Yi Zhang is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice Groups. Yi has 30 years’ experience with China-related work, including investment funds, foreign direct investment, outbound investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, real estate and distressed asset transactions, and large-scale project development and infrastructure work. His clients include multinational companies, regional developers, PRC companies, commercial and investment banks and international private equity funds.
Yi’s China investment experience covers the entire range of investment options, including both equity (common and preferred) and debt (senior, mezzanine, convertible and acquisition financing), and both onshore and offshore structures. He has extensive expertise with the issues encountered by foreign investors investing into China. Yi’s project experience includes power plants, liquefied natural gas receiving terminals, and greenfield developments and acquisitions in various other industries, such as petrochemicals, mining, real estate and renewable energy. In addition to his wide China-focused practice, Yi has also advised on infrastructure projects in the United States, Korea, Thailand, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Yi has consistently been recognized as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A by various legal publications including Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Greater China Region. A client noted that “he is a good communicator and negotiator who is able to fight strongly for our position.” He is also recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific where a client was quoted saying that the team’s “legal knowledge and client service is also exceptional.”
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Yi was the head of another large international firm in Hong Kong. Yi received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in 1993 and his Master of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1986. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Shanghai International Studies University in 1982 and studied at De Montfort University (1979-1981) and University of West London (1978-1979). He has native fluency in Mandarin and is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and New York.
University of Michigan - 1993 Juris Doctor
University of Virginia - 1986 Master of Arts
New York Bar
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong