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Kathryn King Sudol
 

Kathryn King Sudol

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Katie is a trusted advisor to corporate and private equity clients across a diverse range of industries in complex and high-profile merger and acquisition transactions. Her leading expertise and experience includes guiding clients around the globe through leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, minority and strategic investments, joint ventures, contested acquisitions and other significant corporate transactions and securities law matters. She has regularly represented BlackRock, Cerberus, Hellman & Friedman, KKR, Silver Lake and their respective portfolio companies, as well as Alibaba, Ant Financial, Bentley Systems, BorgWarner and EdgeConneX. 

Katie has been long recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500, with clients reporting that Katie “has outstanding judgment and commercial acumen” and is “sharp as a whistle, very driven and knows how to best protect her clients’ interests.” For 2020 alone, Katie was named as an “MVP” in M&A by Law360 and honored as one of the “Top Women in Dealmaking” by The Deal and “Notable Women in Law” by Crains. She is also a member of FORTUNE’S Most Powerful Women. She has been a regular speaker and author of articles regarding M&A issues and corporate matters, including publishing a recent article on “The Effects of COVID-19 on Negotiated M&A Transactions” in the Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation and speaking on a recent PLI panel on “Hot Topics in M&A.”

Katie has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and spent eight years leading our M&A practice in Hong Kong.  She currently chairs our Firm’s Business Development Committee and also serves on our Firm’s Finance Committee, Diversity Committee and Counsel Committee.  Katie is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law.

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Work Highlights
  • Hellman & Friedman in its pending $2.8 billion acquisition of At Home Group and $1.15 billion acquisition of Checkmarx
  • Silver Lake in its strategic growth investment in Relativity, acquisition of First Advantage and investment in Expedia Group 
  • KKR in its $4.7 billion acquisition of Global Atlantic and various private equity transactions including its $2.2 billion acquisition of certain international operations from Campbell Soup Company
  • Bentley Systems in its $1.05 billion acquisition of Seequent Holdings
  • BorgWarner in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Delphi Technologies
  • EdgeConneX in its sale to EQT Infrastructure IV fund 
  • BlackRock’s Long Term Private Capital strategy in its investment in Authentic Brands Group LLC
  • Cerberus Capital Management in its acquisition of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services 
  • First Data in its $22 billion merger with Fiserv 
  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited in numerous acquisitions including its $9.5 billion acquisition of Ele.me and $5.7 billion going private transaction involving Youku Tudou
Accolades
  • Recognized as a leading private equity and M&A lawyer by Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500
  • Named as an “MVP” in M&A by Law360 (2020)
  • Honored as one of the “Top Women in Dealmaking” by The Deal (2020)
  • Honored as one of the “Notable Women in Law” for 2020 by Crains (2020)
  • Member of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women (2019 – present)
  • Named as the best M&A and private equity lawyer by the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards (2016)
  • Recognized as an “MVP” in Retail by Law360 (2016)
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in private equity by Law360 (2014)
  • Named “Dealmaker of the Month” byThe 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 Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. She is a trusted advisor to corporate and private equity clients across a diverse range of industries in complex and high-profile merger and acquisition transactions. Her leading expertise and experience includes guiding clients around the globe through leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, minority and strategic investments, joint ventures, contested acquisitions and other significant corporate transactions and securities law matters. She has regularly represented BlackRock, Cerberus, Hellman & Friedman, KKR, Silver Lake and their respective portfolio companies, as well as Alibaba, Ant Financial, Bentley Systems, BorgWarner and EdgeConneX. 

Select transactions while based in New York include representations of:

  • Hellman & Friedman in its pending $2.8 billion acquisition of At Home Group and $1.15 billion acquisition of Checkmarx
  • Silver Lake in its strategic growth investment in Relativity, acquisition of First Advantage and investment in Expedia Group 
  • KKR in its $4.7 billion balance sheet acquisition of Global Atlantic and $2.2 billion private equity acquisition of certain international operations from Campbell Soup Company
  • Bentley Systems in its $1.05 billion acquisition of Seequent Holdings
  • BorgWarner in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Delphi Technologies
  • EdgeConneX in its sale to EQT Infrastructure IV fund 
  • PHC Holdings Corporation in its US$1.14 billion acquisition of the Anatomical Pathology business of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
  • First Data in its $22 billion merger with Fiserv to create one of the world’s leading payments and financial technology providers
  • BlackRock’s Long Term Private Capital strategy in its investment in Authentic Brands Group LLC
  • Cerberus Capital Management in its acquisition of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services 
  • 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

Select transactions while based in Hong Kong include representations of: 

  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited in its $9.5 billion acquisition of China online delivery platform Ele.me, $5.7 billion going private transaction involving Youku Tudou, $4.6 billion investment in Suning Commerce Group and related $2.3 billion investment by Suning in Alibaba, $1.6 billion going private transaction involving AutoNavi Holdings, acquisition of UCWeb, investment in Weibo Corporation and strategic alliance with SINA Corporation, and investments in Trendyol, One97 Communications, Best Logistics Technologies and Kabam, Inc.
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. in its $1.2 billion going private transaction
  • Ant Financial Service Group in its joint venture with CK Hutchison, terminated acquisition of MoneyGram and minority investment in Ele.me
  • 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
  • KKR in its $1.1 billion sale of Gland Pharma Limited, leveraged buyout and subsequent $1.2 billion sale of Alliance Tire Group, $5.8 billion sale with Affinity Equity Partners of Oriental Brewery, sale of Unisteel Technology International, $1.4 billion leveraged buyout of Goodpack Limited, and various investments
  • Blackstone in connection with its acquisition of Shya Hsin Packaging, $750 million leveraged buyout of Orica Chemicals (Ixom), leveraged buyout of Antares Restaurant Group, sale of its stakes in CMS Info Systems, Agile Electric and International Tractors, and various investments and real estate acquisitions
  • Travice Inc. (“Kuaidi Dache”) in its strategic stock-for-stock merger with Xiaoju Science and Technology Limited (“Didi Dache”)
  • Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Limited in its restructuring and $1.54 billion equity financing
  • MOGU Holdings Limited in connection with its Series D preferred share financing, its all-stock merger with Meiliworks Limited, and a follow-on investment by Tencent
  • 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
  • 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

Katie has been long recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500, 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 best protect her clients’ interests.” For 2020 alone, Katie was named as an “MVP” in M&A by Law360 and honored as one of the “Top Women in Dealmaking” by The Deal and “Notable Women in Law” by Crains.  Katie is also a member of FORTUNE’S Most Powerful Women.  She has also been named as the best M&A and private equity lawyer by the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards, an “MVP” in Retail by Law360, and one of the top 100 private practice lawyers for the China market by the China Business Law Journal. Earlier in her career, Katie was profiled as a “Rising Star” in private equity by Law360, named one of Law360’s Top Female Deal Makers and recognized by The New York Times in “The Facebook of Wall Street’s Future.”  

She has been a regular speaker and author of articles regarding M&A issues and corporate matters. She recently published an article on “The Effects of COVID-19 on Negotiated M&A Transactions” in the Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, and recently spoke on a PLI panel on “Hot Topics in M&A” as well as a panel of legal scholars and practitioners on the Business Roundtable’s “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation.” 

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 served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and spent eight years leading our M&A practice in Hong Kong and serving as the Administrative Partner of our Hong Kong office from 2014 to 2018. She currently chairs our Firm’s Business Development Committee and also serves on our Firm’s Finance Committee, Diversity Committee and Counsel Committee.  

Katie is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law and 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.

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