Jake M. Robson

Partner | Singapore

jrobson@mofo.com | 65 69222026

65 69222026

A great lawyer balances protecting the interests of the client from a technical and legal perspective with a clear understanding of their commercial agenda.

Jake Robson is a corporate finance partner based in Singapore. He has extensive experience in cross-border acquisitions, disposals and joint venture arrangements as well as cross-border regulatory advice, both in South and Southeast Asia and in Europe. He is also experienced in advising on equity capital markets work, including acting for both issuers and underwriters on IPOs and secondary fundraisings across various Asian Stock Exchanges.

Mr. Robson has a particular focus on the financial institutions, FinTech, technology and telecommunications, resources and commodities sectors. He has worked on numerous high profile and high value transactions for multinational clients such as AXA, Axiata Group Berhad, BTMU, Chubb (formerly known as ACE), Generali, HSBC, Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Mizuho Bank.

Mr. Robson is acknowledged as a leader in his field for international Corporate/M&A work by Chambers Global 2019, Chamber Asia-Pacific 2019, IFLR1000 2019, the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019, and by Best Lawyers in Singapore since 2009.

Clients report being impressed by his deal-making abilities, and that “he's the kind you would love to have in your corner and dread if he's playing for the away team.” He is commended for his “technical strength and amazing stamina”, and is “particularly noted for his negotiating skills. He really inspires confidence in his clients.” Clients have described him as someone who will “go above and beyond the call of duty,” and who “has the right balance between protecting the interests of the client from a technical, legal perspective and understanding the commercial agenda.”

Mr. Robson heads the firm’s financial institutions and FinTech practices in Asia and the TMT practice in Singapore. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and is often asked to provide commentary on regional trends and acquisitions in the financial, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Mr. Robson has resided in Singapore since 2005. In addition to English, he speaks and writes fluent French and Italian.

Representative Transactions

  • SoftBank Vision Fund in its US$1.46 billion further investment into the Series H financing round of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform.
  • Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, on a regional contractual-distribution joint venture with Grab Taxi, the leading on-demand transportation and Fintech platform in Southeast Asia.
  • JT Group on its acquisition of the tobacco business of Akij Group for approximately US$1.5 billion - at completion, this was the largest M&A deal in Bangladeshi history; and on its acquisition of the tobacco business of Mighty Corporation for approximately US$950 million - one of the largest M&A deals by value in the Philippines in 2017.
  • SC Ventures and Standard Chartered Bank on various VC investments globally.
  • AXA SA on its acquisition of Asian businesses valued at A$9.8 billion in connection with AMP Limited’s takeover of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited (shortlisted for Asian Legal Business’s “Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year”).
  • Axiata Group Berhad, the largest mobile operator in Malaysia, on numerous transactions across Asia, including:
    • The US$1.4 billion acquisition of Nepal’s leading mobile operator, Ncell (Nominated for M&A Deal of the Year: South Asia - The Asian Lawyer Asia Legal Awards 2016); and
    • The US$3 billion buyout by Idea Cellular of Dr BK Modi’s stake in Spice Communications, the merger of Spice into Idea, and the preferential placement of shares by Idea to Axiata (Awarded the Indian Business Law Journal’s Deal of the Year award for 2008).
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