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Libin ZHANG

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.
Mr. Zhang is arbitrator for CIETAC and Beijing Arbitration Commission, and also a member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). He was specially recognized as an arbitrator in the energy-related disputes. He is the reporter of the Beijing Arbitration Commission Energy Dispute Resolution Annual Observation Reports in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and author of a chapter on China's oil and gas industry in Chambers' 2017 publication, the Global Practice Guide: Energy: Oil and Gas.
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、2018) 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 also served as deputy director and invited professor at the Energy Law and Policy Research Base of Peking University, where he was engaged in research on energy law. As an energy lawyer and energy law expert, Mr. Zhang led various research projects relating to energy policy and legislation and energy reform for the NDRC, the National Energy Administration and the former Ministry of Land and Resources (now the Ministry of Natural Resources). For the past 10 years, he has lectured on international investment law and energy law at the University of International Business and Economics Law School, Tsinghua University Law School and Schwarzman Scholars, Peking University Law School and China University of Political Science and Law. He was also invited to participate in various academic conferences and seminars at the Law school of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Texas at Austin Law School, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, the University of Nairobi Law School, and the Johannesburg University School of Law. He is a lecturer and a member of the Advisory Board of the KBH Energy Center at the University of Texas.
Representative Work:
As external counsel:
●Served as “Chinese energy law” expert witness to give expert opinion and testify in an ad-hoc arbitration proceeding in London under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules for a PSA dispute between an NOC and a foreign company.
●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.
●Advised a Chinese client in an oil and gas field and a gas power plant project in the Republic of Chad.
●Advised a Chinese client in establishing a Uzbekistan LNG project company.
●Represented a Chinese client in providing legal services for acquisition of 300MW wind power project in Ukraine.
●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, providing all legal services from due diligence stage to closing of the transaction.
●Advised Xinjiang Guanghui (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. 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
Bar Admission:
The State of New York and the PRC
Languages:
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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