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Chelsea Li

Senior Partner
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Professional Experience

Chelsea Li is a specialist in foreign direct investment (FDI), with particular expertise in advising on cross-border transactions for both international investors coming into China and PRC enterprises investing offshore, and she has substantial experience structuring joint ventures, direct investments and acquisitions in both hi-tech and traditional industry sectors. Chelsea has been involved in all phases of investment and M&A transactions in China, from the initial planning and structuring through the approval and implementation stages. A substantial portion of Chelsea‘s practice focuses on advising clients on investment strategy and opportunities, and she has extensive experience acting as business advisor to corporate directors and individual investors.

Chelsea‘s practice includes providing strategic legal and business advice to domestic and international telecommunications companies. She has acted on behalf of both vendors and users in negotiating and drafting the whole range of contracts, including systems development, software license agreements, software development and support agreements, supply and integration agreements, outsourcing agreements, web hosting and development agreements, and various telecommunications service agreements.

Representative Performance

  • Representation of Telefonica S.A. in connection with its acquisition of equity stake in China Netcom Group Corporation (HK)
  • Representation of PowerTel Ltd. in respect of installation of telecommunication equipment and fibre optic cables to connect with corporate and government customers in the capital cities of Australia
  • Advising and working on a M&A and large scale coal and coal-to-chemical energy project
  • Involvement in an IPO in Hong Kong of ZhuZhou CSR Times Electric Co., Ltd
  • Chelsea has substantial experience practicing law in Australia and Hong Kong. After law school, she was in-house counsel with a major Australian telecom company based in Sydney, and then regional counsel for a major telecom company in Hong Kong, after which, Chelsea joined a leading UK law firm Hong Kong office as an attorney. Prior to joining JT&N, Chelsea served as the Chief Representative of an Australian law firm Beijing office
  • Representation of Telefonica S.A in connection with its acquisition of equity stake in PCCW
  • Representation of China Telecom in connection with its operational issues and the launching of new services to the mass market in Hong Kong and the PRC
  • Representation of a US IT firm in connection with its entry into the China market to provide IT, outsourcing and telecommunications services, in particular in advising them on PRC laws and regulations
  • Representation of UK and US investors, including advising and negotiating issues of consultancy, agency, contracting/sub-contracting agreements
  • Representation of China Telecom in connection with providing corporate and commercial advice for the establishment of operations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Representation of a Middle East company in Dubai in connection with a major acquisition and establishment in the markets in Australia, New Zealand and China

Education Background

  • LL.B., University of Technology Sydney Australia, 1997
  • BA, University of Dalian PRC
  • Admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia, 1997

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