Li, Yingjie Michelle 40415

Yingjie (Michelle) Li

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Michelle Li is an associate in the Firm’s Washington, DC office and a member of the Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. She has significant experience in matters relating to international litigation, internal investigations, corporate compliance and Chinese investment and risk management. Ms. Li is proficient in the US' and China’s legal systems and has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of Chinese law. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Ms. Li worked at another top international law firm in Washington, DC.

Practice Focus

Ms. Li focuses her practice on internal investigations, corporate compliance, white collar crime and international litigation. She represents clients in transactional disputes, particularly in cases and sensitive investigations that concern the Chinese market. She represents clients in matters involving allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a variety of other offenses. She advises domestic and international corporate clients in a wide array of corporate compliance issues, including anti-corruption compliance risk assessment, anti-corruption due diligence, and the development and implementation of internal compliance and ethics programs. Ms. Li also represents US and foreign companies in trade remedy investigations, including WTO litigation, anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, and intellectual property rights protection under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Served as the Asia Pacific legal counsel on secondment at a global high-technology company, responsible for overseeing and conducting investigations into allegations of violations of the company’s Standards of Business Conduct and managing government investigations in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Represented a major global communications firm to investigate Chinese media relationships and payments in connection with an investigation initiated by the PRC authorities, in dealings with the DOJ.
  • Represented a leading international telecommunications company in connection with an FCPA investigation seated in China.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed multinational nutritional and food company facing SEC investigation prompted by a whistleblower to investigate business practices across Asia, with a focus on China.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed US defense contractor in connection with an FCPA investigation relating to its operations in China before the DOJ and SEC.
  • Advised on a country-level anti-corruption risk assessment for a multinational food and beverage company.
  • Advised an international automotive manufacturer in connection with the anti-corruption compliance trainings for its international business operations in Brazil, Russia, Mexico, India and China.
  • Advised a major international credit card company in connection with a multimillion dollar acquisition in China on issues related to the anti-corruption compliance.
  • Acted for a privately held US company in trade secret misappropriation claims against a Chinese group company in a Section 337 investigation before the International Trade Commission. Reached favorable settlement on the eve of hearing.


  • Washington~United States (2017)
  • New York~United States (2009)


  • George Washington University (LL.M.) (2004)
  • Tsinghua University (LL.B.) (2003)


  • Chinese
  • English