Benjamin W. Lau (Liu Li Jian) is US-China Counsel for Kasowitz. He concentrates his practice on the US-China market, is a member of the U.S.-China Legal Network and is the Managing Director of Haikili Advisors, a strategic financial and transaction advisory services firm focusing on Chinese investment in the U.S.
Ben has over 20 years of experience as a deal lawyer, investment banking and corporate finance professional, and business advisor. He previously worked at what was at one time the preeminent M&A, leveraged finance and global fixed income investment bank in the world as well as at a hedge fund led by an investor described as “one of the brightest minds on Wall Street.” Ben has worked on transactions with many of the world’s most prominent investment banks, commercial banks, private equity firms and hedge funds, as well as multinational corporations and businesses, in a broad range of acquisition, finance, banking, credit markets, real estate, investment, fixed income and trading transactions, including M&A, LBOs, leveraged finance, syndicated bank financings, high yield offerings, distressed investments, capital markets transactions, structured products, project financings, corporate turn-arounds and work-outs and restructurings.
Ben has lived in major cities within the PRC for extended periods. He has been active in the Asian markets for many years, including representing one of the world's largest financial institutions in its introduction and implementation of distressed investments and trading activities in its Asian offices. While attending Tsinghua University, Ben worked closely with Professor David Daokui Li, former PRC central banker, the current director of the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, and the Dean of the Schwarzman Scholars Program.
Ben is based in the firm’s New York office but spends a significant amount of time in Asia and Hawaii.