Hongjun Zhang Ph.D.

Partner
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Hongjun Zhang, Ph.D. advises clients on a broad range legal issues including:

  • regulatory compliance and government relation matters in China such as environmental protection, energy efficiency, chemical management and product stewardship
  • business and regulatory review of cross-border transactional projects in China for the U.S. and multinational corporations
  • business and regulatory counseling of investment and other transactional projects in the U.S. for Chinese corporations and investors

Dr. Zhang represents a number of Fortune 500 and multinational corporations, major industry associations and leading Chinese corporations.

Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Zhang was a legislative director in China's National People's Congress. In this position, he was responsible for drafting national laws and policy documents and overseeing national and local government implementation of the laws. In his early years in the Chinese government, Dr. Zhang also served as program and compliance officer in China's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), now the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). During his many years in the Chinese government, Dr. Zhang worked on legal issues with numerous other agencies in the Chinese government such as the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Dr. Zhang retains the honorary title of counsel to a number of Chinese organizations. Dr. Zhang's past work includes drafting official Chinese government documents for World Bank projects, as well as influential policy-setting documents such as China's National Report on Environment and Development that was submitted to the United Nations, China's National Investment Report, and China's Five-Year National Environmental Protection Plans.

Dr. Zhang has been involved in the drafting and implementation of numerous Chinese laws, including laws affecting product design, historical contamination of soil and groundwater, chemicals management, air pollution control, food and beverage hygiene, product quality, land use, water resources, manufacturing processes and safe transport.

Dr. Zhang has extensive experience on both the industry and government sides of compliance and business-risk management issues facing companies investing in the challenging Chinese market. Dr. Zhang routinely brings this experience to bear on emerging client challenges associated with auditing, ensuring facility and supplier compliance with corporate and Chinese standards, and China's rapidly evolving laws affecting laborers, products and raw materials.

Dr. Zhang received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Peking University and an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School. Dr. Zhang was the only lawyer who was invited by President Clinton to participate in his Environmental Round Table in Guilin when the president visited China in 1998. He also served as a residential scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy. He currently serves as a board member of the Energy Foundation and the Environmental Law Institute.

Not admitted to District of Columbia bar; admitted to New York bar.

Honors & Awards

  • Who's Who Legal, 2011
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • United Nations University Fellowship

Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association