Biography

Stephen is the senior corporate partner in Freshfields Asia practice and a member of the global transactions team. Stephen splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore. He was the co-head of Freshfields’ global capital markets practice for many years helping build a practice that has acted on many of the world’s most significant capital markets offerings and been responsible for many innovations in capital markets globally. His specializations include privatizations, debt and equity securities offerings, especially those with cross-border elements – he has worked on listings on over 15 different stock exchanges.  He has particular experience of dual listings and has worked on transactions involving ‘duals’ listed on Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, London, Almaty, Zagreb, Prague, Moscow, Kiev and several western European countries. He also has an active M&A practice and has recently been appointed a member of the takeover panel in Singapore.

Stephen has a well-earned reputation for driving deals to a successful conclusion through a combination of innovative thinking and carefully planned execution. He has been at Freshfields for nearly 40 years and a partner for over 30 years– clients benefit from his experience and his knowledge of the firm throughout the world.  He is a hands-on partner, always available for clients, and gets fully involved in any transaction.  He has spent time on secondment to clients and works hard at understanding client goals and challenges.

He has a deep understanding of market norms and practices, including the need to respect the fact that all companies are different.  His relationships with regulators around the world gives him a clear perspective and understanding of the policy drivers.

Stephen has practiced in the United States, for some of this time as US managing partner, throughout Europe and in Asia and has worked on transactions in over 50 countries – he is known for his global perspective and local knowledge. He is a highly experienced emerging markets specialist – one who can get the job done to international standards in a developing business and legal environment.

Qualifications and education

Stephen was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge and is admitted to practice in England and in Hong Kong.  

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