VINCENT BU
Counsel

+65 6438 1969

Qualifications & Admissions
LL. B / B.Commerce, University of Melbourne, Australia
Admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
Admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Area of Expertise

Vincent is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

He has worked at leading firms in Malaysia and Singapore, and was an Associate Director with an international boutique firm headquartered in Singapore prior to joining the Providence team.

Vincent’s main areas of practice are:

    • Cross-border private M&A
    • Private equity and venture capital investments and divestments
    • Projects (oil and gas)
    • Banking and finance
    • General corporate and commercial

He has represented private equity and venture capital funds, banking and institutional clients, and family offices and investors encompassing various industry sectors to achieve customized, commercially driven solutions, tailored to the needs of each individual client.

REPRESENTATIVE CASE EXPERIENCE
  • Represented InMobi Pte Ltd, a leading mobile advertising company, on three simultaneous strategic acquisitions of technology companies in the United Kingdom and USA;
  • Represented a leading online photo service and its founders and investors, in respect of Series B and C funding structures and establishment of its employee share option scheme (ESOP);
  • Represented a major distributor of 2D and 3D CAD softwares in the establishment of a strategic joint venture in Malaysia;
  • Advised one of Singapore’s largest business services providers in the establishment of a one-stop technology accelerator platform;
  • Represented the founder of a Singapore-headquartered design company in the group reorganisation and subsequent partial exit to a leading Australasian communications group;
  • Represented one of the investors in its participation of the NRF and Wavemaker Labs co-funded inventory management startup, TradeGecko;
  • Advised one of the investors in a European entertainment startup endorsed by Sony Ericsson;
  • Advised a private equity funded new management buy-in of a leading Asia-Pacific educational services provider with operations in China, HK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore;
  • Advised ED&F Man, one of the world’s largest traders of soft commodities, in the establishment of a joint venture with YOMA (with co-participation from IFC) to invest and develop coffee plantations in Myanmar;
  • Advised Zephyr Peacock India and Credence Partners (Indian and Singapore PE fund respectively) in their joint investment in 20Cube;
  • Represented a Myanmar JV partner in its negotiations with a Bursa Malaysia-listed company for the establishment of a regional contract manufacturing operation;
  • Represented a leading emerging markets private equity funded acquisition of a regional water processing and manufacturing operation headquartered in Malaysia;
  • Represented a major Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company in the divestment of one of its major business lines in Myanmar;
  • Represented the minority shareholders in the disposal of a strategic stake in a financial institution in Indonesia;
  • Represented a regional fund in a equity and debt participation in a Vietnamese business;
  • Coordinating the acquisition and subsequent amalgamation of three Singapore companies by a leading international optics manufacturing company.
  • Represented clients in two petroleum exploration contracts (a Risk Service Contract and a Production Sharing Contract) with PETRONAS;
  • Represented a listed Canadian oil and gas major in its acquisition of various key production assets for deployment in South East Asia;
  • Represented a consortium of foreign bidders in the acquisition of a leading downstream energy business in Malaysia being sold under a limited participation auction and bid process;
  • Represented a UK Listed major oil and gas equipment manufacturer in a joint venture with a local partner for the manufacture and marketing of oil and gas equipment to several state-owned oil majors in South East Asia;
  • Advised a leading crane manufacturing MNC on its agreement with an Indonesian state-owned terminal operator to assemble and deliver container handling equipment;
  • Represented a listed off-shore construction conglomerate in two transactions involving the supply of off-shore support vessels to Egypt and Saudi Arabia respectively.
  • Represented a major Singapore bank in the refinancing of four luxury residential projects (in excess of S$500 million) by one of the region’s leading developers;
  • Represented a multinational precision engineering firm in a debt restructuring (approx. US$200 million);
  • Advised on the restructuring of a private-equity funded IT services provider operating principally out of the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Acted for the developer in a chemical warehouse construction project with option to sell to a REIT;
  • Reviewed and localised asset financing agreements and security documents for the purchase of several aircraft by the region’s leading budget air carrier;
  • Represented the private equity sponsors in the corporate restructuring and substitution of an Indian borrower with a Mauritian borrower.
  • Advised on the implementation of a major entertainment business at Marina Bay Sands Singapore;
  • Represented a leading Sri Lankan property developer in a retail development project;
  • Assisted several companies with corporate secretarial requirements including incorporation, annual filings, and striking off;
  • Assisted several companies in preparing regulatory compliance guidelines and processes;
  • Assisted as external counsel to a leading Singapore retailer, handling various issues relating to lease and licence agreements, tenancy disputes and termination of leases;
  • Represented several companies in the establishment of employee share option schemes and restricted stock unit (RSU) plans, share award plans and/or other employee incentive and management earn-out schemes.
Appointments

M&A, Private Equity

  • Represented InMobi Pte Ltd, a leading mobile advertising company, on three simultaneous strategic acquisitions of technology companies in the United Kingdom and USA;
  • Represented a leading online photo service and its founders and investors, in respect of Series B and C funding structures and establishment of its employee share option scheme (ESOP);
  • Represented a major distributor of 2D and 3D CAD softwares in the establishment of a strategic joint venture in Malaysia;
  • Advised one of Singapore’s largest business services providers in the establishment of a one-stop technology accelerator platform;
  • Represented the founder of a Singapore-headquartered design company in the group reorganisation and subsequent partial exit to a leading Australasian communications group;
  • Represented one of the investors in its participation of the NRF and Wavemaker Labs co-funded inventory management startup, TradeGecko;
  • Advised one of the investors in a European entertainment startup endorsed by Sony Ericsson;
  • Advised a private equity funded new management buy-in of a leading Asia-Pacific educational services provider with operations in China, HK, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore;
  • Advised ED&F Man, one of the world’s largest traders of soft commodities, in the establishment of a joint venture with YOMA (with co-participation from IFC) to invest and develop coffee plantations in Myanmar;
  • Advised Zephyr Peacock India and Credence Partners (Indian and Singapore PE fund respectively) in their joint investment in 20Cube;
  • Represented a Myanmar JV partner in its negotiations with a Bursa Malaysia-listed company for the establishment of a regional contract manufacturing operation;
  • Represented a leading emerging markets private equity funded acquisition of a regional water processing and manufacturing operation headquartered in Malaysia;
  • Represented a major Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company in the divestment of one of its major business lines in Myanmar;
  • Represented the minority shareholders in the disposal of a strategic stake in a financial institution in Indonesia;
  • Represented a regional fund in a equity and debt participation in a Vietnamese business;
  • Coordinating the acquisition and subsequent amalgamation of three Singapore companies by a leading international optics manufacturing company.

Projects, Oil & Gas

  • Represented clients in two petroleum exploration contracts (a Risk Service Contract and a Production Sharing Contract) with PETRONAS;
  • Represented a listed Canadian oil and gas major in its acquisition of various key production assets for deployment in South East Asia;
  • Represented a consortium of foreign bidders in the acquisition of a leading downstream energy business in Malaysia being sold under a limited participation auction and bid process;
  • Represented a UK Listed major oil and gas equipment manufacturer in a joint venture with a local partner for the manufacture and marketing of oil and gas equipment to several state-owned oil majors in South East Asia;
  • Advised a leading crane manufacturing MNC on its agreement with an Indonesian state-owned terminal operator to assemble and deliver container handling equipment;
  • Represented a listed off-shore construction conglomerate in two transactions involving the supply of off-shore support vessels to Egypt and Saudi Arabia respectively.

Banking & Finance, Restructuring

  • Represented a major Singapore bank in the refinancing of four luxury residential projects (in excess of S$500 million) by one of the region’s leading developers;
  • Represented a multinational precision engineering firm in a debt restructuring (approx. US$200 million);
  • Advised on the restructuring of a private-equity funded IT services provider operating principally out of the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Acted for the developer in a chemical warehouse construction project with option to sell to a REIT;
  • Reviewed and localised asset financing agreements and security documents for the purchase of several aircraft by the region’s leading budget air carrier;
  • Represented the private equity sponsors in the corporate restructuring and substitution of an Indian borrower with a Mauritian borrower.

General Commercial and Corporate Secretarial

  • Advised on the implementation of a major entertainment business at Marina Bay Sands Singapore;
  • Represented a leading Sri Lankan property developer in a retail development project;
  • Assisted several companies with corporate secretarial requirements including incorporation, annual filings, and striking off;
  • Assisted several companies in preparing regulatory compliance guidelines and processes;
  • Assisted as external counsel to a leading Singapore retailer, handling various issues relating to lease and licence agreements, tenancy disputes and termination of leases;
  • Represented several companies in the establishment of employee share option schemes and restricted stock unit (RSU) plans, share award plans and/or other employee incentive and management earn-out schemes.

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