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WFW strengthens Asia dispute resolution practice with new Singapore Partner hire2 August 2021

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Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is pleased to announce that commodities disputes specialist Sumeet Malhotra has joined the firm as a Partner in Singapore. He was previously a Partner at Hill Dickinson in the same city.

Sumeet has nearly 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, with particular expertise in advising industrial and agricultural commodity traders on trade disputes, structured trade finance, trade credit insurance and shipping/charterparty matters. Sumeet’s initial experience as a barrister in Mumbai arguing international trade and shipping matters was followed by over 13 years in-house at leading commodity trading houses and ship-owners/ship-managers, including Cargill, Noble Group and Bernhard Schulte. He joined Hill Dickinson in 2017, where he was instrumental in developing their Asia Pacific commodities trading practice.

Steven Burkill, WFW’s Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Group Head commented: “Sumeet is an extremely talented lawyer and his experience and expertise tally perfectly with our strategy of developing our disputes capability in Asia in line with our services into sector strategy, both in our core maritime and energy sectors and also as part of our drive to further grow our mining & commodities practice across the region”.

Singapore Office Head Charles Viggers added: “With Sumeet’s arrival we strengthen our contentious capabilities in Singapore, a key hub for disputes and arbitration for the Asia Pacific region. I am delighted to welcome him to the firm”.

Sumeet said: “With its deep expertise in the maritime, energy and mining & commodities sectors, highly respected Asia Pacific network of offices and fast-expanding dispute resolution practice, WFW is quite simply the ideal platform from which my team and I can further and better serve our valued clients. I greatly look forward to working with my new colleagues to take both the firm’s dispute resolution and mining & commodities practices to the next level”.

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