Latham & Watkins has hired Sidharth (Sid) Bhasin (L), James Clayton-Payne, and Don Stokes as partners in the energy and infrastructure industry group in Singapore, months after losing three senior lawyers in that space.

In February, partner Andrew Roche left Latham for Ashurst, one month after counsels Tim Fourteau and Jamie Franklin departed for White & Case.

Both Bhasin and Clayton-Payne join from Shearman & Sterling. They advise clients in the energy and infrastructure sector on inbound and outbound transactions, joint ventures, take-overs, strategic investments, restructurings, divestments and private equity exits.

Bhasin had been with Shearman for some 13 years, serving as head of the firm's India practice for some time.

Clayton-Payne, who began his career at Linklaters, has been in Asia since 2011. He move to Shearman in 2015, and was made a partner in January last year.

Meanwhile, Stokes, who spent more than two decades at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer prior to his Latham move, focuses on project development and finance.

With the new hires, Latham now has 13 partners in Singapore.


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