Tahirah Ara

Partner

  • Education: National University of Singapore, LLB
  • Admitted: Singapore, 2000 • England and Wales, 2007
  • Year joined: 2015
  • Year became partner: 2015

Overview

Tahirah’'s practice areas include banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, regional and domestic joint ventures as well as general commercial law.

Some of the significant matters she has handled include acting for both lenders and major corporate borrowers in syndicated loans. She has also acted in a wide range of cross border banking and finance transactions in the region including acquisition leveraged financings, receivables backed financings, structured financings as well as debt restructurings. Tahirah also has experience with shareholders'’ agreements, joint venture agreements and sale and purchase of shares/assets agreements.    

Highlights

Tahirah led the team in Singapore that advised Long Haul Holdings Ltd. and PT Bakrie & Brothers Tbk (Bakrie Group) in March 2014 in the acquisition of a 29.2% interest in PT Bumi Resources Tbk from Asia Resource Minerals plc (formerly Bumi plc) (ARMS) for US$501 million in cash, and the disposal of the Bakrie Group's entire 23.8% indirect interest in ARMS to Ravenwood Acquisition Company Limited. It was one of the most significant and complex transactions in both the UK and Asia involving Singapore, Indonesia as well as England and Wales laws.

Most recently, Tahirah and her team are the lead counsel acting for PT Bumi Resources Tbk, which owns one of the largest coal exporters in the world, on its global debt restructuring. The value of this deal is over US$5 billion; making it one of the largest debt restructuring in Southeast Asia since the 1997 financial crisis. This cross-border deal straddled legal and business issues in Singapore, Indonesia, USA, England and Wales.          

Memberships

  • Solicitor's Regulation Authority, UK
  • Law Society of Singapore
  • Singapore Academy of Law
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

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