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George is a corporate and private equity partner. He has extensive experience advising on complex cross-border corporate and restructuring transactions, with a focus on South East Asia and South Asia.

George has represented multinationals and private equity investors, leading corporates and state-owned enterprises in a range of transactions in the plantations, healthcare, infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, petrochemicals, financial services and consumer goods sectors.


Prior to joining Stephenson Harwood, George worked for over 12 years in Singapore and New York with other leading international law firms and for 4 years with a leading law firm in India.

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Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP has excellent regional mid-market credentials, however, it is moving up the value chain to achieve a presence in bigger-ticket transactions. Across Southeast Asia, it has built an extensive record in headline strategic acquisitions, private equity transactions and venture capital investments. Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam are key jurisdictions for the Singapore team. It has a strong presence in healthcare, TMT and consumer goods. Tom Platts is an established Singapore figure with exceptional regional credentials, particularly in Myanmar. George Cyriac is playing an anchor role in developing the firm’s private equity and venture capital practice, most notably in Indonesia. Of counsel Helen Rhind-Hufnagel is also a key name.

Philippines > Foreign firms

Major financial institutions, private equity funds and multinational corporations turn to Stephenson Harwood LLP in investments and finance transactions involving the Philippines. Transport finance is a particular strength. The team has expanded considerably through several recent hires; this includes the hire of Gregory Xu, who joined from Clifford Chance in 2018 and was promoted to partner in 2019, and the arrival of Martin Brown and John Simpson (and others), who joined from Ince in 2018 and 2019, respectively. George Cyriac  is another key contact; he advised AIGF, a Singapore-headquartered private equity fund, on its investment in Philippines-based co-working and flexible workspace provider KMC Solutions. Tom Platts heads the practice.