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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Corporate (including M&A)
Corporate (including M&A) - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Mark Lehmkuhler and Scott Peterman, who joined in 2017 from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Jones Day respectively, are the main contacts in Hong Kong. Their arrival ties in with the firm's historical strengths in the energy and infrastructure sectors, as well as in technology: Peterman also previously served as Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea. The firm has a particularly first-rate reputation in outbound M&A and other corporate work to support clients' strategic expansion plans. Recent highlights included Peterman working alongside the Shanghai office to advise online retailer on a $2.5bn private fundraising for its logistics subsidiary, JD Logistics. In a separate matter, Lehmkuhler assisted the same client with its $115m investment in China Logistics Property, China's second-largest warehouse developer. In the healthcare arena, Lehmkuhler was one of the advisers to Hong Kong-based healthcare technology firm OptAsia Healthcare on its joint venture with California-based Soleno Therapeutics. He also acted for Samena Capital and Cenova Capital on their $83m investment in Virtus Medical Holdings. Outside of healthcare and technology, another particularly notable deal saw Peterman, Sook Young Yeu, managing associate Anson Chan and others act for state-owned investment fund Silk Road Fund on its $8bn acquisition of Unilever's Spreads business (along with a KKR-led consortium).

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has been providing extensive support to sponsors and investors on investment funds matters across the Asia-Pacific region for 30 years. Its practice, which is noted for its strength in the private funds arena, is jointly led by Scott Peterman and Sook Young Yeu; both individuals collectively have more than 65 years of relevant business and private practice experience. The team is knowledgeable about a wide range of vehicles, including private equity joint ventures, hybrid funds (involving private equity and hedge fund elements), venture capital funds, infrastructure funds, hedge funds and managed accounts. Since Peterman arrived from Jones Day in July 2017, the firm has won a significant number of new clients; in one example, the firm won a place on China Resources Capital Management Limited (CRCML)'s panel of external legal counsel for funds and M&A. In 2017, Peterman and Yeu assisted CRCML with the formation of $2bn fund China Resources Healthcare Fund, along with ICBC and Macquarie. In a more recent highlight, Peterman worked with the corporate team in Shanghai to advise on a $2.5bn fundraise for its logistics subsidiary, JD Logistics; this matter involved setting up a novel Cayman Islands LLC structure and represented the largest-ever private fundraising in the Chinese logistics industry. Silk Road Fund, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Vanhau Asset Management are also active clients.

Leading individuals

Scott Peterman - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Although it recently lost several corporate and private equity practitioners to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners), Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has recently made some notable hires, including Mark Lehmkuhler and Scott Peterman, who joined in the middle of 2017 from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Jones Day respectively. Peterman is particularly strong at handling deals in the technology and telecoms sectors and further reinforces the firm's global reputation for handling venture capital and private equity tech-based deals. Peterman was recently part of a multi-office team that included input from London and Beijing in representing Chinese state-owned investment fund Silk Road Fund, as part of a KKR-led consortium, on the $8bn acquisition of Unilever’s Spreads business. Lehmkuhler is experienced at handling technology, energy and infrastructure sector deals, and recently acted for Samena Capital and Cenova Capital on their $83m investment in Virtus Medical Holdings, a new premium healthcare platform in Hong Kong.

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