Miranda So
  1. Partner

Ms. So is a partner in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, based in the Hong Kong office. She concentrates in M&A and private equity matters, and has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and investments in Greater China and across Asia.

Ms. So has acted for global and Asian companies and investment funds in their strategic mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, pre-IPO financings, joint ventures, going-private transactions, PIPEs, restructurings and other securities and general corporate matters. Her practice spans a variety of sectors, including technology, media and telecom, energy/infrastructure, consumer/retail, healthcare/pharmaceutical, and financial institutions.

In connection with her M&A/PE practice, Ms. So also advises clients on regulatory matters involving antitrust and competition, CFIUS and foreign investment reviews, and anti-corruption compliance.

Work Highlights

  • Tencent and Tencent Music Entertainment on their investments in Spotify, and on the cross-shareholding by Spotify in Tencent Music Entertainment
  • Uber on its financings in China, strategic partner with Baidu in China, and the merger of Uber China and Didi Chuxing
  • Tencent’s various strategic transactions, including its investment in Tesla, acquisition of a majority of shares of China Music Corporation, strategic partnership with JD.com, strategic partnership with and investments in 58.com, and investment in LotSynergy
  • Baidu’s various strategic transactions, including its $1.9 billion acquisition of 91Wireless, acquisition of Providence Equity Partners’ stake in iQiyi, and $370 million acquisition of the online video business of PPStream
  • Universal Studios’ development of a world-class Universal theme park in Beijing, in conjunction with Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment
  • China Hui Yuan Juice Holdings’ sale of upstream business to China Huiyuan Juice
  • CNOOC’s $17.9 billion acquisition of Nexen
  • Go Scale Capital’s $3.3 billion acquisition of 80.1% interest in Lumileds from Philips
  • Shanda Group’s investment in Legg Mason
  • Temasek’s various investments in Didi Kuaidi, TutorGroup, 21Vianet, Migo and NextEV
  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure’s investments in Zhaoheng Hydropower
  • Warburg Pincus’ investments in China Advanced Gas Resource, China Biologic Products, Kaifeng Baosteel Gases, and Sunnywell Group
  • Unitas Capital’s investments in Babela’s Group, Jiahao Foodstuff, Jiayo Noodle House, and ZNV
  • Far EasTone Telecommunications’ strategic alliance with MSPE Asia in connection with the acquisition of China Network Systems
  • ChipMOS Technologies Inc.’s merger with its parent company, ChipMOS Technologies
  • Cloudary’s strategic transaction with Carlyle and co-investors, and private placements to Goldman Sachs and Temasek
  • Various going private transactions, including of E-House, Bona Film, ku6 media, Shanda Interactive and Shanda Games

Recognition

Ms. So is recognized as a leading lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific

Other recent awards:

  • ALB Hong Kong Law Awards – “Young Lawyer of the Year,” 2017
  • Law360 – “Rising Star: M&A,” 2016

Of Note

Ms. So regularly speaks at regional legal conferences, including those presented by IFLR, Asialaw, American Lawyer and Pacific Business Press.

Memberships
  • Panel Member, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board
  • Panel Member, Disciplinary Panel A of HK Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Panel Member, Occupational Retirement Schemes Appeal Board
  • Adjudicator, Registration of Persons Tribunal
  • Member, Fisherman Claims Appeal Board (Trawl Ban) (FCAB) 
  • Member, Transport Advisory Committee

Professional History

  • Partner since 2011
  • Davis Polk since 2003

    Bar Admissions

    • Hong Kong
    • State of New York

    Education

    • M.S., Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, 2000
      • summa cum laude
    • B.S., Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, 2000
      • summa cum laude
      • Phi Beta Kappa
    • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003
      • magna cum laude

    Languages

    • Cantonese
    • Mandarin