Yiqiang "Lee" Li provides clients with a wealth of firsthand knowledge on foreign investment and commercial matters. Lee is one of the very few dually qualified Chinese lawyers who returned to China in the mid-1990s to help international firms build up their China practices. Lee is also one of the earliest partners of an international law firm who help Chinese companies handle their U.S.-related legal matters. In 2004, Lee successfully assisted a Chinese public company in defending trade secret misappropriation claims in the United States—the first case in which a PRC company has won a major IP infringement case outside of China. Since then, Lee has constantly represented major Chinese companies in M&A, litigation and other legal matters in the United States and other countries.

China Law Expertise

Lee advises companies conducting business in China on matters such as:

  • Structuring, negotiating and documenting international technology licensing arrangements, acquisitions, joint ventures and establishing wholly foreign-owned enterprises
  • Negotiating, drafting and complying with PRC regulatory requirements of various commercial contracts, including franchising deals
  • Food safety regulatory compliance issues in connection with their market entry and operations in China, and conducting food safety-related investigations
  • Representing top international architecture and engineering firms in structuring, negotiating and drafting over $5 billion of design agreements in the development of landmark buildings in China
  • PRC intellectual property rights enforcement and litigation matters
  • Cross-border data transfer, data privacy and cybersecurity issues
  • Compliance on labor and customs matters
  • Lobbying Chinese authorities on foreign investment approvals and other regulatory matters
  • Conducting due diligence and internal corporate investigations, including in relation to the FCPA
  • Dispute settlement and bankruptcy proceedings
  • Offshore M&A transactions and litigations by Chinese clients

Industry Expertise

Lee works with clients in the telecommunications, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and agribusiness, automotive, manufacturing, architectural, hospitality, insurance and finance industries.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Lee was the principal Chinese lawyer in the Shanghai office of another U.S. law firm. He previously served as editor of the largest legal dictionary in China.

Faculty Positions

  • Fudan University School of Law — Assistant Professor of Law, 1990-92


Bar Admissions



Washington University School of Law
J.D. (1995)

Fudan University
LL.M. (1990)

Fudan University
LL.B. (1987)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • U.S. Investment, M&A, Litigation, Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets
    Panelist, Zhejiang Lawyers Association, Shanghai, July 2018
  • Doing Business in China
    Panelist, 2016 Food & Agriculture National Conference, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis, May 2016
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