Greenberg Traurig Strengthens Presence in Asia with Singapore Office, Targets Renewables Investment Opportunities
Greenberg Traurig, a leading US law firm, has established its official presence in Singapore after hiring three lawyers from Hogan Lovells to assist with the launch one year ago. This marks the firm's fourth office in the Asia-Pacific area and 45th office worldwide.
Spearheaded by Joseph Kim and William Wu, who were previously with Hogan Lovells and helped launch the firm's Asia energy and infrastructure practice, as well as former Orica in-house lawyer Jared Raleigh, who also joined last year, the Singapore office launch is now underway.
Since joining the firm a year ago, all three individuals have been located in Tokyo.
According to Richard Rosenbaum, the Executive Chair at Greenberg Traurig, Singapore is a rapidly expanding hub of business activity in industries and practices where the firm already has a strong presence.
“When we found the opportunity to welcome highly acknowledged industry leaders with deep experience and strong on-the-ground presence in the region, it was time to move forward. Singapore will serve as a link to our other offices in Asia, where we are well-established, and to clients in Taiwan and around the world,” Richard Rosenbaum said.
Joseph Kim is leading the Asia energy and infrastructure practice, which aims to leverage the potential $210 billion annual spending by Southeast Asian countries to meet their climate objectives.
Kim's team possesses extensive experience across the renewables sector, encompassing hydrogen, electric vehicle (EV) battery, and associated supply chain concerns.
Richard Edlink, Greenberg Traurig’s vice chairman, highlights population growth and the imperative to embrace alternative energy sources as key reasons behind the firm's decision to expand its legal services in this crucial area.
“With Joseph, William and Jared, we found an extremely well-known and highly sought-after energy and infrastructure group with decades of experience in the region and broad diversity of skills and experience in complex transactions,”Richard Edlin, said.
Just a month before the launch of its Singapore office, Greenberg Traurig had allied with Khalid Al-Thebity, a law firm based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Rosenbaum stated that Greenberg Traurig’s strategy has always been to establish offices in locations where business and technology are flourishing, thereby enhancing the reach of their global platform.
“Singapore, much like Riyadh, is experiencing significant economic growth. In keeping with that strategy, we are also exploring expansion opportunities in Dubai and Brazil,” Rosenbaum added.