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Ying Li is a partner in the Corporate Department. Having been based in China and Hong Kong for over 19 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. Ying is recognized by Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000, where clients described him as “responsible” and “knowledgeable.” 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
  • Jefferies in the offering of $535 million senior secured payment-in-kind notes due 2015 by MD America Energy Holdings, Inc., subsidiary of Meidu Holding Co., Ltd., a real estate development and trading company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange

  • The Recording Academy (the Grammy® Award organization) in its strategic transaction with the Beijing Music Festival

  • 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

  • Franshion Properties, a leading real estate developer in China listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in the subscription of 20% interest in one of its real estate project companies by Warburg Pincus

  • A top-tier financial services firm in its formation of a $690 million fund that can convert US dollars into renminbi and invest in companies in China 

  • 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 

  • A major shareholder of China Biologic Products, a China-based biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ, in its sale of shares to Warburg Pincus 

  • 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