Jones Day promotes two to partnership in Singapore

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Vinay Kurien (left) and Ben Witherall (right)

Jones Day has admitted Singapore-based Vinay Kurien and Ben Witherall to the firm’s partnership. Kurien focuses on banking, finance and securities transactions. His past practice covered a variety of cross-border debt transactions including leveraged acquisitions, equipment and receivable financings, and debt capital markets transactions.

Witherall focuses on private equity, M&A and investment funds, and formation transactions in Asia, advising both Asian and global clients on their transactions in the region.

Both lawyers played critical roles in Jones Day’s representation of Indian generic agrochemical company United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), in its US$4.2 billion acquisition of US provider of crop protection solutions, Arysta LifeScience, in 2019, a deal that involved US$3 billion in term financing. Jones Day said this was one of the largest outbound M&A transactions from India to date.

Kurien advised on the banking and finance aspects of the transaction, while Witherall advised on M&A aspects, as well as a simultaneous US$1.2 billion equity investment into UPL’s acquisition entity.

“Ben and Vinay are excellent lawyers, and they exemplify Jones Day’s approach to seamless collaboration across practices and jurisdictions in service to the firm’s clients,” said Sushma Jobanputra, the partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Singapore office.

Jones Day has more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. Its Singapore office has more than 60 lawyers and is the centre for Jones Day’s India team.