New Linklaters executives in Bangkok and Singapore aim for Asian recovery

Jonathan Horan (left) and Wanwisar Nakarat

Linklaters has appointed Jonathan Horan and Wanwisar Nakarat as managing partners in Singapore and Bangkok, respectively. Both succeed Christopher Bradley in Singapore and Pichitpon Eammongkolchai in Bangkok, who had been in charge since 2016. Bradley is retiring this year after 25 years.

This appointment will place Horan and Nakarat as members of the company’s Asia Executive Committee, which is responsible for key management decisions that help shape the company’s strategy and vision across Asia. Horan will be assisted by Melvin Sng, who was recently appointed Senior Partner in Singapore.

“As we all come out of covid, we are focused on reconnecting our office, formal and informal networks, and putting in place flexible working arrangements that will apply for the long term,” Horan said. Review of business law in Asia.

“We continue to build Singapore into a regional hub for Southeast Asia with greater integration with our other offices and alliance companies in Asia,” Horan said. “We recognize that close relationships and transparent teamwork with businesses in the local jurisdiction are critical to successful cross-border transactions in Southeast Asia.”

Nakarat agreed that customer relationships are at the heart of the business and fostering those connections becomes more crucial as Thailand reopens.

“After two years of lockdown, we look forward to restoring in-person connections,” Nakarat said. “We will also seek to further strengthen our support to our clients in their strategic investments and transactions in Thailand and the region.”

Linklaters opened its first Southeast Asia office in Singapore in 1992, and Bangkok became the second in the region six years later, drawing on international and local expertise to build a solid reputation. Horan said the firm will continue to emphasize its on-the-ground expertise in all jurisdictions as its core strength.

“Competition in all markets is strong and will increase as more companies seek to open or expand their operations in Southeast Asia,” Horan said. “Global macroeconomic factors are challenging, and we expect these issues, and the market uncertainty they create, to impact overall business activity.”

For Nakarat, being bold, ambitious and looking to push boundaries is part of the strategy.

“We are aware that this is a competitive market and there is growing interest in Thailand, so reputation alone is not enough,” Nakarat said. “Innovation is in our DNA, and we want to be known for partnering with our customers to create innovative solutions.”

Nakarat expects sustained growth in the energy, consumer, telecom, media and technology sectors, as well as in financial regulation and fintech, as more South Asian countries -East are resuming their activities and accelerating their recovery. Digitization and sustainability are also priorities.

Horan has seen many lawyers at all levels move from private practice to in-house fintech advisory roles as Singapore has emerged as a booming center for fintech and digital businesses. Although it has no impact on company operations, maintaining a good working relationship with internal staff is considered vital, and the company will continue to prioritize this regardless of the conditions. of the market.

“We are interested in emerging fintech opportunities in the region, the increased involvement of funds and private equity investments in Southeast Asia, and private fundraising trends,” Horan said.

Horan is a capital markets lawyer and has been with the firm for 15 years since arriving in Hong Kong before moving to Singapore in 2017. Wanwisar has been with the firm since 1998, specializing in energy and infrastructure and advising Thai companies on cross-border acquisitions. , investments, project development and financing.

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