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Howard Zhang
Mr. Zhang is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, resident in Beijing. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity portfolio investments, buyouts, joint ventures and strategic investment transactions. He also advises clients on cross-border securities and general corporate matters.

Work Highlights

Mergers and Acquisitions Representations
  • Huatai Securities’ $780 million acquisition of AssetMark

  • Freeport-McMoRan’s sale of its interest in TF Holdings to China Molybdenum for $2.65 billion

  • Fujian Thai Hot Investment's $1.4 billion acquisition of the insurance operations of Hong Kong-based financial services firm Dah Sing

  • CNOOC’s $17.9 billion acquisition of Nexen
  • Postal and Savings Bank of China's $7 billion sale of shares to strategic investors
  • Dalian Wanda’s $2.6 billion acquisition of AMC Entertainment
  • Baidu’s:
    • $1.9 billion acquisition of 91 Wireless Websoft Limited
    • $370 million acquisition of the online video business of PPS
    • $306 million investment in Qunar
  • IDG Capital Partners' investment in DMALL and SouFun
  • Fujian Thai Hot Investment's acquisition of a majority interest in Alliance HealthCare Services
  • Warburg Pincus, Hillhouse Capital and Standard Chartered Private Equity's joint investment in ZTO Express

  • Warburg Pincus in its:
    • Acquisition of a majority stake in Beijing Fanhua Datong Investment Management Company
    • Agreement to acquire a significant stake in China Biological Products, a Nasdaq-listed company
  • Special committee of on its acquisition by Baihe
  • Charles River Laboratory International’s proposed agreement to acquire Wuxi Pharmatech for $1.6 billion
  • A consortium led by the management team of Amdocs China and IDG Capital Partners in its agreement to acquire the China operations from Amdocs, a Nasdaq-listed company
  • IDG Capital Partners and the management team in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Kongzhong, a wireless value-added service provider listed on Nasdaq
  • COFCO’s investment in Smithfield Foods
  • Baring Private Equity Asia in financing a management buyout of Asian American Gas
  • CCMP Asia’s acquisition of the flue gas desulphurization business from a publicly listed company in China
  • Merrill Lynch on several investments in China
  • Yahoo’s acquisition of a Chinese search engine
  • Focus Media’s acquisition of Framedia and Allyes Information Technology
  • Shanda’s acquisition of a significant stake in Sina
Capital Markets
  • People's Insurance Company (Group) of China on its $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO and global offering – the largest Hong Kong IPO for 2011 and 2012
  • Agricultural Bank of China Limited on its $22.1 billion global offering and dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • China Nonferrous Mining Corporation Limited on its $252 million Hong Kong IPO and global offering
  • The underwriters on:
    • AAG Energy's $294 million Hong Kong IPO 
    • China Unicom’s convertible bonds offering
    • China Xueda’s SEC-registered initial public offering
    • ChinaCache’s SEC-registered initial public offering
    • 21 Vianet Group’s SEC-registered initial public offering
    • China Synergy’s SEC-registered initial public offering
  • China Lodging’s SEC-registered initial public offering
  • Acorn International’s SEC-registered initial public offering
  • China Finance Online SEC-registered initial public offering
  • ATA’s SEC-registered initial public offering
  • Shanda Interactive Entertainment’s SEC-registered initial public offering


Mr. Zhang is recognized as a leading lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • IFLR1000
  • Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers

Of Note

  • Member, Dean’s Advisory Board, Boston University Law School


  • 2201 China World Office 2
    1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
    Chaoyang District
    P: +86 10 8567 5002
    F: +86 10 8567 5102

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Beijing Ministry of Justice - Registered


  • B.A., Shanghai International Studies University, 1981
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1993
    • American Jurisprudence Award
    • Topics Editor, International Law Journal


  • Mandarin