SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of January 2021
Commission File Number: 001-38431
9/F, iQIYI Innovation Building
No. 2 Haidian North First Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100080
Peoples Republic of China
Tel: +86 10 6267-7171
(Address of principal executive offices)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
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Exhibit 5.2 to this current report on Form 6-K is incorporated by reference into the registration statement on Form F-3 of iQIYI, Inc. (File No. 333-251359) and shall be a part thereof from the date on which this current report is furnished, to the extent not superseded by documents or reports subsequently filed or furnished.
Exhibit 5.2 Opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|By:||/s/ Xiaodong Wang|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Date: January 8, 2021
[Signature Page to 6-K]
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM LLP
ONE MANHATTAN WEST
NEW YORK 10001
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January 8, 2021
9/F, iQIYI Innovation Building
No. 2 Haidian North First Street
Haidian District, Beijing 100080
Peoples Republic of China
Re: iQIYI, Inc.Registration Statement on Form F-3 (333-251359)
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have acted as special United States counsel to iQIYI, Inc., an exempted company with limited liability incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands (the Company), in connection with the public offering of US$100,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Companys 4.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (the Securities) to be issued under a base indenture, dated as of December 21, 2020 (the Base Indenture), between the Company and Citibank, N.A. (in such capacity, the Trustee), as supplemented by the first supplemental indenture, dated as of December 21, 2020 (the Supplemental Indenture and, together with the Base Indenture, the Indenture), between the Company and the Trustee.
This opinion is being furnished in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act).
In rendering the opinions stated herein, we have examined and relied upon the following:
(a) the registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-251359) of the Company relating to debt securities and other securities of the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) on December 15, 2020 under the Securities Act, allowing for delayed offerings pursuant to Rule 415 of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Act (the Rules and Regulations), including information deemed to be a part of the registration statement pursuant to Rule 430B of the Rules and Regulations (such registration statement being hereinafter referred to as the Registration Statement);
(b) the prospectus, dated December 15, 2020 (the Base Prospectus), which forms a part of and is included in the Registration Statement;
(c) the preliminary prospectus supplement, dated December 15, 2020 (together with the Base Prospectus, the Preliminary Prospectus), relating to the offering of the Securities, in the form filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Rules and Regulations;
(d) the prospectus supplement, dated December 16, 2020 (together with the Base Prospectus, the Prospectus), relating to the offering of the Securities, in the form filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Rules and Regulations;
(e) an executed copy of the Underwriting Agreement, dated December 16, 2020 (the Underwriting Agreement), between the Company and Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., BofA Securities, Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (the Underwriters), relating to the sale by the Company to the Underwriters of the Securities;
(f) an executed copy of the Base Indenture;
(g) an executed copy of the Supplemental Indenture; and
(h) the global certificate evidencing the Securities registered in the name of Cede & Co. (the Certificates) executed by the Company and delivered by the Company to the Trustee for authentication and delivery.
We have also examined originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such records of the Company and such agreements, certificates and receipts of public officials, certificates of officers or other representatives of the Company and others, and such other documents as we have deemed necessary or appropriate as a basis for the opinions stated below.
In our examination, we have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, including electronic signatures, the legal capacity and competency of all natural persons, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as facsimile, electronic, certified or photocopied copies, and the authenticity of the originals of such copies. As to any facts relevant to the opinions stated herein that we did not independently establish or verify, we have relied upon statements and representations of officers and other representatives of the Company and others and of public officials, including the factual representations and warranties contained in the Underwriting Agreement.
We do not express any opinion with respect to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the laws of the State of New York.
As used herein, Transaction Agreements means the Underwriting Agreement, the Indenture and the Certificates.
Based upon the foregoing and subject to the qualifications and assumptions stated herein, we are of the opinion that when the Certificates are duly authenticated by the Trustee and issued and delivered by the Company against payment therefor in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement and the Indenture, the Securities will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms under the laws of the State of New York.
The opinions stated herein are subject to the following qualifications:
(a) we do not express any opinion with respect to the effect on the opinions stated herein of any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent transfer, preference and other similar laws or governmental orders affecting creditors rights generally, and the opinions stated herein are limited by such laws and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in equity or at law);
(b) we do not express any opinion with respect to any law, rule or regulation that is applicable to any party to any of the Transaction Agreements or the transactions contemplated thereby solely because such law, rule or regulation is part of a regulatory regime applicable to any such party or any of its affiliates as a result of the specific assets or business operations of such party or such affiliates;
(c) except to the extent expressly stated in the opinions contained herein, we have assumed that each of the Transaction Agreements constitutes the valid and binding obligation of each party to such Transaction Agreement, enforceable against such party in accordance with its terms;
(d) we do not express any opinion with respect to the enforceability of any provision contained in any Transaction Agreement relating to any indemnification, contribution, non-reliance, exculpation, release, limitation or exclusion of remedies, waiver or other provisions having similar effect that may be contrary to public policy or violative of federal or state securities laws, rules or regulations or to the extent any such provision purports to, or has the effect of, waiving or altering any statute of limitations;
(e) we call to your attention that irrespective of the agreement of the parties to any Transaction Agreement, a court may decline to hear a case on grounds of forum non conveniens or other doctrine limiting the availability of such court as a forum for resolution of disputes; in addition, we call to your attention that we do not express any opinion with respect to the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts of the United States of America in any action arising out of or relating to any Transaction Agreement;
(f) we have assumed that any agent of service will have accepted appointment as agent to receive service of process and call to your attention that we do not express any opinion if and to the extent such agent shall resign such appointment. Further, we do not express any opinion with respect to the irrevocability of the designation of such agent to receive service of process;
(g) we call to your attention that the opinions stated herein are subject to possible judicial action giving effect to governmental actions or laws of jurisdictions other than those with respect to which we express our opinion;
(h) we do not express any opinion with respect to the enforceability of any provision contained in any Transaction Agreement providing for indemnity by any party thereto against any loss in obtaining the currency due to such party under any Transaction Agreement from a court judgment in another currency; and
(i) to the extent that any opinion relates to the enforceability of the choice of New York law and choice of New York forum provisions contained in any Transaction Agreement, the opinions stated herein are subject to the qualification that such enforceability may be subject to, in each case, (i) the exceptions and limitations in New York General Obligations Law sections 5-1401 and 5-1402 and (ii) principles of comity and constitutionality.
In addition, in rendering the foregoing opinions we have assumed that, at all applicable times:
(a) the Company (i) was duly incorporated and was validly existing and in good standing, (ii) had requisite legal status and legal capacity under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization and (iii) has complied and will comply with all aspects of the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization in connection with the transactions contemplated by, and the performance of its obligations under, the Transaction Agreements to which the Company is a party;
(b) the Company had the corporate power and authority to execute, deliver and perform all its obligations under each of the Transaction Agreements to which the Company is a party;
(c) neither the execution and delivery by the Company of the Transaction Agreements to which the Company is a party nor the performance by the Company of its obligations thereunder, including the issuance and sale of the Securities: (i) conflicted or will conflict with the memorandum and articles of association of the Company, (ii) constituted or will constitute a violation of, or a default under, any lease, indenture, agreement or other instrument to which the Company or its property is subject (except that we do not make the assumption set forth in this clause (ii) with respect to those agreements or instruments expressed to be governed by the law of the State of New York which are listed in Part II of the Registration Statement or the Companys Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2019), (iii) contravened or will contravene any order or decree of any governmental authority to which the Company or its property is subject, or (iv) violated or will violate any law, rule or regulation to which the Company or its property is subject (except that we do not make the assumption set forth in this clause (iv) with respect to the laws of the State of New York); and
(d) neither the execution and delivery by the Company of the Transaction Agreements to which the Company is a party nor the performance by the Company of its obligations thereunder, including the issuance and sale of the Securities, required or will require the consent, approval, licensing or authorization of, or any filing, recording or registration with, any governmental authority under any law, rule or regulation of any jurisdiction.
In addition, we note that (a) the enforceability in the United States of the waiver in Section 16.14 of the Base Indenture by the Company of any immunities from court jurisdiction and from legal process is subject to the limitations imposed by the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 and (b) the designation in Section 16.13 of the Base Indenture of any U.S. federal or New York State court located in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, as the venue for actions or proceedings relating to the Base Indenture and the Securities is (notwithstanding the waiver in Section 16.13) subject to the power of such courts to transfer actions pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) or to dismiss such actions or proceedings on the grounds that such a federal court is an inconvenient forum for such actions or proceedings.
We hereby consent to the reference to our firm under the heading Legal Matters in the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus. In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the Rules and Regulations. We also hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the Commission as an exhibit to the Companys Current Report on Form 6-K being filed on the date hereof and incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement. This opinion is expressed as of the date hereof unless otherwise expressly stated, and we disclaim any undertaking to advise you of any subsequent changes in the facts stated or assumed herein or of any subsequent changes in applicable laws.
Very truly yours,
/s/ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP