Peter Lu

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Peter Lu is Partner in the firm's M&A Corporate Practice based in London and leads the firm's China Group in London. Peter has focused his practice on representing public and private companies in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, corporate governance, directors’ duties, disputes in board and governance matters. Peter advises clients across a wide range of industries, including consumer, energy, infrastructure, transportation, financial institutions and professional services. 

Peter’s clients include Royal Charter organisation, multinational companies and funds such as the British Standards Institution, Bank of China, UCF Group, Hisense International, China-Africa Cotton, China Telecom and China-Africa Development Fund.

Clients praise Peter for the time he takes to know his clients, his skillful negotiation, ability to focus on the big picture, business understanding and problem solving skills.

Peter is a postgraduate supervisor at Peking University and teaches M&A courses at a number of universities and at the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC). Peter is a committee member of the Institute of Directors (City branch), the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders. Peter is a frequent speaker on corporate, China, China business matters and Brexit. He works and lectures in both English and Chinese.

Representative Legal Matters

  • The British Standards Institution in its acquisition of Neville Clarke, a business process improvement company
  • Qingdao Port International in its proposed investment in Africa
  • China-Africa Investment Fund in its various investments in Africa
  • Hisense in various matters in Africa and Europe
  • Danone in its acquisition of Halayeb Company, a leading dairy and juice company in Egypt
  • Japan UCC in its acquisition of United Coffee from Capvest for €500 million
  • Solvay in its disposal of certain assets in the UK
  • Stemcor in its US$2.24 billion restructuring and debt for equity swap with the banks
  • Monarch Airlines in its restructuring and sale to Greybull Capital and securing £175 million capital commitment from Greybull Capital
  • Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS) in its £140m acquisition of a 49.9% stake in The Airline Group Limited, which is a 41.9% shareholder in NATS Holdings Limited
  • MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company in its sale of 35 per cent. of TIL to GIP for US$1.929 billion
  • China Dalian Wanda in its US$1.1 billion acquisition of central London development site One Nine Elms
  • Arriva in Deutsche Bahn's recommended £1.6 billion public takeover offer
  • Blackstone in its acquisition of portfolios of industrial warehouses in the UK for £600 million
  • A leading energy company in its proposed sale of a minority stake to a Chinese investor
  • A leading European transportation company in its proposed sale to a Chinese company
  • A UK listed company in its proposed acquisition of a Spanish chemical company
  • China Development Bank, in its capacity as a major shareholder of Barclays plc, regarding Barclay's £5.95 billion rights issue
  • Zoopla plc in its UK Takeover Code Rule 9 Whitewash


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2011)


  • University College London (LLB)
  • York University (MSc Project Analysis, Finance and Investment)
  • Nottingham University (BSc. International Economics)


  • English
  • Mandarin

Recent Speaking Engagements


  • Interview, "On Brexit", China Central Television (CCTV), October 2018
  • Interview, "On Constitutional Reform", China Central Television (CCTV), March 2018
  • Chair, the “One Belt One Road” Panel, China-UK Economic and Trade Forum, January 2018
  • Speaker, the World Cement Summit, London, December 2017
  • Panelist, “China’s Belt & Road: how far along are we?” London International Shipping Week, September 2017
  • Panelist, China-Britain AI Summit, London, September 2017
  • Interview, "On the UK general election", China Central Television (CCTV), June 2017
  • Panelist, “One Belt One Road Sea Route”, IoD City of London, June 2017
  • Speaker, “One Belt One Road”, the Oxford Union, June 2017
  • Speaker, “FIG M&A for Chinese Investors", China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Beijing, China, May 2017
  • Speaker, "M&A transaction in the UK", China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), Beijing, China, January 2017
  • Interview: "On Brexit", China Central Television (CCTV), August 2016