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Kathryn King Sudol
Partner
 
ICBC Tower – 35th Floor
3 Garden Road, Central
Hong Kong  
 
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Phone: +852-2514-7622
Fax: +852-2869-7694
Katie Sudol leads our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in Hong Kong, advising public and private companies, private equity firms and financial advisors on a wide variety of complex cross-border M&A transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Since relocating to Hong Kong from New York in 2010, Katie’s diverse practice has included representing clients in acquisitions, dispositions, minority and strategic investments, going-private transactions, leveraged buyouts and other corporate transactions. She has been recognized as a leading private equity and M&A lawyer for a number of years by IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global, with clients reporting that Katie “is incredibly smart and brings to the team strong execution experience” and is “sharp as a whistle, very driven and knows how to protect her clients’ interests.”

Katie is a member of our Firm’s Executive Committee. In addition, she is the Administrative Partner of our Hong Kong office and serves on our Firm’s Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Women’s Committee and Diversity Committee.

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Work Highlights
  • Travice Inc. ("Kuaidi Dache") in its strategic stock-for-stock merger with Xiaoju Science and Technology Limited ("Didi Dache")
  • Alibaba Group Holding  in its $1.6 billion going private transaction involving AutoNavi Holdings and its $4.6 billion investment in Suning Commerce Group and related $2.3 billion investment by Suning in Alibaba
  • KKR in its S$1.4 billion leveraged buyout of Goodpack Limited, which was awarded Private Equity Deal of the Year by the Asia Legal Awards 2015 by The Asian Lawyer and leveraged buyout of Alliance Tires, which was awarded 2013 India PE Deal of the Year by AVCJ and 2013 Deal of the Year by India Business Law Journal
  • Mars, Incorporated, in its $23 billion leveraged buyout of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
  • Gas Natural SDG in its $28.5 billion unsolicited exchange offer for Endesa S.A.
Accolades
  • Recognized as a leading private equity and M&A lawyer in Hong Kong by IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" in private equity by Law360 (2014)
  • Named “Dealmaker of the Month” by The American Lawyer (2012)
  • Awarded “Top Female Deal Maker” by Law360 (2011)
  • Recognized by The New York Times in “Facebook of Wall Street’s Future” (2007)
Education
  • New York University School of Law, 1998 J.D.
  • Northwestern University, 1995 B.S.
    With Honors
Admissions
  • New York 1999
  • Hong Kong 2011

Katie Sudol is a Partner at Simpson Thacher and a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department and Executive Committee. Katie leads our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in Hong Kong, advising corporate, private equity and other clients in a variety of complex and high-profile public and private merger and acquisition transactions.

Select transactions while based in Hong Kong include representations of: 

  • Ant Financial in its announced acquisition of MoneyGram International for approximately $880 million
  • Siliconware Precision Industrial Limited (“SPIL”) in connection with the announced sale of SPIL to Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. for approximately $5.7 billion
  • Travice Inc. (“Kuaidi Dache”) in its strategic stock-for-stock merger with Xiaoju Science and Technology Limited (“Didi Dache”)
  • Alibaba Group Holding in its $5.7 billion going private transaction involving Youku Tudou, $1.6 billion going private transaction involving AutoNavi Holdings, $4.6 billion investment in Suning Commerce Group and related $2.3 billion investment by Suning in Alibaba, acquisition of UCWeb, investment in Weibo Corporation and strategic alliance with SINA Corporation, and investments in ele.me, One97 Communications, Best Logistics Technologies and Kabam, Inc.
  • Cainiao Smart Logistics in connection with its first financing round
  • Blackstone in connection with its A$750 million leveraged buyout of the Orica Chemicals business of Orica Limited in Australia, leveraged buyout of Antares Restaurant Group in New Zealand, sale of its stakes in CMS Info Systems and Agile Electric in India, investments in International Tractors, SH Kelkar, Moser Baer Projects and Monnet Power Company in India, and various real estate acquisitions in Australia, China, India and Singapore
  • KKR in its $1.2 billion sale of Alliance Tire Group, $1.3 billion sale of Gland Pharma Limited, $5.8 billion sale with Affinity Equity Partners of Oriental Brewery in Korea, sale of Unisteel Technology International in Singapore, $1.4 billion leveraged buyout of Goodpack Limited, investment in Beijing Capital Juda, investments in Ma San Consumer in Vietnam, investments in Magma Fincorp, TVS Logistics Services and Avantha Power & Infrastructure in India, investment in PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food in Indonesia, and investment in Weststar Aviation in Malaysia  
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. in connection with a pending going private transaction involving multiple bidders
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Homeinns Hotel Group in a $1 billion going private transaction by a consortium comprised of BTG Hotels, Poly Victory Investments, Ctrip.com and certain directors and officers of Homeinns
  • Xueda Education Group in a $350 million going private transaction with Xiamen Insight Investment
  • JPMorgan as financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Qihoo360 Technology Co. in connection with its $9 billion going private transaction
  • Focus Media in its $3.5 billion going private transaction by a consortium comprised of FountainVest, Carlyle, CITIC, CDH, China Everbright and Mr. Jason Jiang
  • Silver Lake Partners in connection with a US$500 million convertible bond investment by Silver Lake and another investor in Qunar Cayman Islands Limited
  • HiSoft Technology International in its $875 million stock-for-stock merger with VanceInfo Technologies
  • Vingroup in connection with a $200 million investment by Warburg Pincus in Vincom Retail
  • PAG Asia Capital in connection with its $443 million going private transaction involving Funtalk China Holdings Limited
  • Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) in connection with the $2.3 billion going private transaction involving Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited
  • Temasek in its participation in a consortium led by CITIC Capital in the $900 million going private transaction involving Asia-Info Linkage, Inc.
  • China National Agrochemical Corporation in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Makhteshim Agan Industries in Israel

Select transactions while based in New York include representations of:

  • Gas Natural SDG in its $28.5 billion unsolicited exchange offer for Endesa S.A.
  • Mars, Incorporated, in its $23 billion leveraged buyout of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
  • Rinker Group in the $15.3 billion unsolicited tender offer launched by CEMEX
  • Sirius Satellite Radio in its $13 billion merger with XM Satellite Radio
  • Manulife Financial Corporation in its $11 billion merger with John Hancock Financial Services 
  • Blackstone in its $9 billion leveraged buyout of Trizec Properties
  • Vivendi S.A. in its $4.2 billion acquisition of GVT (Holding) S.A., Brazil
  • Adidas AG in its $3.8 billion acquisition of Reebok and its sale of The Greg Norman Collection
  • Claire’s Stores in its $3.1 billion sale to an affiliate of Apollo Management
  • KKR in its C$3 billion leveraged buyout of the Yellow Pages Group from Bell Canada
  • Grey Global Group Inc. in its $1.5 billion sale to WPP Group plc
  • PRIMEDIA Inc. and KKR in the $1.3 billion sale of the PRIMEDIA Enthusiast Media business to Source Interlink Companies, Inc.
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of The DIRECTV Group, Inc. in connection with a sale of shares of The DIRECTV Group, Inc. by News Corp. to Liberty Media and a split-off and merger transaction involving The DIRECTV Group, Inc. and certain businesses of Liberty Entertainment

Katie is a member of our Firm’s Executive Committee. In addition, she is the Administrative Partner of our Hong Kong office and serves on our Firm’s Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Women’s Committee and Diversity Committee. She has served as a trustee of The First Presbyterian Church in New York City and as a member of the National Women’s Law Center Leadership 35 board in Washington, D.C. 

Katie received her B.S., from Northwestern University, School of Speech, in 1995 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1998.

Katie has been named as a leading M&A and private equity in Hong Kong by IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global. In 2016, Katie was named as an “MVP” in Retail by Law360,  the best M&A and private equity lawyer by the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards, and one the of top 100 private practice lawyers for the China market by the China Business Law Journal. In 2014, Katie was profiled as a “Rising Star” in private equity by Law360, and earlier in her career, she was named one of Law360’s Top Female Deal Makers and recognized by The New York Times in “The Facebook of Wall Street’s Future.”

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