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Danny Li


Rising Star – Corporate/M&A and Hong Kong SAR

IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021

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About Danny Li

Danny Li is a Counsel in our Global Transactions team.

He has over a decade of experience advising the world’s leading financial sponsors and multinational corporations on their M&A, PE, JV and growth capital transactions across Asia-Pacific. 

His recognitions include being named an IFLR 'Rising Star' in the Corporate / M&A and Hong Kong SAR categories in 2021.  

Danny recently spent time on client secondment at CPP Investments (CPPIB), covering their APAC Managing Director (Legal) during 2020 / 2021.  He is also part of our fintech / digital team in Asia.

Recent work

Danny's recent experience includes advising:

  • Permira on its US$2.76bn sale of Tricor to Baring Private Equity Asia (as well as the original acquisition from BEA / NWS in 2016 and subsequent bolt-on of NZGT Holdings)
  • CPP Investments on various transactions across the Asia-Pacific region, including its investments in Flipkart, DailyHunt, Eruditus Learning, Langdi Pharmaceutical, Acko Tech and Zenex Animal Health 
  • CVC Capital Partners on its acquisition of a controlling stake in a hospital operator in Vietnam
  • ESR Cayman on its US$5.2bn acquisition of ARA Asset Management
  • Danone on its negotiated exit from a joint venture with COFCO Corporation and Arla Foods 
  • APG on its cornerstone investment in Monde Nissin Corporation, a Philippines F&B company
  • Blackstone on various transactions, including its acquisition of the Anantara Maldives Resort & Spa and its US$525m privatization and delisting of SGX-listed Soilbuild Business Space REIT
  • Alibaba on a US$3bn+ series-round financing for (饿了么) and Koubei (口碑), raising funds from Alibaba, SoftBank Vision Fund and other third party investors 
  • PepsiCo on its HK$1bn acquisition of a minority stake in HKSE-listed Natural Food International Holdings (1837.HK)
  • a US Fortune 500 tech company on its ‘acquihire’ of an augmented-reality business and software engineering team in the Asia-Pacific region
  • InterContinental Hotels on its acquisition of 51% of the Regent Hotels brand and related assets from Formosa International Hotels, along with the up-branding of the InterContinental Hong Kong hotel -- HICAP 'Deal of the Year (M&A)' 2018
  • Affinity Equity Partners on its US$520m acquisition of Trimco from Partners Group
  • Prudential on its sale of Prudential Vietnam Finance, a Vietnam-based consumer finance business, to Shinhan Financial Group
  • CK Asset Holdings (as a member of a consortium) on the proposed US$9.7bn take-private of ASX-listed APA Group
  • Hutchison Telecoms on its US$1.86bn sale of HGC, a fixed line telecommunications business, to I Squared Capital -- Asian Legal Business' M&A Deal of the Year 2018, FinanceAsia's 'Hong Kong Deal of the Year' 2017
  • Global Brands on its US$1.38bn sale of a US consumer brand licensing business to Centric Brands
  • Hong Leong Group on the proposed US$1.6bn privatisation of HKSE-listed Guoco Group (0053.HK)
  • Wharf Holdings on its US$1.2bn auction sale of Wharf T&T to TPG / MBK -- IFLR Asia's 'Private Equity Deal of the Year' 2017
  • Tai Ping Carpets on its US$94m sale of a global commercial carpets business to Thailand Carpet Manufacturing Company Limited
  • HOPU, Temasek, International Finance Corporation and Standard Chartered Private Equity (as members of a consortium) on their US$488m co-investment with COFCO into Noble Agri



  • Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) – Monash University 

Professional qualifications

  • Qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong and Australia