Leading Dutch law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is to open an office in Singapore.
In a statement, De Brauw said its new office will advise on mergers, joint ventures, and arbitration in Southeast Asia. The firm added that it is increasingly representing Dutch companies looking for opportunities to expand in Asia, a trend that it said has intensified with economic uncertainties in Europe.
Corporate partner Dieter Wolff and will relocate from the firm’s Amsterdam headquarters to head the Singapore branch. He will be joined by associate Lennard Keijzer, who is also currently based in Amsterdam.
De Brauw already has a presence in Asia through a four-lawyer office in Beijing, which it opened in 2010, in premises shared with other members of its best friends network, British firm Slaughter and May and Spanish firm Uría Menéndez. De Brauw also has overseas offices in New York, London, and Brussels.
De Brauw is not the only Dutch law firm to open in Singapore. The city-state has also attracted Rotterdam-headquartered Loyens & Loeff, which has had an office there since 1984.