NEW YORK and SINGAPORE, March 16: Global law firm Morgan Lewis and Singapore’s Stamford Law Corporation today announced they are joining forces to create the only fully integrated firm in Singapore that can practice across all legal service areas. The combination will establish a business transactions, litigation, and arbitration powerhouse to serve clients with strategic interests in Singapore and across the expanding Asian marketplace.
With the inclusion of approximately 80 Stamford lawyers, Morgan Lewis secures a key base of operations in this thriving global business center from which to conduct in-bound and out-bound legal work throughout the region and internationally for clients across all major industries. Coupled with the firm’s recent addition of more than 750 lawyers and staff from Bingham McCutchen, Morgan Lewis offers clients access to truly worldwide resources that few law firms can match.
Stamford has long been recognized for its outstanding work in corporate, commercial, finance, and litigation matters, providing advice to companies in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India, and across Southeast Asia. Effective April 1, the newly formed Morgan Lewis Stamford, as it will be known in Singapore, will offer the resources of more than 2,000 lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists—in 29 offices worldwide. The combination also will enhance the strengths of the firm’s other important Asia locations in Tokyo and Beijing.
“We are delighted that this talented group of lawyers—who share our client-focused approach and global perspective—is joining our firm,” Firm Chair Jami McKeon said. “Singapore is a vibrant and critical business hub that serves as a regional gateway to the broader Asian market. Combining with Stamford Law gives us immediate strength in the region to support the business needs of our multinational clients. It also brings us closer to our increasing number of clients based there.”
“We found a perfect partner in Morgan Lewis,” said Suet-Fern Lee, Senior Director of Stamford Law who will continue to lead the Singapore office as Managing Partner. “This combination is unprecedented in extent and structure, and it represents a true integration between a Singapore-based premier law practice with an established and entrenched presence in the Asia region, and a global legal powerhouse. It allows us to undertake much larger, more complex and in-depth cross-border legal transactions for many of the largest and most dynamic global corporations.”
Considered leaders in Asia business law by such prestigious publications as Chambers Global and Legal 500, Stamford’s lawyers maintain deep relationships with clients in the region. They provide top-line legal services related to corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and capital markets transactions. The group also focuses on arbitrations before important international bodies such as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Laws, and the London Court of International Arbitration.