Area of Expertise
Azmul is a tri-qualified lawyer, admitted to practice law in England, India, and Singapore. Over the last 20 years, Azmul has developed particular expertise in complex, cross-border corporate transactions (mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances, private equity, venture and angel financing), commercial contracts involving technology-related matters (SAAS, PAAS, outsourcing, franchising and licensing) and regulatory matters in a range of areas that impact business (corporate governance, securities & futures regulations, data protection, crypto-currency regulation) and evaluating innovative business models disrupting traditional industries.
Azmul has worked extensively with MNC and Asian corporations, family-owned businesses, and high-net worth individuals. His geographical experience spans South Asia, particularly the India-Singapore corridor, ASEAN and the Middle East. He has lived and worked in Mumbai, Singapore and London.
He has been rated as a leading practitioner for the TMT sector, and focusses currently on clients in emerging technology such as FinTech, HealthTech, AdTech, Big Data, IOT, BlockChain, Internet & e-Commerce. Prior to founding Collyer Law LLC, Azmul was Consultant Partner at Olswang, and Partner with Shook Lin & Bok. He has also worked with Silver Circle firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner in London, and WongPartnership in Singapore.
Awards and Accolades
Azmul is ranked and recommended by several legal industry directories including Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Global Law Experts (for TMT). Azmul was rated a “Top 40-under-40” lawyer (Asian Legal Business, October 2016), in “Singapore A-List of Top 100 Lawyers” (Asia Business Law Journal, 2018 and 2019) and the International A-List 2020 (Indian Business Law Journal).
When he is not counselling technology companies on legal strategies to disrupt incumbents, Azmul enjoys watching period drama, emcee-ing pub quizzes, and secretly hopes to host a travel show someday
Advised Sky Mavis (the company behind Axie Infinity) in relation to its Series B fundraising of USD 150 million from marque investors led by Andreesen Horowitz, Accel Partners and Paradigm
Advised Shopup, Bangladesh’s leading B2B platform for neighbourhood retail, on its Series B financing of an aggregate of USD 109 million, led by Valar Ventures, Sequoia, Prosus, Veon, Lonsdale, KDV and Flourish.
Advised Avendus on Series C investment in Zeta Investments Holdings Pte. Ltd., including a $250 million funding from SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Sodexho and Mastercard.
Advised in relation to Series C fundraising (and secondary sales) of Krazybee for an aggregate of USD 70 million, from investors Premji Invest, TPG-backed NewQuest Capital Partners, Motilal Oswal Private Equity, Mirae Asset Ventures, and Alpine Capital.
Advised Flipkart on a USD 36 million Series A round investment in The Goat Lab Brands, with other investors including Tiger Global Management, Flipkart Ventures, Mayfield, Nordstar and Better Capital.
Advised Holmusk, a Singapore-headquartered digital health company focused on solving complex problems in the healthcare care, on its seed, pre-series A, and bridge round financing, aggregating to SGD 9.75 million.
Advised MoneyTap, India's first app-based credit line, on their USD 9 million Series A investment round, and in its Series B financing round of a billion rupees (US 70 million) led by Aquiline Technology Growth, RTP Global and Sequoia Capital India, along with Japanese and Korean funds.
Advised Docquity, a private social network for medical professionals in its Series B round of USD 11m, from existing and new investors, led by Itochu Corporation and Singapore Press Holdings.
Founder & Managing Director
SAL-INSEAD Law Firm Leadership Programme, 2018.
QLTT, College of Law, 2005.
BA LLB (Honours) National Law School of India, 2001.
Azmul is admitted as a Solicitor, England & Wales; Advocate, India; and Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.
Azmul speaks English, Bengali, and Hindi.
Advised HolidayMe, a travel-tech company customizing international and domestic travel plans for its customers, in connection with a Series C fundraising round, including a secondary involving purchase of shares from an existing shareholder through a share buyback.
Advised Rynan Technologies, an agtech company providing environment-friendly products for coding, marking, packaging etc in connection with investment by Sojitz Corporation.
Advised A-1 Capital, a UHNW family office, in connection with investment and secondary sale for various rounds of venture financing for Validus Investment Holdings
Advised Holmusk on an asset acquisition, from an international pharmaceutical conglomerate, all of the goodwill and assets of the health solutions division for an undisclosed amount.
Advised Willa Bright/Gaw Capital in relation to the (aborted) purchase of a majority interest of the share capital of an Indian data centre business for circa USD 59m from the existing shareholders.
Advised Veative Labs, a global provider of education technology and learning simulations for schools and industries, in relation to the sale of all intellectual property and sale of its wholly owned Indian subsidiary, Veative Labs Private Limited, in each case, to UK-listed Dev Clever Holdings for a combination of cash and shares, representing a value of GBP 54.75 million.
Advised Idem Labs, a technology company that operates a cloud-based group reservations software for hotels and event organisers to help maximise revenue, on the acquisition of all the assets, cash and working capital to Groups360, through an online marketplace, Groupsyn.