Mergers
& Acquisitions

Key Partners

Steven Lo

Head, Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate & Finance
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Jon Nair

Director, Corporate & Finance
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Hilton King

Partner / Mergers & Acquisition / Private Wealth
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Vincent Ariesta Lie

Partner / Mergers & Acquisitions / Energy / Infrastructure & Construction / Insurance
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Datin Grace C.G Yeoh

Partner / Head, Corporate/M&A / Head, Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology / Private Wealth & Family Business
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Marhaini Nordin

Partner, Corporate / M&A
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Accolades

Singapore | Drew & Napier

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Tier 2 firm for 15 consecutive years

Gary Pryke - Highly Regarded for 4 consecutive years; Leading Lawyer from 2006 to 2017
Steven Lo - Highly Regarded for 2 consecutive years; Notable Practitioner in 2019

  • “Extremely professional, efficient and responsive given Take-over Code and Securities & Futures Act time constraints and several other issues which arose during the pre-Offer, Offer and post-Offer period.”
  • “D&N has been a very knowledgeable, professional and progressive law firm - so much so that we retain D&N not only for our corporate, legal and investment work but also highly recommend D&N to our network of businesses.”
  • “Even though they have a lot of work from many other clients, they do not hesitate to respond to our queries and sometimes ‘time-wasting questions’…. It is with the M&A team at Drew and Napier that my company has the confidence in moving forward to make deals or form ventures and undertake M&A activities knowing full well that we have the most competent and able lawyers behind us all the way.”
  • “The team from Drew & Napier in charge of our M&A work was detailed, thorough and quick in producing results. I was very satisfied with the outcome.”
  • Jon is “good at giving practical solutions in a timely manner. He was very detailed, quick to respond, and overall did a fantastic job.”
  • The team provides “very high level legal service,” and is “quick, efficient and very much comprehensive.”
  • The team “always provides professional advice promptly on information for the related issues. The firm pays attention to details and are supported by committed team members."
  • Steven Lo is “personable and able to deliver practical advice expediently”. He has a “quiet confidence blended with a sense of knowing what is important and what is negotiable.”
  • Steven also “understands client's needs, addresses issues incisively and shows a breadth of experience in handling matters.”
  • The firm’s lawyers are praised for our “good knowledge and acumen”.
  • “We have been using Drew & Napier as our main legal counsel for more than 10 years now and have always found the firm to be thoroughly professional and the staff members assigned to us knowledgeable both in the legal aspects as well as able to advise on the commercial impact and ramifications.”
  • “The team is highly competent and professional. They truly act with the client's benefit at heart…”
  • "The lawyers provide very commercial yet technically sound advice and have an eye for detail.”

Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Band 2 firm (5 consecutive years)

Steven Lo - Leading Individual
Gary Pryke - Senior Statespeople

  • Sources describe individuals in the team as "quick to understand issues, commercially minded and pragmatic."
  • Clients appreciate that "the partners are directly involved in developing strategies and negotiations with counterparties," adding that the "associates are amongst the best that we have worked with."
  • The team's client service is commonly picked out as a key strength. “They are very professional, easy to get along with and efficient in meeting deadlines."
  • "Whenever something came out of left field we hadn't prepared for and we needed advice, there was always someone in the team with the right experience - really a full service shop."
  • Clients describe the firm as "responsive, reliable and able to offer an extensive range of expertise."
  • "They are timely and relentless in their pursuit of providing holistic advice and guidance to their clients."
  • "Exceptional ability to both anticipate issues and recommend solutions before they present."
  • "Very practical and strong advisers."
  • "Very responsive and very helpful."
  • “Offers all-round expertise in both the transactional and financing aspects of acquisitions. Enjoys a strong standing amongst private and public companies, multinational corporates and financial institutions, which it advises on a wide range of M&A deals.”
  • "They are very proficient in what they do and have a good understanding of the market."
  • Sources say: "The lawyers have a good understanding of our commercial requirements and are able to advise us on the legal aspects without losing sight of the commercial objectives."
  • "[Steven’s] knowledge and experience with public M&A is second to none," he "walks you through issues succinctly whilst finding the pragmatic and commercially sensible solution."
  • Regarded as a “brilliant lawyer” and "a very safe pair of hands", Gary is “pivotal to the firm's success and lauded by many clients for his ‘quick thinking and direct approach.’"

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Tier 3 firm (3 consecutive years)

Steven Lo - Recommended Lawyer
Gary Pryke - Recommended Lawyer
Jon Nair - Recommended Lawyer
Tan Teng Sen - Recommended Lawyer

  • "The ‘highly competent’ team at Drew & Napier LLC has ‘the right balance of commercial sense and up-to-date legal knowledge’"
  • “‘A highly professional corporate team, which provides advice with ‘quick turnaround times’”
    “‘Strong, efficient, pragmatic’ team”
  • "Steven Lo has 'a razor-sharp ability to comprehend not just the technical structure but also the commercial dynamics of a takeover' and 'can steer clients in the right strategic direction'."
  • He is also noted as a "highly experienced corporate/M&A lawyer", for "providing solid advice" and for "understanding commercial issues and realities".
  • Julian is “absolutely first-class” and “commercial” and commended for his Indonesia and Malaysia expertise.
  • "Teng Sen is 'an-up-and-coming partner' who provides 'amazing response times, a meticulous approach and an ability to work well under pressure'; he is recommended as 'a counsel of choice to investment banks and financial advisers'."

Indonesia | Makarim & Taira S

Asialaw Profiles
Highly Recommended law firm for Corporate/M&A from 2014-2020

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Elite Practitioner (2019-2020); Market Leading Lawyer (2017-2018)
Lia Alizia – Distinguished Practitioner (2019-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Rising Star Lawyer (2018-2019)

  • “Advanced knowledge in the Indonesian energy sector and precise advice for corporate documents.”
  • Vincent Ariesta Lie: “Vincent has very good legal knowledge both in corporate transactions and projects, and corporate litigation. He is the lawyer to go to anytime we need to consult on mostly anything. Even during times when an issue is not his primary expertise, he can give very good insights and enlightenment on the issues.”

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Tier 2 law firm for Corporate/M&A from 2015-2020

  • Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Leading Individual (2016-2016, 2018-2019)
    Lia Alizia - Leading Individual (2015)

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Tier 2 law firm for M&A from 2014-2020

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)
Lina Amran - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie - Highly Regarded (2019-2020); Notable Practitioner (2018)
Lia Alizia - Highly Regarded (2020); Rising Star (2019)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Malaysia | Shearn Delamore & Co.

Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Band 1 for 11 consecutive years

Chambers Asia Pacific

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Band 2 for 11 consecutive years (2010 - 2020)
Ng Swee Kee – Band 1 for 10 consecutive years (2008 - 2017) and Band 2 for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan - Up and Coming (2020)

Chambers Global

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Band 2 for 11 consecutive years (2010 - 2020)
Ng Swee Kee – Band 1 for 11 consecutive years (2007 – 2009 and 2011 - 2018) and Band 2 for 2 consecutive years (2019 - 2020)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan - Up and Coming (2020)

  • Clients say: "Shearn Delamore & Co is our go-to firm when we need sound and practical legal advice that provides value-added, commercially sound and new perspectives to our deals."
  • The team's client dedication is also commended by clients, who report that there is "a sense of dealing with real people who care, have a genuine interest in the subject, and put our interests first."
  • An interviewee notes: "It is the number-one most prestigious firm in Malaysia," and adds that the lawyers are "very responsive."
  • The team's all-round capability is applauded by many, with clients noting: "They are responsive, substantively good lawyers and don't cut corners."
  • "They're my first choice of counsel in Malaysia."
  • "Responsive and proactive in advising their clients."
  • "They have a good understanding of business, are pragmatic, offer a volume of services and are tuned in to what we need."
  • Sources say: "I must say they are very good; the corporate team is strong."

IFLR1000
Mergers and Acquisitions 2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

Grace C.G. Yeoh - Market Leader for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020)
Ng Swee Kee - Highly Regarded for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020); Leading Lawyer for 7 consecutive years (2011 - 2017)
Marhaini Nordin - Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2011 - 2013)
Putri Noor Shariza Noordin - Notable Practitioner for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan - Rising Star for 3 consecutive years (2018 – 2020)

  • “Shearn Delamore & Co is a highly reputable firm, very competent and known for its ability to perform excellently”
  • “Highly responsive and ready for client's instructions.”
  • “The firm has deep bench strength and executes transactions well.”
  • A client praised the firm’s work as well as its “quick turnaround time and good legal and commercial input to resolving the issue”.
  • The M&A practice has been described by clients as “excellent”, “commercially astute” and “technically sound”; an overall “first class” offering.
  • "The firm is reputable and very well networked, internationally," says a client.
  • One client praises the lawyers at the firm: “They have been comprehensive and conservative in their advice, thus ensuring that we are protected from unnecessary future legal issues.”

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2020 - Top Tier for 11 consecutive years

Grace C.G. Yeoh - Leading Lawyer for 11 consecutive years (2010-2020)
Ng Swee Kee - Leading Lawyer for 9 consecutive years (2007-2015)
Ng Swee Kee - Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years (2017-2020)
Putri Noor Shariza Noordin - Recommended Lawyer for 3 years (010, 2014 and 2015)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan - Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (2019-2020)
Marhaini Nordin - Recommended Lawyer (2020)

  • “Very responsive. The answers are clear and sufficiently detailed”
  • The practice is commended for its ‘response times, industry knowledge, appropriate advice, strength-in-depth, and value for money’.
  • Shearn Delamore & Co is described by some clients as ‘first choice’.