Orrick continues China expansion with new partner in Hong Kong

The investment funds expert moves from another US-based BigLaw firm

Orrick continues China expansion with new partner in Hong Kong

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is continuing its expansion in China with the addition of Scott D. Peterman as a partner in Hong Kong.

The hire of the former Jones Day partner follows the appointment of Mark Lehmkuhler, a former Davis Polk partner, who also joined the firm’s M&A practice in Hong Kong last month. Lehmkuhler and Peterman are the fourth and fifth partners of the firm in Hong Kong.

Orrick has been on a hiring spree in the past year – six partners have joined the firm’s global M&A practice since June 2016.

Xiang Wang, Orrick’s Asia managing partner, said that the addition of Peterman and Lehmkuhler is a significant step in advancing the firm’s Greater China strategy.

Peterman, an investment funds expert, has advised on more than 150 account arrangements while acting for sovereign wealth funds, universities, seeding and first-loss capital programs, family offices and individual investors.

He also regularly advises in the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including private equity funds, infrastructure and real estate funds, and hedge funds. He is particularly active in China’s technology sector and is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. He has extensive experience acting for both state-owned and private Chinese companies.

The former Sidley Austin partner is also Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea, and has 13 years’ experience as a Silicon Valley senior executive. He also practiced at Kirkland & Ellis and White & Case in both the US and Japan. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, FinTech start-ups, compensation and profit-sharing schemes, and wealth management of entrepreneurs.

Peterman said he is excited by Orrick’s vision for its Asia platform and its focus on the technology, energy and infrastructure, and finance sectors.

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