The firm has brought in three partners from rivals
The move follows HFW forming an association in Indonesia and expanding its team in Melbourne in November. Over the last 12 months, HFW has added six partners in Singapore and grown its six Asia-Pacific offices to more than 100 lawyers, including 58 partners.
Wennevik, who will be part of the firm’s finance group, joins from Wikborg Rein, where she was Singapore managing partner. She has extensive experience in shipping and offshore finance and commercial transactions for Norwegian, Chinese and international clients, with a particular focus on asset, project and cross-border financings.
Duffield will join the firm’s projects and energy team from his own legal recruitment and resourcing consultancy. He is also a former partner at White & Case and Berwin Leighton Paisner. Duffield has more than 25 years’ experience in Southeast Asia focused on M&A and the structuring, development, and financing of major projects for clients in the mining, energy, and natural resources sectors.
Chia, who specialises in corporate transactional work especially for the energy and transport sectors, is to join the firm from Watson Farley & Williams. He has particular expertise in renewable energy and marine industry matters. Qualified in both Singapore and England and Wales, Chia also advises on joint ventures for liquid natural gas and floating regasification projects.
The three new additions, who will commence with the firm next month subject to regulatory approvals, boost the firm’s partner count in Singapore to 18.
The firm’s development in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region is a strategic priority, said Richard Crump, HWF global senior partner. He said that HFW will continue to target further international growth opportunities to bolster its specialties, which include the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping sectors.
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