K&L Gates has recruited two partners in Singapore.
Energy partner Lian Yok Tan joins from White & Case, while capital markets partner Nicholas Hanna is moving over from Watson, Farley & Williams. Both had been based in Singapore.
Tan primarily advises clients on project development and financing. Most recently, she has been acting for a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Cosmos Petroleum and Mining Sdn. Bhd. on the proposed $1.6 billion construction and funding of a polysilicon manufacturing plan on Borneo. The client is following Tan to K&L Gates from White & Case.
Tan had served two stints at White & Case. She first worked for the firm as an associate between 2000 and 2007 and later rejoined as a partner in 2011. Prior to that, she was a Singapore partner at London-based Holman Fenwick Willan for four years. Tan also helped to launch Duane Morris’s Singapore office in 2007 but stayed just nine months.
Hanna acts on a numerous corporate matters, including capital markets and private equity deals, but also advises clients on commercial disputes. In June, he represented Indonesian state-owned cement company PT Semen Baturaja on its $126.4 million initial public offering. Hanna had joined Watson Farley & Williams as a partner in 2006, relocating from the London office of the former Pritchard Englefield.
K&L Gates now has 13 lawyers, including six partners, in Singapore, according to its website. The Pittsburgh-based firm employs over 2,000 lawyers across 48 offices worldwide.