Francis Li is a Registered Professional Surveyor (General Practice) who has maintained hands-on experience in asset management in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan for 36 years. He was a forerunner in the China capital markets, assisting foreign investors to start investing in China as early as 2004/05. Francis has successfully closed several high-profile transactions, including the sale of three properties for Cheung Kong/Hutchison Group for a total of RMB15 billion (USD 2 billion), comprising a Guangzhou shopping mall and office buildings in Shenzhen and Shanghai. He also assisted Link REIT in the disposal of two large-scale retail portfolios for a total of HKD35 billion (USD 4.5 billion), as well as closing the sale of two office buildings in East Kowloon for Wheelock Properties and Mapletree for a total of HKD19 billion (USD 2.5 billion). In 2019 & 2020, the total consideration of 51 major transactions completed by the Cushman & Wakefield Capital Markets teams in Greater China under the leadership of Francis exceeded RMB72 billion (USD11 billion).
Francis Li co founded CY Leung & Co in March 1993 and this business became part of Cushman & Wakefield in 2015. To start with, CY Leung & Co is a HK based real estate service provider with a mission to provide professional services in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and beyond. Today, Cushman & Wakefield maintains 22 offices across Greater China and is one of the top 3 global firms with 400 offices in 60 countries and with approx. 53,000 staff members.
Francis was President of the Rotary Club of Kwai Chung (1995-96) and was a Member of the Allocations Committee of the Community Chest of Hong Kong (2001-12). He was also the independent non-executive director (2002-08) and consultant (2008-10) for China Vanke Co Ltd (Shenzhen Stock Code:000002). He also served as a Member of The Advisory Committee of Harmony China Real Estate Fund, L.P. (2010-2014).
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 50,000 employees in over 400 offices and 60 countries. In 2020, the firm had revenue of $7.8 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services.