Updated: Jul 4, 2020
Eversheds Sutherland announced today that its three-year merger with Singapore-based
Eversheds Harry Elias will end on 30 June 2020.
Stephen Kitts, Eversheds Sutherland Managing Partner, Asia, commented: “We have
been in discussion with the senior team at legacy Harry Elias Partnership over the past
few months with regards to our future strategy in Singapore. Whilst there have been
many positive milestones over the past three years, both firms feel the time has come to
tread a slightly different path. We part as friends and on very good terms, and hope to
continue our close relationship in the future.
“Eversheds Sutherland remains committed to Southeast Asia and its many clients in the
region. We are currently reviewing our plans in Singapore, given its position as a major
financial hub and dispute resolution centre, and anticipate making further
announcements in due course.”
Philip Fong, Managing Partner, Eversheds Harry Elias, commented: “When we first
negotiated the merger, we had included a review mechanism at the three-year mark. On
this review, both firms decided that the merger is not the best option for them going
“Nevertheless, we look forward to continued cooperation with Eversheds Sutherland,
albeit in a different form, for ongoing and future local and regional projects. We remain
very committed to a regional outlook and global strategy.
“Come 1 July 2020, our firm’s name will revert to Harry Elias Partnership. I am confident
that Harry Elias Partnership will continue to play an important role in the development of
Singapore as the leading legal hub in the region and beyond. All our clients can expect
uninterrupted, consistent and dedicated service offerings from all our lawyers and staff.”