Singapore Skyline


Reed Smith has recruited a Singapore-based partner who focuses on international arbitration and risk and compliance matters in the commodities sector.

Daniel Perera joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was of counsel. He advises miners and commodity trading houses on contract matters and arbitration. Last year, he was part of the Norton Rose Fulbright team that advised on two mining projects in Guinea jointly operated by Alcoa Corp., Rio Tinto and Dadco Alumina & Chemicals Ltd.

“[Perera] possesses a rare blend of front-end commercial contract drafting and negotiation and dispute resolution experience as an arbitration specialist,” said Barry Stimpson, Reed Smith  Singapore office managing partner.

Perera first joined legacy Norton Rose in London as a trainee and moved to the firm’s Singapore office in 2010. He left the firm in 2012 and spent the next three years with miner BHP Billiton’s Singapore office as an in-house lawyer to the marketing unit. He returned to Norton Rose Fulbright’s disputes practice in the city-state as of counsel in 2015.

Perera will be part of  Reed Smith’s energy and natural resources practice, which recently also hired projects and infrastructure partner Bree Miechel in Singapore. Reed Smith now has about 30 lawyers in Singapore, where the firm operates in a formal law alliance with local law firm Resource Law.