Ashurst said it will now operate under the name Ashurst ADTLaw, advising on arbitration and civil litigation, corporate, and banking and finance, including derivatives and structured products.

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Eversheds and Gowling WLG target Singapore with high hopes for booming ASEAN economic region

Eversheds and Gowling WLG target Singapore with high hopes for booming ASEAN economic region

International firms target local mergers in regional hub

Asia’s burgeoning economic growth coupled with new initiatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community has seen further interest in Singapore’s legal market spike as Global 100 firms explore new ventures in the city-state.

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Singapore swing – a credible threat to the dominance of English law

Singapore swing – a credible threat  to the dominance of English law

English lawyers have long had an edge over their US and continental colleagues. English law was established early as the law of trade, business and increasingly projects – a throwback to the days of the Empire. This was a major driver of growth for UK-based firms in recent decades, but it is well known that New York law has become a rival to English law, especially in banking and finance, as corporates tap into the deep US debt markets.

However, more recently, we are seeing another trend that threatens the dominance of English law in Asia and further afield. Singapore law is increasingly becoming the go-to choice of governing law for Asia-Pacific cross-border deals and a strong choice for global deals.

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