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Qiang Li - Overview | People | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

Qiang Li is a Partner in the Corporate team, based in DLA Piper's Shanghai office.


Qiang Li - Overview | People | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

Qiang has been practicing law in Hong Kong and Shanghai since 1997. His practice covers mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment and corporate finance. He advises multinational and Chinese corporate and fund clients on their cross-border M&A and direct investments projects.

Qiang frequently counsels international investors on China’s foreign investment laws and has served as Counsel to the Board of The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He is a leading authority on China’s myriad legal reforms in the areas of market access, corporate finance, corporate governance and general corporate matters.

Qiang has significant experience in representing Chinese airline companies in aviation matters. He is also the founding board member of the Aviation Law Society of Shanghai Law Society.


Qiang Li - Overview | People | DLA Piper Global Law Firm


Qiang Li - Overview | People | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

Founding board member of the Aviation Law Society of Shanghai Law Society


Qiang Li - Credentials | People | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Within: Leading individuals

Qiang Li - DLA Piper

Within: Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Sectors of particular strength for DLA Piper include insurance, financial services and technology, and the practice acts for a large number of global clients investing in the region as well as a significant share of outbound M&A work for Chinese clients. It also fields lawyers with regulatory and compliance strength. The team recently acted for Wanfeng Auto Holding Group in its €320m acquisition of Diamond Aircraft Industries and assisted Sanpower Group with its successful $820m acquisition of US-based Dendreon Pharmaceuticals from Canada's Valeant group. The key names in mainland China are Roy Chan, who is a leading corporate and M&A adviser to the insurance and financial services sectors in China; Qiang Li, who is a highly rated corporate and M&A and private equity specialist. Also highly regarded are Stewart Wang and James Chang, while in Hong Kong Luke Gannon and Sheng Wu are widely respected.

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China: Healthcare and life sciences

Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms

Within: Healthcare and life sciences: foreign firms

DLA Piper handles a mix of transactional and regulatory mandates for a number of global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies. Roy Chan and James Chang advised Ping An Healthcare and Technology Company on its pre-IPO restructuring; Chan was also part of a multi-jurisdictional team that advised China Ping An Insurance Overseas on its Chinese joint venture with Tsumura & Co. Shanghai-based Qiang Li assisted Sanpower Group with its $820m acquisition of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals. The team expanded with the arrival of William Fisher from Hogan Lovells International LLP who focuses on patents, trade secrets and IP-related transactions.

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China: Private equity/venture capital

Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms

Within: Private equity/venture capital: foreign firms

Sectors of strength for DLA Piper include technology, insurance and energy and natural resources. The team acted for Rajax, a Hong Kong-based investment company, in the $500m acquisition of Baidu Waimai, the food delivery unit of Chinese search engine company, Baidu. Qiang Li, Stewart Wang and James Chang are the key names, while Hong Kong-based practice head Gloria Liu and Paul Chen are also recommended.

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China: TMT

TMT: foreign firms

Within: TMT: foreign firms

Highlights for DLA Piper saw a global team advising a large media company on a multi-jurisdictional data protection compliance mandate. It also advised a US software company on the establishment of a joint venture in China and assisted with its content purchase arrangement with third-party service and technology provider as well as content licensing and onwards distribution. Qiang Li and Horace Lam are names to note, based in Shanghai and Beijing respectively. Hong Kong-based Scott Thiel and of counsel Carolyn Bigg are also recommended.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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