Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Expands China Practice
-- Hires Capital Markets Expert Kefei Li --
Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
PALO ALTO, CA (April 17, 2011) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, is pleased to announce that Kefei Li has become a partner at the firm. A member of the corporate and securities practice, Li has extensive capital markets experience in both China and the U.S. He joins the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and will be based in China.
"Over the past decade, we have witnessed the increasing importance of the China market and believe that it holds tremendous potential for the firm and our clients," said CEO Steve Bochner. "It is an area in which we will continue to invest and look for top talent. Kefei's strong expertise and solid reputation in both Hong Kong and U.S. capital markets make him extremely well positioned to expand our China practice and serve our clients. We are very pleased to welcome him to our partnership."
A native Mandarin speaker who is fluent in English, Li specializes in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate counseling. He has broad experience representing issuers and underwriters in international securities offerings, with particular expertise relating to Hong Kong and U.S. initial public offerings by Chinese companies. He also has advised international corporations and private equity investors in connection with mergers and acquisitions and investment matters in China.
Li's selected representations include SYSWIN, Camelot Information Systems, MEMSIC, China Construction Bank, CITIC Bank, and China Netcom, and international investment banks such as Citi, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and UBS in connection with securities offerings on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In addition, he has handled a variety of private equity and venture capital matters, representing Sequoia Capital China, the Jordan Company, and IDGVC Partners, among others. Li received his J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University in 2000 and a B.A. from Pomona College in 1996.
About the Firm's China Practice
With a longstanding presence in Asia, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati currently has international offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The firm's China practice represents both U.S.- and China-based clients in a variety of international matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investment, branch operations, spin-offs, capital markets, and intellectual property counseling. The practice does the corporate and securities work for a number of notable U.S.-listed public companies based or operating in China, and has extensive experience advising on international public offerings by Chinese companies as well as private equity and venture capital transactions and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In addition, the China practice frequently teams with the firm's U.S.-based litigation department to represent Chinese clients in patent, securities, employment, and other litigation matters.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati offers a broad range of services and legal disciplines focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. With long-standing roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offices in Austin, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.wsgr.com.