Simon Cooke, a leading private equity lawyer in Asia, specializes in public and private M&A and corporate finance with a focus on pan-Asia private equity transactions.

Mr. Cooke regularly advises Asian and international private equity clients, their portfolio companies, and strategics on transactions across the Asia Pacific region, including in India, Korea, Japan, Greater China, and Southeast Asia. Resident in Hong Kong since 2009, he draws on his extensive regional experience to help clients successfully execute a broad range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including:

  • Buyouts 
  • Bolt-on acquisitions
  • Infrastructure
  • Growth capital 
  • Pre-IPO investments
  • PIPEs
  • Privatizations
  • Other private equity transactions 

He also advises clients on general private and public company and cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions.

With a commercial sensibility and pragmatic approach, Mr. Cooke leverages an impressive track record of helping clients achieve their strategic objectives.

Mr. Cooke’s experience includes advising: 

Private Equity Buyouts and Growth

  • Carlyle Asia on its:
    • US$510 million acquisition of a 10% stake in Hyundai Glovis, the logistics arm of Hyundai Motor Group
    • KRW1 trillion acquisition of premium coffee shop chain, A Twosome Place, from Korean private equity house Anchor Equity Partners
    • US$3.14 billion acquisition of Hexaware Technologies, an Indian-based IT services company
    • US$124 million minority investment in Indegene Lifesystems, an India-based healthcare IT segment company
    • Joint venture vehicle, jointly and indirectly owned by Carlyle Asia 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
    • Acquisition of a 26% stake in SBI Cards, a payment solutions provider in India that is a joint venture between the State Bank of India and GE Capital
  • BPEA EQT Funds V and VI and portfolio company Vistra (BPEA EQT) on the merger of Vistra with Tricor, an existing BPEA EQT Fund VIII portfolio company, in a transaction that values the combined company at an enterprise value of US$6.5 billion ; this transaction was named Private Equity Exit of the Year (Large Cap) by The Asian Private Equity & Venture Capital Awards 2023
  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its US$150 million investment into Virtuous Holdings Pte Ltd, an international content production company specializing in video game development and 3D art production
  • Partners Group on its US$330 million acquisition of SPi Global, a Philippines-based provider of outsourced services to education, science, technical, and medical research publishers
  • Platinum Equity on the acquisition of the Hong Kong-headquartered Hop Lun Limited, a manufacturer of women’s lingerie, sports apparel, and swimwear products
  • Permira on its KRW800 billion acquisition, as part of a consortium with regional Asian PE house Affinity Equity Partners and Korean corporate GS Retail, of German-listed DeliveryHero’s Korean food delivery business, trading in Korea as Yogiyo
  • TPG Capital on its:
    • US$236 million leveraged acquisition of an 80% stake in Greenfields Dairy Singapore Pte. Ltd., a Southeast Asia consumer dairy operation owned by Japfa Ltd., a Singapore-listed agribusiness conglomerate; Northstar co-invested alongside TPG in the transaction 
    • Transaction as part of a consortium with Singapore Life (SingLife), Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, and others to combine SingLife with Aviva Singapore; the combined of Singlife and Aviva Singapore entities at S$3.2 billion marks one of the largest deals to date in the insurance sector in Southeast Asia and the largest in Singapore
  • Intermediate Capital Group on its US$200 million minority investment in Yudo (China) Holding, a China-based designer and manufacturer of hot runner systems
  • A Canadian pension fund in its acquisition of a stake in a Pan-Asia focused offshore wind platform farm with existing assets in Taiwan and Japan

Private Equity Exits

  • Carlyle Asia on its KRW2.9 trillion disposal of its Korean portfolio company ADT Caps to SK Telecom and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Mr Cooke also advised Carlyle Asia on its acquisition of ADT Caps for US$1.93 billion from Tyco)
  • Baring Private Equity Asia on its:
    • Partial exit from Indian IT healthcare services company CitiusTech Healthcare Technology
    • US$1.6 billion disposal of Interplex Holdings, a global manufacturing business, to funds managed by the Blackstone Group
  • Partners Group and management shareholders on the disposal of PG portfolio company Straive (formerly known as SPi Global), a leading global provider of technology-driven content and data solutions, to Baring Private Equity Asia

Portfolio Company Work

  • SPi Global, a portfolio company of Partners Group, on the acquisition of Scientific Publishing Services, an India-based service provider for print and digital publishers
  • Nord Anglia Education, a portfolio company of CPPIB and Baring Private Equity Asia, on its:
    • Acquisition of British Schools International and Global British Schools, UK-based operators of international schools
    • US$4.3 billion sale to a consortium led by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Baring Private Equity Asia
  • Vistra, a portfolio company of Barings Private Equity, on the acquisition of the Global Transaction Banking division of Deutsche Bank, a Germany-based investment bank
  • HLT Healthcare, a US$1 billion 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

Company-Side M&A

  • Charoen Pokphand Foods on the CA$498 million acquisition of a 50.1% stake of HyLife Group Holdings, a producer of pork products
  • HKBN on its US$1.3 billion acquisition of WTT Holding, a China-based fixed telecommunication 
  • Providence Enterprise, a Hong Kong-based designer and manufacturer of engineered finished goods and electro-mechanical assemblies, on its sale to CMAF No.6 Investment Enterprise
  • American Airlines on its HK$1.5 billion equity investment in China Southern Airlines, a China-based provider of international air transportation services

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Hong Kong (Solicitor)


  • LPC, College of Law, 1995
  • BA in Law, Queens' College, University of Cambridge, 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English
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February 14, 2017 Recognition

Private Equity Group of the Year: Latham & Watkins

Leveraging its global footprint and depth of knowledge and experience around the world, Latham's Private Equity Practice guided clients on some of 2016's most complex cross-border deals.