Tiana is “best known for handling internal policy reviews, audit and government-led investigations, and matters relating to financial crime.” Clients highlighted Tiana’s ability to “turn a complex situation into manageable and well-planned steps.” - Chambers Greater China 2023

Tiana Zhang is a litigation partner in the Shanghai office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP where she advises clients on complex cross-border investigations, disputes and crisis management 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 Chambers Greater China, 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 and Chambers Global singled Tiana out for “her ability to provide sound advice on Chinese matters”, and praised her for “good communication and interpersonal skills”. Clients considered Tiana as “impeccable” as she “is available at all hours and responds with targeted, focused answers” while “understanding business and demonstrating strong leadership to handle difficult situations calmly and strategically”. Tiana’s ability to “turn a complex situation into manageable and well-planned steps” is also highlighted by clients in Chambers Greater China 2023. She has been named as a “Leading Individual” for China Regulatory and Compliance in 2018–2024 and for China Dispute Resolution in 2020–2024 by Legal 500 Asia Pacific. She is also recognized as “Leading Lawyer of the Year” in the Legal 500 China Awards 2023.

Tiana was listed in the 2021 and 2022 editions 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 “Litigation Star” in White Collar Crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2024. She was also recommended as one of the “Future Leaders” in Investigations by Who’s Who Legal 2022.


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


“Litigation Star,” White Collar Crime, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2020–2024)

Leading Lawyer, Corporate Investigations/Anti-corruption (International Firms) – China, Chambers Greater China (2022–2024), Chambers Global (2022–2024), Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020–2021)

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

“Leading Individual”, Dispute Resolution: Foreign Firms – China, Legal 500 (2020–2024)

“Leading Individual”, Regulatory/Compliance: Foreign Firms – China, Legal 500 (2018–2024) 

“Leading Lawyer of the Year”, Legal 500 China Awards (2023)

“Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Litigators”, International Litigation, esp. Investigations, Lawdragon (2023)

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

Investigations – Future Leaders – Partners, Who’s Who Legal (2022) 

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

“Future Star”, White Collar Crime, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (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


  • English
  • Mandarin


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