Open season – the influx of global firms making their mark in Singapore
From the top of the world's most expensive casino building in Marina Bay, Singapore's central business district is an impressive sight. Overlooking the water, an array of glittering silver skyscrapers bear the names of banks, insurance companies and luxury hotel brands, while a mix of local landmarks, shopping malls and restaurants keep tourists happy. The scene, in all its grandeur, reflects not only the sunlight, but the commercial achievements of a city that has now become a hub for southeast Asia, with Singapore now ranked as one of the four leading financial centres in the world. Alongside Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea, it is also one of the Four Asian Tigers.
Singapore’s legal market is gradually liberalising and, with it, the competition keeps flying in. Elizabeth Broomhall finds out what’s in store for southeast Asia’s latest glittering legal hub
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