Shearman And Sterling

News May 15, 2017

Shearman & Sterling Expands China M&A Outbound Practice With Return of Li Chen

Shearman & Sterling announced today the appointment of Li Chen as an M&A partner in Beijing. Chen was previously a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she had a particular focus on China outbound transactions.  

Chen represents major power, mining and industrial companies and private equity firms in China-related public and private acquisitions and dispositions, as well as corporate transactions and financings, with a particular focus on outbound acquisitions and investments by Chinese enterprises. She previously practiced at Shearman & Sterling as an associate for eight years before joining another multinational law firm in 2011.

“We are pleased that Li is returning to the firm,” said Creighton Condon, Senior Partner of Shearman & Sterling. “Her addition highlights the firm’s ongoing strategic investment to strengthen and broaden the reach of our M&A practice in China and across the globe.”

George Casey, global head of the firm’s M&A Group, said, “Li’s substantive experience in China inbound and outbound transactions complements our M&A Group, and she will play a key role in deepening our M&A capabilities in the region. Her strong connections with China’s state-owned enterprises will enable us to tap into new outbound opportunities while cross-selling other key practice areas.”

Chen has extensive experience advising clients on China-related M&A transactions across a broad range of industries, including natural resources, healthcare, entertainment, alternative energy, telecommunications, real estate and public utilities.

“I am excited to return to Shearman & Sterling,” said Chen. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in China to deepen our relationships with Chinese enterprises and with the global team to offer strategic cross-border transactional advice to help our clients achieve their international business ambitions.”

Ranked among the world’s leading M&A advisors, Shearman & Sterling draws upon decades of experience in sophisticated global markets to deliver integrated strategic, tactical and technical advice to its clients. With M&A lawyers on the ground in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, the firm advises on the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border public and private M&A deals. In 2016, the firm advised on 302 M&A transactions valued at $598.8 billion worldwide.