David Zhang

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


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." In 2014, David was named the ‘International Deal Maker of the Year’ by China Law & Practice.



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