Kayal Sachi has joined Allen & Overy in Singapore as a partner in the firm's banking practice. Sachi joins from Clifford Chance where she was a partner, a position she has held in London and Singapore since 1997.

Sachi has worked on some of the more interesting project, telecom and acquisition finance deals over the last six years to come out of the region including: the C2C submarine cable financing and the SembCogen merchant power plant financing in Singapore; the ShinSat satellite financing in Thailand; the Haripur power plant financing in India; and the acquisition financing for Singtel's purchase of Optus in Australia.

In Singapore, Sachi will also work with Allen & Overy Shook, Lin and Bok, the joint law venture that A&O runs in the country.

"Kayal is a high profile banking lawyer with a very strong background in project finance, telecoms finance and acquisition finance," says Andrew Trahair, Joint Managing Partner of Allen & Overy Shook Lin & Bok. "In Singapore, we are in an excellent position to continue to develop Allen & Overy Shook Lin & Bok JLV as one of the leading banking and finance law firms across the region. I believe our clients will also undoubtedly benefit from her local expertise in the Southeast Asian markets as well as her breadth and depth of experience in the banking and finance practices. We are delighted that Kayal is joining us."