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Singapore tie-up boosts Morgan Lewis's Asian funds practice

MergingUS-based law firm Morgan Lewis says its merger with Singapore-based Stamford Law will expand its global private fund and asset management practice, adding to its current activity in Japan.

The deal includes 80 lawyers from Stamford and creates a new entity, Morgan Lewis Stamford, which can practise across all legal areas, according to a statement.

Morgan Lewis says Singapore will now act as a centre for further expansion in South-east Asia and India. In addition, the new entity will integrate with Morgan Lewis's Islamic finance practice in Dubai, says the firm.

"Singapore is a vibrant and critical business hub that serves as a regional gateway to the broader Asian market," says Jami McKeon, Morgan Lewis's chair. "Combining with Stamford Law gives us immediate strength in the region to support the business needs of our multinational clients."

Suet-Fern Lee, senior director of Stamford Law, will continue to lead the Singapore office as managing partner.

Morgan Lewis, which recently took on 750 lawyers in a merger with Bingham McCutchen, is now the largest law firm in the US by number of lawyers.

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