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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Sook Young Yeu

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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M&A and Private Equity




Sook Young Yeu, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Sook focuses her practice on corporate and securities matters in connection with the establishment of private investment funds and ongoing representation of investment funds, fund managers, fund sponsors and fund investors. This includes private equity and venture capital investment, along with related mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and public and private securities offerings throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

During the last 30 years, Sook has advised Asian institutional investors investing in U.S., European and Asian private funds, as well as Asian private equity and venture capital funds sponsored by U.S., European and Asian financial institutions, and Asian hedge funds managed by independent fund managers. Her extensive experience covers virtually every type of fund, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate investment funds, hedge funds, buyout funds, mezzanine funds, funds-of-funds, co-investment funds and restructuring funds.

Sook has served as the administrative partner in charge of Orrick’s Hong Kong office since 2005. Before joining Orrick, she was a partner of Coudert Brothers and the partner in charge of its Hong Kong office responsible for the firm’s Asian Investment Management Practice.




Admitted in California, New York and Hong Kong


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1980
B.A., Yale College, 1977

China: Investment funds

Investment funds: foreign firms

Within: Investment funds: foreign firms

'Very professional and generous with its time and resources', Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's practice includes private equity sponsor fund formation and investor representation; private equity joint ventures; sophisticated hybrid funds; hedge funds; managed accounts; and regulatory advice. The key advisors are Sook Young Yeu and Scott Peterman in Hong Kong; Peterman is 'one of the most experienced fund lawyers in town, who demonstrates deep knowledge of fund restructuring and the local regulatory environment'.

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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

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

Within: Investment funds

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.

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