Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams LLP

Damian advises venture capital, private equity and infrastructure investors, family offices and international organisations on corporate transactions across a range of sectors. He is highly experienced in structuring, negotiating and executing complex cross-border investments.

Trained in the city of London and qualified in England and Wales (1999), Damian has been based in Singapore since early 2000, during which time he has gained deep experience of transactions across Asia, from greenfield, early stage and growth capital investments through to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

Damian is a hands-on lawyer, closely involved in running transactions from initial structuring through to completion. He has advised Asia-based clients on transactions and projects in the UK, USA and Africa, and has project managed non-transactional commercial ventures for clients, such as regional office and business set-up across Asia.

He has developed and managed practices and teams in both law firms of which he has been a partner. As a partner he has spent time on short-term client secondment, identifying and managing their legal risk on transactions and investments.

Having focused on investment, M&A and other corporate transactions for the majority of his career, Damian also gained early career experience of secured financing transactions, particularly big-ticket assets and commodities, as well as commodities sale and purchase, storage and warehousing.

He has served the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore for more than 15 years, variously as a Business Group Chair, Secretary and elected Board Member (8 years), and as a Vice-President with oversight of all facets of member engagement and a particular focus on governance, returning to the Board in 2020.

Damian has lived and worked in London, Copenhagen, Paris and Singapore. English is his native tongue and he also speaks fluent French.