Dr Zinian Zhang

Dr Zinian Zhang


I am a lecturer in 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, I also taught postgraduates corporate insolvency law there. I practised law, mainly in commerical law areas, in Hangzhou, the capital city of the Zhejiang Province, China, for a decade, holding a senior partner position in a large regional 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. 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 investigating the pari passu distribution in China's corporate judgement executions, which is supposed to serve as a practical substitute of corproate bankurptcy procedures; I had the permission to access a Chinese court archive on money judgement exections concluded in 2014, and I am using them to analyse how Chinese courts use the indiviudal debt collection procedure to seek fairness in the interest of creditors.

I also long consider a reseach project investigating blameworthiness of failed businessmen in the UK, since under the current English insolvency system, especially the administration procedure under the Insolvency Act 1986, bankrupt company management are, in my view, treated very harshly, with immediate dismissal in the event of a formal bankruptcy rescue procedure; should this one-size-fits-all solution be amended in the hope of nurturing enterprenuership in the UK? I am planning to untangle this puzzle in the near future.

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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 postgratuates 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. New PhD applications are welcome.

Current postgraduate research students

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