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Kirkland & Ellis
Hong Kong
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Peng Yu is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. He focuses his practice exclusively on private equity matters and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Yu has extensive experience in advising global and regional private equity and corporate clients on a wide range of strategically important transactions, including buyouts, take-privates, PIPEs, growth capital investments, divestitures, joint ventures and other cross-border transactions. These transactions span sectors as diverse as technology, education, health care/life sciences, consumer products, industrials, infrastructure and real estate.

Mr. Yu has been constantly recognized by multiple reputable legal publications such as Chambers Greater China, IFLR 1000, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, China Business Law Journal and China Law & Practice for his private equity and M&A work.


English, Mandarin


Columbia Law School, LL.M.
James Kent Scholar

University of International Business and Economics, LL.M. (Hons)

University of International Business and Economics, LL.B. (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s PRC corporate practice encompasses complex deals such as take-privates, multi-jurisdictional acquisitions, and joint ventures. The team has also recently been active on SPAC transactions, handling deals across sectors such as consumer goods, electric cars and fintech. The group is jointly led by Joey Chau, David Eich, Paul Guan, Gary Li, Nicholas Norris, Jesse Sheley, Peng Yu and David Zhang, all of whom are based in Hong Kong. Daniel Dusek departed the firm in June 2022.

China > Private equity: foreign firms

Fielding one of the most sizeable private equity teams in Asia, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP houses specialists in complex LBOs and other M&A deals, PIPEs and joint ventures. In Hong Kong, Gary Li‘s recent track record includes advising the buyer group on the take-private of China Biologic Products, while Jesse Sheley, who co-leads the firm’s Asia private equity practice alongside Li, is experienced in high-profile de-SPAC transactions involving private equity investors. Also in Hong Kong, Joey Chau assists with leading the firm’s Hong Kong public takeover practice. In March 2022, private equity expert Peng Yu, joined the Hong Kong team from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Hong Kong > Private equity

The Hong Kong private equity team at Kirkland & Ellis is active across a wide range of high-profile, complex deals in the Asia Pacific market, operating with a particular focus on leveraged buyouts (LBOs), M&A deals, PIPEs and joint ventures. Team heads, Gary Li and Jesse Sheley display proficiency across high-profile transactions for a variety of global PE clients, with specific experience in de-spacing and LBO transactions. Peng Yu has both regional and global experience across a range of PE dealings, such as take-private transactions, PIPEs, and growth capital investments, demonstrating the firm’s multi-jurisdictional capacity. The firm is regarded for its sponsor-focused debt finance, as well as restructuring and investment fund practices, supporting the private equity team and consolidating its full-service offering.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

Kirkland & Ellis is well-known for its strength in private equity transactions, and is also highly active in cross-border deals involving multinational companies and investors. The team’s public market expertise is demonstrated by its increasing share of the SPAC market. Key figures in the practice include Joey Chau, who is particularly active in take-privates, and Nicholas Norris, who has more than 25 years’ experience of handling M&A in Hong Kong. The group continues to grow, with Peng Yu joining the firm in March 2022 from Ropes & Gray LLP. Daniel Dusek departed the firm in June 2022.