DLA Piper appoints new Singapore head

The legal services provider appoints Martin David to run the Singapore office and head the finance and projects group in Asia.
Martin David has been hired by DLA Piper to run the law firm's Singapore office as well as the company's finance and projects group in Asia. As the managing partner of the Singapore office, he will be in charge of nine partners, which includes another recent hire, India specialist Biswajit Chatterjee.

David has worked in Asia for 16 years, which means that he has worked with clients through an entire economic cycle: from the banking boom of the early nineties to the crash of 1997. His geographical experience in the region includes Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Singapore and India.

David's area of expertise in banking includes structured finance, project finance, energy mergers and acquisitions, and construction law. Much of his experience has been related to advising investment and commercial banks, as well as corporates and sponsors, on high-value transactions.

ôWe are reinforcing the role of the Singapore office as a regional centre,ö says Alastair Da Costa, DLA Piper's managing director for Asia. ôWe are committed to investing in and expanding our operations in Singapore as part of our global network. Singapore is becoming increasingly important as a business hub for companies across Southeast Asia and east Asia and an important gateway to the Middle East.ö

Before joining DLA Piper, David spent 10 years as a project and finance partner at Linklaters' Singapore office. He is qualified as a solicitor in both England and Wales, as well as in Hong Kong. A civil engineering graduate of the University of Birmingham, he retrained as a solicitor after acquiring some experience as an engineer and joined Linklaters in 1987.
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