By Jessica Seah, April 12, 2013 :: Singapore
The family of American engineer Shane Todd, who died in Singapore last June under mysterious circumstances, has retained a team of five lawyers to represent them at a coroner's inquest.
S. Jayakumar, who was Singapore's number-two leader from 2004 to 2009 and its minister of law for two decades, will join Drew & Napier as a consultant in May.
The decision is a blow to efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in Singapore.
Singapore's law banning sex between men is increasingly out of step with its Asian neighbors as well as the city-state's cosmopolitan self-image.
Ian Roberts will lead Clyde's non-marine insurance practice in Southeast Asia.
Han Ming Ho was previously a partner in the Singapore office of Clifford Chance.
Lo Kim Seng was part of the Duane Morris & Selvam team that advised Heineken last year on its $4.6 billion acquisition of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd.
Dan Marjanovic was previously a Sydney partner with Norton Rose, where he headed the firm?s banking and finance practice in Australia.
Only four international law firms out of 23 that applied have been given licenses to practice local Singapore law.
A significant amount of yen is flowing into Southeast Asia as Japanese companies seek growth outside the country. The lawyers aren't far behind.