Dr Zhang Zinian

Dr Zhang Zinian


I am currently a lecturer of business law. Before moving to Leeds in January 2016, I was a research fellow at Singapore Management University (2014-2015). Studying law at Durham University from 2008 to 2014 for my LLM and PhD, I also taught postgraduates corporate insolvency law there. I practised law, mainly in commerical and financial areas, in Hangzhou, the capital city of the Zhejiang Province, China, for a decade prior to entering into academia. Before being qualified as a lawyer in 1999, I had a short employment at a state-owned enterprise in China.

Research interests

My research focuses on corporate insolvency law, especially the corporate reorganisation law in three jurisdictions: China, UK and USA. I mainly use the empirical method to explore the world of corporate reorganisations. My first monograph 'Corporate Reorganisations in China - An Empirical Analysis' is published with Cambridge University Press in October 2018.

Since 2017, I join an ESRC funded reseach project led by Professor Gerard McCormack investigating the pari passu distribution in China's corporate judgement executions, which is supposed to serve as a practical substitute of the formal corporoate bankruptcy procedure; I had the permission to access a Chinese court archive on money judgement executions concluded in 2014, and I am using them to analyse how Chinese courts use the individual debt collection procedure to seek fairness in the interest of creditors.

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  • PhD in Law (Durham University)
  • LLM (Durham University)
  • JD (Zhejiang University)
  • BEng (Jingdezhen University of Ceramics Technology)

Professional memberships

  • China Bar
  • INSOL Academic Member
  • Honorary Member of the Bankruptcy Law Research Centre at China University of Political Science and Law

Student education

I teach two modules for postgraduates and also act as the module leader for them:

  • Insolvency Law
  • Principles of International Financial Law

I am currently supervising six PhD researchers on corporate and financial law, many of them international.

Current postgraduate researchers

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