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John Mark Chen

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John Mark is a corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer who specialises in competition law.

With more than 18 years PQE from Singapore and the United Kingdom, John Mark’s expertise encompasses a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity funds, commercial agreements, employment, and regulatory matters. His clients comprise from a diverse range of industries such as F&B, telecommunications, card payments, electronics, aviation, financial services, hospitality, raw materials, maritime, pharmaceuticals, freight forwarding, etc.

John Mark also regularly handles matters such as cartel investigations, abuse of dominance investigations, dawn-raid management, leniency applications, antitrust and merger control notifications. He has previously acted in landmark cases in Singapore such as SISTIC, Ferry Operators, Chicken Distributors, Freight Forwarders and Heineken/Asia Pacific Breweries.

John Mark is recognized as a “Leading Competition and Anti-Trust Lawyer”, and “Expert in Competition Law” by various journals including Asialaw. He has been featured as one of Singapore’s influential young lawyers in the third edition of Singapore Business Review’s “Top Singapore lawyers aged 40 and Under” in 2016 and one of “Singapore’s most influential young individuals who “exhibited job excellence and strong dedication” in Singapore Business Review’s inaugural “Class of 40 and under” in 2014. He has been described by clients as “intelligent”, “focused”, “technically excellent”, “a safe pair of hands” and “able to get it (the issue) very quickly”.

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No matter the complexity or intricacies of your legal challenge, John and CNPLaw can assist you. Submit an enquiry now.

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Private equity

Our private equity practice provides comprehensive legal advice to private equity and venture capital fund managers, founders, management teams and investee companies in Singapore on a wide range of matters,

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Corporate

Being a corporate lawyer is more than just translating legalese and churning out documents based on clients’ instructions. Our corporate lawyers understand that their role extends far beyond what is

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Corporate Restructuring

Companies periodically assess and deliberate ways to improve their financial results, and one way of achieving this may be through a successful corporate restructuring exercise, undertaken pursuant to the applicable

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Joint Venture

There are numerous commercial drivers behind the rising popularity of joint ventures

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Corporate Governance, Compliance And Regulatory

We advise companies both private and listed on corporate governance and compliance issues to help them navigate the regulatory landscape that is becoming increasingly complex.

Regulatory compliance is a crucial

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Mergers And Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) entail the confluence of multiple legal disciplines. That is why we take great care when assembling a team for each

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Corporate Advisory

Every business involves an amalgam of various stakeholders, such as investors, shareholders and directors. Ideally, each of these stakeholders should have a common vision of what is best for the

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Commercial Contracts

Business transactions normally involve some form of contractual arrangement between parties. It is important that each party fully understands the legal risks involved in any contractual arrangement prior to agreeing

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Competition Compliance

Competition Compliance Programs are vital to a company’s risk management strategy. Such training programs play a key role in encouraging compliance and help mitigate against the infringement of competition legislation.

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Investigations

We advise clients on a broad spectrum of issues relating to investigations by the CCCS. Upon a dawn-raid or investigation notice issued by the CCCS, we will assist our clients

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Whistleblowing / Complaints

We assist our clients to assess anti-competitive behavior committed in the market. After doing so, we advise our clients on what are the strategic best steps forward to protect their

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Notification of Agreements or Conducts

We analyse business practices to identify potential infringing agreements or conduct. Thereafter, we advise our clients on the merits of notifying their agreements or conduct to the CCCS and draft

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Merger Control Fillings

We assist our clients in conducting self-assessment exercises for their mergers (a requirement specified by the CCCS) and draft merger filings for submission to the CCCS.

We assist to identify

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Antitrust and Competition Advisory

We advise on antitrust and merger control issues that our clients face in their businesses. We assist our clients to strategize their business dealings with their distributors, customers, suppliers, contractors

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Antitrust and Competition Law

CNPlaw LLP is a full-service law firm with a dedicated competition law practice.

We strive to provide our clients with accurate, high quality, commercially driven legal advice upon the back

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Acted for FTSE 100 company Resolution plc on its proposed £8.6 billion merger with Friends Provident, £4.9 billion recommended takeover by Standard Life and £5 billion hostile takeover by Pearl Group.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Acted for a private equity investment firm on its tiered acquisition of a private company valued at S$600 million.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Acted for a multinational conglomerate on the management buy-out of its asset management business.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Acted for a terminal operator in the energy sector in respect of a proposed cash injection and shareholder arrangement with an asset management company.

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Antitrust and Competition

Acted for Heineken International B.V. in its merger notification application to the CCCS in respect of its acquisition of Asia Pacific Breweries.

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Antitrust and Competition

Acted for K” Line Group in the Freight Forwarders infringement decision by the CCCS which was one of the first multi-party international cartel decision in Singapore.

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Antitrust and Competition

Acted for Tong Huat Group in the Fresh Chicken Distributors infringement decision by the CCCS which has the highest proposed financial penalties for an antitrust cartel investigation in Singapore.

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Antitrust and Competition

Acted for SISTIC in relation to the first section 47 prohibition infringement decision issued by the CCCS.

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Antitrust and Competition

Acted for Penguin International Ferries in relation to the Ferry Operators infringement decision by the CCCS.

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Antitrust and Competition

Acted for an industry association in relation to their joint merger notification to the CCCS, and the subsequent contractual requirements between members.

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