Mayer Brown has appointed Pieter de Ridder as managing partner in Singapore following the retirement of the firm’s founding Singapore managing partner, Kevin Owen.
De Ridder, a partner in the Singapore office, has spent more than 25 years in Asia advising multinationals and institutions on tax matters relating to direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements, private equity and supply chain structures. He has an in-depth understanding of tax systems across Asia jurisdictions including Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China.
Owen retires after more than 20 years of service with the firm. He led the construction team in Hong Kong before relocating to Singapore to take charge of the firm’s new office in 2011.
“I am confident that Pieter will build upon the success of our Singapore office and maintain our momentum in Southeast Asia,” said Terence Tung, the senior partner of Mayer Brown JSM.
“On behalf of our partners, I would like to thank Kevin for his many contributions to the firm.”
In other developments at the Singapore office, the firm announced that Kayal Sachi and Ian Roebuck had been hired as banking & finance partners.
The two join from Allen & Overy and will focus on acquisition and leveraged finance, event-driven finance, corporate lending and restructuring transactions in Southeast Asia and India on behalf of regional and global financial institutions, corporates, private equity funds and debt funds.
Brian McKenna also joined Mayer in Hong Kong from Debevoise & Plimpton, as a partner in its corporate & securities practice.
McKenna advises on corporate and investment transactions in New York and Hong Kong across a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services and TMT (telecommunications, media and technology).