Peng Yu is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. He focuses his practice exclusively on private equity matters and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Yu has extensive experience in advising global and regional private equity and corporate clients on a wide range of strategically important transactions, including buyouts, take-privates, PIPEs, growth capital investments, divestitures, joint ventures and other cross-border transactions, particularly those with a China nexus. These transactions span sectors as diverse as technology, education, health care/life sciences, consumer products, industrials, infrastructure and real estate.

Mr. Yu has been recognized by multiple reputable legal publications such as Chambers Asia, IFLR 1000 and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for his private equity and M&A work, and China Law & Practice named him “TMT Lawyer of the Year” in 2018. Clients also cite the quality of Mr. Yu’s counsel, as well as his ability to leverage his bilingual capabilities and experience working with different cultures to guide clients through multijurisdictional issues arising in cross-border transactions. As one client notes, Mr. Yu is “commercial, solution-oriented and very hands-on.”


Thought Leadership


Quoted, “2019 in Asia: China shapes the region,” Private Equity International (January 3, 2019)

Quoted, “Hillhouse’s $10.6B Fund Showcases Budding Asia PE Market,” Law360 (September 19, 2018)


“Rising Star Partner”, M&A – Hong Kong, IFLR1000 (2023)

“Rising Star Partner”, Private Equity – Hong Kong, IFLR1000 (2023)

“Leading Lawyer”, Private Equity - China, Chambers Greater China (2022)

“Leading Lawyer”, Private Equity - China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019-2022)

“Rising Star”, IFLR1000 (2017-2022)

“IFLR Asia Future Leaders”, IFLR (2021)

“The A-List of China’s Top 100 Lawyers”, China Business Law Journal (2020)

“TMT Lawyer of the Year”, China Law & Practice Awards (2018)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015, Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • 2008, New York


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Columbia Law SchoolLL.M.
    James Kent Scholar
  • University of International Business and EconomicsLL.M. (Hons)
  • University of International Business and EconomicsLL.B. (Hons)