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Nick Ryland

Director – Legal & Compliance, Technology

Nick has over 10 years of legal recruitment experience working across both in-house and private practice in London and Singapore. Having placed over 150 legal professionals across multiple countries in Asia, Nick has established a comprehensive network of quality candidates. Working on both contingent and retained searches Nick has represented a diverse range of clients from start-ups to massive global brands.

Working with a range of international law firms, service providers, multinational corporations, financial institutions, established TMT companies, start-ups and government-linked corporations, Nick specializes in the following areas:

  • In-house Industry & Commerce

  • In-house Financial Services

  • Private Practice

  • Contract Lawyers and Paralegals

As co-founder of Formative Search, Nick is also responsible for an experienced multinational Legal team based in Singapore - which has established itself as one of the most trusted and successful boutique search firms in the region.

Some of his notable placements include:

  • SVP, M&A Counsel | Indonesia | Asian Technology Unicorn

  • Senior Legal Counsel | Singapore | European Commodities Company

  • Energy Senior Associate | Singapore | UK Law Firm

  • Head of Legal | Thailand | US Real Estate Company

  • Director of Legal Affairs | Bangladesh | US Consumer Goods Company

Contact me:

Email: nick@formativesearch.com

Mobile: +65 8428 5584

EA Reg. Number: R1107722

Nick Ryland

Nick Ryland Testimonials

  • ​Nick placed me in my role and I would highly recommend him as he knows the market well, was helpful in preparing me for my interviews and was very responsive in his follow up. Thanks Nick!

    Head of Legal, Singapore

    Technology & Transport Company

  • ​Nick helped me land the perfect role! I had been working overseas for a while, and Nick got in touch with an exciting role that offered me the opportunity to move back to Singapore. He guided me through the process and prepped me with what to expect. I would recommend him.

    Media Partnerships Lead Counsel

    Media Company, APAC

  • ​I have worked with Nick, both as a candidate and as a client. He excels in identifying and placing candidates for positions in and outside of typical legal roles - in my case litigation funding - and I would highly recommend him.

    Chief Investment Officer, Asia

    Commercial Litigation Funding

  • ​Nick placed me in my role and I would highly recommend him as he knows the market well, was helpful in preparing me for my interviews and was very responsive in his follow up. Thanks Nick!

    Head of Legal, Singapore

    Technology Company

  • ​Nick helped me land the perfect role! I had been working overseas for a while, and Nick got in touch with an exciting role that offered me the opportunity to move back to Singapore. He guided me through the process and prepped me with what to expect. I would recommend him.

    Media Partnerships Lead Counsel, APAC

    Technology Company

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