Regional Practice Head, Corporate, 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.”
Education and qualifications
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.
Sophie is recognised for her Corporate/M&A expertise, and is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 and inducted into the ’Hall of Fame’ by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022. Sophie was also awarded Lawyer of the Year (Private Practice) at the inaugural Legal 500 Southeast Asia 2020/21 Awards.
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
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. In addition, Sophie is a member of the Advisory Board of the Singapore Management University School of Law.
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).