The Chicago firm, best known for its labor and employment practice, has hired former DLA Piper partner Wan Li as head of the new office.
Singapore has attracted droves of international firms, but several of the most elite names in the business remain conspicuously absent from the island nation's growth story.
The office is the firm's 36th location worldwide and its second in Asia.
The Japanese firm is planning to open offices in Singapore, Shanghai, and Nagoya.
Managing partners, relax. King & Wood Mallesons isn't coming to the U.S. or Europe—yet. It has to get a few things right in Asia first.
The blockbuster report on Chinese hacking released last week by U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant has focused attention on the security of data held by governments and big corporations, and by law firms.
The British firm's former chairman will lead the new office.
Only four international law firms out of 23 that applied have been given licenses to practice local Singapore law.
By Tom Brennan, February 11, 2013 :: Firms
Of all the industries impacted by the 2008 global financial crisis, shipping may be having the toughest time crawling back up. That's proven a challenge for those law firms that service the sector.
A significant amount of yen is flowing into Southeast Asia as Japanese companies seek growth outside the country. The lawyers aren't far behind.