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Dentons Rodyk has recruited former Herbert Smith Freehills banking and finance partner Roderick Howell in Singapore.

Howell returns to private practice after a three-year sabbatical. He advises on structured finance deals, restructuring transactions and syndicated lending, having represented clients including Virgin Australia Airlines, The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., and Airbus S.E.

In early 2013, Howell joined newly merged Herbert Smith Freehills in Singapore from Australian firm Allens, where he had led the Asia finance practice from the Southeast Asia city-state since 2010. Howell left Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015 and took a personal leave. He resumed practicing law when he joined Dentons Rodyk.

Earlier in his career, Howell practiced with Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong and headed the asset finance practice for the Magic Circle firm in New York.

Dentons merged with Singapore’s oldest law firm, Rodyk & Davidson, in 2016 following the global giant’s combination with the 4,000-lawyer Chinese firm Dacheng Law Offices the previous year.

At Dentons Rodyk, Howell reunites with former Herbert Smith Freehills partner John Dick, who led legacy Freehills’ Southeast Asia practice in Singapore prior to the Australian firm’s merger with Herbert Smith. Dick joined Dentons Rodyk in 2016 to lead the firm’s Southeast Asia practice after a brief stint with auditor EY’s legal arm in Singapore. Last year, Dentons Rodyk launched a new office in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon.