Areas of Practice
Laurence Yuan specializes in general banking, acquisition finance, trade finance, project finance, asset finance and Chinese outbound investment.
Mr. Yuan has been focusing on banking and financing and has significant experience in international financing. Mr. Yuan has worked in Mainland China, Hong Kong, London and New York, providing legal opinions to, negotiating transactions and drafting and reviewing transactional documents and form documents for Chinese or international banks, funds and corporate borrowers. Mr. Yuan has worked on a large number of New York/English law governed acquisition finance and trade finance transactions. He has also participated in numerous English/Hong Kong/PRC law governed project finance and asset finance transactions. The clients Mr. Yuan has served cover a large range of industries, including automobile manufacturing and leasing, ship manufacturing, oil exploitation, petrochemical, LNG, industrial gas, port development, hydroelectricity, real estate development and international trade.
Mr. Yuan has won professional recognition in banking and finance in both the PRC and the US with his strong practice and performance. Mr. Yuan was recommended by Legal 500 in the PRC banking sector in 2016. In addition, an US export finance transaction that Mr. Yuan worked on, where The Export-Import Bank of the United States provided a facility to Ecopetrol, was selected as Deal of the Year in 2013 by a global export-import finance magazine, “Trade Finance”.
Mr. Yuan joined King & Wood Mallesons in November 2015. Before joining KWM, he worked in the New York headquarter of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP for 4 years. Mr. Yuan also worked in the Shanghai office and London headquarter of Allen & Over LLP for 4 years. When he was working with Allen & Overy, Mr. Yuan was seconded by the firm to Deutsch Bank Shanghai, providing all legal service with respect to the bank’s local incorporation.
Mr. Yuan earned his JD and LLM at Columbia Law School in the United States, his PhD and LLM at University of Groningen in the Netherlands and his LLB at Fudan University in China. In addition, Mr. Yuan earned his BA (Arabic) at Beijing Language and Culture University in China.
Mr. Yuan obtained his PRC lawyer license in 2004 and his New York lawyer license in 2010.
Mr. Yuan’s working languages are Mandarin and English.