Foreign lawyers say they are concerned that a populist outcry against further immigration into the island nation may eventually affect the global profession, starting with those firms now applying to renew their Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licenses.
Projects lawyer Geoffrey Grice has moved over from Herbert Smith Freehills.
Temasek-owned Pavilion Energy is paying $1.3 billion for a minority stake in offshore gas interests held by Ophir Energy.
The Singapore firm has agreed to work with 10-lawyer Kuala Lumpur firm Foong & Partners.
Adrian Tan is joining the Singapore firm as a director from Drew & Napier.
Singapore, which has transformed itself into a major arbitration hub over the past five years, is exploring opening an international commercial court and a mediation center.
The shifting market, a series of departures and leadership changes—in the U.S. as well as Asia—have raised questions about the firm's Asia strategy. But chairman Bradley Butwin insists that O'Melveny's commitment to Asia is as strong as it ever was.