33 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS CHINA • 亚洲法律杂志-中国版 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM/CHINA Peking University and has since achieved remarkable growth, progressing from a trainee to a lead counsel and ultimately an equity partner. She further expanded her legal expertise by completing a oneyear training program in the United States, leading to her admission to the New York State Bar. Initially focusing on foreign direct investment and cross-border M&A (inbound), Li handled numerous largescale, high-profile, and intricate joint venture and cross-border M&A projects. One notable project she worked on was the Universal Beijing Resort, the first Universal Studios theme park in China. This multifaceted endeavor involved investments exceeding RMB 50 billion and encompassed various legal aspects such as joint ventures, intellectual property, real estate and construction engineering, hotels, and business operations. Due to the complexity of the issues involved, negotiations for the main transaction documents spanned three years. As both the legal landscape and Li’s personal interests evolved, she expanded her practice areas, with a particular emphasis on cross-border M&A and compliance. The rapid growth of China’s digital economy has made data compliance a critical factor in many industries. Consequently, Li actively participated in cutting-edge and complex data compliance projects, including the De-SPAC merger and listing transaction between ECARX and COVA. In cases where relevant rules were not yet established, Li’s forward-looking proposals played a pivotal role in ensuring project success while mitigating uncertain risks. Throughout her career, Li has consistently upheld the basic principle of professionalism. She firmly believes that solid expertise serves as the cornerstone for lawyers. However, she emphasizes that professionalism is not attained overnight. It requires a strong foundation, diligence, and a continuous commitment to staying at the forefront of legal developments. Li advocates for building a robust and sustainable knowledge management system, both individually and within her team, by fostering a culture of continuous learning. This enables from assistant to lawyer, senior lawyer, and finally partner. Each step has been meticulously built upon the solid foundation of expertise and an unwavering commitment to excellence. As an IP lawyer, Han has demonstrated a profound dedication to his craft. He acknowledges that the driving force behind his career is a combination of passion and clear goals. He recognizes that lawyers fundamentally serve as providers of legal services, necessitating perseverance and a continuous pursuit of knowledge in the form of new laws, cases, and legal principles. Without enthusiasm, true joy in the work cannot be attained. Han firmly believes that goals and enthusiasm are intertwined. Goals fuel enthusiasm, propelling individuals towards their aspirations. However, he emphasizes the importance of setting goals that extend beyond oneself, as self-centered goals fail to sustain longterm enthusiasm. According to Han, a broader perspective that encompasses the growth of clients and the industry is key to fostering enduring passion. One of the reasons Han remains committed to IP law is his delight in witnessing and contributing to the growth of his clients and the industry as a whole. He recognizes the crucial role that intellectual property plays in the success and sustainability of companies, regardless of whether they are technology-driven or brand-oriented. By tailoring IP protection strategies that ensure comprehensive safeguarding of intellectual property rights, Han finds immense fulfillment in supporting enterprises as they thrive. Furthermore, he derives satisfaction from actively participating in and witnessing the rapid development of IP legislation and practice in China. Han’s career stands as a testament to the power of passion, unwavering dedication, and a genuine commitment to the growth of both clients and the industry in the realm of intellectual property law. PROFESSIONALISM AND COMMITMENT Li Rui, a partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm, joined the firm after graduating from RISING LAWYERS BU YIMU 卜一木 JunHe LLP 君合律师事务所 CAO YESHAN 曹烨山 Dentons China 大成律师事务所 DONG LIANG 董亮 Grandall Law Firm 国浩律师事务所 KEVIN HAN 韩进文 GEN Law Firm 己任律师事务 HUANG XIAOJING 黄晓静 Grandway Law Offices 国枫律师事务所