Siew Kam Boon Joins Dechert’s Corporate Practice in Singapore

Dechert LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Singapore and English qualified Siew Kam Boon has joined the firm as a corporate partner based in Singapore. She was previously a partner at K&L Gates focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and emerging growth and venture capital.

“We are very pleased to have Siew Kam join our growing practice in Asia and bolster our corporate capabilities in the region,” said Mark Thierfelder, chair of the firm’s corporate practice. “We have seen significant expansion in our global private equity and M&A practice this year and she is a great complement to the team. In particular, our offering in Asia has significantly grown in recent months and our clients will greatly benefit from all the deep talent we have to offer.”

Boon is recommended as a foreign expert based in Singapore for corporate and M&A in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia 2017 and has been recognized by these publications for six consecutive years. Clients and sources interviewed by Chambers have described her as being a “fantastic lawyer”, “worked in many jurisdictions and knows how to deal with legal teams from different cultures”, “very pragmatic and likeable”, “very sensible and commercial person” and “extremely smart at negotiating.” She is also recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000.

“Siew Kam is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Dean Collins, managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. “We have tried recruiting her ever since we set up in Singapore. I worked with her at my previous firm and she is energetic, bright, technically sound, commercially minded and focused on doing the very best for clients. She has a great track record on leading and completing highly complex deals across multiple jurisdictions. Combined with our highly regarded private equity funds practice, we expect to provide a deeper and broader offering to our funds and corporate clients.”

Boon focuses her work on mergers and acquisitions, with a significant background in cross-border transactions, and on private equity and emerging growth with an emphasis on Pan-Asian matters. In addition to private equity funds, she has extensive experience working with venture capital funds, sovereign wealth funds and corporate clients across multiple industries. Throughout her career, Boon has been involved in some of the largest high profile M&A, private equity and venture deals in the Asia Pacific region, including having acted for industry household names and Fortune 500 serial acquirers such as Partners Group, Baring Private Equity Asia, Capital Square Partners, Quadria Capital, Everstone Capital, Hermes GPE, GIC, Golden Gate Ventures, Sequoia Capital India, Microsoft Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Golden Agri Resources and Honeywell. Her experience spans across various sectors including technology (covering e-commerce, online marketplace, payments, adtech, internet, mobile and FinTech), healthcare and life sciences, outsourcing, media, telecommunications, FMCG, energy, infrastructure and resources.

“Dechert is very well known to me, especially as a leader in the corporate and private equity industry, which is a great fit for my work and my clients,” said Boon. “I am excited at the prospects of working with Dean again and leveraging the synergies that the firm’s platform has to offer.”

Dechert’s corporate team worked on a number of landmark transactions throughout Asia in recent months, including advising Lazada, the largest e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia, on the sale of a controlling stake in the company to Alibaba for US$1 billion (which was named “M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia” at The Asia Legal Awards 2017) and on its subsequent acquisition of one of the region’s first online grocery stores, Redmart, which is backed by billionaire Eduardo Saverin. Dechert’s corporate team also worked as international counsel to Shanghai Shenda in its proposed global joint venture with International Automotive Components, which will supply soft trim and acoustics products to car and truck producers and operate 25 manufacturing facilities and technical centers in 11 countries worldwide.

Dechert’s private equity, cross-border M&A and finance practices have significantly expanded over the last year with strategic lateral hires in New York, London, Dubai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

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