Overview

Gary Li is well regarded for his depth of experience. He offers expert advice to high-profile international private equity firms and investment managers on take-privates, acquisitions and investments. ” - Chambers Greater China 2023

Gary is a senior corporate partner in Kirkland’s Hong Kong office. He focuses his practice on M&A and private equity transactions. He has significant experience with leveraged buy-outs, taking-private transactions, PIPEs and growth equity investments. He has worked on some of the most challenging transactions in the region over the last few years representing top tier investment funds.

He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for private equity in IFLR1000, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Greater China. According to Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific, Gary has “deep experience” in China and is part of a team that has “top-quality industry knowledge and commercial judgement”, and clients have said Gary is “the firm's strongest private equity partner," and "has a good relationship with clients and a deep understanding of the market." According to Chambers Greater China, a client indicated that "Gary has been active in the buyout space” and “is a strong player with his language and culture ability."

Prior to joining Kirkland, Gary was partner at the Hong Kong office of Ropes & Gray. He was also counsel at the Hong Kong office of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, where he had practiced for over 10 years in its New York and Hong Kong offices.

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Recognition

Chambers Greater China: Band 1 in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (2022–2024)Legal 500: Leading Individual in Private Equity (Hong Kong) (2016–2020, 2023–2024)

Legal 500: Leading Individual in Private Equity (Hong Kong) (2016–2020, 2023–2024)

IFLR1000: Highly Regarded in Private Equity and M&A (2018–2023)

China Business Law Journal: A-List China’s Elite Lawyers (Foreign Firms) (2022)

Chambers Asia-Pacific: Band 1 in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (2021)

Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyer in Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (2015–2020) 

IFLR1000: Leading Lawyer in Private Equity and M&A (2016–2017)

Legal 500: Leading Individual in Private Equity: Foreign Firms (China) (2020)

Chambers Asia-Pacific: Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, Leading Lawyer (2013–2016)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Hong KongSolicitor
  • 2002New York

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of LawJ.D.2001
  • Peking University Law SchoolB.A.1997