Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong
Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong ()

Singapore has appointed law firm Allen & Gledhill chairman and senior partner Lucien Wong as the next attorney general.

Wong will step down from Allen & Gledhill’s partnership on Dec. 18 after spending four years as chairman and senior partner. Before assuming his current position, Wong had been managing partner of the firm since 1998. He has been a partner with Allen & Gledhill since 1987.

As a leader of the firm, Wong helped Allen & Gledhill grow from around 30 lawyers in the late 1980s to 350 Singapore-based lawyers and two additional offices—in Laos and Myanmar. Meanwhile, Wong, a leading corporate lawyer, has helped make the firm one of the top domestic firms for corporate mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions.

Wong will be Singapore’s first attorney general who has not spent time as a judge or at the Attorney General’s Chambers. Singapore lawyers told the newspaper The Straits Times that Wong’s extensive corporate law experience will bring “a fresh perspective” to the attorney general position, which in Singapore serves both as the country’s public prosecutor and the government’s legal counsel. The position of solicitor general also exists in Singapore; but unlike in the United States where the solicitor general represents the federal government before the Supreme Court, the position in Singapore is created to assist the attorney general with his duties.

Singapore does have a history of drawing candidates of judicial and prosecutorial appointments from top law firms. The incumbent Attorney General V. K. Rajah, his predecessor Steven Chong and Chong’s predecessor Sundaresh Menon—who is now chief justice of Singapore—all at one point served as managing partner at local firm Rajah & Tann.

Wong will be succeeded at Allen & Gledhill by co-chair and senior partners Christina Ong and Penny Goh. Ong, a partner since 1987, now leads the firm’s financial service practice while Goh, who has been a partner since 1982, is head of the real estate practice.

Ong and Goh will be supported by managing partner Lee Kim Shin, who assumed the position upon returning to the firm last year after serving as a High Court judge for a year. The firm has also appointed REITs practice head Jerry Koh as Lee’s deputy.

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