YAN ZHANG is a partner of Sidley Austin’s Hong Kong office, and a member of the Firm’s Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy practice group. She is experienced in the resolution of Chinese-foreign business disputes and has advised clients in proceedings conducted under a number of institutional arbitration rules including those of the ICC, HKIAC and CIETAC.
In both Chambers Global and Asia Pacific 2021, Yan is recognized in the International Arbitration category as “Up and Coming”, and described Yan "carefully studying the details of our case, digging up important evidence and seizing on key points and striving to give the client the best advantage." The 2020 edition praised Yan “comes across as very confident, logical and well organised in her oral advocacy” and her "good ability to think and respond on her feet" and describes her as “one of few truly bilingual counsel at partner level who can conduct advocacy fluently in the Chinese language.” The 2019 edition praised Yan as “very commercial”, "very responsive”, “very diligent” and “suggests sensible ways of solving disputes." Yan is recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 – International Arbitration.
Before joining Sidley’s dispute practice in Hong Kong, Yan practiced for about 10 years in New York, Shanghai and Hong Kong as a transactional lawyer, advising private equity funds and multinational companies in mergers and acquisitions, fund formation and other corporate matters. Yan’s diverse practice gives her a unique blend of skills that benefit her clients at all stages of the corporate lifecycle.
Yan is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.