Ying Li is a Partner in the Corporate Department, resident in our Hong Kong, Beijing and New York offices. Having been based in China and Hong Kong for over 18 years at leading international law firms, Ying’s practice focuses on China related cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, overseas public and private financing and outbound investments of PRC enterprises. He covers a wide variety of industries, such as banking and finance, IT, telecommunications, media, entertainment, sports, hospitality, infrastructure, natural resources, energy and clean technology.
Ying regularly counsels multinational companies and financial institutions on entering into the China market, structures complex and innovative investments and acquisitions in China involving joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, holding companies, partnerships, licensing and other creative vehicles, and advises them on regulatory, compliance, foreign exchange, financial, labor and employment issues. Additionally, Ying frequently advises international GPs and LPs on setting up PRC focused investment funds (including PRC-domiciled RMB funds) and their fund investments in China. He also represents PRC based founders and emerging companies in their incorporation, onshore and offshore restructuring, and cross-border financing through private equity. His recent experience includes representing:
NBA in its negotiations to set up a joint venture with the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group to manage the Shanghai World Expo Performing Arts Center, which is an 18,000 seat state-of-the-art venue being built as part of the Shanghai World Expo
Votorantim Novos Negócios Ltda., the private equity arm of the Brazilian financial and industrial conglomerate Grupo Votorantim, in its $390 million sale of an iron ore mining, pipeline and port project in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil to Honbridge Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong listed company
A top-tier international financial services group in its formation of a QFLP RMB fund with a size of multi-billion US dollars in China, one of the first of this type under the QFLP pilot program
A group of international companies in disposing of their interests in a Shanghai-based property development company with landmark shopping malls, office buildings, condominiums and service apartments in Shanghai valued at approximately $750 million, one of the largest private equity real estate deals in Shanghai
Fairmont, Four Seasons, Jumeirah, Starwood Hotels and other first-tier international hotel groups in connection with their joint ventures, hotel management agreements and regulatory issues in China, including the landmark Peace Hotel project in Shanghai
NeoPhotonics Corporation on all aspects of labor-related issues for its China subsidiaries in Shenzhen
Formerly a law professor at a leading law school in Beijing and a Ford Foundation visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, Ying is a frequent speaker on legal and regulatory developments related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity (including RMB funds) in China and is quoted extensively by the Chinese press.
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