Chen Show Mao
MP for Aljunied GRC, Paya Lebar Division
Until July 2011, Chen Show Mao was a partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of the leading law firms in the world. He managed the China practice of the firm based in Beijing, and had extensive experience in large complex international securities offerings as well as cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions.
He advised the Agricultural Bank of China on its recent US$22 billion initial public offering (IPO), which was the largest IPO in history. He also advised the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) on its US$21 billion IPO, which was the second-largest IPO in history, and the first-ever global share offering that included a concurrent listing in China, as well as China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) on its proposed US$19 billion acquisition of Unocal, the largest attempted takeover of an overseas target by a Chinese company. He also completed the global IPOs of Air China, China Construction Bank, China Unicom, Metallurgical Corp. of China, Sinopec, as well as offerings by the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Outside of China, Show Mao has completed international securities offerings and M&A transactions by companies such as Acer, ASE, Asus, AU Optronics, BHP, Foxconn, Freeport-McMoran, HTC, Quanta, TSMC and UMC, financial institutions such as JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of China (ROC).
He has also worked with sovereign wealth funds such as The China Investment Corporation (CIC), the Development Fund of the ROC and also advised the Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan Stock Exchanges on proposed regulations.
Show Mao has received much recognition for his professional accomplishments as a corporate lawyer, including most recently by The American Lawyer as a 2010 Dealmaker of the Year.
Before he began full-time practice as a corporate lawyer, Show Mao worked at a number of research institutions such as Ralph Nader’s Centre for Study of Responsive Law (CSRL), the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Research & Planning and Enforcement divisions of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
He is a Rhodes Scholar, and an alumnus of Harvard, Oxford and Stanford Universities. While at Stanford, he was awarded the prize for the best paper in law and economics.
As a student in Singapore, Show Mao studied at Nanyang Primary School, Catholic High School and Anglo-Chinese School. He was the president of the students’ council at National Junior College and was top student in Singapore for the 1979 “A” level examinations.
During NS, Show Mao served as an infantry platoon commander at the Fifth Singapore Infantry Regiment (5SIR) and as Brigade Adjutant, or DYS1, at the headquarters of the Third Singapore Infantry Brigade (3SIB).
While pursuing his career overseas, Show Mao has kept in touch with Singapore. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the Singapore Management University (SMU) Law School Advisory Board, which comprises leading lawyers and judges in Singapore and is chaired by former Chief Justice Yong Pung How.
Show Mao believes that the best way to ensure good governance for Singapore is through the growth of a competitive opposition that offers a credible alternative to the party in government.