Nick Davies

Nick Davies is a Partner based in the corporate practice of the Singapore office of King & Wood Mallesons.

Nick has extensive experience working on strategic investments, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial partnerships across Southeast Asia.  His clients include funds, multinational corporations, financial institutions and investors. 

Clients value Nick for the expertise and hands-on approach he brings to executing market entry, growth plans or divestments in the challenging legal jurisdictions and business environments of Southeast Asia.  This approach is highly attuned to achieving his client’s objectives efficiently and to international standards.

Alongside his specialism in corporate transactions in emerging markets, Nick also has a growing practice advising emerging companies in the technology and venture capital sectors in Southeast Asia.

Nick has been recognised as a Rising Star by the Legal 500. He has been a contributor to Singapore’s model venture capital investment documents.  He also has a particular focus on the Fintech sector and is often asked to comment on regulatory developments or provide input to new legislative proposals in this sector.

Prior to joining KWM, he worked at top tier US firms in Singapore and in London. His early career involved advising Sovereign Wealth Funds, Private Equity Funds and Multilateral Banks on transactions in Western and Eastern Europe – which has given him a depth of experience to become an emerging markets specialist.

Nick is admitted to practice in England and Wales and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore.  He received his Double law degree in English Law and French Law from King’s College London and maîtrise en droit mention Droit anglais from Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Representative Matters (including experience obtained prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons):

  • MUFG and its affiliated group companies:on their US$700 million investment in Grab and associated commercial joint venture across 7 Asian jurisdictions.
  • Princeton Digital Group: on its acquisition of 5 data centres from XL Axiata and related shareholder agreement.
  • JT Group:
    • on its acquisition of the tobacco business of Akij Group for a total of BDT 124.3 billion (approximately US$1.476 billion). This was the largest M&A deal in Bangladeshi history.
    • on its acquisition of the assets related to the tobacco business of Mighty Corporation for a total of PHP 46.8 billion (approximately US$936 million).
  • Coins ph: on its sale to Go-Jek. This is one of the largest cross-border transactions by an Indonesian acquirer.
  • Standard Chartered Bank and Standard Chartered Ventures: on their venture capital investments involving numerous strategic investments in companies in Singapore, the UK and the U.S.
  • BlackRock: on its sale of Asia Square Tower 1 to QIA. At the time this was the largest single-tower real estate transaction in the Asia Pacific.
  • A leading Chinese online retail group: in its S$100 million Series B investment in a Singaporean FinTech company.
  • A private equity backed joint venture: on its global disposal programme for numerous four and five star hotels.


Legal insights

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has just announced new rules that will enable Special Acquisition Companies (SPAC) listings, effective 3 September 2021.

03 September 2021

As U.S. listed SPACs increasingly seek out new targets for investment outside of the U.S., SPACs may provide a welcome catalyst to help SE Asia’s PE and VC backed companies achieve a long sought...

31 March 2021

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