Christina Zhang is partner and chief representative of Cooley LLP's Shanghai office. Christina has more than 20 years of practice experience, gained through private practice and in–house experience in the US and China, including more than ten years in the life sciences industry. Christina represents clients in cross border transactions, especially in life science and high tech industries and other industrial sectors. Christina has represented U.S. clients in their investments into China, advising on entry strategies, building "Greenfield" manufacturing facilities, setting up joint ventures, licensing, acquisitions and divestitures, distribution and marketing, environmental protection, crisis management, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, antitrust, trade compliance, government investigations and employment. Christina has also represented Chinese investment funds and companies in making investments and acquisitions and doing business overseas.
Prior to joining the firm, Christina served as vice president and Asia Pacific general counsel for the Power Solutions Business of Johnson Controls Inc. and provided legal support for all aspects of the Power Solutions Business in the Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Christina spent ten years in the life sciences industry, first as in-house counsel for Merck & Co. at its global headquarters in New Jersey, supporting Merck’s various operations around the world, and then as Wyeth's chief counsel in China, supporting Wyeth's infant formula and pharmaceutical business in China.
Before becoming an in-house counsel lawyer, Christina spent five years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and worked on various financing, securities, M&A transactions and other general corporate matters in New York, as well as foreign direct investments, acquisitions, and power plant projects in China.
Christina received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her BA in Economics from University of International Business and Economics. She is admitted to practice in New York.