The venture will provide clients with advice on international and Singapore law
Mayer Brown has announced that it will enter into a joint law venture (JLV) with Singapore firm PK Wong & Nair LLC after receiving formal approval from the Singapore Legal Services Regulatory Authority.
The JLV – to be known as Mayer Brown PK Wong & Nair Pte Ltd – will provide clients with an integrated service, offering seamless advice on international and Singapore law. All Singapore court litigation and related advice will be provided through PK Wong & Nair.
“Over the past 10 years we have built a highly competitive and dynamic offering in Singapore,” said Mayer Brown’s chair, Jon Van Gorp. “The continued growth of the market as an international legal hub, along with the increasing prominence of Singapore law as a preferred governing law across Southeast Asia, has driven client demand for an integrated local and international service offering. We are delighted to be able to provide this seamless advice through our joint law venture with PK Wong & Nair.”
PK Wong & Nair currently has 20 lawyers, including eight directors. The firm is known for advising on cross-border transactions for multinational corporations.
"As an established locally grown Singapore law firm, the increasing international dimension of the work we undertake for our clients means that finding a partner with an aligned global platform is a strategic imperative,” said Mark Wong, co-managing director of PK Wong & Nair. “We have worked with Mayer Brown for a number of years now, and forming a joint law venture with the firm through its Singapore office was the logical step forward for us in order to continue to provide our clients optimal service in the future economy.”
Mayer Brown’s Asia chair, Duncan Abate, commented that the firm’s strategy in Asia has been to build the Singapore offering as a hub for Southeast Asia, complementing the firm’s continued growth in Hong Kong, which remains the hub for Greater China and North Asia.