In her more than 15 years of practice, Lindsay Zhu has developed a broad cross-border practice, including cross-border M&A, joint ventures and commercial transactions, regulatory and compliance, international trade and data privacy, for both foreign companies operating in China and for Chinese companies operating overseas.
Lindsay has focused her practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial transactions, including strategic partnerships, private equity and venture investments. She also advises clients in different industries on a wide range of regulatory issues in China.
In addition to her experience in counseling offshore companies on their investments and restructurings in China, Lindsay is increasingly involved in counseling Chinese private- and state-owned enterprises on outbound investments. She served as the principal transaction counsel on one of China’s largest investments in Spain in 2016.
Lindsay has substantial experience in corporate compliance and related investigations, in particular in the areas of anti-bribery and business ethics for companies in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Her work scope covers drafting and advising on the implementation of compliance policies, FCPA and ethics training, conducting internal audit/health checks for clients, investigations into employee suspicious activities and cooperating with local counsel to take civil or criminal actions.
Lindsay has substantial experience in corporate compliance, including data privacy and protection matters, where she is an active member of our data privacy team and counsels numerous clients on China’s Cybersecurity Law, Personal Information Protection Law and other data protection-related issues in both a local and a global context, such as conducting data protection gap assessments and data protection impact assessments; evaluating whether data is subject to heightened security and data localization requirements (including distinct applicability to consumer, employee and B2B data); drafting and improving data governance and compliance programs; drafting and negotiating data protection contracts; advising on mobile application requirements; providing data protection training; and advising on cross-border data transfers.
Lindsay is one of a few lawyers in China who has expertise on international trade matters and policies, especially US export control, sanctions and foreign investment reviews. Working with our strong trade team in Washington DC, she helps both multinational companies and Chinese companies to adopt export control compliance programs, to provide export control training and counseling on specific issues, including the application of US export control laws, restricted person and companies (such as companies on the unverified list and entity list), and to interact with the US Department of Commerce.
Lindsay has been shortlisted by Asian Legal Awards in 2021 as a Trade Lawyer of the Year in the Asian region, and she has been highly recommended by clients and specifically cited by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Corporate and M&A
Compliance and Investigations
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
International Trade and Policy