Zhang Yi

Yi Zhang

Areas of practice

Mr. Zhang Yi specializes in PE fund formation and investments, M&A, corporate restructuring and domestic/offshore IPOs, as well as outbound investments by Chinese companies.

Mr. Zhang has handled a number of key IPOs and milestone transactions involving such industries as manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare and hospitals, mining and energy, banking and insurance, investment funds, telecommunications, automobile, retail, consumer products, real estate, cement, shipbuilding, and public utilities, etc., and also represents PE funds in privatization deals. Mr. Zhang has participated in a large number of M&A deals between Chinese enterprises and international investors by means of private auction. He serves as a legal counsel for a number of large insurance companies and has participated in acquisitions of Chinese insurance companies by foreign investors and Investment of Insurance Funds.

Work experience

Mr. Zhang Yi joined King & Wood Mallesons in 1996 and is a partner of King & Wood Mallesons (China). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zhang worked as an in-house counsel for the China National Medicines & Health Products Import & Export Corporation.

He received his LL.B. from the University of International Business and Economics, and his LL.M. from Stanford Law School. He also has an Executive MBA degree. Mr. Zhang is both qualified in PRC as well as New York State of the United States. He is also a registered foreign counsel in Hong Kong.

He has been elected as a leading Chinese lawyer by many Chinese and foreign journals, including IFLR1000, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, International Who's Who and Asian Legal Business, and etc.

Mr. Zhang is a standing committee member of All-China Youth Federation, a member of CPPCC Shanghai Committee, a member of Stanford University Law School Asian Strategy Committee, a Master supervisor in East China University of Political Science and Law, an arbitrator of Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. Mr. Zhang was awarded one of the best lawyers in China and he is one of the first legal advisers of Shanghai government.

Mr. Zhang is proficient in Chinese and English.

Legal insights

China's 13th Five Year Plan has significant implications for businesses in China and around the world across key sectors.

14 April 2016

Chinese insurance companies will now be permitted to establish Chinese private equity funds, providing potential opportunities for European managers and investors.

22 October 2015

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission allows insurance capital to be used for the formation of private equity funds within the PRC.

09 October 2015

Hong Kong Co-Chief Executive Zhang Yi shares three key insights essential to executing deals and transactions in China and the Asian region

13 January 2015