David Zhang

Registered Foreign Lawyer (Kirkland & Ellis, Hong Kong) and Partner (Kirkland & Ellis LLP, U.S.) Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity


David Zhang is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong and a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP (U.S.). He focuses on securities offerings and M&A transactions, mostly involving Chinese companies. Since 2003, he has represented Asia-based issuers or leading investment banks on nearly 100 US IPOs, 50 Hong Kong IPOs and a significant number of other Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings of equity, debt, and convertible securities. David has extensive experience counseling Asia-based companies listed in the US, including their boards of directors, on corporate governance, disclosure and reporting matters as well as M&A activities.

In addition, David has represented a number of leading private equity funds, multinational corporations and sovereign wealth funds in connection with their investment and M&A transactions in the Greater China region and parts of Southeast Asia.

David is rated a top capital markets attorney by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR 1000. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, David is "a high-quality lawyer who's been in the market a long time." He is "in the know, practical and experienced" and "always considers the full range of a client's practical requirements when he provides his advice." A client also stated that he “feels assured by his decades of experience” when working with David. In 2014, David was named the ‘International Deal Maker of the Year’ by China Law & Practice.



“Highly Regarded”, Capital Markets: Equity, IFLR1000 (2018–2023)

“Highly Regarded”, M&A, IFLR1000 (2018–2023)

Band 1 in Capital Markets: Equity - China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2015–2022)

“Leading Lawyer”, Corporate / M&A: The Elite - China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2015–2022)

“Hall of Fame”, Capital Markets (Equity) - Hong Kong, Legal 500 (2021–2022) 

“Leading Individual”, Capital Markets (Equity) - Hong Kong, Legal 500 (2017–2020)

“Leading Lawyer”, Capital Markets: Equity, IFLR1000 (2015–2017)

“Leading Lawyer”, M&A, IFLR1000 (2015–2017)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1996Hong KongRegistered Foreign Lawyer
  • 1995New York


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Tulane University Law SchoolJ.D.1991
  • United Nations Training Program for Interpreters and TranslatorsM.A.1983
  • Beijing Foreign Languages InstituteB.A.1981