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Olswang announces appointment of new Olswang Asia Managing Partner

15 February 2016

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International technology, media and telecoms (TMT) law firm Olswang today announces that Andrew Stott will become Olswang Asia’s new Managing Partner with effect from 1 May 2016. He takes over from Rob Bratby, who will return to the firm’s London office to take up a global telecoms and emerging markets role for the firm.

Andrew is a corporate partner who advises companies, financial institutions and individuals on international M&A, investment deals and strategic joint ventures. He has particular experience in working on multi-jurisdiction transactions and has advised on over 100 corporate mandates since relocating to Singapore in January 2012 to establish Olswang's corporate team in Asia. Andrew is ranked in Chambers and Partners for International M&A and is regarded as an industry expert in the TMT sectors. His clients reflect his focus on these sectors and his background in London and New York and include A+E Networks, BBC Worldwide, Dentsu Aegis Networks, ITE Group plc, Liberty Global, Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company, Scripps Networks, Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company and Turner.

The firm also announces the promotion of one Partner in its Singapore office: Matt Pollins. Matt is a commercial lawyer with a particular focus on TMT. He advises clients from start-ups to global multinational corporations and governments on business and law in Asia. His practice spans commercial, transactional, regulatory and intellectual property advice across TMT, sourcing and supply chain, including e-commerce, cloud, data, cyber security, digital media, gaming and logistics. He is described by The Legal 500 as a "digital media expert" and as being "plugged into the media and technology space". He regularly appears in the press commenting on TMT trends and is active in Singapore’s start-up ecosystem. Matt advises local, regional and international organisations, including BHP Billiton, DBS Bank, Dentsu Aegis Network, Microsoft, StarHub, Unilever and Vodafone.

Paul Stevens, Olswang’s CEO, commented: “We look forward to welcoming Rob back in London. His return to the UK was part of the firm’s plan from the outset, and we are very grateful to Rob for helping to build a robust and client-centric business in Singapore from which our team can grow further. Andrew’s corporate expertise, combined with the recent arrival of Toby Grainger, will be a tremendous asset in terms of strengthening and deepening our corporate offering in the region, which has been identified as a priority by our clients and which has been very successful for us to date.”

“I am also extremely proud to welcome our first Singapore-based Associate into the partnership. Matt trained at Olswang and since relocating to Asia has built deep relationships with both local and international clients and brings a wealth of expertise in the TMT sectors. I look forward to seeing him and the firm’s market-leading Commercial and TMT offerings continue to flourish in Asia,” Paul said.

Olswang Asia is consistently ranked in the top tier for TMT by leading legal directories Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. The firm also works in association with Holborn Law in Singapore and Haldanes in Hong Kong.

Read more about the firm’s Asia practice here.