BenWitherall

Partner

Singapour + 65.6233.5532

Ben Witherall is an English-qualified corporate finance lawyer with more than 10 years of experience advising on private equity, M&A, and debt and equity capital markets transactions. He advises clients located throughout Asia, including Singapore, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and China, as well as U.S. and European clients on their Asia transactions.

Ben advises public and private companies, private equity funds, investors, and financial institutions on a wide range of corporate transactions including international and domestic mergers, acquisitions, disposals, investments and joint ventures, as well as public and private securities offerings, IPOs, block trades, debt security issuances, and secondary fund-raisings. He also advises fund sponsors and investors in the establishment of private equity and real estate funds and the portfolio investments undertaken by such funds.

Ben regularly works with start-ups, founders, venture capital funds, and investors on their venture fund-raising and investment transactions (seed, preferred series, and pre-IPO). As part of the Firm's Technology Practice, he advises clients on technology-focused transactions in the region.

Ben has recently worked with clients such as: UPL Limited, Greystar Real Estate Partners, CBRE Global Investment Partners, Procter & Gamble, OMERS Administration Corporation, ARA Asset Management, Redmart Limited, EDBI, Sigfox, Shapoorji Pallonji, Chevron, Deutsche Bank, Lodha Developers, Discovery Networks, Cardinal Health, Temasek, Edelweiss, Kotak Mahindra, JM Financial, Citigroup, and CLSA India, amongst others.

Prior to relocating to Singapore in 2014, Ben worked in the Firm's London Office for clients including ENRC, LondonMetric, Hansteen, Savills, British Land, Quixant, J.F. Lehman, Koch Industries, and GeoPost.

Expérience

  • OMERS completes US$490 million acquisition of shares in ESR Cayman LimitedJones Day advised OMERS Administration Corporation, the pension plan for Ontario's municipal employees, in connection with its US$490 million acquisition of Equity Shares in Hong Kong listed ESR Cayman Limited ("ESR"), a leading pan-Asia logistics real estate platform, from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs completes offers to exchange 6.375% Senior Notes and 7.00% Senior Notes issued by AK Steel CorporationJones Day represented Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (“Cliffs”), a large vertically integrated producer of differentiated iron ore and steel in North America, in connection with its offers to exchange any and all 6.375% Senior Notes due 2025 and 7.00% Senior Notes due 2027 issued by AK Steel Corporation for the same aggregate principal amount of new notes issued by Cliffs’.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs issues $725 million of 6.75% Senior Secured NotesJones Day represented Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. ("Cliffs"), a large vertically integrated producer of differentiated iron ore and steel in North America, in connection with an offering of $725 million aggregate principal amount of 6.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2026.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries acquires InvertekJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • Crea receives initial funding for social ecommerce startupJones Day advised Crea, a digital commerce enabler focused on powering all demand generation activities for millennial and generation Z brands, including multichannel management across marketplaces and social media, trends and digital marketing in Thailand, in connection with its establishment and initial funding from Angel Capital Management, early-stage tech investor Picus Capital, and Founders Fund Pathfinder, the investment arm of venture capital firm Founders Fund.
  • Institutional real estate investors sell shares in PGIM Real Estate AsiaRetail Fund LimitedJonesDay advised various institutional real estate investors in relation to their aggregate US$215 million sale of shares in PGIM Real Estate AsiaRetail Fund Limited, a real estate fund with retail mall assets in Singapore and Malaysia, to a subsidiary of listed Singapore REIT, Frasers Centerpoint Trust.
  • Greystar forms joint venture between Greystar, MIRA Real Estate, part of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, and APGJones Day advised in the formation of Greystar Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (Greystar APAC), a Singapore joint venture between Greystar, MIRA Real Estate, part of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, and APG.
  • Greystar Asia Pacific forms Greystar China Multifamily Venture I LP with initial $450 million of commitmentsJones Day advised Greystar Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. in connection with the formation of its first fund vehicle, Greystar China Multifamily Venture I LP, a Singapore-based fund that will acquire and develop multifamily real estate and real estate related assets in targeted cities in the Peoples Republic of China.
  • UPL acquires Arysta LifeScience from Platform Specialty Products Corporation for $4.2 billionJones Day advised UPL Limited ("UPL"), a leading global generic agrochemical company based in India, in connection with its subsidiary, UPL Corporation Limited’s, US$4.2 billion acquisition and related $3 billion term financing of Arysta Lifescience Inc. (“Arysta”), a global provider of crop protection solutions, including bio-solutions and seed treatment, from NYSE listed Platform Specialty Products Corporation (“Platform”).
  • Yamaha invests $150 million in Grab Holdings and forms strategic partnershipJones Day advised Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. in connection with its $150 million investment in Grab Holdings Inc., the Singapore headquartered South East Asia-focused ride sharing, food delivery and payments platform company, and the formation of a strategic partnership between the parties to collaborate in motorcycle ride-hailing service within the Southeast Asian region with a focus on Indonesia.
  • Procter & Gamble acquires consumer health business of Merck KGaAJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) in its €3.375 billion ($4.2 billion) acquisition of the worldwide consumer health business of Merck KGaA.
  • Midas acquires Microlife CorporationJones Day advised Midas Fund LP, a joint venture partner in Midas Company Limited, in the acquisition by Midas Company of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Microlife Corporation by way of a 100 percent share swap, for the aggregate consideration of NT$9.3 billion (US$300.9 million).
  • LaSalle acquires $7 billion Real Estate Multi-Manager business and management of €1.7 billion pan-European fund from Aviva InvestorsJones Day advised Jones Lang Lasalle Incorporated’s subsidiary LaSalle Investment Management on its agreement to acquire the entire Real Estate Multi-Manager (“REMM”) business of Aviva Investors and full ownership of the management of the Encore+ fund (“Encore+”).
  • Singapore Exchange invests in TrumidJones Day advised Singapore Exchange (SGX) in its acquisition of a minority stake in Trumid, a NYC-based financial technology company and electronic trading platform for corporate bonds.
  • National Fuel Gas completes $300 million registered public offering of 4.75% NotesJones Day represented National Fuel Gas Company in connection with its registered public offering of $300 million of 4.75% Notes due 2028.
  • Unabiz raises over $10 million in Series A fundingJones Day advised Sigfox S.A. in connection with a Series A fundraising by Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company Unabiz Holdings Pte Ltd, raising more than US$10 million in aggregate from various investors including affiliates of global energy conglomerate ENGIE and Japanese telecommunications firm KDDI.
  • Lennox International sells refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to Beijer Ref ABJones Day advised Lennox International Inc. in the sale of its refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to Beijer Ref AB.
  • Sandhar Technologies Limited completes $78.7 million IPO on BSE and NSE in IndiaJones Day advised ICICI Securities Limited and Axis Capital Limited, as book running lead managers, on Sandhar Technologies Limited's INR 5.1 billion (US$78.7 million) initial public offering on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India.
  • OMERS completes US$266 million investment in HDFC of IndiaJones Day advised OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario's municipal employees, in connection with its US$266 million investment of Equity Shares of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (“HDFC”), India's largest private sector lender.
  • MPLX completes $5.5 billion public offering of Senior NotesJones Day represented MPLX LP in connection with a public offering of $5.5 billion of Senior Notes, consisting of (i) $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.375% Senior Notes due 2023, (ii) $1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.000% Senior Notes due 2028, (iii) $1.75 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.500% Senior Notes due 2038, (iv) $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.700% Senior Notes due 2048, and (v) $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.900% Senior Notes due 2058.
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