Herbert Smith Freehills formalises Singapore alliance

December 1, 2015 Herbert Smith Freehills has created a formal law alliance with Singapore firm Prolegis, its "best friend" firm in the city-state. Two years ago, HSF opted out of its Qualifying Foreign Law Practice setup and pursued an alliance. Singapore's attorney general recently approved the formal alliance, paving the way for the firms to occupy a shared premesis.

Prolegis is itself a young firm. Former Allen & Overy consultant and Drew & Napier partner Ban Leong Oo opened the firm in 2012. Since its opening, the firm has grown to six lawyers. Leong Oo began his career in legacy firm Herbert Smith's London office.

Herbert Smith Freehills opted not to renew its QFLP status due to what it described as a lack of flexibility compared with the structure of a formal law alliance. It is not the only firm operating through a formal law alliance. Withers and Holman Fenwick Willan have both established alliances, while Reed Smith is underway in establishing its own alliance there.

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