Squire Patton Boggs has announced the appointment of Biswajit Chatterjee, partner and former head of DLA Piper’s Singapore corporate finance practice and global co-head of its India practice.
Mr. Chatterjee is an experienced, dual-qualified Indian and US corporate lawyer with an expertise in cross border M&A and capital markets, particularly within the technology, infrastructure, engineering, energy, real estate, retail and logistics industries. Mr. Chatterjee’s practice is focused on India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Also joining Squire Patton Boggs’ Singapore office are senior finance lawyer Roy Lee, who focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, M&A and general corporate, who joins from the Singapore office of DFDL, and senior corporate lawyer Sabyasachi Chatterjee, who joins from leading Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi’s Singapore office.
Ignatius Hwang, Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Singapore, said: “As part of the firm’s Asia Pacific strategy it has been our goal to grow the Singapore office and, in particular, our transactional practice. Singapore provides a gateway to other rapidly growing economies such as Indonesia and India, and as cross border M&A deal activity in the region increases, we are keen to position ourselves to take advantage of an upturn in demand for corporate legal services.
“We have been looking for some time to find the right person to spearhead our corporate practice in South East Asia. In Biswajit we have found an individual with exactly the right blend of ambition and experience to develop our services in this field and we are very pleased to welcome him and our other senior lawyers Roy and Sabyasachi to the firm.”
“Biswajit will provide an additional India-outbound dimension to our corporate practice, as well as adding a US securities law and capital markets capability in Singapore that complements our thriving Hong Kong capital markets practice,” commented Stephen Chelberg, Asia Pacific Chair of the Global Corporate Practice.
Mr. Chatterjee’s appointment follows Squire Patton Boggs’ combination with Mamiya Law Offices, a Tokyo-based corporate and transactional practice, which was announced in July, and its strategic alliance with leading Indonesian law firm Melli Darsa & Co. in Jakarta in November 2013. Recent appointments in the Asia Pacific corporate practice have included corporate and competition partner Li Hua, who joined the firm in Beijing in June, and China outbound corporate specialist Dr. Benjamin Kroymann, who joined Squire Patton Boggs in Shanghai with a team of lawyers from Dentons at the end of last year.
Squire Patton Boggs was ranked ninth of all US firms based in the Asia-Pacific by The Asian Lawyer in its 2014 Asia 50 Survey and the firm is a finalist in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovation Lawyers Awards for “Innovation in International Strategy – Strategic Expansion in Asia-Pacific”.
The firm’s Global Corporate Practice represents nearly one-third of all Fortune 500 and FTSE 350 companies, including in areas of corporate activity such as corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, IPOs and secondary offerings, private equity, venture capital and joint ventures.
The Singapore office of Squire Patton Boggs represents multinational corporations, governments and banks in major infrastructure projects, cross-border transactions, financing arrangements and commercial transactions in Singapore, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The Singapore team works seamlessly with Squire Patton Boggs’ offices in Asia Pacific (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Sydney and Perth), and in the Middle East (Riyadh, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and with its allied firm, Melli Darsa in Indonesia. Squire Patton Boggs is recognized as a leading public-private partnerships practice in Singapore, having advised the Singapore government and its agencies on almost every public-private partnership project in Singapore.