Global specialist law firm Dechert LLP announced today that it has opened an office in Singapore. The new office will initially focus on investment fund formation, advising investment funds, their investment managers and other industry participants.
Dean E. Collins will serve as the office managing partner. Collins focuses his practice on private equity, real estate, venture capital and hedge funds in Asia. He was recently named to Private Equity International’s “The Legal Power 30”, a list of the most influential private equity lawyers globally, and is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Asia Pacific.
“This is another step in our commitment to the region,” Dechert Chief Executive Officer Daniel O’Donnell said. “Asia is a tremendously important area for our clients and Dean and his team are welcome additions to the Firm.”
Dechert opened in Hong Kong in 2007 and in Beijing in 2008 with lawyers in those offices handling matters involving international mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, general corporate advice and corporate governance. The Firm also assists with private equity and venture capital investments and exits in Greater China, a range of private equity and hedge fund activities, securities and commercial litigation, intellectual property and a broad range of related matters.
“We are very excited about Dean and his team opening this office,” said Peter Astleford, Dechert’s financial services practice co-chair. “His practice will boost our capabilities in Asia as well as enhance our global funds practice.”
With approximately 180 financial services lawyers working in the world’s key global financial services centers, Dechert is consistently recognized as a top law firm for investment funds by prominent publications in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including Chambers, The Legal 500, PLC, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers.
“Dechert is the premier global law firm for funds and the regulatory expertise available across the world, and in particular in key jurisdictions, will be of great benefit to our clients,” Collins said. “My team is very pleased to be joining such a prestigious firm and to have so many resources available to us.”