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Sarah (Ying) Zeng, a partner in Orrick’s Beijing office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. She has more than 25 years of corporate law experience serving Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and U.S. multinational companies.
Sarah’s practice focuses on China outbound M&A, foreign direct investment (FDI) transactions in China and other cross-border transactions with Chinese components. She has extensive experience in representing Chinese SOEs, private corporations and private equity funds, as well as multinational corporations in cross-border M&A transactions, including divestitures, joint ventures and FDIs.
Having served as general counsel of the Hong Kong-listed Weichai Power (China’s largest engine manufacturer), and the vice president and country manager (China) for El Paso Corporation (a Fortune 500 energy company), Sarah is uniquely positioned to provide clients with practical, specific and dynamic advice with her combined legal and business insights and in-depth knowledge in the energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. During her time at El Paso Corporation, Sarah chaired the boards of four major power plants owned by the company in China for eight years.
Prior to joining Orrick, Sarah was a managing partner at Dentons’ Beijing office.
Sook Young Yeu, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Sook focuses her practice on corporate and securities matters in connection with the establishment of private investment funds and ongoing representation of investment funds, fund managers, fund sponsors and fund investors. This includes private equity and venture capital investment, along with related mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and public and private securities offerings throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
During the last 30 years, Sook has advised Asian institutional investors investing in U.S., European and Asian private funds, as well as Asian private equity and venture capital funds sponsored by U.S., European and Asian financial institutions, and Asian hedge funds managed by independent fund managers. Her extensive experience covers virtually every type of fund, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate investment funds, hedge funds, buyout funds, mezzanine funds, funds-of-funds, co-investment funds and restructuring funds.
Sook has served as the administrative partner in charge of Orrick’s Hong Kong office since 2005. Before joining Orrick, she was a partner of Coudert Brothers and the partner in charge of its Hong Kong office responsible for the firm’s Asian Investment Management Practice.
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Richard Vernon Smith, a partner in our Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices and a member of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group, has over 35 years of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate law.
Richard has advised on more than 500 M&A transactions and has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including negotiated mergers, auction bid processes, cross-border transactions, distressed asset sales (including 363 sales), leveraged buyouts, tender offers and exchange offers, going private transactions, mergers of equals transactions, going dark transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, takeover and activist defense, purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries and joint ventures.
Richard also has represented clients in a wide range of SEC-registered, underwritten and privately placed stock and debt offerings, and he has assisted companies in connection with issuer tender offers (both equity and debt), recapitalizations, restructurings and rights offerings. He regularly represents clients in the preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports, proxy statements and Williams Act reports. He also assists clients in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; real time disclosure compliance; sales of restricted securities and sales of securities by insiders; disclosure issues, including with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD; and NYSE/NASDAQ rule compliance and inquiries.
William Ho, an of counsel in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He has extensive experience in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, privatizations, and strategic investments.
Will regularly represents major private equity funds in their investments across Asia, with a strong focus in the tech space. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the start-up scene in Greater China and Southeast Asia, and has built a reputation for advising early-stage start-ups on their capital raisings, financings and general corporate matters.
Will’s practice also includes advising a number of Hong Kong-listed issuers and investment banks on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions, including privatizations, security offerings (primary and secondary), as well as private investments into public equity (PIPE) transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Will began his career at Slaughter and May before moving to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
In addition to being admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Will is also admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia (currently non-practicing).
Jie (Jeffrey) Sun, a partner in Orrick’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jeffrey represents Chinese and international clients from multiple industries, including technology, renewable energy, life sciences, financial services and consumer/retail, in a broad range of M&A, capital markets and corporate matters.
Jeffrey has extensive experience representing both Chinese enterprises in fund raising and investing abroad and foreign investors investing in China.
He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in the U.S. and Hong Kong public securities offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs) and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings for PRC-based companies.
In addition, he is experienced in handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, strategic alliances, joint ventures and regulatory compliance matters for numerous foreign investors and Chinese companies. He also counsels global private equity funds on their investment activity throughout Greater China and across Asia.
Some clients he has represented include Bright Food, JD.com, Trina Solar, China Sunergy, Perfect World, ReneSola, Tudou, Pactera Technologies and some international investment banks and private equity funds.
Jeffrey is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for China M&A by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Clients recognizes him as “an excellent business partner, above his legal counsel role”, who “gives practical advice not only based on legal proficiency, but really helpful for our business”.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Sun worked with a major international law firm, and he was a former partner in a local law firm based in Shanghai.
David Halperin, a partner in Orrick's Hong Kong office, is a member of the Corporate Group. His practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, banking and finance projects for investment funds and their managers, and entertainment and media clients.
David has advised a number of venture capital and direct investment clients with respect to their Asian investments.
Before joining Orrick, David served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander (U.S.N.R.) and serving from 1969-1970 as a special assistant to Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Commander of Naval Forces, Vietnam and later Chief of Naval Operations. From 1970-71, he served as personal assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger, assistant to the president for national security affairs. David worked for Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York from 1974-1976 before joining the Hong Kong office of Coudert Brothers in 1976. He became a partner of Coudert in 1983 and has practiced in Hong Kong for 40 years.
Eva Ying, an associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Eva focuses her practice on representing private and public companies in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments across the Greater China region.
She advises major hedge funds and private equity funds on fund formation and investments, as well as fund compliance and regulatory matters.
In addition, she has experience in handling Hong Kong initial public offerings, global financings and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Eva worked at Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.
Lu (Echo) Wang, a senior associate in Orrick’s Shanghai office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Her practice focuses on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets and SEC compliance matters.
Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.
Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany
Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.
Betty L. Louie, a partner in Orrick's Beijing office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. With a particular expertise on Asia outbound investments, Betty has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments and capital markets. She has practiced for more than 20 years on the continents – the United States, Europe and China – on strategic and complex mergers and acquisitions.
She regularly advises Chinese corporations and financial institutions investing and operating outside of China. Since 2012, she has been consistently recognized and ranked in legal industry publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Milano Finanza. Clients have praised Betty as “highly experienced in helping Chinese companies and investors carry out transactions,” “having a specialist knowledge of the Chinese market” and “offers practical and efficient solutions.”
In addition, Betty also represents a broad range of foreign investors (United States, Middle Eastern, European) in connection with their global investments and acquisitions.
She advises companies in various industries, including energy, technology, financial services, healthcare, medical devices, real estate and advanced manufacturing.
Before relocating to China, Betty practiced in New York for more than 10 years, and also practiced in Italy for close to 10 years.