The firm already has satellite offices New York and an India desk in China alongside its seven domestic outposts, and the Singapore office will further the business development work of the foreign law practice.
“We started our Asian expansion with the China office, and it has become very fruitful, with an increase in inbound and outbound business,” says founding partner Manoj Singh: “The majority of the multinationals coming to Asia are setting up in Singapore, so it is the logical next step for our international development.”
Singh expects the firm to eventually register as a fully fledged foreign law firm in Singapore, “then Hong Kong is our next Asian target. We hope to establish a permanent office in New York after that, and the next stage will be an office in London.”
For Singh, who was named in Indian Lawyer’s 40 under 45 survey of India’s leading young lawyers this week, such ambition and energy is a hallmark of India’s younger law firms. “Younger firms are definitely more open to internationalisation,” he says, “the old frontiers and the old aversion to risk have been deleted from younger Indian lawyers’ mindsets.”
“The Indian legal market has to take an international approach. All of the economic data suggests India is a growing, happening market, and Indian companies are rapidly expanding outside the country. Now is the right time for law firms to follow suit.”