southeast asia technology lawyers
We are licensed as foreign lawyers by the Singapore Legal Services Regulatory Authority and opened an office in Singapore in March 2017.
We have a fast growing practice advising Southeast Asian tech companies and investors on venture capital and M&A transactions throughout the region. These transactions are often large and involve heavyweights in the international tech and VC industries. Our Singapore office has expanded the services we offer our Southeast Asian clients as well as helping Kiwi companies looking to Singapore as a springboard for the region.
Our Southeast Asia team, led by Lee Bagshaw, knows the market and how tech businesses and investors work in the region. And importantly how to help to close tech transactions on the best terms possible. We’ve gained this experience in the only way that works – by doing deals (lots of them!) and by immersing ourselves in local tech startup ecosystems.
We have one of the leading VC legal advisory teams in Southeast Asia. We help companies and investors across the region on all types of cap raisings, including seed and angel rounds, venture capital financing and private equity investments, and pre-IPO rounds.
The team is increasingly busy advising on significant VC financing deals. Of the 83 deals we completed in 2016, 18 were in Southeast Asia. 12 of these Southeast Asia deals were series A/B raises. This gives us unrivalled market knowledge on current venture capital terms and investment trends in the region which we are happy to share with our clients.
In terms of the support we provide, our work includes drafting and negotiating term sheets, convertible notes, subscription and shareholders’ agreements, and other standard investment documents, along with transaction mechanics (legal due diligence, approvals and closings).
As m&a experts in the tech space, we work with our clients throughout their life-cycle to maximise value on exit, including advising on local requirements when closing an m&a deal. Our corporate lawyers have advised on hundreds of acquisitions and exits over the course of their careers. They have helped clients buy and sell tech businesses all around the world, involving entrepreneurs to the largest multinationals. As in Silicon Valley, most tech companies in Southeast Asia are likely to exit via M&A, (rather than IPO). We can help you prepare for that M&A journey.
We also help companies seeking to grow by acquisition of other tech businesses in the region. This includes advising exciting VC-backed companies like Carousell, KFit and Compare88 on cross border deals.
Startups need to build relationships with customers, suppliers and other partners across the region. Well thought-out and simple contracts are key to developing those relationships. Whether it’s licensing a product, creating a channel, or negotiating business-critical services, we can help you navigate the contract. We advise on tech and general commercial contracts, from simple services agreements to bespoke and high-value project contracts. Many of these are cross border involving more than one country in Southeast Asia. If you have regional tax or transfer pricing questions, which often arise, we can point you in the right direction to appropriate local specialists.
we know the region
Navigating Southeast Asia is not always easy. The legal and regulatory regimes vary significantly from country to country. Because our networks extend across each country in Southeast Asia, we can coordinate transactions for our clients, including connecting you with local counsel and other service providers. We also help companies move into Southeast Asia territories, and flip into investor-friendly Singapore. Our co-location in Singapore with Futurebooks enables us to provide legal, company secretarial and accounting support for Singapore domiciled tech company clients.
“Lee’s wealth of experience showed specifically when he advised on the all important term sheet, his advice and guidance was spot on … he gets the space, market standards and provides valuable industry insights.”
wai hong fong, ceo, storehub