Dechert, a US-based law firm, has opened a new office in Singapore, the group’s third office in Asia after opening offices Hong Kong and Beijing in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
The new office Singapore will initially focus on investment fund formation, advising investment funds, their investment managers and other industry participants.
Additionally, the firm has appointed Dean Collins from O’Melveny & Myers as managing partner of the new office.
Collins practice focuses on investment fund formation, advising investment funds, their investment managers and other industry participants in Asia.
Prior to joining O’Melveny & Myers, Collins worked for private equity firm Actis and served as a consultant at UBS and Merrill Lynch.
Dechert CEO Daniel O’Donnell said that the firm is seeking to add an international arbitration component to Singapore.
Daniel O’Donnell said. "Asia is a tremendously important area for our clients and Dean and his team are welcome additions to the Firm."
Peter Astleford, financial services practice co-chair, Dechert, said: "Dean’s practice will boost our capabilities in Asia as well as enhance our global funds practice."
Dechert, which has 180 financial services lawyers, handles a range of matters related to international mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, general corporate advice and corporate governance, private equity and venture capital investments and exits in Greater China, hedge fund activities, securities and commercial litigation and intellectual property.