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Kirkland & Ellis
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Gary Li is a partner in Kirkland’s Hong Kong office. Gary has substantial experience advising on complex and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions in Asia. He has significant experience with leveraged buy-outs, take-privates, PIPEs and growth equity investments. Gary has been recognized as a leading lawyer for private equity by a number of legal publications. Gary has been recognized as a leading lawyer for private equity in Chambers Greater China, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.


English, Mandarin


University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 2001

Peking University Law School, B.A., 1997

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China > Private equity: foreign firms

Drawing upon the firm’s global network, the China private equity practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP regularly handles the largest and most complex PE deals in the region, from joint ventures and PIPEs to LBOs and other M&A transactions. The offering is jointly led from Hong Kong by Gary Li and Jesse Sheley; with the former vastly experienced in complex leveraged buy-outs, take-privates and growth equity investments, and the latter a trusted advisor to PE firms, public and private companies, as well as SPACs and their targets. Peng Yu’s practice focuses exclusively on PE and M&A matters, with notable strengths in the technology, education, healthcare and life sciences sectors, while Joey Chau is highly regarded for her expertise in the Chinese market.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s China team is consistently sought out by public and private companies to advise on high-stakes M&A deals. The multidisciplinary team comprises specialists in public and private M&A, capital markets, finance, private funds and other transactional practices, and it is particularly active in SPAC M&A transactions. The practice is jointly led from the Hong Kong office by Pierre-Luc Arsenault, Joey ChauDavid Patrick Eich and Paul Guan, alongside Gary LiNicholas NorrisJesse SheleyPeng Yu and David Zhang.

Hong Kong > Private equity

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Gary LiKirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis houses a broad team which acts for a wide range of notable clients, including Bain Capital and Baring Private Equity Asia. The group is noted for its strength in handling debt financing matters and series financings for a wide variety of real estate funds and SPACs, and is led by Gary Li, who heads the practice alongside Jesse Sheley. Li has broad expertise in leveraged buy-outs, growth equity investments, and take-private transactions; while Sheley assists both domestic and international private equity funds and sponsors with a broad range of transactional issues, including PIPEs and de-SPACs. Peng Yu regularly advises marquee corporates on growth capital investments and divestitures, in addition to the formation of joint ventures.