Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has made two hires in its shipping and offshore oil and gas team in Singapore.

Jonathan Siu joins as senior associate from Allen & Overy, where he was based in Perth, Australia. Meanwhile SD Choi has joined as of counsel from Campbell Johnston Clark.

Siu rejoins the firm after six years with Allen & Overy, where he advised on numerous high-profile transactions, including the US$20bn Ichthys LNG, which was the biggest project financing in history when signed in 2012. His portfolio also includes the Nghi Son refinery projects in Vietnam, which are the largest project financings the country has seen.

Choi was most recently partner at Campbell Johnston Clark, where he spent two and a half years. Before this he worked as a senior foreign legal consultant for Seoul-based law firm Kim & Chang, where he spent more than 15 years. His main areas of expertise are shipping and offshore transactions.

In March, Norton Rose Fulbright merged with Chadbourne & Parke, in a move that London-based trade partner Nick Grandage said would strengthen its offering in the sector. Global head of transport Harry Theochari says these hires will further enhance the practice.

He says: “These hires, together with the announcement of our upcoming combination with Chadbourne & Parke, and our recent office openings in Vancouver, Monaco and Papua New Guinea, illustrate our continued commitment to the shipping and offshore industry, which we have served for over 215 years.”

Ben Rose, head of shipping for Asia, adds: “In a recovering market, these two significant hires will help further cement our leading position in the shipping, offshore and oil and gas markets and continue to strengthen our Korean practice. Singapore is an important hub for the global shipping and offshore markets and SD’s and Jonathan’s links into Korea, Australia, Malaysia and Japan will be of enormous benefit to our clients throughout Asia Pacific. We welcome them to the firm.”