Simmons & Simmons has continued to prepare the ground for its anticipated launch in Singapore with the hire of a new partner from Norton Rose in Sydney.
Dan Marjanovic, a banking and finance specialist, will initially join the firm's Hong Kong office before relocating to Singapore later in the year if and when it receives the appropriate clearance to open an office in the city.
Though currently based in Australia Marjanovic  previously spent 12 years in Singapore during spells at Coudert Brothers, Deacons and DLA Piper.
Paul Li, Simmons head of the Asia practice said of the move: "Dan's appointment comes as part of our ambitious growth plans in Asia. Dan's considerable experience, particularly in South East Asia, means that he is extremely well placed to work with our clients in the financial institutions and energy & infrastructure sectors."
Alongside this new hire, Simmons is also relocating several partners to launch the new office. Alex Shepherd (TMT - Dubai), Jason Valoti (Banking - Hong Kong) and Peter Wright (Energy - London) will all make the move later this year.
The news comes a few weeks after the SIngapore government's announcement of the first allocation of Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licenses, which is required by foreign firms to allow them to practice local law in the country. Gibson Dunn, Jones Day, Linklaters and Sidley Austin were the first firms to be granted the license.