Practice Areas

Xin Zhang provides legal services for Chinese and international banks and investors in relation to banking and finance, M&A, FDI and overseas investment, with an extensive coverage of financing, energy, power, real estate and natural resources sectors. In the area of banking and finance, Mr. Zhang has represented most of Chinese and international banks, international financial institutions and ECAs active in the market and advised on syndicated loans, project financing, structured trade financing, vessel and aircraft financing, export credit loans and financial derivatives. He has acted for a number of projects which are awarded by authoritative industrial journals as the annual best projects (including the Guangdong LNG Shipping Financing Project, China Oil & Gas Fund's US$1.4bn Syndicated Loan and Eurobond Issue and Qinghai Liuyang Xinda Non-ferrous Metal Co. Ltd.'s US$180m Commodity Financing), and has been awarded as the Leading Lawyer in PRC Banking and Finance by Chambers Asia: Asia's Leading Lawyers for Business and Asia Legal 500. In the area of corporate works, Mr. Zhang has represented a number of industrial investors to invest in Chinese petrochemical, renewable energy, power, telecommunication and other traditional manufacturing sectors by way of greenfield investment or merger and acquisition. He also provides legal supports to Chinese SOEs, banks, investment funds and Sinosure for their overseas investment and financing projects under the "Going Abroad" efforts, which involves the export of China-made telecommunication equipments, vessels and other capital equipments and EPC services and the investment in power, real estate, petrochemical and mining projects.


Mr. Zhang has profound knowledge and experiences in the legal and regulatory regime, financial product innovations and market development for the China inter-bank market. He has been one drafting group member for the drafting of the China Inter-bank Market Financial Derivatives Master Agreement, Bond Repurchase Master Agreement, Loan Assets Transfer Master Agreement, Underwriting Agreement and Underwriters' Agreement, led by the National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors (NAFMII), as well as one writer of the official guidelines. He also participates as a legal expert in the research and development of the first credit risk mitigation instruments (the Chinese equivalent of CDS). He serves as one member of the NAFMII Financial Derivatives Experts Committee and one registration expert for the Inter-bank Bond Market Non-financial Institutions' Debt Financing Instruments (the Chinese equivalent of MTNs and CPs).

Work Experience

2008 – present Global Law Office, Beijing
2002 – 2008 Linklaters, London, Hong Kong and Beijing
1998 – 1999 China Construction Bank, Shenzhen Branch, Shenzhen
1996 – 1998 Xiamen Univ-Scholars Law Firm, Xiamen


Admitted in the PRC in 1996
Admitted in England & Wales in 2004


2001 – 2005 London University, Ph.D. in Law
2000 – 2001 BPP Law School, London, Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)
1999 – 2000 London University, LL.M
1991 – 1997 Xiamen University, the School of Law, Bachelor and Master of Law

Associations and Memberships

Chinese Certified Public Accountant (1998)
Chinese Certified Tax Agent (1999)


Published three books (International Trade Regulation in China (Hart Publishing Limited), Implementation ofthe WTO Agreements in China (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing Ltd.) and The Law and Practice of International Tax Treaties in China (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing Ltd.)) in UK, one translation book(English Contract Law) and three co-authored books (International Tax Law, International Maritime Law and Law and Practice of International Commercial Syndicated Loans) in China and a number of articles on legal, finance and international trade topics.

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