Dechert Bolsters Corporate & Securities Practice with Senior Partner Appointment in Singapore

January 06, 2020

SINGAPORE, 2nd January 2020 - Dechert LLP is expanding its Corporate & Securities practice with the appointment of Maria Tan Pedersen as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office, strengthening Dechert’s capability in Asia.

Ms. Pedersen has diverse expertise advising government, public and private clients, including blue chip companies, ultra-high net worth individuals, and family offices from across the world, on M&A, capital markets, infrastructure projects and international arbitration. Ms. Pedersen has vast experience in a number of industry sectors including energy and technology and her clients have led her to work actively in Europe, Asia and the United States, with a focus on Indonesia and the Philippines.

The global chair of Dechert’s Corporate and Securities practice, Mark Thierfelder, said, "Maria has a wealth of corporate M&A expertise and will be a tremendous asset to our growing corporate and securities practice in Singapore and the broader Asia region."

Dean Collins, Dechert’s Singapore Managing Partner said, "Maria brings more than two decades of diverse international and regional experience across complex M&A, financing and infrastructure matters as well as in high-stake dispute resolution matters. She will make a strong addition to our growing client offering in Asia."

Ms. Pedersen adds, "Southeast Asia is a dynamic region for inbound and outbound transactional and cross-border dispute resolution activity, and I am thrilled to be joining Dechert’s dynamic and market leading Corporate and Securities practice in Singapore to support clients’ activities."

Dechert’s global Corporate & Securities practice comprises more than 225 corporate, PE and M&A lawyers, across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The team represents leading private equity firms, public and private companies, global investment advisers and major investment banks, and has advised on the two largest private equity-backed acquisitions globally in the past three years, each of which had a significant Asian component. Specifically, Dechert advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC in its role in the acquisition by a Blackstone-led consortium of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business (now called Refinitiv) at an overall valuation of US$20 billion. Dechert is currently advising GIC on the consortium’s sale of Refinitiv to the London Stock Exchange for US$27billion. Dechert also advised SK hynix Inc., a South Korean semiconductor and memory chipmaker, as part of a consortium in connection with the US$18billion acquisition of Japan-based Toshiba Corporation’s NAND flash memory and solid-state drive business.

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