Global law firm Goodwin announced today the opening of its Singapore office. Located in the city’s central business district, the office serves clients raising, deploying and lending capital in the region and around the world. Singapore is Goodwin’s second location in Asia and the 15th office globally.
Private investment funds partner Greg Barclay chairs the new office, which initially includes private equity partner Abhishek Krishnan, counsel Ananth Lakshman and a team of associates. Goodwin’s Hong Kong-based lawyers also support the new office and the firm’s clients in Singapore and the wider region. Private investment funds partner Elyn Xing will spend significant time in Singapore over the coming months. In 2021 and through the first half of 2022, Goodwin was named the top law firm by deal count for global mergers and acquisitions by Refinitiv.
“Singapore is a key hub for the technology, life sciences, real estate, private equity and financial services industries for Southeast Asia and India,” said Yash Rana, chair of Goodwin’s Asia practice and co-chair of the global Private Equity practice. “Our new office in Singapore is important to our strategy of working with investors and companies in these key sectors.”
The firm’s Hong Kong office opened in 2008 and today includes nearly 50 lawyers and global operations team professionals. The top-ranked practice is consistently recognized for excellence, including in the 2022 editions of Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Greater China Region and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific. The Hong Kong and Singapore offices will work together seamlessly to meet the needs of the firm’s clients.
“Goodwin’s global platform is uniquely positioned to serve clients at the busy intersection of capital and innovation, and Singapore – a magnet for both start-ups and capital flows – is at the heart of this intersection,” said Greg Barclay, chair of Goodwin’s Singapore office. “We are thrilled to launch the office and assist our clients with achieving their strategic objectives.”
The team brings with it decades of cross-border transaction experience. Barclay’s practice focuses on the formation of and investment into private equity, venture capital, credit, infrastructure, real estate and hybrid funds, as well as other capital-structuring matters across the alternative asset classes, including joint ventures, co-investments, segregated accounts, investment management mandates and complex secondaries/restructuring transactions.
Krishnan and Lakshman have a broad-based transactional practice with an emphasis on advising companies, sponsors and promoters in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, early and late stage venture capital and growth equity investments, PIPEs, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.