- Education and Professional Experience:
Mr. Zhang graduated from the University of International Business and Economics in 1987 with a BA in economics and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law with a J.D. degree in 1997. Mr. Zhang practiced in Paul, Weiss (Beijing) from 1997 to 2000 and White & Case (Shanghai) from 2000 to 2004. He then worked as in-house counsel in ABB China from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Zhang joined Baker Botts as a partner in September 2006. He assisted the firm to establish its Beijing Office and worked as its chief representative before he joined Broad & Bright as a partner in July 2010.
- Practice Areas:
Mr. Zhang focuses on foreign direct investment (joint ventures and WFOEs), M&A, energy, manufacturing, transportation, medicine and healthcare, telecommunication, Internet, power projects, technical research and development, as well as project finance, Chinese outbound investment, and foreign-related arbitration.
Having practiced in China for over 15 years, Mr. Zhang has accumulated significant experience in representing numerous domestic and foreign enterprises in cross-border investment and M & A. His major representations include advising Sohu.com Inc. in its transfer of 17173.com to Changyou.com Limited; representing Germany Uhlmann Asien Holding to purchase Jinzhou Wonder Packaging; representing the shareholders of Gomye in its equity sale to Publicis Groupe; assisting Siemens’s M&As in China; assisting Hines to acquire a Chinese real estate company, and assisting Prudential with establishing one of the first few joint venture securities fund management companies in China.
In energy sector, Mr. Zhang has provided legal services for many companies, such as advising a U.S. oil and gas company in a PSC negotiation with CNOOC; assisting Amoco in negotiating an onshore petroleum contract. In nuclear power, he represented a European company in negotiating with the PRC Nuclear Industry Corporation and a nuclear power plant operator.
In recent years, he represented Chinese companies in high-profile investment to acquire energy assets outside China. In 2009, he took the lead in advising and negotiation for Xinjiang Guanghui (listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange) in acquiring 49% equity interests in a target company which holds a license for an oil and gas block in Kazakhstan and financing for the upstream and downstream operations. In 2010, he represented Sinochem in acquisition of 40% stake in the Peregrino oil field from Statoil for $3.07 billion. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Zhang initiated and participated in the research project for SASAC on the risk control for Chinese outbound investment and he drafted part of the report for such research project, he also lectured to SOEs in an executive training program organized by SASAC.
National Bar of China, State Bar of New York
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