International law firm Squire Patton Boggs has revealed its new global commodities and shipping group with the addition of new partners Barry Stimpson and Jessica Kenworthy.

Stimpson and Kenworthy both move from Reed Smith, where they had also held partner roles, and continue to be Singapore-based.

Stimpson brings more than 25 years’ experience in the international trade, shipping, offshore energy, construction and insurance sectors.  He has been in the Asia Pacific region for over 20 years and was the founding partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office when it was opened in 2012.

Kenworthy joined Reed Smith in 2013, relocating to Singapore the following year. Her practice focuses on commodity and ship financings.  She has been involved in a wide range of commodity finance-related transactions, acting for lenders, trading houses and multilaterals.

On his move, Stimpson says: “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.”

The firm’s commodities and shipping group will provide legal services for international trade and shipping across all commodity sectors, including with transactions, corporate matters, trade finance, litigation and arbitration, regulatory matters, environmental law, renewable energy, derivatives and projects.

The news follows Squire Patton Boggs’ expansion in Spain, where it recently revealed its new Madrid-based international trade practice, headed up by José María Viñals. Viñals joined from Lupicinio Abogados, where he was partner and head of international operations as well as manager of the Madrid office.