Barbara Li is a partner based in the Beijing office of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, specialising in M&A, corporate/commercial and major projects. She focuses on China-related cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, inbound and outbound investment, development and construction of major projects, private equity, regulatory and commercial matters. She has counselled numerous international companies on entry into, business expansion and risk mitigation in China.
Barbara’s primary industry focus is on the TMT, energy and infrastructure sectors. Most recently, she has advised technology and telecoms companies, financial institutions, and infrastructure companies on a number of corporate M&A transactions and strategic joint ventures and alliances. She also has abundant experience in advising on complex regulatory matters, especially in relation to cybersecurity, data privacy, cloud computing, FinTech and big data.
Barbara has worked in leading UK and US law firms at the London and Beijing offices for over 17 years. Before moving to private practice, she worked as a senior in-house legal counsel at Ericsson (China) Company Limited and Beijing Jeep Co, Ltd, respectively.
Barbara graduated from the China University of Law and Political Science with an LLB (1989) and an LLM (1992), King’s College, London University with an LLM (1997). She completed her CPE course in 1999 and LPC course in 2000. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and also holds the PRC Bar Qualification Certificate.
Barbara writes and speaks frequently on PRC legal and regulatory matters and holds the position of vice chair for the Cybersecurity Working Group of the EU Chamber of Commerce. She and her team are recognised in The Legal 500 for TMT and M&A expertise. She is also ranked as a leading lawyer in IFLR 2011–2018 and a recommended lawyer in PLC Which Lawyer 2010–2012.
Barbara is a native Chinese speaker and fluent in English.