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Helen Tang

Helen Tang

Senior Associate


Helen Tang is a senior associate with Herbert Smith Freehill's Shanghai office.



Helen advises Chinese SOEs and private enterprises, as well as multinational corporations operating in China on various contentious matters, with a special focus on commercial arbitration, compliance and investigation, as well as other forms of disputes resolution including pre-action strategy and settlement negotiation.  

Helen was ranked as a "Next Generation Lawyer" for dispute resolution in China by Legal 500 in 2016, and was recommended by the Global Arbitration Review in its Who's Who Legal 2016 survey of future leaders.

Helen's experience includes advising:

  • a leading Chinese SoE in relation to investigation led by a European enforcement authority on alleged bribery and mismanagement allegations 
  • an Australian education service provider in relation to internal investigation relating to commercial bribery allegations with regard to its operation in China
  • a leading Chinese entrepreneur and group of companies in CIETAC arbitration and parallel Hong Kong and Singapore court proceedings in defending claims brought by an international fund
  • a China-based leading telecommunications company in an LCIA arbitration against a Cyprus company in relation to disputes arising out of a large scale telecommunications project in Russia
  • a top Korean conglomerate in PRC court proceedings against a leading Chinese bank in relation to the enforcement of a demand guarantee



Helen obtained her LLB degree from Peking University in Beijing, and subsequently completed her GDL study in BPP Law School, UK and her PCLL study in the University of Hong Kong. She was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2008. Helen has previously worked in Herbert Smith Freehill's London and Hong Kong offices.  She is fluent in English and is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.