Henry Li

CEO, Head of Greater China Practice
hli@yklaw.us
213.817.7552
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Henry (Yongyuan) Li is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of YK Law LLP. He oversees the firm’s financial and operational functions, including human resources, marketing, business development and technology. He also spearheads the firm’s strategic partnerships and international expansion and development.

As a registered Chinese lawyer, Mr. Li heads YK Law’s Greater China Practice Group, and practices principally in the areas of corporate and international law, with emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions, international sales and distribution transactions, technology transfer and licensing, cross-jurisdiction dispute resolution, and media and entertainment law matters.

Having worked for many years in both China and the US (among several other locales) and studied at law schools in both countries, Mr. Li possesses a superior depth and keenness of understanding regarding transactions between China and the U.S. and their players. He has represented numerous Chinese-listed companies, state owned enterprises (SOE) and venture capital and private equity funds regarding their investments in the U.S. Mr. Li has also assisted many U.S. companies in investing in China, whether through direct investment or via joint ventures or merger and acquisition transactions. He is well recognized by his clients and peers for his capacity to ably lead complicated transactions and for his negotiation skills.

Mr. Li also possesses great expertise in litigation and dispute resolution. In China, Mr. Li has been involved in many complex business litigation matters at various levels of the Chinese court system representing both local and international clients. He has also represented clients in arbitration proceedings before some the top arbitral bodies in China and abroad, including the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and other arbitration institutions.

In the U.S., Mr. Li works closely with his colleagues to assist Chinese companies in initiating or defending lawsuits before U.S. state and federal courts and the USPTO. He is particularly experienced handling matters that often arise in cross-border litigation involving Chinese parties, such as the unique and complex service of process rules and procedures, jurisdiction and venue rules, the often thorny issue of extraterritorial application of U.S. statutes, methods of judicial assistance, and the labyrinthine rules regarding cross-border discovery and procedure. He also has experience in enforcing Chinese arbitration awards and court judgments in the U.S. and other foreign jurisdictions.

In addition to China and the U.S., Mr. Li has also represented clients in transactions in the following jurisdictions by collaborating with top local counsel: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the UK, among others. Mr. Li is also very familiar with offshore corporate structures and tax planning for cross-border transactions.

Some of Mr. Li’s notable clients include the Investment Promotion Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of China, CRRC Corporation, China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC), China Transport Telecommunication Information Group (CTTIC), Huya Inc., Gongniu Group, Mellanox Technologies, Adama Agricultural Solutions, and others.

In 2015, Henry Li was appointed as a board member of the Yingke Global Legal Service Alliance (“Yingke Global”), the first international alliance of independent law firms headquartered in China. Yingke Global is currently one of the largest law firm alliances in the world with member firms in 238 cities across 84 countries.

Mr. Li obtained his LL.B degree from Nanjing University in China and his LLM degree from the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Mr. Li is admitted to practice law in China. He is also member of International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He served as a member of the Integrity & Compliance Task Force of B20 Saudi Arabia 2020, and currently serves as a member of the Integrity & Compliance Task Force of B20 Italy 2021.

In addition to his role with YK Law, Mr. Li is also an equity partner of Yingke Law Firm, which is currently the largest Chinese law firm, with over 10,000 top attorneys providing cost-effective and high-quality legal service to over a hundred thousand clients each year across more than 93 cities in Mainland China.

Education

  • Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington, LL.M (2008)
  • Nanjing University, LL.B (2004)

Bar Admissions

  • People’s Republic of China (2012)

Memberships

  • All China Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA)

Languages

  • Chinese
  • English

Publications

  • Chinese Companies Ready for Cross-Border Buying Spree” — Merger & Acquisitions, September 2016
  • Trends in Chinese investment in the international M&A market”– Financier Worldwide, October 2016

Experience

Recent transactions handled by Henry Li include:

  • Represented Shenzhen Longsys, a leading Chinese DMS company, in its acquisition of assets related to Lexar, the world-leading flash memory brand, from Micro Inc.
  • Represented Huabao Holding (listed on HXE) in its acquisition of the majority shares of VMR LLC, a leading e-cigarette manufacturer headquartered in Florida with assets and subsidiaries in several jurisdictions;
  • Represented DIV Group, a leading Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) underwater solutions provider based in Shenzhen, in its acquisition of Cal Dive International Pte Ltd., the Asian operation of Cal Dive Group, a world-leading underwater solutions provider, under its Chapter 11 proceeding in the U.S.;
  • Represented DFW Capital Partners, a 35-year-old private equity firm based in New Jersey, in its acquisition of three Chinese subsidiaries of ReSource Pro, a leader in operations efficiency and business process solutions for the insurance industry, with over 3,000 employees in China.
  • Represented Almex USA, Inc., a leading supplier of billet and slab casting equipment and technology for the aerospace aluminum industry, in its joint venture investment with a Chinese company in Shaanxi Province, China.
  • Represented 88rising, Inc., one of the most influential mass media companies and record labels in the world which features Asian artists, for all its matters and transactions in China.
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