Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has recruited new Singapore partner to co-head its India practice group.

Arun Balasubramanian was most recently a partner in the Singapore office of rival Magic Circle firm Linklaters. He advises on U.S. law aspects of capital market transactions in both India and Southeast Asia.

Earlier this year, he acted for Indian telecommunication infrastructure company Bharti Infratel Ltd. on a $760 million initial public offering on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Also this year, he acted for underwriters Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc., UBS AG and Thailand’s Phatra Securities Pcl. on the $2 billion initial public offering of BTS Group Holdings Pcl., the operator of Bangkok’s SkyTrain mass transit network.

Balasubramanian was an associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York, Hong Kong and London for nine years before joining Linklaters as a London counsel in 2006. He was promoted to partner and relocated to Singapore the following year.

The addition of Balasubramanian brings the headcount at Freshfield's Singapore office, which opened last year, to 24 lawyers, according to a firm spokesperson. That number includes four partners.