Mishcon de Reya has today announced the opening of a new branch office in Singapore. It will initially focus on delivering legal services to high net worth families across South East Asia. The service areas will include international tax and succession planning, and advising clients and their businesses on private capital investments, restructuring and debt financing transactions. As a licensed Foreign Law Practice in Singapore, the office will not be undertaking Singapore law related work save in those areas permitted by its licence, such as international commercial arbitration.
Culturally and operationally, the Singapore office will be an extension of Mishcon de Reya’s London office. An established and talented team will join Mishcon de Reya from Withers KhattarWong LLP in Singapore, led by Tahirah Ara, who will take up the role of Managing Partner, Singapore and Head of Asia.
Tahirah was previously a partner at Withers KhattarWong and co-head of their Business Group for Asia. Her specialist practice areas include restructuring, finance and corporate transactions. Tahirah and her team recently advised PT Bumi Resources Tbk on its successful US$4.5 billion debt restructuring, which is one of the largest and most complex debt restructurings ever completed in South East Asia. She is joined by Partner Simon Michaels, a leading international wealth planning practitioner in Singapore and Special Counsel Lawrence Altman, a US qualified finance lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in Asia, both in Singapore and Thailand, along with several associates and administrative staff.
This investment – despite the current situation – is part of the firm’s 10 year vision which was set out over 3 years ago. It reflects the significant global economic developments in the past decade, including changes in the legal market, and the firm’s stated ambition of connecting more deeply with its growing target market in Asia.