Gilbert Li

Corporate Partner, Hong Kong SAR

“I advise Chinese and international clients on their most strategically important M&A and ECM transactions. I specialise in transactions involving the energy, FIG, biotech and fintech sectors.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Gilbert advises Chinese and international clients on cross-border private and public M&A, private equity and ECM transactions. He is also the Co-Head of our Greater China Equity Capital Markets (ECM) practice and was based in our Shanghai office from 2014 to 2017.

He is particularly experienced in advising on transactions involving the energy, FIG, biotech and fintech sectors.

Work highlights 
Gilbert has led on many market-leading M&A and ECM transactions. These include advising:
 
  • China Gas on its successful defence of the US$2.2 billion hostile takeover bid by Sinopec
  • China Southern Power Grid on its US$1.3 billion acquisition of Brookfield Infrastructure's stake in Transelec (the largest pure-play power transmission company in Chile)
  • Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) on its acquisition of a 35% stake in the Taiwanese offshore wind project Formosa I
  • on the US$26 billion merger between China North Railway and China South Railway
  • Morgan Stanley on its investment in ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance
  • MGI Tech (a gene-sequencing equipment unit of Chinese genome giant BGI Group) on its US$200 million Series A round
  • Xiamen International Bank on its US$992 million acquisition of Bank of China’s controlling stake in Chiyu Bank
  • Warburg Pincus on its investment in China Huarong Asset Management
  • on the IPOs of China Tobacco International, BOC Aviation, Harbin Bank, Orient Securities, Shanghai La Chapelle Fashion, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, AIA Group, L’Occitane International and many other international and Chinese companies
  • the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on its joint venture with the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Professional experience

Gilbert regularly speaks at industry events, including at the IFLR Asia M&A Forum.

He wrote the chapter, “Comparison of Hong Kong and UK Corporate Governance Considerations”, in Hong Kong Corporate Governance: a Practical Guide, White Page, 2014.

Education and qualifications

Gilbert studied law at the University of Cambridge and studied accountancy at the University of New South Wales.

 

He is fluent in Mandarin, English and Cantonese.