Aaron Kok has more than a decade of experience working on all forms of cross-border M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions and complex restructurings. Spanning multiple sectors and regions with a keen focus on South East Asia deals, he is active in all fields of corporate and commercial law. Mr. Kok advises private and institutional investors, private equity funds, buyers and sellers on varied aspects of acquiring and disposing companies/assets and investing in targets.
Aaron advises private and institutional investors, private equity funds, buyers and sellers on varied aspects of acquiring and disposing companies/assets and investing in targets. His clients include private equity firms, venture capital funds, start-ups and high net worth individuals. On the private equity front, he has a deep level of experience advising portfolio companies in the execution of M&A roll up strategies. He has also advised companies listed on the Singapore Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange on their transactional and joint venture-related deals.
Having been involved in transactions in South East Asia and emerging markets such as Indonesia and Thailand, Aaron has developed a core knowledge of the issues that commonly arise in the structuring of such deals, including foreign direct investment risks and works closely with clients to address and overcome the risks and issues.
Aaron is listed as a Rising Star for Corporate M&A in the 2020 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide. He is described as being 'extremely attentive and helpful throughout entire deals' and "willing to help beyond the job scope." The IFLR1000 2017 recommends Aaron as having the ability to provide "commercially sound advice" and is described as "being responsive" to his clients' business requirements. He is also ranked as one of Singapore's Top 20 Most Influential Legal Minds under 40 by the Singapore Business Review, 2018.
Aaron is dual qualified in Singapore and England and Wales.
Areas of Practice
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Venture Capital
- General Corporate
- England and Wales
- National University of Singapore, (LLB) (Hons), 2005
- Selvam LLC
- Director, 2021-present
- Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
- Of Counsel, 2018-2021
- Watson Farley & Williams LLP
- Of Counsel, 2015-2018
- Drew & Napier LLC
- Director, 2006-2015
Singapore Academy of Law
The Law Society of Singapore
- Author, “Navigating a Shareholders Agreement: Drag-along and Tag-along Rights,” HFW Briefing, 2021
- Author, “Navigating a Shareholders Agreement: Financing the Company,” HFW Briefing, 2021
- Author, “Navigating a Shareholders Agreement: ROFR or ROFO?” HFW Briefing, 2019
- Author, “Navigating a Shareholders Agreement: The Key to Surviving a Deadlock,” HFW Briefing, 2019