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Herbert Smith Freehills' leading Asia technology, media and telecoms team has advised global TMT investor Softbank on its investment in a new equity funding round for Southeast Asia's Grab, an online transportation and payments platform.

Softbank will lead the investment in the current funding round alongside China's Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading one-stop mobile transportation platform, to together invest up to US$2 billion.

With an additional US$500 million anticipated before close, this would be the largest single tech financing in Southeast Asia.

Herbert Smith Freehills has now advised Softbank on: investments in multiple funding rounds for Grab; investments in multiple funding rounds for India's OlaCabs; investments in multiple funding rounds for Indonesian online marketplace Tokopedia; and its strategic investment in Trikomsel, a listed Indonesian handset and device distribution company.

​Herbert Smith Freehills has leading and dedicated tech, media and telecoms experts across Asia Pacific, operating from Australia. Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Singapore and Tokyo. We support tech, media and telecoms clients at all business stages, advising on regulatory, commercial, corporate, M&A, competition, IP, dispute resolution and financing.

*In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise alongside our affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms.


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