U.K.-based Mishcon de Reya is the latest firm to expand its office in Singapore as the competition intensifies among global firms vying for work serving high-net-worth individuals and families across Asia.

Disputes and arbitration partner Gavin Margetson has joined the firm, which launched its Singapore office in June, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Margetson previously worked at Singapore disputes boutique Sharpe & Jagger, and prior to that, he was a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Herbert Smith Freehills, where he spent a decade in the Bangkok, Singapore and Tokyo offices.