Paul has always been very hard-working and responsive. He demonstrated both strong legal knowledge and solid commercial sense. He's capable of giving us advice in very complicated situations.” - Chambers Greater China, 2024

Paul Guan is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis and he leads the Asia private equity real estate practice. Paul focuses on cross-border real estate transactions and has significant experiences advising international and regional private equity investors and financial institutions on a variety of transactions involving real estate in Asia, including acquisition and disposition of various types of real property, formation of joint venture at both asset and platform levels, asset and property management, and senior and mezzanine financing; he also regularly advises Chinese institutional investors on outbound real estate investments in the United States, the United Kingdom and "Belt & Road" jurisdictions.

Paul has been ranked as a leading lawyer and recommended by Chambers Greater China and IFLR 1000. According to Chambers & Partners, he “has deep understanding of the market and people's mindset, so he can provide professional as well as down-to-earth legal advice that leads to conducive and successful negotiation and closing". The guide recognized his “notable experience advising international clients on a wide array of real estate matters, covering cross-border investments and financings as well as joint ventures”. A client also indicated that Paul “has always been able to help structure the deal” and appreciates Paul for his ability “to understand the key commercial rationale”.

Paul serves as an instructor for master candidates at two top Chinese law schools: Renming University of China School of Law, and East China University of Political Science and Law. 

Paul is triple qualified in the PRC (non-practicing), Hong Kong SAR and New York, the USA.



Leading Lawyer, Real Estate (International Firms) – China, Chambers Greater China (2022-2024)

“A-List Growth Drivers (International)”, China Business Law Journal (2023-2024)

“Highly Regarded”, M&A – Hong Kong, IFLR 1000 (2023)

“A-List China’s Elite Lawyers (Foreign Firms)”, China Business Law Journal (2022) 

“A-List China’s Elite 100 Lawyers (Foreign Firms)”, China Business Law Journal (2021)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021, Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • 2012, New York
  • 2004, People's Republic of China (non-practicing)


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Harvard Law SchoolLL.M.2011
  • East China University of Political Science and LawPh.D.2009
  • East China University of Political Science and LawLL.M.Honored2006
  • East China University of Political Science and LawLL.B.Honored2003