EX-5.1 4 tm2022004d2_ex5-1.htm EXHIBIT 5.1


Exhibit 5.1




Our ref LWP/701714-000012/16535756v3


NIO Inc.  

Building 20, No. 56 AnTuo Road

Jiading District

Shanghai, 201804  

People's Republic of China  


June 9, 2020


Dear Sirs


NIO Inc.


We have acted as Cayman Islands legal advisers to NIO Inc. (the "Company") in connection with the Company’s registration statement on Form F-3, including all amendments or supplements thereto (the "Registration Statement"), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended to date relating to the offering by the Company of certain American depositary shares (the "ADSs") representing the Company's Class A ordinary shares of par value US$0.00025 each (the "Shares").


We are furnishing this opinion as Exhibits 5.1, 8.1 and 23.2 to the Registration Statement.


1Documents Reviewed


For the purposes of this opinion, we have reviewed only originals, copies or final drafts of the following documents and such other documents as we have deemed necessary in order to render the opinions below:


1.1The certificate of incorporation of the Company dated 28 November 2014 and the certificates of incorporation on change of name of the Company dated 29 December 2014 and 28 July 2017.


1.2The eleventh amended and restated memorandum and articles of association of the Company as adopted by a special resolution passed on 10 August 2018 and effective conditional and immediately prior to the completion of the Company’s initial public offering of the ADSs, which became effective on 14 September 2018 (the "Memorandum and Articles").


1.3The minutes of the meeting of the board of directors of the Company held on 27 May 2020 (the "Directors' Resolutions").





1.4A certificate from a director of the Company, a copy of which is attached hereto (the "Director's Certificate").


1.5A certificate of good standing with respect to the Company issued by the Registrar of Companies dated 5 February 2020 (the "Certificate of Good Standing").


1.6The Registration Statement.




The following opinions are given only as to, and based on, circumstances and matters of fact existing and known to us on the date of this opinion letter. These opinions only relate to the laws of the Cayman Islands which are in force on the date of this opinion letter. In giving the following opinions, we have relied (without further verification) upon the completeness and accuracy, as at the date of this opinion letter, of the Director's Certificate and the Certificate of Good Standing. We have also relied upon the following assumptions, which we have not independently verified:


2.1Copies of documents, conformed copies or drafts of documents provided to us are true and complete copies of, or in the final forms of, the originals.


2.2All signatures, initials and seals are genuine.


2.3There is nothing under any law (other than the laws of the Cayman Islands) which would or might affect the opinions set out below.




Based upon, and subject to, the foregoing assumptions and the qualifications set out below, and having regard to such legal considerations as we deem relevant, we are of the opinion that:


3.1The Company has been duly incorporated as an exempted company with limited liability and is validly existing and in good standing with the Registrar of Companies under the laws of the Cayman Islands.


3.2The authorised share capital of the Company is US$1,000,000 divided into 2,000,000,000 shares, comprising of (i) 2,500,000,000 Class A ordinary shares of a par value of US$0.00025 each, (ii) 132,030,222 Class B ordinary shares of a par value of US$0.00025 each (iii) 148,500,000 Class C ordinary shares of a par value of US$0.00025 each and (iv) 1,219,469,778 shares of a par value of US$0.00025 each of such class or classes (however designated) as the board of directors may determine in accordance with article 9 of the Memorandum and Articles.


3.3The issue and allotment of the Shares have been duly authorised and when allotted, issued and paid for as contemplated in the Registration Statement, the Shares will be legally issued and allotted, fully paid and non-assessable. As a matter of Cayman law, a share is only issued when it has been entered in the register of members (shareholders).


3.4The statements under the caption "Taxation" in the prospectus forming part of the Registration Statement, to the extent that they constitute statements of Cayman Islands law, are accurate in all material respects and that such statements constitute our opinion.







In this opinion the phrase "non-assessable" means, with respect to shares in the Company, that a shareholder shall not, solely by virtue of its status as a shareholder, be liable for additional assessments or calls on the shares by the Company or its creditors (except in exceptional circumstances, such as involving fraud, the establishment of an agency relationship or an illegal or improper purpose or other circumstances in which a court may be prepared to pierce or lift the corporate veil).


Except as specifically stated herein, we make no comment with respect to any representations and warranties which may be made by or with respect to the Company in any of the documents or instruments cited in this opinion or otherwise with respect to the commercial terms of the transactions, which are the subject of this opinion.


We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to the reference to our name under the headings "Enforceability of Civil Liabilities", "Taxation" and "Legal Matters" and elsewhere in the prospectus and any prospectus supplements included in the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we come within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Rules and Regulations of the Commission thereunder.


Yours faithfully


/s/ Maples and Calder (Hong Kong) LLP  


Maples and Calder (Hong Kong) LLP