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Tiana Zhang is a senior litigation partner in Kirkland’s Shanghai office 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, boardroom and shareholder disputes, 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 has been recognized for years as a leading lawyer for investigations/anti-corruption by Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global, and a leading practitioner for China regulatory and dispute resolution by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific. Tiana has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific as “Litigation Star” in 2023. She has also been listed in the 2021 and 2022 edition of China Business Law Journal’s A-List that recognized her as one of the top foreign firm lawyers for China-related business.


English and Mandarin


University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2007

Georgetown University, M.A., 2004

Foreign Affairs College, Beijing, China, Bachelor of Laws, 2001

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China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms

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Experienced, knowledgeable, and responsive‘, the regulatory and compliance practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP uses the firms’ international presence to advise on a slew of regulatory and compliance issues for both domestic and international companies. The practice works across a number of industries including global private equity sponsors, asset managers, and multinational corporations. It is particularly adept at managing alleged financial frauds, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions. In Shanghai, co-head Tiana Zhang is a ‘leader in the field‘ of regulatory compliance, and is sought out by clients for her skill in US and China cross-border crisis management, including complex financial fraud investigations. Co-leading the team from Hong Kong are Cori Lable and Jodi Wu. Lable is skilled at multijurisdictional matters involving sanctions compliance and securities law, while Wu focuses on cross-border litigation and white collar criminal defence. Yue Qiu is also noted for her litigation skills.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s team is routinely instructed by clients facing bet-the-company claims across Greater China. Cross-border dispute specialist Tiana Zhang, who has litigation experience in both the US and China, leads the Mainland China litigation practice from Shanghai, where Yue Qiu also acts in cross-border litigation. The Hong Kong practice is co-led by Paul Quinn, who focuses on professional negligence, cross-border claims, insolvency, fraud, directors’ duties, and shareholder disputes; financial disputes expert Amy Ngan, who is ‘always across the detail‘; and Fergus Saurin, a specialist in capital markets, M&A and shareholder disputes, as well as banking and international trade and investment cases. The other key figures are former practice co-head Kelly Naphtali, whose wide-ranging practice covers asset recovery, professional negligence, borrower default, and fund and shareholder disputes; Cori Lable, who leads the investigations and white-collar practice; and Jodi Wu, an expert in internal investigations, compliance and cross-border litigation.