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Sophie Mathur

Partner, Singapore

“I am a corporate lawyer, advising on the Southeast Asian region’s most complex cross-border transactions. I am commercially minded, client-focused, conscientious and am trusted for my sound judgment and my ability to offer solutions in challenging situations.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Sophie specialises in cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, takeovers and joint ventures, and advises on a mix of corporate strategic transactions and financial sponsor deals across Southeast Asia. She has specialist expertise in the financial services, consumer and technology sectors.

As one of the firm’s global co-heads of innovation, Sophie has a keen interest in promoting the development of Singapore’s start-up ecosystem and advises several start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Sophie began her career in London, where she trained and worked for five years. In 2010, Sophie spent three months in Jakarta on a secondment to PT Astra International, Indonesia’s largest conglomerate, assisting on the legal aspects of many of the group’s businesses.

Work highlights

Sophie has led on many of the region’s most significant transactions. These include advising:

  • ANZ on the multijurisdictional sale of its retail and wealth business in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Indonesia
  • Sun Life Financial on the buy-out of CIMB Group’s shareholding in their joint venture, PT CIMB Sun Life, in Indonesia in order to comply with the government’s “single presence” regulations
  • Glencore, BP and SK (a Korean conglomerate), on core aspects of the restructuring of the Jurong Aromatics Refinery (an SGD2.4 billion refinery that is in receivership)
  • Macquarie on the private equity investment to acquire 40% in Universal Terminal, the Singapore oil storage provider
  • Mitsui on several transactions, including the sale of its water business in the PRC to Yunnan Water, a Chinese state-owned enterprise
  • The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its investment in Garena, a Singapore-based consumer internet platform
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on its acquisition of a 40% stake in Bank Tabungan Pensiuman Nasional, a microfinance bank, the largest investment by a Japanese bank in Indonesia’s financial services sector and the first deal to take place under Indonesia’s current bank ownership regulations

Professional experience

Sophie is a panel member of the Institute of Corporate Law (ICL) in Singapore, a government-sponsored body that develops corporate law literature and fosters professional discussions on corporate law issues. With her international experience, she is able to offer her knowledge of how cross-border transactions are structured in jurisdictions outside Singapore.

Sophie also advises on a pro bono basis the Ethereum Foundation, whose mission is to promote and support an accessible, freer and more trustworthy Internet.

Sophie regularly speaks at events, and most recently spoke at a conference on telecommunications, media and technology, TMT Finance & Investment Asia, where she chaired a panel on mergers and acquisitions in Asia.

Education and qualifications

Sophie studied law at Trinity College, Oxford University.

She speaks English and Bahasa (both Indonesia and Melayu).