Jonathan Olier

Partner, Singapore


Jonathan has been recognized as one of the 15 best M&A dealmakers in Asia by Asia Legal Business’ Asia Top 15 M&A Lawyers 2023. He was also named ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ at the Asia 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
Avocat, France
College of Law, Chancery Lane
Université de Paris II
Université d'Aix-Marseille III


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.

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.
  • joint venture with PGIM Real Estate, one of the largest global real estate managers, for a BTS redevelopment to build a logistics facility for POKKA in Singapore.
  • formation of a perpetual core fund and joint venture among  ESR, AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets, and a major sovereign wealth fund in connection with the acquisition of six logistics properties in Japan for US$1 billion. This transaction has been named "Real Estate Deal of the Year" by ALB Japan Law Awards 2019.

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, a leading Thai commercial bank, on its US$2.7 billion acquisition of 89.12 percent shareholding in PT Bank Permata Tbk, a major commercial bank in Indonesia, from Standard Chartered Bank and PT Astra International Tbk.

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.

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.

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.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. in the US$7.22 billion reorganization and recapitalization of the company in the context of the company's Chapter 11 proceedings.

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