Leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has expanded its Asia private capital team in Singapore with the hire of Peiwen Chen and the relocation of Malika Chandrasegaran from the firm's Sydney office.
Peiwen and Malika's arrival meets growing client demand for private capital advice in their specialty areas of energy transition/infrastructure and technology respectively.
"We are seeing increased interest from private capital clients in energy transition, infrastructure and tech opportunities across Asia," said Andrew Blacoe, head of corporate, Asia. "Peiwen and Malika bring deep understanding of private capital clients as well as specialist industry knowledge."
"We're delighted that Peiwen and Malika will be the latest additions to our Southeast Asia transactional platform," said Asia managing partner Graeme Preston. "Private capital is one of our highest priority areas for growth, and they have the right skills and industry knowledge to deliver for our clients."
Peiwen and Malika's arrival follow the May promotions to partner of Victor Chiew (venture and growth capital/TMT M&A) and Salonika Kataria (private credit and finance) in Singapore.
Peiwen advises financial sponsors, strategic corporates and sovereign wealth funds on cross-border transactions in Singapore, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and the UK. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a bachelor's degree in law and is qualified in Hong Kong and Australia. Peiwen joins Herbert Smith Freehills from White & Case in Singapore and has previously worked in Hong Kong and Melbourne.
Malika advises clients on private capital transactions, public and private M&A, joint ventures, demergers and distressed M&A across Asia Pacific. Malika has extensive experience advising on transactions in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, as well as a wide range of other sectors including consumer, healthcare, infrastructure and financial services. She is also the co-author of a detailed review of Australia’s foreign investment regime, “Towns Under Siege”. Malika graduated with a double bachelor's degree in law and commerce from the University of New South Wales, and is qualified in Australia.