Ying Li

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Ying Li

Ying Li

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Biography

Ying Li is a partner in the Corporate Department. Having been based in China and Hong Kong for over 19 years at leading international law firms, Ying’s practice focuses on China related cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, overseas public and private financing and outbound investments of PRC enterprises. He covers a wide variety of industries, such as banking and finance, IT, telecommunications, media, entertainment, sports, hospitality, infrastructure, natural resources, energy and clean technology.

Ying regularly counsels multinational companies and financial institutions on entering into the China market, structures complex and innovative investments and acquisitions in China involving joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, holding companies, partnerships, licensing and other creative vehicles, and advises them on regulatory, compliance, foreign exchange, financial, labor and employment issues. Additionally, Ying frequently advises international GPs and LPs on setting up PRC focused investment funds (including PRC-domiciled RMB funds) and their fund investments in China. He also represents PRC based founders and emerging companies in their incorporation, onshore and offshore restructuring, and cross-border financing through private equity. His recent experience includes representing:

*NBA in its negotiations to set up a joint venture with the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group to manage the Shanghai World Expo Performing Arts Center, which is an 18,000 seat state-of-the-art venue being built as part of the Shanghai World Expo

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Jefferies in the offering of $535 million senior secured payment-in-kind notes due 2015 by MD America Energy Holdings, Inc., subsidiary of Meidu Holding Co., Ltd., a real estate development and trading company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange

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The Recording Academy (the Grammy® Award organization) in its strategic transaction with the Beijing Music Festival

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Votorantim Novos Negócios Ltda., the private equity arm of the Brazilian financial and industrial conglomerate Grupo Votorantim, in its $390 million sale of an iron ore mining, pipeline and port project in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil to Honbridge Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong listed company

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Franshion Properties, a leading real estate developer in China listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in the subscription of 20% interest in one of its real estate project companies by Warburg Pincus

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A top-tier financial services firm in its formation of a $690 million fund that can convert US dollars into renminbi and invest in companies in China

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A group of international companies in disposing of their interests in a Shanghai-based property development company with landmark shopping malls, office buildings, condominiums and service apartments in Shanghai valued at approximately $750 million, one of the largest private equity real estate deals in Shanghai

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A major shareholder of China Biologic Products, a China-based biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ, in its sale of shares to Warburg Pincus

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Fairmont, Four Seasons, Jumeirah, Starwood Hotels and other first-tier international hotel groups in connection with their joint ventures, hotel management agreements and regulatory issues in China, including the landmark Peace Hotel project in Shanghai

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NeoPhotonics Corporation on all aspects of labor-related issues for its China subsidiaries in Shenzhen

Other Key Representations:

General Corporate

*GreatPoint Energy, Inc., a leading US-based coal-gasification technology developer, in setting up a joint venture with an affiliate of Datang Power to jointly develop and commercialize a several-hundred-million-dollar coal gasification project in China

*A U.S-based solar energy equipment producer in setting up a Chinese-foreign joint venture with a major PRC state-owned energy corporation with a total investment of $60 million

*A NASDAQ-listed company in a significant investment in satellite broadcasting and telecommunications in China

*A US-based sport ticketing service provider to set up a Chinese-foreign joint venture with a PRC National Sport Bureau-affiliated company in Beijing to conduct online and traditional ticketing business in China

*A California-based medical device company in its investment and business structure, IP protection and regulatory issues in China

Mergers & Acquisitions

*Arsenal Capital, a US-based private equity firm, in acquiring the worldwide fine chemical business of Ferro (including a substantial business in Suzhou, China) valued at $80 million

*H&Q, a leading private equity firm, in connection with a sale to Starbucks of its controlling interest in an operator of over 60 Starbucks retail stores in Beijing and Tianjin

*Huaxia Bank, a PRC-listed commercial bank, in introducing Deutsche Bank as the strategic investor by way of private bidding

*A Canadian-based private equity firm in acquiring a PRC real estate development company holding a shopping centre development project in Shanghai valued at approximately $540 million

Private Investment Funds

*An Asian bank in setting up one of the first groups of foreign RMB investment funds focusing on investments in high-tech industries in China (FIVCIE)

*A large U.S. based investment management firm in its formation of an Asia focused fund and setting up management companies in Hong Kong and China

*A number of top-tier international financial services groups in providing offshore investment management and advisory services to National Social Security Fund (NSSF)

*A PRC-based IT group in setting up an offshore fund in Cayman Islands focusing on equity investments in and buyouts of operating companies in the Greater China region

Private and Public Financing

*China Finance Online, a PRC-based, NASDAQ-listed financial service company, in its U.S. and Hong Kong corporate, regulatory and compliance matters

*Peak International, a Hong Kong-based, U.S.-listed manufacturer of packaging products for electronic components, in its corporate, regulatory and compliance matters

*Net Power Technology, a PRC-based start-up company dedicated to developing massive electricity storage systems for renewable energy such as solar energy and wind power, in its restructuring and financing

*A PRC-based plastic manufacturer in going public in the U.S. by way of reverse takeover

*Shanghai-based 2DuNet.com, an Internet resource for buying and selling second-hand cars in China, in its incorporation, offshore restructuring, Series A and Series B financing by Qiming Venture Partners and IDG Ventures

Labor & Employment

*Houlihan Lokey, Inc., a U.S.-based global investment bank, on all aspects of labor issues for its PRC subsidiary in Beijing

*Creative Artists Agency, one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, on all aspects of labor issues for its PRC subsidiary in Beijing

*SL Power Electronics Corporation, a U.S.-based supplier of high-reliability power conversion products, on all aspects of labor issues for its PRC subsidiaries in Xianghe and Shanghai

*Church & Dwight Co. Inc., a U.S.-based consumer packaged goods company, on relevant labor issues for its PRC subsidiary

*Conservation International, a U.S.-based non-government organization, on relevant labor issues for its PRC office

Formerly a law professor at a leading law school in Beijing and a Ford Foundation visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, Ying is a frequent speaker on legal and regulatory developments related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity (including RMB funds) in China and is quoted extensively by the Chinese press.

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Education
JD
Class of 1994

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

LLM
Class of 1987

Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan"(the garden of Yan), is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (or 274 hectares). It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace. Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines. Thus Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future

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All China Lawyers Association (ACLA, Chinese: ????????; Pinyin: Zhonghuá Quánguó Lushi Xiéhuì) is the Bar association of the People's Republic of China. It was founded on July, 1986. It carries out professional administration over lawyers in pursance of law. All lawyers of China are members of ACLA. Now ACLA has nearly 110,000 individual members.

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Proskauer Rose LLP is a law firm in New York, NY. It offers corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law services. It serves the chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1875.

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Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

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Warburg Pincus & Company US LLC, Warburg Pincus X LP, Warburg Pincus Private Equity X LP, Warburg Pincus X Partners LP purchase China Biologic Products, Inc.

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