Yan Zhang


Education and Clerkships

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



New York


Chinese (Mandarin)


中文 English

Yan Zhang is a partner in the Corporate practice in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone. 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.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Director, US-China Green Energy Council


Deal of the Year M&A Atlas Awards

Haynes and Boone Wins Deal of the Year at Annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards

Haynes and Boone was recently awarded “Cross Border Deal of the Year” in the $5-50 million size category by Global M&A Network at its annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards.

Greater China


Greater China Practice Group Overview

The Haynes and Boone Greater China Practice Group utilizes our global network of legal experience to assist our clients in pursuing and completing strategic international transactions. Learn more.


Yan Zhang


Daily Journal

Daily Journal Dealmakers: Haynes and Boone Helps Mobile Advertising Company Change Hands

Haynes and Boone LLP advised Mobvista International Technology Ltd., a Chinese mobile advertising and game publisher in its $25 million acquisition of nativeX LLC, a mobile advertising company headquartered in Sartell, Minn. The cash deal was announced March 1.

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