Member of Management Committee of the Hong Kong Office


Alan focuses on advising clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other forms of investment. He has advised a number of high profile direct investment, M&A and restructuring transactions, some of which received awards and recognition from business publications and organizations such as Financial Times, Asia Transformation & Turnaround Association (ATTA), etc.

Prior to joining Zhong Lun, Alan was a partner at the international firm Simmons & Simmons.

Representative Matters
M&A/Foreign Investment
  • Represented Arthur J. Gallagher & Co in its establishment of a reinsurance brokerage joint venture with Jiangtai Insurance (the transaction was awarded as “Creative Transaction for 2014” by Financial Times)
  • Advised Telefónica on its US$1 billion share swap with China Unicom and the establishment of a strategic alliance between them
  • Advised New World Holdings on its acquisition of toll roads and bridges in China with an aggregated transaction value of HK$3.3 billion
  • Advised Topsun Group, a pharmaceutical company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, on its disposal of western OTC cough and cold medicine business to Bayer Healthcare for RMB1.1 billion
  • Advised an ASEAN based fund on its proposed US$180 million acquisition of a residential property project from Shui On Properties
  • Advised UBS’ infrastructure funds on the proposed acquisition of the Shanghai Outer Ring Highway
  • Advised The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation on its acquisition of three real property projects in China
  • Advised Mayor International on the disposal of its flexible packaging business in Hong Kong and China to Bemis
  • Advised China Resources Power Holding Co., Ltd., a Hong Kong listed company, on its HK$1.2 billion acquisition of two power plants in China
  • Advised NGB on its acquisition of digital television terrestrial broadcasting operators in China
  • Advised The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation to increase its investment in Taikang Life Insurance
  • Advised AEGON on the restructuring of its investment in China
  • Advised a NY listed company on the restructuring of its China business (the transaction was awarded the SME Turnaround Transaction for 2014 by ATTA)
  • Advised Deutsche Telekom on its provision of value-added telecommunications services in China
  • Advised Banco Santander on its investment in the automobile finance sector in China
Capital Markets
  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation on its proposed privatization of an H-share company
  • Advised New World Holdings on its RMB350 million subscription of new shares issued by Guangdong Baolihua New Energy, a power generating company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Advised AllianceBernstein on its participation (as a Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor, or “QFII”) in China’s stock markets
  • Advised CITIC International Assets Management on the proposed privatization of a China background commercial enterprises listed on a U.S. stock exchange
  • Advised Haikou Meilan International Airport on its IPO and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  • Advised Tianjin Capital Environmental Protection Co., Ltd., a PRC company listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai, in connection with its RMB1.2 billion A-share convertible bond offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Advised Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. on its RMB800 million A-share initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Advised Goldman Sachs on anti-money laundering and outsourcing related issues in China
  • Advised Bayer Group on compliance issues relating to the promotion and distribution of pharmaceutical products in China
  • Advised L’Oréal on compliance and tax issues in China
  • Advised UBS on compliance issues relating to protection of client data in China
  • Represented a New York listed company in the FCPA investigation of its joint ventures in China


Mr. Xu is a frequent speaker on the laws and policies of China and Hong Kong. Below are some of his recent speeches:

  • Speech to The Hong Kong Law Society on 15 November, 2015 on the reform of China’s regulatory regime for foreign investments
  • Chairman of the Foreign Investment in China session, Asia-Pacific In-house Counsel Summit 2015 on 27 May, 2015
  • Speech to the American Chamber of Commerce on 9 April, 2015 on the development of the PRC industry catalogue for foreign investment
  • Speech to the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association on 31 March, 2015 on China’s proposed Foreign Investment Law
  • Speech to China-British Business Council on 19 March, 2015 on China’s proposed Foreign Investment Law
  • Speech to the European Chamber of Commerce on 12 March, 2015 on the reform of China’s regulatory regime for foreign investments
  • Appointed as External Expert by the Insurance Assets Management Association of China
  • Conducted Training to the Hong Kong Interbank CRS Group

  • Author, “A Rule Pushed by the Market: China’s New Measures for Offering and Underwriting Securities,” China Law and Practice, December 2006
  • Author, “Steady as She Goes: China’s New Securities Law,” China Law and Practice, December 2005


Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)



Mergers & Acquisitions
Corporate/Foreign Direct Investment Compliance and Regulatory


Attorney at Law
People’s Republic of China

Attorney at Law (non-practicing)
New York
United States


LL.M. University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia, USA

LL.B. Peking University Law School
Beijing, China

LL.M. in Chinese Law, Peking University
Beijing, People’s Republic of China