Overview

Yiqiang "Lee" Li 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, dealing with cross-border investment, IP licensing and compliance-related matters. Lee is also one of the earliest partners of an international law firm who help Chinese companies handle their global 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 U.S., United Kingdom and other countries.

Lee provides clients with a wealth of firsthand knowledge on cross-border investment and commercial matters:

  • Market entry, expansion, restructuring and exit strategy planning
  • FCPA, fraud, unethical practices, and related investigations
  • Cross-border data transfer, data privacy and cybersecurity issues
  • Antitrust, unfair competition and trade practices
  • Food safety and medical devices regulatory compliance issues and related investigations
  • Structuring, negotiating and documenting international technology licensing arrangements
  • 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
  • Structuring, negotiating and documenting construction, real estate development, hotel management and other commercial contracts, including franchising deals
  • Mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and establishing wholly foreign-owned enterprises
  • PRC intellectual property rights enforcement and litigation matters
  • Lobbying Chinese authorities on foreign investment approvals and other regulatory matters
  • Dispute settlement and bankruptcy proceedings

Industry Expertise

Lee works with clients in architectural and engineering, automotive, chemical, construction, finance, food and agribusiness, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, medical devices, and pharmaceutical 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

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
China

Languages

Chinese

Education

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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