Mayer Brown JSM, formed a decade ago after the Am Law 100 firm absorbed Hong Kong’s Johnson Stokes & Master, has added three new partners in Asia.
Shipping industry partner Conor Warde joined the firm’s Hong Kong office this week, while finance partners Ben Sandstad and Angelia Chia arrived in Singapore from Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.
Warde, who had been a partner at British firm Clyde & Co since 2015, represents banks, ship owners and investors on maritime transactions, including M&A and finance deals. In 2015, he co-led a team at Clyde & Co advising Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Group on its merger with peer Univan Ship Management Group. Warde first joined Clyde & Co in 2013 as counsel from Blank Rome after the latter closed its Hong Kong office.
Sandstad and Chia will co-lead a trade and structured finance practice for Mayer Brown in Asia. Sandstad returns to Mayer Brown JSM after a three-year stint at Standard Chartered, where he most recently led the global legal team for the bank’s credit, lending and governance businesses. Before going in-house, Sandstad was Asia head of structured finance at Mayer Brown JSM between 2010 and 2013. He joined the firm from Australia’s Clayton Utz and practiced at Linklaters earlier in his career.
Chia was an in-house lawyer in Standard Chartered’s trade group, where she worked on financing products for goods and services trade across several industries. She previously worked as in-house at Cargill Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Mayer Brown JSM opened its Singapore office in 2011 to focus on energy, finance and international arbitration work. In March, the firm hired international arbitration partner Yu-Jin Tay in the city-state from DLA Piper, where he co-led the international arbitration practice at the global legal giant.