July 24, 2019

Clyde & Co makes key partner appointments to its SE Asia construction team

Global law firm Clyde & Co today announced a significant boost to its SE Asia Construction Team with the appointment of Jon Howes as joint head of APAC Infrastructure and Sean Hardy as a partner of Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore Ltd. These appointments are part of the firm's strategic objective to capitalise on the growth potential of the construction sector in Asia.

Jon and Sean join from Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP as a formidable team in the SE Asia construction space.

“The firm aims to have the leading construction and infrastructure team across the region. The appointment of Jon as joint head of APAC Infrastructure is an important step towards this. Jon and Sean will make strong additions to our projects and construction team in Singapore and across the Asia Pacific region," says David McElveney, Joint Head of APAC Infrastructure, Clyde & Co.

Jon Howes will further bolster Clyde & Co’s Singapore team with his huge depth of experience in dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sectors. He specialises in domestic and international arbitrations, mediation, adjudication and expert determination. He also has considerable experience of professional negligence actions for and against professionals in the construction industry.  Peer and client feedback in Who’s Who Legal praises Jonathan as “a really hands-on lawyer who gives pragmatic advice”, as “extremely strategic and commercially minded” and for his “in-depth knowledge of the construction industry”.

Sean Hardy is seen as a rising star in the field and will be a welcome addition to the Singapore construction team. Sean is an arbitration specialist with a focus on the infrastructure, construction and energy sectors. He has advised on major projects in the Asia Pacific region, including power stations, jack up rigs, pipelines, ports, petrochemical and water treatment plants, tunnels, railways, roads and airports.

"One of the great strengths of the firm is our local law capability through Clyde & Co Clasis in Singapore. Our considerable specialist experience in the infrastructure sector, combined with local law capability, creates a market leading proposition," Mr McElveney said.

With over 150 infrastructure lawyers across six continents, Clyde & Co's Global projects and construction team delivers transactional and contentious legal services to the world’s most high profile and complex infrastructure projects. It has an established footprint across all infrastructure classes and particular skill in applying the developments in mature markets to assist both the private and public sectors in emerging territories.

“Jon and Sean are welcome additions to the firm and an affirmation of its growth in and ambition for the APAC infrastructure space,” says Eugene Tan, Southeast Asia Construction Practice Leader, Clyde & Co Clasis.

Clyde & Co has seen 12.6 per cent fee growth over 2018/19 in the APAC region, which demonstrates the strength of the firm’s client offering.