Firms Commodities and Shipping Capabilities Boosted by Singapore Corporate Hire

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Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce the appointment of Ivan Chia as a partner into the firm’s Corporate Practice and Commodities and Shipping Industry Group. Mr. Chia was previously a partner at HFW and Watson, Farley & Williams.

Mr. Chia’s arrival follows that of Australia Litigation partner Hazel Brewer, who joined the firm a few days earlier. He becomes the fifth partner to join the Commodities and Shipping Industry Group this year, alongside Ms. Brewer, Robert Parson (London), D. Michael Kaye (Washington DC) and Kate Sherrard (Singapore).

Dual-qualified in Singapore and England, Mr. Chia is a transactional specialist, with a particular focus on international energy, renewables and infrastructure projects. He has advised on the development, procurement, joint venture and M&A transactions for significant projects involving onshore and offshore wind farms, utility scale and commercial and industrial solar PV projects, ports, LNG and petrochemical plants, offshore and floating energy assets and other infrastructure projects across Asia.

“Ivan is a key addition for us in Singapore. With his connections across the region, Ivan will play a significant role in the further growth of our Asia Pacific Corporate and Projects practices, as well as adding greater depth to our global Commodities and Shipping team,” said Barry Stimpson, Singapore office managing partner and co-head of the Commodities and Shipping Industry Group.

“Ivan’s arrival will also present significant opportunities for our other practices, including restructuring, finance, construction and disputes, reinforcing our existing relationships as well as giving us access to important new clients and transactions.”

Stephen Chelberg, Asia Pacific chair of the global Corporate Practice, added: “Ivan is a highly regarded corporate lawyer. He has known a number of our partners for many years, having worked with corporate colleagues Brian Gordon in Singapore and Simon Adams in Australia, as well as members of our global Commodities & Shipping team. We believe Ivan is a good fit and are delighted to welcome him to our team.”

“Squire Patton Boggs is ambitious and progressive. This is a truly global platform that will provide clients with an unparalleled range of services through its extensive global network and sheer depth of the global team’s collective expertise. The firm has a culture that values excellence, teamwork and collaboration across offices and practices and it is one that is definitely moving in the right direction,” said Mr. Chia. “I am looking forward to contributing to the firm’s continued growth and I am delighted to do so with so many warm and familiar faces.”

The Squire Patton Boggs global Corporate Practice has 370 lawyers around the world providing expertise across sectors in all areas of corporate activity, from mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, IPOs and secondary offerings, to private equity, venture capital, and joint ventures, as well as corporate governance, structuring and commercial transactions.

The firm’s Commodities and Shipping Industry Group launched in November 2019. The global team provides a full range of legal services on all aspects of international trade and shipping and across all commodity sectors, including advice and assistance with transactions, corporate matters, trade finance, litigation and arbitration, regulatory matters, environmental law, conventional and renewable energy, derivatives and projects.

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