October 4 - Commercial law firm Hill Dickinson LLP has opened a new office in Hong Kong to work in partnership with its established Singapore team.

The office is the second new international location established by the UK headquartered law firm in 2013, following the successful launch of its Monaco division.

The new branch will operate in association with Laracy & Co and will be managed by litigator and arbitrator, Damian Laracy, in partnership with master mariner and Hill Dickinson partner, Mike Mallin.

Hill Dickinson says it is one of the major international firms in the Asian marine, trade and energy markets, and the new office represents a cornerstone in building the firm's long-term strategy in the region.

"Marrying Hong Kong with Singapore creates the ideal pan-Asia base for us to provide a unique service to our clients. It's where we've long known we wanted to be, where we've needed to be and now we're here," said Mallin.

Regarding the alliance, Laracy added: "This is an excellent fit for us, matching our specialist Hong Kong commercial litigation and marine work practices with Hill Dickinson's unparalleled expertise in collision, salvage and marine casualty within Asia and beyond."