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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 “incredible base of knowledge”, “commercial acumen” and “awareness of what the client wants.” He is known as “a very experienced practitioner” with “unparalleled” expertise in “complex economic structures”. Scott’s ability to understand what we wanted to accomplish and tailor-make our documents to our needs rather than giving us a ‘pre-hashed, cut-and-paste’ set of documents made him an unequivocal favourite,” a client noted. As an IFLR-designated “market leader,” Scott has been characterized as one of the “true leaders of their field,” with “a track record of high profile innovative deals” and “recognized as the standout performers in their country or practice area.”

Scott’s personal research reflects his continuing interest in early Chinese Zen Buddhism. He is the translator of the Tang Dynasty classic, “Treatise on the Essential Path for Entering the Way through Sudden Enlightenment” and the Song Dynasty “Record of Dazhu’s Responses to Questions of Disciples from All Over.”

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

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: 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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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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Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Scott Peterman - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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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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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