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M&A and Private Equity




Mark Lehmkuhler, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.

Mark has practiced in Asia for nearly 20 years, focusing on M&A and private equity transactions, including private equity portfolio investments and exits, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, privatizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as private equity fund formation. 

Mark is deeply experienced in the technology, energy and infrastructure sectors, having advised a number of leading multinational corporations, international financial institutions, private equity firms and other institutional investors on some of the largest, most complex and groundbreaking cross-border transactions in Greater China, Japan and Southeast Asia over the past two decades.

He also has significant experience in high-yield, mezzanine and hybrid debt financings and restructurings, as well as initial public offerings, private placements and other capital markets transactions. 

Mark has been consistently recognized as a leading individual in the M&A and Private Equity fields by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia:

  • “…‘a high sense of integrity, creative and easy to work with, and provides advice that’s really actionable,’ report impressed clients.”
  • “…‘among the smartest lawyer I have ever worked with,’ comments one interviewee…especially well regarded for his experience representing Asia-focused private equity funds making investments into Chinese market.”
  • “…very effective in head-to-head negotiations with other firms and principals, and finds very creative solutions to the difficult aspects of deals.”
  • “…held in high esteem by market sources… ‘commercial and hands-on when it comes to managing transactions’.”
  • “… a fine balance between Wall Street and Asia… client-friendly and very effective.”
  • “…‘a very detail-oriented and focused lawyer’… admired for his experience in cross-border M&A.”
Prior to joining Orrick, Mark was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Hong Kong.




Admitted in Hong Kong and New York


J.D., University of Virginia, 1995, Order of the Coif
B.A., University of Virginia, 1986, Echols Scholar, Rodman Scholar

China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises on complex cross-border and outbound M&A and fields lawyers with technology and life science expertise. It acted for, one of China’s largest business-to-consumer online retailers, in its $397m investment in Farfetch, a London-based online fashion retail platform. Jeffrey Sun handles TMT-related M&A matters. Betty Louie divides time between the firm’s Italy offices and Beijing, and  Scott Peterman and Mark Lehmkuhler are notable Hong Kong contacts. In 2018, Sarah Zeng was hired from Dentons China, where she was Beijing managing partner, and Jeff Zhang, who splits his time between the Beijing and New York offices, joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms

Within: Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises private equity and venture capital sponsors, investment funds and portfolio companies on investment activity, and management and regulatory issues. Highlights included advising on its $397m investment in Farfetch, a London-based online fashion retail platform. TMT sector specialist Jeffrey Sun divides his time between Shanghai and Beijing; and Betty Louie, who divides her time between the firm’s Milan and Beijing offices, advises on significant China outbound M&A and private equity transactions in Europe and the US. Scott Peterman and Mark Lehmkuhler are also key names from its Hong Kong office. The team saw the arrival of Sarah Zeng who was hired from Dentons China, where she was Beijing managing partner, and Jeff Zhang, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons and splits his time between the Beijing and New York offices.

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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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Private equity

Within: Private equity

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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