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Broad&Bright KeyMember Libin ZHANG CARD


Education and Professional Experience:
Mr. Zhang received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1997 and B.A. in economics from the University of International Business and Economics in 1987.
Mr. Zhang has been practicing law in China since 1997. His practice covers foreign direct investment (JVs and WFOE), M&A (including shares acquisitions and assets purchases, carve-out, restructuring, assets sales and spin-offs), technology licensing and transfer and dispute resolution with strength in energy sector. He advises multinational and Chinese corporate clients on their cross-border direct investments and M&A projects.
Mr. Zhang has more than 20 years of experience in both private legal practice and in-house corporate experience. He started his legal career as associate with Paul, Weiss (New York and Beijing) and subsequently with White & Case (Shanghai). In 2006, Mr. Zhang joined Baker Botts (Beijing) as partner and Beijing Chief Representative after working as in-house counsel at ABB. Prior to joining Broad & Bright to head its energy practice in 2015, Mr. Zhang served as Head of Legal M&A, Asia & Australia at Siemens and supervised more than 20 M&A and JV projects in less than 3 years.
Representative Work:
As external counsel:
●Advised many foreign investors (GM, Delphi, Eaton, Ciba-Geiyi, Borden, GTE, Amoco, etc.) on their JV projects in automotive, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, dairy products, telecommunication, energy and clothing industries, etc.
●Advised ITT on its joint venture hotels and trademark licensing in China.
●Assisted Prudential and participated in negotiation of one of China’s first securities funds management JV for Prudential.
●Advised Liebherr to license its technology to a Chinese company, a predecessor of Haier.
●Advised Motorola on its technology development cooperation with a Chinese company.
●As PRC counsel, advised on HP, Inc.’s acquisition of Samsung’s global printing business (worth US$1.05 billion), including all its China-based manufacturing business and sales network, covering the legal due diligence, structuring review and drafting of transaction documents, advising on various issues (corporate/regulatory, contracts, HR, IP, tax, customs and EHS) and handling the government approval process and closing.
●Advised Xinjiang Guang (a public company listed on SSE) to negotiate for an acquisition of 49% equity interests in a company which holds license for an oil and gas block in Kazakhstan and for financing for the upstream and downstream operations.
●Advised Sinochem in its investment in Brazil in acquisition of 40% stake in the Peregrino oil field from Statoil for $3.07 billion.
●Advised a Chinese private company in investing in an oil & gas field in Texas.
●Advised ConocoPhillips on PRC law in its farm-out dispute with another foreign company for CBM project in an arbitration proceeding in Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC).
●Advised ConocoPhillips in negotiation and settlement with the SOA and relevant issues relating to the oil spill in Bohai Bay.
●Served as “Chinese energy law” expert witness to testify in an ad-hoc arbitration proceeding in London under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules for a PSA dispute between NOC and a foreign company (2016).
As in-house counsel
●Assisted ABB in establishing a joint venture in the automation sector; assisted ABB in bidding to various projects.
●Assisted Siemens with numerous joint ventures and M&As in energy, city infrastructures, healthcare and other sectors, including the following:
-Led the negotiation for Siemens in its JV with Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation for manufacturing e-car motors and inverters;
-Led the due diligence and contract negotiation for establishing a JV with a Chinese partner for manufacturing metering products for grid and utilities companies;
-Led the legal work in relation to Siemens’ acquisition of manufacturing assets of an SOE and establishing a new JV with the SOE for manufacturing anti-explosion motors.
Market Recognition:
Mr. Zhang has constantly been recognized as a market leader in his practice. Most recently, he is named as leading lawyer in Projects and Energy by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017) and as the Client Choice Top 20 Lawyers in China by ALB (2017). In 2016, he was named as leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A and Projects & Energy by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and leading lawyer in energy and environment area by the Legalband. In 2014, his M&A team at Siemens won the ILO Asia-Pacific award of the best in-house M&A team of the year.
Mr. Zhang is arbitrator for CIETAC and Beijing Arbitration Commission. He was specially recognized as an arbitrator in the energy-related disputes.
Bar Admission:
The State of New York and the PRC
Chinese and English
Professional Activities:
Deputy Director and specially invited professor of Peking University Energy Law and Policy Research Institute
Senior member of the Energy Law Academy, China Law Society
Arbitrator of CIETAC and BIAC
Member and distinguished lecturer of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law’s KBH Energy Center
Adjunct Professor for int’l LLM program of Tsinghua University School of Law
Adjunct professor at CUPSL and UIBE
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