Yemi Tépé is a partner in the Finance and Projects Group of Morrison & Foerster LLP, based in the Singapore office. She specializes in domestic and multi-jurisdictional acquisition and leveraged finance, public to private takeovers, real estate finance, debt structuring and restructuring, syndicated lending and subscription line financing.
Ms. Tépé advises leading international banks and financial institutions, major corporates, private equity sponsors, alternative financiers such as hedge funds and asset managers, as well as emerging growth, mid-cap, and large public and privately held companies. Her practice extends across various sectors including technology and telecoms, banks, private equity, life sciences, F&B, education, energy and power, mining and resources, oil and gas and real estate. Ms Tépé has extensive experience on significant and high profile transactions globally including in Singapore, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong and across Europe.
Ms. Tépé has been ranked as a leading individual by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific consistently since 2011 for Banking and Finance. She is also recognized by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 and has been recommended by the Best Lawyers (a peer-based review) since 2014. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards as a “Rising Star”.
Ms. Tépé is praised by clients as a “high quality” practitioner with “a lot of transactional experience and knowledge”. She is considered “a very safe pair of hands” who is “extremely commercial and user-friendly”, “methodical in her work process and extremely responsive”, “very reliable, and never puts a step wrong” and whose “expertise blew everyone's socks away." Clients also highlight her "balanced view for both the borrowing and the lending parties," and her ability "to discern and summarise issues at hand in a clear and succinct manner."
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Tépé worked at a leading magic circle law firm in their Singapore, London and Tokyo offices. Ms. Tépé speaks fluent French and is a member of the Singapore branch of the APLMA Documentation Committee.
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