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Samuel Kang


Advises private equity funds, private and public companies, and financial investors on a wide range of private equity and other M&A matters.

Samuel advises private equity sponsors and corporate clients on a wide range of M&A matters, including sponsor-led acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts, mergers, going-private transactions, strategic M&A, restructurings, and venture and growth capital financings. He has extensive experience advising on transactions across the Asia-Pacific region.

Samuel previously worked at leading international and national law firms in Hong Kong, Sydney and Seoul, completed a secondment to private equity firm TPG, lectured Corporations Law at the University of Sydney and clerked for the Hon. Justice William M C Gummow AC at the High Court of Australia.

Experience highlights

  • Gojek on its business combination with Tokopedia to form GoTo Group
  • ADC Therapeutics SA on its joint venture with Overland Pharmaceuticals
  • EF Education First on the majority investment by Permira in EF Kids & Teens business
  • Comcast Spectacor on its joint venture with SK Telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea, to form a global eSports team business to be named T1 Entertainment & Sports
  • JB Financial Group on its acquisition of Morgan Stanley Gateway Securities J.S.C. from Morgan Stanley (Singapore) Holdings, Thanh Ba Company and the chief executive officer of MSGS
  • Li & Fung on an investment by Temasek Holdings in Li & Fung’s logistics business, LF Logistics
  • Tencent on its participation in the Series F equity financing round of Kuaishou Technology as a lead investor

Samuel’s representations before joining Davis Polk include the following:

  • The Rohatyn Group on the sale of its food franchise business, BHC Group, to MBK Partners
  • Pacific Equity Partners, in multiple matters, including in connection with its sale of Australia’s second largest cinema chain Hoyts Group to ID Leisure Ventures Limited and its acquisition of the Australian bakery ingredients, manufacturing and distribution business of dual-listed Kerry Group
  • Baring Private Equity Asia on the $4.3 billion consortium take-private of Nord Anglia Education Inc., one of the world’s leading operators of international schools
  • MBK Partners on its participation of a consortium with Mr. Ray Zhang, Baring Private Equity Asia, The Crawford Group and Dongfeng Asset Management, in the consortium’s pending $938M take-private of eHi Car Services Limited, a provider of car rental and car services in China
  • Affinity Equity Partners on its participation of a consortium with GIC, AlpInvest Partners and Hyundai Commercial, in the consortium’s acquisition of General Electric’s 43% stake in Hyundai Card Co
  • CHAMP Private Equity on its sale of its global wine business, Accolade Wines, to The Carlyle Group
  • Woolworths Holdings Limited (South Africa) on its AU$2.15 billion acquisition of David Jones Limited by scheme of arrangement and AU$1.76 billion takeover of Country Road Limited
  • Hahn & Company on the private placement of its 130 million shares of Hong Kong-listed Cowell e Holdings Inc., a camera module and optical components manufacturer
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Recognition International – “Private Equity Rising Stars: 10 Lawyers in Asia to Watch,” 2023

LL.M., Australian National University
  • with merit
LL.B./L.P., Flinders University
  • with honours
Law Clerk, Hon. W M C Gummow AC, High Court of Australia, 2011-2012
Professional history
  • Davis Polk since 2019
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 2017-2019
  • Kim & Chang, 2016
  • Gilbert & Tobin, 2012-2017
Qualifications and admissions
  • Hong Kong
  • New South Wales, Australia
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