Harneys is opening an office in Singapore on 7 April.
Colin Riegels, head of Harneys’ banking and finance practice group, will relocate from Hong Kong to Singapore as the managing partner of the new office, and he will be joined by Hong Kong funds partner Lisa Pearce.
Peter Tarn, chairman of the executive committee, says: “Singapore is a key jurisdiction in terms of cross-border capital flows and private wealth in South East Asia. Harneys’ Asia practice has experienced explosive growth over the last couple of years, and I have every confidence that Colin and Lisa will be able to build upon that success story in Singapore.”
Riegels says: “Some of our oldest client relationships are with key law firms and financial institutions in Singapore. We look forward to strengthening and deepening those relationships as we establish a physical presence in one of Asia’s most exciting and dynamic cities.”
The office will open with six lawyers, including Allen & Overy Singapore alumni corporate counsel Shari Hawke and finance senior associate Richard Griffiths. It will offer the full complement of offshore transactional services.