Walkers expands to Singapore

Walkers recently announced its further expansion into the Asian markets with the opening of a new office in Singapore. Walkers will be the first law firm to provide practising Cayman Islands counsel based in Singapore and will also have BVI counsel practising in the new office.

‘In recent years, we have followed a ‘smart growth’ strategy of targeted expansion to provide a presence on the ground in the countries where our clients require the support and expertise that we offer,’ said Grant Stein, global managing partner of Walkers.

‘The opportunities presented in Singapore make it a logical next step in the process of expanding.’

The new office will officially open for business on 2 February 2009 and will be spearheaded by partners Ashley Gunning and John Rogers.

‘Singapore’s position as a key South East Asian hub for many international law firms and financial institutions will provide an excellent platform for growth in Singapore, India, and all of the members of the ASEAN,’ Mr. Rogers said.

‘With the new office, Walkers is affirming its long-term commitment to the region.’

Mr. Gunning will lead the investment funds and corporate groups in the new office. Mr. Gunning has significant expertise in hedge funds and private equity, as well as general corporate matters, having worked in both the Cayman Islands and the BVI.