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Nicholas Norris

Nicholas Norris

Kirkland & Ellis

Hong Kong, HKG

Nicholas Norris is a corporate partner who has been based in Hong Kong since 1992. He has represented private equity firms, investment banks and major corporations on a wide variety of corporate matters including corporate finance, joint ventures, M&A and private equity transactions. Nicholas is a member of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel.

Nicholas has advised on a number of significant public and private merger and acquisition transactions. He has represented investment banks and financial advisers including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, CITIC Securities, Co., Limited, Goldman Sachs, ICBC International Capital, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank. He has represented business entities such as Green Dragon Gas Ltd, Pokka Corporation, 21st Century Fox, PCCW Limited, NCGA Holdings Limited, TPV Techology Limited, True Innovations, Sun Materials Technology Co., News Corporation and Ctrip.com.

Nicholas has also advised both investors and investee companies on many private equity transactions, including Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, CITIC Capital China Access Fund Limited, Carlyle Group, Wumart Stores, Inc., Bain Capital, Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited, Titan Petrochemicals Group Limited, Tommy Hilfiger Corporation / Apax Partners Private Equity and Warburg Pincus LLC.

Asian Legal Business named Nicholas one of Asia’s Top 25 M&A Lawyers and Client Choice Hot 75 Lawyers. He has also been recognized for several years as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A, private equity and capital markets work in Hong Kong and China by highly regarded legal industry publishers, including Chambers Asia-Pacific(Band 1) and Chambers Global (Band 1); Legal 500 Asia-Pacific; IFLR1000; Who’s Who Legal, Capital Markets and Who’s Who Legal, Mergers & Acquisitions. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, clients indicated Nicholas is the “‘best lawyer for questions about listing rules’” and “‘is incredibly calm in tricky situations and a good person to have on your side during negotiations.’” According to Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Nicholas is “‘one of the best lawyers in town’ and is ‘always on top of deal progress’”.

Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Nicholas was a Partner (head of Corporate in Asia (ex - Japan) in Simmons & Simmons for 10 years, a Partner (Co-head of Corporate in Asia (ex-Japan)) in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for 6 years.


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