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Kathryn King Sudol
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3232
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Over her 20 years of practice at the Firm, Katie has advised clients on a variety of complex and high-profile public and private merger and acquisition transactions globally, including during the eight years she spent leading our M&A practice in Hong Kong.  She regularly represents KKR, Blackstone, Alibaba and Ant Financial, as well as their portfolio companies and strategic partners.  Her other clients have included adidas AG, Carlyle Partners, The DIRECTV Group, Evercore, Gas Natural SDG, Homeinns Hotel Group, iKang Healthcare Group, J.P. Morgan, Lion Capital, Manulife Financial Corporation, Mars, Incorporated, Silver Lake Partners, SiriusXM, Vingroup and Warburg Pincus.

Katie has been recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer 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 best protect her clients’ interests.”  Katie has been recently 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 the of top 100 private practice lawyers for the China market by the China Business Law Journal.  

Katie has been a member of our Firm’s Executive Committee and currently serves on our Firm’s Finance Committee, Diversity Committee and Counsel Committee. 
 


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Work Highlights
  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited in its $9.5 billion acquisition of 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, and $1.6 billion going private transaction involving AutoNavi Holdings
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. in its pending $1.2 billion going private transaction
  • KKR in its $5.8 billion sale with Affinity Equity Partners of Oriental Brewery, leveraged buyouts of Alliance Tire Group and Goodpack Limited, and its sales of Gland Pharma and Unisteel Technology International
  • Blackstone in its $9 billion acquisition of Trizec Properties, its leveraged buyouts of Shya Hsin Packaging, Orica Chemicals and Antares Restaurant Group, and its sales of CMS Info Systems, Agile Electric and International Tractors
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Homeinns Hotel Group in its $1 billion going private transaction
  • 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, with "Band 1" rankings by Chambers in Corporate/M&A and Private Equity
  • 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” 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. Katie led our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2018. She advises corporate, private equity and other clients in a variety of complex and high-profile public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, minority and strategic investments, going private transactions, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures.

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

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 pending $1.2 billion going private transaction
  • Ant Financial Service Group in its joint venture with CK Hutchison
  • 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, A$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 recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer 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 best protect her clients’ interests.” In 2016, Katie was 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 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.”

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 a member of our Firm’s Executive Committee and served as the Administrative Partner of our Hong Kong office from 2014 to 2018. She currently serves on our Firm’s Finance Committee, Diversity Committee and Counsel 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. 

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