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Squire Patton Boggs launches commodities and shipping group with Reed Smith hires

Law firm Squire Patton Boggs are launching a new global commodities and shipping group in Singapore with two partners jumping ship from Reed Smith.

Partners Barry Stimpson and Jessica Kenworthy are joining Squire Patton Boggs in Singapore from Reed Smith as the law firm makes a renewed focus on commodities and shipping.

“This is an area in which we already have strong capabilities in London, Australia and the US, and with the addition of this team and future hires in the pipeline, we expect to very quickly ascend to become one of the premier firms in the commodities and shipping space,” said Squire Patton Boggs chairman and global ceo Mark Ruehlmann.

Commenting on the new partners joining the firm, Squire Patton Boggs’ global managing partner for clients & strategy, Steve Mahon, commented:  “Barry and Jessica are leaders in their field with sophisticated global practices and we are very excited to have them join us.

Stimpson has over 25 years experience in international trade, shipping, offshore energy, construction and insurance sectors and was a founding partner for Reed Smith’s Singapore office in 2012, which has seen rapid growth over the last seven years.

New partner Stimpson said, “Squire Patton Boggs’ Asia-Pacific network and its presence across the Middle East, London, Europe and the US, as well as its commitment to growing a global, market leading commodities and shipping practice makes the firm an ideal place to serve the diverse needs of our global clients.  I’m very excited to be joining the firm and growing the practice.” 

Kenworthy’s practice covers a broad range of financings, with a specialization in complex commodity financings and ship financings.

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