Clifford Chance has announced that Nish Shetty will be joining the firm’s Singapore office as a partner in August 2009. An Indian national, Shetty moved to Singapore in 1979 where he graduated with a law degree from the National University of Singapore in 1994. A Singapore permanent resident, he joined Singapore’s WongPartnership in 1995 before being appointed to the firm’s partnership in 2001. Co-head of his current firm’s India practice, Shetty is qualified in Singapore, England and Wales and has in-depth experience in cross-jurisdictional arbitrations in South and South East Asia. The international firm views this appointment as bolstering its restructuring and insolvency capabilities in South and South East Asia, in addition to helping it establish a South East Asian arbitration and dispute resolution practice. As Peter Charlton, Clifford Chance’s regional managing partner for Asia, commented, “With the reorientation of world markets, you cannot have a credible international offering without a robust Asian practice, with strength in all the critical areas for our clients.” Following the firm’s successful application for a Qualified Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licence in Singapore, the establishment of an arbitration practice is touted as being a key part of its expansion plans.

Speciality law firm Appleton Luff, which operates as separately incorporated law offices located in Brussels, Geneva, Singapore, Warsaw and Washington DC, has announced its appointment of Edmund W. Sim as partner in the firm’s new Singapore office. Formerly a partner with both White & Case and Hunton & Williams, Sim has almost twenty years’ experience in international trade law and has participated in more than 160 trade remedy proceedings conducted across all corners of the globe. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School, Sim worked in the Office of US Vice President George H.W. Bush and the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury whilst at university. He has been a Singaporean resident since 1997 and currently holds the positions of treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore; secretary of the international trade committee of the International Bar Association; and vice-chair of the international trade committee of the Inter Pacific Bar Association.

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