Hua Li is a Beijing-based partner in our Global Corporate Practice, with a focus on foreign investment law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, antitrust law and outbound investments.

    She worked at the former Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (now Ministry of Commerce) in Beijing before becoming Vice-Director of Foreign Trade at the former State Commission for Economy and Trade (SETC), where she became well-versed in WTO-related legal issues and trade defense proceedings, such as anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard procedures.

    She has a thorough knowledge of Chinese law and governmental relations that proves valuable for foreign invested companies in the PRC. Hua is a specialist in anti-monopoly laws and has assisted more than 20 multinational companies in the PRC procedure of notification of anti-monopoly. She is listed as one of the leading Competition and Antitrust lawyers in China by Chambers Asia 2009, 2010 and 2011 and as one of the leading WTO/International Trade lawyers by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2009.

    She has also assisted a number of Chinese SOEs and private companies in their outbound investments.

    Hua is an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

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    Antitrust & Competition

    • Advised one of the world’s leading semi-conductor producers on the transfer of equity procedure and the follow up of the approval procedures with NDRC and MOFCOM (one of the biggest foreign investment projects in China). Also advised on its antitrust notification. 
    • Advised one of the world’s leading companies (Arkema) during the partial acquisition procedures of a Chinese listed company, which is considered the first case of partial acquisition in China, and follow up of all the approval procedures and antitrust notification. 
    • Advised the world’s largest producer of zirconium components for nuclear fuel on the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC),as well as its antitrust notification. 
    • Advised one of the world’s major nuclear power companies (Areva) on the associated antitrust matters of its offshore joint venture with a Japanese engineering conglomerate, including drafting the antitrust notification and subsequent discussions on post-filing issues.
    • Advised a leading environmental services company (Veolia) with the onshore antitrust notification of a transaction whereby they acquired a 40% stake in a state-owned waste company incorporated in Shanghai.
    • Advised one of the world’s largest water companies (Veolia) on its antitrust notification regarding a concession project in Tianjin, which included drafting the first antitrust notification ever submitted in the PRC in the water industry.
    • Advised on the anti-monopoly matters associated with the acquisition of a 49% equity stake in a large state-owned water company, which ensured a 30-year supply of drinking water to the three million inhabitants of a major city in China.
    • Advised two leading semiconductor companies (STMicroelectronics and Hynix) on their joint anti-monopoly notification in China and provided advice on the anti-monopoly notification relating to the proposed creation of a joint venture between the two companies.
    • Advised a Swedish telecom company and the world’s largest semiconductor company (Nokia) on their joint anti-monopoly notification in China and provided advice in relation to the notification of the proposed creation of a 50/50 joint venture.
    • Advised one of the largest Danish brewery companies (Carlsberg) on the acquisition of an additional 12.25% stake in a Chinese company (Chong Qing Beers) listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. In terms of antitrust filing, clearance was obtained within the “phase 1 review” as a result of careful management of media exposure, constant communication with the industrial association, upstream suppliers and downstream clients, as well as the relevant lobbying of MOFCOM. 
    • Advised the largest French shipping company (CMA CGM) in the network operation center with the two European leading shipping companies on their antitrust notification, which was rejected by the MOFCOM. 
    • Advised the largest French automobile company (Renault) and one of the biggest Chinese automobile companies on their anti-trust filing of the creation of a 50/50 joint venture.

    Outbound Investments

    • Assisted one of the biggest Chinese banks (China Development Bank) in its financing project in Guinea related to a mining project.
    • Assisted an SOE in its mining project in Gabon (CMEC). 
    • Assisted a private Chinese company (Sinohydro) in its acquisition of an industrial French company.
    • Assisted a Chinese private company (Yue Mei Group) in acquisition of cotton plants in Malia. 

    International Trade

    • China - US steel safeguard procedure case in 2002. Advised the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of PRC in its first WTO dispute with the United States in the WTO Panel.
    • Advised more than 3,000 European companies in the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy procedures initiated by MOFCOM (2013) against wine originating from the European Union (EU), which were terminated due to the withdrawal of the Chinese wine association. 
    • Assisted various Chinese producers/exporters in trade defense proceedings initiated by the EU (e.g., 2013 solar glasses in 2000/2001 Tombstone and building granite, mini lighters in 2002/2003).
    • Assisted various French producers/exporters in trade defense proceedings initiated by China, including. a Chinese proceeding against alloy steel seamless tubes and pipes (2013) a Chinese proceeding against high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (2011).
    • Represented a French chemical company in its first antidumping procedures. and represented a French chemical company in antidumping procedures and negotiation with the MOFCOM to conclude a price undertaking
    • Advised one of the biggest commercial French companies in a procedure of enforcement of an ICC arbitration decision concerning more than €20 million before the Chinese tribunal in Tianjin.
    • Advised one of the leading French commercial companies in litigation concerning a Concession Agreement in the first and second instances of litigation procedures before the Tribunal of Beijing.


    • University of International Business and Economics, Ph.D., 2009
    • Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Honors B.A., 1999


    • Paris


    • Chinese
    • French
    • English

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