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Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

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Hanoi, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Yangon

Jamie Benson

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Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Director

Areas of Practice:

  • Securities Law
  • International Capital Markets
  • Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Career

Jamie A. Benson has more than 20 years' experience practicing as a corporate lawyer. He is currently based in Singapore, having previously worked in New York, Sydney and London. Mr. Benson is the head of Duane Morris & Selvam's U.S. securities law practice, India practice desk and Myanmar capital markets practice.

Mr. Benson's experience includes advising on: equity offerings (public offerings and private placements); high-yield, convertible and investment-grade bond offerings; debt private placements; SEC-registered equity and debt offerings; mergers and acquisitions of both U.S. and non-U.S. public companies; going private transactions; SEC reporting obligations, compliance with U.S. broker-dealer laws, general corporate law matters, commercial law matters and FCPA matters.

Mr. Benson has a wide range of industry experience, including working on deals involving companies in the following industries: aviation; banking; beer and wine; business process outsourcing; cable television; construction; electricity transmission and distribution; film production; gambling; healthcare, infrastructure; jewelry; insurance; mining; non-banking financial companies (NBFCs); oil and gas; print media; property; telecommunications; television broadcasting; and toll roads.

Mr. Benson is cited in IFLR1000 2018 as a Highly Regarded Lawyer for Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity and M&A. Described as "a prominent name to note in India ECM deals", Mr. Benson is also listed by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as 2018 recommended lawyer for Capital Markets (Foreign Firms) in Singapore and in India Foreign Firms category. He is also listed by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as 2017 recommended lawyer for Capital Markets - Local Firms in Singapore and Corporate and M&A practice in Myanmar.

Mr. Benson has advised on more than 100 equity and debt offerings throughout the world with total proceeds of approximately US$20 billion. He is one of the leading international legal counsels on securities offerings by Indian issuers, having worked on more than 50 deals by Indian issuers in the last 12 years. Mr. Benson led the firm’s team that acted as U.S. legal counsel to the President of India on the sale of Rs. 27 billion (US$406 million) of shares in NHPC Limited in an offer for sale (including a Rule 144A offering in the U.S.), which was listed in "Deals of the Year 2016" by India Business Law Journal. He led the firm's team that advised First Myanmar Investment Co., Ltd. on its historic listing on the Yangon Stock Exchange, which was the first listing on that stock exchange. That deal was listed in "2016 Deals of the Year - Capital Markets" by Asia Business Law Journal and "Deals of the Year 2016" by asian-mena Counsel and was a finalist in Emerging Markets Awards for Capital Markets Deal of the Year: Equity 2016 by The Asian Lawyer.

Mr. Benson has represented almost all of the major global and Indian investment banks.

Mr. Benson studied law at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), where he was a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, and was awarded a B.A. and an M.A. He was awarded a Henry Arthur Hollond Travelling Scholarship in Law by Trinity College and received his Master of Laws from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Benson is admitted to practice law in New York, USA and Tasmania, Australia.

Languages

English

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 1996
  • University of Cambridge (Trinity College), B.A. (Law), 1994
  • University of Cambridge (Trinity College), M.A., 1998


India

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

The India practice at Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is 'noted for its commercial approach, and knowledge of the Indian market'  and offers 'a highly rated level of service'. The group has the capabilities across capital markets, corporate transactions and disputes. It was instructed by the President of India on the of the outstanding shares in HUDCO in an IPO in India and concurrent private placements outside India. Jamie Benson and the 'responsive, knowledgeable and solution-oriented' Babita Ambekar (now at DWF) jointly head the practice and focus on capital markets and corporate matters respectively. The team includes the recent addition of special counsel Priyank Srivastava from Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd, who has particular experience handling matters in the energy and infrastructure sector.

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Singapore: Capital markets

Capital markets – Foreign firms

Within: Capital markets – Foreign firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a significant market share of India equity offerings, including IPOs and QIPs. In the year ending April 2018, the firm advised on more than 13 equity offerings by Indian issuers with a combined deal value of more than $1.5bn. It advised the President of India in the sale of outstanding shares in the Housing and Urban Development Corporation through an IPO in India and concurrent private placements outside India. It also has a solid record in Vietnam and Singapore issuances and is well placed for transactions emanating from Myanmar. Moreover, the 'value for money' firm is an increasing presence in debt issuances and initial coin offerings (ICOs), thanks to the presence of Gerard Hekker who is 'technically capable and dedicated'. India specialist Jamie Benson is also recommended.

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