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YAN, Zhenfeng Counsel

Professional Experience

Zhenfeng Yan is a partner at JunHe’s Shanghai Office. Prior to Joining JunHe, he was the director for legal affairs in Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (“COMAC”) and general counsel for COMAC customer service business. Before joining COMAC, he practiced law in law firms in New York and Beijing, and worked as an in-house counsel in China Unicom Guangdong Branch.


Zhenfeng Yan has 13 years of legal experience, of which eight were devoted to the aviation industry. His aviation experience and research range from air transport and business aviation to the quickly emerging general aviation sector and UAVs in China, and covers aircraft finance, aircraft and engine sale and purchase, aircraft and engine leasing, airline code sharing, parts and material support, flight hour technical service, sale of used aircraft, repossession of aircraft, joint ventures and various regulatory matters. He has advised a number of manufacturers, financiers, lessors and airlines on aircraft sales, leasing and finance, and aviation commercial and regulatory law matters.


Leveraged by his industry background, Zhenfeng Yan has a deep understanding of aviation policies, laws, and regulations, as well as hands-on experience with how these policies, laws and regulations are implemented in the real world. He has built what is probably the most extensive database of aviation specific treaties, policies, laws and regulations, including 17 conventions and treaties, one law, ten State Council regulations, 120 CAAC Regulations, 160 CAAC administrative procedures and 310 Advisory Circulars, and has completed legal research memos on many key topics in the aviation field, which are kept updated as soon as cited sources are amended.


Zhenfeng Yan is very familiar with the Cape Town Convention (the “CTC”) and has compiled a consolidated version of the CTC, the Aircraft Protocol and China’s Declarations. He knows very well how the CTC interacts with Chinese Civil Procedure Law, Contract Law, Property Law, Civil Aviation Law, Secured Transactions Law, Enterprise Bankruptcy Law and other related laws and regulations, and is capable of issuing fulsome CTC opinions.


Besides rich experience in the aviation industry, Zhenfeng Yan also practices state-owned assets management, capital market, banking and finance, foreign investment, outbound investment, private equity and dispute resolution.


Zhenfeng Yan now is a member of Aviation Working Group China Contact Group, and also an arbitrator appointed by Shanghai International Arbitration Center.

Education

Master of Laws, Magna Cum Laude, Indiana University School of Law, 2007


Bachelor of Laws, 1st Rank Scholarship for Outstanding Graduates, Beijing Technology and Business University, 2003

Professional Associations

Bar Admission in China and New York, China Certified Corporate Counsel

Language Skills

English (Proficient) and Mandarin (Native)

JunHe is the only Chinese law firm to be admitted as a member of Lex Mundi and Multilaw, two international networks of independent law firms. JunHe and selected top law firms in major European and Asian jurisdictions are “best friends.” Through these connections, we provide high quality legal services to clients doing business throughout the world.