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Maples and Calder replaces Singapore managing partner

James Burch's 'interests are taking him elsewhere', says a spokesperson

3 November 2014

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

International law firm Maples and Calder has today announced the appointment of Michael Gagie, global head of its BVI law practice, as managing partner of its Singapore office.

Established in September 2012, the office was previously headed up by corporate finance partner James Burch and funds partner Nick Harrold, who relocated from Hong Kong.

Upon trying to contact Burch at the Singapore office today, a member of the firm said he was not at work. When asked when he was expected back in the office, she said "I don't think he will be".

Asked if he has left the firm, she said "he is on leave for quite some time".

When pressed to confirm if Burch would be coming back in future, she said "yes, I'm not sure when exactly".

A spokesperson for the firm confirmed later today that James Burch is in fact leaving Maples and Calder.

"His interests are taking him elsewhere at this time in his career, and we wish him well in his endeavours," she said.

She also confirmed that the firm has "already commenced the transition of the role of managing partner of the Singapore office".

Currently based in Hong Kong, Gagie will relocate to Singapore once he obtains his foreign lawyer registration, which will likely be early in the new year. In the meantime, he will make regular, short visits to Singapore, the spokesperson said.

Gagie, who joined the firm in 2010, was previously head of the Hong Kong office of Harney Westwood & Riegels.

"Michael's contributions to the Hong Kong office have been outstanding and, in line with our long-term commitment to the region, we anticipate continued success in the Singapore office," said Shaun Denton, managing partner of the firm's Hong Kong office.

Gagie will be supported by Jess Stock, who is promoted from associate to of counsel, along with partner Tom Katsaros and associate Grace Teo.

Harrold is now a partner in Hong Kong and head of the firm's Japanese funds practice.

 

 

 

 

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