Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP Makes Singapore Lawyer A Partner

Singapore Law Watch reports

AMERICAN law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has appointed Singapore corporate lawyer Robson Lee as partner at its office here.

Mr Lee, who has been a senior partner and shareholder at Singapore law firm Shook Lin & Bok for more than 20 years, will focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital market transactions when he takes up his new position in April.

He said yesterday: “Gibson wants to strengthen its Asia presence. This is a good opportunity to work on a bigger platform and I will be spending more than half my time doing cross-border transactions, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions in China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.”

Mr Lee represents publicly listed companies on securities transactions, cross-border M&A and foreign joint ventures, and also advises local and foreign companies in fund-raising and market flotations.

Gibson, which opened its Singapore office in 2008, was awarded a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licence in 2013. It also has offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Gibson chairman and managing partner Ken Doran said Mr Lee’s practice will complement existing transactional practices in its Asia offices.

“He is a leading corporate attorney with deep connections in the Singapore business and legal communities.”

Mr Lee said: “Singapore is a very attractive forum because of the new Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and international arbitration centre. As a QFLP, we can go into these areas.”

Mr Jai Pathak, partner-in-charge of the Singapore office, said the establishment of the SICC also signifies a strong push to popularise the use of Singapore law as the governing law of choice in cross-border transactions.

“However, the SICC is still in its infancy, and it remains to be seen if the SICC will truly become an alternative to arbitration. As our experience with international arbitration has shown, enforceability of the ruling is the key to parties seeking to resolve a dispute.”