HFW Continues To Expand Global Transactional Practice With Senior Singapore Partner Hire

HFW has continued to expand its fast-growing global transactional practice with the hire of senior commodities partner Peter Zaman in Singapore.

Peter joins HFW on 18 January from Reed Smith, where he was
Singapore Managing Partner. He was previously a partner at Clifford Chance.

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His arrival, which
is subject to standard regulatory approval, follows HFW’s hire of a large transactional team from Locke Lord in Hong Kong, led by the US firm’s Hong Kong Managing
Partner Wing Cheung

HFW has now added 20 transactional partners globally since 2018, including lateral hires in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, London, Monaco, Paris and Singapore.

Mert Hifzi, Singapore Office Head, HFW:

“This is a step-change for our transactional capability in Singapore and a further boost to our Greater China practice, following the arrival of Wing and his team. Peter is a genuine market leader and has a unique skillset in climate finance and sustainability – he is the region’s go-to lawyer for organisations looking to manage environmental risk. Peter also brings considerable expertise across international derivatives, structured products and financial regulation, as well as commodities and energy, which are core sectors for us as a firm globally.

“We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary as a firm in Singapore this year, and this latest hire reflects both our long-term commitment to the market and our plans to continue to strengthen our offering to clients.”

Peter has more than
20 years’ experience as a transactional lawyer and has a broad practice
spanning commodities, structured finance, energy and resources, environment and
climate change, renewables, and sustainability.

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He has significant experience acting on China-related
transactions, with a particular focus on onshore and offshore commodity
derivatives, including regulatory aspects.

Peter is recognised as one of the world’s leading climate
change lawyers, holding a Band 1 ranking for almost a decade in legal directory
Chambers Global, which says: “He is regarded as one of the top choices of
counsel for policy drafting and emissions trading, with strong experience
carbon financing and green bonds.”

Peter is rated by The Legal 500 as an “experienced
commodities finance specialist”, and is also a winner of a Client Choice
Award for Derivatives, which recognise lawyers that “stand apart for their
excellent client care”.

Peter Zaman, Partner, HFW:

“I am truly excited about joining HFW. Its deep-rooted
presence in Asia and Singapore, its practice and industry focus aligns very
well with my own practice in commodities and sustainable finance, as do its commitment
to client service. My 20-plus years as a practising lawyer have taught me that
there are very few firms that have the right mix of pedigree, international
reach, industry focus and working culture that is needed to deliver excellence
to clients, and HFW excels in all those areas.”

Alistair Feeney, Global Head of Commodities, HFW:

“Peter is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading
commodities specialists and is an outstanding addition to our team. Singapore
is an important hub for our global commodities practice, and Peter’s range of
expertise in commercial and financial derivatives, emissions trading and
climate finance, and regulation is second to none.”

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HFW now has 26 partners and more than 80 total lawyers in
its global commodities group, advising clients across the full spectrum of hard
and soft commodities, including physical supply, transportation, storage, OTC
and exchange-traded derivatives, finance, digital trade, insurance, operations,
compliance, sanctions and regulation.

HFW has operated in Singapore for more than 30 years and now has 17 partners and over 40 total lawyers in the country.

About HFW

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy and resources, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

For further information, please contact:

Chris Johnson
Head of Communications
D +44 (0)20 7264 8159
M +44 (0)7976 939864
E chris.johnson@hfw.com

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