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John Ling

John Ling

Senior Associate

John is an English and Malaysian qualified corporate lawyer based in Kuala Lumpur, with a focus on M&A transactions. 



John advises clients on M&A, VC investments, joint ventures and other corporate matters.

He has advised on transactions in a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, education, real estate, energy and infrastructure. John also advises on restructuring and insolvency matters and financial services regulations.

John's experience includes advising:

  • Bridgestone Corporation on its acquisition of Otraco International Pty Ltd, a leader in Off-the-Road (OTR) tyre management solutions, from Downer EDI Limited
  • UEM Group on its disposal of a 55% stake in the concession holder of the Cipali toll road in Indonesia
  • Goldman Sachs on various transactions across Asia, including its investments into Biocon Biologics and the sale of its debt to an Asian budget hotel chain
  • British American Tobacco on the disposal of its distributor in Saudi Arabia 
  • SoftBank Group on its Indian solar power joint venture
  • Willis Towers Watson on the disposal of its Labuan insurance and reinsurance broker to Arthur J Gallagher
  • TP ICAP on its acquisition of a controlling stake in a licensed money broker in Malaysia
  • Sojitz on its investment in and joint venture with, TDA a Dutch aircraft parts distributor
  • GIC on its acquisition of 10% stake in Terminal Investment Limited.
  • Marubeni on its investment in the Series B funding round of ePlane Ltd
  • Marubeni on its Series A investment into AND Global, a fintech solutions developer
  • Marubeni on its Series D investment into and distribution arrangements with Skeleton Technologies Group OÜ, an Estonian ultracapacitor manufacturer
  • a leading global consumer internet company on its venture capital investments into various game developers in North Asia
  • a confidential client, on its investment into GoTo, in conjunction with its pre-IPO fundraising round
  • a confidential client on its Series C investment into Carro
  • Ayala Land on its takeover offer of MCT, a large property developer in Malaysia*
  • a global private equity firm on its acquisition of a medical laboratory services provider*
*Experience prior to joining HSF




John obtained a bachelor's degree in law and master's in corporate and securities law from the London School of Economics. He is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia.

John is fluent in English and Malay and has intermediate proficiency in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.