Jessica Lei Partner, Beijing
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Professional Profile

Jessica Lei is a partner supervising cross-border M&A transactions, foreign direct investment and general corporate practices of GEN Law Firm. She specializes in cross-border merger and acquisition transactions and represented overseas purchasers and sellers in designing transaction structure, drafting transactional documents, negotiating definitive agreements, and communicating with governmental authorities. Jessica also has extensive experiences in helping MNCs (especially in oil and gas, chemical and machinery industries) solve legal issues engaged by their Chinese subsidiaries in corporate formation and dissolution, licensing and regulatory, foreign exchange control, environmental protection, labor and employment, import and export control, cross-border E-commerce, contract review etc. Prior to joining GEN, Jessica worked for a prestigious US law firm for more than 8 years.

Partial Representative Case

  • Represented a US chemical manufacturing company in its acquisition of the equities and assets of two PRC chemical producers

  • Represented a US private equity fund in its acquisition of the assets of a PRC fastener trading company

  • Represented a UK drilling services company in sale of its interests in a PRC joint venture (with CNOOC as the Chinese counterparty) engaged in the manufacturing of petroleum tubular products

  • Represented an international oilfield service company in the increase of equity interests in a joint venture engaged in the provision of oilfield services in Northwestern China

  • Represented an international petrochemical company in a proposed merger with a Taiwan-incorporated petrochemical company which has a major production facility in Southern China

  • Represented a Russian natural gas producer in its proposed acquisition of a PRC company that operates an LNG terminal and in its proposed establishment of a PRC joint venture that planned to be engaged in LNG import and trading

  • Represented a US private equity fund in its acquisition of a casing petroleum tools business with significant PRC manufacturing operations

  • Represented a Indonesian public oil and gas company in the acquisition of participating interests in exploring oil blocks in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Bangladeshi

  • Advised a leading global TV shopping company on the restructuring of its joint venture with a central state-owned entity in China and on regulatory issues in terms of cross-border commerce, employment, anti-trust and ICP license as well as compliance issues

  • Advised a Ecuadorian state-owned project company on the foreign exchange issues in connection with an EPC contract entered into with a Chinese state-owned hydropower company

  • Advised a US independent energy company on regulatory issues in relation to domestic companies’ advance payment registration for overseas investment and provision of loans to offshore affiliates

  • Advised a US oil and gas company with the registration in China of its U.S. stock option plan provided to its PRC employees

  • Advised a US chemical manufacturing company on regulatory issues in evaluation of its relocation and divestiture options

  • Advised a US heavy equipment manufacturer on environment assessment of groundwater and soil contamination and remediation in light of its closure

  • Advised a leading oil field service company on environment protection issues in connection with its global merger with another international oil and gas company

  • Advised a US nasal screen products company on regulatory issues relating to its entry into China

  • Advised a US online educational technology company on its reselling arrangements in China

  • Advised a global oilfield products company on issues regarding determination of place of origin, cooperation with local manufacturers, and employment

  • Advised an international paints and coatings producer on export control issues

  • Advised a US technology solutions provider on internal investigation into allegations of self - dealing and possible FCPA violations

  • Advised an international petrochemical company in relation to anti-trust filings with MOFCOM in connection with its proposed global merger with a Taiwan-incorporated petrochemical company

  • Advised an Australian public energy company on enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in China

  • Advised a US clinical technology company on cross-border data transfer issues

  • Advised a UK gene sequencing producer on import control, domestic distribution and personal information protection issues

  • Advised a Korean electronic commerce company on notification protocols regarding data breach involving personal information of its employees

  • Advised a US healthcare company on trade secret protection initiatives of its PRC subsidiaries

  • Advised a US technology company on collaboration with Chinese internet reservation taxi business

Practice Areas

> Cross-border M&A

> Licensing and Regulatory

> Foreign Exchange Control

> Environmental Protection

> Labor and Employment

Education Background

Columbia Law School, L.L.M

Peking University Law School, L.L.M

China University of Political Science and Law, L.L.B

Lawyer Qualification

New York State Bar

Working Language

Chinese, English