Mayer Brown JSM announced plans Thursday to open its eighth Asian office, in Singapore. The firm will launch there in the fourth quarter of this year, with Kevin Owen, head of the firm’s Asia construction and engineering group, relocating from Hong Kong to head the new office.

Mayer Brown JSM already has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Bangkok, which came to the firm as a result of its 2008 merger with Hong Kong practice Johnson Stokes & Master. The new Singapore branch will focus on asset finance, project finance, energy and international arbitration.