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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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M&A and Private Equity




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

Scott focuses on representing private fund sponsors and investors in the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including pan-Asian private equity funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure and real estate funds, private REITs, hedge funds, hybrid funds, emerging manager platform funds, Hong Kong authorized funds, and emerging market ETFs. In addition, he has advised on more than 150 account arrangements, representing sovereign wealth funds, universities, seeding and first-loss capital programs, family offices and individual investors.

Scott has extensive experience representing both Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in a broad range of M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital financings, as well as relevant regulatory and compliance matters. He also counsels FinTech start-ups, develops compensation and profit-sharing schemes, and assists entrepreneurs in managing their wealth.

Scott offers clients a unique perspective with in-depth knowledge in the technology and telecommunications industries, having served for 13 years as a Silicon Valley senior executive prior to practicing law, including as Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea, director of Asia Pacific for Alcatel Data Networks and director of North American Corporate Development for Cable & Wireless.

Scott has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from clients for his “commercial acumen” and “awareness of what the client wants.” He is known as “a very experienced practitioner” with “unparalleled” expertise in “complex economic structures”.

Prior to joining Orrick, Scott worked at Jones Day and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong, and practiced in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan for many years.




Admitted in New York, Hong Kong and District of Columbia

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts
Former Vice President,  Washington Association of Money Managers
Former Vice Chairman, CFA Society of Japan


J.D., Georgetown University, 1996, cum laude
Ph.D., Chinese Religious Studies, Stanford University, 1986
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), 1979
M.A., Religion, Vanderbilt University, 1975
M.A., Political Science, The Ohio State University, 1974
B.A. (Honors), Political Science, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1973

China: Corporate and M&A

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Hong Kong office recruited M&A and private equity specialist Scott Peterman and M&A partner Mark Lehmkuhler from Jones Day and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, respectively; meanwhile, Ning Zhang left for Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s Beijing office. The practice is well regarded for advising Chinese state-owned and private entities on their outbound investments, and is highly rated for its technology sector experience. Jeffrey Sun, divides time between Shanghai and Beijing, and Betty Louie splits her practice between the firm’s Italy and Beijing offices.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Hong Kong office recruited M&A and private equity specialists Scott Peterman and Mark Lehmkuhler from Jones Day and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, respectively; meanwhile, Ning Zhang, Maurice Hoo, the firm’s former global co-head of M&A and private equity, and Connie Cheung joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. The practice regularly advises private equity and venture capital sponsors, investment funds and portfolio companies on investment activity, management and regulatory issues. It also assists Chinese company founders and their businesses with financing rounds. Practice head Jeffrey Sun divides his time between Shanghai and Beijing.

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Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Although Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Hong Kong team sustained a number of departures in February 2017 – former practice head Maurice Hoo joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners), along with Edwin Luk, Keith Cheung and Connie Cheung – the firm has been rebuilding the group since; Scott Peterman and Mark Lehmkuhler recently joined from Jones Day and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP respectively. The addition of these two highly experienced practitioners caters to the firm’s main strengths, which lie in acting for Chinese SOEs and private enterprises in their outbound investments. Peterman and Lehmkuhler also have substantial experience of technology sector M&A, which is another forte of the firm. In addition, the Hong Kong group also draws upon the support of the firm’s sizeable wider network. Baidu, CITIC Guoan and Gosource Holding Co. are notable clients.

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Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Scott Peterman - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Within: Investment funds

Indicative of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s growing private funds practice, it hired former Jones Day partner Scott Peterman, who focuses on acting for sponsors of and investors in private equity buyout funds, real estate funds and hedge funds, among other vehicles. Industry veteran Sook Young Yeu, who has 30 years of experience in the private funds arena, is leading a cross-office team in the advice to an Asia-based government entity on its circa $3bn aggregate investment in several vehicles, including buyout funds, funds of funds and technology funds. Yeu is also providing ongoing advice to Asia-based Hong Kong licensed and/or US registered fund managers on fund and fund manager regulatory issues related to the Dodd-Frank Act and FATCA, among other matters. Clients of the practice include QL Asset Management, APC Fund Management and Overlook Investments.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP experienced the departure of private equity partners to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in association with Luk & Partners), including Maurice Hoo, but the firm has offset that to some extent by making several new hires, most notably those of Scott Peterman and Mark Lehmkuhler in mid-2017 from Jones Day and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, respectively. Both have particular expertise advising on China deals with Peterman particularly focused on fund formation matters and Lehmkuhler more focused on the transactional front. The team continues to excel at handling matters in the technology sector, where the firm benefits from vast sector knowledge.

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