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Tom Platts

T: +65 6622 9641 M: +65 8233 3245 Email Tom | Vcard Office: Jakarta, Singapore, Yangon

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Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms / Corporate and M&A: Foreign firms / TMT: Foreign Firms / Myanmar: Foreign Firms / Philippines: Foreign Firms

Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms / Corporate and M&A: Foreign firms / TMT: Foreign Firms / Myanmar: Foreign Firms / Philippines: Foreign Firms

   Leading individual for General Business Law: International firms - Myanmar

Leading individual for General Business Law: International firms - Myanmar

Tom Platts Partner

Contact details

Tom Platts

Tom Platts
Partner

T: +65 6622 9641 M: +65 8233 3245 Email Tom | Vcard Office: Jakarta, Singapore, Yangon

Tom is a corporate and commercial law expert at Stephenson Harwood’s Singapore office. He has extensive experience of advising on complex cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions, particularly within South and Southeast Asia. International clients value Tom's commercial, pragmatic advice and his energetic approach to developing long-term client relationships.
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He acts on all forms of domestic and cross-border M&A, strategic joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He also has particular expertise in advising on capital markets transactions.

Having worked for many years in London, Tom moved to Southeast Asia in 2011, where he advises a significant base of blue-chip international corporate, banking and funds clients.

In recent years, he has worked on complex deals in every jurisdiction in ASEAN, with a specific expertise advising on transactions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Tom is currently ranked in Myanmar as a leading individual by Chambers Asia Pacific and is also a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific for the Corporate M&A and Capital Markets categories for foreign firms, and for the Foreign Firms category in Myanmar and Philippines.

He is a legal adviser to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and is also appointed to the editorial board of HealthInvestor Asia. Tom has most recently joined the global advisory board of Inle Advisory Group, a boutique firm focused on development opportunities in Myanmar.

His straight-forward and pro-active approach to solving complex matters is particularly appreciated by clients, together with his in-depth sector and jurisdictional knowledge and his willingness to "go the extra mile" for them.

"Very knowledgeable – a 'go-to' lawyer"

Jeremy Birks, General Counsel - Digicel Asia Pacific

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

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

General Mills

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

Quantum Pacific Shipping

Advised 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.

Engie (formerly GDF Suez)

Advising on its acquisition of Keppel FMO in Singapore and Qatar.

Myanmar Investments International Limited

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

Digicel Group

Advising Digicel Group on regional aspects of its US$221 million disposal to Axiata of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company. (M&A deal of the year – ALB SE Asia Awards 2016)

McGraw Hill Financial, Inc.

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.

Corporation Service Company

Advising Corporation Service Company on its acquisition of Koehler Group, an international accounting and management consulting firm with operations in Asia and also on its acquisition of the IP Mirror group, a leading provider of corporate domain name registration and online brand protection services across Asia.

POSH

Advising a leading offshore marine services provider in Singapore, on its acquisition from Eide Marine of the semi-submersible, XANADU.

Zurich Insurance Group

Advising on its acquisition of a 100% foreign interest in Malaysian insurer MAA Holdings Berhad and various related companies.

BAA

Advising on the £16.4 billion hostile takeover by Grupo Ferrovial SA and a competing bid from a Goldman Sachs-led consortium.

British American Tobacco

Advising on its M&A in the UK, Scandinavia, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Diageo 

Advising on the buy-out of its local partner in the Philippines.

An international investment bank 

Advising on its role as independent financial adviser for the purposes of the Takeover Code in Singapore, in the context of Heineken's takeover of Fraser & Neave.

Sime Darby Plantation

Advising in Malaysia on various transactions, including its acquisition with SP Setia of Battersea Power Station.

Gazpromneft

Advising on its acquisition of Sibir Energy and related global settlement arrangements.

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

Advising on its £584 million takeover of Central African Mining & Exploration Company.

Duff & Phelps

Advised Duff & Phelps, a global valuation and corporate finance adviser, on its acquisition of Quantera Global Asia Holding, an Asia-Pacific transfer pricing advisory firm affiliated with Quantera Global.

Escape Hunt plc

Advised 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: Public and private M&A

Tom has extensive experience in advising on joint ventures, whether it concerns their formation, termination, the exit or entry of a party or the transfer of stakes between the existing parties. Key transactions include:

Engie (formerly GDF Suez)

Advising on its complex district cooling joint venture arrangements in the Philippines.

IM Skaugen

Advising on its ship management joint venture arrangements with OSM Services, and aborted arrangements with another proposed ship management joint venture partner.

Assetz Group

Advising on its high-profile Bangalore based real estate joint venture with Avenue Venture Partners Private Equity.

The Chandler Corporation

Advising on complex pharmaceutical and healthcare joint ventures in India, Bangladesh, United States, Pakistan, Kenya, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Escape Hunt plc

Advised 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: Joint ventures

Tom advises clients on all forms of equity capital markets transactions, having worked on a number of high-profile IPO and secondary issuances for issuer, NOMAD/Sponsor and underwriting banks. Key transactions include:

Dart Energy

Advising on its regional corporate restructuring and proposed IPO on the Main Board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Lonmin

Advising on its BEE transaction with Shanduka Resources and related £160 million placing of shares.

Tele Atlas N.V.

Advising on its Euronext Amsterdam IPO, raising in gross €134 million.

Shanks Group

Advising on its £71 million main market rights issue in the UK.

British American Tobacco

Advising on its dual listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

MITIE Group

Advising on its main market rights issue in the UK.

Churchill Mining

Advising on its US$23.2 million AIM placing.

San Leon Energy

Advising on its €60 million AIM placing.

Merrill Lynch International

Advising on Renewable Energy Generation Limited's £46 million AIM placing.

More: Equity capital markets

Tom has advised several international venture capital and private equity houses as well as management teams and corporates transacting with venture capital/private equity houses and their investee companies. Key transactions include:

Bridestory Indonesia

Advising on all legal aspects of its seed and "A" round venture capital funding as well as various connected joint venture arrangements in Southeast Asia.

Campana Group

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

Sherborne Investors

Advising on their investments into F&C Asset Management, Spirent Communications and Elementis and all aspects of the ensuing stakeholder/management engagements.

The Bolloré Group

Advising on its stake-building in Aegis and all aspects of the ensuing stakeholder/management engagements.

Manubeni

Advising Marubeni on its proposed acquisition of Micheldever Tyres from Graphite Capital.

More: Private equity and venture capital

  • Consumer
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Funds and financial services
  • TMT

Tom has acted for a wide variety of corporate finance, commercial and M&A transactions involving the consumer sector clients and has a specific focus on luxury goods and brands.  Key transactions include:

General Mills

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

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Advising on its Myanmar joint venture and commercial arrangements.

Stella International Holdings

Advising the manufacturer and designer for Jimmy Choo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and others, on their shoe manufacturing and distribution joint venture in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

British American Tobacco

Advising on its M&A in the UK, Scandinavia, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Philippines.

LIM Advisors

Advising a Hong Kong-based hedge fund, on various matters including its minority co-investment with CVCI Private Equity and Thai Strategic Capital Management in Wuttisak Clinic Inter Group Company Limited, a leading skincare clinic chain operator in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Diageo

Advising on the buy-out of its local partner in the Philippines.

The Martin-Brower Company

Advising on its strategic arrangements with various Singapore and Malaysian logistics suppliers in connection with its acquisition of the McDonald's account.

Tui Travel

Advising on the restructuring of its Asia Rooms business unit in Asia.

Luc Clément

Advising on the €40 million sale of CNC Collections to Supergroup (the owners of the Superdry clothing brand).

British American Tobacco

Advising on its dual listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

George Davies

Advising on the establishment of the FG4, GiVE and Per Una brands in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

An international investment bank

Advising on its role as independent financial adviser for the purposes of the Takeover Code in Singapore, in the context of Heineken's acquisition of Fraser & Neave.

More: Consumer

Tom has extensive experience of M&A, fundraisings, joint ventures and other corporate transactions in the energy and energy services sector, including renewable energy. Key transactions include:

Engie (formerly GDF Suez)

Advising on its acquisition of Keppel FMO in Singapore and Qatar.

Advising on its complex district cooling joint venture arrangements in the Philippines.

Orica

Advising on its market entry to Myanmar.

Mitsui Oil Exploration Co.

Advising on its market entry to Myanmar.

Dart Energy

Advising on its regional corporate restructuring and proposed IPO on the Main Board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Churchill Mining

Advising on its US$23.2 million AIM placing.

San Leon Energy

Advising on its €60 million AIM placing.

Merrill Lynch International

Advising on Renewable Energy Generation Limited's £46 million AIM placing.

Gazpromneft

Advising on its acquisition of Sibir Energy and related global settlement arrangements.

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

Advising on its £584 million takeover of Central African Mining & Exploration Company.

Tom advises private equity firms, hedge funds and asset management businesses on their portfolio acquisitions and management arrangements. Key transactions include:

Myanmar Investments International Limited

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

LIM Advisors

Advising a Hong Kong-based hedge fund, on various matters including its minority co-investment with CVCI Private Equity and Thai Strategic Capital Management in Wuttisak Clinic Inter Group Company Limited, a leading skincare clinic chain operator in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Crestview, L.P and funds associated with Lord (Jacob) Rothschild

Advising on their 24.9% strategic investment into Martin Currie.

Sherborne Investors

Advising on their investments into F&C Asset Management, Spirent Communications and Elementis and all aspects of the ensuing stakeholder/management engagements.

More: Funds and financial services

Tom has significant experience advising technology, media and telecoms businesses across all aspects of their corporate, commercial and M&A activities and operations. Key transactions include:

Myanmar Investments International Limited

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

Digicel Group

Advising Digicel Group on regional aspects of its US$221 million disposal to Axiata of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company. (M&A deal of the year – ALB SE Asia Awards 2016)

Corporation Service Company

Advising Corporation Service Company on its acquisition of Koehler Group, an international accounting and management consulting firm with operations in Asia and also on its acquisition of the IP Mirror group, a leading provider of corporate domain name registration and online brand protection services across Asia.

Red Dot Network

Advising on all aspects of its cash acceptance network roll-out and voucher and couponing business.

Bridestory Indonesia

Advising on all legal aspects of its seed and "A" round venture capital funding as well as various connected joint venture arrangements in the region.

Campana Group

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

Various digital marketing companies across Southeast Asia

Advising on their sales to the likes of WPP, Omnicom and Publicis.

Astro Overseas Limited

Advising in Malaysia on the sale of a stake in its Singapore-based joint venture A&E Networks.

Bharti Airtel

Advising on its US$10.9 billion acquisition of Zain's African mobile network.

More: TMT

  • Myanmar
  • Indonesia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe

Myanmar Investments International Limited

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

Myanmar Red Dot Network

Advising on a range of commercial activities and services linked to its mobile
transaction platform, including mobile phone top up and bill payments.

Digicel Group

Advising Digicel Group on regional aspects of its US$221 million disposal to Axiata of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company. (M&A deal of the year – ALB SE Asia Awards 2016)

Aggreko

Advising on certain commercial arrangements  connected to various temporary power projects in Myanmar.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Advising on the establishment of its franchise business in Myanmar.

Campana Group

Advising on all of the regulatory aspects and fundraising steps for Campana Group, a well-known regional broadband sub-sea capacity provider.

Orica

Advising on the distribution of commercial explosives in Myanmar through its local partner.

Norstar Shipping

Advised Norstar Shipping on its market entry into Myanmar and ongoing operations, including employment issues connected to its crewing business.

British American Tobacco

Advising on its acquisition of Bentoel in Indonesia.

Bridestory

Advising Indonesia's leading online wedding vendor directory on all legal aspects of its seed and "A" round venture capital funding, as well as various connected joint venture arrangements in the region.

Polaris Limited

Advising Catalist-listed affiliate of Trikomsel in its acquisition of XMI, a multimedia company and developers and manufacturers of the popular X-Mini speakers.

More: Indonesia

Tom has acted on a range of complex cross-border (both in-bound and out-bound) M&A and capital markets transactions in South and Southeast Asia. 

In recent years, Tom has worked on complex deals in every jurisdiction in ASEAN, with a specific expertise advising on transactions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, in many of which he is recognised by ​The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as being a recommended lawyer and the head of our market-leading jurisdiction teams.

Myanmar Investments International Limited

Advised AIM-quoted Myanmar Investments International Limited on a series of consortium investments into Apollo Towers (alongside TPG Capital) with an aggregate value in excess of US$320 million including a US$250 million facility by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Mitsui Oil Exploration Co.

Advising on its market entry to Myanmar.

Bridestory Indonesia

Advising on all legal aspects of its seed and "A" round venture capital funding as well as various connected joint venture arrangements in the region.

More: South East Asia
Tom has advised numerous European and Asian businesses on their investments into Africa, most recently into Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana.  Tom has previously advised on some of the largest M&A transactions involving international investors in Africa. Key transactions include:

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

Advising on its £584 takeover of Central African Mining & Exploration Company.

Bharti Airtel

Advising on its US$10.9 billion acquisition of Zain's African mobile network.

Sumitomo

Advising on its acquisition of the SCOMI machine tools business.

More: Africa
Tom has extensive experience of acting on a range of corporate finance, M&A and commercial matters in the UK and Europe, having worked in London for more than ten years.  He has acted on a number of very large UK takeovers and private M&A and capital markets transactions for large UK companies, investments banks and funds.

Gazpromneft

Advising on its acquisition of Sibir Energy and related global settlement arrangements.

BAA

Advising on the £16.4 billion recommended takeover offer by a consortium led by Group Ferrovial and a competing bid from a Goldman Sachs-led consortium.

Warner Music

Advising on various issues including several abortive takeover bids with EMI and its proposed offer to acquire BMG music from the Bertelsmann Group.

Lonmin 

​Advising on its BEE transaction with Shanduka Resources and related £160 million placing of shares.
 
More: Europe

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Awards

Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms / Corporate and M&A: Foreign firms / TMT: Foreign Firms / Myanmar: Foreign Firms / Philippines: Foreign Firms

Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets: Foreign Firms / Corporate and M&A: Foreign firms / TMT: Foreign Firms / Myanmar: Foreign Firms / Philippines: Foreign Firms

   Leading individual for General Business Law: International firms - Myanmar

Leading individual for General Business Law: International firms - Myanmar

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