Harneys appoints new managing partner in Singapore and introduces new Litigation team

We are pleased to announce that Lishi Fong, Partner and Head of our Singapore Transactional team, has been appointed Managing Partner in Singapore. A specialist in international banking, Lishi has over a decade of experience practising in Singapore and joined our team in March 2019. In her new role, Lishi will continue to drive the development of the firm’s market-leading offering in the region.

In her practice in the Transactional team, Lishi advises both financial institutions and corporates on a wide range of cross border transactions including financings involving multiple levels of creditors, distressed loan acquisitions and disposals, fund formations and downstream advisory and investment work. Lishi is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Additionally, Nicola Roberts, Partner in the Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring team and Head of the Trusts and Private Client Advisory Group in Asia, and Jayesh Chatlani, Counsel in the Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring team, have relocated to the Singapore office from Hong Kong. Their relocation reflects the growing client need in this expanding area in the region.

Nicola specialises in international contentious trust and estate disputes and global commercial litigation and insolvency. She has over 20 years’ experience as a contentious practitioner and more than a decade of offshore experience. She is routinely engaged in a wide range of complex cross border litigation. Her expertise encompasses shareholder disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, contentious trusts as well as insolvency, restructuring and contentious regulatory advisory work.

Jayesh is an expert in complex and often multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes. His practice also encompasses funds litigation and valuation disputes involving both high-value private ventures and listed companies. He has practised at our firm in Hong Kong for seven years, advising both shareholders and corporations.

Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that Paula Kay has been named Head of Litigation Asia. Paula joined our team in July 2015 and has extensive litigation experience, with a particular focus on high value, multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes. In her new role, Paula will work closely with our Singapore Litigation team to expand and enhance the practice, further cementing our position as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing offshore legal teams in the region.

Ian Mann, Asia Managing Partner, commented: “Lishi is an exceptional lawyer with long-standing connections and strong experience in this region. She is well respected and has contributed significantly to the growth and success of our Singapore office. Harneys is committed to Singapore and growing our footprint in this region and globally. I am certain that, under her leadership, the Singapore team will continue to grow and prosper. I would like to congratulate Lishi on her promotion and wish her every success in her new role.”

Lishi Fong, Managing Partner of our Singapore office, said: “The Singapore office plays a key role in our firm’s Asia offering. At Harneys, we believe in being more than just legal advisors to our clients and we strive to be their strategic trusted partner - understanding their business, providing cost effective and innovative commercial solutions and growing with them. We deeply value creating an office environment where our lawyers can thrive, and as a fellow Singaporean and a working mother with a young family, I am deeply honoured to have this opportunity to work with this incredibly talented team to grow our Singapore practice.”