Vantage Asia reports…
Top 30 UK law firm Mishcon de Reya opened its first office in Asia, choosing Singapore as its base to serve high net worth clients, after hiring a two-partner team from Withers KhattarWong.
The firm intends to initially focus on legal services catering to high net worth families across Southeast Asia, including international tax and succession planning, and advising clients and their businesses on private capital investments, restructuring and debt financing transactions.
Mishcon is London-based, and the new Singapore branch is the only office outside the UK capital. As a licensed foreign law practice in Singapore, the office will not conduct Singaporean law-related work apart from in those areas permitted by its licence, such as international commercial arbitration.
Tahirah Ara will lead the office as managing partner, Singapore, and head of Asia for Mishcon. Ara, a specialist in restructuring, finance and corporate transactions, was previously a partner at Withers KhattarWong and co-head of their business group for Asia.
Partner Simon Michaels, an international wealth planning expert in Singapore, who left Withers last year to head the Singapore office of Mishcon’s wealth advisory arm, MDR Mayfair, joins her, along with special counsel Lawrence Altman, a US-qualified finance and restructuring lawyer, and several associates and administrative staff.