Samuel Kang
  1. Registered Foreign Lawyer

Mr. Kang is an associate in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. Mr. Kang’s practice focuses on advising private equity funds, private and public companies and financial investors on a wide range of private equity and other M&A matters. He has extensive experience in M&A transactions across the Asia-Pacific region, including sponsor-led acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions, strategic M&A, restructurings and venture financings. Prior to joining Davis Polk, Mr. Kang 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. 

Work Highlights

  • Baring Private Equity Asia in connection with the $4.3 billion consortium take-private of Nord Anglia Education Inc., one of the world’s leading operators of international schools.*
  • MBK Partners in connection with 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 in connection with 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.*
  • The Rohatyn Group in connection with 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 LSE and ISE-listed Kerry Group plc.*
  • CHAMP Private Equity in connection with its sale of its global wine business, Accolade Wines, to The Carlyle Group.*
  • Woolworths Holdings Limited (South Africa) in connection with 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 in connection with the private placement of its 130 million shares of Hong Kong-listed Cowell e Holdings Inc., a camera module and optical components manufacturer.*
  • Palisade Investment Partners in connection with its investment in ANZ Terminals, the largest independent bulk liquid storage operator in Australia and New Zealand.*
  • GIC in connection with the sale to HNA Group of its 7.92% interest in Swiss-listed Dufry AG, a multinational airport duty-free retailor.*

* Selected representations prior to joining Davis Polk

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2019
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, 2017-2019
  • Kim & Chang, 2016
  • Gilbert & Tobin, 2012-2017
  • Law Clerk, Hon. W M C Gummow AC, High Court of Australia, 2011-2012

Bar Admissions

  • Hong Kong Law Society - Registered
  • New South Wales, Australia

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (LL.B./L.P.), Flinders University, 2011
    • with honours
  • LL.M., Australian National University, 2016
    • with merit

Languages

  • Korean