Ashurst appoints Asia-Pacific head of investment funds

International law firm Ashurst has appointed Danny Tan as the Asia-Pacific head of investment funds, based in Singapore.

Tan has two decades of experience advising on investment funds, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as fund formation and restructuring, fund investments and fund regulatory matters. His expertise with both onshore and offshore fund vehicles is well regarded in the Singapore fund management industry, whether for private equity funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, real estate, infrastructure or venture capital funds. He frequently acts for governmental bodies and sovereign wealth funds, local and international fund managers, family offices and financial institutions.

Tan is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners and named as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 in his relevant field in Singapore. He joins from Allen & Gledhill LLP, where he heads up the private funds team.

Piers Warburton, global head of investment funds, says: "We are very excited that Danny is joining our award winning investment funds practice. Ashurst has just been named Law Firm of the Year at the Private Debt Investor awards 2019 and Private Equity Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2019. Danny's hire is consistent with our strategy to be best in class in this field. Danny will be working with partners Dean Moroz in Hong Kong, Con Tzerefos in Melbourne and Lisa Simmons in Sydney, to grow and establish a market leading funds practice in Asia-Pacific."

Patrick Phua, regional head of Asia, adds: "Singapore is one of the fastest growing asset management hub for private investments in Asia and it is an attractive location for global investment managers and investors, including sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. Danny is a highly regarded senior lawyer in the Singapore legal industry and the 'go-to' advisor for fund management. He has built a practice with a reputation for the highest quality work and acts for leading players in the market. I have no doubt Danny will be a valuable addition to the firm."

Tan says: "Ashurst has an exceptional culture of collaboration and excellence. The firm provides an outstanding platform to build a market leading fund practice in Asia, which is now experiencing exponential growth. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the business."

Ashurst's global investment funds practice operates from the UK, US, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Germany and Australia. The team advises on funds with a wide range of investment strategies including private equity, real estate, debt/credit, infrastructure and energy funds. In October, the firm appointed Jasmin Gütle as a partner in the investment funds practice in Munich, following the appointment of Nicola Hopkins as an investment funds partner in London earlier that year.