MoFo hires PE expert in Singapore, targets data centres

Morrison Foerster hire Tabitha Saw
Tabitha Saw

Private equity specialist Tabitha Saw has joined Morrison Foerster in Singapore as a partner in the transactions department and global private equity real estate group. She joined from White & Case, where she was also a partner in the Singapore office for more than nine years.

Having advised on the establishment of multiple capital raising platforms across the Asia Pacific, Saw has represented investment managers, institutional investors, and owner-operators in complex, high-value real estate and data centre transactions, as well as hyper-scale leasing and co-location arrangements, greenfield and brownfield acquisitions, and operational arrangements.

Eric Piesner, Morrison Foerster’s Asia managing partner in Singapore, said that Saw’s reputation in logistics and data centres fully aligns with the firm’s existing core strengths.

“Data centres in particular are an increasingly important asset class for our private equity real estate clients,” said Piesner. “Since 2019, our Asia offices have advised on more than 50 data centre transactions, and we anticipate our clients will remain very active in this sector.”

Recently, Saw has represented Singapore-headquartered Flow Digital Infrastructure in establishing a joint venture platform with AyalaLand Logistics Holdings to develop carrier-neutral data centres across the Philippines. She also represented a global asset manager in industrial real estate, ESR, on the development of a USD2.15 billion multi-phase data centre campus in Osaka City.

Saw also advises private equity clients, sovereign wealth funds and multinational corporate clients on cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures, real estate co-investments, strategic investments and restructurings. She provides general corporate, commercial and regulatory support with a particular focus on Singapore law issues in cross-border M&A and post-merger restructurings.