JINFEI ZHANG is a partner in the firm’s New York office, where he practices in the Global Finance group. Jinfei has an international practice focused on capital markets transactions, cross-border corporate transactions, and regulatory and compliance matters.
Jinfei’s capital markets practice, principally structured finance and corporate finance, includes a wide variety of asset-backed securitizations (auto loan and lease and equipment), mortgage-backed securitizations (RMBS, CMBS and REO-to-Rental), repackaging transactions, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and credit-linked notes, where he represents issuers and underwriters in both public and private offerings of securities in domestic and cross-border transactions. Jinfei also represents various parties in connection with sales, acquisitions and financings of pools of distressed leveraged loans, structured finance assets and auto receivables. As the author of “The Law of Securitization of China”, the first comprehensive introduction of the Chinese securitization law in English, Jinfei is one of the leading professionals in the area of investing and financing in and with China.
Jinfei's experience also includes a broad variety of corporate transactions. Jinfei has a strong client following among some of the world’s largest corporations, insurance companies and financial institutions, and Jinfei regularly advises them on cross-border M&A transactions, securities issuance, financing, managed accounts and investment matters. Jinfei also represents lenders to, and managers of, hedge funds and private equity-style funds, and assists Chinese financial institutions to set up joint ventures with U.S. asset management companies and private equity firms.
In addition to his transactional experience, Jinfei also advices Chinese financial institutions and banks on compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering and sanctions regulations. Jinfei has been a key member of the Sidley team to assist a major Chinese bank to enhance its anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance and corporate governance programs to ensure the bank’s compliance with related orders issued by the federal and state agencies.
Jinfei has been instrumental in facilitating conversations between the U.S. and Chinese regulators on various legal issues over the past few years. Jinfei is committed to promoting deep understanding between U.S. and China on key legal issues and principals through research, teaching and dialogue among American and Chinese regulators, legal scholars and practitioners. To that goal, Jinfei has established a scholarship program at Harvard Law School to provide financial aid for visiting scholars and international students.
Jinfei received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 2005, where he assisted in revising and editing International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law. Prior to law school, he was a Harvard-Yenching scholar at Harvard University in East Asian Studies and History. Jinfei also served as the President of the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association. He received his B.A. in literature, with distinction, from Peking University in 1995 and M.A. in literature from Peking University in 1998.
Jinfei is a native Mandarin speaker.