Mark Lehmkuhler, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.

Mark has practiced in Asia for nearly 20 years, focusing on M&A and private equity transactions, including private equity portfolio investments and exits, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, privatizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as private equity fund formation.

Mark is deeply experienced in the technology, energy and infrastructure sectors, having advised a number of leading multinational corporations, international financial institutions, private equity firms and other institutional investors on some of the largest, most complex and groundbreaking cross-border transactions in Greater China, Japan and Southeast Asia over the past two decades.

He also has significant experience in high-yield, mezzanine and hybrid debt financings and restructurings, as well as initial public offerings, private placements and other capital markets transactions.

Mark has been consistently recognized as a leading individual in the M&A and Private Equity fields by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia:

  • “…‘a high sense of integrity, creative and easy to work with, and provides advice that’s really actionable,’ report impressed clients.”
  • “…‘among the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with,’ comments one interviewee…especially well regarded for his experience representing Asia-focused private equity funds making investments into Chinese market.”
  • “…very effective in head-to-head negotiations with other firms and principals, and finds very creative solutions to the difficult aspects of deals.”
  • “…held in high esteem by market sources… ‘commercial and hands-on when it comes to managing transactions’.”
  • “… a fine balance between Wall Street and Asia… client-friendly and very effective.”
  • “…‘a very detail-oriented and focused lawyer’… admired for his experience in cross-border M&A.”
Prior to joining Orrick, Mark was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Hong Kong.
    • Samena Capital and Cenova Capital in their US$83 million investment in Virtus Medical Holdings, a new premium healthcare platform in Hong Kong.
    • Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), the world’s largest independent semiconductor packaging and testing company, in its US$127 million acquisition of NXP Semiconductor’s 40% stake in Suzhou ASEN Semiconductors; and its US$780 million going-private acquisition of its Nasdaq-listed Singapore subsidiary ASE Test.
    • OptAsia Healthcare, a Hong Kong-based healthcare technology firm, in its joint venture with California-based Soleno Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SLNO) and its subsidiary Capnia for the development and commercialization of Capnia’s innovative Sensalyze technology platform, which includes the CoSense End-Tidal Carbon Monoxide monitor that assists in the detection of excessive hemolysis in newborn infants.
    • CITIC Capital in its US$890 million going-private acquisition of Nasdaq-listed AsiaInfo-Linkage, a leading provider of software and IT services to the Chinese telecom industry; and its US$3.7 billion going-private acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Focus Media, China’s largest interactive digital media network.
    • JD.com in its US$115 million strategic investment in HKSE-listed China Logistics Property, one of the largest logistics companies in the PRC.
    • DLF, the largest commercial real estate developer in India, in its US$300 million sale of the luxury hotel group Amanresorts.
    • Abax Global Capital as the private equity sponsor of the US$750 million going-private acquisition of Harbin Electric, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of electric motors.
    • Kerry Group in its US$950 million sale of the QGX Mongolian coal mine to Mongolian Mining Corporation.
    • Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company in the sale of its business processing outsourcing (BPO) operations to CVC Capital Partners.
    • Shanda Interactive Entertainment, a leading Chinese interactive media company, in its US$2.3 billion going-private transaction.
    • Affinity Equity Partners in its investment in a Chinese dairy joint venture with Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group.
    • Aozora Bank in a proposed merger of equals with Shinsei Bank.
    • Nikko Asset Management in its sale by Citigroup to Sumitomo Trust.
    • Yinlong Energy in its US$50 million acquisition of a majority interest in Altair Nanotechnologies (Nasdaq: ALTI), a US developer and manufacturer of advanced nano lithium titanate batteries and energy storage systems.
    • ICBC in its strategic sale of a 10% stake for US$3.8 billion to Goldman Sachs, Allianz and American Express.
    • CNOOC Limited in its US$18.5 billion proposed acquisition of Unocal.
    • PCCW Limited in its US$250 million going-private acquisition of the businesses and assets of SUNDAY Communications, a leading provider of 2G and 3G wireless communications and data services in Hong Kong.
    • Quadrangle Capital Partners in a US$300 million investment in Tower Vision, the second-largest telecom tower management company in India.
    • The Indian government in its US$2.5 billion sale of a 20% stake in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, at the time the largest Indian privatization in history.
    • Credit Suisse in its investment in China Renaissance Capital Investment, a leading PRC-focused private equity firm.
    • Goldman Sachs in its investments in a series of private equity funds managed by HONY Capital.
    • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners in several private equity investments in India and China.
    • Nike, Inc. in its acquisition of Umbro’s China distribution business.
    • NCR Corporation in its formation of an R&D joint venture with Fujitsu to develop next-generation ATM machines.
    • BearingPoint in the sale of its China development centers to PwC in 363 bankruptcy proceedings.
    • Polo Ralph Lauren in its reacquisition of its PRC, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan businesses.
    • Artisan du Luxe, the owner of the Bali-based John Hardy jewelry and luxury goods brand and its controlling shareholder in the restructuring of its MBO with private equity sponsor 3i and the sale of the company to L Catterton.
    • BancTec (a Welsh, Carson portfolio company) in the MBO and sale of its Japanese business to JAFCO.
    • Ajinomoto in the US$381 million sale to Unilever of its interests in a series of joint ventures covering Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

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