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T.K. Chang (Ta-kuang Chang) is a partner in the New York Office of Zhong Lun Law Firm, one of the leading private law firms based in China. Mr. Chang received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard College in 1977, a Juris Doctor with honors from Harvard Law School in 1983, and also a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1983.  He also received a Master of Arts from Yale Graduate School in 1979. T.K. Chang has practiced corporate law for over 34 years in New York City, Greenwich, Hong Kong and Beijing, including at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Coudert Brothers. He also served as the general counsel for a private equity firm in Greenwich, Connecticut that was once the 13th largest private company in the US as ranked by Forbes. He is admitted to the bar in the States of New York, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Chang has written a book on PRC law and over 70 articles and treatise chapters on legal topics, including in the International New York Times, Wall Street Journal, China Daily, Spy Magazine, World Journal, International Financial Law Review and Harvard International Law Journal. He has also given presentations on law at Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Fordham and Duke Universities. Mr. Chang has been quoted or mentioned more than a hundred times in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Tencent Finance News, South China Morning Post, World Journal, Reuters, National Law Journal, Forbes, The Economist and other publications. Mr. Chang has also been a guest on CNN, China Global Television Network (CGTN), Bloomberg Television and CNBC.

Mr. Chang has in-depth experience in all types of corporate transactions, both in the US and China, including M&A, IPO, commercial real estate, private equity, ISDA, CFIUS and US securities law compliance. He also has extensive experience in banking and capital markets transactions, having represented international financial institutions in over 150 banking and finance transactions.

Mr. Chang has been doing business in China since 1981, when he formed a consulting company while still an M.B.A. student at Harvard Business School, and signed one of the first agreements with the Beijing municipal government to introduce fast food to China. In 1982, he was invited by the Ministry of Communications to teach one of the first courses on US contract law to officials of the new Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.  During 1985-1987, Mr. Chang was the managing attorney of the Beijing Office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Mr. Chang actively participated in numerous M&A and financing transactions involving Japanese investors and banks in the US, and saw firsthand the painful mistakes that they had made during the previous decades, mistakes that appear to have been repeated by companies from China. Having witnessed half a dozen major financial crises, Mr. Chang also has extensive experience in loan workout, restructuring, foreclosure and bankruptcy, under both the US and PRC bankruptcy laws.

In addition, perhaps uncommon for a corporate lawyer, Mr. Chang also has extensive experience in major complex litigation, including massive document discovery, attorney-client privilege issues and so-called “bet-the-company” litigation, in which the very survival of the client was at stake. Mr. Chang also has expertise in the fiduciary duty of corporate directors and officers, media and Hollywood investments, high technology and telecommunications, antitrust and anti-monopoly issues, patent infringement and International Trade Commission Section 337 actions, and e-commerce and intellectual property law.  Mr. Chang studied advanced computer programming at Harvard College, and due to his participation in the Intel/AMD litigation, has specialized knowledge relating to semiconductor programming and computer operating systems.

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