Singapore Big Four firm Rajah & Tann has expanded its practice in China with the hire of international arbitration partner Hew Kian Heong, who was most recently the head of construction and infrastructure disputes at Shanghai-based Kewei Law Firm, Herbert Smith Freehills’ joint operation firm in China.

The hire of Heong, who will join Rajah & Tann as a partner from January 1, 2024 and will be based in the China office located in Shanghai, comes at a time when the bilateral relations between China and Singapore have been enhanced with the recent signing of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.