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Ince & Co announces new partner appointments in Singapore


Jan Heuvels

Jan Heuvels Partner

Ince & Co has announced today three partner appointments that demonstrate the firm’s ongoing commitment to clients in its core sectors with interests in Singapore and across Asia Pacific. The three appointments are:

• The appointment of John Simpson as Managing Partner of Ince & Co’s Singapore office. John joined the firm in 1999 and specialises in disputes in the shipping, energy and international trade sectors. He has been based in Singapore since 2007 and was made partner in 2010. As a recognised expert in charterparty law, John was appointed to the Singapore Maritime Foundation drafting committee which advised on a new standard time charter party form in Singapore to take into account the changes in international shipping and chartering practices.

• The relocation of Harry Hirst, Asia Head of Admiralty, from the firm’s Hong Kong office. Harry is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and specialises in Admiralty matters, particularly those involving collision, salvage, and pollution. He is a Master Mariner with 14 years sea-going experience and 25 years experience as a shipping lawyer.

• The promotion of Devandran Karunakaran to partner. Devandran is an experienced finance lawyer who worked in the firm’s London office for six years, before returning to his native Singapore in September 2014. Before he joined Ince & Co, he worked at Watson Farley & Williams in London. He recently advised the lenders on the BW Pavilion LNG financing alongside Martin Brown, Head of Business and Finance in Singapore.

Devandran’s promotion forms part of Ince & Co’s agreed strategy to build its transactional capability in its core sectors of aviation, energy, insurance, international trade and shipping. The firm also recently promoted corporate and finance specialists Christopher Quandt and Beatrice Russ to partner in its Hamburg and London offices respectively. Furthermore, the firm recently recruited corporate partner Paul Emmanuel Benachi in Shanghai.

Jan Heuvels, Ince & Co’s International Senior Partner, commented:

“We are one of the leading international law firms in Singapore. Having opened our office there in 1991, these new appointments demonstrate our long term commitment to providing clients in our core sectors with the highest quality of service and legal advice in Singapore and across Asia Pacific.”

John Simpson, Managing Partner of Ince & Co’s Singapore office, commented:

“Singapore is a strategically important location for our clients, particularly those in the shipping sector. We have a total of 13 partners and 30 other fee earners specialising in shipping across Asia. With the addition of Harry and Devandran, we have four partners and five associates specialising in the sector in Singapore alone.

“Our commitment to our shipping clients is further illustrated by our global casualty response and Admiralty capability of 22 fee earners. Harry’s relocation means that our Admiralty capability in Singapore remains as strong as ever.”

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Jan Heuvels