Sue Meng is a corporate partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Her practice focuses on advising public companies, boards of directors and special committees in connection with mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and other significant corporate matters.
Ms. Meng was selected as Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer (2022) for her representation of Discovery in its $130 billion acquisition of Warner Media from AT&T, one of the largest deals in the world in 2021. She was also selected as Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer (2020) for her representation of Toyota Motor Corporation in its $1 billion joint investment, alongside Softbank, in Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group.
Ms. Meng has been ranked as a leading M&A lawyer by Chambers USA on its “Corporate M&A: The Elite” list for the last five years.
In addition to her legal work, Ms. Meng is engaged in broader issues of social justice, equality of opportunity and diversity. She has been co-chair of Debevoise’s Pro Bono Committee since 2017. Outside of Debevoise, Ms. Meng serves as executive vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep, a New York City organization that helps place minority students into the country’s best prep schools (she is herself a Prep for Prep alumna). She also serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Brearley School. As a former Rhodes and Soros scholar, Ms. Meng has previously served on the national selection committees for the Rhodes, Soros and Schwarzman scholarships.
Ms. Meng was born in Beijing, moved to New York when she was six, where she was raised in Chinatown by her single mother. She received an A.B., magna cum laude, with highest honors in History and Literature from Harvard University in 2003. Ms. Meng received a M.St. with distinction in English Literature and a M.Phil. with distinction in Modern Chinese Studies from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. She received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2010. Ms. Meng joined Debevoise in 2010 and was elected a partner in 2017. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.