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Ian C. Ho
Partner
 
ICBC Tower – 35th Floor
3 Garden Road, Central
Hong Kong  
 
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Phone: +852-2514-7685
Fax: +852-2869-7694
A Partner in the Firm’s Hong Kong office, Ian Ho focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private corporations, private equity firms and other clients on complex cross-border transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.  Since relocating to Hong Kong from our New York office in 2007, Ian’s diverse practice encompasses acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and minority and strategic investments, among other corporate matters.  Ian’s recent clients have included Alibaba, Ant Financial, Blackstone, Citigroup Global Markets, Fountainvest and KKR.

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Work Highlights
  • Alibaba Group Holding in multiple transactions, including its $5.7 billion going-private transaction involving Yukou Tudou and its $1.6 billion going-private transaction involving AutoNavi Holdings
  • Ant Financial in multiple strategic investments in the fintech and e-commerce sectors throughout Asia, including in One97 Communications (Paytm) in India
  • KKR in multiple transactions, including the $1.26 billion sale of Gland Pharma in India, establishment of Emerald Media, $5.8 billion sale of Oriental Brewery in Korea, $29 billion acquisition of First Data , and their first buyouts or investments in Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia
  • Fountainvest in the $920 million sale of Key Safety Systems by merger with Joyson Electronics
  • Vingroup in connection with a $200 million minority investment by Warburg Pincus in Vincom Retail, which was awarded Best Vietnam Deal 2013 by FinanceAsia
  • HiSoft Technology International in its $875 million stock merger with VanceInfo Technologies, which was awarded 2012 Inbound & Domestic Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal
Accolades
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, 2005 J.D.
    Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Fordham Law Review, Member (2003-2004); Staff (2002-2003)
  • University of British Columbia, 1996 B.Comm.
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Law Society of Hong Kong
Admissions
  • New York 2005
  • Hong Kong 2012

Ian Ho is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private corporations, private equity firms and other clients on complex cross-border transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.  Ian’s diverse practice encompasses acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and minority and strategic investments, among other corporate matters.  Ian’s recent clients have included Alibaba, Ant Financial, Blackstone, Citigroup Global Markets, Fountainvest and KKR.

Selected transactions include representations of:

  • Alibaba Group Holding in its $5.7 billion going-private transaction involving Youku Tudou and $1.6 billion going-private transaction involving AutoNavi Holdings
  • Ant Financial in multiple strategic transactions in the fintech and e-commerce sector throughout Asia, including its investment in One97 Communications in India
  • Fountainvest in connection with the $920 million merger of their portfolio company, Key Safety Systems, with Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation
  • KKR in multiple transactions, including its $1.26 billion sale of Gland Pharma in India (pending), investment in PT Japfa Comfeed Indonesia, investment in Avendus Capital in India, creation of the $300 million Emerald Media platform and related investment in CA Media, S$1.4 billion acquisition of Goodpack Limited, leveraged buyout of Alliance Tires, real estate investments in Korea and minority investments in Gland Pharma  and TVS Logistics Services in India
  • KKR and Affinity Equity Partners in their $5.8 billion sale of Oriental Brewery in Korea to Anheuser-Busch InBev, and their earlier $1.8 billion acquisition of Oriental Brewery
  • KKR in their first buyouts or investments in Singapore (MMI), Korea (Oriental Brewery), Vietnam (Ma San Consumer), Indonesia (PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food) and Malaysia (Weststar Aviation)
  • Cosmos Bank in its US$760m sale to China Development Financial Holding in Taiwan
  • Vingroup in connection with a $200 million minority investment by Warburg Pincus in Vincom Retail, which was awarded Best Vietnam Deal 2013 by FinanceAsia
  • PAG Asia Capital in connection with its $443 million going–private transaction involving Funtalk China Holdings Limited, which was awarded 2011 Take Private Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal
  • KKR in its $576 million acquisition of Unisteel Technology Limited in Singapore, and subsequent sale to SFS Group
  • Blum Capital Partners in its investment in PAG in connection with a tender offer to acquire Secured Capital Japan Ltd. in Japan
  • Silver Lake Partners in its investment in Spreadtrum Communications
  • Goldman Sachs Principal Investments Area in the sale of its stake in C&M Co., Ltd. in Korea
  • S.A.C. Private Capital Group in the $1.3 billion recapitalization of Cosmos Bank in Taiwan
  • CVCI in its majority investment in Chinfon Cement in Vietnam
  • Primus Pacific Partners in its sale of its investment in New China Life Insurance Co.
  • KKR in its $29 billion acquisition of First Data Corp.
  • The Travelers Companies in its reacquisition of the "umbrella" trademark from Citigroup

Ian has been practicing in the Firm’s Hong Kong office since 2007, after practicing in the New York office from 2005 to 2007. He received his B.Comm. (Accounting) in 1996 from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Commerce and his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2005 from Fordham University of School of Law where he was Order of the Coif.

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