Public and private M&A
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 on the restructuring of its Häagen-Dazs business in Singapore and Malaysia.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Advising on its ship management joint venture arrangements with OSM Services, and aborted arrangements with another proposed ship management joint venture partner.
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.
Equity capital markets
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:
Advising on its regional corporate restructuring and proposed IPO on the Main Board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.
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.
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.
Advising on its main market rights issue in the UK.
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.
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Private equity and venture capital
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:
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.
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.
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.