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Dan Li LL.M

She/herSenior Associate

Dan Li is a PRC-qualified lawyer focusing on advising clients in China-related investment and legal matters, serving as contact point for Chinese investors operating or planning to invest in Germany and German as well as international clients realizing investment plans in China.

She supports clients with cross-border M&A transactions spanning across different industries, including technology and software, manufacturing, and consumer products. She is also experienced in Private Equity and Venture Capital transactions as well as joint venture projects.

Dan is a native speaker of Mandarin and speaks fluent English and German. Her excellent language skills and understanding of the cultural specifics enables her seamless communication with counterparts from different countries.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Dan worked at the Hong Kong and Munich office of a leading international law firm as well as the legal arm of one of the "Big Four" auditing companies.


  • Advising China's biggest financial conglomerates, Ping An Global Voyager Fund, on its EUR 41.5 million investment in Finleap, Europe's largest fintech company builder, as well as on its investment in the Berlin-based health start-up Plus Dental in a EUR 32 million financing round.
  • Advising a worldwide market-leading German family-owned logistic company HOYER on its acquisition of pan-Asian Kerry-ITS Holding Group in Singapore, China, Vietnam and Thailand.
  • Advising the globally operating Tentamus Group on its acquisition of food analysis laboratories from the TÜV Rheinland Group in China and Taiwan.
  • Advising, a leading European digital enabler for companies and entrepreneurs backed by HG Capital, on a series of transactions in the course of its “Buy-and-Build” strategy across Europe, including i) the acquisition of SuperHosting, a Bulgarian market leader specialising in professional web hosting, domains and VPS services; ii) the acquisition of Webnode, a pan-European website builder company; iii) the acquisition of Enartia Group, a market leader in web hosting and domain registration in Greece with additional subsidiaries in Serbia and Albania, as well as iv) the acquisition of Dutch e-commerce hosting specialist Hipex; and v) the acquisition of Italian-based iubenda, one of Europe’s leading privacy and compliance tools.
  • Advising GM Cruise, a global leading technology company focusing on the development of autonomous vehicles majority-owned by General Motors, on the acquisition of Astyx GmbH from Zukunft Ventures GmbH, a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and the founders of Astyx GmbH.
  • Advising the MDAX-listed Jungheinrich AG, one of the world's leading solution providers for intralogistics, on the acquisition of arculus GmbH, a technology company based in Munich that operates in the autonomous mobile robots (AMR) sector.
  • Advising US-based Fyllo, a compliance-first platform providing data-driven marketing and regulatory solutions for high-growth industries, on acquisition of Semasio, a pioneer in unified targeting for digital marketing.
  • Advising the France-based leading games publisher Asmodee Group SAS on its acquisition of European fantasy and trading card games distributor ADC Blackfire Entertainment Group in the Czech Republic, Romania, and Germany.
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • English
  • Peking University (Beijing, China), Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Economics, 2012
  • University of Mannheim, LL.M. (with additional qualifications in business administration), 2015
  • Chinese Legal Bar Examination, 2017


  • China verschärft Sicherheitsgesetze, Börsenzeitung, 06.04.2019
  • Vertragsschutz deutsch-chinesischer M&A-Deals in COVID-19-Zeiten, Investment Plattform China Deutschland, 08.10.2020
  • EU-China CAI: Hoffnungsträger der bilateralen M&A-Praxis, Investment Plattform China Deutschland, 29.03.2021

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Dan worked at the Hong Kong and Munich office of a leading international law firm as well as the legal arm of one of the "Big Four" auditing companies.

Professional Qualifications

  • PRC Lawyer

Memberships And Affiliations

  • OAV Young Leaders