Barbara Li


Rui Bai Law

Head of Corporate

Barbara Li is a partner based in the Beijing office of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, specialising in corporate and TMT regulatory and legal matters. She has counselled many multinational enterprises and financial institutions on cybersecurity, data privacy and complex IT and outsourcing projects. She is also highly skilled in advising on cross-border corporate and commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, development of major projects and drafting and negotiation support on major transactions.

Barbara leads the firm’s award-winning China TMT and FinTech practice and she is noted for her “extensive experience in complex TMT regulatory issues” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019. She is recommended as a leading individual for M&A transactions in the China market by Legal500. In addition, she is ranked as a recommended practitioner in the 2011-2018 editions of IFLR 1000 and the 2010-2011 editions of PLC Which Lawyer. Barbara is regularly invited to industry platforms to speak on China regulatory and legal developments in the TMT sector. Because of her deep knowledge and expertise in China cybersecurity and data privacy matters, she is appointed the vice-chair of the Cybersecurity Sub-working Group of the EU Chamber of Commerce.

Barbara has practised in the Beijing and London offices of leading international law firms for almost 20 years and has previously worked as a senior in-house counsel at Ericsson (China) Co. Ltd.

She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and also holds the PRC Bar Qualification Certificate. She is bilingual in English and Chinese.



Contributions by Barbara Li

  • Changing Needs, Changing Laws: The Origin and Impact of China’s PIPL
    Web Conference Speaker
  • Addressing the Privacy Regulatory Challenges in the Greater China
    Speaker at IAPP Summit Sessions 2020 Online
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020 - Canceled
  • Developments of China’s Data Regulations and the Impacts for Businesses
    Speaker at IAPP Asia Privacy Forum 2019
  • Preparing for the Implementation of the China Cybersecurity Law
    Speaker at Hong Kong KnowledgeNet: 24 May 2017
  • Privacy Developments in Asia
    Speaker at San Francisco Bay Area KnowledgeNet: April 27, 2017
  • The New Chinese Cybersecurity Law: A Legal Update
    Web Conference Speaker