Latham & Watkins’ Singapore-based Asia head of technology and media practice Luke Grubb is leaving the firm to join Clifford Chance in the city-state.
Grubb, who also heads up Latham’s FinTech practice group in Asia, typically advises institutional clients and start-ups on the technology and intellectual property aspects of transactions and contracts. Last year, he handled the technology matters on Latham’s representation of Hong Kong telecom giant HKBN Ltd.’s $84 million acquisition of local conglomerate New World Development Co. Ltd.’s telecom business.
Grubb will start at Clifford Chance later this year. His arrival will complement the firm’s existing transactional offering in the high-tech sector, according to the Magic Circle firm’s Singapore managing partner, Kai Schneider.
Earlier this year, the firm represented Chinese artificial intelligence firm SenseTime Group Inc. on a $410 million Series B financing, the largest ever single round investment into an AI company in the world.
Schneider said Grubb would bring additional experience advising leading businesses and fast-growing market innovators across a wide range of tech-driven strategic and commercial issues.
“Integrating Luke into our broad-based practice will bring significant benefits for clients as they develop their business in light of new technologies and digital disruption,” he said.
Grubb joined Latham in London in 2003 after practicing at legacy Shaw Pittman; he became a partner at Latham in 2008.