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Mark Robinson

Partner

Singapore

Mark is a global technology, media and telecoms sector specialist.

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Experience

Mark has assisted clients on world-class corporate transactions, innovative and strategic commercial arrangements and complex regulation, data and intellectual property matters.

Mark has worked across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. According to Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, Mark "gains praise from a range of market sources, with one client saying he has 'brilliant skills, and has a huge amount of experience in the industry'", "one peer enthuses 'He’s bloody good!'" and he "is noted for having a 'strong grasp of the big picture and the details that can make or break a transaction'". Mark leads an extremely strong practice that maintains an excellent bench of lawyers and garners praise for its outstanding client service.

Mark's experience includes advising:

  • Standard Chartered Bank on its US$3 billion IT transformation programme, and on the establishment of the Cyber Defence Alliance joint venture with Barclays, Santander, Deutsche Bank and Lloyds
  • SoftBank on its joint venture with Bharti focused on the mobile internet ecosystem (including its joint venture with Yahoo! and US$175 million equity funding round), on its total US$1.2 billion equity funding round investments into taxi app GrabTaxi and on its total US$500 million equity funding round investments into taxi app Ola Cabs
  • a major sovereign wealth fund in Southeast Asia on its investment into Skyscanner, the travel search engine company, as part of a £128 million funding round together with Artemis, Baillie Gifford, Vitruvian Partners and Yahoo! Japan, joining SEP and Sequoia, and on the subsequent £1.4bn sale of Skyscanner to Ctrip
  • Astro, a leading integrated pay-TV, radio, publications and digital media consumer entertainment group, on the disposal of its stake in AETN All Asia Networks, a joint venture with A+E Networks to launch and operate branded channels and services including HISTORY, Crime & Investigation Network and bio channel
  • Essar on Vodafone’s US$11 billion investment into Vodafone India and related joint venture and put and call options (India’s largest inbound M&A at the time), the eventual US$5 billion sale of its interests to Vodafone, and on its interests in one of the world's largest towercos, Indus Towers, a joint venture between Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular

Background

Mark is qualified in the United Kingdom and Australia and is a registered foreign lawyer in Singapore.