Jonathan Olier

Partner, Singapore


Jonathan has been recognized as one of the 15 best M&A dealmakers in Asia by Asian Legal Business’ Asia Top 15 M&A Lawyers 2023. He was also named ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ at the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2023.

Jonathan has been ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ for Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms in Singapore since 2019, with clients quoting Jonathan on his ability to “distil complex issues quickly” and provide a “big picture perspective” as well as his “creative solution-oriented approach.” He is also ranked Band 2 for Corporate/M&A: International since 2020, with clients commending him for his “rapid response time, proactive attitude and ability to solve problems creatively”. “Jonathan is very responsive and knowledgeable”, “he gives insights that are not just from a legal perspective but also from a commercial side. He has experience on that.”.


Jonathan Olier heads the Corporate M&A and Private Equity practice for Southeast Asia, which encompasses M&A, private equity, investment funds and real estate practices, and focuses on providing an integrated service offering for international and Asia-based clients across a variety of large and complex cross-border M&A and capital raising transactions in the region.

Jonathan has been practicing for over 25 years including the last 13 years in Singapore, leading a team of partners and associates dedicated to advising clients on their M&A and investments in Southeast Asia. He focuses on advising private equity clients, large corporates, investment funds and family offices on strategic transactions, cross-border joint ventures and complex private capital matters. Jonathan's experience in distressed M&A has led to him advising on some of the largest restructurings in Singapore in recent years.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor, England and Wales
College of Law, Chancery Lane
Université de Paris II
Université d'Aix-Marseille III


ESR on multiple transactions, including on the:

  • US$208 million investment in BW Industrial, one of the largest logistics and industrial real estate developers in Vietnam.
  • Disposal of interests in the Higashi Ogishima B Distribution Centre in Japan to a joint venture vehicle established by ESR and The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), and related shareholder arrangements in respect of the SPC with GIC.

FLOW Digital Infrastructure, a PAG Real Estate Company founded to develop a leading digital infrastructure platform in Asia-Pacific, on its joint venture with AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corp, to develop carrier-neutral data centers across the Philippines.

CVC Capital Partners on its pre-IPO investment, and subsequent sale of shares, in PT Garudafood Putra Putri Jaya Tbk., one of the largest food and beverage companies in Indonesia, to Hormel Foods Corporation.

Redwood on its:

  • Merger with e-Shang Cayman Ltd, a logistics developer sponsored by Warburg Pincus and APG, to create 'e-Shang Redwood', one of the largest logistics real estate platforms in Asia (Singapore, China, Japan and South Korea).
  • Complex equity investments relating to their shareholding of ESR Group Ltd, a leading Pan Asia logistics developer and fund manager.

Singapore law counsel for TPG in its AU$1.8 billion take private of Australia's biggest crematoria and funerals operator, InvoCare by way of scheme of arrangement.

DigitalBridge on its US$450 million acquisition of a majority ownership stake in AIMS Group from TIME dotcom Berhad and Symphony Communication Public Company Limited.

The sponsors to Aquilius Investment Management on the establishment of an investment platform dedicated to secondaries in Asia-Pacific.

Aquilius Investment Management on several acquisitions of limited partnership interests, secondary positions and complex fund continuation and buys outs.

bKash on its:

  • Series C investment round with SoftBank Vision Fund II, the tech investment fund of SoftBank, investing US$400 million for a 20 percent stake through a primary and secondary investment; and
  • Strategic partnership with Ant Financial Services Group, the operator of Alipay, the world's largest third-party payment platform.

PIMCO on its first investment into a Singapore equity joint venture for the purpose of logistics development into Japan.

KKR on its data center investment into South Korea.

A leading global financial sponsor on various transactions in the education sector within Southeast Asia.

Ooredoo Group on the US$6 billion merger of PT Indosat, an Indonesian subsidiary of Ooredoo Group, with PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia, an Indonesian subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.

RATCH Group PCL in its US$605 million acquisition of the Nexif Energy Group and on the formation of NEXIF RATCH Energy, a renewable energy platform with wind, solar and hydro energy assets across Southeast Asia and Australia.

Awards and Recognition

'Dealmaker of the Year'
ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2023

'Asia Top 15 M&A Lawyers'
Asian Legal Business 2023

'Leading Individual' for Corporate and M&A: Foreign Firms in Singapore by Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2019

Band 2 for Singapore Corporate/M&A: International in Chambers Asia Pacific since 2020