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JUNE 2012

World Report - Asia & Australasia 13

Integreon signs landmark business services deal with SnL Financial

new deal with US-based business intelligence services market leader expands Integreon’s strong presence in the Philippines

Integreon, the largest global provider of integrated legal, research and business solutions, has announced a landmark deal with SNL Financial (SNL), the premier provider of breaking news, financial data and expert analysis for the banking, financial services, insurance, real estate, energy and media/communications industries.

The partnership will significantly grow SNL’s footprint in Manila over the next two years and further extend Integreon’s position as a market leading provider of business

services to

demanding professionals. Integreon


employs 300 people in Manila, most of whom already provide business services to financial services clients.

Under the multi-year

arrangement with SNL, Integreon will build a team of financial research and business support services professionals that will be located in an SNL- dedicated delivery centre designed to support their expanding global client base.

Robert Gogel , CEO, Integreon, said, “In a competitiveand demanding global economy, forward- thinking clients like SNL look to our ability to quickly provide access to a high quality, world-wide talent pool that aligns with their business objectives. SNL required a customised solution to match their rapid, global expansion plans and a team that could hit the ground running. Integreon has significant experience building such solutions for demanding clients in the

professional services sector, using our strong base in the Philippines to accelerate their global expansion.”

Tom Corbitt, Chief Administrative Officer, SNL Financial, added, “We were looking for a partner who could form a seamless cultural

fit with our

organisation and who has the ability to service SNL’s demanding and sophisticated global clientele.

Graff diamonds share sale delayed in difficult

market Asia’s ‘biggest share sale of the year’ has been delayed in Hong Kong due to unattractive conditions in the market.

Graff Diamonds’ $1bn (£646m) share sale was set to take place later this week, however has been delayed in light of difficult market conditions in which the Hang Seng, Hong Kong's main stock index, has been down by 11


strength in attracting and retaining highly qualified research professionals, industry knowledge, and very strong reputation in the Philippines made it the logical choice for a business partnership. As an added benefit,


company’s global footprint compliments SNL’s own and will help us rapidly expand into new markets as the need arises.”

Baker & McKenzie wins big at the aLB SE asia Law awards 2012

Baker & McKenzie and its member firms won three awards at the recent Asian Legal Business (ALB) Southeast Asia Law Awards held in Singapore on 11 May 2012. The PT Natrindo Telepon Seluler Murabaha Facilities deal on which Baker & McKenzie and its Indonesian member firm, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto and Partners, advised was named “Islamic Finance Deal of the Year”. Hadiputranto, Hadinoto &

Partners has also clinched the “Indonesia Deal Firm of the Year” while Wong & Partners, member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in Malaysia, won the Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year.

Commenting on the awards, Jeremy Pitts, Baker & McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Regional Chairman, said, “The awards and the diverse range of categories in which we were shortlisted, demonstrate our broad

client base as well as our experience and reach in Southeast Asia. We are very pleased to continue to act on market-leading deals for our local and international clients, and we are pleased that our continued commitment to this region has been recognized.

per cent over recent weeks.

According to the BBC, Graff chief executive, Francois Graff, indicated this week that the company’s listing had generated considerable amounts of interest. He said: “We are building the book every day, we have tremendous interest in the company across the board, we are very happy."

SJ Berwin advises tVM MEna on the final close of its first Shariah- compliant healthcare fund

SJ Berwin advised tVM capital MEna Ltd., a leading private equity and growth capital firm focused on investments in the healthcare markets of MEna and India, on the final closing of its Shariah-compliant fund tVM Healthcare MEna I at $50m (€40m).

crescent Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of the crescent Group of companies in the UaE, and a group of entrepreneurs from the MEna region managed by dubai- based alcazar capital, amongst others, have joined the fund as investors alongside the three founding investors, the International Finance corporation, GE Healthcare and the olyan Group of Saudi arabia. the fund currently has two portfolio companies, ProVita International Medical centre, the first healthcare provider in the region to offer state of the art long-term care for ventilated patients, and Bourn Hall clinic which operates in the Middle East and India and is due to open

its MEna reference centre in dubai in June 2012.

tVM capital MEna Ltd. is a private equity and growth capital firm focused on investments in the healthcare markets of the Middle East, north africa (MEna) and India. the firm, based at the dubai International Financial center (dIFc), dubai, United arab Emirates, is licensed and regulated under the dubai Financial Services authority (dFSa). the Fund seeks to capitalise on the substantial growth opportunities in the healthcare service and pharmaceutical/life science sectors in the MEna region.

SJ Berwin acted as fund counsel and advised on the raising of the Shariah- compliant fund. Sonya Pauls, partner in Munich and London, headed the team and was assisted by associates Benjamin Letzler and Marenka Bergmann. the tax structuring was led by SJ Berwin partner christian Schatz.

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