Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Clyde & Co has bolstered its Asia-Pacific offering via an association with Malaysian firm Shaikh David & Co.

The Kuala Lumpur-based firm has two partners, Shaikh Abdul Saleem and James David, and five associates, according to its website.

David previously spent seven years at Clyde & Co between 1995 and 2002. He then moved to DLA Piper before co-founding Shaikh David & Co in 2005.

Shaikh David focuses on insurance and reinsurance, banking, insolvency, shipping and general litigation. Under the new association, Clyde & Co will refer Malaysia work to the firm, which will in turn gain access to Clyde & Co’s lawyers around the world.

“The association will provide us with the opportunity to grow our Malaysian client base and work, and allows us to extend our global client relationships,” said Clyde & Co Asia managing director Ik Wei Chong.

David added that through the formal association, his firm is focused on bringing enhanced legal support to clients in Malaysia and abroad.

The deal marks the latest international expansion for Clyde & Co. In July, the firm opened its ninth U.S. office, launching in Los Angeles. It also merged with Mexico’s Garza Tello & Asociados in May.

Clyde & Co has 10 Asia-Pacific offices, including four in China and four in Australia. Malaysia marks the firm’s fifth associated office in the region, with outposts already established in Mongolia, India and Indonesia.

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) also moved into the Malaysia market earlier this year, with the launch of a Kuala Lumpur base.

The launch came after HSF was granted a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) license by the Malaysian Bar Council. The QFLF license allows law firms to hire Malaysian lawyers who can practice local law in selected areas, as long as the Malaysian professionals make up at least 30 percent of the office’s fee earners.