Jon Bowden

Partner, Singapore

Biography

Jon is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018-2021, with clients saying he is “commercial and cuts to the heart of the issue”. He is also a recommended practitioner in Legal 500 Asia Pacific editions for Corporate/M&A in both Singapore and Indonesia.

Clients describe Jon as “very responsive and always goes the extra mile” and “very hands-on” (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019, 2021).

Overview

Jon Bowden is a Partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice group in Singapore.

Jon regularly advises global and Asia-based private equity sponsors and other financial investors in connection with their transactions across jurisdictions in Asia and globally. Jon also advises large MNCs and financial institutions on a variety of cross-border private and public M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate finance transactions.

Jon has over 15 years of corporate/M&A experience. He started his career in London and has been based in Singapore for over 10 years.

Jon is the Head of the Vietnam Country Group of White & Case.

Jon chairs the Singapore office's pro bono and CSR committee and is actively involved in the firm's regional pro bono efforts.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LPC
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
Graduate Diploma in Law
Oxford University
BA
Modern History
Oxford Brookes University
Languages
English

Experience

Private Equity:

  • A leading global financial sponsor on its investments in one of Vietnam's largest international schools.
  • A leading global financial sponsor on its proposed acquisition of 100% of an international school based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • A leading global financial sponsor on its investment into a group of companies in India in the business of researching, developing, manufacturing, marketing and commercialization of bio-pharmaceutical products, including vaccines for COVID-19.
  • Brookfield Renewable Partners on the disposal of 9 operating solar plants in Thailand to Global Power Synergy Public Company (GPSC), the power generation arm of Thailand's PTT Group.
  • Brookfield Renewable Partners on the disposal of its solar energy business in Malaysia.
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. on its establishment of a 50:50 joint venture with Digital Realty focused on the development, ownership and operation of institutional quality data centers in India.
  • Baring Private Equity Asia on a number of matters, including its acquisition of a 28 percent stake in PT Nitrasanata Dharma, a business in Indonesia which operates the Jakarta Eye Center and is comprised of specialist eye care hospitals and clinics and consultation and surgical facilities.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its investments in GNPK and GNPower Kauswagan, a leading power provider in the Philippines, and the related consortium and exit arrangements with AC Energy.
  • Private equity firm ChrysCapital on its participation in a US$150 million minority investment in QuEST Global, a global product engineering and lifecycle services business.
  • Private-equity backed Diaverum, a leading global renal care service provider, on its acquisition of Advance Renal Care Asia (ARCA) and its subsidiaries, a group engaged in the provision of dialysis services and dialysis centre management services in Singapore and Malaysia.
  • Private-equity backed Babilou SAS, the leading global child-care centre operator based in Europe, on its acquisition of 70% of the Nurture Education Group, a child-care centre operator based in Singapore and subsequent acquisition of a chain of kindergarten child care centres in Singapore.
  • LOLC Holdings, as part of an investor consortium, on the sale of its shareholding in PRASAC MicroFinance Institution Limited (PRASAC) to Kookmin Bank Co. Ltd, the largest ever Cambodian M&A deal by value and one of the largest ever overseas investments by a Korean bank. The transaction won "Best of the Frontier Markets" award at the FinanceAsia Awards 2020.
  • One of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds on its investment in a logistics real estate investment platform in Singapore.
  • ESR on the establishment of RJLF II Fund, a fund focused on real estate development of logistics and distribution projects, with Ping An, Equity International, EPF, Allianz as investors.
  • ESR on the establishment of the RJLF III Fund, a fund focused on real estate development of logistics and distribution projects.
  • PT Avia Avian, one of Indonesia's leading paint manufacturers, on a recent pre-IPO minority investment by a leading sovereign wealth fund.
  • Pacific Century Group on its acquisition of AMS Singapore Pte. Ltd., a leading insurance solutions operator in Asia-Pacific.
  • PAG on the establishment of a co-investment platform with respect to the telecommunications sector in the Philippines.
  • VinaCapital on the establishment of a co-investment platform with a leading regional SE Asian conglomerate.
  • A global investment bank on its warrant and equity arrangements in respect of a leading private-equity backed a real estate logistics operator in Vietnam.

 

FIG / Fintech:

  • VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II (Nasdaq: VPCB), a SPAC sponsored by Victory Park Capital, on its US$2.5 billion business combination with FinAccel, the parent company of Indonesian digital consumer credit and 'Buy Now Pay Later' platform Kredivo.
  • bolttech Holdings Limited, an international insurtech company, on its US$180 million series A equity financing round (led by Activant Capital Group), which valued bolttech at more than US$1 billion and was reportedly the largest ever insurtech Series A funding round.
  • Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited on its US$2.3 billion acquisition of a majority shareholding in Bank Permata Tbk from Standard Chartered Bank and PT Astra International Tbk. This transaction has been named "M&A Deal of the Year" by ALB Indonesia Law Awards 2020.
  • Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited on its mandatory tender offer in respect of Bank Permata Tbk.
  • Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited on the integration of its Indonesian branch business (Bangkok Bank Indonesia) with PT Bank Permata Tbk.
  • A private equity bidder on its proposed acquisition of a significant minority shareholding in BFI Finance Tbk, a leading Indonesian consumer multi-finance platform.
  • A leading Middle Eastern bank on its proposed acquisition of a significant minority stake in PT Bank Bukopin Tbk.
  • FWD Group Management Holdings Limited on its acquisition of a shareholding in FWD Takaful (formerly HSBC Amanah Takaful (Malaysia) Berhad) from HSBC Insurance (Asia Pacific) Holdings Limited and related bancassurance arrangements.
  • A leading international bank on the potential re-structuring of its Indonesian banking business.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) on its US$1.5 billion acquisition of a 40 percent shareholding in BTPN, a leading Indonesian listed bank.

 

TMT:

  • Schneider Electric Foundries, a leading multinational company providing energy and automation digital products, on the establishment and co-investment arrangements of energy management company NaviX Solutions.
  • GlobalWafers Co. Ltd., a global leader in the manufacture of silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry, on its US$683 million acquisition of SunEdison Semiconductor Limited.
  • Pivotal Software, Inc., a data and analytics software and services provider, in connection with its acquisition of the software development and services business of Neo Innovation, Inc. and Neo Innovation (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  • PT XL Axiata, an Indonesian telecommunications operator, on its US$267 million sale and leaseback of 2,500 telecoms towers to PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo).
  • LS Cable & System Ltd. on its formation of a joint venture in Indonesia with PT Artha Metal Sinergi, an affiliate of Artha Graha Group.
  • A leading Filipino conglomerate on its proposed acquisition of a portfolio of telecoms towers.

 

Energy & Renewables:

  • Various international developers in respect of solar and wind power projects in Vietnam.
  • Schneider Electric, a global player in energy management and automation, on its US$2.1 billion (₹14,000 crore) acquisition of Larsen & Toubro Electrical & Automation, and on the subsequent consortium arrangements between Schneider Electric and Temasek Holdings Private Ltd. The transaction was named "Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year (Over US$1 billion)" by the M&A Advisor (2020).
  • Saudi Aramco on its US$14 billion joint venture with Petronas to develop and finance Petronas's Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) in Malaysia.
  • Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution, on its acquisition of a majority interest in, and joint venture with, Zhongbai Xingye Food Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese food ingredients and additives distribution company.
  • Brenntag on its acquisition of a majority interest in, and joint venture with, the Tee Hai Group, a leading chemicals distribution company in Singapore.
  • Brenntag on its acquisition of a majority interest in, and joint venture with, EPChem Group, a leading chemicals distribution company in Singapore and SE Asia.
  • Brenntag on its acquisition of a majority interest in, and joint venture with, TAT Group, Singapore, a leading chemicals distribution company in Singapore and SE Asia.
  • Noble Group on its US$3.5 billion debt-for-equity restructuring of Noble Group. This deal was awarded "Restructuring Deal of the Year" at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 and "Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring" at the Asia Legal Awards 2019.
  • FKS Food & Agri, the leading Indonesian agribusiness, on a significant minority investment by a Japanese strategic investor.
  • Puma Energy on the disposal of its Indonesian businesses.
Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer/recommended practitioner in Corporate/M&A: International – Singapore by Chambers Asia Pacific (2018-2021)

'Leading Lawyer/recommended practitioner for Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms - Singapore and Indonesia by Legal 500 (2019-2021)