Yang Fan


Shenzhen, China

Areas of Practice

Ms. Yang specializes in corporate investigation and anti-corruption, criminal prosecution, criminal risk management, criminal defense, criminal compliance and criminal-civil cross matters. She has extensive experience in prevention, prosecution and defense of corporate crime and white-collar crime.

Ms. Yang regularly represents large corporate clients and listed companies in investigations concerning corruption, infringement of trade secrets and other corporate misconduct. She assists in negotiations with counterparties and the filing of criminal accusations; provides crisis response plans to her clients or their de facto controllers subject to criminal investigations; issues legal opinions based on her and her team's findings and provides overall plans for criminal risk mitigation; and guides the implementation of such plans. Ms. Yang also defends her clients and their shareholders and senior executives against any allegations of corporate crimes. In addition, she assists in developing corporate compliance programs, particularly in response to criminal risks, and in handling complex cases involving both civil and criminal issues. Her representative matters include:

  • Representing a Shenzhen-based listed company in the successful filing of criminal accusation against a competitor for counterfeiting its trademarks. After the PRC court proceedings, the actual controller and relevant officers of the competitor were criminally detained and eventually charged and sentenced;

  • Representing a listed company in the successful filing of criminal accusation against executives of its subsidiaries in connection with professional embezzlement;

  • Advising a listed company in Hunan province on crisis response and defending it against potential allegation of illegal funds raising;

  • Successfully defending a former chairman of a listed company against the alleged breach of fiduciary duty to damage the interest of the listed company; and 

  • Successfully defending a well-known entrepreneur against the alleged manipulation of securities market (the amount involved was approximately RMB 1.65 billion).

  • During her over 16 years of practice, Ms. Yang obtained a judgment of acquittal for her clients in cases, including: 

  • Defending the actual controller of a Shenzhen-based educational institution against the alleged RMB 17 million contract fraud;

  • Defending a Shenzhen-based company against the alleged illegal issuance of special VAT invoices (the amount involved was RMB 6.88 million); and

  • Defending the legal representative of an automobile 4S store in Shenzhen against the alleged RMB 12.8 million contract fraud.

In her many successful matters involving risk control, criminal accusation and defense in connection with financial crimes, cybercrimes and intellectual property crimes, Ms. Yang has shown her professional competence, her ability to tackle complexity and her skills in cross-cultural communication. She understands the needs of her clients and offers desirable solutions.

Ms. Yang was selected into the Talents Pool of Leading Lawyers Handling Foreign-Related Matters both in Shenzhen and in Guangdong province, and the Talents Pool of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Guangdong province. She was also recognized as an outstanding defense lawyer in the third Prosecution and Defense Contest of Guangdong Public Prosecutors and Lawyers.

Work Experience

Ms. Yang joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2019.   

Ms. Yang received her LL.B. from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and her LL.M. from Chicago-Kent College of Law of Illinois Institute of Technology. She was admitted to practice law in China in February 2004.

Ms. Yang's working languages are Chinese and English.

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