Ethan Y. Chen

Registered Foreign Lawyer (Kirkland & Ellis, Hong Kong) and Partner (Kirkland & Ellis LLP, U.S.) Transactional
Kirkland & Ellis


Ethan Y. Chen is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong and a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP (U.S.). Ethan focuses his practice on capital markets and other corporate matters, including representation of the Greater China-based issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings in the United States and Hong Kong, other U.S. registered equity and debt offerings and Rule 144A/Regulation S equity and debt offerings. He has extensive experience in the rapidly-growing TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) and education spaces, as well as in other sectors such as real estate and gaming. Ethan also advises private and public companies and financial institutions in pre-IPO matters such as financing, corporate structure, option plans and shareholder relationships, compliance and corporate governance matters and mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018, Hong Kong, Registered Foreign Lawyer
  • 2014, New York
  • 2009, People’s Republic of China (non-practising)


  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Harvard Law SchoolLL.M.2013

    Founder and Co-President of Harvard China Law Association

  • University of Hong KongM.C.L.2010

    SHKP-Kwok’s Foundation Law Scholar

  • China University of Political Science and LawLL.B.summa cum laude2009