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Jiaying Zhang
 

Jiaying Zhang

Partner
 
CityPoint | One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9HU EN
 
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A Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office, Jiaying Zhang advises private equity firms, infrastructure funds and corporate clients on a wide variety of M&A transactions, including complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions, sale processes, consortium deals, public to private transactions and GP-led secondaries. Jiaying’s work extends across a broad range of industries, including energy and infrastructure, technology, healthcare and consumer goods.

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Work Highlights
  • KKR in its $2.2 billion recommended offer for ContourGlobal plc
  • Stonepeak in its acquisition of a €1 billion minority stake in Inspired Education Group
  • KKR in its £2 billion take private of John Laing Group plc
  • KKR in its acquisition of a majority stake in Coty Inc.’s professional beauty and retail hair businesses, with an enterprise value of $4.3 billion
  • KKR in its sale of LGC to a consortium led by Cinven and Astorg
  • True Wind Capital in its investment, alongside FTV Capital, in Sysnet Global Solutions
Education
  • University of Melbourne, 2011 Bachelor of Commerce
  • University of Melbourne, 2011 LL.B.
Admissions
  • Victoria, Australia 2012
  • England and Wales 2021

A Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office, Jiaying Zhang advises private equity firms, infrastructure funds and corporate clients on a wide variety of M&A transactions, including complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions, sale processes, consortium deals, public to private transactions and GP-led secondaries. Jiaying’s work extends across a broad range of industries, including energy and infrastructure, technology, healthcare and consumer goods.

Jiaying’s recent work highlights include advising:

  • KKR in its $2.2 billion recommended offer for ContourGlobal plc
  • Stonepeak in its acquisition of a €1 billion minority stake in Inspired Education Group
  • KKR in its £2 billion take private of John Laing Group plc
  • KKR in its acquisition of a majority stake in Coty Inc.’s professional beauty and retail hair businesses, with an enterprise value of $4.3 billion
  • KKR in its £4.2 billion acquisition of Viridor Limited from Pennon Group plc
  • KKR in its sale of LGC to a consortium led by Cinven and Astorg
  • KKR in its sale of a 30% stake in X-Elio to Brookfield
  • True Wind Capital in its investment, alongside FTV Capital, in Sysnet Global Solutions

Prior to joining the Firm, Jiaying’s experience included the representation of:

  • IFM in its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Impala Terminals joint venture with Trafigura;
  • Carlyle in its investment in Wakanow;
  • JPM Asset Management in its acquisition of a stake in North Sea Midstream Partners;
  • JPM Asset Management in its sale of a 51% stake in Noatum Ports to COSCO Shipping;
  • Elliott Advisors in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Waterstones; and
  • EQT in its acquisition of CHEP Aerospace (now Unilode) from Brambles.

Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Jiaying spent time on  secondment at KKR, where she worked on multiple transactions including with their infrastructure fund.

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