Jake Robson is a corporate partner based in our Singapore office. His practice focuses on cross-border acquisitions, disposals, and joint venture arrangements. Jake also regularly advises on venture capital fundraisings as well as equity capital markets, having acted for issuers and underwriters on IPOs and secondary fundraisings across various Asian Stock Exchanges.
Highly-regarded by his clients, Jake has worked across a wide range of industries and sectors, with a particular focus on FinTech, financial institutions, technology and telecommunications, resources and commodities.
Jake is consistently ranked as a leading practitioner in his field by various legal directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers Singapore. Clients praise him for his "tremendous expertise in South-East Asian-related M&A, ability to handle complex and fast-moving transactions and problem-solving attitude” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020.
Jake’s expertise and insight are often sought by industry and business conferences and publications. He regularly provides commentary on regional trends and acquisitions in the financial, technology and telecommunications sectors.
Jake is qualified to practise in England and Wales. In addition to English, he speaks and writes fluent French and Italian.
Prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons in 2020, Jake spent 6 years with a top-tier US firm based in Singapore.
Representative matters (including experience obtained prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons)
- MUFG and its affiliated group companies: on their US$700 million investment in Grab and associated commercial joint venture across 7 Asian jurisdictions.
- Softbank Vision Fund: in its US$1.46 billion further investment into the Series H financing round of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform.
- Chubb: on a regional contractual-distribution joint venture with Grab Taxi, the leading on-demand transportation and Fintech platform in Southeast Asia. The partnership enables Chubb to market and sell general insurance products through Grab’s IT platform to both end-customers of Grab and Grab drivers.
- Axiata Digital Services: on its strategic investment and distribution arrangements for South East Asia, with Milvik AB, a provider of micro-insurance products (principally life insurance and health insurance), currently operating in Africa and South America.
- Blockchain-based crowdsurance platform: on its plans for an initial coin offering and licensing requirements.
Insurance and Financial Services
- Chubb: on its non-life bancassurance arrangements with Siam Commercial Bank in Thailand.
- AXA SA: on its acquisition of certain Asian businesses (valued at A$9.8 billion) in connection with AMP Limited’s takeover of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited. This transaction involved structuring advice and the coordination of complex regulatory advice in 10 jurisdictions. This transaction was shortlisted for Asian Legal Business’s Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the year.
- AXA SA: on the restructuring of its life and general insurance businesses (and bancassurance arrangements) across Asia, involving multiple jurisdictions and, in many cases, multiple businesses in each jurisdiction. The restructuring was implemented in several phases and involved considerable coordination of regulatory advice and regulatory authorities and often required new and innovative approaches.
- AXA Asia Pacific Holdings: on its acquisition of the life insurance businesses, MLC Hong Kong and MLC Indonesia, from Australian banking group, National Australia Bank (NAB) for A$575 million.
- Generali: on the proposed restructuring of its non-life insurance business in India, including the replacement of its existing Indian partner with a new Indian partner and a subsequent merger of the new partner’s non-life insurance business with the multinational insurer’s business.
- ING Asia/Pacific Ltd: on the establishment of its family Takaful joint venture with the Public Bank Group in Malaysia, ING Public Takaful Ehsan Bhd.
- HSBC: on its acquisition of PT Bank Ekonomi Raharja Tbk, one of the 20 largest banks in Indonesia determined by assets, for a consideration of US$607.5 million.
- HSBC: on its acquisition of RBS’s retail businesses across various Asian jurisdictions including Singapore, India and the Philippines.
Technology and Telecommunications
- Axiata Group Berhad, the largest mobile operator in Malaysia, on numerous transactions across Asia, including:
- The US$1.4 billion acquisition of Nepal’s leading mobile operator, Ncell (Nominated for M&A Deal of the Year: South Asia - The Asian Lawyer Asia Legal Awards 2016); and
- The US$3 billion buyout by Idea Cellular of Dr BK Modi’s stake in Spice Communications, the merger of Spice into Idea, and the preferential placement of shares by Idea to Axiata.
- Axiata Digital Services: on the investment by Mitsui into Axiata Digital Services giving Mitsui a minority equity stake.
- Oriente: on the funding, development launch and rollout of a cutting-edge financial services infrastructure for people and small businesses across Southeast Asia.