Cat Zhang is an associate in Sidley’s Century City office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity practices. Cat has worked on many notable deals, including representation of KKR, Siris, and ZMC.
“I am a huge adrenaline junkie. Car racing, sky diving, zip lining, roller coasters, cliff diving — you name it, and I’m there.”
What is the most memorable deal you were involved with and what made it so memorable?
My most memorable deal was Project Pontoon, the sale of a Siris portfolio company to a Clearlake portfolio company. Not only did Sidley represent both Siris and Clearlake, but both deal teams were out of the Century City office. It was interesting (and funny) to work opposite one another, and to see my partners’ different styles as they negotiated documents against each other. It was a fast-paced deal with a lot of moving parts, but Vijay Sekhon and Luke Ashworth, the partner and senior associate on my team, were amazing mentors who gave me an incredible amount of responsibility on the matter, so I was able to learn a lot. I also had the opportunity to be the main client contact, so I was able to really get in the trenches with the client’s team.
On a personal note, what has been your go-to self-care activity in this remote work environment?
I spend a lot of time with my dog in my lap, and I’m pretty sure I will have more separation anxiety than she will once I return to the office. I also have been exercising far more than before (because I was not exercising at all before). One benefit of remote work is that if you have a lull in the middle of the work day, it’s a lot easier to fit in a quick 20- to 30-minute workout — something I couldn’t do when I was at the office. And I, like many others, bought a Peloton during the pandemic.
Can you share with us a saying or quote that gives you inspiration or helps you stay centered?
“Confidence is 10% hard work and 90% delusion.” – Tina Fey
What do you do for fun? Is there a hobby or other personal interest that would surprise people to learn about you?
I am a huge adrenaline junkie. Car racing, sky diving, zip lining, roller coasters, cliff diving — you name it, and I’m there.