Li comes from CMS Cameron McKenna's Bejing office where he has held the same role since 1999. His appointment will add to the corporate capability of the Bejing office where his focus will be on foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, all areas of burgeoning activity in the Chinese market.

Michael Liu, who leads the firm's Asian Practice comments, "These are times of great opportunity in China. Allen & Overy aims to continue to expand and be a driving force in providing legal services in China."

Regional managing Partner, Chris Roberts also adds that increasing A&O's capability in China "is a vital step to us with the world currently looking at the possibilities China represents."

Li is a Canadian national and a qualified solicitor in England and Hong Kong, as a barrister and solicitor in Canada and a laywer in the PRC.