26 May 2015

King & Wood Mallesons opens in Singapore

Asia’s global law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is now officially open for business in Singapore, with the firm’s new office opening today in the Ocean Financial Centre.

Three KWM partners will lead the establishment of the office with an initial focus on International Funds, Energy and Resources and China inbound and outbound work.

John Sullivan, one of Asia’s most respected funds practitioners, has relocated from Australia. John is a cross-border funds expert, with a particular focus on the real estate, infrastructure and private equity sectors. He has a strong track record supporting regional clients with capital raising, investments and M&A, including acquisitions, mergers, restructures and joint ventures. John has significant experience in Singapore.

M&A expert Huang Xuhua has relocated from China/Hong Kong. He specializes in cross border M&A, Foreign Direct Investments, private equity transactions and is particularly noted for his expertise in cross-border investments involving China.

Michael Lawson, an energy, resources and projects specialist has relocated from Melbourne. Michael is an expert on all aspects of the LNG supply chain and has extensive experience in major projects, project financing, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments, utilities regulation, commercial contracts, corporate restructuring and equity capital markets.

"South East Asia is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and has become a global hub for cross border investment, capital formation and commodities trading and with China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, Singapore will play a critical role in Chinese in-bound and out-bound investment,” said Stuart Fuller, Global Managing Partner.

The office will support multi-national companies conducting business across the region, and Asian companies in their direct investment activities and capital markets transactions globally. The firm already has a long track record for inbound and outbound work involving Singapore and Singaporean companies, and has worked on many of the region’s most important transactions.

“Our office will provide clients with a deeply experienced team with impressive transactional credentials, and multi-jurisdictional expertise to connect our clients with opportunities in and out of this rapidly growing market,” said Stuart Fuller.

The latest office in Singapore marks KWM’s 15th office in Asia and underscores the firm’s commitment to the region. Combined with the firm’s other 15 offices around the world, KWM is the only firm that is connecting Asia to the world and the world to Asia for clients.

King & Wood Mallesons has an established track record for inbound and outbound work involving Singapore and Singaporean companies, and has worked on many of the region’s most important transactions.

Our experience includes advising:

  • AMP Capital on several Indian Infrastructure funds.
  • ARA on China aspects of its proposed Dynasty REIT.
  • Ascendas on its Australian hotel investments and the Ascendas Hospitality Trust IPO.
  • Australand (former CapitaLand and now Frasers’ subsidiary) on its activities (and its acquisition by Frasers).
  • Boustead on an Asian venture capital fund.
  • China Light & Power on its acquisition of TRUenergy (formerly TXU Australia) from Singapore Power.
  • Equis on its infrastructure fundraising activities.
  • Keppel T&T on Australian aspects of its Keppel DC REIT.
  • Macquarie on infrastructure fundraisings for India, China and Philippines.
  • Macquarie on Asian regional real estate investments and fundraisings, including Macquarie MEAG PRIME REIT.
  • Major global real estate managers such as CLSA Capital Partners, LaSalle Investment Management, Pramerica Real Estate Investors, SC Capital Partners and others on cross border investments.
  • Pamfleet on a distressed property fund.
  • Puma Energy acquisition of PNG oil refinery and petroleum distribution business.
  • Securus on its Australian data centre investments.
  • Sovereign wealth and pension funds on investments and co-investments.
  • SP AusNet on its acquisition of certain gas and electricity assets from Singapore Power for approximately A$8 billion.
  • Tiger Airways disposal of interest in Tiger Airways Australia.
  • On numerous spot, medium and long term LNG sale and purchase transactions.

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