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First Channel Island Law Firm Opens In Singapore

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Collas Crill has become the first Channel Islands-based law firm to open an office in Singapore.

The firm opened its Singapore office on August 1, 2011.

It gives Collas Crill the opportunity to offer its institutional and private clients in Asia access to Channel Islands legal services, particularly in corporate, funds and trusts. The firm will also offer Guernsey fiduciary services through Guernsey Trust Company, which is majority owned by the partners of Collas Crill.

Collas Crill will be working closely with clients and contacts in Guernsey, Jersey and the UK to build stronger business links between them and Singapore.

Sean Cheong, a partner in Collas Crill's Guernsey office, has relocated to Singapore to head up the new office and she has been joined by office manager Rachel Leong.

Collas Crill’s joint managing partner in Guernsey, Jason Romer, said: “We are breaking the mould by choosing to open in Singapore with a Channel Islands offering rather than, say, Hong Kong or mainland China. Singapore provides an excellent hub from which to service the region and its established and emerging economies.”

Joint managing partner in Jersey, Kathryn Purkis, added: “We are the only firm licensed to provide Jersey and Guernsey law in Singapore and our jurisdictions are known to be very well regulated and responsive to business needs. With the Singapore office now open we are particularly pleased to be able to take advantage of being in two time zones and therefore being able to provide an overnight service to our Singaporean clients by doing their urgent work during a Channel Islands day.”