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Baker & McKenzie Expands Dispute Resolution Practice In Singapore.

14 October, 2014

 

Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, the member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in Singapore, has expanded its dispute resolution practice group with the appointment of Nandakumar (“Kumar”) Ponniya as principal. Kumar joined the Firm on 8 October 2014 from White & Case where he was a partner in the international arbitration group, with a focus on oil and gas, infrastructure and construction law.
 
Kumar spoke: “The dispute resolution landscape in Singapore is increasingly active, with an anticipated increase in cross-border disputes. Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, with its combination of broad global coverage and deep local knowledge, is in an excellent position to respond to the growing legal needs to support clients in this area. I am excited to be furthering my pan-Asia practice at a firm with a long tradition of operating in the Asia Pacific region.”

Commenting on Kumar’s arrival, Andy Leck, managing principal of Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Kumar and look forward to his contributions to our team. Baker & McKenzie has a long history in Singapore and Kumar’s addition supports our strategy to continually expand our presence here. As Singapore grows as a financial centre and as the region focuses on the ASEAN Economic Community, we continue to develop our teams to ensure that we can support clients in an increasingly cross-border and complex landscape.”
 
Head of the Dispute Resolution practice in Singapore and Asia Pacific Head of International Arbitration, Chan Leng Sun SC, said: “We are very excited to have Kumar come on board. With the emergence of Singapore as a leading arbitration hub, we are seeing a steady rise in the number and complexity of international disputes. The arrival of Kumar with his excellent track record in both Singapore litigation and international arbitration bolsters our offering to clients who are looking for seamless, commercial advice on cross-border disputes. In particular, Kumar’s expertise in energy, infrastructure and mining expands our existing capabilities in Singapore and Asia, and enables us to meet the growing demand for dispute resolution in these sectors.”

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