Lipton Li

Capital Markets Counsel, Hong Kong SAR

“I am a U.S. lawyer specialising in equity and debt capital markets. I have also worked in a renowned investment bank prior joining Linklaters. I have wide-ranging expertise in equity capital markets and corporate transactions, including IPOs, high yield bonds, investment grade bonds as well as equity-linked transactions, offering clients advice for their most important business needs.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Lipton is a US lawyer based in our Hong Kong office. He has been involved in a number of international capital markets projects, as well as financing and restructuring projects. He mainly advises underwriters and issuers on equity and debt capital markets transactions, including IPOs, high yield bonds, investment grade bonds, private placements, secondary offerings and equity-linked transactions, and has in-depth knowledge of securities and stock exchange regulatory requirements.

Work highlights

Lipton has been involved or played a crucial role, in many of the market’s most significant deals. Highlights include:

  • the offshore exchangeable bond issuance of China Yangtze Power Co., Limited, which was the first dual-currency exchangeable bonds in the international capital market
  • the first preference shares issuance of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited
  • the offshore bond issuance of China Minmetals Corporation
  • the 144A and Reg S bond offerings of State Grid
  • the 144A and Reg S bond offerings of China Southern Grid
  • the MTN programme establishment and 144A bond offerings of ICBC Leasing

Professional experience

Lipton has been on secondment to the legal department in Citigroup in 2017, assisting in various debt and equity capital markets transactions, including the sovereign debt issuance by the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China.

Lipton has led the structuring and execution of the offshore exchangeable bond issuance of China Yangtze Power Co., Limited, which was awarded the debt and equity-linked deal of the year by International Financial Law Review in March 2017.

Lipton was a guest speaker on the topic of high yield covenants and their implications for the market participants in the Conference for Offshore Chinese High Yield Bonds Market hosted by Wall Street Trader.

Lipton is a co-founder and a supervisor for iVertus Foundation, one of the first batch of innovative private charitable foundations vetted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, focusing on education and medicine in the impoverished regions in China. 

Education and qualifications

Lipton holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, New York and is a member of the New York Bar, United States of America.

He speaks fluent English and Mandarin.