Ka-on Li works closely with clients to successfully design, structure, and execute technology and commercial transactions to achieve high-stakes business objectives. She is an experienced intellectual property and technology lawyer whose practice focuses on commercial and licensing transactions for clients active in the technology, medical, pharmaceutical, life sciences, food and beverage, retail, consulting, financial, fashion, consumer goods, telecommunications, education, media, and entertainment fields. She advises both customers and service providers in strategic front-end and back-end contracting. Ka-on drafts and negotiates contracts involving outsourcing, IP commercialization, distribution arrangements, software and cloud-related matters, infrastructure and telecommunications projects, and manufacturing and supply services.
Ka-on has solid experience in assisting emerging and established businesses at a strategic level in U.S. and overseas markets. She has represented software and biotech companies at all stages, from formation to exit. She has drafted and negotiated some of the most significant collaborations and strategic agreements and alliances between industry entrepreneurs, service providers, acquirers, and investors. She has acted for clients on a full range of M&A and financing transactions involving domestic and foreign IP and technology assets on the buy-side and the sell-side, including clients such as SAP, Cardinal Health, The Riverside Company, GE, Verizon, and Blackberry.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Ka-on practiced in Sydney, Australia, where she worked on some of the Asia-Pacific region's most industry-changing and complex technology and infrastructure projects. She was also seconded to Australia's largest telecommunications provider for more than one year to negotiate and implement several large-scale outsourcing arrangements.
- University of Sydney (LL.B. Hons. 2006; B.A. in Modern History and Sociology 2004); University of California, Los Angeles (Exchange program/study abroad, 2003-2004; Dean's Honors List)
- California (USA) and New South Wales (Australia)
"Top 40 under 40" honoree, Daily Journal (2020)
Named in "Women of Influence" list, Silicon Valley Business Journal (2020)
"Rising Star" in technology, Law360 (2019)
"40 under 40" honoree, Silicon Valley Business Journal (2019)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice George Alfred Palmer, Equity Division, Supreme Court of New South Wales (2006-2008)
- English (native) and fluent in spoken Cantonese