Zhiying (Olivia) Zhan’s practice focuses on corporate and finance matters, foreign direct investment, and mergers and acquisitions. She has been working for clients in various industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, hospitality, aviation, automobile, insurance, real estate, energy and natural resources, and mining. She also has substantial experience providing ongoing advice on general corporate and compliance control issues for various foreign invested companies in the People’s Republic of China.

    With three years’ work experience with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, she has significant background knowledge of the development of high-tech industry and familiarity with procedures for administrative approvals. She also gained experience interacting with government authorities and negotiating complicated and sensitive issues were developed in this phase. Olivia also worked in the banking and investment department for a leading local law firm in Beijing for three years, where she represented a number of domestic companies in banking and financing, mergers and acquisitions, bonds issuance and initial public offerings in China-based and international stock exchange projects.

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    • Representing a US-based real estate investor and developer on acquiring a commercial real estate project in Beijing, China and advising on issues of strategy, land use rights, financing and foreign exchange.
    • Advising a Hong Kong listed company on equity acquisition of a real estate company in the northeastern of China by share-swap with the original shareholders and relevant restructuring matters before and after the acquisition.
    • Advising a publicly traded US-based mining equipment and engines manufacturer on establishing a research center in an industrial park in China including questions of land use rights and recognition as a high-tech enterprise.
    • Advising a US-based manufacturer of chemical products on equity acquisition of a China-based company from its Korea-based shareholder.
    • Advising a US-based Internet technology company on the liquidation and dissolution of its wholly owned subsidiary in Shenzhen, China.
    • Representing a leading Internet technology software and hardware provider listed on NYSE on the sale of its receivables to a Europe-based bank, involving negotiation with the bank and advising on the true-sale issue in the factoring arrangement.
    • Representing a Japanese financial company on the purchase of receivables from a leading mobile phone supplier, advising on the enforceability of the receivables purchase agreement in China.
    • Counseling a US-based chemical company on analyzing and solving the potential disputes related to the equity transfer agreement with its Chinese state-owned partner.
    • Advising several companies incorporated by US investors in China on FCPA and anticorruption matters. The work scope covers internal health check, employees and suppliers interviews, anticorruption policy guidelines draft and advising the companies in the process of investigations conducted by PRC authorities.


    • University of Leicester, LL.M., 2004
    • Southeast University, LL.B., 2000


    • People's Republic of China, 2002


    • Chinese (Mandarin, also known as Putonghua)
    • English

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