McDermott seizes Sidley’s team of 4 lawyers in Singapore
McDermott, Will & Emery raided Sidley Austin for a team of lawyers in Singapore.
The team, led by investigative veteran and life sciences expert Yuet Ming Tham, includes three other Sidley lawyers who joined McDermott in Singapore.
Tham joins McDermott as Asia Managing Partner and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Investigations and Compliance Practice. In her new role, she is moving from Hong Kong to Singapore.
Tham is joined by Sidley attorney Shu Min Ho and partners Margaret Huang and Sam Johnson. Ho moved from Hong Kong to Singapore as McDermott’s partner.
Tham joined Sidley Austin in Hong Kong ten years ago as a partner and as Asia Pacific Head of Investigations and Compliance practice. She was promoted in 2018 to Global Co-Head of the Firm’s White Collar, Government Litigation and Investigations Group.
His practice focuses on regulatory matters, government investigations and compliance, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Law. His regulatory and compliance work includes corporate investigations, compliance advisory work, anti-money laundering, sanctions, environment, health and safety, and data privacy. It is particularly recognized for its expertise in the life sciences sector.
Prior to joining Sidley, Tham was a partner in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, where she was responsible for the life sciences practice in Asia and also responsible for the regulatory compliance and investigations group in Asia.
Ho had been practicing at Sidley for over three years. She joined the firm in 2019 in Hong Kong and was appointed counsel last year. Previously, she spent over seven years in the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
McDermott opened its Singapore office last year, 12 months after closing its last office in China in a move that appeared to mean the company was pulling out of Asia. But McDermott returned, deciding that his new practice in Singapore will lead his presence in Asia. He also hinted at a potential office in Tokyo.
Since launching in Singapore, McDermott has hired partners from Squire Patton Boggs, King & Spalding and Herbert Smith Freehills. With Sidley’s new team, McDermott will now have 12 lawyers, including five partners, in Singapore.
Sidley Austin has been contacted for comment.