Law firm Sidley Austin, which is headquartered in New York, has hired Gregory Salathé as a partner in its Singapore office. Salathé is now a member of the firm’s M&A practice, and will reside in Singapore after a transition period in Tokyo. He was most recently a partner at the law firm Morgan Lewis, where he was a co-managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office.
Sidley Austin LLP has announced that Gregory Salathé joined the firm as a partner earlier this week. He is a member of the firm’s M&A practice and will reside in its Singapore office after a transition period in Tokyo.
Mr. Salathé focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with particular strength in representing private equity and hedge funds in their downstream investments. He has represented global investment funds and multinational corporations in connection with their investments across Asia, as well as Asian companies investing in the U.S. and Europe. Recently, he has been involved in several significant transactions on behalf of large private equity funds. Mr. Salathé has been resident in Japan for over ten years and will continue to be actively involved with Japan-related matters.
“Greg has extensive experience representing clients in Asia-related cross-border M&A transactions and understands exceptionally well the myriad issues that private equity and hedge funds face when they make downstream investments in the region,” said Thomas Albrecht, Managing Partner, Asia Pacific. “That experience makes him a valuable addition to our practice. His appointment, together with that of investment funds partner Han Ming Ho, who will also join our Singapore office, significantly enhances our ability to advise our funds clients in the region on their most important legal matters including formation, regulatory compliance, downstream acquisitions and other corporate transactions.”
“There are significant M&A opportunities throughout the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Southeast Asia, and Singapore is a natural hub for the expansion of our M&A practice,” said Matthew Sheridan, partner and co-head of Sidley’s International Corporate Finance Practice in Asia. “The growth of our Singapore office reflects the increasing importance of Southeast Asia to our clients, and Greg will bring a strong record of successful M&A and investment deal making in a number of industries.”
Sidley’s Singapore office, established in 1982, was the firm’s first office in the Asia Pacific region. Sidley is one of only four firms to have been granted the QFLP license on February 19, 2013 by Singapore’s Ministry of Law, bringing the total number of QFLP firms to ten. As part of its planned expansion following the issuance of the QFLP license, Sidley announced last month that Han Ming Ho will join its Singapore office.
Sidley has had a presence in Asia Pacific for over 30 years and is one of few U.S. law firms to have maintained on-the-ground capabilities in this region for more than three decades. With approximately 160 legal professionals in Asia Pacific resident in six offices — Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo — and a global presence of nearly 1,750 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal advisor for global businesses and financial institutions.
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