Simon Cooke

  • Partner, Deputy Asia Managing Partner
  • Esimon.cooke@lw.com
  • 18th Floor, One Exchange Square
  • 8 Connaught Place, Central
  • Hong Kong
  • T +852.2912.2709
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Profile

Simon Cooke, Deputy Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins Asia offices, advises clients on a broad range of corporate transactions.

Mr. Cooke regularly serves Asian and global private equity clients on domestic and cross-border buyouts, growth capital, pre-IPO, PIPE, privatizations, and other private equity transactions. He also advises a range of clients on general private and public company cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions.

Mr. Cooke is consistently listed as a leading advisor on Corporate/M&A transactions in Hong Kong by Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR, and Legal 500.

Experience

Mr. Cooke‘s recent experience includes advising:

  • A consortium comprising TPG, Singapore Life (SingLife), Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, and others on a transaction to combine SingLife with Aviva Singapore — which, with a combined valuation of SGD3.2 billion, marks one of the largest mergers in the insurance sector in Southeast Asia and the largest in Singapore
  • Vingroup Joint Stock Company on the joint venture between Vincommerce, a consumer retail unit of Vingroup which operates supermarkets, convenience stores, and farms, and Masan Consumer to create VCM Services and Trading Development Joint Stock Company, a Vietnam-based vertically integrated retail business
  • HLT Healthcare, a joint venture created by TPG Capital and Hong Leong, on the acquisition of Columbia Asia Healthcare, a Malaysia-based healthcare company that operates 17 hospitals and a clinic across Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam
  • A joint venture vehicle, jointly and indirectly owned by Carlyle Asia Partners and CITIC Group Corporation, on the HK$1.05 billion acquisition, and subsequent privatization, of a stake in Asia Satellite Telecommunication, a Hong Kong-listed company engaged in the provision of satellite telecommunication systems
  • Pagani Holding III Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Platinum Equity, on the SGD265 million public takeover of PCI Limited, a Singapore-based provider of electronics manufacturing services
  • Establishment by Warburg Pincus of Princeton Digital Group, a pan-Asian data center platform company operating in China, Singapore, and Indonesia
  • HKBN on its approximately US$1.3 billion acquisition of WTT Holding Corporation, a China-based fixed telecommunication services operator from TPG and MBK Partners
  • Carlyle on the disposal of its Korean portfolio company ADT Caps to a consortium led by SK Telecom of Korea and Macquarie’s Korean Opportunities Fund
  • Intermediate Capital Group on its minority investment in Yudo (China) Holding, a China-based designer and manufacturer of hot runner systems
  • Partners Group on its acquisition of SPi Global, a Philippines-based provider of outsourced services to education, science, technical, and medical research publishers
  • Carlyle Asia Partners on the sale of its controlling stake in Crystal Orange Hotel Holdings, a boutique hotel operator in China
  • Macquarie Corporate Holdings on the US$1.3 billion acquisition, by a joint venture vehicle Macquarie Corporate Holdings and China Resources Group, of a majority stake in GenesisCare, an Australia-based operator of cancer and cardiovascular care centers and Macquarie Corporate Holdings’ subsequent exit from the investment
  • IK Investment Partners on its disposal of global offshore incorporations and trust and management services operator Vistra Group to Baring Private Equity Asia*
  • Hong Kong-listed Sun Hung Kai & Co. Ltd. on the disposal for US$528 million of 70% of Sun Hung Kai Financial, one of the largest Hong Kong-based brokerage and wealth management service providers, to Everbright Securities*
  • Carlyle Asia Partners on its acquisition from General Electric for US$483 million of a 36.8% indirect stake in Hong Kong-listed satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited (AsiaSat) and the resulting mandatory general offer for the 25.6% of shares in AsiaSat held by the public which valued AsiaSat at US$1.312 billion*
  • Kerogen Capital on its US$100 million investment in HKN Energy, which holds a controlling interest in the Sarsang Oil exploration block in the Kurdistan region in Iraq*
  • DBS Bank on the Hong Kong and Dubai aspects of its acquisition of Societe Generale's Asian private banking business*
  • Carlyle Asia Partners on its acquisition for US$1.93 billion of the ADT Security business in Korea from Tyco*
  • Partners Group on its leveraged buyout of Trimco International from Navis Capital and its subsequent bolt-on acquisitions in Bangladesh and Denmark*
  • MBK Partners on its disposal of Gala TV Corp. in Taiwan to EQT Partners*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • IFLR M&A Report 2021 -  March 17, 2021
  • Navigating Cross-Border M&A Transactions  -  May 07, 2019
  • IFLR Mergers and Acquisitions Report 2017 – Hong Kong -  April 30, 2017
  • European Commission Asserts Broad Power to Scrutinize Transactions Involving Chinese State-Owned Enterprises -  June 06, 2016
  • 欧洲委员会对涉及中国国企的交易进行详查 -  June 06, 2016
  • China’s NDRC Proposes Changes to Outbound Investment Rules  -  May 25, 2016

“Highly regarded as a private equity and M&A practitioner who regularly leads advice on cross-border investments and acquisitions”

According to clients: “A great lawyer who is very commercial and responsive”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Hong Kong (Solicitor)
Education
  • LPC, College of Law, 1995
  • BA in Law, Queen's College, University of Cambridge, 1994
Languages
  • English
Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity