Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) Department

China
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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. Acted for Ant Financial on its proposed USD184.5 million acquisition of a 45% equity stake in Telenor Microfinance Bank.

Foreign desks Well-established bench of Korea-focused lawyers in Hong Kong advising on cross-border transactions. Represents financial entities and conglomerates on M&A, joint ventures and foreign direct investments.

Notable practitioners

Jin-Hyuk Park leads the firm's South Korea practice in Hong Kong, having previously been based in Tokyo and New York. He advises on corporate transactions in the South Korean market, including M&A and equity investments.

Top-tier private equity and corporate M&A lawyer Kathryn King Sudol relocated from Hong Kong to New York in 2018. She remains active on cross-border acquisitions and investments relating to China. "She has outstanding judgement and commercial acumen," comments one client.

Up-and-coming lawyer Wang Yang joins the table this year following several recommendations from market commentators, with one labelling him as an "excellent and sensible professional." He is best known for representing major private equity funds and multinational corporates on China-related transactions.