Reed Smith has opened a Singapore office with four partners.

International arbitration specialist Gautam Bhattacharyya is relocating from the firm’s London office to take charge in Singapore. In addition, Barry Stimpson and Simon Sloane are both joining Reed Smith from the local office of U.K. firm Holman Fenwick Willan.
 
A fourth partner, Philip Antcliffe, is rejoining Reed Smith in Singapore after a brief stint as a counsel with Citigroup’s global commodities division in London. He was previously a London associate with the firm. Reed Smith said it is also currently recruiting several associates locally in Singapore.
 
Bhattacharyya’s practice centers on disputes in the financial, energy, and media sectors. He also leads the India practice for the firm. Sloane is also specializes in international arbitration.
 
Stimpson focuses on shipping and international trade issues. Antcliffe also looks after trade issues, particularly involving commodities.
 
Singapore has one of the world’s busiest ports and is a major center for the global shipping industry. “It is a natural place for Reed Smith, as one of the top firms for commodity trading and shipping.” said Reed Smith managing partner Greg Jordan in a statement.
 
Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith has around 1,700 lawyers worldwide. Its other Asian offices are in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.
 
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