Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has continued to expand in Asia, adding a corporate partner in Singapore.
Vanessa Ng joins Morgan Lewis Stamford with associate Ee Vin Wong from local firm Fortis Law Corp., where Ng led the corporate finance and corporate commercial practice group with Chun Bin Soh. Soh left the firm in October last year to join Southeast Asian legal network ZICO Law’s Singapore firm, ZICO Insights Law, as a director.
Ng focuses on corporate finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.
“Vanessa has a well-rounded background in virtually all aspects of corporate and transactional law that will serve our clients well,” said Joo Khin Ng, managing partner of Morgan Lewis Stamford.
Before joining Fortis Law Corp. in 2013, Ng was a partner at local firm Shook Lin & Bok for three years. Previously, she was a senior associate at Stamford Law Corp.
Morgan Lewis Stamford operates as a Singaporean firm in the city-state, following the Philadelphia-based firm’s 2015 merger with local firm Stamford Law Corp., allowing the combined firm to practice all aspects of the Singaporean law.
In September of last year, Morgan Lewis Stamford recruited Karun Cariappa as a corporate partner from Simmons & Simmons, where he was of counsel and co-led the firm’s India practice from Singapore. In November, Morgan Lewis added longtime White & Case banking and restructuring partner Guan Feng Chen in Singapore.
Morgan Lewis’ Singapore office has seen its share of departures, however. In October of last year, a five-lawyer construction team, led by directors Kelvin Aw and Lynette Chew, left to join CMS’s formal law alliance CMS Holborn Asia.
And Suet-Fern Lee, a partner in Singapore, is facing questioning for potential professional misconduct during a high-profile family dispute involving Singapore’s late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his three children. Suet-Fern Lee is married to one of them, Lee Hsien Yang. In 2017, Suet Fern Lee, who founded Stamford Law Corp. in 2001, stepped down as managing partner of the Singapore office when the family dispute first exploded into the public eye.