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NG Wai King is the Joint Managing Partner of WongPartnership and, concurrently, heads up the Corporate Group. Wai King’s experience encompasses mergers & acquisitions (“M&A”), capital markets, financial services advisory and regulatory work, and telecommunications regulatory and transactional matters. Wai King spent the better part of September and October 2010 advising Singapore billionaire Peter Lim on his bid to acquire Liverpool Football Club. A long suffering supporter, he was much disappointed when Liverpool was eventually sold to yet another group of American owners.
Working on the largest M&A transaction in Singapore’s corporate history, Wai King headed the team in advising TCC Assets and Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (a company listed on the Singapore Exchange) on a successful takeover offer for Fraser & Neave, Limited (“F&N”), fending off a competing offer by another party. The offer valued F&N at approximately S$13.8 billion and the transaction was awarded “M&A Deal of the Year” for both South East Asia and Singapore, as well as “SE Asia Deal of the Year” at the ALB SE Asia Law Awards, 2014; and “Best M&A Deal” at the IFLR Asia Awards, 2014. He is also currently representing JTC Corporation, a Singapore government statutory body, in a proposed merger with Temasek Holdings Limited of four of their operating subsidiaries.
Wai King has an active private equity practice. He led the team in Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (“KKR”)’s recent acquisition of Goodpack Limited, which was the largest buyout of a Singapore company by a private equity fund. He also worked on all of KKR’s previous buyout of SGX companies including MMI Holdings Limited and Unisteel Technology Ltd. Wai King also acted for Colony Capital in the acquisition of the “Raffles” and “Swissotel” hotel business from Raffles Holdings Limited.
In the context of public company M&A, Wai King has advised on the takeovers and/or privatisation of Singapore Land Limited, Lee Kim Tah Holdings, Olam International Limited, Australand Property Group, Guthrie GTS Limited, Pan Pacific Hotel Group, WBL Corporation Limited, HSR Global Limited, Nera Telecommunications Limited, Meiban Group Ltd., Portek International Limited, Pacific Shipping Trust, C&O Pharmaceutical Technology (Holdings) Limited, Thomson Medical Centre, Eng Kong Holdings Pte. Ltd., Hsu Fu Chi International Limited, Design Studio Furniture Manufacturer Ltd., Hongguo International, Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd., Straits Asia Resources Ltd., King’s Safetywear Limited, Unisteel Technology Ltd., Delong Holdings Limited, The Ascott Group Limited, Robinson & Co. Ltd., Want Want Holdings Ltd., Sembawang Kimtrans Limited and Media Asia Entertainment Limited.
His experience extends to cross-border transactions where he has advised parties involved in the acquisition of assets/shares in jurisdictions outside Singapore. For instance, Wai King was involved in advising DBS Group Holdings Ltd. in its bid to acquire PT Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk, Navis Capital’s disposal of King’s Safetywear to Honeywell International, and the sale of Invida Group to A. Menarini S.r.l. Wai King was also part of the team that advised the Sampoerna family in the sale of shares in PT HM Sampoerna (a company listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange) to Philip Morris International and Kookmin Bank’s sale of its stake in Bank Internasional Indonesia to Maybank.
Wai King graduated from the National University of Singapore where he was awarded the AV Winslow Prize, and obtained a LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He teaches certain aspects of Corporate Finance Law at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.W
Wai King is ranked in IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms; Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Asia Pacific – Asia Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for Business; PLC Which Lawyer – Corporate/M&A; PLC Which Lawyer – Private Equity/Venture Capital; Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers; Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers; Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers; Best Lawyers; The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client’s Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession; Asian Legal Business (ALB) and Asialaw Profiles – The Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Domestic Law Firms as a leading Singapore practitioner in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Practice.