Li Chen

Li Chen

Partner

Offices

Hong Kong SAR

Li’s expertise spans a broad range of M&A, corporate and private equity matters, particularly in Greater China and China-related investments around the world.

Li has represented numerous major Chinese and international corporations, financial institutions and investment funds on their cross-border transactions including foreign direct and outbound investments, public and private M&A transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, buyouts and take privates, asset disposals and reorganizations.

Her experience covers a wide range of industries including power and renewable, financial services, healthcare, industrials, infrastructure, mining and metals, retail and consumer and technology, media and telecommunications.

Li is also actively involved in advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues encountered on M&A transactions such as export control, anti-corruption compliance, CFIUS national security reviews, IP licensing, antitrust and sanctions matters.

Experience

Representative matters

China Telecommunications Corporation on its joint venture with Udenna Corporation with respect to the joint venture’s telecommunications project in the Philippines. This deal—a nationwide greenfield telecom project in a country with a population of more than 100 million—is a very rare opportunity around the globe. DITO Telecommunity Corporation, the joint venture, as borrower on the $3.9 billion long-term financing of its Philippines-wide 4G/5G-ready telecommunication network project, one of the largest project financed telecoms deals in Asia to date. Both deals won “Deal of the Year” awards in various prestigious legal directories.

Investcorp in its major investments in health care industries in China.

Mubadala in several major investments in China in various industries.

Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited (HKSE: 1089) in connection with its US$1.5 billion take private proposal by Image Frame Investment (HK) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tencent Holdings Limited (HKSE:700).

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Accelerating Growth through M&A, PwC Philippines and Villaraza & Angangco, 2024
  • Speaker, Young Lawyers Program, Shearman & Sterling, August 2020
Recognition
Chen Li provides thoughtful, business-savvy advice while also being highly knowledgeable about the PRC issues.
Chambers Greater China Region, 2022
Li Chen and her team are very dedicated, with rich industry experience and profound legal knowledge, and can always give clients comprehensive support.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A: Mainland China-based (International Firms) in China, Chambers Greater China Region, 2024
  • Leading Individual for Private Equity in China, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2024
  • Recommended Lawyer for Corporate (including M&A) in China and Hong Kong, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2024
  • Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A: Mainland China-based (International Firms) in China, Chambers Greater China Region, 2023
  • Recommended Lawyer for Corporate (including M&A) and Private Equity in China and Hong Kong, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2023
  • Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A: Mainland China-based (International Firms) in China, Chambers Greater China Region, 2022

Qualifications

Admissions

New York, 2005

Academic

B.A., Beijing Normal University, 1997
LL.B., Tsinghua University, 2001
LL.M., Sohmen Scholar, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, 2002

Languages

English, Mandarin Chinese