SINGAPORE (March 17, 2021) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, today announced the addition of Isha Malhotra as of counsel in its Singapore office. Malhotra, who joins from Squire Patton Boggs, represents clients throughout South Asia on employment matters. Malhotra is licensed to practice law in India and is fluent in the Hindi language.
“Since establishing our APAC Regional Hub in Singapore a little over a year ago, our model of serving as a first-stop shop for multinational companies on labor and employment law matters around the world has been well-received by our clients operating in Asia Pacific,” said shareholder Trent Sutton, who leads Littler’s APAC Regional Hub. “As we continue to grow our presence in the Asia Pacific region, adding an attorney with Isha’s depth of experience serving employers in India is an important milestone and further expands the service we provide to clients.”
With a focus on representing companies operating in India, Malhotra provides counsel on compliance with labor and employment regulations across industries and jurisdictions. She has advised clients on a wide variety of employment law matters, including structuring employment agreements and policies, dual employment structures and immigration procedures, background screening policies and processes, wrongful termination claims, and breach of employment contracts. Malhotra also works closely with in-house human resources and legal teams on hiring, training and managing the performance of employees through expansions.
“Companies operating in India and across Asia must navigate a range of labor and employment laws, government regulators and associated workplace compliance issues – from ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 to an ever-changing business landscape,” Malhotra said. “I was drawn to the opportunity to join Littler and leverage the full resources of a respected global firm to offer comprehensive labor and employment counsel to my clients.”
Opened in late 2019, the Singapore office is Littler’s APAC Regional Hub from which the firm services clients in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to Sutton, special counsel Nancy Zhang, who is qualified to practice in the People’s Republic of China, is based in Singapore. The office works closely with attorneys across Littler’s global platform who are licensed in the Asia Pacific region, including shareholder Naomi Seddon, who is admitted to practice in Australia and New Zealand, and shareholder Aki Tanaka, who is licensed in Japan. They, and several other Littler attorneys with international practices, regularly assist clients on matters in those markets, as well as Asia Pacific-based clients with U.S. operations.
Malhotra received her LL.B from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in India and her LL.M. from National University of Singapore.
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