The Singapore office of top 50 UK law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper is expanding its capabilities with the appointment of Nick Dingemans, a prominent corporate lawyer with a significant track record in cross-border transactions across the Asia Pacific region.
Previously a partner a Watson Farley Williams, Nick advises on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and broader corporate and commercial work. His is dual qualified in England and Wales and New Zealand and has a particular focus on cross-border transactions in emerging markets, with a strong interest in the energy, natural resources, commodities and technology sectors, as well as financial institutions.
Nick has advised on a number of high profile transactions including Coro Energy plc’s acquisition of 15% direct interest in the Duyung Production Sharing Contract in the West Natuna Sea, Indonesia, and the proposed acquisition by a listed US private equity group of a fleet of offshore support vessels operating in the Russian section of the Caspian Sea. Most recently, he has advised a Singapore based roof top solar developer on the portfolio sale of a pipeline of roof top solar projects in Vietnam, and the marketing division of a multinational mining company on commodity offtake and prepayment structures. Nick is currently advising an Australia based design and technology company developing a collapsible container and an IOT container tracking system.
His arrival – and the expansion into corporate activity – signals an important step in the development of the firm’s Singapore office, which is known for its excellence in shipping and maritime law, and in associated arbitration work. The office was earmarked as a key strategic centre for expansion when Penningtons Manches and Thomas Cooper merged in 2019.
Partner Helen Drayton, who sits on Penningtons Manches Cooper’s board and leads the firm’s non-contentious business services division comments:
“We’re delighted to welcome Nick to the firm. His appointment underlines our ambition to expand our corporate activity in the Asia-Pacific region, in line with our strategy to build on the existing strengths of our overseas offices with new offerings. He is great fit for the team and its client base, and I have no doubt he will excel in this new role.”
Johan Wong, partner and head of the Singapore office, said:
“We’re very much looking forward to working with Nick. He is very highly regarded in the Asia-Pacific M&A community and brings with him an excellent range of skills and experience, which will complement our existing focus and enable us to offer clients increased choice and value.”