McDermott, Will & Emery has raided Sidley Austin for a team of lawyers in Singapore.
The team, led by veteran investigations and life sciences expert Yuet Ming Tham, includes three other Sidley lawyers who have jumped to 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 relocating from Hong Kong to Singapore.
Tham is joined by Sidley counsel Shu Min Ho and associates Margaret Huang and Sam Johnson. Ho has relocated from Hong Kong to Singapore as a McDermott’s partner.
Tham joined Sidley Austin in Hong Kong a decade ago as a partner and as the Asia Pacific head of the investigations and compliance practice. She was promoted in 2018 to global co-head of the firm’s white collar, government litigation and investigations group.
Her practice focuses on regulatory issues, governmental investigations, and compliance, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Her regulatory and compliance work includes corporate investigations, compliance advisory work, anti-money laundering, sanctions, environmental, health and safety and data privacy. She is particularly well known for her expertise in the life sciences sector.
Prior to joining Sidley, Tham was a partner in the Hong Kong office of DLA Piper, where she was head of the Asia life sciences practice and also head of the Asia regulatory compliance and investigations group.
Ho had been practicing at Sidley for over three years. She joined the firm in 2019 in Hong Kong and was made counsel last year. Prior to that, she spent over seven years in the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
McDermott launched its Singapore office last year, 12 months after closing its final China office in a move that appeared to mean the firm was pulling out of Asia. But McDermott returned, deciding that its new Singapore practice will lead its Asia presence. It has also alluded to a potential office in Tokyo.
Since its launch in Singapore, McDermott has hired partners from Squire Patton Boggs, King & Spalding and Herbert Smith Freehills. With the new team from Sidley, McDermott will now have 12 lawyers, including five partners, in Singapore.
Sidley Austin has been contacted for comments.