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Mark Stephens

T: +65 6622 9696 Email Mark | Vcard Office: Singapore

Mark Stephens Associate

Contact details

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens

T: +65 6622 9696 Email Mark | Vcard Office: Singapore

Mark is a corporate associate who specialises in advising international corporate clients on M&A, joint ventures and reorganisations, as well as providing general corporate advice.
  • Profile
  • Services

Mark acts on cross-border acquisitions and disposals for a variety of clients including public and private companies, private equity houses, entrepreneurs and financial institutions. He also has extensive experience advising on joint ventures and equity capital market transactions.

Recent matters on which Mark has advised include a complex consortium investment led by Myanmar Investments International Limited into Apollo Towers in Myanmar and its drawdown of a US$250 million loan from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; venture capital funding and shareholder arrangements for Campana Group in connection with its MYTHIC sub-sea cable project between Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand; and the disposal of a 49.5% stake in six new-build mega container vessels by Quantum Pacific Shipping to Ocean Yield ASA in an equity investment of approximately US$162 million.

Prior to joining the Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, Mark was a solicitor at an international law firm in London and had been seconded to a multi-national facilities management and construction services company.

  • Equity capital markets
  • Public and private M&A
  • Private equity and venture capital

Mark has extensive experience advising on a range of equity capital market transactions. His experience includes IPOs and secondary issues (including rights issues, placings and open offers). Key transactions include:

Admission to AIM of Abzena

Advising Abzena, a service provider for pharmaceutical companies, on its admission to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange raising £20 million and valuing the company at £78 million.

Secondary issues by Retroscreen

Advising anti-viral clinical trial specialist, Retroscreen, on conditional placings raising in aggregate £58.6 million.

IP Group on its £128 million fundraising

Advising IP Group on its firm placing, placing and open offer on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange to raise approximately £128 million.

Admission to AIM of MoneySwap

Advising Hong Kong based MoneySawp, a provider of payment solutions to online and point of sale merchants on its admission to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Escape Hunt plc

Advising the Escape Hunt Group, a Thailand-headquartered provider of live 'escape the room' gaming experiences, on its reverse takeover of Dorcaster plc, a related equity placing and the re-admission of Dorcaster plc as Escape Hunt plc on AIM.

More: Equity capital markets

Mark advises clients on a range of M&A transactions, including public takeover offers and private company asset or share transactions, often with cross-border elements. Key transactions include:

Quantum Pacific Shipping on its share sale and joint venture

Advising Quantum Pacific Shipping on a share disposal to Norway’s Ocean Yield ASA to establish a joint venture for the construction and operation of six mega container vessels, with an aggregate value of US$1 billion.

General Mills

Advising General Mills on the restructuring of its Häagen-Dazs business in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. on its acquisition of APPEC

Advising NYSE quoted McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. on its acquisition of the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC), a conference for leaders in the oil and gas industry in Asia, based in Singapore.

Groupe Sinoué on its acquisition of Florence Nightingale Hospitals

Advising Groupe Sinoué, a subsidiary of French listed company ORPEA, on its acquisition of Florence Nightingale Hospitals from Swedish-based Capio Groupe.

MedicX Fund's acquisition of Lunn Healthcare Properties

Advising specialist primary care infrastructure investor MedicX Fund on its acquisition of Lunn Healthcare Properties, a portfolio of nine operational and fully-let primary care medical centres, for a total cost of £24.6 million.

IP Group on its £85 million acquisition of AIM listed Fusion IP

Advising IP Group on its recommended offer for Fusion IP effected by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Public takeover of Regal Petroleum

Advising Regal Petroleum on its £85 million partial cash takeover, £77 million takeover offer and £25 million disposal of Romanian assets.

Direct Line Insurance Group on a disposal to Chesnara

Advising Direct Line on the sale of its closed life insurance business to Chesnara for cash consideration of £39.3 million.

More: Public and private M&A

Mark has advised mid-market private equity houses and management teams from initial investment to exit. Key experience includes:

Myanmar Investments International Limited

Advising Myanmar Investments International Limited on its consortium investments in Apollo Towers in Myanmar, a leading telecommunications tower infrastructure provider.

Campana Group on venture capital funding rounds

Advising on a convertible debt obligation programme and "A" round venture capital funding in connection with the MYTHIC sub-sea cable project between Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

CLSA on its investment in PT Sari Wangi AEA

Advising CLSA in its investment through convertible and exchangeable bonds in PT Sari Wangi AEA, the largest exporter and manufacturer of tea and herbal products in Indonesia.

Sovereign Capital Partners on its disposal of Cordium

Advising Sovereign Capital Partners on the disposal of its majority interest in Cordium to European Capital for a double digit EBITDA multiple.

MML Capital Partners on its investment in Instant Offices

Advising MML Capital Partners on its £15 million investment into flexible office specialist Instant Offices.

Active Private Equity on its investment in

Advising Active Private Equity, a growth capital firm specialising in consumer brands and services, on its investment in

More: Private equity and venture capital

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