Jon's practice covers a broad spectrum of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, and restructuring.
Before joining Drew & Napier in 2015, Jon worked in leading Singapore and international law firms where he advised on a wide range of notable domestic and cross-border transactions in sectors such as technology, financial institutions, transport, energy, and infrastructure. Jon has also advised on commercial contracts and financing matters when on secondment at a major Singapore-listed real estate and hospitality company. Jon regularly assists clients on their general corporate matters such as compliance with the SGX listing rules and on employment matters.
As part of his practice, Jon works closely with investors, funds, multinational corporations and family groups on their regional transactions in South-east Asia.
Jon has been a Legal Case Studies Instructor at the NUS Law School, and he facilitates practice sessions for the Advanced Corporate Practice modules of the Singapore Bar Examinations.
Jon has advised on a number of significant transactions. Here are some examples:
Advised Singapore-listed Innovalues Limited in the S$331 million acquisition by the Northstar Group, by way of a scheme of arrangement: Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association PE Deal of the Year 2017
Advised a fund affiliated with and advised by KKR in the S$785 million acquisition of Singapore-listed Unisteel Technology Limited, by way of a scheme of arrangement: Finance Asia Best Private Equity Buyout 2008
Advised Sealed Air Corporation as Singapore counsel in the US$3.2 billion carve-out sale of its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division to Bain Capital Private Equity
- Advised Long Haul Holdings Ltd (LH) in the US$501 million acquisition of a 29.2% stake in Jakarta-listed PT Bumi Resources Tbk from London-listed Asia Resource Minerals plc (ARMS plc). The acquisition was completed simultaneously with the unwinding of certain shareholders' arrangements and the US$223 million disposal of LH's entire 23.8% indirect stake in ARMS plc to Ravenwood Acquisition Company Limited
Advised the founders and private equity investors in the sale of their ordinary and preference shares in Novomatrix Pte Ltd to NYSE-listed Solutia Inc
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Corporate and M&A 2022 - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
‘Steven Lo and Jon Nair are a brilliant team combination for M&A. They absorb the client’s objectives and intentions and offer great advice in the best interests of clients.’
IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
"Calm but firm in negotiation and a problem solver."
“Good at giving practical solutions in a timely manner.”
“He was very detailed, quick to respond and overall did a fantastic job.”
Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Singapore Business Review
“Astute awareness of commercial realities. Great value for money.”
asialaw Client Service Excellence 2020 Edition
Identified as one of the highest rated lawyers to work with for Corporate and M&A
Singapore’s 20 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2019 – Listed lawyer