Ms Li Chen > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Beijing, China > Lawyer Profile

Shearman & Sterling LLP
UNIT 3209, CHINA CENTRAL PLACE TOWER 2
79 JIANGUO ROAD, CHAOYANG DISTRICT
BEIJING 100025
China
Li Chen photo

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions

Position

Partner

Career

Li Chen is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Her practice spans a broad range of M&A, corporate and private equity matters, particularly in Greater China and China-related investments around the world.

Li has represented numerous major Chinese and international corporations, financial institutions and investment funds on their cross-border transactions including foreign direct and outbound investments, public and private M&A transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances, buyouts and take privates, asset disposals and reorganizations.

Her experience covers a wide range of industries including energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials, infrastructure, mining and metals, private capital, retail and consumer and technology, media and telecommunications.

Li is also actively involved in advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues encountered on M&A transactions such as export control, anti-corruption compliance, CFIUS national security reviews, IP licensing, antitrust and sanctions matters.

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin

Memberships

ADMISSIONS:

  • New York

Education

DEDMAN SCHOOL OF LAW, SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
LL.M., Sohmen Scholar

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
LL.B.

BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY
B.A.

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

Leveraging a presence in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, in addition to a far-reaching global network, Shearman & Sterling caters a roster of PRC state-owned enterprises, financial institutions and prominent corporates; it is most often engaged by entities from the energy, TMT, infrastructure, asset management and financial services sectors and is headed by Li Chen who is principally focused on M&A, corporate affairs, private equity matters and Chinese investments globally; she is supported by Lorna Chen who founded and continues to lead the firm’s Asian asset management and investment fund practice, regularly supporting on regulatory and compliance, fund formation and global co-investment mandates.

Hong Kong > Private equity

Shearman & Sterling acts for private equity funds, portfolio companies and investors on transactions, financing, exit strategies and portfolio company management. Li Chen, who splits her time between Beijing and Hong Kong, handles a range of private equity, M&A and corporate matters. Lorna Chen is recommended for cross-border investment funds work. Max Hua left for an in-house role at Bitmain.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s work on inbound investments into China includes advising private equity and sovereign wealth funds on acquisitions, investments and portfolio company M&A, as well as representing foreign companies entering the Chinese market via acquisitions and joint ventures. The group is equally adept at representing both private and state-owned enterprises on outbound investments, while its domestic Chinese transactional work has recently included handling public M&A deals such as SPACs and take-privates. Li Chen heads up the group and is instructed on deals across a range of sectors, and Sean Wang is recognised for his experience in the projects and energy space. Both partners work between the Beijing and Hong Kong offices.

China > Private equity: foreign firms

Routinely advising private equity funds, portfolio companies and investors, Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s China practice advises on private equity transactions across the infrastructure, logistics and healthcare sectors. Its credentials range from fund establishment, exit strategies, deal execution and financing, to portfolio company management; and the practice’s private equity expertise covers cross-border deals, transaction documentation, tax structuring, and acquisition financing and refinancing (including through non-traditional credit providers). Dividing her time between the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Li Chen oversees a broad M&A, corporate and private equity workload in Greater China, Southeast Asia, and other regions around the world; and Hong Kong-based Lorna Chen is active in the private equity and venture capital fund space. Xiaogang (Sean) Wang   (also based between Hong Kong and Beijing) is a key corporate partner; and the expertise of key Beijing associate Weina Guan includes joint ventures, take-private transactions, minority investments, co-investments and divestitures.