Ms Kate Yin > Fangda Partners > Beijing, China > Lawyer Profile

Fangda Partners
27/F North Tower Beijing Kerry Centre
1 Guanghua Road Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020
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Work Department

Data Protection, Regulatory/Compliance




Ms. Yin’s practice area is government enforcement and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Yin is a recognized leader in complex government enforcement, internal investigation and regulatory compliance, especially for challenging cross-border matters. Ms. Yin has been ranked as “Regulatory and Compliance Lawyer of the Year” by China Law & Practice, Band 1 lawyer for “Corporate Investigation/Anticorruption” by Chambers Asia, and Band 1 lawyer for “Regulatory/Compliance” by The Legal 500.

Ms. Yin has represented clients in a wide range of areas, such as anti-bribery, data compliance, sanction and export control, anti-unfair competition, accounting fraud, securities law, anti-money laundering, and conflict of interest. With deep insights into government enforcement and market practices, Ms. Yin is highly sought after in the most challenging government enforcements and corporate investigations, 8 particularly those involving multiple jurisdictions. Ms. Yin has successfully defended clients in government enforcement actions and helped clients avoid hefty penalties and damaging headlines.

Ms. Yin has participated in various high profile cases such as the GSK Chinese commercial bribery prosecution and the Siemens FCPA monitorship. Highly regarded as a leader in the compliance field, Ms. Yin has been engaged by the CLA under the Ministry of Justice as the compliance expert to author the Annual Blue Book on Compliance in China for the last five years. Ms. Yin is also a TC260 expert responsible for drafting implementation measures for the Cyber Security Law.

Ms. Yin has extensive experience conducting complex internal investigations for clients in China, through which she has helped clients recover millions of dollars in misappropriated funds. She also routinely assists multinational companies as well as Chinese companies in establishing and improving tailor-made compliance programs and in conducting risk assessments, compliance audits and due diligence.

Before joining Fangda, Ms. Yin worked at prestigious US law firms. Ms. Yin received a B.S. from Beijing University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude, and was elected to the Order of Coif as well as editor of the Michigan Law Review.


English, Chinese


The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005, Order of the Coif; Editor, Michigan Law Review
Northwestern University, M.S., 2002
Beijing University, B.S., 2000

Lawyer Rankings

China > Fintech: PRC firms

Fangda Partners is noted for advising a range of international and local clients on M&A, private equity, restructuring, data protection, and venture capital transactions. The team is jointly led by Amanda Zhou, Chen Bao, and Kate Yin, and Shanghai-based Jian Fang and Zhiyi Ren. Yin is particularly focused on regulatory compliance matters with a cross-border element, while Fang advises international corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms on investments and operations in China. Ren is also active in cross-border investments, having recently acted for HSBC Fintech WFOE in obtaining an EDI license.

China > Data protection: PRC firms

(Leading individuals)

Kate YinFangda Partners

With an impressive client roster featuring some of the most prominent players in the technology, banking and retail sectors, Fangda Partners maintains its standing as a leader in the area of data protection and cyber security issues, acting on data breach responses, compliance programs, and regulatory proceedings. Kate Yin, who demonstrates notable knowledge in regulatory compliance, with a further focus on cross-border matters relating to anti-corruption, export controls, and internal investigations, leads the practice with a footing in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. In Shanghai, Gil Zhang stands out as a key contact, noted for his ‘full understanding of client’s needs‘ when advising on cybersecurity matters and data compliance programs in a Chinese legislative and GDPR context. Counsel Huihui Li  is experienced in internal compliance checks and assessments of tech-driven products.

China > Life sciences and healthcare: PRC firms

Fangda Partners houses ‘a highly competent team of life sciences and healthcare lawyers’, who are equipped to handle the whole life cycle of life sciences and health products’. Highly praised for its ability to combine expertise from many practice areas within the firm’, the practice assists a stellar list of clients with financings, rights issuances, regulatory compliance, licensing applications, IP disputes, and antitrust matters. With ‘many years of experience in the biomedical industry’, Shanghai-based Josh Shin regularly advises on distribution and collaboration agreements. In Beijing, Kate Yin focuses on regulatory compliance and enforcement actions while Fang Qi handles IP transactions and antitrust litigation. M&A, foreign investment and PE matters are the area of expertise of Shanghai-based Diana Li. Splitting his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, Michael Han is recommended for joint ventures and antitrust investigations. Sherry Yao departed in April 2022.

China > WTO/international trade: PRC firms

Sanctions and export controls experts Fangda Partners helps clients to navigate the rocks and hard places of US sanctions and China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law under the leadership of Kate Yin. Yin works on complex government enforcement matters and internal investigations, as well as sanctions and compliance issues. Derrick Zhao is another key practitioner and works as practice head for Shanghai, focussing on anti-corruption, sanctions and export control. Ginger Jiang, with her background in customs enforcement and anti-smuggling, has strengthened the customs and trade remedies side of the practice. The team has a notable tech industry specialism, working for both large technology firms and electrical infrastructure companies.

China > Regulatory/compliance: PRC firms

(Leading individuals)

Kate YinFangda Partners

Fangda Partners is well regarded for advising clients in high-profile compliance investigations and enforcement actions across China, often serving as lead counsel. It handles a full scope of contentious and non-contentious compliance and regulatory issues, including corporate investigations, administrative and criminal government enforcement, compliance advisory, and compliance program and policy issues. It also has strong expertise in cross-border matters, including acting for Chinese clients in government enforcement actions initiated by foreign governments. The team is co-led by Kate Yin, who splits her time between Beijing, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou, and Benjamin Miao who is based in Shanghai. Yin has significant experience advising across a wide array of matters, including anti-bribery, anti-competition, data protection and compliance, securities law, anti-money laundering, and export control matters, whilst Miao specialises in commercial disputes. Derrick Zhao is also notable for his expertise in general corporate compliance matters, internal investigations and government enforcement actions, whilst Yanjun Zhuang specialises in criminal defence, government enforcement and anti-fraud internal investigation.