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Zinian Zhang

Lecturer in Commercial Law

I am a lecturer in commercial law. Studying law at Durham University from 2008 to 2014, I also taught postgraduates corporate insolvency law there. Before moving to Leeds in January 2016, I was a research fellow at Singapore Management University (2014-2015). I practised law in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, holding a senior partner position in a law firm prior to entering into academia. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on corporate insolvency law, especially the corporate reorganisation law in three jurisdictions, China, UK and USA. I mainly use empirical methods to explore the world of corporate reorganisations. Most of my studies are published on peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Corporate Law Studies. 


My teaching area covers:

  • Corporate Insolvency Law,
  • Company Law, and
  • Corporate Governance 

PhD Supervision

I am willing to supervise PhD students in company and corporate insolvency law.

Key Publications

Journal Articles:

Zinian Zhang and Roman Tomasic, ‘Corporate Reorganisation Law Reform in China: Findings from a Province of Zhejiang’ (2016) Asian Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming),

Zinian Zhang, ‘Corporate Reorganisation of China’s Listed Companies: Winners and Losers’ 2016 (16) Journal of Corporate Law Studies.

Zinian Zhang, ‘Enhance Retail Investors’ Access to the Corporate Bond Market: The Latest Development in Singapore’ (2015) 36 Company Lawyer 319.

Zinian Zhang, ‘In Search of Debt Restructuring for Distressed Asian Companies in England: A Case Study of Vietnam’s Vinashin’ (2015) 16 Australian Journal of Asian Law 1

Roman Tomasic and Zinian Zhang, ‘From Global Convergence in China’s Enterprise Bankruptcy Law 2006 to Divergence in Implementation: The Case of Corporate Reorganizations in China’ (2012) 12 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 295

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to comment on corporate bankruptcy protection and on issues regarding judicial systems in the People’s Republic of China. 

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