Agnes Xiaoqian Li is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Shanghai office with extensive experience in both Greater China and the U.S. Agnes focuses on white collar defense, internal investigations, compliance counseling, and civil trial litigation including those involving the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Chinese anti-bribery laws, anti-money laundering, accounting and financial fraud, and trade control laws. She has represented corporations and senior executives in a wide range of industries including healthcare, private equity funds, financial services, special chemicals, insurance, and energy.

Before relocating to Shanghai, Agnes practiced in Washington, D.C. for eight years representing companies, boards, and individuals in complex securities class and shareholder derivative actions, advising corporate clients with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s reporting and disclosure requirements, and conducting corporate internal investigations.

Agnes grew up in Beijing and is a native Mandarin speaker. She received her Bachelor of Computer Science from Stanford University with Highest Honors and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, “Trends in FCPA and International Anti-Corruption Enforcement,” the 8th Anti-Corruption Compliance China Summit in Beijing (May 26, 2016).

Presenter, “Chinese Commercial Bribery Law Traps When Dealing With Corporate Sponsorships,” Ever Pro (April 28, 2016).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008District of Columbia
  • 2007New York


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2006
  • Stanford UniversityB.Sc., Computer Sciencemagna cum laude2003