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Date: August 25, 2016
GSB Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 25, 2016) Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) today announced that Jeffrey Qiong Li has joined the firm as an Owner, focusing on its China practice. Based in Washington DC, Li will be advising Chinese companies in strategic business activities in the United States, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment, securities and compliance matters. He will also guide U.S. companies on Chinese corporate and investment law.

“Jeffrey brings incredible first-hand knowledge and insights about the challenges that Chinese companies face when doing business in the United States,” said Richard Gluck, Chair of GSB’s China Task Force. “His expertise deepens GSB’s already strong China practice and we are delighted to have him on board.”

China has been a major focus of GSB’s law practice since the firm’s founding 50 years ago. In 1979 GSB partner Stan Barer assisted in negotiations that resumed shipping relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China following a 30-year hiatus. Today, GSB represents numerous Chinese clients seeking to do business in the U.S., as well as U.S. firms operating in Chinese markets. With an office in Beijing, GSB is currently one of only 11 U.S. law firms officially recommended and approved by the Chinese government for representation in transactions with Chinese entities.

“I’m excited to join the accomplished team at GSB given its distinguished history of partnership with Chinese companies,” said Li. “We are at a time of increased engagement between the US and China, and GSB is well positioned to help companies from both countries prosper.”

Li has represented a wide variety of Chinese companies on their outbound investments and mergers and acquisitions in the United States. He has notably advised Chinese strategic buyers (operating companies) and private equity funds in their acquisitions of chemical, pharmaceutical and machinery companies in the United States. Li has also counseled Chinese companies on corporate laws, including the formation of new companies and the establishment of joint ventures in the United States. In addition, he has guided U.S. companies on Chinese corporate and foreign investments, such as stock acquisition of Chinese companies, and has assisted in patent litigation and licensing in China.

Li has extensive experience assisting companies across the globe in their capital-raising activities, including public offerings of equity and debt securities, private placements and registered direct offerings. He has represented clients in SEC investigations and provided counsel on compliance and regulatory and corporate governance matters, including investigations on behalf of public companies, FINRA and Exchange proceedings and in Exchange delisting hearings.

Li received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. He has clerked for the Honorable Robert Fairchild of the Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas, and the Honorable Luyin Yang of Yangpu District Court in Shanghai.

About Garvey Schubert Barer

Since its founding in 1966, Garvey Schubert Barer has provided results-oriented legal counsel to help clients – from established market leaders, to newly launched enterprises and governmental bodies – solve problems, create new opportunities and mitigate risk. The firm takes a holistic approach to managing clients’ needs, with attorneys that are deep in industry experience as well as broad in current and emerging issues. GSB has offices in Anchorage, Beijing, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. More information is available on the web at

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