Singapore

Jones Day opened its Singapore Office in 2001 and is one of only eight law firms that also have a license to practice Singapore law. Our lawyers have particular familiarity with the legal, investment, and regulatory regimes in Southeast Asia, and many have advised clients in this region for more than 20 years.

The Singapore Office, in close collaboration with Jones Day’s more than 2,500 lawyers in offices worldwide, provides legal representation to clients in Southeast Asia and around the globe. Our lawyers are fully integrated into the Firm’s global organization of more than 2,500 lawyers in offices in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. This integration affords our clients seamless access to all the Firm's substantial legal resources around the world. We represent a diverse roster of clients with a particular focus on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financing, and project work throughout the region.

Many of Jones Day’s lawyers in Singapore have been recognized as among the best lawyers in the region by leading legal publications like Chambers, Legal 500, Asia Law Profiles, Asia’s Leading Lawyers, International Financial Law Review’s Leading Lawyers Guides, and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

New lawyers joining Jones Day in Singapore benefit by collaborating with experienced, highly regarded professionals with experience in a number of sectors.

 

Contacts

Ben Witherall, Hiring Partner
Vinay Kurien, Hiring Partner
Stacey Tucker, Office Administrator

Jones Day
138 Market Street
Level 28, CapitaGreen, Singapore, 048946

(T) +65.6538.3939

42
Offices
30
Singapore Lawyers
2500
Lawyers Worldwide

Jones Day offers experienced lawyers a superior platform from which to develop their practices. Our global footprint attracts lawyers who seek a more cross-office, cross-practice, client-focused and team-oriented environment in which to practice. Our collaborative, global approach attracts lawyers searching for a more cross-office, cross-practice, client-focused, and team-oriented environment in which to practice.

Lawyers joining Jones Day have the opportunity to be part of a firm that has repeatedly earned high rankings for client service by the BTI Consulting Group, which bases its rankings on survey results from Fortune 1000 corporate counsel. We are proud of our unwavering commitment to client service, and expect all of our lawyers to share our dedication.

Depending on the specific needs of our offices and practices, we hire accomplished attorneys at various levels of experience. We always welcome inquiries from lawyers who share our commitment to providing outstanding client service.

Learn more about training, development and associate life.

 

 

The Singapore Office prefers to hire new lawyers qualified either in the United States or United Kingdom with a license in at least one other country, ideally Singapore, India, or Indonesia. The Firm also favors candidates with a U.S. LL.M. and admission to the New York Bar, and will accept those who have taken the Singapore Bar Examinations. Most of our lawyers have been practicing for at least one year prior to hire, and are bilingual, with fluency in either Mandarin or Hindi and English.

Each associate in Jones Day's Singapore Office receives a wide variety of work assignments and we encourage our associates to develop a "minor" in a second area of practice. We find that this system, while perhaps not as efficient as assigning each associate lawyer to a single practice in a single jurisdiction, develops very well-rounded lawyers. In addition to promoting associates who have risen through the ranks, the office has a solid track record of promoting lateral associates to partner.

New lawyers attend the New Lawyer Academy, an annual event held in Washington, D.C. Each fall, new lawyers assemble from our more than 40 offices around the world to meet and network with each other and learn what it means to be One Firm Worldwide. Our Firm leaders, partners, and associates teach the new lawyers about Jones Day's culture, history, organization, and achievements and lead substantive and interactive training sessions. Every year, our new lawyers take away from the Academy a sense of great pride and excitement about being part of the Firm.

The Singapore Office does not hire summer associates or articling clerks.

 

 

In 2013, the Singapore Ministry of Law awarded Jones Day a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licence, allowing the Firm to advise on Singapore law matters in permitted areas. The licencing application period took place in July and August of 2012, and 23 foreign law practices submitted applications.

What does this mean?

In December 2007, the Singapore government accepted the recommendations of The Committee to Develop the Singapore Legal Sector, headed by Justice VK Rajah, to comprehensively review the entire legal services sector. The most significant set of proposals made by the Committee concerned the liberalization of the legal services sector, in particular the creation of the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) scheme. The QFLP scheme provides for licences to be given to foreign law practices to practice Singapore law in permitted areas, primarily on commercial and corporate matters. Previously, the government permitted foreign law practices to practice Singapore law only within a Joint Law Venture with a Singapore law practice. In December 2008, the government awarded six QFLP licences and Jones Day was awarded one of the six.

The Firm is proud to have been awarded the QFLP licence and believe Singapore law will become more prevalent as the governing law for cross-border transactions in the future. With the continued growth of Asian economies—particularly emerging markets in India and Southeast Asia—we see not only a substantial increase in the frequency and complexity of transactions negotiated from Singapore, but also our Singapore Office taking a leading role in the development of our overall Asia practice. Our ability to advise on Singapore law will enable us to apply our institutional knowledge and experience to all aspects of transactions and disputes. 

Job posting(s):

Singapore Manager, Business Development & Communications (BD&C)

Summary of Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Manager, Business Development & Communications is responsible for supporting the business development efforts of the Singapore office (and other Asia offices as needed), including but not limited to industry and target research, distribution of Firm publications, assistance with proposals, events planning and execution (for both live and virtual events),  and arrangements for client-related entertainment.  The Manager reports directly to the Firm Director and Associate Director, Business Development & Communications. In performing this role, the Manager is expected to demonstrate initiative, set priorities, ensure timely and accurate completion of assignments, and comply with Firm policies and procedures.  The Manager is also expected to assist in other BD-related functions, including helping with tracking of client interactions and client targeting, communicating and sharing BD information with other global offices, and with the preparation of internal BD-related documents (such as slide decks for internal BD-related meetings).  The Manager is expected to perform all job duties with a commitment to producing quality work product as part of a global team.

Required Qualifications:

  • University-level degree.
  • Minimum three years of experience in a business development and/or marketing role in a business and/or professional services environment.
  • Minimum two years of experience in event planning and coordination.
  • Fluent in English and possess excellent oral and written English skills

ONLY RESUMES (CV's) IN .PDF FORMAT WILL BE ACCEPTED AND REVIEWED

Principals only - No search firms

To be considered, please send a cover letter, resume and relevant results to singaporehr@jonesday.com.

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In 2013, the Singapore Ministry of Law awarded Jones Day a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licence, allowing the Firm to advise on Singapore law matters in permitted areas. The licencing application period took place in July and August of 2012, and 23 foreign law practices submitted applications.

What does this mean?

In December 2007, the Singapore government accepted the recommendations of The Committee to Develop the Singapore Legal Sector, headed by Justice VK Rajah, to comprehensively review the entire legal services sector. The most significant set of proposals made by the Committee concerned the liberalization of the legal services sector, in particular the creation of the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) scheme. The QFLP scheme provides for licences to be given to foreign law practices to practice Singapore law in permitted areas, primarily on commercial and corporate matters. Previously, the government permitted foreign law practices to practice Singapore law only within a Joint Law Venture with a Singapore law practice. In December 2008, the government awarded six QFLP licences and Jones Day was awarded one of the six.

The Firm is proud to have been awarded the QFLP licence and believe Singapore law will become more prevalent as the governing law for cross-border transactions in the future. With the continued growth of Asian economies—particularly emerging markets in India and Southeast Asia—we see not only a substantial increase in the frequency and complexity of transactions negotiated from Singapore, but also our Singapore Office taking a leading role in the development of our overall Asia practice. Our ability to advise on Singapore law will enable us to apply our institutional knowledge and experience to all aspects of transactions and disputes.