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Llinks Law Offices

Work +86 21 3135 8666
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Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai

David Yu

Work +8621 31358666
Llinks Law Offices

Work Department



Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity / Venture Capital, Capital Markets, Compliance Advisory and Anti-Trust, Corporate, Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Real Estate


Mr. Yu is a founding partner of Llinks.

Mr. Yu has been engaged in legal services for more than 20 years and has participated in many groundbreaking transactions in China. He is well known for his rich practicing experience and innovative services in corporate law, M&A, private equity, restructuring and bankruptcy.  Throughout his legal career, Mr. Yu has represented a number of Fortune 500 companies, large-scale Chinese enterprises and listed companies, in cases involving cross-border investment, M&A, corporate finance, etc.  He possesses in–depth legal knowledge and practical experience in the following industries: automotive, energy, infrastructure, equipment manufacturing, medicine, education, media and entertainment, chemical, natural resources, pharmaceutical and healthcare, real estate and TMT.  He has assisted the clients on some creative projects in these business sectors.   

Mr. Yu is consistently recommended as a leading lawyer, a “Hot Lawyer” and a “Client Choice Lawyer” by Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000, Legal 500, Asia Legal Business and other major legal publications.  Mr. Yu was also named one of the “Top 10 Lawyers in Shanghai” by the Shanghai Bar Association and as one of the “National Outstanding Lawyers” by the All China Bar Association.


Mandarin and English


Mr. Yu currently is the president of the Shanghai Bar Association, an executive member of National Bar Association, a deputy director of the IT & High-Tech Law Committee (National Bar Association), an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and Shanghai Arbitration Commission.  He also acts as a vice-chairman of the Commercial Law Research Council of Shanghai Law Society, an adjunct professor of East China University of Political Science and Law, etc.


Mr. David Yu received his LL.B. degree and MBA from Fudan University School of Law and China Europe International Business School, respectively.

China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: PRC firms

Within: Corporate and M&A: PRC firms

Regularly instructed by Fortune 500 companies, SOEs and private companies, Llinks Law Offices handled a number of high-value M&A, joint venture, restructuring and investment transactions. Among them, Nicholas Lou advised SAIC Motor Corporation on establishing a joint venture with other investors and, in a separate transaction, acted for Contemporary Amperex Technology on the establishment of two joint ventures with SAIC Motor; David Yu advised an e-commerce company on its sale of share to a Chinese conglomerate and a large SOE;  capital markets specialist Wayne Chen assisting Joyvio Group with its investment in Nine Masters (Shanghai) Catering Service; and James Weng handled Everjoy health Group's share issuance for the purpose of purchasing three private hospitals and raising funds by private placement of RMB383m for the relevant construction of the target hospitals.

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms

Within: Healthcare and life sciences: PRC firms

Llinks Law Offices leverages its strength in capital markets to advise on a mix of listing, financing and M&A transactions for multinational and domestic pharmaceutical clients; it also advises on IP protection, cybersecurity and data protection issues. The team assisted a consortium of institutional investors with their investment in Eyebright, a leading Chinese ophthalmic medical company, and advised Elemental Concept 2016 on cybersecurity and data protection issues in relation to the development, licensing, and operation of medical record system for hospitals in China. Wayne Chen and David Yu are names to note.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms

Within: Private equity/venture capital: PRC firms

Llinks Law Offices is widely respected for its advice on private equity and venture capital deals in China. The team's client base includes domestic and international angel investors, and venture capital, private equity and industry funds as well as strategic investors. It acted for Sense Time, a Chinese technology company specialising in artificial intelligence and facial recognition, in its high-value C round of financing; the team also advised Summitview Capital on its investment in Fuzhou Rockchip, a Chinese semiconductor company that provides end-to-end, system-on-chip solutions for tablets, PCs and streaming media television boxes. David Yu is the highly rated corporate department head; and Selena She advises a wide variety of private equity funds on their investments in China. Other key practitioners are Nicholas Lou, who acts for foreign and domestic private equity funds investing, acquiring and selling portfolio companies in China; and counsel Colin Shi, whose practice includes advising investment funds on private equity investment and fund formation and establishment.

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China: TMT

TMT: PRC firms

Within: TMT: PRC firms

Llinks Law Offices handles a mix of M&A and capital market transactions. Among its recent instructions, Nicholas Lou and Lawrence An advised SenseTime on its private financing; David Yu assisted Shanghai Yiguo E-commerce with the sale of its shares to Alibaba and Bailian Grou; and Xun Yang advises Elemental Concept 2016 on data protection and cybersecurity issues relating to the development, licensing and operation of medical record system for hospitals in China. FG Venture features in its new client list.

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