Ms Li Chen > Shearman & Sterling > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Shearman & Sterling
21st Floor Gloucester Tower
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15 Queen’s Road Central
Hong Kong
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Mergers & Acquisitions




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.


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LL.M., Sohmen Scholar



Lawyer Rankings

China > Private equity: foreign firms

Shearman & Sterling LLP has an established client base of international financial institutions and private equity funds who routinely instruct the team on foreign direct investment and joint venture transactions. Beijing-based Lee Edwards is a go-to name for going-private deals, tender offers and asset-purchase transactions while Li Chen, also in Beijing, routinely handles investments in the TMT, infrastructure and financial services sectors.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s track record includes advising on complex and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, and the team is regularly appointed by large Chinese state-owned enterprises and corporations on strategic transactions; it has specific expertise in the TMT, energy, infrastructure and financial institutions sectors. Lee Edwards in Beijing has extensive experience in M&A and FDI transactions, and M&A partner Li Chen divides her time between the Hong Kong and Beijing offices. The Hong Kong names to note are global head of the private capital industry group Paul Strecker and Greater China head Lorna Chen. Former corporate partner Stephanie Tang left for Hogan Lovells‘ Hong Kong office.

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A)

Shearman & Sterling is the first port of call among a wide variety of clients for advice on multijurisdictional M&A and private equity transactions involving complex structuring requirements. The firm generates mandates from Chinese SOEs, multinational corporates, investors and private equity houses, among other clients. Its 40-year history in Asia underlines its market presence. Li Chen (whose practice is split between Beijing and Hong Kong) heads up the team, which acts for clients in sectors such as technology, media and communications, energy, infrastructure and finance. Max Hua joined from Haiwen & Partners, while Stephanie Tang joined Hogan Lovells.

Hong Kong > Private equity

Although lacking the strong institutional ties with major international sponsors that are the hallmark of some of the firms in the ranking, Shearman & Sterling‘s Greater China practice –  which houses M&A, fund formation and leveraged finance practitioners across Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai – generates a substantial deal flow by dint of its strong ties with regional funds, sovereign wealth funds and Chinese banks with private equity arms. Team head Li Chen splits her time between Hong Kong and mainland China, and is noted for her experience at handling China inbound and outbound transactions across a range of industry sectors including energy, healthcare, entertainment, telecoms, real estate and public utilities.