Ambassador Michael George DeSombre is recognized as one of the preeminent M&A and private equity lawyers in the world and is a frequent speaker on the art of negotiation. Ambassador DeSombre rejoined the firm in Fall 2021 after having served as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand from 2020 through 2021. Ambassador DeSombre leads the Asia Mergers & Acquisitions practice and also heads both the Korea and Southeast Asia practices for Sullivan & Cromwell.
Since moving to Hong Kong in 1997, he has focused his practice on public and private merger and acquisition transactions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and direct investments in China, Korea, Southeast Asia and elsewhere in Asia. Ambassador DeSombre is fluent in Mandarin and has some ability in Korean.
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