Orrick has added Scott Peterman as a partner in the M&A and private equity practice in Hong Kong. Joining from Jones Day, Peterman acts for private fund sponsors and investors in the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including private equity funds, infrastructure and real estate funds and hedge funds. He has advised on more than 150 account arrangements, representing sovereign wealth funds, universities, seeding and first-loss capital programs, family offices and individual investors. Peterman has extensive experience representing both Chinese state-owned enterprises and private Chinese companies. He is particularly active in China’s technology sector. His work includes M&A transactions, counseling FinTech start-ups, developing compensation and profit-sharing schemes, and assisting entrepreneurs in managing their wealth. He has 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. Peterman was previously a partner with Sidley Austin, and practiced at Kirkland & Ellis and White & Case for many years, in both the US and Japan. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
Withers has continued to strengthen its international corporate practice in the Asia Pacific through the hire of a 12-strong team led by Mabel Lui, who joins the firm as head of Greater China commercial practice. Previously Winston & Strawn’s head of corporate in Asia, Lui has over 40 years of experience on China related matters, including advising the foreign investor in the first Sino-foreign joint venture in China in 1979. She focuses on M&A, investment, capital market, real estate and private wealth management matters. Before joining Winston & Strawn, she led DLA Piper’s Asian corporate team for 17 years, developing its capabilities across the region. She is qualified in Hong Kong, England & Wales, New York, Victoria, Australia and Singapore, and speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin. The team also includes two partners, Polly Chu and Daniel Tang. Chu specialises in corporate real estate matters, including M&A and real estate transactions, acquisition finance, bank finance, leasing and management advice, as well as wealth planning and probate and estate work. Tang focuses on cross-border international M&A, joint ventures, private equity/venture capital and corporate and commercial matters relating to investment in mainland China and Hong Kong.