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

Scott focuses on representing private fund sponsors and investors in the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including pan-Asian private equity funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure and real estate funds, private REITs, hedge funds, hybrid funds, emerging manager platform funds, Hong Kong authorized funds, and emerging market ETFs. In addition, he has advised on more than 170 managed account arrangements, representing sovereign wealth funds, universities, seeding and first-loss capital programs, family offices, and individual investors.

Scott has extensive experience representing both Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in a broad range of M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital financings, as well as relevant regulatory and compliance matters. He also counsels FinTech start-ups, develops compensation and profit-sharing schemes, and assists entrepreneurs in managing their wealth. 

Scott offers clients a unique perspective with in-depth knowledge in the technology and telecommunications industries, having served for 13 years as a Silicon Valley senior executive prior to practicing law, including as Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea, director of Asia Pacific for Alcatel Data Networks and director of North American Corporate Development for Cable & Wireless.

Scott has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from clients for his “incredible base of knowledge”, “commercial acumen” and “awareness of what the client wants.” He is known as “a very experienced practitioner” with “unparalleled” expertise in “complex economic structures”. “Scott’s ability to understand what we wanted to accomplish and tailor-make our documents to our needs rather than giving us a ‘pre-hashed, cut-and-paste’ set of documents made him an unequivocal favourite,” a client noted. As an IFLR-designated “market leader,” Scott has been characterized as one of the “true leaders of their field,” with “a track record of high-profile innovative deals” and “recognized as the standout performers in their country or practice area.”

Scott’s personal research reflects his continuing interest in early Chinese Zen Buddhism. He is the translator of the Tang Dynasty classic, “Treatise on the Essential Path for Entering the Way through Sudden Enlightenment” and the Song Dynasty “Record of Dazhu’s Responses to Questions of Disciples from All Over.”

Prior to joining Orrick, Scott worked at Jones Day and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong, and practiced in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan for many years.

  • Fund Formation & Management

    • Chinese state-owned fund – Investment in a KKR-led consortium to purchase Unilever’s spreads business for US$8.1 billion; and proposed investment in one of the leading US private equity funds focusing on late-stage US software companies with a consortium of investors for US$3-5 billion.
    • Tuspark Financial Holdings (HK) Limited – As sponsor on the formation of a tri-party funded US$1 billion “One Belt, One Road” private equity fund that is designed to invest in and promote innovation.
    • China Resources – Setting up the US$2 billion China Resources Health Care Fund.
    • Pacific Hawk (HK) Limited – Establishment of the first open-ended fund company in Hong Kong.
    • Ariose Capital Management – US$600 million PRC long/short hedge fund.
    • Basis Capital Fund – Re-organization of US$350 million Sydney-based hedge fund.
    • Carlyle Asia Partners II, Carlyle Japan Partners II, CDH (Funds II, III, IV) – Representation of several institutional investors.
    • Cephei – Launched US$5 billion master-feeder hedge fund.
    • China Life Frontier Commercial Real Estate Fund, L.P. – US$400 million private REIT for sole PRC investor (Shenzhen commercial property investments).
    • China Resources Urban Car Park Investment Partnership, L.P. – US$240 million fund (22 car parks in China).
    • China Investment Corporation – 100+ customized portfolios and funds.
    • China Life Insurance Company Limited – Multiple managed accounts.
    • Galileo – Launched a US$500 million master-feeder, multi-jurisdictional, emerging markets bond hedge fund (unit trust).
    • ING Real Estate China Opportunity Fund I, L.P., and a series of ING / CBRE real estate funds – US$400 million fund(s) (Asian / Chinese real estate).
    • Macquarie Goodman Fund – Representation of GIC in Asian infrastructure fund.
    • Newtonian China Real Estate Fund II – Real estate private equity in the Asia Pacific region.
    • Primasia antfactory Fund – Asia’s first secondary private equity fund (focused on Taiwan).
    • Sublime Ventures – US$2.5 billion hybrid fund.
    • Trident Pacific Capital Japan Fund – US$300 million Cayman Islands-based multi-jurisdictional, multi-currency hedge fund, with an Irish Stock Exchange listing. This fund was one of the first hedge funds offered to German investors.
    • Turiya Fund – established one of Asia’s most successful hedge funds (AUM US$3 billion+).
    • Vision Angel Fund – Established one of Asia’s first incubation and cross-over (hedge / private equity) funds to seed start-up hedge fund managers.

    M&A and Private Equity

    • Great Leap Brewing in a US$24 million Series A investment.
    • MainControl in the US$12 million merger with publicly held MRO Software.
    • Chinese Tech fund in its US$50 million Series B-2 investment in a US-based AI Company.
    • ITC^DeltaCom in the US$150 million PIPE investment. 
    • Continental Illinois Venture Corporation (Bank of America subsidiary) in the US$22 million LBO investment in a private company insurance company, American Fidelity and Liberty. 
    • Madison Dearborn Partners and Olympus Partners in the US$64 million acquisition of six private company banks through Commerce Security Bancorp.
    • Thayer Capital Partners in the US$300 million recapitalization and leveraged buyout of The Derby Cycle Corporation (Raleigh Bicycle).