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Lei Shi

Lei Shi

Managing Partner, Mainland China

Managing Partner, Mainland China
Lei Shi

Lei Shi is the Managing Partner of Clifford Chance's Mainland China offices and specialises in China-related dispute resolution matters, including international arbitration, regulatory compliance and investigation, and commercial litigation.

In the arbitration area, Lei has extensive experiences in acting for clients in arbitration under HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, CIETAC, LCIA, SCC, AAA, UNCITRAL and ICSID Rules in relation to M&A, corporate governance, banking, technology, life science, mining and other commercial or investor-state disputes. He also sits as arbitrator and is on the list of arbitrators of HKIAC and SHIAC. Lei is a member of ICC's Belt and Road Commission.

In the regulatory area, Lei advises client in daily compliance, due diligence, internal investigation and government investigation, with a focus on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions and export control.

Lei has worked at our Hong Kong and New York offices for many years. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, he practiced at a leading PRC firm for three years.

  • Arbitration: advising a leading private equity firm in connection with a USD 300m dispute arising out of its acquisition of a majority share in a Chinese food chain (CIETAC arbitration and Hong Kong / Singapore injunction proceedings)
  • Arbitration: advising a leading Chinese technology company in connection with a joint venture and online game development dispute (HKIAC arbitration and Hong Kong injunction proceedings)
  • Regulatory: advising various multinational and Chinese companies in anticorruption due diligence, risk assessment and internal investigation in relation to their business in Asia (particularly in China)
  • Regulatory: advising various multinational and Chinese companies in government enforcement actions in anti-money laundering, sanctions/export control and financial regulatory matters

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Career and qualifications

  • Peking University (LLB) 2006
  • Obtained PRC legal professional qualification certificate (non-practising) 2007
  • Harvard Law School (LLM) 2010
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2010
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2011
  • Admitted in Hong Kong 2015
  • Partner since 2019
  • Mainland China Managing Partner since 2024

Awards and citations

  • Band 3: Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) in China 
    Chambers Greater China Region Guide 2024
  • Next Generation Partner and Practice Head for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Foreign Firms in China
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024
  • Leading Individual and Practice Head for Regulatory/Compliance: Foreign Firms in China 
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024