Sidley Austin has hired a new projects partner in Singapore.
David Gartside joins from White & Case where he was a local partner based in the city-state. Gartside advises projects sponsors, developers, lenders and export credit agencies on energy and infrastructure projects in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Last year, he led the team representing Singapore’s PacificLight Power Pte. Ltd. on getting $750 million refinancing facilities from a consortium of international lenders to build a liquefied-natural-gas-fueled power plant on Jurong Island.
Gartside joined White & Case as counsel in early 2013 and was promoted to be a local partner in 2015. Before that, he spent six year in Allen & Overy’s Tokyo office, during which time he was also seconded to the Export-Import Bank of Korea’s financial advisory department for a year and half. He qualified and started practicing at Clifford Chance and also worked at legacy Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney early in his career.
The hired followed that of former White & Case Indonesia practice head Charlie Wilson, who moved to Sidley a year ago.
Sidley now has 28 lawyers in Singapore, including eight partners. The firm has been licensed to practice Singaporean law on transactional matters since 2013 under the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice scheme. According to its website, the office now has seven lawyers qualified to practice Singaporean law, including two partners—Tju Liang Chua and Han Ming Ho, both joined in 2013.
Globally, the Chicago-based firm has about 1,800 lawyers in 20 offices.