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James Mythen

Partner - ASEAN

Singapore

Mythen James
James Mythen

Partner - ASEAN

Singapore

James’ practice is focused on public and private M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions across the ASEAN region. He advises across a variety of sectors, but has developed extensive experience in advising on transactions involving regulated industries such as banking and insurance, aviation and transport, telecommunications, infrastructure and leisure. He regularly advises corporates, financial institutions, private equity and sovereign wealth funds.

James is particularly valued by clients for his extensive cross-border experience, having worked in London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore, and regularly advises clients on transactions involving Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Highly regarded by his clients, James is often cited in directories as an outstanding lawyer.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its joint venture and co-investment into a USD300m real estate fund managed by CapitaLand.
  • a sovereign investment fund on its investment into, and strategic partnership with, a cinema operator in Indonesia. 
  • a sovereign wealth fund on its co-investment with Emerging Capital Partners, the pan-African private equity house, to acquire a 30% interest in a series of bulk cargo handling businesses in Kenya. 
  • a sovereign wealth fund on their investment into, and strategic partnership with, a leading Vietnamese bank.

Other Deals:

  • Central Group, a Thai conglomerate, on its USD1.1bn acquisition of the Big C Vietnam supermarket chain.
  • EMR Capital and Farallon Capital in relation to the USD775m acquisition, and related senior and mezzanine financing, of a 95% interest in PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) from G-Resources. PTAR owns and operates the Martabe Gold Mine in Indonesia.
  • VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund Limited on its USD104m disposal of an interest in a Vietnamese hotel.
  • SATS, a Singapore listed company, on its USD94m acquisition of a 41.65% stake in PT Cardig Aero Services (CAS), a leading provider of airport gateway services and food solutions in Indonesia.
  • A leading PE House on their acquisition of a QSR brand business, and the associated franchising arrangements, with Yum! Brands in Turkey.
  • Manulife on a long-term strategic bancassurance partnership arrangement in Vietnam with TechComBank.

Experience highlights

Expertise

Practices

Corporate and M&A

Office

Singapore

Allen & Overy LLP
50 Collyer Quay, #09-01 OUE Bayfront
Singapore
049321

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2012

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006

Academic

Postgraduate Diploma in law and Diploma in Legal Practice, BPP Law School, London, 2004

MPhil (Historical Studies) - Distinction, Cambridge University, 2001

BA (History) - First Class Honors, London School of Economics, 2000

Recognition

News & insights

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Publications: 21 FEBRUARY 2020

Indonesia introduces new regulation to facilitate the transformation of foreign bank branches into subsidiaries and refine M&A in the banking sector

The OJK introduced new regulation to facilitate the transformation of foreign bank branches into subsidiaries and address certain existing uncertainties in executing bank M&A.

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Publications: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

New regulation relaxes foreign ownership requirements for Indonesian insurers

From January 2020, there has been a relaxation to the existing restrictions on foreign equity ownership of an Indonesian insurer, which will “grandfather” existing foreign ownership interests in excess of the 80% threshold and permit capital increases and spin-offs of Sharia units by insurers without strict adherence to the 80:20 rule.  

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Publications: 30 AUGUST 2019

Digital banking licences in Singapore: MAS opens applications

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on 29 August 2019 that it will begin accepting applications for new digital bank licences.

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Myanmar

Publications: 25 JULY 2019

Myanmar’s economic liberalisation: Three years on

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (the NLD) celebrates its third anniversary of government this year. Fourteen months from now, campaigning will commence for Myanmar’s 2020 general election, which will be its third since the country’s reintroduction of free elections in 2010. This offers an opportune moment to consider the performance of the NLD government in the past three years since their assumption of control.

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