Recognised as an 'Associate to watch' in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific and Chambers and Partners Global, Charles trained and qualified in the acquisition finance team in the London office.
Here he spent three years advising banks and non-bank lenders supporting pan-European private equity backed leveraged buy-outs. These years coincided with the initial banking crisis, and whilst his new lending practice grew, Charles also gained significant experience in restructuring debt terms on private equity portfolio investments. Working in London at the heart of the European private acquisition market, Charles worked amidst a wide range of industry sectors: technology, media and telecommunications; high street and online consumer retail; hotels and leisure; automotive; commercial real estate and education.
In 2012, Charles relocated to the Singapore office to assist in the establishment of Hogan Lovells' Singapore banking team. He maintains a focus advising on private equity backed leveraged buy-outs but his practice now spans to include corporate acquisitions, structured lending and syndicated lending across Asia-Pacific. He advises banks and private equity teams structuring investments across various geographies - including India, Indonesia, Cambodia and Malaysia – in a broad range of industry sectors - including energy, infrastructure, real estate and manufacturing.
Advising Arrangers of facilities to finance the acquisition by a Chinese-based private equity house of its pan-Asian commercial equipment rental business.
Advising Arrangers of the first ever corporate syndicated loan facility in Cambodia.
Advising Arrangers of project development, refinancing and working capital facilities provided to the operators of an industrial park in Batam, Bintan and Indonesia.
Advising arrangers of a £250m facility to subsidiaries of a Malaysian sovereign pension fund to refinance acquisition of office blocks in London.
Advising Navis Capital Partners on acquisition of MFS Technology (S) Pte Ltd, provider of flexible printed circuits, circuit boards, and other solutions serving customers globally.
Advising Arrangers of a U.S.$650 million facility to PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk.
Advising a club of banks on their financing of the acquisition by Baring Private Equity Asia of a stake in an Indian aggregates business.
Advising lead arranger of A$150m financing provided to Malakoff Group for acquisition of 50% stake of Macarthur wind farm, the largest in South Australia.
Advising banks on development/financing one of largest independent crude oil/petroleum storage terminals in UAE, Project Finance Middle Eastern Oil & Gas Deal of the Year.
Advising an Indonesian state-owned entity on the refinancing of a participation in a Shari'a compliant financing of a hydroelectric plant with a conventional loan.
Advising the mandated lead arrangers of facilities supporting Montagu Private Equity's €425 million acquisition of EmiTel Sp z o.o.
Advising the mandated lead arrangers of facilities supporting Montagu Private Equity's acquisition of CAP Automotive Limited.
Advising the mandated lead arrangers of facilities supporting Exponent Private Equity's £125m acquisition of the BBC Magazines business (including the Radio Times) from the BBC.
Advising the mandated lead arrangers of facilities supporting LDC's acquisition of Easynet Global Services.
Advising LV on its take private of Highway Insurance Group plc.
Advising arrangers of US$200m facility to finance acquisition by real estate fund of most valuable portfolio of Indian commercial real estate acquired by offshore vehicle.