Mergers & Acquisitions

A formidable team focused on high value and strategic M&A work across South and South East Asia

Consistent with our recognition as one of the leading international law firms for cross-border M&A work and our firm’s strategy to position our Singapore office as the regional hub and one-stop shop for our clients and global network, KWM’s Singapore M&A practice is established to support our stakeholders as they pursue and seize commercial opportunities across the region.

As competition for deals in the region intensifies, clients rely on our team to give them a competitive edge to achieve their investment strategies in South and South East Asia.

Local execution expertise across ASEAN and the Indian subcontinent

Our team of experts are leading practitioners who are consistently ranked in major legal directories including, Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Our team combines decades of experience of successfully executing M&A and joint ventures across all the jurisdictions in ASEAN and the Indian sub-continent. We regularly advise on matters involving the key investment hotspots of Singapore, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand for international and regional clients. Our team has also executed some of the largest deals in nascent jurisdictions such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos. Frequently our work spans multiple jurisdictions, requiring detailed local market knowledge, execution expertise and commercially focused legal advice.

Track record on advising strategic and financial investors on executing growth strategies in the region

Our clients are multinationals, PE sponsors and institutional investment funds, regional conglomerates, venture capital and family offices. Our team excels at working closely with clients and counterparties to structure, develop and execute M&A strategies in a way that fit with client’s commercial requirements whilst overcoming the legal and practical challenges of doing business in the countries in the region.

Combining all this with our on-the-ground funds, banking and finance and disputes practices, our Singapore M&A team is very well positioned to provide a full-service and market-leading legal services for our clients regionally in South and South East Asia.

Strong capability in a wide array of sectors including a strong regional offering in Technology transactions, FinTech and consumer facing sectors

We have significant experience in M&A relating to the technology, media and telecommunications, financial services, FinTech, energy, resources, real estate, infrastructure, digital platforms, fund management and healthcare sectors.

The team’s expertise is in demand for high-profile, market-leading strategic collaborations covering multiple jurisdictions in the region.

We have worked on market leading regional FinTech transactions for financial institutions. This is supplemented by our strong FinTech offerings in China, Hong Kong and Australia making KWM a formidable FinTech player across the Asian region.

Committed to the region

As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia, the Singapore and regional markets are critical to our ability to serve our clients and to our success as a firm. Our team members have been based in the region for decades and focussed on complex cross border transactions into and out of the region. Our combination of English, Chinese, Hong Kong, Australian, US and a range of European laws allows us to uniquely connect Asia to the world, and the world to Asia. Our successful, strong and expanding Singapore office further strengthens KWM’s global capability and its Asian connections and capability. Supported by this strong international (and multi-lingual) bench of lawyers across KWM’s international network, the KWM Singapore M&A team is uniquely placed to serve a variety of clients in sophisticated M&A transactions and has enabled the Singapore office to develop into a leading regional transactional hub.

Our market highlights

  • MUFG, on its ~US$700 million investment into Grab and associated regional distribution JV as well as the proposed landmark de-SPAC of Grab with a US$40 billion valuation for Grab, which sets a record for the largest de-SPAC merger in history.
  • A cornerstone investor in the proposed Property Guru IPO on the NYSE which is to be executed through a de-SPAC transaction with an equity value of US$1.78 billion.
  • Axiata Digital Services (ADS) on its US$70 million investment by Great Eastern into ADS. This represents the largest investment in a Malaysian FinTech to date.

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