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Mark Stephens

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

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Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms

Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms

Mark Stephens Associate

Contact details

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens
Associate

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

Mark is a corporate associate specialising in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on private equity transactions.
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Mark has experience advising public and private corporations, private equity houses and institutional lenders on a wide range of matters, including foreign direct investment acquisitions and disposals, takeovers, joint ventures and restructurings.

He makes a point of getting to know his clients and their businesses, taking pride in assisting them to successfully manage and execute their transactions by delivering robust and commercially focussed legal advice and solutions based on his international experience and intimate knowledge of the local market, particularly in Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining  Stephenson Harwood , Mark worked for a number of years at a major international law firm based in London and had been seconded to a multi-national facilities management and construction services company.

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

Mark has advised private equity houses and their portfolio companies on a range of transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, exits and restructurings. Selected experience includes:

Myanmar Investments International Limited

Advising Myanmar Investments International Limited on its co-investment with TPG Growth in Apollo Towers, a leading telecommunications tower infrastructure provider in Myanmar.

Campana Group on venture capital funding rounds

Advising Campana on "A" round venture capital funding in connection with its  MYTHIC sub-sea cable project between Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

CLSA on its investment in PT Sari Wangi AEA

Advising CLSA on 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 its acquisition and  disposal of a majority interest in Cordium to European Capital for a double digit EBITDA multiple.

Cordium on its portfolio acquisitions

Advising Cordium on the acquisition of businesses in the USA, UK, Malta, and Hong Kong.

MML Capital Partners on its investment in Instant Offices

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

Risk Capital Partners

Advising Risk Capital Partners on a reorganisation of its investment in GRA, the owner and operator of greyhound racing stadium.

Active Private Equity on its investment in WhoCanFixMyCar.com

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

More: Private equity and venture capital

Mark has advised clients on a range of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Selected 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 on a range of equity capital market transactions. Selected transactions include:

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.

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.

More: Equity capital markets

Awards

Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms

Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms

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