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Allen & Overy announces new managing partners for Singapore

Allen & Overy announces the appointment of Gautam Narasimhan and Tim Beech as joint managing partners of our Singapore office effective 1st May 2021. Gautam and Tim are taking over from Chris Moore, who has held this position for two consecutive terms since 2013. Chris will remain as regional practice head for the firm’s corporate group in Asia Pacific and will remain actively engaged on client work going forward.

Gautam and Tim together offer complementary skills that will build on what has been a very successful growth trajectory for the Singapore office since its opening 28 years ago.

Gautam, a banking partner who has been practising in Singapore since 2006, is widely known as a market leading advisor on private equity and leveraged finance, structured finance and special situations in South and Southeast Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore. He is qualified to practice law in Singapore, England & Wales, New York and India (non-practising).

Gautam commented: “Singapore has firmly established itself as a hub for legal expertise in the region and Singapore law continues to be an increasingly prevalent choice of law in transactions.  We remain dedicated to supporting the growth and development of Singapore’s legal sector.

With over 75 lawyers in our Singapore office and with key business functions hubbed out of this office, Tim and I are proud to be leading a diverse, high performing team that provides clients with a powerful combination of local and international expertise and help deliver great outcomes on cross border deals and cases in the region.”

Tim is a partner in our Singapore debt capital markets group and is the head of our Asia-Pacific Corporate Trust & Agency team. He advises corporate trustees and agents on all aspects of debt capital markets and loan transactions, and has been with Allen & Overy since 2002.

Tim added: “Our clients’ priorities and needs are changing more quickly than ever. For example, we’re seeing strong demand for efficient delivery solutions and alternative resourcing models, together with an increased emphasis on delivering social and environmentally responsible outcomes. We are meeting this challenge head on as a firm and our capability in Singapore has a big part to play.”

Our Singapore office was one of the first batch of international firms to be granted a Singapore QFLP licence in 2008, and in 2020 received approval from the Ministry of Law in Singapore (MinLaw) to renew our Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licence for an additional five years until 31st December 2025.