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PwC Legal launches foreign law office in Singapore

By Kathryn Higgins

06 December 2016 at 11:37 BST

The march of Big Four accounting firms into the realm of legal services has made its way to Singapore.


Established under the banner of PwC Legal International, the new foreign law hub will focus on regional transactions and projects. The launch of the Singapore office comes several months after PwC Legal announced the hires of former Norton Rose Fulbright real estate partner Natalie Breen and former Ashurst Singapore managing partner Keith Maguire, both of whom will help spearhead the new offering. At the helm of the Singapore hub will be PwC’s global legal services leader Leon Flavell, who moved to Singapore in March this year to oversee the expansion of PwC Legal in the Asia Pacific.

Organic expansion

Mr Flavell commented: ‘The organic evolution of our business is in response to the growing market demand we are seeing in Asia for integrated business solutions across multiple territories. This is the driver behind this move to enhance our capabilities in the region.’ PwC Legal maintain its working relationship with local outfit Camford Law following the launch. Big Four rival EY attempted to establish its own foreign law presence in Singapore in June 2015, but ultimately reverted back to working with network member firm PK Wong & Associates for Singapore law matters.

Sources: The Lawyer; Asian Legal Business


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