Yan Zhang


Silicon Valley

525 University Avenue
Suite 400
Palo Alto, California 94301-1918
T +1 650.687.8831
F +1 650.687.8731


Shanghai International Finance Center,
Tower 2, Unit 3620, Level 36
8 Century Avenue, Pudong,
Shanghai, 200120
T +86.21.6062.6179

Areas of Practice


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2004, cum laude, Order of the Coif; Richard Katcher Senior Tax Prize; Clarence Darrow Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Master's Degree, Psychology, Beijing University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York


  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Yan Zhang

Yan Zhang is a partner in the corporate practice in the Silicon Valley office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. He represents public and private companies in corporate and securities matters in a variety of industries, and the financial institutions that invest in or provide services to them. His practice has a particular emphasis on Greater China-focused cross-border transactions. Yan's experiences include public offering and private placement of securities, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investment, general corporate governance and compliance matters. Yan also works with private equity and venture capital funds in their investment activities and their portfolio company matters. In addition, Yan regularly advises foreign companies on doing business in China and Chinese companies on investing in the United States.

Corporate INTL Magazine honored Yan as part of its naming of Haynes and Boone the 2014 China-US Cross Border M&A Law Firm of the Year for California.

Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Yan worked at major international law firms in both Silicon Valley and China. Yan started his legal career as an international law attorney with a tax boutique firm in Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "An Awakening Giant: China and the New Civil Society," Exempt Organization Tax Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, 77 (2003).

Community Involvement

  • Director, US-China Green Energy Council

Online Publications

03/14/2013 - U.S. Actions Demonstrate that National Security Concerns Are a Risk, But Not a Certain Roadblock, to Chinese Investments: Good Advice, Careful Planning and Smart Execution Are Critical
The Exon-Florio Amendment gives CFIUS and the President the power to block or order divestitures before approving a "covered transaction," meaning any merger or takeover of a U.S. company that results in foreign control and that threatens to impair U.S. national security.