Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has made its first partner hire in Hong Kong since losing a seven-partner team to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius earlier this year.
Former Davis Polk & Wardwell Hong Kong partner Mark Lehmkuhler has joined Orrick, making him the fourth partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Lehmkuhler specializes in private equity investments, leveraged buyouts and other cross-border mergers and acquisitions across Asia.
In 2014, he represented a special committee at New York Stock Exchange-listed power company China Hydroelectric Corp. on a $190 million take-private offer by private equity firm NewQuest Capital Partners. In 2013, he advised Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc. as underwriter to a $1 billion notes issue by Thailand’s Bangkok Bank plc.
Before leaving the New York firm in April 2015, Lehmkuhler had been a Davis Polk lifer, having joined the firm in New York in 1995. He made partner in 2008.
At Orrick, Lehmkuhler joins corporate partners David Halperin and Sook Young Yeu and litigation partner Charles Allen. In January, former capital markets partner Edwin Luk, M&A partner Maurice Hoo and five additional partners left Orrick to launch a Hong Kong office for Morgan Lewis. Commenting on the firm’s Asia strategy following the exodus, Orrick chairman and chief executive Mitchell Zuklie said the Hong Kong office would focus on cross-border M&As, litigation and intellectual property work in the technology, energy and infrastructure and finance sectors.
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