Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams

Managing Partner, Singapore

Singapore

  • "Very easy-going but thorough approach."
    Chamber and Partners Asia 2016

Stephen has been practicing British Virgin Islands law for close to two decades, advising on a full range of corporate cross border matters including joint ventures, mergers, acquisition finance, asset and project finance, investment funds, alternative investments, private equity and capital market transactions.

He also has considerable experience in trust and private client matters having held senior positions in several trust and corporate services businesses.

Stephen joins the firm from Bedell Cristin where he headed up the firm's BVI practice in Asia, having been instrumental in the launch of the Singapore office in 2012. Prior to that, Stephen founded BVI law firm Barker Adams following his role as corporate senior partner at Walkers in the BVI.

Stephen is a member of STEP and the Singapore Institute of Directors. He also acts as non-executive director for a select number of prominent hedge funds.

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Corporate & Commercial
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With a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience our offices in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Singapore, we ensure that advice is provided in the context of other key global offshore centres and with a knowledge of the bigger, global picture. Our clients appreciate our pro-active attitude to providing sensible user-friendly advice, our accuracy and honesty in our approach to pricing matters, and our senior level involvement in all matters to ensure smooth progress and client satisfaction. In an increasingly complex, competitive and more tightly regulated market, we'll make sure your business or commercial venture reaches its full potential.

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Corporate Governance & Shareholder Relations
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Good corporate governance and a sound understanding of directors duties is important to companies. Regardless of size, establishing a best practice approach should be fundamental to all boards. The board of directors are responsible for ensuring the company achieves its objectives and the corporate governance framework they adhere to should underpin their accountability to the company and its members. We advise company boards in relation to both the non-contentious and contentious aspects of shareholder relations with a focus on corporate governance to prevent contentious issues arising. We have also advised both boards and activist shareholders in relation to highly contentious general meetings and associated issues arising out of investor actions.

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Investment Funds & Private Equity
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Our fund specialists offer advice on all aspects relating to the establishment, authorisation and structuring of funds and related investment vehicles. We have particular expertise acting for emerging managers who are building their business and acting for institutional investors, including acting for private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on joint venture and fund investments, as well as planning their internal corporate structures. We provide a highly personalised service working with our clients and their onshore counsel to build in depth relationships over the long term.

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Private Client Advisory
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As global legislation, regulation and taxation constantly change and become more complex, it has never been more important to make long-term plans to secure your future, the future of your family or your business. We cut through the legal jargon to provide clear, practical advice when you most need it and anticipate the challenges you are likely to face so that you can rest assured you and your family are in safe hands at every step of the way.

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Mergers & Acquisitions
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We regularly act in relation to significant M&A activity in our jurisdictions, whether as lead counsel for strictly local matters or as part of an international team for multi-jurisdictional transactions. In addition to the negotiation of transaction documents we assist clients with disclosure and due diligence exercises as well as obtain competition authority clearances. Our focus is a practical one, looking to allow clients the certainty to conclude a deal in the knowledge that their risk has been identified and mitigated to the strongest extent possible.

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Commercial Structuring & Contracts
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Offshore vehicles are used for a huge range of purposes either standing alone or as part of large multi-jurisdictional structures. Our highly commercial team specialises in advising clients on the most effective uses of such vehicles and their on-going operation, including normal and cellular companies as well as foundations, unit trusts, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Our experienced team also provides commercial contracts for clients whether bespoke documents to effect specific transactions or suites of precedent documents for company service providers or offshore groups.

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Fund Formation
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Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional private equity and real estate structures we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We provided bespoke structuring solutions to allow our clients to build the fund they want as opposed to a cookie-cutter template of the market standard. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

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Wills & Succession Planning
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Wills, inheritance & estate planning are essentially about the living. That may seem contradictory, but we believe that while dealing with the estates of the deceased, we are very much working with those left behind. By leaving a will you leave your affairs in order therefore simplifying matters after you have gone and, for those of us who like to be in control, giving yourself the chance to have the final word! We can help you organise and plan your affairs, and protect and preserve your own interests and those of your family, both now and in the future, by advising on inheritance issues, your wills and estate planning and offering guidance on the duties, rights and obligations of trustees, executors or beneficiaries.

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