Orrick launches Singapore office a year after exiting Hong Kong
07 September 2021
A year after Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe closed its Hong Kong office, the firm has opened a new office in rival Singapore, Reuters has reported.
The firm has added its Singapore office, located in Asia Square Tower 1, and the office’s main contact to its website, though there is little other information, nor has the firm released a statement about new office.
Jon Thursby, a former Watson Farley & Williams partner, has joined the firm as a partner in its energy and infrastructure practice.
Reuters reported Blake Winburne, the firm’s energy and infrastructure senior leader, as saying that the firm was “investigating and looking for the right opportunity in Singapore for over two years.” Winburne also told Reuters that Orrick has a chance to build an operation that’s more integrated into the firm on a worldwide basis than its Hong Kong office was, which had been focused on servicing clients located in Hong Kong.
“We do think that, over the last 15 years, that Singapore has become a much more significant player in the region in terms of legal services, where Hong Kong is less of a legal hub for the region than it was 15-20 years ago,” Winburne said. “Markets change. Smart businesses look for those opportunities and change with the market.”