Shirin Tang

Managing Partner, Singapore at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Shirin Tang

Shirin Tang

Managing Partner, Singapore at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Shirin Tang is a corporate partner and Managing Partner of the firm’s Singapore office. Qualified in New York and Singapore, she specializes in private equity and M&A transactions across Southeast Asia, China and the U.S. Shirin has particular experience in club/consortium transactions and in counseling regional clients on investments in public and private companies in the U.S.

Described by clients as “a stand out attorney” who “is able to balance legal analysis against the commercial realities of our transactions and shows incredible judgment in determining the appropriate balance”, Shirin has built a strong market reputation for complex and innovative transactions. One client commented “Shirin is “our go-to lawyer for high value, high impact transactions” and that “having her on our side of the table during the more contentious parts of the negotiations allowed us... to push back on a much larger counter party, gaining concessions while keeping the deal intact”. She is praised for being “proactive, experienced and efficient, and someone who “always takes time to think through issues very thoroughly.”

Over the past three years, Shirin has led a number of transactions with deal values in excess of US$1 billion each and US$29 billion in total. These have included multiple award-winning deals such as the US$11.64 billion privatization of GLP Pte. Ltd, the largest-ever private equity buyout of an Asian company.

Asian Legal Business named Shirin one of their “40 Under 40” most outstanding private practice lawyers and in-house counsel in Asia in 2017 and the Southeast Asia Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2018. She was named by Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global 2019 as a leader in her field for Corporate/M&A: International (Singapore) and is listed in Asia Business Law Journal's 2018 A List for Singapore, Int'l Financial Law Review’s 2019 Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms and the APAC Legal 500 for 2019. She has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in Singapore since 2014.

Shirin actively champions the advancement of women in the legal profession. As the lead Asia partner on the firm’s Women’s Strategy Committee, she contributes to the personal and professional development of our female lawyers and helps to lead engagement with our women clients through the annual MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel and our Asia MoFo Women initiatives.

Shirin received her LL.B. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She practiced in New York for over six years and is admitted to the bar in Singapore and New York.

Ms. Tang’s selected representations include acting as counsel for:

* GLP Pte. Ltd. on the establishment of a new US$2 billion fund in China with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC.
* GLP Pte. Ltd. in its formation of two new European funds, GLP Europe Income Partners I and GLP Europe Development Partners I, which marked the entry of GLP into the European market and increased the size of GLP’s fund management platform by US$4 billion (€3.4 billion) to US$43 billion. These funds were formed in conjunction with GLP’s acquisition of Gazeley, a premier developer, investor and manager of European logistics warehouses and distribution parks.
* Japan Tobacco International on its acquisition of the assets related to the tobacco business of Mighty Corporation for a total of US$936 million. This is one of the largest M&A deals by value in the Philippines in 2017.
* A leading Asian institutional investor in its investment in Grab Inc., including in connection with Grab’s US$2.5 billion Series G financing round, reported to be the largest ever startup financing round in Southeast Asia.
* GLP Pte. Ltd. in its US$11.64 billion privatization, reported to be the largest-ever private equity buyout of an Asian company by enterprise value (ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2018: M&A Deal of the Year (Premium); The Asia Legal Awards 2018: M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia; 2017 Global PERE Awards: Deal of the Year, Asia; FinanceAsia's 2017 Deal of the Year and Best Leveraged Finance Deal).
* IndoSpace on the formation of IndoSpace Core, its US$1.2 billion joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board which will focus on acquiring and developing modern logistics facilities in India.
* A Chinese strategic investor in its proposed investment in a Singapore telecom company bidding for a 60 MHz lot of spectrum in the 900-MHz and 2.3-GHz bands in the auction for Singapore’s fourth mobile telco license in 2016.
* Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures in its “baby tech” joint venture with Allianz AG for the XinKaishi heart-rate listening device launched in China.
* GLP Pte. Ltd. in the establishment of US$1.5 billion GLP US Income Partners III, with six leading global institutional investors from Asia, the U.S. and the Middle East.
* GLP Pte. Ltd. in the establishment of GLP Japan Development Venture II, a 50:50 joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board which is expected to reach US$2 billion over three years.
* GLP Pte. Ltd. in its US$8.1 billion co-investment with an affiliate of Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte. Ltd. to buy one of the largest logistics real estate portfolios in the United States from the Blackstone Group and the related establishment of GLP US Income Partners I and the syndication of 45% of GLP’s interests in GLP US Income Partners I to two leading global institutional investors from Asia and one from North America. This deal was awarded Global Deal of the Year and North America Deal of the Year by the 2014 Global PERE (Private Equity Real Estate) Awards and recently won the prestigious M&A Deal of the Year at The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2015.
* GLP Pte. Ltd. on the acquisition of a US$4.55 billion U.S. logistics portfolio from Industrial Income Trust making it the second largest logistics property owner and operator in the United States within a year of market entry, and the establishment of GLP US Income Partners II with three leading global institutional investors.
* A leading Asian sovereign wealth fund in its investment in Grab Inc.
* Cordlife Group Limited (SGX-listed) on the sale of its equity interests in and convertible note issued by China Cord Blood Corporation (NYSE-listed) to Golden Meditech Holdings Limited (SEHK-listed).
* GLP Pte. Ltd. in its US$1.1 billion fund, GLP Brazil Income Partners II, with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a leading North American institutional investor.
* GLP Pte. Ltd. in the establishment and expansion of its US$2.2 billion fund with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to develop logistics properties in Japan.
* Cordlife Group Limited and Magnum Opus International Holdings Limited in their acquisition from Golden Meditech Holdings Limited of a 7% senior convertible note due 2017 issued by China Cord Blood Corporation, a NYSE-listed company.
* LinkedIn on its China joint venture with Sequoia China and China Broadband Capital (CBC).
* The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc., an IT software solutions and services company, in its US$900 million going-private transaction.
* An Asia-based investment company in its co-investment with AEA Investors LP in the €640 million acquisition of part of the water technologies division of Siemens AG.
* IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. in its acquisition of the Singapore Mercantile Exchange Pte. Ltd.
* Sanofi in various matters, including Sanofi’s US$520.6 million acquisition of a U.S.-listed specialty pharmaceutical company operating exclusively in China.
* Infocomm Investments Pte. Ltd., the venture capital arm of The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, in various investments in U.S. technology companies.
* Genting Berhad in a Series C investment in a California biotech company.
* An Asian sovereign wealth fund in various co-investments, including in infrastructure assets in South Africa and oil-an

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Managing Partner, Singapore at Morrison & Foerster LLP
Education
LL.M Law
Class of 2003

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

LL.B., with Honors

The National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (NUS Law) is Singapore's oldest and largest law school. The faculty was initially established as a Department of Law in the then University of Malaya in 1956, with its first batch of students matriculating the following year.

Career History
Managing Partner, Singapore
2014 - Current

Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Their name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that they do. They are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries.

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Prior - 2014

Shearman & Sterling LLP provides legal services. It is engaged in the mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project development and finance, complex business litigation & international arbitration, asset management, and taxation areas. The company was founded by Thomas Shearman and John Sterling in 1873 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Global Logistic Properties Ltd., Western Logistics LLC purchase Industrial Income Trust, Inc.

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GIC Pte Ltd., Global Logistic Properties Ltd. purchase IndCor Properties, Inc. from The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Tencent Holdings Ltd. purchases Sogou, Inc. from Sohu.com, Inc.

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Shirin Tang is affiliated with Morrison & Foerster LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP

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