PwC Legal has hired two partners from Ashurst and Taylor Vinters to join its Singapore office.
Finance and restructuring partner Carl Dunton and technology partner Henry Goodwin have both joined PwC Legal International, which was launched in December 2016 as a foreign law practice in Singapore, has grown its partner number with two new lateral hires.
Dunton was previously a partner of Ashurst’s Singapore office and had also practised at White & Case and Linklaters as an associate prior to his nine-year career with Ashurst. His practice focuses on banking, finance and restructuring. Following the departure of a raft of Singapore partners in recent months, Ashurst completed its formal law alliance (FLA) with Singapore firm ADTLaw.
Goodwin was formerly the head of UK firm Taylor Vinters’ Singapore office. He is experienced in advising clients in the TMT sector on venture capital, M&A and commercial sourcing transactions. At the same time as his departure, Taylor Vinters acquired a stake in Singapore IP and TMT boutique firm Via Law Corporation as the new platform for its growth in Singapore.
The latest additions means PwC Legal International now has four partners in Singapore. In September 2016, the accountancy giant hired Ashurst corporate partner Keith McGuire and Norton Rose Fulbright real estate partner Natalie Breen in Singapore as its first step to launch its first base in the city-state.
In March 2017, PwC’s legal network expanded again with the hire of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partner David Tiang and O’Melveny & Myers partner Gigi Woo in Hong Kong. The two corporate partners have set up a local Hong Kong firm named Tiang & Co, which has entered into an association with PwC Legal International, the newly set up Singapore foreign law practice.
“The growth of our business is reflective of the rising market demand we are seeing in Asia and elsewhere for cross-territory integrated business solutions. I am confident that their extensive experience and expertise will further enhance the value we strive to bring to new and existing clients of the PwC network of firms,” said Tim Blue, PwC Legal’s Asia foreign legal practice leader based in Sydney. Blue was previously the managing partner of KWM.
PwC Legal also works with local firm Camford Law, which joined PwC’s global network in August 2014.