Zhong advises clients primarily on equity investments, M&A, cross-border IPOs and bond offerings and compliance matters. He has worked on over 30 H Share or Red Chip IPOs, representing either corporates or investment banks, and drafted a large number of prospectuses.
He also provided post-IPO general compliance advice to a large number of corporates such as China Shenhua Energy, China Construction Bank, Huadian Fuxin New Energy and Datang Environment Industry Group.
Zhong's experience includes advising:
- State Grid Corporation on a US$5 billion bond issue under its latest medium term multi-tranche bond programme worth US$7.7 billion in total. This was the largest G3 bond in 2017 and the largest bond issue ever by a Chinese State-owned enterprise
- CCB International Capital Limited, Barclays Bank, China Securities (International) Corporate Finance Limited, CMB International Capital Limited and ABCI Capital Limited as the underwriters of the HK$7 billion Hong Kong IPO of Bank of Jinzhou Co., Ltd. This was the largest PRC commercial bank IPO in Hong Kong in 2015
- Beijing Capital Agribusiness Co., Ltd. and CITIC Agri Fund Management Co., Ltd. on acquisition of UK company Cherry Valley Farms Ltd., the global leader in the duck breeding and gene supply industry
- Sinopec Corp. on its US$3.1 billion H Share placing, the first H Share placing in the market completed within 48 hours of obtaining the approval of the PRC authorities
Zhong is a graduate of Peking University, the University of London and the Stanford Law School. He joined us in 2001 and worked in our Hong Kong and Beijing offices. He worked at another leading international law firm at its New York and Beijing offices from 2008 before re-joining us in 2011.
Zhong is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. He also holds the PRC legal qualification. A native Mandarin speaker, he is fluent in English and Cantonese.