24 Nov 2021

King & Spalding taps Skadden for ‘rising star’ M&A specialist to expand Singapore corporate practice

Parveet Singh Gandoak brings cross-border deals experience across Southeast Asia and India

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Parveet Singh Gandoak brings cross-border deals experience across Southeast Asia and India

King & Spalding has boosted its Singapore M&A team with the arrival of Parveet Singh Gandoak from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Gandoak joins as a partner in the firm’s corporate, finance and investments group, where his practice will focus on advising multinationals, sovereign wealth funds, private equity sponsors and venture capital firms on cross-border M&A and other deal-related activity in a range of sectors including tech, media, telecoms, energy and insurance.

Todd Holleman, head of King & Spalding’s corporate, finance and investments practice, said: “Parveet’s blend of international experience and entrepreneurial spirit further enhances our Asia M&A and private equity practices. He has a strong background in advising blue-chip clients on some of their largest and most complex transactions in Southeast Asia and India, which taps straight into our existing transactional practice.”

Gandoak spent just over five years as counsel at Skadden in Singapore, having joined from Debevoise & Plimpton, where he was an associate for almost six years. He started his career as a corporate and securities associate at Dechert in New York and has made it onto numerous ‘rising star’ lists in the Asia legal press.

Kelly Malone, King & Spalding’s Singapore office managing partner, said: “Parveet has an impressive and diverse deal list, representing major players in the private equity, investment and financial services sectors, as well as a proven pedigree in advising on sophisticated transactions across Asia.”

King & Spalding has been seeking to expand its Singapore practice beyond its historic focus on international arbitration and energy. Back in 2019 the firm hired Asia-Pacific finance partner Andrew Brereton from Clifford Chance. The Singapore practice now has 30 lawyers, according to the firm’s website.

Elsewhere in Singapore, Allen & Gledhill earlier this month hired JP Morgan assistant general counsel Eng Cher Goh to co-lead its private wealth practice. Meanwhile, Oon & Bazul has recently expanded its Singapore footprint with the arrival of three partners to bolster its litigation and dispute resolution practice, including Benedict Eoon from Drew & Napier in September and Jerald Foo and Priscilla Lua from Cavenagh Law in October.

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