Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, whose Hong Kong office experienced a seven-partner exodus in January, has hired a second Hong Kong partner in the space of two weeks—a sign that the firm continues to rebuild its office in the Asian city.
Funds partner Scott Peterman has joined Orrick from Jones Day, where he was most recently of counsel. Peterman advises on the formation of private equity funds, real estate funds and emerging markets exchange traded funds across China, Korea and Japan. He also advises on private-equity-related mergers and acquisitions. In 2015, he represented Hong Kong-based advertisement technology company Ignite Vision Holdings Ltd. on a private placement sale of shares in Japanese market research firm GMO Research.
Peterman joined Jones Day as a partner in 2015 from Sidley Austin, where he was a Hong Kong partner. He moved to Sidley in 2006 from White & Case and became a partner at the Chicago-based firm two years later. Earlier in his legal career, Peterman practiced with Kirkland & Ellis and legacy Hogan & Hartson.
Before becoming a lawyer, Peterman spent four years in the early 1990s as Apple Inc.’s first China country manager, helping the U.S. computer maker break into the Chinese market.
Peterman is Orrick’s fifth partner in Hong Kong, following last month’s hire of former Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Mark Lehmkuhler. The firm currently has nine lawyers in Hong Kong.*
Earlier this year, seven partners, including firm capital markets head Edwin Luk, left Orrick to launch a Hong Kong office for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
*Correction 7/6/17: A previous version of this story stated that Orrick now has 10 lawyers in Hong Kong. It actaully has only nine lawyers in the office. A correction has been made to reflect that change. We regret the error.