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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 partner in the firm's corporate practice, advising 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, particularly in the financial services, fintech, infrastructure, TMT, pharma, healthcare and consumer transactions sectors.


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 before joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015. He was promoted to partner in 2020 after working in the firm's London and Singapore offices.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • one of the world's largest private equity funds on billion-dollar investments in the telecoms sector in partnership with Southeast Asian private equity players
  • the private equity arm of a global investment bank on transactions across Asia
  • one of Asia's largest sovereign wealth funds on a number of notable regional transactions, including billion-dollar investments in the energy transition 
  • a Southeast Asia headquartered private equity fund on midmarket and growth investments, particularly in consumer and consumer tech
  • a European growth capital fund on financial services and fintech investments across Southeast Asia
  • one of Southeast Asia's largest conglomerates on regional multi-billion dollar take privates and joint venture investments