James C. Lin

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2018

Griswold 208


Assistant: Teresa Cyr / 617-496-2392


Mr. Lin is a Partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP based in Hong Kong.

His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions (including IPOs, convertible and high-yield debt offerings), private equity investments, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lin has been practicing law in Asia since 1999 and has been involved in many of the landmark transactions in Asia. He is an expert in venture capital, complex cross-border securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Highlights of his practice include counsel in the IPOs of Prada, Baidu and JD.com. Mr. Lin has also advised on the HKSE IPOs of leading Chinese companies, including China International Capital Corporation, Legend Holdings, Sinopec, China Unicom, Aluminum Corporation of China, Air China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Merchants Bank and PICC. Mr. Lin also has extensive experience working with sovereign wealth funds such as Temasek and China Investment Corporation.

Mr. Lin was educated at Harvard Law School (J.D. 1998, cum laude) and Harvard College (A.B. 1991, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). He also received his M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in International Relations from Oxford University in 1993 and 1996, respectively, where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar. His D.Phil. dissertation was on the topic of humanitarian intervention and the use of military force.

Mr. Lin is named as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000 and Chambers Global. He was also named as an “emerging star” in The American Lawyer (March 2010) article on “The New China Hands.”

He is an Appointee to the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, the Appeal Panel of the Housing Authority and the Share Registrars’ Disciplinary Committee. He is also a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council of Asia and the Advisory Board of Asia Society (Hong Kong).

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Griswold 208


Assistant: Teresa Cyr / 617-496-2392