Harry Elias Partnership and Eversheds Sutherland ended its merger on 30 June 2020 after 3 years. The firm will return to its original name Harry Elias Partnership.

Managing Partner of the firm Philip Fong commented:

When we first negotiated the merger, we had included a review mechanism at the three-year mark. On this review, the management of the firm has decided that this merger is not the best option for us going forward. Nevertheless, we look forward to continued cooperation with Eversheds Sutherland, albeit in a different form, for ongoing and future local and regional projects. We remain very committed to a regional outlook and global strategy.

Come 1 July 2020, our firm’s name will revert to Harry Elias Partnership. I am confident that Harry Elias Partnership will continue to play an important role in the development of Singapore as the leading legal hub in the region and beyond.  All our clients can expect uninterrupted, consistent and dedicated service offerings from all our lawyers and staff.

Eversheds Sutherland Asia Managing Partner Stephen Kitts added:

We have been in discussion with the senior team at legacy Harry Elias Partnership over the past few months with regards to our future strategy in Singapore.  Whilst there have been many positive milestones over the past three years, both firms feel the time has come to tread a different path.  We part as friends and on very good terms and hope to continue our close relationship in the future.

Founded in 1988, Harry Elias partnership is one of the leading full-service law firms in Singapore with offices in Brunei and Malaysia, growing its network across South East Asia.