BREAKING: Morgan Lewis Merges With Singapore Law Firm
Mar. 16, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morgan Lewis and Singapore’s Stamford Law Corporation just announced that they will be combining to create a “fully integrated firm” effective April 1, 2015. The approximately 80 lawyer Stamford gives Morgan Lewis a base of operations strategically positioned to assist clients in business transactions, litigation and arbitration in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The new entity will be known as Morgan Lewis Stamford in Singapore. Suet-Fern Lee, founder and Senior Director of Stamford Law, will continue on as the group’s Managing Partner.
From the Morgan Lewis press release:
“We are delighted that this talented group of lawyers—who share our client-focused approach and global perspective—is joining our firm,” Firm Chair Jami McKeon said. “Singapore is a vibrant and critical business hub that serves as a regional gateway to the broader Asian market. Combining with Stamford Law gives us immediate strength in the region to support the business needs of our multinational clients. It also brings us closer to our increasing number of clients based there.”
As one can imagine, Stamford Law Corp. is equally excited about the deal.
“We found a perfect partner in Morgan Lewis,” said Lee. “This combination is unprecedented in extent and structure, and it represents a true integration between a Singapore-based premier law practice with an established and entrenched presence in the Asia region, and a global legal powerhouse. It allows us to undertake much larger, more complex and in-depth cross-border legal transactions for many of the largest and most dynamic global corporations.”
Lee is absolutely right that this deal is in somewhat uncharted territory. Singapore only recently made it possible for foreign law firms to merge with domestic counter-parts. The country’s largest firm, Allen & Glenhill, tried to merge with Allen & Overy back in 2012, but talks ended without a deal.
The tie-up comes at a time when Morgan Lewis is focused on expansion. The firm recently took on more than 750 lawyers and staff from Bingham McCutchen and 8 lawyers from the Dallas office of K&L Gates.
Sidenote: when was the last time you saw a merger of two law firms led by women? Pretty cool…
This post will be updated as details become available.