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Li He

Mr. He is a partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and practices in the Corporate Department. He has extensive experiences in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and other general corporate matters. He has represented the leading China-based companies, global investment banks and well-recognized private equity funds. He led the execution of the most significant cross-border transactions by Chinese state-owned enterprises in the last decade, including the restructurings and IPOs of Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), each was the world’s largest-ever IPO at the time of listing. He has also advised many of the fast-growing Chinese technology companies (such as Qunar, iQiyi, iKang) in connection with their private financings or SEC-registered offerings.

Mr. He is well-recognized as a leading U.S. lawyer practicing in Greater China and has received numerous honors. In 2015, he was recognized as the "International Dealmaker of the Year" by China Law & Practice. He was also elected by clients as one of the "Top 20 Lawyers in China" for “his deep insights, outstanding skills, and extensive experience,” according to Asian Legal Business 2014.

Work Highlights

U.S. IPOs and Follow-on Offerings
  • Sogou’s $585 million IPO and listing on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Zai Lab
  • Yintech
  • BeiGene – named “Deal of the Year” by Asia Business Law Journal 2016
  • Qunar
  • iKang
  • Cheetah Mobile
  • – named “Deal of the Year” by Asian-MENA Counsel 2014
  • AirMedia Group
  • Xunlei

  • 21 Vianet

  • Aventine Renewable Energy

  • China Lodging (Hanting) 
  • ChinaCache
  • Taomee Holdings 
  • Vimicro International Corporation
  • Xueda Education 
  • Gasco Energy
  • Health Management Associates
  • Neoware
  • NICE-Systems
  • Yingli Green Energy
Hong Kong IPOs
  • CSC Financial
  • Postal Savings Bank of China – the world’s largest IPO since 2014; named “Equity Deal of the Year” at the 2016 IFLR Asia Awards and “Deal of the Year” by Asian-MENA Counsel 2016
  • Orient Securities
  • China Development Bank Financial Leasing
  • Yihai International
  • China International Capital Corporation (CICC) – named “Hong Kong Equity Issue of the Year” at the 2015 IFRAsia Awards
  • Legend Holdings Corporation
  • 3S Bio Inc.
  • Red Star Macalline Group
  • Linekong Interactive Co., Ltd.
  • CAR Inc.
  • China Everbright Bank – the largest Chinese company IPO in 2013
  • China Cinda Asset Management – the first IPO of one of the four biggest state-owned asset management companies; named “Legal Innovation in an IPO” at the 2014 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards and “Equity Deal of the Year” at the 2014 China Law & Practice Awards
  • Forgame Holdings Limited
  • Qingdao Port
  • People's Insurance Company (Group) of China (PICC) – the largest Chinese company IPO in 2011 and 2012; named “Equity Deal of the Year” at the 2013 IFLR Asia Awards, 2013 ALB China Awards and 2013 China Law & Practice Awards
  • China Galaxy Securities Co. Ltd.
  • Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) – the world’s largest-ever IPO at the time of listing – named “Best China Deal” at the 2010 FinanceAsia Achievement Awards
  • China Nonferrous Mining Corporation Limited (CNMC) 
  • Air China
  • Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC)
  • New China Life Insurance Company (NCI)
  • Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) – the world’s largest-ever IPO at the time of listing
  • Longfor Properties

  • China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation on its debut $800 million notes offering
  • Wuxi Construction and Development Investment Company on its $300 million guaranteed bond offering
  • Zhejiang Geely on its $400 million credit enhanced green bond offering – named “Securities Deal of the Year: Debt” at the 2017 Asia Legal Awards and “Best Corporate Green Bond” at the 2016 Asset Regional Awards
  • CAR inc. on its $500 million senior notes offering
  • ICBC on its $10 billion medium-term notes program establishment and $2.25 billion notes takedown offering
  • China Cinda Asset Management on its $1.5 billion guaranteed senior notes offering
  • The initial purchasers in connection with the $500 million Regulation S offering by Sinopec Group Overseas Development Limited
  • The initial purchasers in connection with the $3 billion senior notes offering by Sinopec Group Overseas Development Limited
  • CNOOC Limited on its $4 Billion SEC-registered guaranteed notes offering – named “Best Debt Deal of the Year” at the 2012 ALB China Awards
  • China Three Gorges on its $700 million and €700 million guaranteed notes offerings
Other Capital Markets Transactions
  • iQiyi's $1.53 billion convertible notes financing
  • China Cinda on its placing of new H shares to COSCO SHIPPING Financial Holdings
  • China Longyuan $375 million share placing
Private Equity and M&A
  • China Vanke on its participation in the $11.6 billion acquisition of Global Logistics Properties
  • IDG Capital, together with China Oceanwide on its acquisition of International Data Group
  • China Cinda Asset Management on its $8.7 billion acquisition of Nanyang Commercial Bank – named “Best FIG Deal” at the 2016 FinanceAsia Achievement Awards
  • Huatai Securities' acquisition of AssetMark – named “M&A Deal of the Year” at the 2017 IFLR Americas Awards
  • Postal Savings Bank of China's $7 billion sale of shares to strategic investors
  • Meituan's strategic cooperation with Dianping – named “Best China Deal” at the 2015 FinanceAsia Achievement Awards
  • UCar's issuance of preferred shares to Warburg Pincus and CAR
  • IDG Capital Partners on its investment in SouFun
  • Qiyi’s issuance of $400 million Series F preferred shares to Baidu and Xiaomi
  • iKang’s issuance of $100 million shares to GS and GIC
  • Acquisition of Mueller Water Products by Walter Industries
  • Restructuring of the portfolio companies of Trust Bridge Partners
  • Issuance of convertible notes by China Time Share Media


Mr. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in various industry publications:

Professional History

  • Partner, 2011-present
  • Associate, 2003-2011
  • Hong Kong office, 2006-2007; since 2018
  • Beijing office, 2007-2018
  • New York, 2003-2006


  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Hong Kong Solicitors
    The Hong Kong Club Building
    3A Chater Road, 18/F
    Hong Kong
    P: +852 2533 3306
    F: +852 2533 1706

Practice Focus

  • Corporate

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Beijing Ministry of Justice - Registered


  • B.A., Literature, Peking University, 1995
  • M.A., Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 1999
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2003
    • Editor, Yale Journal of International Law


  • Mandarin
  • English