Jones Day has announced the endowment of its second law professorship in Asia this year, this time in Singapore.
The firm has donated $500,000 to Singapore Management University to establish the Jones Day professorship of commercial law. The chair will be occupied for its first seven-year term by Adrian Briggs, an Oxford professor of private international law.
Founded in 2007, the Singapore Management University School of Law is one of Singapore’s two main law schools, along with the law faculty of the National University of Singapore.
“It is very satisfying to be involved in furthering the growth of Singapore as a hub for legal services in Asia and contributing to the increase in commercial and economic benefits this growth brings for the country,” Sushma Jobanputra, partner in charge of Jones Day’s Singapore office, said in a statement.
The firm has around 20 lawyers in its Singapore office, which opened in 2001.
Jones Day made similar donation of $785,000 to Peking University in May, where the firm endowed a professorship of globalization and rule of law. It was the first time an international firm had endowed a law professorship in China.
A number of firms have endowed law professorships in the United States. Cleveland-based Jones Day has helped endow a chair at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. Kirkland & Ellis, which is headquartered in Chicago, has endowed professorships at Harvard, Northwestern, Michigan, and Chicago law schools. Boston’s Ropes & Gray also has endowed a chair at Harvard.
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