Tiana is impeccable; she is available at all hours and responds with targeted, focused answers. She understands business and demonstrates strong leadership to handle difficult situations calmly and strategically. - Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021
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 2021 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global Guides, Tiana was recognized as one of the leading lawyers for China Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 and Chambers Global 2020 singled Tiana out for “her ability to provide sound advice on Chinese matters”, and praised her for “good communication and interpersonal skills”. She has been named as a “Leading Individual” for China Regulatory and Compliance in 2018–2021 and for China Dispute Resolution in 2020-2021 by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.
Tiana was listed in the 2021 edition of China Business Law Journal’s A-List that recognized her as one of the top foreign firm lawyers for China-related business. Tiana was recognized as “Future Star” in White Collar Crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021. She was also named one of the “Top 15 Female Lawyers” by the Asian Legal Business China 2018 and was shortlisted for Best in Competition/Antitrust by Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2017.
"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
“Leading Lawyer”, Corporate Investigations / Anti-corruption – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020–2021)
“Leading Individual”, Dispute Resolution: Foreign Firms – China, Legal 500 (2020–2021)
“Leading Individual”, Regulatory/Compliance: Foreign Firms – China, Legal 500 (2018–2021)
“Up and Coming”, Corporate Investigations / Anti-corruption – China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017–2019)
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
- University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.2007
- Georgetown UniversityM.A.2004
- Foreign Affairs College, Beijing, ChinaBachelor of Laws2001