Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Leading team working on high-value acquisitions, mergers and take-privates. Practice is bolstered by its exceptional private equity capabilities. Impressive client roster consists of international financial institutions and prominent domestic corporates, and is especially strong in its handling of TMT and life sciences transactions. Frequently co-operates with its overseas offices to offer clients globally co-ordinated advice on major cross-border transactions.

Notable practitioners

Ian Ho is described by a client as "a really solid, top-notch lawyer." He is active on investments and acquisitions for major tech companies and private equity firms across a broad range of industry sectors.

Jin-Hyuk Park is head of the firm's Korea desk and assists South Korean corporates and global investors on a range of transactional mandates. Lately his work has spanned the pharmaceutical and automotive sectors.

New York-based Kathryn King Sudol remains a seasoned adviser to both corporates and private equity funds on investments and acquisitions in China. Of late, she has advised on take-privates in the healthcare sector, as well as transactions in the e-commerce and tech spaces.

Wang Yang rises further in the rankings after receiving continued market recognition for his work representing investors and funds on cross-border investments, equity financings and private placements. A client says: "We trust him; his legal skills are very solid and he has really good commercial understanding as well, which makes him even more special."