Kenneth Mason

Kenneth G.M. Mason

Senior Counsel
English

Ken Mason has focused on capital markets and corporate finance transactions, particularly in the international markets, during his career. He has represented underwriters and issuers in a variety of listings by both US and ex-US companies, as well as in non-registered transactions involving equity, debt and synthetic securities. Additionally, he has been engaged in international M&A, including acting for a bulge bracket investment bank in connection with their acquisitions as principal in Asia. He first became active in Asia in 1994, and he was resident in Hong Kong for three years through early 2002. His activity in Latin America commenced in 1989. Formerly a partner at the firm, Mr. Mason has been seconded since 2015 as Acting General Counsel to a NYSE-listed client that he took public in 2013.

Mr. Mason's experience also includes privatizations, assisting significant ex-US financial institutions acquire or establish broker-dealers in the United States, and offshore fund formations. He has been a speaker at various conferences, has written various articles and he has contributed to legal reference books.

Experience

  • Credit Suisse as principal in the acquisition of a controlling interest in PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk, one of Indonesia's largest oil companies.
  • Credit Suisse as principal in the restructuring through a global exchange offer of approximately US$250 million of commercial debt of one of Indonesia's largest real estate developers.
  • Credit Suisse as principal in acquiring control of the company operating the Bangkok Mass Transit System ("Skytrain") in Thailand.
  • Credit Suisse as principal in acquiring an indirect minority equity position in one of Indonesia's largest satellite and mobile telephone companies.
  • Credit Suisse in the sale of a 40% interest in New Links Energy Resources Limited, which in turn owns approximately 85% of PT Medco Energi Internasional, to PTTEP, the Thai national oil company (and concurrent transfer of an additional 35.1% interest to an additional third party; Credit Suisse a 19.9% interest), a transaction valued in excess of US$400 million.
  • BNP Prime Peregrine in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKSE) listing of Shenyang Holdings, the first global offering for a PRC public utilities holding company.
  • Meralco (the Philippines electric distribution company) in a placement of US$250 million of notes underwritten by Salomon Smith Barney.
  • Compania de Teléfonos de Chile S.A. (the Chilean Telephone Company) in its undertaking of a global public offering of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) and, in the process, becoming the first issuer from a non-OECD country to list its ADRs on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as several follow-on public offerings.
  • The various underwriters, including Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., in structuring what the underwriters determined was the first global initial public offering by any company, which was accomplished for Grupo Gigante, S.A. de C.V., one of the largest retailers in Mexico. This offering was also among the first utilizing a GDR "book-entry" system conjoining DTC, Euroclear and CEDEL.
  • Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. as representative for several managers of a global offering of US$300 million Euronotes issued by Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V. (FEMSA), a Mexican holding company whose operating subsidiaries included leading Mexican producers of beer and soft drinks. The notes were listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA, University of Virginia, with highest distinction
Admissions
  • New York
Activities
  • Director, Anidan US
  • President, East 70th Street Realty Corp. (2002-2014)
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