Tiana Zhang is a litigation partner in the Shanghai office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP where she advises clients on investigations, crisis management and complex disputes arising from their business in China and the United States.

She has advised numerous multi-national and Chinese global companies on a wide array of high-stakes matters relating to accounting fraud, securities law compliance, anti-corruption, trade secret, antitrust, data privacy and U.S. trade control issues. She has extensive experience handling cross-border investigations and parallel lawsuits involving multiple jurisdictions and helping clients navigate challenging and delicate circumstances.

Tiana is one of a very small number of attorneys who have an intimate understanding of law and culture in both U.S. and China; extensive investigation and litigation experience in both jurisdictions; and a strong track record of handling complicated legal and compliance issues in various forums in both countries. Recognized for her impressive experience in handling complicated cross-border investigations and litigation, Tiana was selected as one of the five “Top Attorneys under 40” for White Collar by Law360 in 2017, one of the most well-respected recognition for attorneys under 40 in the United States.

In the 2020 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global Guides, Tiana was recognized as one of the ranked lawyers for China Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption. According to Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 and Chambers Global 2020, she has been singled out for “her ability to provide sound advice on Chinese matters”, and praised for her “good communication and interpersonal skills”. Clients called her insight “unique and truly valuable” and found her advice “to the point and practical.” She has been named as a “Leading Lawyer” for China Regulatory and Compliance in 2018–2020 and for China Dispute Resolution in 2020 by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

Tiana was also shortlisted for Best in Competition/Antitrust by Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2017.


Thought Leadership


"Newly Released Draft Measures on Data Security Management Strengthen China’s Data Protection Framework," Pratt's Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report, November–December 2019

"Shifting U.S. Enforcement Priorities—Should Chinese Companies be Worried?" Bloomberg Law, 17 June 2019

"Anti-corruption due diligence in cross-border transactions," Thomson Reuters, 19 March 2019

“China’s Second Draft Cybersecurity Law’s Expands Data Localization Requirement,” Legaltech News, 19 September 2016


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008, California
  • 2006, People’s Republic of China (non-practising)


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • The University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.2007
  • Georgetown UniversityM.A.2004
  • Foreign Affairs College, Beijing, ChinaBachelor of Laws2001