Mark is Co-Head of the Firm’s Banking & Finance Practice. He has broad experience in both regional and domestic finance transactions. His general banking and finance practice includes acting for both lenders and major corporate borrowers on regional and domestic syndicated loans, structured, property development and acquisition financings, and debt restructurings.
Since 2001, Mark has been widely recognised as a leading banking lawyer in Singapore by notable legal directories including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific. In Chambers Asia-Pacific, Mark is noted as “an esteemed practitioner with a wealth of financing expertise spanning syndicated loans, acquisition financing and debt restructuring mandates, among other areas” and he is said to be “widely regarded as an ‘active and well-respected’ banking lawyer”, where clients praised him “for the quality of his advice and depth of his experience”. In Chambers Global, he is described as being “good at following up on issues.” Mark is also ranked as a leading individual for his Banking & Finance expertise in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also being rated by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for his “strong business acumen and good industry knowledge.” In Who’s Who Legal Singapore, Mark has been consistently recommended as a leading lawyer for Banking and Finance in Singapore.
- Acted for a group of 15 European, Japanese and Australian lenders, including Banco Santander, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Natixis, on US$1.0 billion loan facilities to Olam Holdings, guaranteed by Olam International, the Singapore incorporated and listed commodities giant. The deal was one of the largest corporate lendings arranged out of Singapore.
- Acted for OCBC, UOB, DBS and Maybank on a S$2.1 billion secured loan facility to Asia Square Towers 1 Pte. Ltd.. The financing follows the acquisition by sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority of Asia Square Tower 1 from US private equity firm BlackRock for approximately S$3.4 billion in one of the largest real estate transactions in the Asia-Pacific and one of the largest single-tower real estate transactions globally.