Sidley Austin adds partner in Singapore

David Gartside has joined the US law firm from White & Case.

Sidley Austin has recruited David Gartside as a new partner in its Singapore office in a bid to strengthen the firm’s global project financing and infrastructure practice.   

Joining the US law firm from White & Case, Gartside will advise project sponsors, developers, utilities, contractors, commercial lenders, infrastructure funds, export credit agencies, multilateral agencies, and development banks on international projects and project financing deals. 

He has also counselled clients on acquisitions, restructuring, and asset and trade finance transactions. 

His experience includes a financial institution portfolio transfer as well as representing Korean and Japanese trading houses, contractors and financial institutions on joint overseas projects in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

“The Asia Pacific region is a key global market for infrastructure and energy investment. Gartside will deepen our coverage of development, M&A and financing transactions in the infrastructure and energy sectors that our expanding strategic and financial sponsors client base is focusing on,” said Thomas Albrecht, managing partner for Asia Pacific at Sidley Austin, in a statement.

“David’s arrival expands our capabilities in complex energy, infrastructure and asset financing transactions in all key markets in Asia,” added Matthew Sheridan, managing partner of Sidley Austin’s Singapore office and co-leader of the firm’s International Corporate Finance practice in Asia. 

Sidley Austin has been present in Asia Pacific for more than 30 years. It now employs over 190 legal professional in the region across six offices – Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. It has 1,900 lawyers in 20 outposts globally.