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Bor Jern’s areas of expertise span business trusts, REITs, capital markets, acquisitions, corporate actions and private funds.

He has been involved in advising issuers and underwriters on a broad range of complicated and notable transactions, including the initial public offering of REITs and business trusts, high value acquisitions and equity capital fund raisings. Bor Jern also advises REIT and business trust issuers on regulatory and compliance advisory work.

Bor Jern has been described by Chambers Asia-Pacific that “sources particularly highlight his ‘deep local knowledge and excellent relationship with issuers and regulators’” and by Chambers Global that “sources are quick to commend his expertise and market prominence”. IFLR1000 has described Bor Jern as having "very good knowledge of the law and has a good relationship with regulators, and therefore is able to give us some insight on our matters from the regulators' perspective". The Legal 500 has described Bor Jern to be “extremely helpful in providing solutions to many complex issues”. Bor Jern has also been cited as an expert in Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets.

Being bilingual, Bor Jern regularly advises on Chinese transactions as he reads and writes Chinese. He has spoken in seminars on business trusts and REITs organised by the Singapore Exchange, the Institute of Banking and Finance, the National University of Singapore and others. He was formerly the Chief Editor of the Singapore Law Review. Bor Jern sits on the General Committee of Orchid Country Club, which is under the Singapore Labour Foundation.

Work Highlights

  • Acted as transaction counsel in the IPO and listing on the Singapore Exchange of Hutchinson Port Holdings Trust, the first publicly traded container port business trust and the largest IPO in Singapore to date, raising US$5.8 billion (S$7.35 billion) in gross proceeds.
  • Acted as transaction counsel in the IPO and listing on the Singapore Exchange of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust, the first REIT in Singapore with commercial properties in Hong Kong and China, raising over S$1.6 billion.

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