Current Position: Partner
Practice Area / Industry Focus: Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Finance
Career Highlights: As a registered attorney-at-law in mainland China and a partner in the real estate and finance practice of Zhong Lun Law Firm, David has over 13 years’ experience in the field of real estate, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, securitization, banking, private equity funds and asset management.
David graduated and obtained his LLB degree from Zhejiang University and then obtained his master degree at University College London. He has been working at Zhong Lun, a top-tier, full-service law firm in China, since 2004.
David has worked with various well-known investment banks, PE funds, asset management companies, real estate developers and other financial institutions. The clients David has advised include Carlyle Group, ARA, Temasek, BlackRock, Blackstone, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank, Greystar Capital, Hongkong Land, The Link, ING, CLSA, PAG, ZRC Trust and Pingan Trust.
David is an experienced practitioner in the real estate, M&A and financing sectors and has advised on a number of market-shaking transactions. The recent major deals on which David has advised include the Disneyland theme park in Shanghai, which remains the largest foreign investment project in China’s history; the 2017 acquisition of the huge Century Link office and commercial complex in Shanghai by a fund managed by ARA, with a total transaction price amounting to RMB 20 billion ($2.9 billion), which was the largest real estate acquisition transaction in China’s history; and, the acquisition of Phase I and Phase II of Corporate Avenue in Shanghai by The Link, with a transaction price of over RMB 6.6 billion, which was the largest real estate acquisition deal in Shanghai in 2015.
Awards: Zhong Lun has been recognizedas the firm with the most Band I recommendations by Chambers Asia for six consecutive years from 2012 onwards (with Band I recommendations in 17 practice areas in 2017). Zhong Lun was named National Law Firm of the Year for 2015 and 2017by International Financial Law Review (IFLR); and as the 2016 Best Chinese Law Firm by ILASA. The firm was named in the Top 50 Local Law Firms in Asia by ALB in 2015 and 2016. Zhong Lun was awarded the Best Real Estate Law Firm of the Year accolade by ALB every year from 2010 to 2017.
The Disneyland theme park project on which David advised was awarded Best Real Estate and Construction Transaction of the Year by China Law & Practice in 2016.
The Century Link acquisition project on which David advised was awarded Outstanding Transaction in 2017 by China Business Law Journal.
Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2018 in Banking & Finance, Construction & Real Estate, Corporate/M&A and Intellectual Property