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Karun Cariappa

Karun Cariappa

, Singapore

Partner | Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions


  • LL.M., The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (2003)
  • B.A.L., LL.B., J.S.S. Law College, University of Mysore (2002)

Karun Cariappa is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial practice group in the Singapore office.  Prior to joining the Firm, Karun was a consultant at Fernbank Holdings (Singapore).

Karun has a multi-disciplinary practice, including capital markets, venture capital and tech related investments and acquisitions and related corporate matters.  Additionally, he has advised corporate clients, investment banks, selling shareholders and sponsors on a wide range of capital markets transactions.  

He brings significant experience and relationships across both Hong Kong and Singapore, where he has been based for a number of years. Prior to joining the Firm, Karun was a Partner and global co-head of the India practice at Morgan Lewis in Singapore.  

Professional Affiliations

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales
  • Karnataka State Bar Council
  • Charter Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Singapore

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Karun has been acknowledged for his experience and expertise by India Business Law Journal's Top 100 A-List of International Counsel, March 2019 as “a lawyer of repute.

Representative Matters

Karun Cariappa has represented and advised the following clients

Family Office

Advised a family office on their acquisition of a Mauritius based fund with a number of underlying assets in India through private placements and eventually an open offer

Glade Brook Capital Partners

Advised Glade Brook Capital Partners on a US$50 million Series I preferred share investment in Zomato Media Private Limited


Advised a South East Asia based sustainability fund on legal matters related to its investment and growth strategy across India and Indonesia

ICICI Securities Limited & Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited

Advised ICICI Securities Limited and Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited on the US$485 million private placement by IndInfravit Trust, an infrastructure investment trust sponsored by L&T Infrastructure Projects Limited (a leading Indian road infrastructure development company), the first privately placed infrastructure investment trust offering in India

Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India)

Advised Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited and Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited on the proposed private placement of units by an infrastructure investment trust sponsored by IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (a leading Indian road infrastructure development company)

nCinga Innovations

Advised nCinga Innovations, a Singapore based IoT company, its founders and institutional investors on its US$15 million acquisition by Zilingo, a company valued at close to US$1 billion at its last fund raising round

European Insurance Provider

Advised a leading European insurance provider on their legal strategy with approaching and selling their products to high net worth clients resident in India

Singapore listed conglomerat

Advised a Singapore listed conglomerate in its pre-series B round investment and in the series B round investment in a fast growing e-commerce service provider based in South East Asia

Omega TC Holdings Pte Ltd

Advised Omega TC Holdings Pte Ltd and Tata Capital Financial Services (selling shareholders) on the initial public offering of Varroc Engineering Limited; a leading Indian auto components manufacturer.

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