Xia Li


Xia Li


Hong Kong | Dechert, 31/F Jardine House, One Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
+ 852 3518 4706 | +852 3518 4777

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Qualified in England & Wales, Hong Kong and New York, Ms. Li’s practice focuses on international arbitration, white collar investigations and complex commercial litigation.

She has represented major clients in international commercial arbitrations under a wide range of arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA and CIETAC rules.

Ms. Li also has significant experience in handling white collar investigatory and complex litigation matters. She has advised top financial institutions and multinational companies on FCPA, anti-money laundering and compliance matters, and on litigation matters, she has represented both institutions and private wealth clients on complex fraud issues.

She received B.A. and M.A. Hons Law degrees from the University of Cambridge, where she was a full Prince Philip Scholar for her entire degree.

Ms. Li was admitted to practise as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2009, a solicitor of Hong Kong in 2016, and an attorney of New York in 2017.

Ms. Li frequently speaks at conferences and seminars, including in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

She has also authored or co-authored numerous articles on arbitration and investigatory matters, including “HKIAC Practice Note on Consolidation: The Latest Step Towards Successfully Managing Complex Disputes,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (March, 2016), “Spotlight on Southeast Asia,” International Fraud Law Report (October, 2013), and “Setting Aside An Arbitral Award on Grounds of Natural Justice,” Mealey’s International Arbitration Report (October, 2012).

She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and proficient in Dutch and French.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Li was an associate at a US law firm and a UK ‘Magic Circle’ law firm. 




International Arbitration

Acted for:

  • A major global telecommunications company in an LCIA arbitration in relation to Italian tax indemnities Macau-based Sanum Investments and Netherlands-based Lao Holdings, NV in bilateral investment treaty arbitration claims against the Government of Laos 
  • A major U.S. financial services company in an ICC arbitration seated in Hong Kong, in a dispute worth over $500 million concerning a significant corporate transaction 
  • A PRC SOE in an ICC arbitration involving a Central American power plant construction dispute 
  • A major automotive corporation as claimant in consolidated ICC London arbitration proceedings 
  • One of the largest international pharmaceutical corporations in an ICC arbitration seated in Hong Kong 
  • A Chinese SOE in a HKIAC arbitration regarding a shipping dispute 
  • A top investment bank in a LCIA arbitration in a derivatives mis-selling case 
  • A Philippine manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration involving a joint venture dispute
  • A major global oil and gas company in its multi-billion dollar arbitration against the Government of India 
  • A major European multinational in a CIETAC arbitration regarding a trademark licensing dispute
  • A major Chinese petroleum SOE in preparation for potential NAI and TAMARA arbitrations 
  • A Saudi Arabian petroleum corporation in an ICC-governed construction dispute arbitration 

White collar investigatory and litigation

Acted for:

  • A major multinational company in relation to an internal review of its transactions for FCPA compliance
  • An international bank in an internal investigation in relation to a US DOJ investigation of individuals
  • A major credit card company in relation to the investigation of multi-million dollar fraudulent transactions
  • A family-owned private wealth company in relation to disclosure violations investigated by the HK SFC 
  • A top financial institution’s internal investigation of its projects in mainland China for FCPA compliance 
  • A prominent art collector in relation to disputed works of art 
  • A global manufacturing corporation in relation to the FCPA aspects of four Chinese acquisition deals 
  • A big four Chinese bank’s overseas branch in relation to investigations for alleged money laundering 
  • Various multinational clients on FCPA issues, including on corporate compliance programs, international M&A transactions and criminal investigations 
  • A major UK bank relating to an insider dealing case for an investigation by the UK regulatory authorities 
  • A major bank in a Hong Kong financial mis-selling litigation caseA multinational in an English High Court insolvency case involving the challenge of cross guarantees 

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of Cambridge, B.A., 2006, Honors
  • University of Cambridge, M.A., 2010, Honors
  • University of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2007
  • England and Wales
  • Hong Kong
  • New York
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch
  • French

Law Society of England & Wales, Law Society of Hong Kong, New York County Lawyer’s Association