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Jamie is a Partner in the firm's corporate practice with a focus on private equity, M&A and joint ventures. 

Jamie is a corporate partner focused on private equity transactions, public and private M&A and joint ventures across South and Southeast Asia. 

He has advised on transactions across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on financial services, fintech, infrastructure, TMT, pharma, healthcare and consumer transactions.


Jamie is ranked as an "Up and Coming" partner in Chambers 2022 and as a "Next Generation Partner" by Legal 500. According to the most recent directories: 

Jamie is  'well regarded for his up-and-coming M&A practice in Singapore, which includes acting for financial sector clients and multinational corporates on a variety of corporate transactions, including spin-offs. One source praises him for being "very calm under pressure," adding: "He is very thoughtful and doesn't get flustered.'
Chambers Asia Pacific 2022, M&A international Singapore, notable practitioner and elite practice

'Jamie McLaren is calm, measured and creative.'
Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2022, M&A international Singapore, Next Generation Partner

'Jamie McLaren is a key name for transactional matters.'
Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2022, TMT international Singapore, Next Generation Partner, Tier 1 practice

'Jamie McLaren is noted for distressed M&A '
Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2022,  Restructuring & Insolvency, international Singapore


Jamie qualified in 2011 with a leading Scottish firm and joined Herbert Smith Freehills in March 2015. Jamie was made partner at Herbert Smith Freehills after spending time in our London and Singapore offices.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Carlyle and Southern Capital on the US$1.17bn sale of IDX listed Indonesian telecom towers company Solusi Tunas Pratama
  • Goldman Sachs on various transactions across Asia, including its investments into Biocon Biologics and Aragen Life Sciences
  • GIC on various transactions, including its US$1bn investment into Envision Energy and its investment into leading green fuels company Intercontinental Energy 
  • Everstone Capital on various transactions across Southeast Asia, including the sale of its stake in Burger King Indonesia to Burger King India and its investment into customer experience platform Everise
  • Apis Partners on various transactions across Southeast Asia, including its Series C investment into loyalty management platform Giift 
  • Keppel on various transactions, including its multi-billion dollar take-private offer for SGX listed Singapore Press Holdings and a data centre joint venture in Indonesia 
  • British American Tobacco on various transactions, including its acquisition of a distributor in Saudi Arabia