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Daniel succeeds Ban Leong Oo, Prolegis' founder and director, who is stepping down after a successful 12-year tenure. 

"Ban built Prolegis from scratch, and we are deeply grateful for his leadership and camaraderie," said Daniel. "Through the FLA and more recent expansion, he has laid a strong foundation for the next generation."

With Singapore the legal hub for Southeast Asia, there is growing demand for the FLA's services. Since its founding as a corporate boutique in 2012, Prolegis has tripled in size to nearly 20 lawyers. 

In the last two years, it has added projects expertise, with the hire of director and head of projects Adrian Wong, and the addition of disputes and restructuring expertise through the hire of Daniel and his team.    

"We'd like to thank Ban for his commitment to the FLA and to expanding our services under the FLA," said Herbert Smith Freehills Asia managing partner Graeme Preston.

"Daniel's deep understanding of the Singapore market and his professional reputation in the region makes him an ideal successor, and we look forward to future growth together." 

Daniel's deep understanding of the Singapore market and his professional reputation in the region makes him an ideal successor, and we look forward to future growth together.

Graeme Preston
Managing Partner, Asia

About Daniel

Daniel joined Prolegis in 2023 and leads the firm's eight-strong litigation team. He advises clients on contentious matters relating to dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, and government investigations and enforcement. 

Daniel completed his LLB at the National University of Singapore in 2005 and is a qualified Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore. He regularly appears as counsel before the High Court, the Singapore International Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has appeared as counsel in various arbitral forums. 

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Notes For Editors

  1. Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world's leading international law firms, advising on the most important challenges and opportunities facing its clients from a 24-office global network. With more than 40 years of history in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills has over 300 lawyers and legal professionals in the region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai*, Singapore* and Tokyo.
  2. Operating from 24 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape.  
  3. Prolegis and Herbert Smith Freehills entered a Formal Law Alliance (FLA) in 2015. The FLA allows clients to access Prolegis' Singapore law capability alongside Herbert Smith Freehills' international skills. 

*In Shanghai, the firm has a joint operation with Kewei, allowing access to China legal services alongside Herbert Smith Freehills' international expertise. In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise on secondment at its affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms. In Singapore, Herbert Smith Freehills entered a Formal Law Alliance (FLA) with Prolegis LLC in 2015, allowing clients access to Prolegis' Singapore law capabilities.

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Daniel Chia

Managing Director, Herbert Smith Freehills Prolegis, Singapore

Daniel Chia
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Adrian Wong

Head of Projects, Herbert Smith Freehills Prolegis, Singapore

Adrian Wong

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