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Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

16 COLLYER QUAY #17-00, SINGAPORE 049318, SINGAPORE
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Work +65 6311 0030
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Fax +65 6311 0058
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Hanoi, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Yangon

Gerard Hekker

Tel:
Work +65 6311 3739
Email:
Web:
wwww.duanemorrisselvam.com
Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Director/Partner

Areas of Practice:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital
  • Equity and Debt Securities
  • Technology Transactions

Career

Gerard A. Hekker is a director in the Singapore-based joint law venture Duane Morris & Selvam LLP and a partner in Duane Morris LLP. Based in Asia since 1998, Gerard provides corporate legal representation on:

  • cross-border M&A and investment involving public and private companies including share and asset acquisitions, shareholder and joint venture agreements, earn-out agreements, due diligence, antitrust, tax and regulatory compliance and business integration;
  • technology transactions including infrastructure deployment and sharing agreements, managed services agreements, technology licensing and service agreements, MVNO agreements, national roaming and spectrum sharing agreements, distribution agreements, online payment solutions, contract manufacturing and toll manufacturing agreements; and
  • Rule 144A and Regulation S global offerings, and US registered offerings, of debt and equity securities including liability management (exchange and tender offers and consent solicitations) and complex debt restructuring.

Gerard's industry experience includes telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), e-commerce, financial services, consumer and manufacturing, energy and natural resources, and downstream petroleum and petrochemicals.

Gerard has been admitted as an attorney in California since 1993 and as a solicitor in England and Wales since 2001. He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers and PLC Capital Markets. In the 2018 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global, Gerard is described as being noted "for both his capital markets and M&A work in sectors including telecoms, finance and resources." He is also "known for his significant expertise in matters with Indonesian elements."                                  

Languages

English and Mandarin

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1986

 


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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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a growing track record in the tech (including fintech) and telecoms sectors, most notably in Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Vietnam. It advised PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) on its acquisition of PT Komet Infra Nusantara, the Indonesian telecommunications tower company. In addition to handling traditional M&A mandates, it has experienced a significant rise in venture capital work. Energy, hospitality and pharmaceuticals are additional areas of strength for the Singapore team, which has built a loyal following among Chinese and Japanese clients. Krishna Ramachandra, Leon Yee, Gerard Hekker, Mark Wong and Ramiro Rodriguez comprise a potent senior bench.

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Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a particularly strong record in jurisdictions such as Myanmar and Vietnam; the international firm has offices in both countries as well as further north in Shanghai and Taipei. It has built an impressive Asian client base with a growing number of Chinese and Indonesian clients. Gerard Hekker has led a series of high-profile deals for Indonesian clients, including advising PT. Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia on its $102m acquisition of PT. Komet Infra Nusantara, the Indonesian telecommunications tower company. The Singapore office is also building its standing in the fintech and technology sector. Krishna Ramachandra is 'extremely knowledgeable, professional and a master in networking'. Leon Yee heads the China desk, which includes Mark Wong, an experienced figure in cross-border deals involving Chinese entities.

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Singapore: TMT

TMT – Local firms

Within: TMT – Local firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP provides 'very good service, quick response times and knows the industry and market well'. Managing director, Krishna Ramachandra leads the practice and Gerard Hekker offers significant experience advising on areas such as infrastructure deployment and sharing agreements, licensing, roaming and spectrum sharing agreements and online payment platforms. The team's broad experience covers telecoms acquisitions work, media regulations, licensing, data protection, regulatory issues and new technologies. It represented Protelindo as international counsel in connection with its acquisition of PT  Komet Infra Nusantara, an Indonesian telecoms tower company, through an auction sale process conducted by the company’s shareholders and debt holders. It is also advising Dentsu on the media rights agreements with the International Olympic Committee for the 2018 and 2022 Winter Games and 2020 and 2024 Summer Games in respect of 22 countries. Derrick Boo and Suilyn Yip have been promoted from senior associates to associate directors.

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