Gibson, Dunn Opens Singapore Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has opened a new office in Singapore. It will be run by Jai Pathak, who previously led Gibson Dunn's India practice, and three partners from Jones Day's Singapore office: Emad Khalil, John Viverito and Saptak Santra. 

 

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is further expanding its international platform with a new office in Singapore. The new Singapore office, which will have U.S., English and Indian law capabilities, will focus initially on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, energy & infrastructure finance (including project finance), real estate, private equity, capital markets transactions, finance and restructurings.

The firm will anchor the new office with Jai Pathak and three partners from Jones Day's Singapore office, Emad Khalil, John Viverito and Saptak Santra. Pathak joined the firm earlier this year and focuses on cross-border transactions with an emphasis on India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia. Pathak was responsible for opening Jones Day's Singapore office and previously led that firm's India practice.

“We are committed to expanding our international platform and have made doing so a strategic priority for the firm,” said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Opening in Singapore, where many of our clients have established their Asian Pacific headquarters, is a logical move for Gibson Dunn. From Singapore, we will be positioned to assist our clients in all of South and Southeast Asia, including India.”

Doran added, “Like New York, London and Dubai, Singapore is one of the leading financial centers in the world, giving us enhanced capacity to serve our clients throughout the world. There are natural synergies between Singapore and our recently opened Dubai office as well as other offices of the firm as we work with our clients on global transactions that touch many of the world's financial centers. With Emad, John and Saptak, three experienced and highly regarded partners, supported initially by six associates, we have critical mass and an ideal platform from which we can pursue opportunities in other parts of the region.”

“Opening the Singapore office is an exciting step that will help extend Gibson Dunn's geographical reach to important markets in Asia,” said Pathak, who will serve as the Partner in Charge of our Singapore office and lead the firm's efforts in the Asia Pacific region. “The opportunity was very compelling, particularly with a group as strong as Emad, John and Saptak. Many partners in the firm already know the three new partners very well. They have established practices, a strong client base, and are well known and respected in the region.”

“Gibson Dunn is dedicated to building a top-tier team in Asia to serve its clients, and we are excited to be a part of this initiative,” said Khalil. “We are impressed with the quality, integrity and values of our new colleagues at Gibson Dunn, and are looking forward to joining the team.”

About Emad Khalil

Khalil's practice encompasses a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, banking and finance. He regularly advises companies on acquisitions and dispositions, private equity investments, structured and asset-based financing, restructuring, securities, and Islamic finance.

Formerly the co-head of Jones Day's Global Projects Practice, he has represented major companies throughout Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. in energy and infrastructure projects, including Aboitiz Group, AEP, BP, Brunei Economic Development Board, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Development Bank of Singapore, El Paso, Endesa, Entergy, Fuji Bank, Guangdong Dapeng LNG, Gulf Indonesia, Kuwait Energy Company, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Marathon Oil, Meiya Power, Petronas, PT Energi Sengkang, PT Transportasi Gas Indonesia, Singapore Petroleum, Singapore Refining Company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Unicredito, Unocal, and Vitol, among others.

He is also active in representing major real estate companies and investment funds in M&A and capital markets investments. He is also very active in the biotechnology industry. His client roster has included Altus, Bio*1 Fund, Biomedical Sciences Investment Fund, CSFB, DA Capital, DeutscheBank, First Global Funds, France Telecom, Japan Airlines, Lehman Brothers, Mizuho, Nomura, Pacific Internet, and South East Asian Strategic Assets Fund. He has served as a principal adviser to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on developing and enacting modern securities legislation.

Prior to his tenure at Jones Day, Khalil was a co-founding partner of the New York practice of Afridi & Angell, where he spent significant time working from that firm's Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices. Before that, he practiced with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Khalil, who is admitted to practice in New York, received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1990. He is fluent in Arabic.

About John Viverito

Viverito's practice focuses on infrastructure projects with an emphasis on energy, structured and project finance and cross-border M&A. He also has extensive experience with real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, financings, development projects and real estate funds.

Over the last 15 years, he has worked on a variety of transactions throughout Asia, including Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is currently the deputy chair of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

Prior to joining the firm, he practiced with Jones Day in Singapore and Baker & McKenzie in Thailand. He has also served as senior counsel at Enron, responsible for the Asia Pacific region and worked with Hunton & Williams in Singapore.

Admitted to the California bar, Viverito received his law degree from the University of Miami in 1992. He is fluent in Thai.

About Saptak Santra

Santra practices in the areas of lending and structured finance, project finance, acquisition finance, asset finance and restructurings, with focus on the infrastructure, energy and real estate sectors. He has represented governments, financial institutions and multi-national corporations in complex financial transactions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Santra has worked on some of the most high-profile transactions in Asia, including the financing of China's first LNG import and re-gasification project and the first private sector participation in the Indonesian gas transportation sector following the abolition of the public monopoly on gas transportation and infrastructure projects. He has been named by the Asian Legal Business publication, the Singapore Legal Who's Who, as an expert in the field of finance and has been acknowledged in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 in the field of project finance. He is a regular speaker on the Asian conference circuit and sits on the committees of several trade and industry organizations. Prior to his tenure at Jones Day in Singapore, he practiced with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in both London and Singapore.

Santra is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is fluent in Bengali and Hindi.