Ms Joey Chau > Kirkland & Ellis > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis
Hong Kong
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Joey Chau is a corporate partner in the Firm’s Hong Kong office. Joey represents private equity sponsors, major corporations and investment banks in mergers and acquisitions, going-private and takeover transactions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, divestitures, and in related corporate governance and general corporate matters. Joey was selected as one of the “A-List China’s Elite 100 Lawyers” by China Business Law Journal in 2022. Joey is also recognized by IFLR1000 as “Woman Leaders” and “Highly Regarded” for M&A and private equity.


English, Cantonese, Mandarin


University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, 2006
Law Society of Hong Kong / Bloomsbury Books Prize Winner

King’s College London, LL.B., First Class Honours, 2005

Lawyer Rankings

China > Private equity: foreign firms

Drawing upon the firm’s global network, the China private equity practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP regularly handles the largest and most complex PE deals in the region, from joint ventures and PIPEs to LBOs and other M&A transactions. The offering is jointly led from Hong Kong by Gary Li and Jesse Sheley; with the former vastly experienced in complex leveraged buy-outs, take-privates and growth equity investments, and the latter a trusted advisor to PE firms, public and private companies, as well as SPACs and their targets. Peng Yu’s practice focuses exclusively on PE and M&A matters, with notable strengths in the technology, education, healthcare and life sciences sectors, while Joey Chau is highly regarded for her expertise in the Chinese market.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s China team is consistently sought out by public and private companies to advise on high-stakes M&A deals. The multidisciplinary team comprises specialists in public and private M&A, capital markets, finance, private funds and other transactional practices, and it is particularly active in SPAC M&A transactions. The practice is jointly led from the Hong Kong office by Pierre-Luc Arsenault, Joey ChauDavid Patrick Eich and Paul Guan, alongside Gary LiNicholas NorrisJesse SheleyPeng Yu and David Zhang.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

(Leading individuals)

Joey ChauKirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis houses a broad team with deep experience in the full range of corporate transactional issues, regularly assisting both Hong Kong and US listed companies. In the past year, the group has handled debt financing matters, voluntary share buy-back offers, and privatisations. Joey Chau is particularly adept at advising on take-privates, often handling public M&A issues and share buybacks of listed companies. Nicholas Norris has longstanding expertise in acting for private equity investors and investment banks in buyouts and listings, whilst Jesse Sheley represents a wide range of clients, including SPACs and private equity firms, and advises on PIPEs, and leveraged buyouts. Peng Yu maintains a private equity focused practice, often advising on growth capital investments and divestitures within the healthcare, technology, and infrastructure sectors.